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Old 11-02-13, 08:38 AM   #1
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What's a good USB light with a narrow beam/long throw?

I currently have a Light and Motion Urban 300 and Nightrider MiNewt 350 that light up the road real nice for about 40 feet or so.

But my commute is mostly down dark roads and paths that are strewn with debris and sometimes potholes. I go around 17-20 mph, and I like to see stuff before I get to it. I'd like to be able to light up the road about 75-100 feet ahead. I got the MiNewt because I thought it would solve this problem, but its beam pattern is nearly the same as the Urban 300. I prefer having multiple lights that could get me home on their own in case one fails.


I'd like it to be USB rechargeable and not cost more than my other two lights.

Any ideas? I know that having a narrow beam is often a feature people complain about, but in this case it's a plus.
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Old 11-02-13, 09:36 AM   #2
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A "13000" lumens trustfire for about 100$ and a usb battery charger for 13$?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGEFHiBvCL8
http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Power-S.../dp/B008MT4GUQ


What you can do as well for "5$" since you already got some lights is to narrow the beam using aluminum foil and a toilet paper roll

You can also wait for sales and buy something more powerful that fits in your budget

What you can do as well is to sell your lights and get a monster one instead

Here are a few beamshots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6a810IOXWg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmrBRmBQdTg

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Amazon has the Philips Saferide on sale for about $100, less than half price.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...g=pcfchllmn-20

Great beam throw, very sharp top cutoff as you'd expect from Philips automotive lighting, that means it wastes very little light up in the air or off to the side, also much friendlier for oncoming drivers or cyclists than a round flashlight beam.


Philips SafeRide Bicycle Headlight Beam Pattern by joshua_putnam, on Flickr


Headlight Beam Pattern, Philips Saferide by joshua_putnam, on Flickr
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I just got my Philips Saferide. Tried it out, and it does the trick. $86 with tax. Just in time too. I have a late meeting tomorrow night. 10 miles in complete dark. All my other two lights need to do now is point down at the road and fill in the side space right in front of me. I'll probably keep them on low.
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Niterider Lumina is a nice helmet light, with the Minewt on the handlebars for close in light. The Lumina provides a nice even spread and the Minewt puts almost all of its light in a small focused area.
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My usb light is [h=1]Lezyne Micro Drive[/h]
its 300 lumens and is more than adequate for road riding. has loads of different modes and is pretty powerful
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this link might help
http://reviews.mtbr.com/2014-mtbr-bike-lights-shootout

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I just got my Philips Saferide. Tried it out, and it does the trick. $86 with tax. Just in time too. I have a late meeting tomorrow night. 10 miles in complete dark. All my other two lights need to do now is point down at the road and fill in the side space right in front of me. I'll probably keep them on low.
excellent choice ... probably the best light on the market right now
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