NiteRider MicroBrute Charger Older Lights

2.29/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

The New MicroBrute™ charging system will fully charge a battery pack in approximately 5 hours. It will top off a battery at any level of discharge without worry of overcharging. Available for all existing systems (except for TrailRat) and included in many new NiteRider 13.2V and 6V lighting systems. Also available for the MicroBrute™ is an In-Vehicle charging adapter, allowing charging of batteries from a car or any other 12V source.


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris koob a Weekend Warrior from san diego, ca usa

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2003

Strengths:    3 1/2 hour charge time

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The brute came with my system. People talking about 5 hour charges? Now is 3 1/2. I am impressed. The HID light is the bomb too. After I got mine, all my friends got one too.

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Favorite Trail:   several

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   haro

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike B a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Microbrute Charge melted.

Bottom Line:   
It won't charge my battery. They are sending me a new one. They say this one won't melt. I will let you all know if thats true. The guy I talked to seemed to have the social skills of a caveman, and the IQ of one as well. I am giving 1 extra chili (for a total of 1) for them sending me the replacement without me having to send in the one I purchased.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $230.00

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   it's a light, what differnce does it make?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harry Hogan a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2002

Strengths:    5 hour charge time. Cigarette Lighter Adapter accessory allows charging in you car as well as at home.

Weaknesses:    None that I can find. It has worked perfectly every time.

Bottom Line:   
I can't believe how good this charger is. I bought a Digital Evolution about 6 months ago and the microbrute charger came with the system. I bought the cigarette lighter adapter because I like charging in my car. I also bought the Niterider Explorer headband so I can use the light for camping, hiking, working in my garage or whatever. I have never had any problem with the charger. I just bought another 13.2 Microbrute quick charger for my older DP 12E. Make sure you get an adapter for the older plug as they have changed connectors. I bought the Cigarette Lighter Adapter for that also. I think it is awesome that you can use the same Charger for charging at home or in your car. I keep my Digital Evolution in my car always so I can use for a spur of the moment hike to catch a beautiful sunset and have a light to get back down the mountain.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $79.00

Similar Products Used:   I have several niterider lights going back about 7 years. Niterider makes great lights.

Bike Setup:   NA

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by JEREMY a Cross Country Rider from H.B., CA

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2002

Strengths:    warms your hands if its cold outside

Weaknesses:    Everything. The first one nearly melted down, and took my battery with it. The guys at Rock and Road replaced it only to have the second one do the same. Never goes to trickle charge mode, or indicates when the battery is full.

Bottom Line:   
For 400 dollars, I want a charger that will last longer than a fricken month. My cell phone charger cost me $10, and it still works!! Be careful with these things, or you'll be on the phone to your insurance company explaining how your house burned down.

Basically, I have great light with no battery or charger because it was all sent to NR for a warranty replacement. I'll write another review of the re-re-replacement if/when it ever comes. 0 chilis, if they were steaming piles of shieit, I'd give it five!

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Favorite Trail:   dirty ones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Rock & Road

Similar Products Used:   moonlight? First light system

Bike Setup:   2 bikes, one x-country, one DH

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rob from CT

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2001

Strengths:    I purchased a storm HID headtrip. I had a digital headtrip before this and the brute worked excellent with it.

Weaknesses:    The 13.2 brute heats up so much I'm afraid my carpet is going to catch on fire! The first charge out of the box, the charger kept going green every few minutes for the first 20 minutes. Later on it kept going green about every hour. Its supposed to take 5 hours to charge one of these batteries! I just kept reseting the brute until I hit 5 hours.
The battery also felt warm just after 3 hours...so I dont know if its wise to keep charging it for another 2 hours.


Bottom Line:   
For the money nite rider charges for the HID, I expected better results.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   wheelworld

Similar Products Used:   Digital headtrip 2


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aaron from Lee's Summit

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2001

Strengths:    Customer Support

Weaknesses:    Serious Consumer Hazard!

Bottom Line:   
I excitedly unpacked my brand new HID and plugged it in at work to charge it up for a ride yesterday. After 10 minutes of charging I was distracted from my computer screen by the strong smell of burning plastic! That's right the MicroBrute had heated to the point of melting the plastic in only 10 minutes!

I quickly unplugged the system and tried to ventilate my office then I called NiteRider. They were all at interbike so no luck yesterday but this AM I spoke with a guy that said "it's not uncommon but don't worry they don't catch on fire".

He's sending me a new one via overnight UPS. Hopefully this one's QA tester wasn't sleeping.

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Favorite Trail:   Landahl

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Vistalight, NiteRider Digital Night Owl

Bike Setup:   N/A

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris Masterson a Racer from New York

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    During a charge cycle, my MicroBrute Charger actually heated to the point where it completely melted the enclosure and ignited a small fire on my carpet. Luckily I was home to witness this and not have my entire apartment burn down.

Bottom Line:   
I think this is a really poorly designed charger. However, niterider was very good in providing warranty support for the charger. I'll give them that one!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Other NiteRider Products


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