Vololights VoloMOD Brakeless Deceleration Indicator
Interesting idea, terrible execution. Wouldn't buy again.
I think the idea behind the volomod is great, but the execution is somewhat lacking. The problem is that if you want all the great features like blinking lights at a stoplight, you have to wire it into your hazard lights. As it turns out when I'm riding along and my hazard lights start blinking at the driver behind me they seem to think I'm having electrical problems with my bike. Imagine my confusion when people started pulling up next to me at lights to warn me that something was wrong with my bike. And then, when I'm stopped at lights with the hazards blinking as the device is designed to do, people think I've stalled and try to go around me when the light turns green.
For extra fun points, if you have your turn signal on while engine braking, the volomod will cause one turn signal to hyperflash while the other blinks at a normal rate. As you can imagine, this isn't good when you're trying to slow down and signal a turn in traffic. Now your turn signals are unintelligible on top of the problem I mentioned above.
Alternatively, you could just wire the thing into your brake light so it turns on the brake light when you're engine braking. This is easily understandable by drivers behind you and also doesn't require severing your hazard light wires. I would go this route. Unfortunately your brake light will stop flashing as soon as you actually touch your brakes, but at least they'll have warned the car behind you that you're engine braking. But then $120 for an accelerometer to turn on your brake light is a bit steep, and for that much money I can just learn to drag the rear brake slightly when engine braking.
In short, just skip this and buy one of two things:
Option A: Several manufacturers make LED taillights that have a built in flasher that will blink the taillight when you first put the brake on. These are fantastic and I put one on my wife's bike instead of dealing with the volomod and its problems.
Option B: Depending on exactly what taillight bulb your bike uses, you may be able to use a LED bulb with a built in flasher to create the same effect as Option A for less money. For my bike I got one of these bulbs from SuperBrightLEDs and I've been quite happy with how well it works. For $20, I'd get that over the volomod any day.
April 14, 2016
Saftey keeps me riding!
I am a safety conscious guy, and was psyched when I saw this product. I end up letting my gears slow me down a lot of the time vs. using the breaks, unless I need my breaks (obviously). Only problem with slowing down quickly and not actually hitting the brakes is that the car behind me has no idea that I am slowing down. Problem solved! I was a little skeptical when I was looking at this online, but for no reason. This thing works perfectly!
I did hard-wire mine by soldering it in, although I tend to do most things in an over-engineered way. The installation clips they provide probably work, but I wanted to make sure I did not ever have to re-do my work.
My installation took about 2.5 hours because 1) the directions are a step above IKEA, and were even telling me to use the wrong wire vs. the picture they provided me...2) I was very particular in how I did this. I have a few other things that I wired in (fog lights, voltmeter, hazard lights) and wanted to make sure I pulled the power off of a switched power source vs. always on.
Clearly the cost of this is worth it in my mind. I'd always pay extra to stay safe. Hope this helps!
August 2, 2015
Great product and great customer service.
works great and the install was fairly simple. i love the solo mod makes you much more visible when downshifting.
June 24, 2015
Volvo Lights help to warn drivers behind you that you are indeed braking in some fashion or another by flashing your turn indicators and main brake light. The speed in which you slow in turn affects the speed in which your lights blink. Who does not want the driver behind to know your there? Engine braking dilemma solved!
June 22, 2015
Works as advertised
Pros: It works as advertised and could well save your life.
Teck support is as good as it gets.
The price is right and even the packaging is first rate.
Cons: CANbuss systems limit the tricks it can do but still good.
This is not a 10' plug and play device, be prepared to put in some time but it's not difficult, just time consuming taking things apart and reasembling.
June 15, 2015
Decent product, excellent customer service
I'll start off with the review of the product itself and then go into more detail about how ridiculously awesome the guys at Vololights are.
I got the module from Revzilla, as always, extremely fast. We to splice into my wiring harness as needed and got everything hooked up in about 20-30 minutes since I took my sweet time making sure everything was right. Turned it on and the module was not working as described on the install instructions. After double checking my wiring, I sent an email to Vololights and within an hour, yes AN HOUR, I was on the phone and FaceTime with one of the CEOs from the company trying to diagnose what was wrong.
Turns out I had a defective module so they sent me a new one and had it delivered within like 3 days. At this point, this is by far the best customer service I've ever had. The guy was literally walking me through the install, step by step, and double checking everything for me.
The second module worked perfectly, save for the brake light flashing when the lever is pushed in when completely stopped, but that is something to do with the amount of volts coming out of my harness, not the module. Other than that, it works perfectly, lights flash when I downshift coming into a turn and when I break hard due to the accelerometer.
The CEO is even working on a modification for my bike that will allow the module to work as fully intended (which to me isn't a big deal because I bought this to make my lights flash when I close my throttle or downshift, which it does).
Overall, it's a great idea with an amazing backup in Vololights, but there's always room for improvement.
April 21, 2015
Works very well, I ride an SV650 which engine brakes pretty heavily. I did the full mod which includes the turn signals.
At a full stop it flashes the turn signals like hazards with the brake lever pulled. With a turn signal on it works like it did before installing it when at a stop.
While riding it flashes the running brighter and turn signals when engine braking or downshifting. Slow for a slow braking and very fast for heavy braking. When using the brake lever the brake light pulsates and the turn signals flash. When braking with a turn signal on it works the same but the turn signal is brighter.
All in all very effective.
A side note: the online instructions that you have to use are a little confusing. "Switch 12v" and "brake Signal" are two different wires, "running lights" and "brake switch" would have been a lot easier to understand. Thankfully it comes with Posi-tap connectors so you can switch it easily. Also listed the #7 wire instead of the #1 which became clear when installing it.
February 20, 2015