New Red Zone 8 light

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Magnum9 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:18 pm

Well after defending how great these lights are, mine finally died. Got 2 years out of it, no reason it shouldn't have lasted 10 though.

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Timeonabike » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:05 pm

jcjordan wrote:
Timeonabike wrote:Still waiting for my order....this is getting silly.

4 emails in regards to my request for a warranty replacement again.

Give up, light is in the bin and I will never touch these guys again


I see they've spent my cash on a new website though...maybe, just maybe I'll get one before the dark mornings and evenings disappear...

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby biker jk » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:50 pm

My Cygolite Hotshot is going strong. I've gone a month cycling without charging it (40 hours of use). Super bright and great battery. Couldn't be happier.

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby warthog1 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:23 pm

biker jk wrote:My Cygolite Hotshot is going strong. I've gone a month cycling without charging it (40 hours of use). Super bright and great battery. Couldn't be happier.

Looks like a good light. My next one I reckon, I like the run time and brightness. Thanks :)

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby NhiTrac » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:14 pm

Timeonabike wrote:
jcjordan wrote:
Timeonabike wrote:Still waiting for my order....this is getting silly.

4 emails in regards to my request for a warranty replacement again.

Give up, light is in the bin and I will never touch these guys again


I see they've spent my cash on a new website though...maybe, just maybe I'll get one before the dark mornings and evenings disappear...


Mine took one email for a replacement. Thought it did take about a month to come....
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Timeonabike » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:37 am

Timeonabike wrote:Still waiting for my order....this is getting silly.


Another month goes by - nuttin.

And their website is still asking for pre-orders.

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:33 am

Ahh Australian customer service :roll: .
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby nigel1963 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:27 pm

Drat, that's not good.
Mine is going well, very happy with the big pool of light behind the bike, certainly gets attention.
Getting about 1:15 on maximum strobe before it switches down to the lower setting.

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Timeonabike » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:28 pm

Well, finally got the thing around two weeks ago, and on pure lighting ability it kicks multiple asses.

However:
Why design it so that twisting the end off (instead of pulling it off) will destroy the circuit board?
Why design it to require that much force to remove the end to charge it? Some kinda plug (see every other usb charged device in the world) would do the trick.
Mounting strap pretty much only works for a seatpost application.
The vent hole for fitting the charging cap back on looks like it was made by a schoolkid with blunt pocket knife.
Winge winge winge.

Anyway, MacGuyver'd up a mount using a single DETA Brand Conduit Mounting Clip PVC 25mm - pack of two for 40 cents (!)from Bnnnnings - and a small strip of tube rubber to stop it slipping round, then bolted it to my Supertourist rack. Works a treat.
Next MacGuyering will be to sort out the charging port nonsense before I inadvertently break the thing.

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby kb » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:51 am

NiteFlux suggest vaseline to pull the cap off more easily. I went with silicon spray and it's been slippy enough for a few months. Also found pulling the side out a bit to leave an air gap when pushing the cap back on helps as the air release slit isn't quite large enough (and I'd rather not cut it further).
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Timeonabike » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:07 pm

kb wrote:NiteFlux suggest vaseline to pull the cap off more easily. I went with silicon spray and it's been slippy enough for a few months. Also found pulling the side out a bit to leave an air gap when pushing the cap back on helps as the air release slit isn't quite large enough (and I'd rather not cut it further).


Cheers KB,

I'll give it a go - got some of that silicon spray in the shed - slipperiest substance known to humankind

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:44 pm

If there's rubber involved (not knowing the design of the light) don't use Vaseline, it buggers up rubber o rings, silicon lube is what you want.
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby NhiTrac » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:12 am

So did you guys buy the 8 or the new RZ4?

I was sent a replacement for a warranty on the previous RZ4 and thought that it was an 8, until I checked the website a couple days ago. The new 8 has 2 bulbs at each end and the 4 is one at each end. Not too fussed, just thought I'd point it out.

Re mounting the thing, I've got rid of my saddle bag/tool bottle altogether as my stem just wasn't long enough. Now I carry all my tools inside a ziplock bag which goes in my jersey pocket. I've managed to arrange it so it fits together nicely and is quite a small tight pack.

Touch wood I won't come off the bike onto my back as landing on 3 co2, a mini pump, some Allen keys, a tube and some patches can't be fun :?
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:52 am

NhiTrac wrote:Touch wood I won't come off the bike onto my back as landing on 3 co2, a mini pump, some Allen keys, a tube and some patches can't be fun :?

That's why only soft stuff goes in my jersey pockets. It shouldn't be hard to find a (gruesome) pic or two...
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby rifraf » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:07 pm

Timeonabike wrote:Well, finally got the thing around two weeks ago, and on pure lighting ability it kicks multiple asses.

then bolted it to my Supertourist rack. Works a treat.
Cheers,

Time

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Timeonabike » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:25 pm

Finally got the time...

So, I got the RZ4, by accident (finger trouble at the keyboard) but no matter, it still kicks asses.

Pics of the mounting arrangement on the link below with luck - the strip of tube makes all the difference:

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Not pretty, but so what...

Cheers

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby rifraf » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:35 pm

Thanks Heaps :!:
Nice to be able to visualise what everyone is commenting on. :idea:
Nice mounting job :!:
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby DavidTomic » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:25 pm

My woes with the 1st generation RZ4 have already been fairly well documented, however I did always say that (while it worked), it was the best quality light that money could buy IMHO.

That being said, I have finally decided to bite the bullet and order one of the new RZ8 models, and (so far) I'm pretty darn impressed with it.

It's only been on the bike for a couple of weeks now though, and (same as the last model) reliability is ultimately going to be the deciding factor here.

Fingers crossed that this one fares a lot better in that department!!!

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby jcjordan » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:28 pm

After all the problems that I had and the complete lack of response to my last request for a warranty replacement has done the dash with me.

I will never buy from them again or recommend them.

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby il padrone » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:38 pm

I saw this one last week. Staggeringly bright :shock:

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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby rangersac » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:12 pm

SWMBO has used the Serfas version of these (Thunderbolt) for the last six months with no dramas, and it's plenty bright. Only downside is run time is a bit limited for longer rides.
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:39 pm

One of my local bike shops has those, very bright but that runtime isn't much chop. I got a Moon Gem instead which isn't anywhere near as bright but still pretty damn good and has a great runtime. A good price too, and the usb recharging is so much better than AAAs.
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby rangersac » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:59 pm

ldrcycles wrote:One of my local bike shops has those, very bright but that runtime isn't much chop. I got a Moon Gem instead which isn't anywhere near as bright but still pretty damn good and has a great runtime. A good price too, and the usb recharging is so much better than AAAs.


The Thunderbolt and the Comet are both USB rechargeable.
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:46 pm

Yea I was comparing it to my previous lights, Tioga Dualeyes.
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Re: New Red Zone 8 light

Postby Paul B » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:23 pm

rangersac wrote:SWMBO has used the Serfas version of these (Thunderbolt) for the last six months with no dramas, and it's plenty bright. Only downside is run time is a bit limited for longer rides.


Just bought one of these... Super bright and rated at 9.5 hrs use on flashing mode.
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