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Lezyne Deca Drive Battery

AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
edited October 2014 in Road buying advice
First off, this is one heck of a great light, but it would be nice to carry a spare battery just to give me a bit longer run time, but who sells them in the UK??? To be honest it would be easier trying to find hens teeth.

All the UK importer has said is that it is the same as the Mega Drive!

Any ideas anyone please?
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  • They have it shown on this page, looks like it's out of stock until the new year though. I suppose any LBS should be able to order one for you if they have an account with them?

    http://shop.upgradebikes.co.uk/Catalogu ... /Batteries
  • This won't help but there were some knocking round on the web the other day. Bizarrely I can't see any of them now!

    Lezyne themselves have it in stock in the US. Worth dropping them a line.

    I got the loaded pack so fortunately always have a fallback.

    One method might be to see if you can get the loaded pack cheap, hock the existing one on ebay. If your within £30 cost to change your not far off!
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    Well there has been a slight twist since I asked the question!

    My new Deca Light arrived the day before I asked the question on here about getting a spare battery. I had already mailed the UK Importer about their stock situation and was told that they had sold the quota for this year and that new stock was due in next year??

    I also mailed Lezyne direct asking when the UK would expect to see a delivery, never received a reply.

    Meanwhile, some 18 hours later the light still hadn't charged up, or at least should I say that the green light was still flashing which would suggest that it hadn't fully charged. Some quick research has revealed that there has bee some charging related issues.

    So I consequently returned it and purchased the loaded version instead, and that arrived this morning, and I have just put it on charge. So fingers crossed, this one should be okay!!
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  • Take care with what you charge it with! A PC will take ages, far longer than advertised.

    Second best option is a USB plug from the mains.

    First best option is a 2 amp USB plug from the mains. Original big iPad plug was like this. If you are on high speed charge it flashes BLUE rather than green
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    Take care with what you charge it with! A PC will take ages, far longer than advertised.

    Second best option is a USB plug from the mains.

    First best option is a 2 amp USB plug from the mains. Original big iPad plug was like this. If you are on high speed charge it flashes BLUE rather than green

    I was actually using a mains USB charger, rated at 5v / 2.1 amps, but the light was still flashing green? I would have thought that at that amperage, it should have been blue?
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  • Should have been, particularly if you were using the supplied lead.
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    Should have been, particularly if you were using the supplied lead.

    Yep, using the OE charging lead?
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  • Weird. Is the new one flashing blue? If not the USB plug is lying to you. :D
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    Weird. Is the new one flashing blue? If not the USB plug is lying to you. :D

    Flashing green, which as you say makes me think that it is not charging at that amperage?
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  • I'm wondering g whether the plug is the issue here? Have you got an ipad?
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    I'm wondering g whether the plug is the issue here? Have you got an ipad?

    Yes, l would tend to agree with you about the plug. And l understand that the iPad charger is rated quite high, l think that l need to buy one?
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  • http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-Power-Ada ... 1021261075

    That should do it. Copy of the original charger. It's what I use for my Superdrive and Mega Drive.
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-Power-Adapter-Wall-Mains-10W-Charger-UK-Plug-for-iPad-2-3-iPhone-4S-4-5-5s-c-/301021261075

    That should do it. Copy of the original charger. It's what I use for my Superdrive and Mega Drive.

    Good link many thanks, just ordered one!
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  • AlanWAlanW Posts: 291
    The new charger has just arrived and the charging light is now flashing a lovely blue colour. :lol:
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  • YAY!!!!! This USB business is confusing with manufacturers making false claims.

    What I tend to do now is run the light at half power, full power if I really need to, then recharge. I keep the fully charged spare in the bag and rotate them weekly.
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  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    Sorry for thread resurrection.
    Just bought Deca drive and I'm struggling to get it to charge, just flashes green all the time.
    I'm using a 1.5mA charge from my Sony phone. Surely if this is not enough then they should be supplied with their own charger?
    I've alrady emailed upgrade/lezyne, doubt Ill get a reply until next week though, in the mean time, any pointers?
  • lawrenceslawrences Posts: 1,011
    You'll need to get a different charger.
  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    lawrences wrote:
    You'll need to get a different charger.
    Well thats just BS! If a different charger is needed it should be supplied.
    Should have bought exposure :shock: :roll:
  • Can't think of many lights that come with chargers. Exposure Strada may have, can't recall.

    It's not necessarily a bad thing as, using USB, forces them to stick to a fairly available standard.
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  • Can't think of many lights that come with chargers. Exposure Strada may have, can't recall.

    It's not necessarily a bad thing as, using USB, forces them to stick to a fairly available standard.
    Yes mine did.
    Lezyne have a good reputation for quality but I think their lights are pretty variable in this respect. A few colleagues of mine bought some and ended up sending them back because they wouldn't charge. I bought a zecto rear light and although it's OK it isn't as well made as you'd hope.
  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    edited October 2014
    Hmmm, I bought it based on the positive reviews, I've since discovered the "charging" issue.
    Asda has provided me with a Belkin 2.1A charger. So I'm now charging with the Blue LED.
    Lets see how this goes....
    (A solid Blue in this case is charged eh?)
  • Can't think of many lights that come with chargers. Exposure Strada may have, can't recall.

    It's not necessarily a bad thing as, using USB, forces them to stick to a fairly available standard.
    Yes mine did.
    Lezyne have a good reputation for quality but I think their lights are pretty variable in this respect. A few colleagues of mine bought some and ended up sending them back because they wouldn't charge. I bought a zecto rear light and although it's OK it isn't as well made as you'd hope.

    They tend to be much cheaper mind. I paid £95 for my Mega Drive loaded. No charger, but, I have loads of them knocking around.
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  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    rowlers wrote:
    Hmmm, I bought it based on the positive reviews, I've since discovered the "charging" issue.
    Asda has provided me with a Belkin 2.1A charger. So I'm now charging with the Blue LED.
    Lets see how this goes....
    (A solid Blue in this case is charged eh?)

    Still flashing blue, wtf, how long to charge :roll: wasn't even discharged :evil:
  • bontiebontie Posts: 176
    Are those not normal 123 batteries?
  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    Still charging.. Clearly faulty...
    Is it worth getting a replacement or should I cut my losses and get my money back?
  • Sure if you get a good one you'll be fine, they tend to either work or not. It's a right pita if you get another dodgy one though. The cateye nanoshot is a roughly equivalent light I think so could try one of those instead?
  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    Thanks I shall await their reply!
  • Rowlers, are you using the supplied lead?
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  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    Rowlers, are you using the supplied lead?
    I certainly am :wink:
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