lightSpin Bicycle Light

If you've "been around the block a few times" you're probably old enough to remember dynamo lights for bicycles. A superb concept, years ahead of environmental concerns — human powered illumination. No toxic filled batteries to throw away. But it did made cycling harder ... and dangerous. No pedalling - no lights. But now a Swiss inventor/manufacturer has put the thinking cap on and gone a few better. The lightSpin uses only minimal power to rotate; is claimed to offer an efficiency of 80%, compared to 30% of standard models (although some users figure reality is probably about 67%). And it has a metal-hydride backup battery, which offers 45 mins of light, if stopping at lots of traffic lights on the way home. The lightSpin charges this storage battery as well. Available in the UK for £70 from ::Orbit Cycles [by WM]

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