Light & Motion Vis 180

Light & Motion Vis 180
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Visibility is critical to ride safety, especially after dark. To make sure drivers see you from the rear, turn on Light and Motion's Vis 180. This seriously bright taillight announces your presence with 35 lumens of visibility. Designed for the urban environment, it shines light in 180 degrees for extra safety. For added convenience, the Vis 180 weighs just 110 grams and charges via a USB cable, so it's easy to charge at work and at home!

There are 4 types of batteries found in rechargeable bicycle lighting systems today. In order of price (least to most), they are: Lead Acid, Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion). Here's how they compare:

Lead Acid batteries are the most common power source on inexpensive lighting systems. Lead Acids hold their charge for longer periods between use, which is a valuable feature for an occasional night rider. They also dim gradually during use so you'll have some light even if the battery is fading. The primary drawback is about twice the weight of the better batteries for the same capacity. Also, they typically last between 200 and 400 charging cycles, whereas superior models will last through 300 to 2,000 cycles. Lead Acid batteries will also lose more of their capacity in cold weather than the better ones.

Ni-Cads are popular because they're moderately priced, lighter and smaller than Lead Acids, less affected by weather, and are safely charged with simple chargers. A common misconception concerning Ni-Cad batteries, is a problem with "memory." You may have heard that you need to fully drain a Ni-Cad battery otherwise it will remember where you began charging it and only retain that much capacity. This has never been proven in consumer batteries or cycling lighting systems.

NiMH batteries are significantly lighter, and even smaller than Ni-Cads meaning that they can provide longer run times without excess bulk. NiMH batteries, however, must be charged correctly. Whereas Ni-Cad batteries can handle continuous charging with relatively little effect, NiMH batteries can be damaged by overcharging. This is why NiMH powered lighting systems typically include "smart" chargers that protect the battery.

Li-Ion batteries have the best energy-to-weight ratios, are low maintenance, and have no memory effect. Even better, they offer a higher power density, which means longer run times from a super-light battery (Lithium is the lightest of all metals). Another great advantage is that Li-ion batteries cannot be overcharged. Plus, they lose only 5% of their charge a month, so they're ready to go when you (or your buddies) are. A drawback of Li-ion batteries is a fixed life cycle, independent of the number of charge/discharge cycles. This means that a 3-year-old Li-ion will have less run-time when fully charged than a new Li-ion battery that's fully charged.

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40%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great visibility  (2)
  • Long battery life  (2)
  • None  (2)
  • Rechargable  (2)
  • Visible from the sides 

Cons

  • Failed to work after 6wks  (2)
  • Stopped working at 6wks 

Best Uses

  • paper weight  (3)
  • Night commute  (2)
  • Rear safety light  (2)
  • Day and night riding 
  • Trail riding 

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5

Worth the money !!!!!!!!

By 

from Salem, NH

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Visible from the sides
  • Super bright
  • Great visibility
  • Visible in daylight
  • Long battery life
  • Low battery indicator
  • Rechargable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day and night riding
    • Night commute
    • Rear safety light
    • Trail riding

    Comments:

    I am happy with my Vis 180 from Light and Motion. I use it during daylight rides,and night rides. It is the brightest tail light that I have seen. I ride with the confidence that anyone who has their eyes on the road will see me a long way off. This light has 4 modes. Mode 1- Brightest pulsing Red w/Amber flashers on each side of the unit. Mode 2- Dimmer setting (like mode 1) Mode 3- Steady Red w/Amber flashers on each side. Mode 4-Flashing Ambers only. (I have used this setting with my black bike on the bike rack at night.)This is the way to go for safety, and visibility.SEE and BE SEEN. Easy to mount, and remove. I am going to order an extra mount for my 2nd bike. The clicks in securely. Not being visible on the road can lead to a world of hurt, or worse.

    5

    Bests Light EVER!

    By 

    from ATX

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Rechargable
    • Great visibility
    • Long battery life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Rear safety light
      • Night commute

      Comments:

      This is the best rear light I've ever used. It feels very solid and puts out plenty of light. The little orange side lights make the light visible from the sides. It mounts in seconds and is easy to remove. Highly recommend!

      1

      Do not buy this product

      By 

      from Birmingham UK

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Stopped working at 6wks

      Best Uses

      • paper weight

      Comments:

      Do not buy this product. Safety equipment like this is only worth a premium if it is 100% reliable. I have had my viz180 for 6 weeks. Recharged it at work today and now it won't switch on. Am 10 miles from home in the middle of winter with no rear light on my bike. Rather buy 2 cheaper lights from Cateye.

      1

      Do Not buy this product

      By 

      from Birmingham UK

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Failed to work after 6wks

      Best Uses

      • paper weight

      Comments:

      Do not buy this product. Safety equipment like this is only worth a premium if it is 100% reliable. I have had my viz180 for 6 weeks. Recharged it at work today and now it won't switch on. Am 10 miles from home in the middle of winter with no rear light on my bike. Rather buy 2 cheaper lights from Cateye.

      1

      Do not buy this product

      By 

      from Birmingham UK

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      Cons

      • Failed to work after 6wks

      Best Uses

      • paper weight

      Comments:

      Do not buy this product. Safety equipment like this is only worth a premium if it is 100% reliable. I have had my viz180 for 6 weeks. Recharged it at work today and now it won't switch on. Am 10 miles from home in the middle of winter with no rear light on my bike. Rather buy 2 cheaper lights from Cateye.

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