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    Idea! older nite rider light upgrade ...

    hi all,

    have an older model nite rider ... unsure of exact model but it is perhaps 10-12 years old?
    was a pretty good light when i got it, although things have moved on quite a bit since ...

    light is housed in a billet aluminium casing [from memory the ad showed a van/suv parked on it to show how strong it was]
    bulb is 15W halogen
    battery pack is 5xNiCd 'D' cells [eveready energizer] in shrink wrapping packed into a handy under toptube pouch ... i have no idea what the rating [in Ah] on these batteries are, but i am guessing they are 1.2V?

    is it a matter of building another battery pack with similar batteries, or can i upgrade it to better batteries with longer run time ...
    can i use a sealed lead acid battery instead 6V 4Ah or a 6V 7Ah?

    hoping to get into some night riding when summer comes ... apparently riding the rotorua forest trails [new zealand] are awesome at night ...

    duration at full charge was about an hour ... if i can increase this it would be good too ...

    i normally ride with a camelbak so can store battery/pak in there in future ...

    thoughts, ideas or suggestions welcome ...

    cheers,
    hoogie
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    Could you post a picture of the light as it may (or may not) be a good light to convert to a cutter mr11 quad or triple kit.
    You may not want to go down that path but it's a good way to get the longer run times you want and also a lot more light.
    http://www.cutter.com.au/products.php?cat=LED+Kits

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty
    Could you post a picture of the light as it may (or may not) be a good light to convert to a cutter mr11 quad or triple kit.
    You may not want to go down that path but it's a good way to get the longer run times you want and also a lot more light.
    http://www.cutter.com.au/products.php?cat=LED+Kits
    those light look quite similar to: http://www.nightlightning.co.nz/adve...g_products.htm
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    Idea!

    what do you think ... upgrade battery pack or bin it and get a better one?
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    Yes they are the same as nightlightning.

    I'm not too big on halogen as they are very inefficient these days now that LED has more light and longer run times.
    You could get 7.4v Li-Ion battery from battery space.com or allbattery.com and over volt it a bit but you will require a new charger and a lead acid would weigh a ton.

    If you scroll down this thread you may get some ideas. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=495812

    But to be honest your best bet, given how much you would have to spend on a battery is to come upto date with an LED light with LI-Ion battery.

    Have a look at this for value http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.25149 it's not perfect and you can get one from Geoman who is checking the quality before he sends them out(with DX you don't know if you'll get a "good" one or a bad one). There is a tread on here about the DX light.

    Have a look at the light's shoot out at the top of the page as you may not want to go so cheep.
    There is always DIY

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