phantomx0_1 hat geschrieben:
Now its the time of year for light reviews and the lupines never win! Normally due to pricing and reliablity issues.
Personally I highly doubt Lupine has some "general" reliability issues. It may happen, but I guess the percentage of premature failures certainly is less than that of other brands, specially all those cheap china lights. I also had some issues myself indeed, but Lupine repaired the stuff, they have indeed a very good service policy, even in questionable cases and beyond the warranty limits. I am not so sure if you can get (any?) service in case of issues by these chinese competitors.
Second, I indeed think their batteries are somewhat superior compared to the competition. I've read in some examples about the batteries of magicshines, people stating that "they lasted 2 years for me" ... I mean please, what kind of quality is this? I've had a (nominal) 4.5Ah battery of Lupine, 4 years after purchase and use it still had measured 5.1Ah(!) capacity. In the long run, you can indeed profit.
phantomx0_1 hat geschrieben:So will lupines prices come in line with other developers? Lupine were streets ahead a few years back but now there is so much choice out there personally I think they are be loosing some ground.....!
I would say, the other developers try to come in line with Lupine.
. Except for the price of course. 10 years ago there was not much competition. As for loosing ground, I have my doubts.
I think the "usual" Lupine customers have not changed. I the past, without the cheap options, some people with potential interest for bikelights just didn't buy Lupine because it was too expensive in their eyes. In the meanwhile, that people that wouldn't have bought Lupine anyway, they now buy some Magicshine or similar, it is just the market that has grown bigger. I think a good share of the former customers of Lupine (my guess is they always have been a minority among the users of bikelights) still is willing to buy a Lupine again, they do not change to the opposite camp.