Dynamo and USB systems for bikepacking and touring

Supernova Lights on The Old Ghost Road

We often get questions about how to go about rigging up a dynamo, light and USB charging system for bikepacking and adventuring, so we put together this little graphic to help make things clearer:dynamo and USB systems

Cache batteries

An important part of the equation is some kind of cache/buffer battery. This sits between the USB charger and any devices you want to charge/power. Cache batteries are pretty cheap – just make sure the one you pick has through-charging and auto-on, so that charging starts as soon as the hub is outputting enough. Plox and Limefuel are popular options. The cache battery soaks up any output from the hub (for charging/using in the evening, when your dynamo will be running your lights), and prevents the ‘nag screen’ from your GPS when your speed dips below the charging threshold.

Connectors

We also favour the use of splittable gold connector plugs from Supernova for joining the cables that run from the hub to the light and to the USB charger. This makes routing charging cables much easier should you want to break your bike apart for travel or rearrange your bikepacking bags, etc. It also saves a cable being pulled out at a hard wired connection – the plug will come undone first saving an expensive/difficult/untimely fix.

Wheels

We offer wheel builds using SP dynamo hubs, lights and charging from Supernova and Sinewave. Contact us for package prices, and 10% discount for signed up Tour Aotearoa riders. We build with Stans No Tubes / Race Face (Easton) Arc rims amongst others and DT Swiss spokes.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions about setting up your autonomous dynamo system for bikepacking and adventuring, we’re happy to help!