Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

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Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

Postby pete75 » 4 Apr 2018, 6:59pm

Bourne Lidl today a pack of two inner tubes £1.99. It says on the box they are guaranteed for 3 years.

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Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

Postby tatanab » 4 Apr 2018, 7:00pm

mercalia wrote: an interesting 5000mah power bank with built in solar charger - what do people think of that?
Save your money. I bought one last year. The array only charges under the most direct sunlight, and then at a rate that seems incapable of anywhere near fully charging the battery. Into the recycling the various parts went in very short order.

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Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

Postby james01 » 1 May 2018, 12:40pm

since you have been using them for some time how has the battery held up over rechargeing? as we all know they lose capacity over time and recharging. its a shame they didnt increase the mah of the battery, as the increase from 40 to 50 must mean less time?


I'm mostly a dynamo user so don't use these rechargeables much, but I've not noticed any capacity loss yet. In case of an extended night ride I've tested it with a mobile phone battery pack from a pound shop which gave 2 hours extra on full power and still running.


Just discovered a significant difference between these newer rechargeables and the almost identical older models: the old one continues to work when connected to an external power source, whether it be a battery pack or wall socket. The new one doesn't, the light extinguishes as soon as power is detected at the charging input . This could be a real problem for anyone relying on using an external battery pack on a long night ride.

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Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

Postby mercalia » 1 May 2018, 2:34pm

since you have been using them for some time how has the battery held up over rechargeing? as we all know they lose capacity over time and recharging. its a shame they didnt increase the mah of the battery, as the increase from 40 to 50 must mean less time?


I'm mostly a dynamo user so don't use these rechargeables much, but I've not noticed any capacity loss yet. In case of an extended night ride I've tested it with a mobile phone battery pack from a pound shop which gave 2 hours extra on full power and still running.


Just discovered a significant difference between these newer rechargeables and the almost identical older models: the old one continues to work when connected to an external power source, whether it be a battery pack or wall socket. The new one doesn't, the light extinguishes as soon as power is detected at the charging input . This could be a real problem for anyone relying on using an external battery pack on a long night ride.


you are talking about the Lidl front and rear light set that have lithium batteries in them and charge thru a usb cable? if what you say is true thats shocking and really renders them more or less useless, as the ability to run them from an external powerbank was the previous verions redeeming feature. If I have understood this correct will some one else who bought this years versions confirm this

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Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

Postby Sweep » 1 May 2018, 8:46pm

Have just tried mine bought a few weeks ago and can confirm that it is true.

Plugged my front into my Anker Powerbank and it switched off.

In the short term maybe not a mega problem for me - I can use it until it runs out and then pop the Lidl 4xAA battery light onto the same mount.

But it will become an issue as the battery ages - the option to then run it from a powerbank would be handy.

Haven't yet used mine on the bike but on reflection the positioning of the USB input on the light might have made running it from a powerbank a bit problematical. Wouldn't have been the easiest path for the lead.

Guess this underlines the inherent problems of USB lights - at least I only bought a Lidl one and not a gee-whizz branded one.

I bought mine as an emergency light really for touring when my AA light run down and I can't get to a wall socket for a day or so - can recharge these lights from my powerbank in the tent.

For that application they may serve me well for a few years.
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Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

Postby mercalia » 1 May 2018, 11:34pm

I think it may be worth contacting lidl and reporting this behaviour? suggesting they revert to the previous model? if enough people contact them they may think again? It is a very serious negative point in my opinion

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 2 Dec 2018, 9:45pm

Hi,
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
USB rechargeable front 1300 mAh and aaa replaceable back. (my post page two)
The model after had a rechargeable usb rear. What capacity was that?
Also if using a power pack the internal is expired first so if you flatten the lot you will have no reserve?
I carried a spare front at 83 grams or so.
2600 mAh lidl power pack is 74 grams.
Not sure how long that would last but at the weight lower that a spare light will probably give more hrs / gram than spare light.

On my ride I used it as a day light (that's another argument).

Can see tha a dyno on a long tour would pay for its self if you also had a reliable usb charge point to back up a battery lamp.

Still to see how the british weather will kill it ?
Some comment on misting up?

I normally operate two, one on bike one in the rucksack. Front Lidl Rechargeable light.

The one in the ruck sack would not turn on, eventually it did but not turn off.
Got home and let it run right down so it just stops working.
Charged it up and managed to get it to work again but its on high or off.
The switch clicks but it wont come on (electronic switching I would guess not mechanical moving electric parts?)
Will contact Lidl for what will be warranty, as its more than a year I reckon.
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Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 1 Feb 2019, 10:16pm

Hi,
Update-
I finally contacted Lidl UK, and I got the light a few days ago.
Just before that I purchased a set of Ebay same light set.
The front light they sent me under the three year warranty has four switched positions, the first is a sensor light which gets brighter the darker it is, seems to work, not tried it out on the road yet.

I was getting abot 2.5 hours when it was 2-4 C at night on high (having 3 levels).
12 hrs on low, plus the light has a cut off like a dipped beam.

So I have three and always carry one as a spare.
One has a white light. My most used one, bought mar 17.
The second has a slightly yellow light, newer off ebay, not used yet.
The third the sensor light has a yellower light and a deeper beam.
When I get out I will compare the three.
I guess the sensor one has replaced the others
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Re: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

Postby mjr » 2 Feb 2019, 10:02am

Please post some photos in viewtopic.php?f=5&t=127751 where I've put a few and will more soon.
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