Thursday, November 04, 2004

Battery System and Recommendations

Now as far as a battery system goes, you need to be running a 12V battery for this particular light system to work properly. The bulb that you use is 12V therefore run a 12V battery. A small sealed lead acid will work perfectly as will a Nickel Metal Hydride or Nickel Cadmium or even a Lithium Ion.
You must ensure that the packs are properly charged and properly insulated electrically as well as from the elements. The last thing you want is a short circuiting wet battery in your back pack powering your light system.
Batteries can by purchased from many different sources like Radio Shack or a specialty battery shop or even an RC Hobby store. Just make sure you get a proper charger and you do not over charge you pack.
You can also use battery packs from cordless drills. As long as they are 12V you have the perfect battery and charger. Just make the appropriate connections and you are good to go.
Always test your light out. Meaning charge the pack and test your light at home to see how long it will operate. The last thing you want to do is get stuck in the forest in the dark. Also always ride with others at night and always carry a small battery operated flashlight that works. You never know what can happen in the dark of the forest.
Have Fun,


Anonymous said...

How long do your lights last?

Jhon said...

very nice post to understand about the use of this light, 1000w Twin Head Tripod Worklight is also very useful and its cover a wide area. Thanks

Jessica said...

Could you please tell me the size battery pack I would need for a 20, 30, or 50 watt bulb? Also is the light you use corded or solar powered? I have been unable to find the exact brand and model you use here in the states.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Nice blog. I thought this was for a quick and dirty bike light. Could probably do something similar for a headlight, but yours is going to be much brighter.

Anonymous said...

I made a typo. Corrected. Nice blog. I this youtube link for a quick and dirty bike light. Could probably do something similar for a headlight, but yours is going to be much brighter.

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Madrat Energy said...

Thats crazy! I was was just thinking if I really wanted to I could take one of my solar lights from my yard and use it as a bike light. On low they use little energy , last a very long time, like several hours, and are pretty darn bright!