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    New Taillight For The Road

    Earlier this week I went to turn on my Cateye Rapid X taillight and the battery was dead. When I got home I plugged it in to charge. I left it charge for a couple of hours and it wouldn't turn on. This unit was my second unit in a row to brick after I accidentally let the batter drain to E.

    I really like the Rapid X due to its profile and brightness but I refuse to spend $45 a year on taillight. Yesterday after work I swung by my LBS and picked up a Niterider Omega 300 taillight. I went for a ride after work and it was starting to get dusk so I turned on my taillight. Holy frick is this new light bright! I would say it's twice as bright as the Rapid X and only cost $10 more.

    I'm hoping this light doesn't brick if it goes dead, and I know the issue with the other two were completely my fault, life happens.

    Point of the story is if anyone is on the market for a super bright taillight for $55 give the Niterider Omega 300 a look.

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    A light should not "brick" if you let the battery run down all the way. So not your fault.

    I've been using the Cygolite Hotrod 50 for a couple of years and often run the battery through its cycle. No problems charging it. I ususally get 5 or 6 rides before I need to charge it again and it's very bright.
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    Cannot beat this rear light. It's a torch and compact. .

    https://road.cc/content/review/23188...akt-rear-light

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    Not a fan of built-in batteries for this exact reason. I prefer taillights that use AAAs, and I try to keep a set in the charger that is fresh ready to go. NiMH batteries also fare much better than Li-Ion during winter riding when temp dips below freezing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova_rider View Post
    NiMH batteries also fare much better than Li-Ion during winter riding when temp dips below freezing.
    Huh? I wouldn't own a light with NiMH, they suck - terrible life and memory issues etc. I've used Li-Ion battery lights at 7 below Zero F and haven't had a single issue, not interested in riding any colder than that.
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    At least I can simply replace these or slap in some alkalines in a pinch. While Li-ion works in cold, the run time suffers. Other symptoms I've seen with Li-ion are self-discharge when not in use and loses run time as it age. Not a fan of tossing a perfectly good light just because the built-in battery died. Regardless of chemistry, I find lights with replaceable battery are far more useful than non-replaceable ones.

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