Cycliq Fly6 v3 Presale

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EvilEuro
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by EvilEuro

Seems that Cycliq is readying the launch of a version 3 of their Fly6 rear camera and light (Fly6ce3). Looking things over it seems that they have reduced the size and weight of the camera, but at the price of battery life.

The Fly6CE spec sheet said that it had a 3200mAh battery. The v3 has a 2000mAh battery listed. The ride time is now down from the never-obtainable 7 hours listed on the Fly6ce to 4 hours on the ce3. Video resolution remains at 1080p, but they have removed the 60fps option and now only offer 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps.

This seems very strange. Typically you'd think that there would be an improvement in either battery life or video resolution. Neither of those as happened. The only thing that has happened is that the unit has become smaller (which I like) and lighter (which is good), but at some sacrifice.

As a sidenote... has anyone performed a battery replacement on their Fly6ce to a larger capacity battery? I'm sure that'll also be something folks will want to do with the version 3 as well, especially with the v3 battery size shrinking by nearly 40%.

Seems a very "meh" upgrade. I like the form factor change, but I'm really hoping that there is a way to replace the battery with something far more robust. At this point doing any long ride will require travelling with two of them if you want to capture the whole ride.

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by mdeth1313

I stopped using them. I had the first and second versions. If you use them a lot and ride in cold weather the battery life drops off significantly. By the second year, they wouldn't last more than 3 hours, which means you have a glorified tail light that weighs too much and will cost quite a bit more than other tail lights that are lighter (and better).

That coupled with their crappy customer service and unwillingness to admit design flaws (see 1st gen seatpost mount) makes it a non-starter for anything they make. Your results may vary.
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by sychen

Also very disappointed with the gen3 of fly6 ce. Seems to aim at the commuter market rather than enthusiasts that does 4+ hrs on the weekend.

I have the original gen3 and can't get to 4 hrs anymore... Seriously may not replace this and go to an Garmin radar or light only.

Where in their feedback would there be people that wants less battery life for a little weight and size. Yes their customer service was always crap and put up with it due to a product that's unique and mostly decent.

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My main issue is video quality. It’s not good enough to get US style plates in common lighting situations. That makes it pointless...

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by sychen

TobinHatesYou wrote:My main issue is video quality. It’s not good enough to get US style plates in common lighting situations. That makes it pointless...
Agree with this.. Was hopeful that this will improve over time. Never did happen.. Yes it got better with the ce series but only in 1080p 60fps mode at the cost of battery life...and now it's gone.

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by IrrelevantD

Shorter battery life is a dealbreaker for me. I have two CEs, use one as a chest mount ocasionally. This would work for that purpose, but I want my rear camera to go for 5 hours, which I can just barely get out of a CE with the light off at 1080p 30fps (I run a separate tail light).

Customer service has improved, and they now have a US based RMA center. Don't have to send it back to Aulstrailia anymore. I recently had one replaced, turnaround time was something like a week. It was about a year out of warranty, they replaced it with a "referbished" unit that was a v2, less than 2 months after the v2 was released.

As for battery upgrade... might be possible on the 6 CE, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get into the 12 CE. I did replaced the battery in the non-CE Fly6 v2. That was just a standard 18650 lithium-ion rechargable. Not sure what's in the new ones, but wouldn't surprise me if it was similar.
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by MoPho

TobinHatesYou wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:56 am
My main issue is video quality. It’s not good enough to get US style plates in common lighting situations. That makes it pointless...
I haven't had any issues with seeing US plates :noidea:

I have had a couple of them die on me which has been frustrating. The one time I complained, customer service was good and they sent me a new one.
I am surprised no one else had come up with a camera/light set up yet.



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by EvilEuro

More to the point, I'm surprised that no one else has come up with an attractive alternative with good specs at a decent price.

Aldi makes the "BikeMate" light, which I found yesterday while looking to see if there were any quality alternatives to the Fly6ce. And it looks like crap. It's big, it's bulky, it just doesn't look good. But it is inexpensive.

Come to think of it, does anyone make an alternative to either of the Fly cameras? They're not bad products per say... but it seems like each could also be done much better.

I have both a Fly6ce and a Fly12ce... and won't be parting with either one for this "upgrade".

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