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Hi everybody I am hoping someone can help me with this, I bought a rear light/camera unit from Aldi (complete rip off of the fly 6) but unlike the fly this unit turns itself off when on long journeys.

Any suggestions (within reason knowing some of the comments on this site) would be appriciated.

BTW at the moment I am running it with a 8gb micro sdhc card will be changing up to a 32gb shortly.

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CygnusX1 [847 posts] 8 months ago
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This was posted in the original thread (http://road.cc/content/tech-news/229329-grab-aldi-specialbuys-cycling-ba...) on this camera/light

"aegisdesign" wrote:

I was riding late last night and at one point there's a 25 minute rural climb. It was pitch black behind me with no cars passing and no street lights and the camera beeped three times as I reached the summit. I thought it was just hitting the 50% charge mark which is also 3 beeps. I got home 30 minutes later and found it had switched off, INCLUDING THE LIGHTS.

Somewhat dissapointed that it might be broken and that I'd been riding with the main rear light off, I read the manual. No clues.

Then I read the Fly 6 manual. The Fly 6 switches off after 15 minutes of inactivity. I tested this on the Aldi light. It does this also. I guessed that 15 minutes of pitch black is "inactivity".

 

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Kapelmuur [427 posts] 8 months ago
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How long is 'long'?

The longest ride I've done so far is 2.5 hours with no problems.

I don't think that the capacity of the sd card is relevant, if it's full it records over what was recorded previously.

 

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HLaB [233 posts] 8 months ago
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Kapelmuur wrote:

How long is 'long'?

The longest ride I've done so far is 2.5 hours with no problems.

I don't think that the capacity of the sd card is relevant, if it's full it records over what was recorded previously.

 

I don't think the Aldi one does Loop recording, just the Fly 6

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RR [45 posts] 8 months ago
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There's a thread on CycleChat with more info: https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/aldi-rear-camera.224217/. See page 10 for the new firmware details which might help. Seems looping is supported.

I have one but haven't got round to trying it yet. Thought I'd wait and see if the problems were resolved first before giving it a go!

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fenix [1002 posts] 8 months ago
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It does loop record. Mine was fine for 4 hours of riding and it had about the last hour on the card. I've got a bigger SD card now - I think 32gb is the biggest it can take.

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ninjahippo [1 post] 8 months ago
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It does loop record. I've had mine running this morning to test. Yey.

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Colclimber [2 posts] 8 months ago
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I'm having the same problem as Bob, but I'm not worried about the light because I've painted over the light and using it as a front camera, attached to the handlebars.

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RabbitInTheHead... [1 post] 8 months ago
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Not sure how everyone else gets on with this unit but the one I purchased has been returned to store and refund accepted.

The picture quality is good, the light is good however having accepted the weight penalty of the unit I couldn't get on with the fact the weight / road conditions meant the unit kept moving finally dropping so it was catching on th eback of my leg. Poor engineering of a product that would be acceptable at the price point of it has a worthy bracket / fixture. Velcro strap may work for under saddle pouches but not for a camera light unit.

Sorry Aldi but this one is another fail.

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Bob's bikes [873 posts] 8 months ago
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Well have now changed the sd cards for 32gb and no difference, this is really annoying as like others I bought two one blacked out so I can use it as a front camera one as rear light/camera.

The rear camera is the one that switches itself off after twenty minutes or so BUT the front unit carries on going throughout ride! (last week went on a ride that lasted just over an hour the light/camera beeped and went off after 15-20 mins but after I turned it back on it stayed on for the rest of journey)

Really cannot understand this

p.s. have been to the site mentioned above and got the software update didn't make any difference.

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LarryDavidJr [391 posts] 8 months ago
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I would suggest you all ditch the cheap shit and just get a Fly6.  A camera isn't any good if you can't rely on it, and this, it seems, can't be relied on.

I've had my issues with Cycliq over one or two small things, but generally I can say I'm pretty happy with the price for the Fly6 (and the Fly12, though thats maybe a little bit less of a bargain, more of an 'about right' price).

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Lamb Henry [42 posts] 8 months ago
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There is a firmware update aviable to fix the shutting down by itself issue.

http://quesh.co.uk/products/?product_id=461

 

 

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Bob's bikes [873 posts] 8 months ago
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Lamb Henry wrote:

There is a firmware update aviable to fix the shutting down by itself issue.

http://quesh.co.uk/products/?product_id=461

 

 

Thanx but that was already pointed out to me by boRed and it didn't solve the problem.

 

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Lamb Henry [42 posts] 8 months ago
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Bob'sbikes wrote:

Thanx but that was already pointed out to me by boRed and it didn't solve the problem.

 

 

The firmware update seems to fixed the problem with mine.

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Kapelmuur [427 posts] 8 months ago
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RabbitInTheHeadlights wrote:

Not sure how everyone else gets on with this unit but the one I purchased has been returned to store and refund accepted.

The picture quality is good, the light is good however having accepted the weight penalty of the unit I couldn't get on with the fact the weight / road conditions meant the unit kept moving finally dropping so it was catching on th eback of my leg. Poor engineering of a product that would be acceptable at the price point of it has a worthy bracket / fixture. Velcro strap may work for under saddle pouches but not for a camera light unit.

Sorry Aldi but this one is another fail.

It worked fine on my best bike and remained in position during rides of up to 3 hours on rough roads.   However, it swung about all over the place when on my winter bike and I couldn't understand why.

Then I realised that the difference was the position of the seat tube clamp.   The clamp is a circle with a flattened bottom and a straight edge, on my best bike the flattened part faced backwards and the camera sat on  the 'shelf' area it made.   My winter bike had the circular section of the clamp facing backwards, so nowhere for the camera to lodge itself.

I turned the clamp on the winter bike to the same orientation as my best bike and the camera did not move during this morning's 2.5 hour ride.

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don simon [2327 posts] 8 months ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

This was posted in the original thread (http://road.cc/content/tech-news/229329-grab-aldi-specialbuys-cycling-ba...) on this camera/light

"aegisdesign" wrote:

I was riding late last night and at one point there's a 25 minute rural climb. It was pitch black behind me with no cars passing and no street lights and the camera beeped three times as I reached the summit. I thought it was just hitting the 50% charge mark which is also 3 beeps. I got home 30 minutes later and found it had switched off, INCLUDING THE LIGHTS.

Somewhat dissapointed that it might be broken and that I'd been riding with the main rear light off, I read the manual. No clues.

Then I read the Fly 6 manual. The Fly 6 switches off after 15 minutes of inactivity. I tested this on the Aldi light. It does this also. I guessed that 15 minutes of pitch black is "inactivity".

 

Just discovered this quirk. What's the point of a light that turns itself off in the dark?

 A question that I shall be putting to ALDI.

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alansmurphy [1832 posts] 6 months ago
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Found one in the glass box of opportunity last week for £20, purchased. Surprised by the size and haven't hooked it up yet - tonight's job...

 

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liam92 [14 posts] 6 months ago
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The only cycling tech I've bought from Aldi in the past was their heart rate monitor and it was horrific. It constantly failed to register a pulse (no i didn't die) for extended periods of time and was incompatible with any standard fitness apps or head units other than  their own smartphone app. Don't get me wrong recording the HR on its own via the app is fine but obviously you want to see this data in comparison to other metrics so it was a bit obsolete. Then again what do you expect for £15 or thereabouts, so I didn't even bother returning it.

If you want a unit that works flawlessly save up a bit more and buy the fly6/fly6CE. Aldi is fantastic for their tools, maintenance stuff and very basic apparel. However I would avoid any of their tech (unless its the Garmin head units they offer) or items such as waterproofs as I found their performance to be quite poor. gloves, socks etc. are well worth the money you pay though.

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randonneur [11 posts] 2 months ago
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ninjahippo wrote:

It does loop record. I've had mine running this morning to test. Yey.

 

I thought at first it didn't because it was turning off when I thought it was a full card, for 8GB anyway.  I had a spare 16GB same thing.  

However when out cycling with someone else with the same camera he mentioned a firmware fix to stop it shutting down.  I've applied the fix and tested the lamp - left it on.

It turned off after 6 hours and the card has recorded over itself- last recordings left.

So about 2 hours of recording and 6 hours of battery in a stationary position and with 16GB card.