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I'm looking to get some replacement batteries for my old vista lite lights but can't seem to find them anywhere. I'm trying to get a hold of the company via website but when I try www.vistalite.com I get nothing (blank page). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
 

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XC Dawg said:
I'm looking to get some replacement batteries for my old vista lite lights but can't seem to find them anywhere. I'm trying to get a hold of the company via website but when I try www.vistalite.com I get nothing (blank page). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
Vistalite was purchased by Blackburn. So...there are no more new Vistalites out there. What batteries do you have? The sticks? We actually have a few new sets of lights here at the SHOP that I work at that we can't get rid of. It's old technology (halogen) and everyone is buying LED.
 

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Guess I should have been more specific.....

These are the rechargeable lights, the battery I'm talking about is close to the size of a water bottle and attaches to my top tube.......I seriously doubt radioshack will have anything like that but thanks for the feedback
 

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KERKOVEJ said:
Vistalite was purchased by Blackburn. So...there are no more new Vistalites out there. What batteries do you have? The sticks? We actually have a few new sets of lights here at the SHOP that I work at that we can't get rid of. It's old technology (halogen) and everyone is buying LED.
I'll have to go home to check the exact battery model and get back with you tomorrow. The lights are not the Sticks I've seen on MTBR review section and I can't find a picture of them anywhere, do you have some pictures or exact models of the ones you have at the shop so that I can look them up online. Thanks
 

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KERKOVEJ said:
Vistalite was purchased by Blackburn. So...there are no more new Vistalites out there. What batteries do you have? The sticks? We actually have a few new sets of lights here at the SHOP that I work at that we can't get rid of. It's old technology (halogen) and everyone is buying LED.
I've actually been looking for replacement sticks for mine for a while now. I use this as my second light when racing. How much are you looking to sell the sticks for?
 

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Just take your old batteries (battery packs) to one of those "we have batteries for everything" type shop and have them reloaded with new cells. Not super spendy and you may well end up with much better cells in your packs. For example if your packs run D cells they may have only 4AH capacity you can now get 11AH NIMH D cells, does the idea of more than 2x burn time sound good?

Or try batteryspace.com and by prebuilt packs or buy the individual cells & get out your soldering iron and put the packs together yourself.

I'm keeping my old school halogen lights going for a year or two for the LED revoution in bike lights to really get rolling. IMNSHO the current LED offerings leave a bit to be desired in performance and lots to be desired in value.

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Your old vistalight could be one of the waterbottles with a 6 volt gel cell inside. As suggested take it to a battery shop and they should be able to help you.
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Just take your old batteries (battery packs) to one of those "we have batteries for everything" type shop and have them reloaded with new cells. Not super spendy and you may well end up with much better cells in your packs. For example if your packs run D cells they may have only 4AH capacity you can now get 11AH NIMH D cells, does the idea of more than 2x burn time sound good?

Or try batteryspace.com and by prebuilt packs or buy the individual cells & get out your soldering iron and put the packs together yourself.

I'm keeping my old school halogen lights going for a year or two for the LED revoution in bike lights to really get rolling. IMNSHO the current LED offerings leave a bit to be desired in performance and lots to be desired in value.

29erchico
 

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These are the rechargeable lights, the battery I'm talking about is close to the size of a water bottle and attaches to my top tube.......I seriously doubt radioshack will have anything like that but thanks for the feedback
Oops. I thought you meant one of those blinking tailights. Batteries Plus in my city has quoted reasonable prices to install new cells in some of my rechargeable tool battery packs. You might try them for this application.

Locations from www.batteriesplus.com:

10925 NW Freeway Houston TX 713.688.7587
4774 Beechnut Street Houston TX 713.668.7587
2662 S. Gessner Road Houston TX 713.785.7587
 

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Your battery pack is a 6 volt battery pack. I have the same light set. I replaced mine with a new rechargable NiMH battery pack I got from www.batteryspace.com. The bulb for these old vistalite systems is actually a 5 volt bulb so don't try overvolting. The bulb will not last long if you do use anything over 6 volts. Use the wires from your old batteries to attach to your system to a new 6 volt battery and you will be ready for some night riding.
 

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XC Dawg said:
These are the rechargeable lights, the battery I'm talking about is close to the size of a water bottle and attaches to my top tube.......I seriously doubt radioshack will have anything like that but thanks for the feedback
Those are the 6V Gel Cells, Vista originally used Hawker Cyclone cells, which have very good deep discharge capabilities, but are hard to get, You can replace them with the standard 6V Gell cells (4 ~ 5AH versions in sizes that fit the bag) available from electronic or some surplus stores, anywhere from $5 to $25. I picked up a 5AH version for $11 two weeks ago. You may have to re-solder the wires on.

As AppMTB said, you can replace them with NiMH batteries, or any 6V battery with a 4~5AH rating. However, your existing charger (if it is OEM) only works with the gel cells, so unless you want to buy a new charger, I would suggest you get a replacement Gel Cell - besides, they are cheaper.

Cheers,

Tom
 

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Awesome info guys!

thanks for all the replies guys, I didn't realize I had so many options, I really didn't feel like buying a new light ....... hey sgltrak I also happen to be in houston so I will head out to one of those shops in the morning...... I checked out batteryspace.com and they didn't seem to have them(or maybe I'm just looking wrong)

Thanks again everyone!
 

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Update

Ok so I went into Batteries Plus today and was given an estimate of around 45bucks for 5 individual cells plus labor...I must be doing something wrong, seems kind of high....I can probably buy new lights for close to that much
 
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