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 Post subject: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Any suggestions on rechargeable bike lights for commuting through the woods?


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:54 pm 
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ebay

£ 20, buy two. I run a pair of these from one battery pack (had to solder on a second lead); not sure what the run time is but battery pack uses 4 18360 batteries in parallel, maybe 12 hour.

there are similar models, this one has a clamp as opposed to o-ring to clamp to bars.

search: CREE XM-L XML T6 LED 1800Lm Headlamp Rechargeable Headlight


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:40 pm 
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As 02gf74 says, there are lots of very bright, low cost lights available on Ebay and I have a set of Magicshine lights. However, for commuting I wanted something that was a single unit that could be quickly removed from the bike when I have to lock it up outside and I bought a Cateye Nano Shot Plus: http://road.cc/content/review/72875-cateye-nano-shot-plus-front-light. Quite expensive compared to some of the Ebay lights, but it works well, seems well made and is plenty bright enough for cycling on completely unlit roads and paths. It also has quite a nice beem patern, unlike my Magicshine light which puts out a big round flood of light, it seems to direct more light downwards, towards to ground ahead of you, which probably makes it a bit more road friendly and less dazzling for oncoming traffic.


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:48 pm 
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I use this

http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?tar ... gory_id=25 (it even has a led blinker on the battery pack which goes around the back of the helmet.) Their dry bags are mint as well for dry kit.

£15 quid is a bargain been using for a year but I also use a Ledlenser MT7 tactical torch

http://www.zweibrueder.com/ENG/produkte ... php?id=mt7

(this is a bit pricey) but it lights everything up for 100metres, had countless people on the canal asking what the hell torch I was using as they could see me from half a mile away :-)))and can be quickly attached and removed to the bike. Again that was pricey but fecking hell its worth it also buy the 4xAA model for rechargeables not the lithium jobbie.
Another handy function of this torch is that at the one end has an in-built glass breaker handy for those pesky drivers!!


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:00 pm 
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I use twin Blackburn Fleas (Li-ion LED lights) mounted to my fork stanchions (vertically) which gives a frankly awesome beam spread in front of you - with a brighter patch in the middle where the beam edges cross.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=57982

Can be complemented by use of a Maglite/similar handlebar-mounted (which can be set more easily to flash than having to reach down & press the buttons on the Blackburns - tho you get used to that pretty easily.) The bad news is these are not 'cheap' (15-20 quid each) but are USB & mains rechargeable, which means they can be recharged at work from your desktop or a plug with a mains-USB adapter. They won't give a distant beam further than about 30ft, but a wide beam spread (with two). I use mine on towpaths & lanes & never had any issues. Also bright enough on full twin-beam to get cars to give you right of way if you're heading towards them on a lane! :lol: Real-world size is about 2" by 1.5" so they don't weigh 'much'! Velcro fastenings tho, but they are sturdy and convenient, I guess, just take care to do them tight enough!
Wouldn't recommend if you're in unfamiliar territory, but if it's a commute the chances are you know the route!


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:23 pm 
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thanks a lot for suggestions. Some real nice ones.But I look for a more simple solution.
a set of front and rear, easy as possible to mount, take off and recharge. And strong enough to lit up the dark woods.
It is one set for my wife and one for my kid.


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:44 pm 
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There a good but (Un)definitive thread on the merits of these ebay ,chinese made cree light units. The thread is many pages long so im sure youll find an answer there.
Or maybe not :lol:
I think they kick out the required lumen but its hit or miss as to whether you get an ok one or a lemon. :?


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:00 pm 
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dyna-ti wrote:
There a good but (Un)definitive thread on the merits of these ebay ,chinese made cree light units. The thread is many pages long so im sure youll find an answer there.
Or maybe not :lol:
I think they kick out the required lumen but its hit or miss as to whether you get an ok one or a lemon. :?



Hence the reason I went german police issue torch! No messing!


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:21 pm 
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Signal11th wrote:
dyna-ti wrote:
There a good but (Un)definitive thread on the merits of these ebay ,chinese made cree light units. The thread is many pages long so im sure youll find an answer there.
Or maybe not :lol:
I think they kick out the required lumen but its hit or miss as to whether you get an ok one or a lemon. :?



Hence the reason I went german police issue torch! No messing!



.... that's made in Taiwan!!! :facepalm:


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 Post subject: Re: rechargeable lights
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:30 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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:lol: :lol:


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