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  1. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    Anyone have any experience with this light? Seems like a decent buy:
    • 13w hallogen
    • 7.2v NiMH battery (2 hour burn time) I'm betting these are pretty similar to the batteries used in RC cars and such, so easy to find spares/replacements
    • helmet mount, bar mount, and trickle charger
    • $120

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  2. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    Pretty sweet, I thought the Solo was only 10w..

    Solo Logic ($199) is a little brighter and has adjustable brightness for a longer burn time.

    Get the Solo Logic Turbo includes the better charger that you can leave the light on the charger w/o screwing up the battery.

    The turbo charger alone is $100, get it with the light and its less.
     
  3. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    the Light and Motion stuff is all cool :thumb:

    I want the ARC
     
  4. adurham

    adurham Monkey

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    honestly HID is the way to go it may cost a lot more but the difference is amazing
     
  5. ghostrider

    ghostrider 7034 miles, still no custom title

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    I have that exact light and it has worked fine for me. Tons of use and some seriously inclement weather in Arizona this year.
     
  6. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    The turbo charger is definitely nice, but my goal is to get out of this cheap without ending up wiht a crappy light. I can deal with the trickle charger assuming it's as easy/cheap to get new batteries as I need them. For the extra cost of the turbo charger, I'd spend the extra $40 or so for an HID with a 4 hour charger.

    I'd love to go HID, but no way am I spending that much money on something that I'm not 100% sure is going to get much use. If I end up using it a ton and decide HID is worth it, I'll use the hallogen as a second light in a bar/helmet 2 light setup.

    ghostrider - are you getting about the cliamed 2 hr burn time from the battery?
     
  7. ghostrider

    ghostrider 7034 miles, still no custom title

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    2 hours is about right. All of the night rides I do are less than that, and I've only had one problem with the light running out of juice. In that case I think it was my own damn fault for not plugging it in. Then there was the time I forgot the battery altogether.
     
  8. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    Don't even bother. You can take it with you as a backup, or let a friend borrow it, but if you have an HID on, you won't be able to see your halogen.
     
  9. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I have a HID helmet Mount, and at first I had my Trail Rat ( 10 Watt Halo ) mounted on the handle bars . THe HID over powered it so it made no difference.

    THe only One I have seen that Makes a difference is Ben-o approach a HID on the Helmet and a HID on the Bars.
     
  10. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    I've heard good things about an HID on the bars and a good halogen on the helmet

    On a side note... anyone know if any 7.2v NiMH battery will work with this thing? The LM battery is $100 - can I pick up a regular 7.2v at radio shack or wherever and have it work?
     
  11. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I don't see why it wouldn't , a basic halogen Light and a Battery is not exactly rocket science.
     
  12. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    That's a waste of the HID. You can ride with only a helmet mount HID, but it is a bit sketchy with just one halogen, though, the jet lite 20w was decent.

    Min AH = 13w / 6v* = 2.17 A So using the 70% rule, you will need a 3200 mAH battery.

    *remember they use a 6volt light then overvolt it with a 7.2v battery to increase brightness.
     
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    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    Yea, that is my thought as well. Would probably have to change out the connector(s) on the battery to fit the LM setup, but...

    I was looking at these if I decided I need backup batteries:
    two 7.2v 3300mAh for $35
     
  14. DHS

    DHS Friendly Neighborhood Pool Boy

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    i've had my ARC since it came out. love the thing to death. the turbo charger really takes about 4-6hours to fully charge it. and the light on low burn is still stupid bright and lasts over 4hours.
     
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    I have the Solo Logic with the turbo charger. Best bang for your buck...awesome light. I race 24 Hr with it on the bars and have never had any issues, and the burn times are as advertised. I think I had mine go for 6 hours on the "low" setting.
     
  16. ito

    ito Mr. Schwinn Effing Armstrong

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    How fast are the recharge times on that light? Would it be enough for a solo 24 hour race?

    The Ito
     
  17. blue

    blue boob hater

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    I'm not sure, I've never been stuck in a jam with it not having charged in time. Running it on low and medium on the downhills I got through a solo 24 with 2 batteries.