CatEye Stadium Older Lights

DESCRIPTION

The completely redesigned Cat Eye Stadium 3 with Metal Halide bulb technology gives you the equivalent of 80+ watts of halogen light. Now with a 12v Ni-Mh water bottle battery, a top tube mounting ballast, and a redesigned lamp body, the Stadium 3 is ready to turn night into day. The Stadium 3 differs from any other cycling lamp on the market. Rather than a standard filament the Stadium Light has a gas filled bulb. A six thousand-volt charge fires the gas to produce a brilliant xenon arc light over 3 times brighter than the equivalent halogen bulb. The 12v Ni-Mh battery with battery life indicator will provide 3 hours of runtime and the new "Smart Charger/ Quick Charger" will charge the battery in just 3 hours.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 11, 2001]
jack
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

There isn't a better light for night riding. If you are a commuter only and don't plan on using it for night riding it is way over kill. I do 24hr races I used to use NiteRider Digitals (headtrip and Pro12-E). With both lights I couldn't see as much as I can with my stadium. There isn't a better light, lasts 3hrs, recharges in 3hrs 100% reliable. Cateye makes really well built goods.

Weakness:

If you are looking at getting a light for commuting only I do not recommend it. Save the money and get a cheaper NiteRider or Light-In-Motion that has a smart charge so you don't have to worry about overcharging.

If you ride at night, and not just commute, esp if you mtb at night get this light. The money is worth it. I don't need any other light and I go just as fast at night as during the day. Plus it only weighs 3lbs, whole system. For night riding there isn't a better light, bottom line.

Similar Products Used:

NiteRider Digital Pro 12-E and Headtrip and demo'd a Light-In-Motion at a race

[Nov 16, 2002]
Nick

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Turns nighttime into high noon. Enables full speed riding. Burns 3 hours before switching on the Cateye 5-led backup which shares the same bar clip. Beautiful, streakless, even, contrasty, wide & far beam pool. Convenient less-than-3 hour recharge.

Weakness:

None, be grateful for this seemingly perfect winter-critical next-edition Stadium 3.

When you've spent $1K+ on the bike(s), what's another $350-$400 to be able to ride after work yearround? Extend the cycling day by a brilliant worry-free 50 miles. So bright that your lightless bike buds can accompany.

Similar Products Used:

Previous original Stadium

[Oct 04, 2002]
Grenville
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Very bright with a long burn time

Weakness:

not knowing if the thing would start,having to take the lid off to charge. no remaining power indicator

A 50/50 start or not rate after 6 months and packing up altogether after 14 months is a bit poor for a £300.00 set up And i am not impressed with a "out of guarantee so tough mate" attitude of the importer/distributor.

Similar Products Used:

BLT
Nightsun
vistalight

[Nov 05, 2002]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Outstanding design and build quality, a-la Nikon or Mercedes.

Weakness:

None other than coiled power cord is too long (current loss), which I shortened (probably voiding warranty...)

H.I.D. metal halide lamp outputs 3-4x the lumens as compared to equivalent wattage halogen AND produces a more visible and distinctive white light. Has a 21w H.I.D. bulb compared to NiteRider 10w H.I.D. Equivalent to 80w halogen! The bulb has no filament, which eliminates the weakness of halogen -- due to physical shock and when started with a fresh battery that has a high surface overcharge voltage (exceeds bulb rating) that fries the filament. NiteRider and others have a home-built quality in comparison (cheap plastic, lose tolerances, etc). The aluminum lamp housing (ribbed for surface area heat dissipation), electrical connectors, machining and other components are of extremely high quality and specifically designed for the application -- no adaptations of off-the-shelf cheap stuff. Battery bottle housing cap is removed to allow heat dissipation during charging (not a negative that another reviewer indicated). As mentioned by others, the beam spread is wide, allowing sufficient side lighting. The reflector is very well designed, producing an even beam spread with a spot concentration in the center, which provides a pattern similar to a spot and flood combined. I compared it against two halogen 12w spots and two halogen 12w floods (four combined) and the Cat Eye Stadium 3 outperformed by a very sizable margin 48w of combined halogen!! Includes a high-tech "smart" logic 3 hr. charger that ramps current, tapers charge and automatically terminates at peak charge level. For my needs, there is no other light. H.I.D. is the only way to go and Cat Eye has the design and build quality.

Similar Products Used:

NiteRider Storm

[Dec 12, 2003]
Pete Tay
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very reliable and BRIGHT! and gives you lots of respect on the road

Weakness:

I have had it for about 3 months now and the red warning light comes on about an hour before it should. Its suppose to warn you 10 mins before it shuts off. Maybe it will adjust its self? However this doesnt bother me too much

This light rules on the road and on the off however much you knock it about it will keep burning its power to give you light as far as you can see. It lasts as long as it says (3 hours) or even more. Its a solid peace of metal and very strong so dont ever underestimate it. If your looking for a good light for dark riding this is the light to get nothing will beet it TRUST ME!! (paid U.K pounds)

Similar Products Used:

Cat Eye Day Light Solo

[Jul 11, 1997]
Mark R. Williams
racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

The Cateye Stadium Light is being hyped as the most powerful bike light
on the market--quivalent to over 80 watts of hologen--The Stadium is
metal hydride or some such thing. I've tested the Stadium against my
Nightrider Nighthawk (32 watts hologen), and the Stadium is only slightly
brighter. The Stadium's color temperature is blue-white, compared to the
Nighthawk's yellowish beam. Perhaps the whiter color improves visibility,
but again, my experience has been that this light only offers a marginal
improvement over the Nighthawk, when it is supposed to be almost three
times brighter--it most definitely is not. Perhaps this is in part due
to the reflector being too wide angle.On the positive side, the Stadium has the best handlebar mounting system
I've ever seen--much better than that of Nightrider. The mount can be
adjusted in both the x and y axis on the fly, and is much less bulky than
comparable mounts. The light clicks on solidly, unlike the flimsy
Nightrider mount.The Stadium is constructed out of aluminum, and has a very post-modern
look--the light itself is small and unobtrusive. All in all I would
rate it as first rate from a product engineering standpoint. A major
advantage is that the metal housing offsets any interference with
wireless bike computers. The Nighthawk, in comparison, kicks out so
much electronic noise as to make wireless computers mounted even six
inches away impossible to use. The light system comes in a nice plastic
attache case, and includes a very well designed charger.On the negative side, the battery housing is very poorly designed. It
barely fits into a standard water bottle cage, is made out of cheap
stiff plastic which I presume would break easily under normal mountain
bike use, has its balllast mounted in such a way that the thing could
come off while the rider is under way without too much pretense. The
overall design of the battery case is basically a joke. The battery
guage, by the way, is mounted on the battery housing. When using this
light on a Y33 or other sort of bike that has its water bottle cage in
a non-traditional location the guage is impossible to see. Unlike the
Nighthawk, battery charging is not smart-managed, so one has to remember
to unplug the charger after a day or so to avoid damaging the battery.The bottom line is that the Nighthawk is a much better overall lighting
system than the Stadium. With a better battery housing and smart
charging the Stadium would be a much more compelling product. As it is,
the added versatility of the Nighthawk would make the Nightrider product
more useful to more people, and in a wider range of circumstances--the
economy mode alone, which allows the Nighthawk to be used for up to sixawk.

[Jul 11, 1997]
Daniel Milstein
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

The Stadium Light is a perfect solution as the bright half of a night riding system. (Toss in a helmet-mounted, tightly focused headlight for perfection)
Aside from the intensely bright white (almost blue) light, and the best damn mounting system I've seen, it does have a few problems.While the light output (and focus) make the Stadium Light ideal for rough trail riding after hours, the physical constuction of the housing needs work. The power cord exits the housing at the top of the case. The water seal is poorly designed, and after about an hour and a half in the rain, the light shut off. At first, I thought I had a dead battery. No such luck. A closer look revealed water in the electronics housing above the battery.A trip to radio shack (for component cleaner) and a few hours drying out (completely disassembled) did the trick. The light fired up correctly, and I was able to get back to the trail the following night. Now, if I had only remembered to charge the battery...
The water problem was easily defeated with a glob of weather sealant.The light is expensive, but damn, it IS bright! I'd buy it again. It loses only one chili for the crappy case. Four-chili rating for doing its job as the brightest light on the market.

[Nov 05, 2000]
jason
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

amazing light,the difference between halogen and halide bulbs has to be seen to be belived.

Weakness:

cost(but hey you only get what you pay for) and a touch on the weighty side,but more weight launches you downhill faster which at night can only be a good thing.

the mutts nutts of a lamp,can be a pain in the arse on the road with every other car `main beaming` you, ok, they are dear but you`ll forget that once you switch em on.
as yet i havn`t had any of the probs in the other reviews,heres hoping i don`t!
GO OUT AND BUY ONE, YOU WONT REGRET IT!

Similar Products Used:

blt lumicycles

[May 06, 2000]
Wayne Frongello
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

The brightest light available. It'll enable you to safely ride the roads at night at top speed. It's a commuter's dream. I've had countless cops pull up beside me and tell me they've never seen such a bright bike light. It does a great job lighting the sides of the road as well.

Weakness:

I commute 15 miles to work at 4 o'clock every morning. When the light works it's great. Unfortunately, however, it is unreliable. The first one I had worked once. I sent it back. The second one I had worked well for 9 months. I sent it back. It took 3 months for Cat Eye to send a replacement and sadly, it has been completely unreliable, working only about 50% of the time. Thank goodness for my Nite Rider back up systems.

The brightest light anywhere but you better have a back up! For $425 it ought to be more reliable than it is. Additionally, I don't understand why Cat Eye service takes so long.

Similar Products Used:

Night Rider: Trail Rat, and Cyclops Premium.

[Oct 06, 1998]
Kenny
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING

If you can find one, don't buy it! The light output is incredible. In fact, it is by far the most amazing light I have ever used. It is like riding with one headlight from a car. Unfortunately, the reliability is terrible. I had mine replaced several times before giving up. If they ever replace this model with a reliable model, I will be the first to try one. But, I can't recommend it in good faith because the blasted thing often would not work at all or would work intermitantly - Not acceptable. 1 fading star

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