MonkeyLectric has a bigger (full wheel) customizable LED system up on Kickstartercalled Monkey Light Pro. I’m a huge fan of the Monkey Light M210 which is the smaller, $50, option. I hope over time they are able to bring the cost of the new “full wheel and awesome” down! $895 for wheel lights is going to be pretty steep for folks. (Though it is killer and I will start saving pennies now!)
Monkey Light Pro
MSRP: $895 Details: Bluetooth wireless download and control, waterproof, 8 hour runtime, create playlist of images and animations, 256 LEDs, 4096 colors!
Designed and Manufactured in California, USA
Weight: about 500 grams, even balance
Size: 520mm diameter, 25mm thick
Visibility: evening, overcast and indoors. Not visible in bright sunlight.
Media format support: JPG, GIF, PNG, AVI, MPEG, MOV, QT, FLV, and more.
On-board media storage: 1000 image frames
Playlist capabilities: playlists allow looping, timing and sequencing of frames.
Web-based playlist creation, download from Windows and Mac
Developer tools and API: runs on Mac and Linux
Integrated Battery: 7000mAh Lithium Polymer
Battery Runtime: 3-8 hours at full brightness, up to 48 hours at reduced brightness. Runtime depends on what graphics are shown.
This review was put in play by Luna Cycles in Lenior, NC. I am very grateful for their time and assistance, and commuter knowledge!
Visibility is the bane of cyclists everywhere. As a daily commuter, I find myself riding in the worst visibility conditions: early morning light, evening dusk, rain, fog, and nighttime darkness. I wear high-visibility yellow, I strap a riot of blinking lights to the front and back of my bike – I’d get a head-to-toe glow in the dark tattoo if I thought it would help – all in a quest to be noticed by drivers. It was with this quest in mind that I jumped at the opportunity to try out the Fireball Mark II light from Bike After Dark.