Re:Wheel Light - Monkeylectric alternative
- 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: