Reviews of CygoLite Hotshot SL 2W USB Rechargeable Taillight

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StarStarStarStarStar Great Tail Light and Great Safety Device

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Anyone riding on a public thoroughfare has to contend with traffic and particularly distracted drivers. This is the best tail light I have found so far and it is very, very good. It's quite bright, has a number of flashing patterns to attract driver attention and is rechargeable quickly and lasts in flash mode for more hours than I can ride . I feel I have done all that I can to protect my rear safety by using this. This is my second one; I have one on each bike now.

Other Thoughts

If you get run down from behind anyway, your heirs can recharge it and pass it around the jury box to make the case the driver could not have reasonably failed to see you.

StarStarStarStarStar Cut the darkness

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Super bright! Highly visible in daylight.

Cons

No cons... Unless in a Group Ride must be set to low setting or you are riding trail...

Other Thoughts

If you are trying to beat winters loss of daylight and training/ riding solo, this light is the safest and brightest solution. My group has nothing nice to say, too bright, they can't see because it is so bright... And tolerable in low brightness.

StarStarStarStarStar 1st was for me 2nd was a gift

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Easy mounting and great function. Marvelous recharging rather than replacing batteries!

Cons

None discovered.

Other Thoughts

Will keep in mind for gifts.

StarStarStarStarStar Shine Brite!

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Same one on my bike bought another for my wife's bike. It's a great light at a great price. Very dependable

Cons

No cons

Other Thoughts

Could have a white alternating flash

StarStarStarStarStar Attention Grabbing!

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Random flash gets you noticed (pre-2014 model that I have)
Li-ion battery that charges reasonably fast and lasts many hours
Rock solid and weatherproof design
Multiple mounting options available (other parts may be required)
Super-bright (good enough for daytime use)

Cons

None yet after 18 months of heavy use.

Other Thoughts

Since I purchased mine before the latest update (2014-2015), my flash modes are different. This review does not imply an opinion on the new SteadyPulse flash mode--I use the random flash mode exclusively on mine.

StarStarStarStarStar pretty good light

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Different flash modes are user adjustable for speed of flash, steady mode's brightness is adjustable
very bright
good sturdy mount

Cons

Limited run time in steady light mode at brightest setting (4 hours)
non-removable battery
rack mount not included

StarStarStarStarStar It is what I wanted

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I like to be seen. I like simplicity. This meets my requirements for both quite well.

Cons

Nothing worth mentioning.

StarStarStarStarStar This is the light you want!!!

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Ownership: one year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Extremely bright, great light for the price, secure mount if you have a saddle bag, single charge lasts a long time and durable. Charges via usb so no battery to change.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

I use this when I train at night and during my double century rides. I'm not the fastest rider so this light stays on well into the evening. Doesn't lose any brightness when its low on charge. Get this light, its worth it for the price.

StarStarStarStarStar Great commuter light

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Bright
-configurable-
Well designed clip and bracket
Weather tolerant

Cons

Limited continuous battery life

Other Thoughts

VERY bright. Easily clips/unclips to clothes or included seat-post bracket. You can configure flash speed if this is something you have an opinion on, or set light to continuous. Have ridden quite a bit in rain with no problems so far. Great commuter light, especially if you have daily access to a PC. Used it on a long ride and it ran down somewhere between 8 and 10 hrs (sorry, I don't remember if it was on continuous or flash). So, awesome for commuting and training, a little less awesome for touring and randonneuring.

StarStarStarStarStar GOOD LIGHT

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Ownership: one year

Pros

Bright and strong light, light weight, long lasting battery charge.

Cons

No so good water proof.

StarStarStarStarStar Bright. It has been dependable.

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Bright it has been dependable. My ride in the dark is between 30 and 40 min, about 8 miles. Charge once. A week.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

I ride daily to and from work. Going to work is in the dark most of the year. It is very important to be seen. The CygoLight Hot Shot allows me to be easily seen. This one is the primary tail light. I do have two other tail lights. One on the helmet and another on the seat post.

StarStarStarStarStar The perfect light for me

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Bright, many flash modes, the charge lasts a long time.

Cons

Hard to remember what the other button does.

Other Thoughts

This light really kicks butt. I bought this one of my other bike after having one for over a year. The charge lasts over a week for me on my commute and weekend rides.

StarStarStarStarStar Light is extremely visible, even during the daylight hours

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

the light does a fine job of getting you noticed even during daylight hours.
the charge seems to last a pretty long time

Cons

would be nice if attachment was a little more versatile but it does mount nicely to my saddle bag

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"Founded in 1991 by a group of Southern Californian cycling enthusiasts who envisioned bicycle lighting systems utilizing the latest technology with trend setting designs, Cygolite developed a line of systems that made it synonymous with innovation and quality. Over 20 years later, we still lead the way, creating rechargeable lighting systems inspired through test rides on the trails and roads then engineered and assembled in our California headquarters."

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