Testing the Osram Night Breaker Laser

The best place to test the performance of the Osram Night Breaker Laser would be on a road with no street lamps, and with very light traffic. Using my dash camera, I captured a short video showing how the hi-performance halogen bulb illuminates the road, toggling in high and low beams. This video was captured from an EcoSport with a dark tint (such a 3M medium dark tint).

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Osram Night Breaker Laser (Low Beam)
Osram Night Breaker Laser Hi
Osram Night Breaker Laser (High Beam)

To watch the video of the hi-performance bulb’s road test, head directly to Osram Night Breaker Laser.

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About Osram Night Breaker Laser 
Testing an XHP70 LED replacement headlight

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Osram Night Breaker Laser

About a year ago, I have tried out installing LED headlights, but after a few months of use, reverted back to the stock halogen bulb. Recently, I have upgraded to the hi-performance halogen headlight bulbs Osram Night Breaker Laser (H4, 55/60 W).

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Stock OSRAM bulb on the left, hi-performance OSRAM bulb on the right

Some notable improvements:

1. The Osram Night Breaker Laser is noticeably brighter, and thus illuminates the road better both in low and high beams, and I would say even better than the LEDs that I have previously installed!

2. The low beam has the same color as the stock bulb, only a bit brighter, but the high beam (as the light passes through a thin blue filter) produces a whiter beam. The whiter beam, as I have come to realize, indeed improves the driving experience.

3. The high-beam range has greatly improved (due to the bulb being brighter)! This is particularly useful in poorly-lit high ways.

Take note though that hi-performance bulbs are a bit pricey: this particular pair costs about 2700 pesos or 55 US dollars (a pair of stock bulbs cost only about 1500 pesos or 30 US dollars), but still at a lower price point than LEDs (I have purchased my LEDs at 4500 pesos or 90 US dollars). Also, hi-performance bulbs are expected to have shorter lifespans than stock bulbs. This is the trade-off: the brighter the bulb, the shorter the life span.

To watch the video of the hi-performance bulb’s road test, head directly to Testing the Osram Night Breaker Laser.

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Related links:
Replacing the Headlights
Installing LED Headlights
Adjusting EcoSport’s Headlights
Installing Auxiliary Headlights

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Transcend DP110 Dash Camera

I am currently testing a Transcend DP110 Dash Camera, purchased locally for about 4900 pesos. Among all models produced by Transcend, DP110 is the cheapest one with a screen (display). I prefer stand-alone dashcams with dedicated displays over ones with no screens at all, or even those that connect with  smartphones and use the phone’s screen for displaying video feed.

DP110 is good enough for the task of recording and has the following basic functions of a dash camera:

  1. Time-stamped video is clear, both daytime and night time recording (it has enhanced low-light recording, but no infrared night-vision mode found in hi-end models).
  2. It has an “emergency save button”. You’ll find this very useful in case of an emergency.
  3. Saves automatically when bumped (sensitivity can be adjusted).
  4. Loops 3 or 5-minute videos (with audio). The oldest video gets overwritten with the newest video (except if the video is tagged as important—if it is saved manually by the user by pressing the emergency save button, or saved automatically when the camera detects vibrations).
  5. Has a built-in battery, allowing the dash camera to save the current video if power suddenly gets disconnected (some prefer capacitors over batteries though).
  6. Has a dedicated display (for me, this is a must)!

The camera comes with a power adapter, a mount, and a user’s manual. Installation takes only about 5 minutes! I would recommend Transcend DP110 to anyone looking for a low-cost yet fully-functional dash camera.

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Transcend DP110 dash camera’s sample frame from a recorded video

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Related links:
Installing a Dash Camera
Choosing a Dash Camera
Dash Camera with Night Vision

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Testing the Range of my Two-Way Radio

Any place with high elevation offers ideal conditions to test the range of a radio gear. I was in Tagaytay last week testing out the two-way radio equipment I have installed in my EcoSport. With multiple successful contacts from Tagaytay to other radio stations in Quezon City, I was able to determine that my current radio setup has an effective range of at least 70 km.

Tagaytay to QC Radio
Tagaytay to Quezon City, Distance: 70 km

The two farthest-ever distances reached by my radio setup is (1) about 135 km, when I accidentally received a “CQ” (a call) from a station in Calapan, Mindoro, while driving along Roxas Blvd., in Manila and (2) about 210 km QSO with local stations in Baguio, while driving along NAIA X elevated highway in Pasay.

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Manila to Calapan, Distance: 135 km
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Manila to Baguio, Distance: 210 km

The equipment I used for these tests are as follows:

Yaesu 2900R VHF 75-watt base radio
Diamond SG7000 dual band mobile antenna (1/4-wave VHF, 6/8-wave UHF)
Diamond K33 antenna mount
Diamond SX200 SWR meter
4 meters of RG8 cable

 

 

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Related link: Stock Antenna Modification

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3A Anker USB Charger

While most USB chargers are rated at 1.5 A  to 2.4 A (for comparison, a typical USB port of a laptop is rated at just 0.5 A which explains why it takes a long time to charge with it), we seldom see one with a rating of 3 A! This is particularly useful when charging hi-powered mobile phones (such as an XPERIA). This ANKER dual USB charger, with one port rated at 3 A, and the other port at 2.4 A, is by far one of the most powerful chargers we’ve found in the local market (as of Sept 2018, Philippines).

You should try their USB cables, too, as they are also one the best ones in the market.

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Portable Air Compressor

As a new owner of an EcoSport, you must learn how to prepare for a roadside emergency. One important tool that you may want to consider buying is a portable air compressor. With a portable air compressor, you can inflate a flat tire while on the side of a road, as there are instances that it might be useful.

Portable compressors come in different forms. Like in most any emergency device, the simpler the design, the better.

In buying one for your car, some essential features must be present:

1. It must have a gauge for monitoring pressure (does not matter if digital or analog)
2. Must have an air hose socket that does not require you to hold steady while pumping air (screw-type sockets are recommended)

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To watch the video on how I used a portable air compressor (tire inflator) to inflate a flat tire on my EcoSport, head directly to Portable Air Compressor.

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EcoSport’s Proper Tire Pressure

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