Today I placed an order for the Ayup Lighting Systems MTB Kit for Audax rides. For over 2 months I have been researching lights and comparing performance and price between different light sets. Key to my selection was compliance with Audax lighting rules, namely:
On a ride where any part of the maximum permitted time for the ride is at night, a rider must:
(a) have available for use at all times:
i. at least two independently powered front lights,
ii. at least two independently powered rear lights; and
iii. a reflective vest, bandolier or jersey or equivalent,
(b) have securely attached to the cycle at all times, one front light and one rear light and a red reflector,
For front lights I needed two light engines, two batteries and two mounts.
The Dintotte 200L Dual kit includes 2 light engines rated at 200 lumens, 2 long life batteries, mounts, battery holders etc. The long life batteries have a run time of 8 hours at 100% and 16 hours at 50%. Batteries are Lithium-ion (Li-ion). Mounting of light engines is very simple.
- Simple mouting
- Long run time (16 hours at 100%, 32 hours at 50%)
- Power output options (100%, 50% etc)
The Ayup MTB kit includes 2 light engines rated at 340 lumens, 2 standard batteries and 1 long life battery, mounts, battery holders etc. The standard batteries have a run time of 3 hours at 100% and the long life batteries have a run time of 6 hours at 100%. Total run time of 12 hours at 100%. Batteries are Lithium-ion polymer (Li-po). Mounting of light engines is more complex than the Dinotte lighting system.
- Lighter, smaller light engine
- Lighter, smaller batteries
At the time I compared prices, the Dinotte system and Ayup system were the same price delivered. Although I found the Dinotte longer run time, simple mounting system and ability to vary output levels attractive, I selected Ayup for their brighter lights and smaller, lighter batteries. In my opinion, Li-po is a superior battery technology. I would prefer to have the option of dimming lights if necessary to gain a greater run time (at reduced light output) in an emergency situation. Ayup sell a Epic Lithium Polymer Battery with High and modes for $88 plus $15 delivery. Quite a hefty price to pay for an additional 6 hours battery life. However, I may purchase an additional battery before the Perth-Albany-Perth Audax ride in October next year.
I will update this post after the lights arrive and I have tested them on the Audax Dawn ’til Dusk – Spring ride.