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This New Zealand e-bike designer has a simple idea to combat theft


2 years 9 months ago

I had thought about this when I was running my NightSun Trilights, if the bike had been stolen, with lights attached, I would have contacted NightSun over in the States, just to see if any strange peole might have been asking about a charger.  Proprietary charger and a very rare set of lights, they knew there customer base too.

Shockingly expensive Halogens, really damn good too.  Always took them off when leaving anywhere, but could have been nicked from my home.

2 years 9 months ago

Surely a digitally coded charger would be easier, so if you genuinely need a replacement, just like coded keys for padlocks. You supply the code and they can sell you a replacement. If your bike is stolen, without the coded charger and details of the codes, it's useless.

2 years 9 months ago

Simple idea is correct. Not well thought out.

2 years 9 months ago

I can't think many owners want a second charger, so likely the greatest demand is from people who acquired the bike sans charger. It's not a big ask for them to prove it is legitimately theirs, and if it is they would appreciate knowing they are being looked after.


If dishonest buyers had the frame numbers run through a computer when buying a charger maybe some owners could even be reunited with their lost bikes.

Sure, let the dishonest live with knock-off chargers.

2 years 9 months ago

So bloke restricts sales based on little/no data - just a hunch he is right based on his personal opinions, and completely ignores the fact that if you can't get a particular charger from eBay you soon will be if this silly thought goes global.

Also - does the size of the issue warrant the size of the impact to honest customers?