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Old 06-21-06, 01:38 PM   #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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Old 06-21-06, 01:51 PM   #2
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Take it apart and see what is broken.
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Old 06-21-06, 03:48 PM   #3
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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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Old 06-21-06, 05:26 PM   #4
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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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Old 06-21-06, 05:30 PM   #5
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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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Old 06-22-06, 08:13 AM   #6
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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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