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High power 6v Lead-Acid frame fit battery is fitted with a hi-power 10watt micro halogen front light system. The easy recharge plug will ensure miles of SAFE night riding. Features: Operates 2.5 hours per charge 10 hours recharge time 10w high output halogen beam Quick release handlebar bracket mount (remove or adjusts in seconds) Lead-acid battery can be recharged 300 times Remote on/off switch Charger supplied with UK 3pin plug. 240v.
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banned#1
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#2
Thanks hellodave!

300 recharges doesn't sound an awful lot? I wonder if you can buy replacement batteries?
#3
FWIW ChainReactionCycles are also doing a similar unit for 19.99, with discounts for larger orders, they also have a twin unit with a secondary 2.5W light for longer running time in built up areas for the same money:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=1387

Replacement Lead Acid battery packs are available, but typically cost £30!

After about 300 charges, the charge held diminishes, but not significantly so. Also worth noting that real life applications you'll only be charging it daily or less over winter months, so you should get 2 good years out of one pack!

Finally IMHO whilst a reasonably good system, commuters may be better off using either LED front lights, or investing in a dynamo based system. There is nothing worse than setting off for a commute in the dark evening to discover half way through you forgot to switch the charger on the previous night!

YMMV - Rufus.
#4
Also note that these lead acid batteries are considerably heavy. I agree that a good LED light system is much better than these.

LED technology has moved on leaps and bounds ( for example) which has had some good reviews - so for the significant low weight and extremely long run times this is the technology communters should be looking towards.
banned#5
jazid
Also note that these lead acid batteries are considerably heavy. I agree that a good LED light system is much better than these.

LED technology has moved on leaps and bounds ( for example) which has had some good reviews - so for the significant low weight and extremely long run times this is the technology communters should be looking towards.


I specifically want something for offroad use...
Would a Cateye EL320 be up to the job? Or the Cateye EL530 :?

Or Cateye EL-500BS Power Opticube ???
banned#6
I think I will go for the the EL530. Anyone used one off-road?http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/productDetails.asp?productID=7955
THE EL-500 WAS THE BRIGHTEST BATTERY FRONT LED BY A MILE BUT HARNESSING THE VERY LATEST LED TECHNOLOGY, CATEYE’S NEW EL-530 SURPASSES THIS BY 50% WITH NO PRICE INCREASE!!!
USING ONE ULTRA BRIGHT WHITE LED WITHIN CATEYE’S PATENTED OPTICUBE LENS, THIS LIGHT HAS AN OUTPUT IN EXCESS OF 1500 CANDLEPOWER AND A MAXIMUM 50 HOUR RUN TIME!
THE EL-530 SPORTS A STYLISH GUNMETAL LENS HOUSING AND INCLUDES A MAGNETIC SWITCH, MAKING IT TOTALLY WATERPROOF AND WEATHER RESISTANT.
banned#7
*bump*
banned#8
just bought a new EL530 from the states on ebay: £25 delivered
in case anyones interested, i will post its off road performance...
#9
Yup I am always interested in off road light performance - Im off for a night ride myself tomorrow !

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