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  1. #1
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    Cat Eye HL-EL500, toast?

    So I was riding at a good clip, 30ish down a hill, and hit a bump, which unfortunately sent my Cat Eye HL-EL500 flying to the ground. It sucks, because I love this light -- it's the best headlight I've owned. I've been running it with rechargeable AAs, which work great.

    Anyway, not it doesn't work. Anyone know anything about repairing this light? Does it have a replaceable bulb? I couldn't tell from my quick examination.
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    Dances a jig. Mchaz's Avatar
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    Take it apart and see what is broken.

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    2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM slvoid's Avatar
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    Good luck. Usually it's the flimsy battery contact tab coming loose. Unfortunately the thing's glued shut, good luck getting it open. I bought 2 of them. The battery contact thing failed on the first one, I smashed it open to get the luxeon module out. I'm in the process of moving for the next 2 weeks but if I can find the 2nd el500, it's yours.

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    Crawlin' up, flyin' down bikingshearer's Avatar
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    Same problem, different cause. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to get into the bulb part of the unit without inflicting permanent damage, meaning little pieces of plastic all over everywhere. I have just purchased another one on eBay (they can be had for roughly $35, shipping included), after which I may get a little more physical on the bad one to see if there is a way to actually fix the damn thing. I suspect not, and I did notice that the Cateye website says nary a word about replacement bulbs or other parts for it.

    I agree, it's a great light for the money - I just wish you could do repairs on it.

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    Crawlin' up, flyin' down bikingshearer's Avatar
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    BTW, you're braver than I am. It's a good light for comparatively little money, but I don't think it's 30 mph worth of good light.

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    Senior Member ken cummings's Avatar
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    As Seen On TV provides us with the Dremel mototool or irs equivalents. Cut the b****r apart on the glued or ultrasonically welded joints for easy reassembly. To me a watt per mile per hour - minimum - is a rule of thumb I just invented. There is a kids cartoon show where the lead character holds his sword to the sky as lightning bolts spray thru the air and yells, "I have the Power!" It is the way I feel about bike lights.
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