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Just for anyone else reading who may be in a similar predicament …
I went with two each NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost and Lumina 1200 Boost. They’re essentially the same thing, but the ‘OLED’ model has a readout with an estimated ‘remaining time’ before the lights run out.
It seemed like a good performance/price point plus I have a spare system a riding buddy can borrow for night riding.
I’ll run the one with the a readout on the bars and the other one on my helmet. I’ll use the same light setting on both, and use the bar readout to estimate how much time is left on my head.
I’ll switch between med and high while riding. Med is 3 hours, high is 1.5. Planned lap time is two hours or under at night.
One problem is charge time = 3 hours @ >500mA, so I’ll either have to take an hour break every two laps or use my backup system (I’ll most likely do this) I only plan 3-4 laps at night so should work out OK.ezyriderParticipant
ps – one option I am considering is using 4 different NiteRider Lumina Micro 850’s and running two at a time, one at full 850 lumens on helmet and one at 400 lumens on handlebars.
I came up with a complicated charging/swapping schedule but looks like I could do it, especially if I nap an hour here and there to allow all to get back to full charge and don’t run the helmet on full the whole time.
They are very light and simple, and swapping them out is just a click away. The cost of buying 4 looks less than other options.