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Vicious Power

March 24, 2008


For this post, I thought I’d pick a real life-saver. I do a lot of cycling – probably averaging over 200kms per week. To do those distances, and hold down a full time job, and have a life – you have to get up early!

Getting up early for me means 5:00am. And 5:00am means “in the dark”, for most of the year.

I love cycling at this time of the day – but only with a good light. I tried a number of different options, and found all of them relatively weak, or with short battery lives, or weird recharging systems.

Then I read a review of the Vicious Power lights made by these folks in South Australia, on . They’ve been designed for use in 24 hour mountain bike races. That means they’re light (carbon fibre bodies & battery cases), bright (HID bulbs), long-lasting (close to 2 hours on full strength), and fast recharging.

These really light up the road! Nearly everyone I meet up with on a group ride comments on how bright my light is.

The support from Vicious Power is also top-notch. At one stage my light suffered from what they called “lazy starting” – sometimes needing one or two attempts before they successfully fired up. No problems – I phoned them to explain, then sent them off by courier, and had a new unit back within days!

Now for the bad news… They are no longer taking orders. 😦 Apparently, they simply can’t keep up with the demand. Not surprising, even thought they were very expensive (compared to LEDs or Halogens).

However, given all of the above – these lights definitely deserve a spot on the “Things We Like” page!

(Let me know if you’ve used these, or if not, have you tried any other HID cycling lights?)

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