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    Got a dead light battery?

    My Light & Motion battery was no longer holding a charge over 1 hour running on low and 20 min on high. I shopped around for a new replacement and the best I found was $129 (always seemed to miss the $99 deal on Chainlove).

    A friend that I ride with suggested that I take it to the Batteries Plus store and see what they can do. Worth a shot, I guess.

    I took it in and explained that it was a 9 cell 10.8v unit and asked if they could replace they cells. The guy took a look at it and glanced at a price sheet. He looked up at me and said he could fix it up good but it would cost at least $40.

    Whoooooo-hooooooo! only $40?? do it now!!! 2 days later I had a renewed battery pack for my HID that still works with the oem charger and has been burning on high for the last 3 hours!!!

    Bring on the night rides (thanks jeff)

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    This needs to be a sticky in the lights fourm.
    Faster is better, even when it's not.

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    Between your lights and me breaking stuff maybe NOW we can finish a ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzthepug
    Between your lights and me breaking stuff maybe NOW we can finish a ride

    except for all the rain in the forcast



    FWIW - about to hit the 4 hour mark with the lights on high!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    When I saw your post I was going to reply and suggest Batteries Plus but it looks like you already know about them. My experience with them has always been good.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Can you post any specs on the batteries you bought?
    My L&I battery is starting to go...
    Sounds like batteries plus is a retail chain? We don't have 'em here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Can you post any specs on the batteries you bought?
    My L&I battery is starting to go...
    Sounds like batteries plus is a retail chain? We don't have 'em here.
    It is a retail chain http://www.batteriesplus.com/

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    I remember one of them opened some years ago in a town I used to travel through. Perhaps one of the earliest adopters of the franchise. I kind of felt bad for them when sometime while they were building the shop up, a car drove through it and destroyed the house it was in.

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    batteries plus quoted me $110 to replace the battery for my NR Classic. Batteryspace wants $61.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Can you post any specs on the batteries you bought?
    My L&I battery is starting to go...
    Sounds like batteries plus is a retail chain? We don't have 'em here.
    the tech that did the work on it was already gone on Friday when I got there so I couldn't ask what he used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinoadventures
    batteries plus quoted me $110 to replace the battery for my NR Classic. Batteryspace wants $61.
    I guess my $40 price can be chalked up to a benefit of living in Northern Alabama.

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    www.batteryspace.com

    awesome for batteries and lighting.
    3po armorless, the first weight weenie.

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    Was that the lithium ion or nickle metal hidride battery (I'm running 2 L&M lights and have one of each)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Was that the lithium ion or nickle metal hidride battery (I'm running 2 L&M lights and have one of each)?
    Mine was the NiMh.

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    I bought a 24-pack of 1.2v NiMH AA cells with soldered on tabs off eBay for $25 (enough for two L&M Hid batteries) and did the rebuild myself. If you have even basic soldering skills you can do it. The AA cells are slightly smaller than the cells that came stock, so I assume the run time will be reduced. The battery is smaller and lighter now though, which is nice.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    Take it to the next level

    I built a few battery packs up for me and my friends, then started tinkering in building DIY LED lights. This particular helmet light was made from copper plumbing parts, blows away my L&M HID with the amount of light and throw down the trail, and burns for 3.5 hours at the highest setting. There is some great DIY stuff on the Lighting forum that is much more refined then my design, but I don't have access to a CNC machine and you can build this with just basic tools. The parts to build a light like this cost ~$50 or so.


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    Doesn't that get a bit hot with the metal housings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    Doesn't that get a bit hot with the metal housings?

    No, actually the exposed copper is precisely why this design works. LEDs generate a lot of heat that needs to be dissipated or it will cook your LEDs. Having the metal exposed to the outside environment means the heat is shed easily and the light reaches a steady state condition of just warm to the touch. If I run it indoors with no ventilation, then it gets hot but so does every HID light too.

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