Magtenlight Uses Magnet Power For Front/Rear Bike LEDs

With so many jobs requiring long hours and erratic shifts, many individuals only have time to go for a serene or exercise-driven bicycle ride after dark. Reflectors do their part in keeping the bike visible, but a more luminous option comes courtesy of the Magtenlight, a magnet-powered light made for bicycles.

Consisting of a white LED that attaches to a bike’s front wheel and a red LED for the rear tire, the Magtenlight is as easy to install as it is to use. “Just clip the magnets to the wheel, attach a rather clunky generator unit to the front forks and bingo, let there be light,” says Red Ferret. Inhabitat points out that the system is frictionless, meaning the Magtenlight doesn’t saddle the rider with extra friction that bogs down the smoothness of the ride.


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A traveling speed of 15 km/h causes the generator to hum along at 150 RPM, but movement isn’t always required for the Magtenlight to operate: light will beam from the device for as long as four minutes after your bicycle has halted, ensuring that any breathers you need to take won’t be conducted in pitch blackness. More importantly, the brightness of the light will enable oncoming motorists to notice bicyclists far in advance.

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  • Reply October 10, 2011


    Hello. I came across the post and I had to comment, as I bought one of these, but unfortunately, I can’t really recommend it.nPrice: little bit cheaper than a hub dynamo.nDelivery: good – about 10 business days.nProduct: bulky, ugly, kind of flimsy, exposed wire connections. I’m not convinced by durability, unless you’re cycling carefully on perfectly flat roads.nInstallation: a bit tricky, but easy enoughnLooks: definitely very “my mum insists”. It is not sleek, but we can forgive that for the sake of the environment.nPerformance: Don’t know, it didn’t work. However, it makes quite a rattle, causes a little drag. From other blogs/forums, the rattle is confirmed, even when working correctly, increasing with speed.nService: Once correct assembly was confirmed, grudgingly sent a part replacement, did not replace whole unit.nReplacement parts: Also did not work -u00a0 but same rattle and drag. No further service/advice/explainations given.nRefund Policy: When the correct assembly is confirmed (I had to make videos) and product is therefore accepted as defective, you have to post it back to china with registered post, which is nearly the same cost as the unit. If they say they can get it to work at the factory, no fefund. nRefund is only for the unit, postage is not reimbursed. The company seems to be asking us to trust them rather a lot.nnComment: Even if I had got it to work, I’m not convinced by it’s durability. The product needs something to weigh against the negatives of weight, drag, looks, inconvenience (can’t turn it off), and security (it’s easily stolen). So far, I didn’t see any. However, the company refund policy (if it works: you pay, if it doesn’t work: you pay) tipps the scales for me. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Customer beware.

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