Nite-Hawk Digital Emitter light breaks

A couple of months ago, I reviewed the Nite-Hawk Digital Emitter bike light. And at that time, I questioned the light’s quality and durability. Well, on my ride in today, that question was answered.

As I was riding along a stretch of hard-packed snow, the light suddenly leapt off my handlebars, bounced along the ground and rolled down a steep hill / cliff. (Do I blame Nite-Hawk, Murphy or Newton for that?)

I spent the next 15 minutes carefully leaping from bush to shrub on the icy hill as I searched for the light. Luckily, I’d had the light turned on, so eventually I noticed the flash and was able to rescue it.

My first thought was that the quick release had simply released, but no — that was still attached to the bike. The connection between the battery pack and the quick release insert had broken. From what I can see, it looks like this connection was simply (and only partially) glued. This only reinforces my theory that NightHawk quickly rushed this light to market without much thought on its quality or usability.

Next step — fire off a snarky note to Nite-Hawk and see what their response is.

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