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Old 03-12-10, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
I run the Dinotte and a PBSF together. Not that the Dinotte isn't bright enough (it is) but just in case it should ever fail.
Yeah, I do the same thing - problem is, if the light fails, the battery dies, the connection breaks, etc etc - the light is behind you, so you don't know it.
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Old 03-12-10, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
Yeah, I do the same thing - problem is, if the light fails, the battery dies, the connection breaks, etc etc - the light is behind you, so you don't know it.
Had that problem today, as a matter of fact. The connector worked loose from the battery pack. Not sure how long I was riding without it. I think it was sliding around in my trunk bag.
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Old 03-12-10, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyF View Post
Had that problem today, as a matter of fact. The connector worked loose from the battery pack. Not sure how long I was riding without it. I think it was sliding around in my trunk bag.
Well *that* is the problem with the Dinotte AA lights - to keep the batteries in the battery holder and attached, you really have to go to a ton of work. You gotta rubber band the batteries in the holder, AND rubber band the connector to the holder, or rough bumps will sometimes jar the batteries away out of the holder and you'll lose the light.

IMO, I think they haven't fixed this problem because they want to provide incentive for people to pay more for the lith-ion version which has a well designed connector. Not the end of the world, but super annoying.
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Old 03-12-10, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
IMO, I think they haven't fixed this problem because they want to provide incentive for people to pay more for the lith-ion version which has a well designed connector. Not the end of the world, but super annoying.
Their support gets really cranky when you ask them about allowable voltages to feed into the lighthead. They start going on about how there would be no protection, it's dangerous, etc. Yes, thank you. What's the allowable voltage range?

They won't say. They really want you to just buy the next model up. Which I must say is tempting right now; at $195 the 400R is really calling to me...
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Old 03-12-10, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
Their support gets really cranky when you ask them about allowable voltages to feed into the lighthead. They start going on about how there would be no protection, it's dangerous, etc. Yes, thank you. What's the allowable voltage range?

They won't say. They really want you to just buy the next model up. Which I must say is tempting right now; at $195 the 400R is really calling to me...
Yeah, on the one hand the AA holder is super annoying and I'm annoyed they haven't fixed it. On the other hand, they're the only company I know of that makes a bike light designed to go on a bike that takes AA's (the only competition I know of are those LED flashlights), at least some of which seem to be of dubious quality themselves.

I ran across this on the RadioShack site:


https://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062254

Seems like it might work waaaaaaaaay better as it wouldn't let the batteries jostle around. The page also lists one of the 9V snap connectors the dinotte AA case uses as well...I wonder if there's some sort of bag out there that would let me attach it to my bike?
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Old 03-12-10, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
Yeah, on the one hand the AA holder is super annoying and I'm annoyed they haven't fixed it. On the other hand, they're the only company I know of that makes a bike light designed to go on a bike that takes AA's (the only competition I know of are those LED flashlights), at least some of which seem to be of dubious quality themselves.

I ran across this on the RadioShack site:


https://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062254

Seems like it might work waaaaaaaaay better as it wouldn't let the batteries jostle around. The page also lists one of the 9V snap connectors the dinotte AA case uses as well...I wonder if there's some sort of bag out there that would let me attach it to my bike?
I was having similar thoughts. I would like to mod the tailight to have a better battery holder, and a more secure connector. A case like you have and some sort of locking connector is what I am thinking.
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Old 03-14-10, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by IronMac View Post
Yes it is..regular price is $229...now it's $194.65. I think that they ran two sales in succession. The first sale (for which the OP posted this thread) did not have the 400R on sale.
Dammit - I was hoping that wasn't going to be on sale for awhile so my wallet can recover from other upgrades! Couldn't pass it up and added an 800L headlight to boot. My wife thinks I'm saving money by commuting to work, yeah right!
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Old 03-14-10, 11:14 AM
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I'm SOO tempted to get a 400R. A coworker told me just last week that the 140L was probably the only reason he actually saw me in time, as we were both heading into the sun and my silhouette was right next to the rising sun, yet he saw the 140L blinking.

So glad to have the 140L and the 400 is looking better...
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Old 03-14-10, 03:43 PM
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Just received and installed my 400R tailight.
The mounting options are great. I was able to mount it on the back of the seat rail, and it sits just below the back of saddle.
This brings the light up to more visible line of sight, and the light itself has plenty of brightness to give me the visibility I want. (This is important with the early morning commutes, with sleepy car drivers I contend with.)
I had a 140L before , and it was better than the blinkys I used in the past. I am impresed how much better the 400R shines.
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Old 03-14-10, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by rjc100 View Post
Just received and installed my 400R tailight.
The mounting options are great. I was able to mount it on the back of the seat rail, and it sits just below the back of saddle.
This brings the light up to more visible line of sight, and the light itself has plenty of brightness to give me the visibility I want. (This is important with the early morning commutes, with sleepy car drivers I contend with.)
I had a 140L before , and it was better than the blinkys I used in the past. I am impresed how much better the 400R shines.

The 400R is definitely bright, since I go to work at a later morning shift, and I don't have to wake up sleepy morning motorists, I use my 400 only on nightly winter commutes and even then in the steady mode and in the medium level since it is so bright and annoying in the strobe mode.
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Old 03-14-10, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
Yeah, I do the same thing - problem is, if the light fails, the battery dies, the connection breaks, etc etc - the light is behind you, so you don't know it.
On my 400R, if the battery dies at night, I can definitely tell that it's out whenever I happen to look in my rear view mirror, plus I've noticed that if the battery is getting low, my 400R when in steady mode, it will strobe very quickly a few times then go to a steady light when I turn it on, when normally it will just go straight to a steady light on a amply charged battery.
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Old 03-15-10, 02:51 PM
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Someone complimented me on my light today and is now going to buy one! You just don't get that with other lights!
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Old 03-19-10, 07:24 PM
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Just installed my new 400R and it saved my life at least once on the very first daylight ride. A teen driver was hot about something and wasn't paying attention so he almost rear-ended my recumbent at a corner stop. I'm sure the light is the only thing that caught his attention so he could skid to a stop just short of me. Later, another young (under 25?) driver zipped past several cars like they were standing still in a 35 MPH zone; he shied away from me and sped away. I'm not sure he'd have noticed me at that speed without the light. I think I've saved more than enough from one less trip to the ER to pay for it already!
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Old 03-22-10, 06:19 PM
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Hi all, I have an 800L, 400L and a 400R, and just ordered another 400R (on sale) for my girlfriend who just started road riding. I can't say enough about Dinotte quality and service. Sure they cost more, but so do my bikes, and the performance of the lights are incredible. Especially the 400R, it's like my helmet, I don't ride without it. Ride safe, Dale...
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Old 03-31-10, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
I was having similar thoughts. I would like to mod the tailight to have a better battery holder, and a more secure connector. A case like you have and some sort of locking connector is what I am thinking.
If you find a way to mount this on your bike, I would *LOVE* to hear about. :-) My hesitation in getting this is figuring out how to attach it to my bike. *Please* update this thread or send me a message if you get it to work. :-) Thanks.
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Old 04-01-10, 05:33 AM
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I really like the 400R because of its rack/seatstay mounting options, but how much work would it be to share it between bikes? Is there any kind of quick release like on many of their headlights, or do you have to unscrew it from the clamp?
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Old 04-02-10, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Metaluna View Post
I really like the 400R because of its rack/seatstay mounting options, but how much work would it be to share it between bikes? Is there any kind of quick release like on many of their headlights, or do you have to unscrew it from the clamp?
There's no QR, but mine came with a whole bag of different clamps and mounting hardware. When I swap it to a different bike, I'll leave the clamp in place and attach another clamp to the 2nd bike. I will still have to remove two screws that attach the clamp to the light. Not as convenient as other systems, but also slightly more secure and not too much of a pain unless you change very frequently. Mine will just go between winter and summer commuting bikes, so it's not a big deal.
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