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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:37 pm 
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wow - i paid £ 20 ish from China for similar lamps, 1800 lm (can't trust the lms) about 1 year ago and used them over winter no probs. these are 8.4 v - lower I2R losses so better whereas mine are not :(

if you don't want the rear lamp, you can get
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CREE-XML-XM-L ... 912wt_1007

i daresay theree be even cheaper ones on the 'bay.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:03 pm 
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these are like the 'Rose 16quid' light of the end of the last ebay light thread (which I have). I think Spudly has this version as could get them quicker.
The 'Rose' have a better feature of High-Medium-Low and then press and hold for Flash mode (which I never use)
These just had High-Low-Flash so you have to go through the flash mode.

Other than that I think they are the same, easily blind someone (flash the light in their eyes and they'll not see well for a while in the dark <cough>.

I also use it one hung up or an my head in the shed for light. Works well.
'Rose' Could do with a bit more spread as the centre spot is quite a bit brighter than the outer ring and is distracting when riding so the outer seems darker than it need be.

The 'Rose' version now comes in many colours and even a different style casing for 14 to 15 quid.
I also see a Twin light version has come out at ~ £30 (by 'Rose' I mean press to hold for flash)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2000LM-2-CREE ... 51add19f89
Not sure if that pops it into import tax territory though.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:50 pm 
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Ive been thinking of buying something nice for a while and given all considerations im opting to forget these and go for exposure while theyre on special.
I just feel if you buy cheap you buy twice and given few(none) of us are electricians if anything goes amiss its pretty much fit only for the bin.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:56 pm 
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The build quality on them can be a bit iffy. My one kept cutting out and eventually killed the battery. It was no better when I bought a new battery so I opened it up for a look.

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DSC_2575 par Richard, on ipernity

It worked fine after a soldering iron session and it really is an impressive light, so I'm still happy with it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:59 pm 
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out of curiousity, how much are the exposure? reading about the cheap led lamps, from memory it is the batteries that seem to give the most porblems, that is when problems do occur, and not that often.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:29 am 
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These look great, bar the solar rear.

Will purchase some a.s.a.p. thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:04 am 
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I bought a wide angle lens http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251282108759 for the one I use on my bike. With the clear lens I found I was lighting up the faces of oncoming drivers if the light was angled high enough to see a decent amount of road.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:27 pm 
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BobToo wrote:
The build quality on them can be a bit iffy. My one kept cutting out and eventually killed the battery. It was no better when I bought a new battery so I opened it up for a look.

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DSC_2575 par Richard, on ipernity

It worked fine after a soldering iron session and it really is an impressive light, so I'm still happy with it.


You need to secure that coil somehow or eventually it will snap off.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:40 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
these are 8.4 v - lower I2R losses so better whereas mine are not :(


That's just the voltage written on the charger. They may get close to that when fully charged and with no load but then so do other 3.7v 18650 cells.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:18 am 
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I've got two of these Ross (ina very manly pink colour), you're more than welcome to pop up for a lookey-see


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