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Don't expect to use rechargeables...,
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A few members of a local cycling group I belong to had highly recommended this light so, being sick and tired of cyclists coming at me in the opposite direction telling me my current lights were too bright, I bought it... after convincing myself that the whopping price tag could be justified (it can't). First thing to note was that straight out of the packet the clear front lense was already slightly scratched (and I'd paid how much?). Second thing was that the packaging makes numerous references to the lamp running successfully on rechargeable batteries. Excellent. I inserted some freshly charged batteries and set off to work (I have cycled to work for 10 years and have a good, reliable bank of high quality, heavy duty rechargeables). On cycling home in the dark I was quite impressed with the light output...to begin with. After literally about 4 minutes of cycling with the light on it's high setting it turned itself to low mode and indicated the batteries were running low. This is nonsense, as was proved the next day by putting them in another light. In economy mode the light output is poor but I had no choice but to use it to make my way home. It's the old story, non-rechargeables work at about 1.5 volts, rechargeables at 1.2V so the light thinks it's got non-rechargeables that are going flat when it actually has full rechargeables. Fine, except again the lamp's product description clearly states rechargeables are OK. As I cycled home I pondered the pros, cons and cost of running the light with regular batteries all winter, at which point the light came off its bracket fell apart on the road spraying my batteries into the gutter, half never to be found again, and I made up my mind to return the light. For this price I'd expect a serious piece of kit, certainly one that actually recognised the type of battery in it.
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2013 11:11:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Mar 2013 11:14:01 GMT
R. Vetter says:
I have used the Ixon IQ for 18 months on rechargeable batteries and never experienced this problem. With a fully charged pack of 2500 mAh batteries I can use the lamp about 5 hours with high light setting. Afterwards it usually switches to economy mode.
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