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Old 09-14-18, 12:53 PM
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@01 CAt Man Do, which are the decent cheap tail lights? I don't like most of the cheap lights I've tried, but @DWMkee turned me onto a cheap headlight that is surprisingly good.
I think we have discussed this before. I see lots of decent cheap ( < $20 ) tail lights on the web...Amazon, ebay...Gearbest...or any of the other cheap Chinese websites. Almost anything with a COB LED panel should be bright enough to get you seen. I tend to favor rear lamps that can be aimed but I've used both kinds and both can get you seen. All you have to do is do some shopping on Amazon or ebay and start looking at the selections. Read the reviews and check for videos. The straight COB panel rear lights are quite common and pretty bright. I think what surprises me is that as common as these are to find on the websites I rarely see anyone using them. Then there are the cheap Chinese clones of brand name rear lamps like Cateye, Cygolite, Planet bike...etc. While not as bright as the brand name some of those make for decent rear lamps as well. ( * Generally speaking when I say something makes for a "decent tail light" my litmus test is that I am able to see that light ( very well ) from 500 ft. away at dusk ) An excellent tail light should get you seen from almost a quarter mile away ( assuming clear line of sight ).
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OK thanks. I got a Blitzu or some such from Amazon, and it was trash. It looks like a copy of the Cygolite Hotrod, but it's very cheaply made, and the charger cable doesn't hold steady enough to make the charge happen. Generally, I stay away from this stuff, having spent more on unsatisfactory stuff than on good stuff. But I'd like cheap stuff as spares or giveaways.
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OK thanks. I got a Blitzu or some such from Amazon, and it was trash. It looks like a copy of the Cygolite Hotrod, but it's very cheaply made, and the charger cable doesn't hold steady enough to make the charge happen. Generally, I stay away from this stuff, having spent more on unsatisfactory stuff than on good stuff. But I'd like cheap stuff as spares or giveaways.
Under $5 shipped

Edit: Shipping will be slow. At least 2 - 3 weeks

https://www.ebay.com/itm/COB-LED-Bicycle-Bike-Cycling-Front-Rear-Tail-Light-USB-Rechargeable-6-Modes/391939877652?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908103841%26meid%3De57b6 c601b4c4adaaeeff7d9ca6f8e42%26pid%3D100227%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D14%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D332624306142%26it m%3D391939877652&_trksid=p2054502.c100227.m3827

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Under $5 shipped

Edit: Shipping will be slow. At least 2 - 3 weeks

https://www.ebay.com/itm/COB-LED-Bic....c100227.m3827
OK thanks. I ordered two plus a couple of other items from the same seller. I may not like them, but it's not a lot of money to waste.
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@noglider, I have no idea how they can do this for $5. The light itself, the very small charging cable and the rubber strap to attach it PLUS it has to be shipped here from China.
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The one time I bought a light from china on the recommendation of someone on this forum it was DOA. That's how they do it. I've gone back to buying all my lights from Germany.
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And this was my experience:

I bought a light from China through Ebay about a year ago. It never arrived so I emailed the seller. Same day I had a refund on my PayPal account. About another 3 weeks go by and I get the light, so I email the seller again asking if they want it back. Their response: Keep it and thank you.

The last thing these sellers on Ebay want it bad feedback and they bend over backwards to avoid it even if it means they take a hit.

Also, I've had a similar experience with Amazon.
@kingston did you contact the seller? And if you did, how did they handle it?
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I read somewhere that the shipping is subsidized, so if true, I can see how they can sell so cheaply.
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...did you contact the seller? And if you did, how did they handle it?
I contacted the seller and they said they would send a replacement light but it would take another month. It never arrived so I contacted them again and they said there was a mix up so they would send another one that would also take another month. Still never arrived and I contacted them again and got no response, by then enough time had passed that I couldn't dispute the purchase.
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OK thanks. I got a Blitzu or some such from Amazon, and it was trash. It looks like a copy of the Cygolite Hotrod, but it's very cheaply made, and the charger cable doesn't hold steady enough to make the charge happen. Generally, I stay away from this stuff, having spent more on unsatisfactory stuff than on good stuff. But I'd like cheap stuff as spares or giveaways.
Yes, I recall we've had this discussion before. I would think having a charging issue to be unusual with a new lamp. I must have a dozen or so cheap Chinese lights that charge with a USB cable. All of them work fine but once in a while I do have problems with one of the USB to micro cables. It happens. When that happens the lamp won't charge. The quick fix is to change to another cable and that usually fixes the matter. The Blitzu's are one of the brands on Amazon that tends to get a #1 rating from Amazon. I have four of the Blitzu's, two straight COB's and two circular COB's and all charge via USB to micro. Though I rarely use them they charge up fine and work as expected.

USB to micro charging cables can at times be problematic. Just last week my 4 year old wall USB to micro charger began to have problems keeping a connection when charging my phone. Still works but likely the plug is just wearing out. If I move the phone while charging the screen will come on indicating that there was a momentary loss of power. I guess that means I need a new wall charger and hopefully that I don't need a new phone. Anyway, ( @noglider ) try a new cable and if that doesn't work than contact the seller and most times they just give you a new one. I've bought stuff on Amazon that didn't work and the seller almost always come through if something isn't right.

( Edit; reading the other post above; Ordering from ebay can be probematic. Much of the stuff they sell is coming directly from China.. I like knowing I'm ordering something that is stocked in the USA. That is why I like Amazon so much. If they don't have it in stock they tell you and their customer service is pretty good. Ebay will tell you where it is being shipped from but you have to find the place where they mention it or ask the seller. Ordering anything directly from China through off shore websites is usually a roll of the dice and going to take more than four weeks. That and the customer service is often times crappy. I've been screwed by Chinese websites a couple times and even though I used Paypal it really didn't help. That said, I'll still buy from them IF they are the only place I can get a certain thing. )

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( Edit; reading the other post above; Ordering from ebay can be probematic. Much of the stuff they sell is coming directly from China.. I like knowing I'm ordering something that is stocked in the USA. That is why I like Amazon so much. If they don't have it in stock they tell you and their customer service is pretty good. Ebay will tell you where it is being shipped from but you have to find the place where they mention it or ask the seller. Ordering anything directly from China through off shore websites is usually a roll of the dice and going to take more than four weeks. That and the customer service is often times crappy. I've been screwed by Chinese websites a couple times and even though I used Paypal it really didn't help. That said, I'll still buy from them IF they are the only place I can get a certain thing. )
I'll report back if there are any problems. Shipping is super slow.
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