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What are the brightest taillights at reasonable price now?

Old 10-21-21, 04:44 PM
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I received a new PlanetBike (PB) 65 and a Cygolight Hotshot Pro 150. I currently use a Portland Design Works (PDW) Radbot1000 and several PB SuperFlashes (not Turbo).

Cygolight 150 ($36)
-Uses different clip size than PB and PDW eliminating interchangeability with my families 6 bikes. That is annoying.
-Has best solid beam pattern, similar to PB Superflash, but much brighter - a center filled moderately narrow beam that 100' back is still extremely wide, wider than needed.
-Has only 2hr battery life (per instructions) at full steady on full brightness. Brightness can be reduced, but there is no way to know how much battery life is gained and no way to get a repeatable (say 80%) brightness setting. This is a problem as my night rides are 3hr+ and this was to be my seatpost steady beam light.
-Despite interchangeability issue, short battery life and prior issues with Cygolights failing I'll probably keep it.

PB 65: ($26)
-Close up it is brighter than the old PB Superflash, but it has a weird and wide donut shape beam that is dark in the center with a thin ring - that ring 100' back is far wider than any road. At 20' back it is much dimmer than my old Superflash. It must go back as the Superflash is far better beam even if not as bright at 6" and saves a few bucks too. A PB Superflash Turbo is what I'll get instead. Not sure what PB was thinking with this light.
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Old 10-23-21, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I received a new PlanetBike (PB) 65 and a Cygolight Hotshot Pro 150. I currently use a Portland Design Works (PDW) Radbot1000 and several PB SuperFlashes (not Turbo).

Cygolight 150 ($36)
-Uses different clip size than PB and PDW eliminating interchangeability with my families 6 bikes. That is annoying.
-Has best solid beam pattern, similar to PB Superflash, but much brighter - a center filled moderately narrow beam that 100' back is still extremely wide, wider than needed.
-Has only 2hr battery life (per instructions) at full steady on full brightness. Brightness can be reduced, but there is no way to know how much battery life is gained and no way to get a repeatable (say 80%) brightness setting. This is a problem as my night rides are 3hr+ and this was to be my seatpost steady beam light.
-Despite interchangeability issue, short battery life and prior issues with Cygolights failing I'll probably keep it.
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I have the cygolite 200 and it operates very similarly to yours. Have you considered the steady along with the blink? I believe that extends the duration of the light for another hour or so. Not sure if the battery is the same on the 150 and 200. Agree with you though, these cygolites are amazing and happy with the output.
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Old 10-23-21, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by vol View Post
And make mounting more flexible and secure, which really shouldn't be so hard.
I don't have trouble with taillights coming loose, but do think that a desire for easily-removed lights is at odds with secure mounting. Just commit!
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Old 10-23-21, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by vascof1 View Post
I have the cygolite 200 and it operates very similarly to yours. Have you considered the steady along with the blink? I believe that extends the duration of the light for another hour or so. Not sure if the battery is the same on the 150 and 200. Agree with you though, these cygolites are amazing and happy with the output.
There is no mode that is steady w/flash.
I never said they were amazing. I have my fingers crossed as I had a cygo taillight fail and would constantly change modes and turn on/off by itself and a headlight that wouldn't' hold charge after a few months of use.
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Old 10-23-21, 03:04 PM
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Without seeing this thread I just did two days of research with a similar budget. LOTS of candidates. I am interested in daylight capability for one reason: I have a recumbent and I would like to avoid using a flag. I should imagine 100lm is ENOUGH to accomplish that. For years I have used PB Superflashes on upright bikes and inevitably they fail in some way after a few months. More than one has separated from itself because of a hard knock or bounced out of its clip.

Horizontal clips are very useful. I have an Ascent commuter headlight/tailight combo that has a horizontal clip for the taillight but it is not meant for performance. I have the light but not its clip. What I have bought was Portland Design Works's 'Danger Zone' twin (0.5W) LED flasher. $30 and free shipping because I bought a couple of other things. The horizontal clip was $6.00. PDW and Planet Bike mounting hardware tends to be compatible. FWIW.

BTW I've always favored MagicShine headlights, but the next time I am in the market I plan to look at the Cygolite 800lm offering. If Cygolites are winding up in landfill's so are Lupine Tesla's and Busch and Mueller whatevers. Nothing is immune from failure and it is what it is. I'm not going to be shamed into buying crazy expensive European lighting equipment because it really isn't all that much better as to justify the outlier pricing.
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