NiteRider Sol Older Lights

  • LED Headlamp NiMH Battery
  • Handlebar Mount - Fits up to 31.8mm
  • 8 HR Linear Smart Charger

User Reviews (12)

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c s   [Nov 26, 2012]
Strength:

Bright light when it works.

Weakness:

Connection from light to battery easily broken. Battery loses ability to hold charge after few charges. I traded in the defective battery for a second battery at a Performance shop where I purchased Sol. I agree with all the others who rate this product as a 1. Based on everyone's experiences with the company, I recommend not giving them any further business.

It seems the company knew about the defects. Why bother giving NiteRider your business if they are not willing to support their product?

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1
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1
Aaron   Cross Country Rider [Jun 24, 2011]
Strength:

Price, size, and weight

Weakness:

Operation, got it home from the store brand new and the battery would not take ANY charge!

DO NOT PURCHASE THIS LIGHT. This is my third Nite Rider Product and it was as if the Sol 200 was a counterfiet bc Nite Rider in the past for me has been such a great product.

Similar Products Used: Never anything a small as a Sol 200, I still have a 8 year old Night Rider HID with the POP connector, heavy and still get 2 hours of run time.
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1
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1
mtxjohn   Weekend Warrior [Aug 03, 2010]
Strength:

Light weight, comparable to old 10W halogen. Plenty bright for the price when working.

Weakness:

Battery broke after 3 charge/discharge cycles. Do not buy this product. I read the other reviews and bought it anyway because performancebike has an unlimited retuirn policy and now I have to return it for something better.

I rated this a ONE due to premature failure. Three charge cycles? PATHETIC! I'm no newbie when it comes to rechargeable batteries and different technologies as I also used to race RC cars-but this is completely unacceptable. When the battery would hold a charge this was a great product. I'm not a huge fan of the parasitic drain (you have to disconnect the battery when not in use, PITA) as well as the way the charger works, but not Im onto more expensive lights. Performance has a lifetime return policy-and with headlights (like hard drives) its a matter of WHEN not IF they will break, I was hoping to get a few years usage and not a few weeks usage out of this.

Similar Products Used: old 10w halogen SLA battery setup
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1
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1
pogojim   Weekend Warrior [Mar 16, 2010]
Strength:

Simple to attach...I like the o-ring. Small battery.

Weakness:

Has been in for warranty repair twice and is now once again inoperable. Light output is decent but hardly it's strong point and it drops off dramatically when charge drops.

Not bright enough for trail riding but bright enough to get you home. My own set had charging problems and now the wiring is broken (despite being well treated). They've been almost completely useless. Would make a decent commuter light if they were reliable.

Similar Products Used: DIY products.
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1
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1
blackaero   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2009]
Strength:

When this light works, it works very well.

Weakness:

The sadness here is that the light was $130.00 and a replacement battery is $100. The battery lasted for one year, and needs to be replaced. The light is now an ornament on my workbench because I refuse to buy the replacement battery to have it only last another year.

If you buy this light, you need to expect not to trust it. Especially if you are on a night trail. The battery will wear to the point of being worthless.

Similar Products Used: none, but will be.
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2
VALUE
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3
Steve Lusk   Cross Country Rider [May 31, 2009]
Strength:

Size, battery endurance

Weakness:

does not work for long before breaking

The $30 dollar cat eye gives the same brightness and throw I know this because I use them together.

I only used the sol a dozen times or so in dry conditions I only charded it about 5 times total before it just stopped working.

The warranty is not worth anything when you read the fine print.

Will not recomend or touch Nite Rider again again

Similar Products Used: Standard cat eye AAA batterys
surefire tactical light
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1
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1
hunrugger   Cross Country Rider [Feb 19, 2009]
Strength:

Bright, long battery life, versatily, weight, looks, quick charging

Weakness:

none

Excellent light for trails, very bright, illuminates without 'washing out' the features that you need to see.

Similar Products Used: NiteRider Minewt
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5
VALUE
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5
pkoran   Weekend Warrior [Sep 20, 2008]
Strength:

Bright lights when they work. I would not recommend this lights to anyone.

Weakness:

The product is NOT as avertised. $300 unit is trash after one season. The cell failed and the thing just stopped working. Before that the connector would fall out while riding in the dark. Try going down a hill and having your light suddenly shut off. I really don't think the product was tested enough before it went on the market. Niterider support implied I did not tell them the truth ( This made my blood boil. )

I am out $300. NiteRider is not standing behind the product. They will only fix it according to the warrenty. I really feel like a sucker.

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1
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1
sue   Weekend Warrior [May 01, 2008]
Strength:

Small, light weight, easy to swop onto different bikes

Weakness:

Warranty. No after sales service

I had the light for less than a year and loved it. It is great for the road not so sure about the trail. The lead attached to the light became loose and the light stopped working. Nite rider refused to fix the light under warranty so I had to pay to get it fixed. They put a plastic cap around the join to protect it and I have noticed that on the newer models they have the same cap so it must have been a common problem. Another two friends of mine had battery problems and Nite Rider has refused to replace them. The bike shop owner told me it was very difficult to get anything replaced or fixed under warranty. Despite the fact I thought it was great it's after sales service reduces it to 1 chili!

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1
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1
Farminpow   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2008]
Strength:

Price, weight, burn and charge time.

Weakness:

Not as bright as I expected

Great light for commuting and a little offroad. If you are looking for a true offroad light, you should get something else...for the price, it's sweet!

Similar Products Used: Other NiteRider lights
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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