|4 wires become 2. Wires ready for the dynamo.|
|Big wire up to the Revo, small wire up to the Cycle2Charge.|
The other end of the wire comes with a connector pre-fitted, so aside from a smear of Vaseline to help keep any moisture at bay, there’s nothing to do except connect it to the unit. A new stem-cap bolt is supplied and I’d suggest you use it, it has a clear plastic sleeve on the threads nearest the head. The outside of the sleeve’s a tight fit against the inside of the unit and forms a seal … don’t go thinking it’s not important and taking it off, make sure it’s there.
|All fitted and ready to go.|
With all the wires securely attached in their appropriate locations, the unit just bolts in place like a regular stem cap. I positioned this one so the USB port faces the rear of the bike but you could fit it anyway you like … unless your mechanical prowess starts and ends with shoe laces, it should take you around 20 minutes to wire and fit.
|Outer positioned 180° from the usb plug … twist for action|
As I mentioned in the previous post, when you want to plug something in, turn the outer until the cut-out lines up with the socket in the inner and when not in use, turn the outer 180° to keep the water out.
Using the thing.
In reality there isn’t much to say about using the device, it’s really just plug and play. Cycle2Charge state an output of 5V / 1000mA and have fitted the unit with a surge protection feature for when you get carried away on the downhills. It starts to provide useful current at very low speeds, in fact I’ve been able to get any device I’ve tried to register that it’s charging just by spinning the front wheel (quickly) by hand.
The Revo front light appears unaffected by having something else plugged in … although that conclusion is based purely on short initial trials, so time will tell.
|Buffer battery getting charged.|