CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable

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CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable
Visibility is key when you're commuting on your bike, but nobody likes messing around with all the batteries you burn through. This handy little tail light charges through the USB port on your computer, so you can take it off and let it charge while you're at the office, then slap it back on for the ride home. Pretty cool, eh?
  • Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery charges through the USB port on your computer
  • 5 OSB (On-Site Programmable) modes let you customize the brightness and flash speed for your needs
  • 3 hour charge time
  • Up to 300 hour run time
  • Includes seatpost mount
  • Includes USB charging cable
  • Wt.: 55g
CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable
  • RUN TIME Up to 100hrs
  • BRIGHTNESS 2 Watt
  • MODES 5 + OSB
  • Rating 4.5

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CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (16)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Bright (4)
  • Bright visible (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/city (16)
    • Road biking (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (13)
      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed oriented (10), Comfort oriented (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    5.0

    BRIGHT FOR ROAD RIDING

    By MILEAGE MAN

    from KINSTON,NC

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long battery life
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None at all

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

    Well I got this light for Christmas about 2 years ago and well here is my review on it the light as others say is bright i have had other cars (strangers) stop me on the street DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS and tell me how bright it was and how well they see me i love the programmable flash on it the light will last about (FOR ME ANYWAYS) 300 MILES ON A CHARGE that in my book is awesome nashbar asked me to tell if there's something about the light i don't like or a con in the review i got none at all this light was so great i went and bought another one for my other bike and plan on getting another one in the future OH and the light does do as said charge time is about 3 hours

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great light

    By @CYclingNolte

    from Iowa

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long battery life
    • Many Pattern Options
    • Many Patter Options
    • Versatile
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

      Great light. It has about 5 blinking patterns and you can change the speed of the flashes so there are a lot of options as far as blink pattern goes. Its very bright and will last sevel long rides and even more if you change the pattern and speed. I have 3 of these lights so I can rotate them between bikes and I've used 1 for over a year before needing to charge it. It uses a regular micro usb so you can charge it almost anywhere if you need to. Also seems to be waterproof. It's easy to remove from the clamp but is secure when mounted. It does stick out a little from the mount (not directly next to the seat post) if that is a concern but it doesn't bother me.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      brightest i have seen

      By fastwheels

      from Yardley, pa

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

        Easily detached and attached for charging

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        They haven't hit me yet...

        By DrMatt

        from Cape Girardeau, MO

        About Me Commuter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Mounting Options
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

          Cars report seeing me from > 1 mile away on clear winter days. Love that you can adjust the frequency within a selected blink pattern. Charges quickly, discharges slowly, so I run it M-F, and recharge on weekend. Mounting options for seat post or seatstays, as well as the normal clip for your bag. I would compare it favorably to my Portland Design Works tail lamp, except its a bit lighter and requires charge more often. Sometimes I will run both lamps if I'm commuting in high traffic, and haven't been hit... yet...

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Bright and have seen on other bikes.

          By Murphdog

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

            I bought this for safety reasons since I hate being in the dark riding between friends with lights when the ride goes longer than expected. I wanted to be able to have a light that I can move from my road bike to my tri-bike seat bags whenever I want. Has many variable light settings and have seen it on many other cyclists bikes too. Purchased this light for the bike and Nashbar light for the helmet at the same time. I will zip tie this light to the bike to keep it from being pilfered when we stop for coffee.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            finally a rechargable taillight!

            By Helen S

            from Pittsburgh PA

            About Me Commuter

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Road Biking

              Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

              It is currently monted sideways on my rack- but no big deal. I can also use my plug in charger from my headlight. I hate replacing batteries!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Unbelievably bright!

              By DaveM

              from Central, CT

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

                  This is a VERY bright light. Hard to be missed which is the exact purpose. I like how the blink rate is easily adjustable and that this is rechargeable.

                  • Cycling Style:
                  • Comfort Oriented
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Its nice and bright.

                  By Black7

                  from Elberfeld, IN

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright Visible
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting/City
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

                    Its bright. In the end, thats what matters. I like Cygolite products alot. They are always very high quality. I use both their head and taillights. If there is one caveat, its that for max brightness, its pretty picky about the angle its mounted at. Because of this, I have only found it useful when used with the seatpost bracket. If I put it on my clothes or on my seatbag, it does not sit right and thus is much less bright. Thats not a problem, but that makes it less versatile because it only comes with one bracket. Not a perfect scenario when I have 5 bikes.

                    Still worth it though!

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Speed Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good product

                    By Trekking Down the Road

                    from Saint Louis, MO

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Usb Recharging
                    • Versatile
                    • Very Bright Light

                    Cons

                    • Rubber Switch May Fail

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting/City
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

                    I ride on several mornings per week in the dark and wanted a good taillight. This light has performed very well until recently. The rubber switch component appears to have failed which may inhibit turning on the light. That being said, the USB functionality is very nice. I had a neighbor who drove up behind me tell me that he could easily see the light from over 1/2 mile away. He was very impressed and called me to tell me.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Speed Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Bright enough for daylight use!

                    By Flying Fortress

                    from Santa Fe,NM

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • One Of The Brightest
                    • Rechargable Off Usb Port
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting/City
                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about CygoLite Hot Shot USB Tail Light w/USB Charging Cable:

                      Short and skinny:I bought this because it IS bright enough to get the attention of motorists from a LONG way off, even in daylight. (What with all the idiots who are driving in big hulkin' SUV's WHILE talking on their cell phones, you NEED something like this! They could run you over in one of those things, and not EVEN know they hit you!). 5 modes, I find the default factory flash frequencies work fine, but you can increase or decrease the speed of them if you want with the right sided button. Holds a charge for a long time, and when its time to charge it, you just plug it into the USB port of your laptop. It's done in 3 hours. How cool is that?
                      This one, or the Planet Bike one, are the 'go-to' tail lights for city commuters. The little port for the USB cable has what looks like a pretty water tight rubber flap over it, but I haven't challenged how water tight that seal is yet. And that port is on the BOTTOM of the light. One reviewer complained of water leakage, so there's still room for improvement. A "4" rating therefore, seems most appropriate. Highly recommended.

                      • Cycling Style:
                      • Comfort Oriented
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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