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  • Bright light, impressive array of LEDs

    posted by dbecker on 08/17/2007
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    This bike light has three sets of LEDs and four modes:
    10 LEDs inner ring
    17 LEDs middle ring
    26 LEDs outer ring

    The first three modes lights additional rings, the fourth mode flashes all 53 LEDs.

    With a fresh set of three Akaline AA cells the light consumes:

    10 LEDs 175mA
    27 LEDs 550mA
    53 LEDs 880mA

    With mid-quality NiMH cells I measured
    10 LEDs 155mA
    27 LEDs 420mA
    53 LEDs 670mA

    The battery voltage and current sagged quickly in the all-LEDs-on mode.

    A significant advantage is that this light uses lower-cost AA cells instead of AAA cells. And with this current draw you'll be concerned about capacity and cost.

    The light is visually interesting, with a dramatic array of LEDs on a 55mm diameter mirror background. The array is easily seen through the flat clear plastic lens on the front.

    The handlebar clamp is 1"/25mm nominal, with a clamping range of about 3mm -- not enough for a larger or smaller bar.

    Cons:

    In 53 LED mode the high current caused the batteries I was using to drop in voltage pretty quickly, reducing the current. The batteries would likely last noticably less than 2 hours -- pretty much unacceptable for most users.

    OtherThoughts:

    The handlebar clamp may have been designed for a smaller, lighter lamp. I'll add to this review if it fails in use.

    Bottomline:

    If you consider power-hungry 53 LED mode reserved for occasional use, or like the look of a large array of LEDs, this is the light for you. Otherwise a smaller, lighter model should be considered.

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