Gear Review: Dynamo Systems

Looking at dynamos for touring and this makes sense of it all

Edward Pickup

In this article I’m going to try and share my experiences of using various different dynamo lighting / charging systems. Chances are that if you’re reading this, you understand the concept of dynamo technology; but for those who don’t know, a dynamo powered system for lighting / charging will typically consist of three components: a dynamo generator within the front hub, a light, and a power converter to charge other electronics.

More and more competitors in endurance races have started to use dynamo technology — it removes the hassle of having to find power outlets to charge lights and GPS units, reducing stress and allowing you to spend more time on the road. I’ve been using a couple of different dynamo systems during the last few years and am completely sold on them. But don’t just take my word for it: Transcontinental competitor Nicholas Longworth sums up the frustrations that relying…

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