Re: [rootsradicals] Wheel Light - Monkeylectric alternative
- I got something like the LED image maker. a little different, but similar. It was about $12 I think though my grand daughter got it for me last Christmas. It is kind of heavy, but it is very bright! It shines on passing cars and things like bridge railings when I ride past at night. MUCH more durable and easy to use than the Schwinn lettering lights that I also got, for a much higher price!
markOn Sat, Nov 1, 2008 at 8:09 PM, Tone <Tone@...> wrote:
Ever since someone brought up the Monkeylectric multi-colored
and multi-patterned Persistence-Of-Vision (POV) wheel lights, I have
been thinking of getting a pair. In case you do not know about them,
here is a link:
I even put it on my X-mas list, and figured my wife might
purchase them for me because she obviously wants me to be as visible and
safe as possible while riding at night, etc.
Well, just recently my wife pointed out this other POV
multi-pattern wheel light to me:
The immediate obvious MAJOR difference is price. The Bike Spoke
LED Design Maker is only $7 while Monkeylectric is $65! That is almost
ten times more in price difference. Another difference is the LED Design
Maker seems to give off only one color of light, whereas the
Monkeylectric has numerous color options. It is hard to tell from the
photos of the LED Design Maker, but they also seem much lower in light
intensity than the Monkeylectric.
The LED Design Maker site says it has 36 design patterns, five
word phrase options, a wheel rotation count display, and a clock
display. I guess as long as you are moving you will never have to worry
about someone stopping you to ask for the time. :) On the other hand the
Monkeylectric appears to be fairly user-customizable and boasts
thousands of changing patterns and colors.
The LED Design Maker does not mention if the lights are visible
from multiple angles rather than just one or both sides. However, the
Monkeylectric site does state the lights are visible from nearly 360
Considering the LED Design Maker is relatively very cheap I
think my wife will get me those for Xmas anyway. If she does, then I
will be able to determine whether they are any good or not. I do find it
hard to believe they would be of decent quality considering their very
low price, especially when compared to the Monkeylectric. The LED Design
maker site does state they are made from waterproof plastic, so at least
there is some supposed level of weather protection.
Anyway, I just thought I would point the LED Design Maker out as
a cheaper alternative if anyone liked the idea of the Monkeylectric, but
could not afford its higher price tag. Also, if anyone on this list
already has any experience with the LED Design maker, then please share
that with us.
Thank you all and ride safe,
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- I think most of them are derived from this one:
and if you want to add more colors, you add more kits in different
(DANGER: political content at link. Only fake Americans should click
- I had to click, because I've only ever lived in Fake America. That's
You guys are making me wish I ever rode my bike at night so I could
have cool lights too. :)
On Nov 1, 2008, at 8:10 PM, David Chase wrote:
> I think most of them are derived from this one:
> and if you want to add more colors, you add more kits in different
> (DANGER: political content at link. Only fake Americans should click
- Hey Tone & Everyone,
I've searched a lot for decent spoke lights, I think they are fun, and
that they also increase visibility.
I tried something like the one you sent the link for, ordered two from
eBay, and I found it to have several issues:
1. Only could be seen from one side.
2. It was heavy (though the one you sent a link for might be lighter,
I do not know)
3. It was bulky and a bit difficult to install
4. It threw off wheel balance
5. Batteries were a PITA to replace (pain in the you know what)
6. One of them died after only about 1.5 months of use.
Then, I moved onto the NiteIze spokelit. This is a very simple device
that is just a single color. It is lightweight and appears to be
durable. I used that for several months and was happy with it, but I
wanted something flashier. It is great, however, if you just want a
durable, low cost, spoke light maker.
I got over the price tag, and moved onto the Mokeylectric light. Wow,
this thing is so far superior to the other two, that we decided to
carry them in our store. It is brighter, lighter weight, waterproof,
programmable, multi color, produces light on both sides, and produces
much better patterns. I have one on my bike now, and love it. It
appears to be built to last, though I have only had about a month of
testing on it so far.
Based on these experiences, I would recommend the Spokelit if you are
looking for an inexpensive but durable spoke light, and I would
recommend the Monkeylectric light if you want one that produces fancy
patterns. The "SpokePOV" lights look nice too, but you have to build
them from a kit (and we are already too busy building circuit boards
for batteries, so I haven't had time for that).
> Ever since someone brought up the Monkeylectric multi-colored
> and multi-patterned Persistence-Of-Vision (POV) wheel lights, I have
> been thinking of getting a pair. In case you do not know about them,
> here is a link:
> I even put it on my X-mas list, and figured my wife might
> purchase them for me because she obviously wants me to be as visible
> safe as possible while riding at night, etc.
> Well, just recently my wife pointed out this other POV
> multi-pattern wheel light to me: