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Old 09-25-09, 10:42 PM   #1
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Lightman Red Strobe battery run-down

I bought a Lightman Red Strobe a few months ago. Great light - bright, even in daytime.

BUT, MY TWO AA BATTERIES RUN DOWN IN ABOUT THREE 2MILE COMMUTE RUNS!!! What gives? Do those things draw that much current? Guess so...

Your experience? Suggestions?

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Old 09-25-09, 11:16 PM   #2
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I bought a Lightman Red Strobe a few months ago. Great light - bright, even in daytime.

BUT, MY TWO AA BATTERIES RUN DOWN IN ABOUT THREE 2MILE COMMUTE RUNS!!! What gives? Do those things draw that much current? Guess so...

Your experience? Suggestions?

Lew in NM
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I have and used a Lightman strobe, but my Lightman's run time lasted a lot longer than a 6 mile commute. What type of batteries are you using, alkaline or regular heavy duty? I have since shelved the Lightman, and started using a Serfas TL2000(alternating mode) and Planet Bike Super Flash(steady mode) combo, which is a far brighter setup. These two in conjunction have a run time of at least a week or better, at 10 miles a day. Plus, I've gone to rechargeable batteries to cut down on the expense of battery replacement.
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Rechargables last longer.
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I wish they gave information on how bright these actually are (I'm not interested in mythical visibility figures). Are these significantly brighter than a superflash? More visible than the new planet bike light with 2 half watt LED's? Surely they're not as bright as a Dinotte rear light?
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There's a lightman led version and a lightman xenon flashlamp version, I use the xenon ones
sometimes in crappy weather/visibility situations, they will absolutely devour
cheap batteries. I use rechargable NiMH AA's and get several hours of runtime
if it's above freezing before they start to slow down. With a clear lens on it's like a camera flash, supposed to be visible for 2 miles, the colored lenses cut
down that distance somewhat. I had a co-worker tell me he could easily see them on my backpack from about 3/4 of a mile away one morning, and that was with a red lens and an amber lens facing to the sides.

Planet bike setup is on my christmas list
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