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    Show me the light

    I've ignored light threads in the past but I am really going to need a strong light for my commute in the following months.

    I know Magicshine 900 is good, but are there any other options? Is it a pain to have the battery be separate from the light? I wouldn't want to spend more than $100 (I would like that to include shipping).

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    Sounds like you already know the answer. Having the battery separate is not a big deal to me. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krapes View Post
    Is it a pain to have the battery be separate from the light?
    No. In fact, I prefer it.
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    I have two P7's from dealextreme. With batteries and charger they should be less than $100.
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    In the winter if you can keep the battery warm inside your clothes , it will work better.

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    Magic Shine is the best bang for the money you can get, period. I extended the cable and keep the battery in my front pannier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krapes View Post
    Is it a pain to have the battery be separate from the light?
    No, especially when it allows for longer run times.

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    + 1 for the Magicshine. The battery separate from the light means you can recharge it without taking the whole contraption off your bike.

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    I did a DIY setup for around $50, so there are other options, but the Magicshine is very good for the money.

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    I'm likin the Magicshine a lot.
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    Magicshine for President.

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    Magicshine, or a P7 flashlight. I actually have both on my bike. I use the MagicShine primarily, the P7 is for backup. However, if I were doing it again, I'd personally go for two P7s - I think you should have a backup light, and you can get all that for < $100. I had some trouble with my MTE 5 mode P7 - it's still what I'd buy though. In my case, the endcap switch just got loose, it started cutting out on a ride, I tightened the switch when I got home, no trouble since.

    The downside to the flashlight is runtime - about an hour. The upside is, totally self contained, goes on and off the bike in 5 seconds, totally waterproof, no wires or connectors to wear out.
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