Hub Dynamos in Australia

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby Aushiker » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:09 am

rifraf wrote:I rate the Xiaomi batteries and now own three of them though I've yet to experiment with charging them via the dyno-hub.


Good to know. I have ordered an Anker charging block. Will sort out a short power cable later and will now order a battery.

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Postby RonK » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:22 pm

rifraf wrote:Its not a good sign that I'm already imagining the possibilities of colour combinations.
I like the polished silver but like the thought of black highlights.


How could you possibly resist?
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rifraf wrote:I'm looking forward to eyeballing your setup. I was trying to imagine where you might be keeping your battery amongst your varied options of "gas tank" type bag, chaff or frame bag.

It's in my top tube bag along with my camera, and is connected to both the charging port and the input port on the Beacon. I only use on trips though, don't bother around town

rifraf wrote:Oh and where are you hosting your pics :?: :idea: I'd given up for a while after a certain sites attempt at extortion. :evil:

Some are on Imgur, others are on Google Photos.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby rifraf » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:19 pm

RonK wrote:
rifraf wrote:Its not a good sign that I'm already imagining the possibilities of colour combinations.
I like the polished silver but like the thought of black highlights.


How could you possibly resist?
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rifraf wrote:I'm looking forward to eyeballing your setup. I was trying to imagine where you might be keeping your battery amongst your varied options of "gas tank" type bag, chaff or frame bag.

It's in my top tube bag along with my camera, and is connected to both the charging port and the input port on the Beacon. I only use on trips though, don't bother around town

rifraf wrote:Oh and where are you hosting your pics :?: :idea: I'd given up for a while after a certain sites attempt at extortion. :evil:

Some are on Imgur, others are on Google Photos.


Hi RonK,

thanks for the update.

They are an attractive and interesting headlight.

As for resisting, they don't actually appear to do anything different to my E-werk/Edelux combo although I like the idea of the Beacons added horsepower in the lumins department.

Currently I'm going to hold off as I'm keen to try to escape from WA's February weather to a tour locale of cooler clime and thus thinking the money better spent on air fare tickets than nice shiny toys just now.

Having just bought a new gps and watch, the pennies are in shorter supply this close to xmas.

Other justifications include my suspicion that the gorgeous Beacon might just weigh more than my current combo, which baring a need to replace a rusty usb outlet cable (now done), has given me no cause for complaint.

That justification might come to naught though when I take into account the E-werk cache battery - hmmmmmm

I make sure I'm camped well before dark whilst touring and currently don't ride after dark much where I live due to the apparent abundance of skill lacking car drivers in my neck of the woods so suspect all those wonderful lumens might be a little redundant for my use.

It sure is purdy though and has a sirens song to an old magpie like myself with it ability to mix n match colour scheme with polished metal and anodised black which would offer a nice bit of bling to my black Ogre.

The forth in from the right is an approximation of what I was referring to as "highlights", though I was thinking of the main body in polished metal and just the front ring in black.

I shall revisit the decision in the new year.

Thanks for the update on the photo hosting, I shall do some homework in this area in time.

I haven't decided yet, but currently leaning towards a gas-tank type bag the same as Andrews for my battery.

I suspect the yellow would be a decent fit with my yellow/black Ortliebs.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby Crawf » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:22 pm

Any tips for getting rid of micro scratches all over the headlight lens?
I must have wiped the lens when covered in dirt which scratched it to the shizer.
Only thing I can thing of is like a car headlight, sand back the surface with a very fine sandpaper and respray with UV clear paint?

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby find_bruce » Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:34 pm

Crawf wrote:Any tips for getting rid of micro scratches all over the headlight lens?
I must have wiped the lens when covered in dirt which scratched it to the shizer.
Only thing I can thing of is like a car headlight, sand back the surface with a very fine sandpaper and respray with UV clear paint?

Sounds like a If its a plastic lens - toothpaste, some cloth and time on your hands is usually enough to polish out the scratches

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby Aushiker » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:23 pm

My Anker PowerPort Speed 5 arrived to day. Intial impressions are pretty positive. Weight is good given what it is (feels lighter than my older five port charger) and the form factor is not too bad. I can see this working out okay bikepacking.

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby RonK » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:37 pm

Aushiker wrote:My Anker PowerPort Speed 5 arrived to day. Intial impressions are pretty positive. Weight is good given what it is (feels lighter than my older five port charger) and the form factor is not too bad. I can see this working out okay bikepacking.

I don’t remember what power cord was supplied with my Anker charger, but you can get one with a flat power plug that is light and compact.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby Aushiker » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:50 pm

RonK wrote:I don’t remember what power cord was supplied with my Anker charger, but you can get one with a flat power plug that is light and compact.


Something like this ...

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This eBay seller sells a 500mm cable which should do the trick.

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby RonK » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:58 pm

Similar, but the plug on mine is even smaller.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby Crawf » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:41 pm

Dynamo lovers, I'm clearing out my dynamo gear and have some good kit for sale in the FS forum.

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby rifraf » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Crawf wrote:Dynamo lovers, I'm clearing out my dynamo gear and have some good kit for sale in the FS forum.


Hiya Crawf,

what are you gonna try next :?:

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:07 am

Battery lights because there is less hassle :)
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby rifraf » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:00 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Battery lights because there is less hassle :)


What hassle is there once your set up?

I consider my dynamo set up a fit and forget.

Its been on my bike since 2012 and I think all I've done is change once the position of the headlight.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:11 am

rifraf wrote:
singlespeedscott wrote:Battery lights because there is less hassle :)


What hassle is there once your set up?

I consider my dynamo set up a fit and forget.

Its been on my bike since 2012 and I think all I've done is change once the position of the headlight.

Electrical wires and bicycles have been a combination that I haven't had much luck with over the years.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby rifraf » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:26 am

singlespeedscott wrote:Electrical wires and bicycles have been a combination that I haven't had much luck with over the years.


With the level of investment to get set up, I can understand your pain if the results were problematic.

I've read of some people having difficulties when their wiring diagram utilises the frame as part of the circuit, but know its not everyone who does this that experiences the problems.

I've not had any real problems to date so can't offer any wisdom on your issues.

I did get some corrosion issues on a couple of connections which put paid to my circuitry but upon examination, was reasonably obvious what was affecting continuous current and mirroring Australian cricket representatives, some judicious application of some sandpaper saved the day.

My cache battery gave up the ghost and the replacement doesn't appear to store as much power as its predecessor but my issues have been for the most part minor irritants.

Best of luck with your battery lights.
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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby MichaelB » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:59 pm

For me, the biggest win with the Dynamo lights, apart when the dynamo itself failed (well, the bearings did) is that I don't have to worry that part way through a ride at night, "will they last till I get back ?".

Mind you, I never really had any real problems with my Chinese lights either.

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Re: Hub Dynamos in Australia

Postby Aushiker » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:58 pm

rifraf wrote:
I consider my dynamo set up a fit and forget.


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