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Old 10-14-15, 07:52 PM
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new Cygolite PRO 80 tail light

got it today, so just quick impressions.
I am not sure it's much brighter then the Cygolite HotShot. I will compare it this weekend.
Compared to my old Planet Superflash it's by far brighter. Like looking at the sun almost .

I don't now yet anything about run times, i will update when i know.
Bottom line, not sure it's worth the almost twice the price over the hotshot.

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Old 10-18-15, 01:17 PM
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Seems like the Pro 80 is their answer to the Axiom Pulse 60.
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How to compare lights that are specified in terms of lumens with those in terms of watts? I found this lumens to watts conversion calculator. According it, for LED lamps, 60 lumens= 1 watt. If so, then the cygolite Hotshot which is 2W should be 120 lumens, but this Pro 80 is supposed to be 80 lumens and yet is brighter. At least one of these (conversion calculator, claims of lumens or watts) is not right.
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by Cygolite web site, the hotshot new model is the 30 now. and it's 2W.
they have a 50 and the "pro" 80.

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Be sure to test beam pattern. Project the beam against a white wall or a garage door. Show what it looks like at 45 and 90 degrees while mounted on the bike.

Looking forward to it. I don't really need another taillight but I'll probably buy one anyway because I'm an idiot for lights.
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Old 10-19-15, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
Be sure to test beam pattern. Project the beam against a white wall or a garage door. Show what it looks like at 45 and 90 degrees while mounted on the bike.

Looking forward to it. I don't really need another taillight but I'll probably buy one anyway because I'm an idiot for lights.
+ 10 on that. It's really hard to resist a new really bright light with winter coming up.
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Old 10-19-15, 08:45 AM
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To me, the 50 is more practical than the 80. The 80 has almost half the run time of the original Hotshot 2W where as the 50 is suppost to be more in line with the original models but have a wider beam pattern.
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Originally Posted by danny_isr View Post
by Cyrgolite web site, the hotshot new model is the 30 now. and it's 2W.
they have a 50 and the "pro" 80.
In case you care, it's Cygolite, without an 'r' in the name.
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Originally Posted by Fly2High View Post
To me, the 50 is more practical than the 80. The 80 has almost half the run time of the original Hotshot 2W where as the 50 is suppost to be more in line with the original models but have a wider beam pattern.
i don't think the 50 has wider beam pattern. Looking at the Cygolite site, only the 80 has the "- Extra wide beam Enhanced Cycling Optics efficiently scatters the beam to maximize your visual presence"
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
In case you care, it's Cygolite, without an 'r' in the name.

yeah it's my Sarary-Mac speller kept changing it to Cyrgolite
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My Lezyne Micro rear light fell off my bike yesterday.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
Be sure to test beam pattern. Project the beam against a white wall or a garage door. Show what it looks like at 45 and 90 degrees while mounted on the bike.

Looking forward to it. I don't really need another taillight but I'll probably buy one anyway because I'm an idiot for lights.
This is my problem with my Hotshot. It's a spotlight. Who wants a spotlight tail light? What are the odds it's shining at anyone?
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
This is my problem with my Hotshot. It's a spotlight. Who wants a spotlight tail light? What are the odds it's shining at anyone?
THat's why I grabbed a NiteRider Sentinel and a Bontager Flare R. Both have wide field of views and plenty of long range visibility.

Hopefully, Cygolite will come up with one...
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I'm confused, and a little miffed, since I got my Hotshot just a few months ago. At the time, the choice was between a Hotshot, and Hotshot SL. I got the Hotshot (not-SL). Is that the equivalent of the Hotshot 50, or is the 50 an upgrade? I'd probably go for the 80 now, mostly for the wider beam, but it's pricey, especially after just getting another taillight.

I used to use a Niterider Solas, which I quite liked, but I kept losing them. The Cygolite rack mount works well on my bike. Now they've discontinued the Solas in favor of the Sentinel, but I'm really not sold on the "laser lanes."
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Originally Posted by wilfried View Post
I'm confused, and a little miffed, since I got my Hotshot just a few months ago. At the time, the choice was between a Hotshot, and Hotshot SL. I got the Hotshot (not-SL). Is that the equivalent of the Hotshot 50, or is the 50 an upgrade? I'd probably go for the 80 now, mostly for the wider beam, but it's pricey, especially after just getting another taillight.

I used to use a Niterider Solas, which I quite liked, but I kept losing them. The Cygolite rack mount works well on my bike. Now they've discontinued the Solas in favor of the Sentinel, but I'm really not sold on the "laser lanes."
I would think the 50 and 80 are better models than the original 2W.

As for losing the Solas, They changed the mounting on the newer Solas 40 (and possibly on the older version too) so it could be more suited for you. They also upped its output to 40 lumens from 30. To me, the 30 was fine I can only suspect the 40 is just even better.
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I would think the 50 and 80 are better models than the original 2W.

As for losing the Solas, They changed the mounting on the newer Solas 40 (and possibly on the older version too) so it could be more suited for you. They also upped its output to 40 lumens from 30. To me, the 30 was fine I can only suspect the 40 is just even better.
Drat. Bad timing. I think I'll stick with what I have for a while. It works well enough.

The Solas 40 wasn't on their website the last I looked.
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Originally Posted by wilfried View Post
I'm confused, and a little miffed, since I got my Hotshot just a few months ago. At the time, the choice was between a Hotshot, and Hotshot SL. I got the Hotshot (not-SL). Is that the equivalent of the Hotshot 50, or is the 50 an upgrade? I'd probably go for the 80 now, mostly for the wider beam, but it's pricey, especially after just getting another taillight.

I used to use a Niterider Solas, which I quite liked, but I kept losing them. The Cygolite rack mount works well on my bike. Now they've discontinued the Solas in favor of the Sentinel, but I'm really not sold on the "laser lanes."
the 2W hotshot is the new Hotshot 30 from what i can understand. The web site has the 30 as 2W.
from my experiments comparing the 80 to the original Hotshot 2w. i wouldn't upgrade. Yeah it's brighter, but not in an amount that will be worth "upgrading".
If you don't have any light, sure.
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Originally Posted by danny_isr View Post
the 2W hotshot is the new Hotshot 30 from what i can understand. The web site has the 30 as 2W.
from my experiments comparing the 80 to the original Hotshot 2w. i wouldn't upgrade. Yeah it's brighter, but not in an amount that will be worth "upgrading".
If you don't have any light, sure.
Riders who ride in the daylight and whose significant others are concerned about their safety, they will want it. The aging baby boomer may be like that. You know, the guys with pocket money for things and a safety element thrown in.
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Riders who ride in the daylight and whose significant others are concerned about their safety, they will want it. The aging baby boomer may be like that. You know, the guys with pocket money for things and a safety element thrown in.
yeah that is what i got it for, mostly riding during the day. But i'm just not convinced yet, it's worth almost twice the price over the regular hotshot.
I expected something much brighter, and it's somewhat brighter, but not like a "wow" that i expected
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For me, what would really make a difference is if the "Steadypulse" mode delivers on its promise.
Saves me the hassle of having two lights.
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I can take video of that if you want
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That would be awesome !
Do you like the different patterns ?
Thanks a lot.
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Wonder how this new Cygolite 80 compares to Serfas TL-60 or Axiom Pulse 60, brightness and side visibility?
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
This is my problem with my Hotshot. It's a spotlight. Who wants a spotlight tail light? What are the odds it's shining at anyone?

I reviewed the Cygolite Hotshot 2W in another thread, Best rear light for $25.

From my post:
Yes, the beam on a Cygolite Hotshot is quite narrow. But it's as wide as the road at about 50 to 75 feet back. ( And closer than that, it's very bright from any direction, no beam needed.) At a few hundred feet, it's way wider than the road. So cars will see that bright blink even if the road is curvy. That focused beam makes it very visible on cloudy days, too.

And there's some diverted light at wide angles, even up to 90 degrees, that's bright enough for close range cars on side roads to see.
The beam with the light horizontal, an inch above the paper. Overexposed red shows as yellow.
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Danny, did you have time to shoot that video ?
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