Intro: Battery "free" Bike Light.
Step up and get your own "dynamo hum"...(FZ). All jokes aside, its a simple dynamo light mounted to a Planet Bike light bracket. On about 6 cranks I get 20 to 25 minutes of light.
There is a 3.6 volt NiMH rechargeable battery that comes in the light. SO, by free I refer to your out of pocket cost on batteries.
Step 1: Material
1. dynamo light....Harbor Freight, 2 for $8.
2. quick release light strap...most have a screw to change the mounting base, this is a Planet Bike
3. super glue
4. fingernail polish remover........or acetone
Step 2: Light Base
Remove the screw and discard the top thin portion.
Step 3: Level Base
Use a knife to take any high points off of the base.
Step 4: Break Light Down
Take the 4 screws out of light.
Be cautious not to let any gears or gear shafts to fall out.
Step 5: "drill" Hole for Screw
Using a hole punch I twist and push a hole through the plastic, working from both sides.
Step 6: Prep for Glue
Using the fingernail polish remover, I clean both surfaces.
Step 7: Glue
1. I put glue on the base only.
2. Screw light cover to base.
Step 8: Put It Back Together
Once glue is dry, put your 4 screws back in and your done.
Step 9: Get Rolling and Give It a Crank!
The law (here in Arizona) says you need a forward facing light visible from 200 yards. This covers that and I only need a rear red reflector. So, I'm now battery free!