Ive went rechargeable a few years back but the cateye site shows that they still make AA and AAA lights.I much prefer AA lights. Rears using them seem rare though. Can you recommend any?
+1The models of lights availability change constantly. Cateye 610 tail lights take AAAs, are very effective and have stood the test of time.
I'm a big fan of these lights - especially for the price.Either the Phaart Bleep Dual at £1.99
or the Phaart Booster at £2.99
Occasionally they are on a crazy offer for about 50p and 99p respectively but well worth the full price. (I have both.)
The rapid 3 you showed is a great light. Very visible and as it uses a single AA there are no battery balancing issues. Makes it handy for using up older batteries. There is a strange issue with the cover bouncing off though which doesn't seem to apply to the front version. The front is my favourite front flasher, fine for any area where there is streetlighting. It should never have been effectively discontinued for UK users but we all know why. I got my last one from ebay, shipped from Japan.Ive went rechargeable a few years back but the cateye site shows that they still make AA and AAA lights.
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I bought several of those as was concerned that with the onward march of usb it would be discontinued.I have this Cateye on the back of my Trek. I have the USB rapid mini on the other.
The battery operated one's performance is staggering and I think its due to the way Cateye design the reflectors around the LEDs that makes them perform exceptionally delivering bright, wide field of view and functional lighting.
These used to be sold on Ebay for next to nothing. I probably have at least 8 maybe more on trailers and bikes. Had them for years still going strong. Alas not selling them anymore but found ones similar using same fittings. Lasted maybe 6 months then they wouldn't turn off a month or so later wouldn't turn on. Bugger. Still keep an eye for the one above. Great brightness and very very waterproof. Buy them if you find them. I do agree with the AA bit though. I believe they last 2.5 times longer. I rarely use rechargeable for rear lights. Full brightness then protection kicks in and they go out and you don't know. Have tried mix one rechargeable and one disposable this way you can spot the rechargeable needs charging because the light isn't as bright. Not really a great idea. Memory fails me when it comes to remembering to recharge. As an aside, Which rates as IKEA rechargeable as best buy. Very good capacity and dirt cheap. Just noticed not showing picture I am referring to the bottom lightView attachment 497172
They are both well-sealed against the elements and have survived several years of dreich Glasgow weather unscathed. The red plastic housing snaps very tightly against the rubber seal so there's probably no need to do what I do with lesser seals and smear a wee bit of Vaseline around them. The only other thing I can think of at the moment is that they both use the same mount.