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Kerry Staite
Nov 23, 2021
In General Discussions
connecting a AC powered dynamo rear light to the kLite system can be done. we need to do a few things to ensure correct operation of the dynamo powered rear light 1: the dynamo powered rear light must ONLY be ON when the main light is on, the main light locks the voltage of the HUB down to that of front light, if you do run a dynamo powered rear light by its self, it may see voltage that is too high, this could harm the circuit inside the rear light. 2: we need to match system voltage, no the dynamo does not put out 6v only...sure it says that on the hub but this is not always the case. the dynamo can output 1v per 1km/hr, meaning at 60km/hr with no light on, the voltage could be 50-60v, remember its the front light that locks the voltage, with no front light on, voltage can be high. so we need to create a parallel power feed from the hub for the F&R lights to run at the SAME TIME, to do this we can make a simple 'Y' cable, that connects to one side of the kLite wire loom. you can just use some XT30 plugs to create this, wire up a Y cable so both lights can be feed from one side of the wire loom, this way the main BAR SWITCH turns ON/OFF both the F&R lights. we also need to drop the voltage a bit so the rear light sees close to 6v AC from the hub, we can use a simple resistor for this, 1/2w 68 ohm resistor is fine, wire it in SERIES with one of the wires to the rear light, this can be done on the Y cable to keep things simple. you CAN'T just tap power direct from the hub, as at some stage the main light will be OFF and thus power is not locked down and rear light could see high voltage.
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Kerry Staite
Jan 14, 2021
In kLite ULTRA lamp
K-Lite Bikepacker ULTRA V2 Review Hello, my name is Richard Odgers and I have been in the transport industry since 1992. I have worked as everything from a motorcycle courier, through to an interstate truck driver. Doing high speed deliveries across town, to express overnight deliveries right across Australia. I have also been an avid bicycle enthusiast, getting my first bicycle at two years of age and have ridden everything from little kids bikes, to girls bikes, to fixed gear Malvern Stars, to my beloved Diamondback Apex 1992. Later in life I discovered road bikes, I am now the proud owner of a Ridley Noah Fast and a Titanium Litespeed.   Having been in the transport industry for the last 20 odd years, safety has always been a paramount concern to me, the most important aspect is being able to minimise risk – crystal clear visibility is the key, be it day or night. The important factor is not just being visible to other road or track users, but more so importantly for myself to be able to see on an absolute clinical level. I need to have zero obstruction to my viewing visibility; I need to be able to see every little detail in the path ahead of me, what hazards or potential risks lay ahead. Not just at close proximity, but also in my peripheral vision and far enough into the distance, so if I am travelling at speed I have enough warning to be able to stop safely or be able to assess the situation in mere seconds to avoid a collision. Diamond Back Apex Noah Ridley Fast and Titanium Litespeed This is the difference between possible life and death, be it for a field mouse crossing a bush track in front of a mountain bike late in the evening, a two tonne black bullock standing on a tar road in the dead of night, whilst driving a fully loaded 62 tonne B-Double,  to a kangaroo jumping out in front of a motor bike riding through a twisty mountain road. It comes down to saving lives including your own, through exceptional vision which can only be provided by high quality headlights.  Exceptional vision provides an ability to make time critical decisions easily, that not only can avoid life threatening incidents but can also provide peace of mind. In a race situation a competitor can travel at a faster pace, especially in an off-road environment. In an Enduro race or MTB riding/racing, with exceptional vision a rider can see each lip, bump, divot and berm on the track, they can be quickly assessed for traction, therefore giving the rider the benefit of the ability to hold higher corner speeds - giving them an advantage. Single track riding is a classic example of this and although its paramount to having fantastic vision in front of you,  it’s also paramount that you have a great 180 degree field of vision as well - so you can pick out those unauthorised spectators being wallabies, kangaroos, emus, wombats and livestock venturing into your race line.   This is where LED technology has made major inroads. In the last 10 years, LED technology has vastly improved lighting conditions and the lens technology that accompanied it.  My first foray into the LED world was with my cousin in Melbourne. He custom made a super powerful headlight torch, which supplied phenomenal brightness although was hindered by not just the weight of the light, or the heat it produced, but also by the accompanying weight of the small motorcycle battery I needed to carry on my hip just to keep it powered. The benefits of this light and its vastly improved lighting capabilities, both forwards and side on, encouraged my obsessive/compulsive perfectionist nature to continue to pursue LED technology as the holy grail of optimal viewing performance.  In 2015 I left Victoria and moved to Queensland, and bought a Toyota Prius C Itech which was the upgraded version over the standard Prius, with its leather seats and other jazz but what I purely wanted it for was the $3000 single Cree Led headlights with auto levelling – their worth is beyond their weight in gold. They have saved everything from wildlife to drunk people asleep on the road and should I add … a few speeding fines. As an Uber driver those lights could pick out the reflective decals of a police car from miles out - not that I obviously recommend that kind of debaucherous behaviour. It is always great to get a parcel in the mail – the day this parcel arrived, it felt like Xmas! I got heavily involved into road cycling as a form of fitness thanks to my twin brother Andrew. As most road cyclists do, we would leave before sun-up and ride for a few hours before work. There is an abundance of great battery charged bike lights available, but my biggest pet peeve was that unlike the Prius, the damn batteries do not charge themselves … being a human and humans being humans, I would constantly forget to charge the lights; therefore, I did not always have the ability to use them for more than a few hours on the most powerful settings due to prohibitive battery power. I also have a slight, or should I say an exaggerated distaste of the modern era, having to have 2000 different USB appliances on charge every night just to cope with day to day life, not to mention the tripping hazards that accompany this. By just getting out of bed, you find yourself entangled in a web of bloody USB cables.  I grew to hate the lithium battery new world order intensely and was looking for an outlet, not just too provide better vision when riding my bike but too alleviate the accelerating rate I was heading towards insanity … this is where Kerry Staite from K-lite saved the day.  I made the decision the bottle powered dynamo hub I had used to power my old Malvern Star back in 1982 was the answer, even though its lighting capabilities were abysmally inadequate;  I was sure modern technology would had progressed a long way since then. With LED technology where it is today, I was sure that a more adequate solution was surely possible. Kerry had already done the hard yards for me - he designed, developed, and manufactured dynamo powered LED headlights, that were leading the world in both power, beam spread and minimal wattage loss from the rider maintaining forward momentum. Kerry built his lights to work optimally with the Schmidt Son dynamo hub and the Pv8 SP dynamo hub. Litespeed Kitted Out To what many road racers would consider sacrilege,  I stripped the race hub out of my mighty RIDLEY NOAH – (the Tour de France, yellow jersey winning, sprinters bike that Robbie McEwan from Australia rode and won on) and had a German Schmidt Son dynamo hub fitted, I had the wheel re-spoked and a road version of Klite Ultra V2 triple lens fitted … I have never looked back. The power is fantastic with the two spot lenses on the outside and the spread lens in the middle. The spread is perfect and doesn’t blind oncoming vehicles (well as long as I have it set at correct height … or I fry their eyeballs lol), the level of effort required to power the light is so minimal that I have got to the point that I don’t bother even turning the light off in the daytime or on the biggest of hill climbs. I never need to worry about charging the light as its back to the good old days of the 80s …. just jump on and go. As much as this probably sounds ludicrous (like most of my review) I feel far safer riding at night than in the daytime as my visibility is that good. I also found that I loved my headlight so much that my poor beloved Titanium Litespeed was never being ridden because it was running a standard battery light.  I bit the bullet and … guess who the happiest camper in the world is now, with a Klite Ultra V2 light on both his Ridley and his Litespeed. One runs the Son hub and the other runs the SP hub and too be honest, I cannot fault either hub.  Kerry and his distributors go above and beyond to guarantee this will be the best possible investment you can ever make, now and long into the future.   Richard Odgers.  May 2020 (sorry the PICS are not attached)
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Kerry Staite
Jan 12, 2021
In kLite ULTRA lamp
Well, the ULTRA wide beam of the MTB version is made TDR (Tour Divide racing) style events, offers a very wide beam and at same time, a HOT SPOT / Narrow beam to throw up the road, we use different custom optics in each light, this SPOT kicks in only when you get up to speed. This creates a very wide beam needed for seeing animals on the side of the trail, waiting to leap in front of your path. Large STANDLITE system, means it stays bright for a long time, allowing you to set camp without using your battery supplys. It also provides power back to the system when going slow or stopped. REMOTE bar switch option makes it easy to DIM the light to low beam, when needed. Great for single track and and NO helmet light needed. 2x WIDE, 1x SPOT optics LOW speed power booster The GRAVEL lamp is the middle version that suits MED to FAST riding. It can do MTBing with a small LED helmet light or full on road events. It has 2x the THROW or punch of the MTB and half the WIDTH, making it ideal for gravel bikes and gravel events OR where you might ride thru the night to avoid the heat. REMOTE bar switch option makes it easy to DIM the light to low beam, when needed. 1x WIDE, 2x SPOT optics LOW speed power booster for PURE SPEED, we now have the ULTRA ROAD low drag, made for events like the TCR where AV speeds are lots higher. If you have aero bars/ wheels / bike, then the NEW kLIte ULTRA ROAD low drag is just for you, reduced drag and flatter power curve means its setup for higher AV speeds, less drag down low, so you SPIN UP FAST!! ULTRA long throw beam, that PUNCHES down the road ahead, 3x SPOT REMOTE bar switch option makes it easy to DIM the light to low beam, when needed.
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Kerry Staite
Jan 12, 2021
In kLite Bar swtich wire loom
What is the USB always ON system all about, I am SO CONFUSED!!! OK if you are in a hot area....sometimes riding in the day, will cook you, sometimes you may not have enougth water or energy to get thru a desert stage or hot area, in this case riding thur the night, will get you further using LESS. LESS water, LESS energy, you will get LESS fried....all things that could stop you. most dynamo systems will turn OFF USB Power when lights are ON< I do get it, sometimes they can interfere with each other... in general, lights and USB charge of GPS at same time, is very doable and what the USB ALWAYS ON wire loom is for. if your a PRO or trying to avoid the heat, riding thru the night is a smart thing to do, this is where the huge brightness of the kLIte, go for ever system, pushes you to the FRONT of the pack, GPS recharge and lights at the same time is possible with kLite and the NEW USB always ON wire loom. There are not really any big CONS to the USB always ON system...once you know how it works.... interesting to note, the dynamo hub has a power LIMIT< a such you can only pull so much USB power before the light starts to dim....as USB power has PREFERENCE on a PRO system. GPS is king...lights are second. In use, charging of big USB Power banks are done with the light OFF, to maximize recharge power, at nite you can run lights and USB charge of GPS, but not a huge cache battery that wants to suck all the power down... after all its only a 3w dynamo hub...we get 5w max for USB duties...and share power when needed with the USB on system. No power sharing takes place with the simple system FULL lights OR FULL USB power at all times...but not both...given the hub limit. hope this makes more sense now... on the PRO 'AND' system you get to decide how it works....simple 'OR' system you do not, its just lights OR USB recharge.
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Kerry Staite
Oct 21, 2020
In kLite USB chargers
USB cache battery on ebay Xiaomi' Mi Power Bank 3 10000mAh 18W Dual USB Type-C Portable powerbank PLM13ZM its got quick charge in and out, LOW power mode for ETREX or SPOT, pass thru and 2 USB ports for INPUT and 2 for OUTPUT. QUICK charge, so it charges itself quick from a matching QC wall charger and so it charges you phone quick, best to do this when its your stopped so not to hurt the small charge port on the phone...better to kill a USB cache battery charge socket, thru bumpy roads, than a new iphone 10 MAX. so if you can charge the phone when stopped, as its now Quick Charge, its done in less than 2hrs...even 1hr can give it great charge take as much power form the normal world as you pass by, if you can....less you have to make yourself. USB power is hard to make when going slow, so go back to basics for heavy MTNs...Etrex as back up, another low powered GPS or phone as back up to that...conserve USB power, tank 2x power banks....just in case...use one, charge one...loose one...maybe more soon
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Kerry Staite
Oct 21, 2020
In kLite ULTRA lamp
The new kLite ULTRA TCR is the new kid on the block for the faster TCR crowd, if you bikes is a AERO bike, disk wheels and you have a higher AV speed as you on road mostly, then this will help with TOP end AV speed... we have tweek the LED engine to be brighter, and more SPOT, you turn less when going fast and need LESS spread, I have turned this into THROW, then dropped the drag by 62%!!! total drag under foot is less than 7w, meaning if you WAX your chain, your WATT Negitive!! yep, when matted with the NEW SON delux, with a waxed chain, its like not having a dynamo system at all, now that is FAST!! pics SOON!!
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Kerry Staite
Oct 21, 2020
In kLite USB chargers
The wheel needs to turn to make power....RPM is set by wheel size...more RPM more power...at low speed shown here is 29" wheel, its a big wheel so will not make as much power down low as say a 20" in a cargo bike... its a 3w hub we can get 5w out...if you pull more, its starts to slow you down...I bench tested a 10w charger...this is good for recharge, but starts to rob speed from you...and this can hurt over all times...so 1000mA @5v (5w) is max for now. as you can see from the below GRAPH, you don't get full power from the start...good power is not made till you get the SPEED up a bit... kLIte USB charger is a bit different, it has 2 USB ports, instant start and a small power smoothing bank of capacitors, made to work with the ETREX GPS and the SPOT tracker, I made this charger based on running direct to the ETREX / SPOT, as worse case back up....it runs down to ~8km/hr before it shows NAG screen, very handy if you run out of AA batterys, as, you can even be run the ETREX with NO battery in the bay, directly from this USB charger with NO USB cache battery... kLite is all about many layers of back up...to save your arse if needed. the NEW dual port version could also run the kLite QUBE flashing dynamo rear lights, they use only 20mA!! so no effect to other USB things plugged at same time. you could run the SPOT tracker direct to one port, in use, it does not use its own battery, rather USB Power when its there...giving you a back up should you run out of batterys or just to make your batts last much longer, it will also run with NO battery in the batt bay and only off USB when you move....so you can still PING out with no batts.,...and hooked direct to the kLIte USB...its made to run it down to very low speed, using the the chargers, power smoothing bank. Its best to charge your PHONE on quick charge when stopped, as the socket is small and does not like bumps over time....better to KILL a USB cache than a nice Iphone 11x MAX....so charge a USB cache...from kLite USB charger then in turn charge the phone, stopped of you can or if riding secure the socket from moving around. great idea is to use a Quick charger USB cache and wall charger, (look for 5/9/12v INPUT in the SPECS) QC3.0 is a format, so is USBPD, USB C socket does NOT mean USB PD or even USB C high speed charging, its just a socket, that could have 5v 2.4-3A, might NOT be quick charge....always check for "INPUT 5,9,12v", this means it will charge QUICK, Quick charge on OUTPUT means you phone will charge quick... wireless charging is much less efficient, best to use USB cables USB power is easy to get, but harder to make, take power from a power socket, whenever you can, take 2x USB battery's rather than one, use one, charge one...tying to find pass-thru USB cache battery is a nightmare....as firmware keeps changing....just use two....that way you can kill one, loose one... more soon
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Kerry Staite
Oct 19, 2020
In kLite ULTRA lamp
Yep, its kinda weird looking, its kinda different. well firstly its the light I wanted...kLite is short for Kerry light...its the light I wanted on my bike and here is why... simple is always better...you always get passed by the person on a single speed...if the race is long enough. Fancy stuff is not always better...depending on what you do...if its about finishing...then kLite is built from the ground up to get you to the end the less you have, the less can go wrong...carrying heaps of stuff you don't really need can turn a good trip into a bad trip...and it has not even rained yet. kLite systems have been stripped back to the bare min, only what you need and nothing else...no bluetooth, no wifi no LCD sceens, no CPU, no code, just raw SOLID STATE electronics, just like your dads HIFI stereo!! YEP its simple for a reason, as the extras draw power away from power to the LIGHT, after all its a light firstly. all switches are REMOTE so you can by pass...its all about be able to adjust to any situation...good or bad...you crash and break your switch...just by pass and keep going. many mounting options, mean you break a mount in a crash...just zip tie it on...its made to do that...via the little holes each side of the lamp. lots of ways to adapt and continue less is more, and a well thought out design with many options is the KEY to getting to the end. the kLite system offers many layers of operation, depending on the situation, you can charger via USB cache battery or even DRIECT TO USB charger, the kLite USB charger will run ETREX OR SPOT direct from unit with NO batterys in the bay, the kLite lamp, runs on auto and never need charging, never needs touching, in use you just ride, its plug and play, just ride away. we have made this systems to be ready for the real world, that lives at the edge of your comfort zone.
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