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Title: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: MatthewK on June 16, 2018, 08:24:01 AM
I currently use a Cateye Opti Cube which I like other than it being double A battery operated. It's perfect/sleek size. Easy to operate and easy to take on/off. It's plenty bright with fresh batteries. I don't ride at night so I don't use the always on setting, just the strobe to be better seen. So any recommendations to something similar to what I've got in a rechargeable model? Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: DreamFIRE on June 16, 2018, 10:17:47 AM

I don't have a recommendation but am considering one as well.  Some have rechargeable batteries within the removable light while others have batteries mounted to the bike and linked to the light with a cable.  Then you have the different brightness levels and run times.  I wasn't sure what to get, so I put it off since I have a working solution.  I currently have a flashlight mount with a small LED flashlight with a bright light (uses AA NiMH) and then a separate light with 4 AA NiMH batteries with a very long runtime and less bright LED.  So I'll use both if I'll be riding late evening.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: Brother Esau on June 16, 2018, 10:44:04 AM
I've been very happy with several NiteRider lights (bar mount and helmet mount). Good customer service also.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: AMandM on June 16, 2018, 12:52:01 PM
DH recently got a pair of Blackburn lights, I think the model is 2-fer XL. Pricey, but bright enough to make him comfortable riding in our heavy traffic, and cheaper than a month of transit.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: jac941 on June 16, 2018, 01:02:43 PM
I love the cygolight lights. Reasonably priced, frequently on sale somewhere, and a wide variety of models to choose from. We have several and Iíve been happy with all of them.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: meddling on June 16, 2018, 01:57:32 PM
I've got a Cycle Torch Night Owl (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XJXP6V8). It's USB-rechargable. I plug it into my desk computer once a week at work over the winter.

I've had it for almost two years now and it's survived my daily commute through Minnesotan-level rain and snow (and salt!).  It's not terribly bright, so I have a backup light (battery) as well on particularly dark nights where I want more visibility.  The build quality is not amazing but it's held up, and still holds a charge over the summer when I barely use it.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: Dave1442397 on June 16, 2018, 02:28:57 PM
If you just need a flashing strobe, the Bontrager Ion 100R/Flare R City are fantastic lights. They're tiny, recharge via USB, and are the brightest lights I see on our rides. I use them all the time. I usually get home around sunset at certain times of the year, and the front light does provide enough illumination if you know the road.

I just bought another set at 20% off today at my local bike shop.

https://www.sunrisecyclery.com/product/bontrager-ion-100-r-flare-r-city-light-set-295630-1.htm?variations=38194,38195&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6pLZBRCxARIsALaaY9bex9H2rCbNpv7t2jDLsPGsnIXnVTqhk7BPBkur-wexc6r7IfzhazAaAodFEALw_wcB
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: Rylito on June 16, 2018, 09:15:51 PM
Second the NiteRider recommendation and can vouch for their great customer service.  I broke the port that the charging cord plugs into on my 3 year old light and they repaired it for free, no questions asked.  Their lights are super bright so will be highly visible even in the daytime on blink mode.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: The Guru on June 17, 2018, 08:15:44 PM
I wonder if this is a design flaw, as BOTH mine and my wife's succumbed in the same fashion in  the last year or so. I didn't know they could/would repair them- I'll have to see if I still have them. Other than that, I agree on the brightness, especially with respect to price; my old 350 was as  bright as I ever felt I needed (great flashlights when not in use on the bike, too!)

Currently we're using another Niterider (550/ hers) and a Light & Motion Urban 900 (mine). I'm not sure the NR isn't every bit as bright as the L&M, though I suspect the beam pattern has a lot to do with that.
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: Laserjet3051 on June 18, 2018, 09:08:42 AM
i second the recommendation for the Bontrager Ion 100R/Flare R City lights. I just won one in a sweepstakes at my LBS and I have never seen a bike light so bright in my life. Also the flasher, flashes using a random delay. This really catches drivers attention as opposed to a flasher with a regular flash interval.

Plus the rechargeable batteries dont need to be replaced every X rides, and u can recharge then from any usb connection.

Great product!
Title: Re: rechargeable bike head light recommendations?
Post by: MatthewK on July 18, 2018, 12:16:44 PM
update....so I ordered the Blackburn 2fer and really liked them as far as brightness. The downside is they are bigger and heavier than I anticipated. Some of our roads around here are in terrible shape so sometimes they would need to be straightened mid ride due to the vibration moving them no matter how tight I made the strap. Also, one of them wouldn't keep a charge properly so I sent them back.  I just ordered the Bontrager Ion light that some have referred to here, so we shall see. They look much smaller so I do like that.