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Pedelecs zijn fietsen met trapondersteuning. Die zijn er in 2 klassen: Standaard pedelecs die 25 km/h kunnen rijden, en snelle pedelecs die tot 45 km/h kunnen rijden (die klasse bestaat niet in NL). De pedelec lamp is een iets 'opgevoerde' versie van de Saferide 60. Deze lamp was oorspronkelijk alleen bedoeld voor OEMs maar was vanaf ca. maart 2012 los te koop.
Nog te vertalen van EN naar NL.
When I tried my first lamp (which came without instructions) it worked fine until the second time, and I wasn't sure why. I thought a failure in the electronics. But anyway I asked for instructions before trying the 2nd lamp. The instructions and writing on the lamp seem contradictory... Picture 2 shows putting wires into a dynamo connector, but then the lamp is shown in picture 4 with 4 x 2.8mm connectors which it doesn't have. And there the lamp is shown connected to the battery of the pedelec using 2.8mm connectors. So, what to do with this? Later on there is a picture with a taillamp connected to the headlamp, but is this always done so or just in some types of pedelecs?
My 2nd lamp also died... I thought I had taken anough precautions, but there are different interpretations of the instructions possible that show that Philips really needs to improve those instructions. In Germany having a dynamo light is required as a pedelec is considered a bicycle, contrary to an ebike which can go without pedalling and doesn't need a dynamo. This is perhaps why the one long wire is directly connected to the the dynamo, but I thought it would be parallel to the battery input, taking whichever is providing power. This would also give a taillamp power attached via the system, i.e. a low voltage battery would be topped up automatically by the dynamo and the taillamp would also work. But on a pedelec you don't want this lamp to run from dynamo when it's not needed. With a dynamo hub it would always run.
I thought the input/output would be parallel, so in fact both would be inputs too, and that would explain also that the output voltage is the same as input voltage and up to 48V (which taillamps can handle 48V?). But this seems not the case and this gave me problems as the instructions that say to attach the battery using the 2.8mm plugs, seem to mean that you should solder/crimp new plugs (could be other types than 2.8mm) to the dynamo wires, then connect it to the battery or more probably to the electronics which selects the dynamo or battery. This is quite confusing because the 2nd picture in the instructions says to wire to the dynamo, the 4th picture shows to wire the cables with plugs to the battery, though in that picture 4x plugs are shown whereas the lamp is only provided with 2 plugs on the wires, the other 2 wires are bare at the end, for use with a dynamo plug. This is another reason I thought the inputs/outputs are the same (so a taillamp would be connected in parallel).
I ran the lamp from dynamo for a while, made a video of it too. It is very weak, no match even for a Cyo 40 and not at all for Philips own 40 lux dynamo/battery headlamps. It is also extremely flickery, and the flicker only stops above ca. 18 km/h. So the only use for dynamo power with this lamp is as emergency backup in case the battery (of the pedelec, or standard bicycle with with you could use it with a separate battery), is empty.
It could be interesting for non-pedelecs as a battery lamp with dynamo backup in case the battery is empty, but before I check another lamp or say anything more about it, I will await the response about the instructions.
Early November 2012 I sent my comments about the problems with the manual which don't make things clear at least to someone not simply replacing a pedelec lamp on a pedelec bike, to Philips. I haven't seen a response to that, but I got a report of someone who also had a problem with the Pedelec lamp in February 2013 and he found a revised manual by Philips from Feb. 2013. Here it is: Philips_SafeRide_LED_BikeLight_Pedelec_Add_user_manual.pdf
De lamp met dynamo van stroom voorzien geeft een erg zwakke lichtbundel. De sterkte van de lichtbundel bij gebruik met accu zou beter moeten zijn dan van de Saferide 60 dynamolamp, maar niet zo goed als de Saferide 80 acculamp. Meer kan ik er niet over zeggen op dit moment vanwege de defect geraakte testlampen.
2013-6-27: Ik ga geen verdere exemplaren testen.
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