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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:02 pm 
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Joy unconfined - they're here :D

Very good value... looking forward to strapping them to the old girl...


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mine arrived yesterday - seem pretty good although back ones seem a bit flimsy.


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ringo wrote:
looking forward to strapping them to the old girl...


I'm putting mine on the bicycle. . .


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National & North West AEC
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I've had mine for about a week now and I've used it on a couple of night rides.
Firstly the *free* rear light is pretty good but the bracket is awful. I've swapped mine onto a different one which is much more secure.

The front light is impressive and for the price is exceptional. I did have to modify the battery holder slightly due to an excess of springs.

For it's maiden voyage, I used the light on it's own attached using the great little bar mount. It was only about 8 miles down several pitch black country lanes, where the beam although very narrow was more than usable at fairly a fairly fast pace. The lens gives a very bright 'hot spot' and a dimmer 'halo'. The light throws a good distance, but the narrow beam is problematic when cornering as it's attached to the bar and the uneven beam pattern means that it appears even darker outside the illuminated area

For my second ride, I thought I'd mount it to my helmet as a secondary light and the overcome the shortcomings of the narrow beam.
The light was ingeniously attached using a Crud Catcher bungee and a small piece of shaped foam. Very neat it is too even if I do say so myself...

Along with my bar mounted Exposure Maxx-D, the helmet mounted light proved a great addition. Although my bar light has a very even, wide and not to mention very bright beam pattern, it was still possible to make out the light source from the helmet light within it. It is really quite bright enough.

The bar light really became useful on tight turns where you need light where you look. Normally I use a Petzl Tikka light on my helmet, but this new one from eBay is much brighter and more useful at speed. The Petzl is mainly used for climbing and fixing punctures, and I'll probably stick with that set up though throughout the forthcoming Winter night riding season. I'll be adding this light too though I reckon.

After about 3 hours on a set of Duracells there appears to be no sign of dimming yet.

So in conclusion, if you haven't already ordered one out of curiosity, then I'd highly recommend getting one or two... or three.


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What sort of range do you reckon you get?


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Have you noticed that if you twist the cowling around the lens it changes the spread?


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IDB1 wrote:
What sort of range do you reckon you get?

Depending on where you aim it, I reckon the brightest part of the beam easily illuminates about ten metres up the road. The dimmer halo spreads back to right in front of the bike to create enough usable area.

orange71 wrote:
Have you noticed that if you twist the cowling around the lens it changes the spread?

Yes Ed, I've tweaked the beam pattern to make the hot spot a little wider. Too far though and you end up with a dark centre and the front falling off the light.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:23 pm 
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I have an LED Lenser P7 which uses a 4.48W Cree LED. While I'm sure the optics and circuitry are a lot better than these, if they're half as bright as my Lenser that's a fantastic deal.


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djoptix wrote:
I have an LED Lenser P7 which uses a 4.48W Cree LED. While I'm sure the optics and circuitry are a lot better than these, if they're half as bright as my Lenser that's a fantastic deal.


They are less than half the output of my upgraded Peli M3..

BUT . . . still awesome value..

I'll probably get some more at some point..


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:03 pm 
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Mine arrived very quickly. The front brackets seem very sturdy with good clamps. The laps themselves seem well built.

The rear lights are trashy with no flashing option...still they will make good auxiliary lights.


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