twowheelsgood said:Depends on how "intelligent" it is.
NiCd and NiMH both need constant current charging and are best terminated with "delta-peak" detection i.e. you charge, the terminal voltage increases until it reaches capacity then it drops.
This means you can usually use the same charger. Lead acid and lithium ones are different.
GrahamG said:Interesting Mr twowheelsgood - may have to give over the LED light rechargeables to the new Wii controllers!
beanzontoast said:Hmm... thanks for that.
Methinks I'll give it a go, but do it while I'm in the room to keep an eye on it and see that all is well. Be good if it works - I have a few NiCads left that fit bike lights, and with using them mornings already and evenings as well soon, I thought it a good time to investigate the situation.
beanzontoast said:I'm a recent convert to led lights, having used bog-standard bulb-driven jobs until now. I've got two identical sets of Cateye front and rear led lights for myself and Mrs B, so will see how they go with the NiCads first and the NiMHs second. Will be interesting to find out how they fare.
I would expect in these eco-aware times that designers of modern led lights would assume people would want to be able to use rechargeable batteries in them - don't you think?
If you are using alkalines, you should check your light for brightness at the end of your journey before turning it off, not at the start after turning it on.marinyork said:To an extent. I wanted to be able to use rechargeables. However my first set of rubbish alkaline batteries lasted over a year in my rear light and I was giving them a right hammering, doing a lot of night-time winter cycling. I think a year's perfectly legit to be honest. If I was using a light that required more than 2x AA and they didn't last anywhere near as long then it'd be very different (probably the situation others are in).