best bike lights that use AA/AAA
I am interested in lights that use disposable batteries. I prefer AA but AAA would be ok. If the light were bike specific to ease bar/helmet mounting that would be a plus too.
I have a Fenix ld20 that is really nice, but kind of heavy on my helmet where I want to use it.
I've also used various headlamps from Black Diamond with good success. I've had good luck running their Spot on my bars and helmet, and have run the Storm on my helmet too.
What suggestions do folks have for lights in this category? Is there anyone using the latest technologies making such lights?
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Yes, DiNotte the only one I know of that still offers anything in an AA choice. With the exception of unsupported touring, I still don't know why anyone would want a light using AA's.
Originally Posted by gmcttr
I have to admit though, DiNotte continues to surprise me. They now actually list the upgraded 200L as the 200L plus and even more surprising, they tell you it's using an XP-G emitter........*thud*....excuse me, that was me falling out of my chair.
Anyway since the OP wanted something for the helmet he might want to send DiNotte an e-mail asking about optic options for both the new 200L+ and the AA version XML-1 to see which has a spot optic ( helmet ) and which gives the better output lumen wise vs. the tighter beam pattern. Believe me, if you don't ask them these kind of questions you will have no idea which is best or what's available....And ask them about alternative mounting options just for the hell of it because you never know.
That said, I would go with a 200L+ if a spot optic is available ( for the helmet ) and with a XML-1 ( AA ) standard optic on the bars. Run time for either should likely be the same but ask just to be sure. Just be sure to ask if the optics ( on either light ) are *USER switchable. The old 200L's "were", not sure about the new stuff. ( *to be more specific, ask if both offer a spot vs. a flood optic option and if they are user switchable )
With DiNotte take nothing for granted. Ask the right questions and you will get answers. Fail to ask the right questions and you are on your own.
Last edited by Cat-man-do; 02-12-2012 at 03:55 PM.
Originally posted by freewheel
Is there anyone using the latest technologies making such lights?
All my lights will run of 7.4V Li-Ion packs or a 6x AA battery holder. Can configure for both bar or helmet. Also do a couple of other flavors using TaskLed drivers that will really let you milk the batteries if needed. Been supplying to riders using them on muliti day races and treks where electricity is scarce.
PM me if you want some more information
Yes, I need something for unsupported touring where I don't have options to charge batteries but I can buy disposables. I don't necessarily need something super bright, just something that will keep me moving.
Scar, that looks sweet. I'll be in touch!
Any other thoughts are appreciated.
Scar, nice to see someone else offer something for AA users. I'll try to remember that in the future.
Originally Posted by scar
What agreat looking light, What kind of lumens does it throw. Is it very expensive, as lights can go crazy money. Suppose would work on rechargable AA, s if you wish. Nice.
Here is a recent AA build I did for somebody wanting to use it for a 260 mile canoe race called The Texas Water Safari. I had never heard of such a race and it sounds totally insane! Here is a video of what it looks like -
Built up my standard Amoeba (single mode, on/off) using Cree XM-L2's mated up with Ledil Regina reflectors. Also used one of Vancbiker's GoPro adapters which makes using the light for both a canoe and bike light really easy. Did a 10ft extension cable back to the AA battery holders. Made up three 12x AA holders that will supply 9 hours of runtime each. Each pack will then be sealed up using self-fusing silicone tape. Light head is 1 1/2" wide x 2 1/8" long and 3/4" tall making, for a very low profile light source.