Supernova Battery Headlights
New for 2011, the Airstream. This baby is bright, and has great optics. The light is focused on the road, like an automotive low beam. So you have bright light on the road surface where you really need it, enough spill light above the road to see overhead street signs, and oncoming cars won't be flashing you to switch off your high beam. The "Supernova" text on each side of the light illuminates when the light is on, so you get some extra visibility for drivers to your sides at intersections.
The battery is in the headlight itself. In the center you can see the heat sinks which keep the LED cool. A cool LED makes for a bright LED.
The light attaches to any diameter round handlebar using a heavy duty "O" ring. A spare "O" ring is included. The charger plugs in at the bottom, and the On/Off switch is on top. Four different light settings provide more light when you need it, or less light and longer battery run times when you can get away with less. The brightest setting is pretty intense, so you'll probably only need it on those rainy nights.
Here's the Airstream on the dreaded Rambouillet.
Run time is between 2.5 hours to 24 hours, depending on the brightness settings used. Again, you will rarely need the brightest setting, so you'll probably never only get the 2.5 hour time.
For all you gram counters out there, it weighs 165 big ones.
Supernova Airstream with handlebar mount and charger: $ 266.70
We now have the Supernova Airstream taillight that plugs into the Airstream headlight. It connects to the charger input at the bottom of the headlight. The Airstream headlight senses that it isn't the charger and automatically powers the taillight when the Airstream headlight is switched on. The Airstream Taillight mounts to the seat post, so it wouldn't work with the bike pictured above unless I removed the saddlebag.
Airstream Taillight: $ 40.00
The Supernova M33 headlight has three extremely bright LEDs producing up to 800 lumens. There are five brightness settings giving a range of run times between 3.5 hours to 35 hours with the standard battery pack.
The light mounts easily to a handlebar or the top or even the underside of your stem, or on an optional helmet mount or head strap. The battery is held in a neoprene pouch and is strapped to the frame with velcro or kept inside a bag on the bike or a jersey pocket.
M33 (Original 800 lumen version) with standard lithium ion battery and charger: $ 450.00
M33 Helmet Mount: $ 25.50
M33 Head Strap: $ 56.50
For Supernova dynamo powered headlights and taillights, click here.
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