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Hey y'all, i've turned into a bit of a roady geek lately and i'm commuting in the dark on weekends. i want moar lights as the majority of my route is unlit. i have a decent cateye light that i run on my bars, it's enough but these look like a bit of a steal. i've seen the 1 led version and i was impressed by the quality. just thought i'd post up and ask if anyone had any opinions or thoughts.

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I've got a single LED one for 19.99 and i am well impressed! I don't reckon the 4xLed will be necessary to be honest they are that bright!

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but i like the MOAR-ness of it :(

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Do you need the light to see or to be seen? There's a huge difference and therefore a lot of different options that might be suitable or not.

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Those CREE lights are very good indeed. I have one and they are on par, possible better than ones 5 times the price. Seriously recommend them for how cheap they are.

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I use one for commuting and they're okay. I used to use mine as my MTB night ride light but I wouldn't this winter as I want something more reliable and trustworthy. For the money they're good, they're very bright but the beam pattern isn't brilliant (it's not very wide, it's hot at the centre and doesn't disperse all that well). Also I wouldn't trust the indicator light at the back to let you know when to charge. If you use them on the lower setting you should get a decent time out of them but the little light on the back will stay green right until they just loose all power. They should indicate a red light that lets you know you've not got long but mine stopped doing this after a short while so has f**ked me over on the odd ride home.

You pay your moneys you take your chances..... maybe keep your cateye on the bar as a backup (i'm thinking of doing the same thing).

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I've got a single Cree led one and bought a new reflector that reduces the hot spot issues. The lights great for the low price (£20 posted I think I pad a year ago) although if you need serious light I would have 2 and carry a spare battery pack. I don't really trust the chargers, I have heard of them over charging batteries if left on accidentally and the batteries exploding, although this is also down to the batteries being used are non vented and therefore when overcharged they go bang. I am using a Li ion RC car battery charger instead of the one that the light came with, along with a charging bag to be safe as I quite like having a house.

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I've heard using a piece of tracing paper behind the glass can help disperse the light but I've not tried it myself yet.

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Cateye nano plus is what I was gonna get, but I decided I didn't ride enough. Definitely get it if you're taking it seriously, it's about 60 to 70 quid.

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i have this light currently. it will be staying on my bike and paired with the ebay one. think i'll buy an extra battery so i don't get caught out. my concern with the cateye that i have is that the battery is internal and i can't tell how much power is available, so having the beefy 2nd light with a spare battery means i won't go without. thanks guys.

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they have arrived.

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light output is amazing!

battery is heavy, i wanted to mount the battery and the light to my helmet but it was far to heavy. but the cable is long enough to reach my belt/pocket/jersey back pocket.

will post up again after i've charged and emptied a battery.

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Cut the elasticated straps off and use velcro ones to mount it much further forward on your helmet. You'll want it just about where you peaks stops. It's a big ol' can that thing, I imagine you know it's on there.

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the helmet has a nice dip where the baseplate fits securely. it's not too heavy. and this way it's at the highest point, so i feel it will make me easier to spot. I had a quick sit on my bike with it on and i can illuminate my rear cassette so i know what gear i'm in which is rad. i can see my shifter indicators consistently too. which is an improvement.

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my only irk is that no instruction on charging was given with the light. so i'm a little in the dark about what to do :(

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it will blow your cateye away with power. my mate has the one you got its seirously impressive for 30 quid easily worth over a hundred

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its f**king awesome, i don't know how i thought my cateye was good. it's fricken sweet! the main bit of the beam is noticeable even if i aim it into a car lights main point of focus. so pleased.

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Pic on 1800 lumen in the dark?

1800 lumen for 30 Pounds sounds Amazing.

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Are they as bad a hotsoot as the single LED?

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Pic on 1800 lumen in the dark?

1800 lumen for 30 Pounds sounds Amazing.

Here you go. Mines thes £20 version, still 1800 lumens. Bright as f**k

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2 mins with a drill and a hacksaw and you can drill a 4.5mm hole in the j-mount, use a longer m4 bolt and have it helmet mounted with a go pro mount. Means you can use a much sturdier handlebar clamp as well if you fancy some more lively riding at night!

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Hey y'all, i've turned into a bit of a roady geek lately and i'm commuting in the dark on weekends. i want moar lights as the majority of my route is unlit. i have a decent cateye light that i run on my bars, it's enough but these look like a bit of a steal. i've seen the 1 led version and i was impressed by the quality. just thought i'd post up and ask if anyone had any opinions or thoughts.

cheers

Major bump, had a few quid in my Paypal account so I've ordered one of these to hopefully encourage me to ride to work.

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it'll make you want to ride in the dark everywhere all the time!

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For £15 this light is awesome, did a great job this morning on mostly unlit roads and I used the dimmer setting most of the way.

This is how it looked in the pitch black shed last night

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Was servicing some local dude's bike when he showed me this light. Very bright for the money

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