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Old 01-24-16, 12:50 PM   #1
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magicshinw knockoff failure = repair possible?

I have two Magicshine knockoff lights that have failed in the same manner. they no longer function on any of the THREE factory settings - low, high or strobelike flashing. However they both will flash at about 1 flash per second. Unfortunately that's to slow to be of much use.

Is there any way to get these lights back to a steady-on light?

Here's an image of one of the lights i put an amber lens on to use as a blinking tail light in the countryside at night.



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Old 01-24-16, 09:54 PM   #2
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With a 0 for 2 batting average with the counterfeit lights, maybe its time to cut your losses, and move up the food chain? There are some decent name brand lights out there for a reasonable price.
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you probably could get repair parts at dealextreme or one of the other similar parts dealers
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Old 01-25-16, 10:03 AM   #4
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Thanks.

Sounds like trying to fix these lights will be an adventure. I'm in Canada and the $ difference is significant now. I'll just keep using my CYGOLITE ROVER II until I save up for another CYGOLIGHT with more than 250 lumens.

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I think I've spent more money on cheap lights than I have on expensive ones.
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I think I've spent more money on cheap lights than I have on expensive ones.
Like so many things that can really hold true for bicycle stuff.

My CYGOLITE ROVER II @250 lumens maxinum is pretty good but there are times when I wish the light reached a bit further. I'll probably buy another CYGOLITE product as I'm very pleased with mine and the CYGOLITE reply when i asked them about the lumens in that light. They were quite prompt in replying to my email.

When my buddy ordered those other lights i never realized they were a knockoff of something else. They did work very well as a long reaching high beam though. The weak point was/is the connector from the battery to the light wire and the wire coming out of the light itself.

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I think I've spent more money on cheap lights than I have on expensive ones.
OTOH, cheap lights (with decent quality) give more peace of mind as far as theft is concerned
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OTOH, cheap lights (with decent quality) give more peace of mind as far as theft is concerned
Yes, that's a concern for some, and it tips the decision process. I wouldn't leave lights on a bike, which means I might have more time than other people. Interestingly, I discovered that thieves in NYC don't steal dynamo lights, because they're bolted on, and they either don't carry wrenches or don't want to take the time to unbolt things. So while they are more valuable than some lights, theft risk seems low.
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Have you tried holding the on/off button IN for a few seconds to reset it!
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My magicshine was having problems with the switch. I'd have to click it several times to get it to turn on/off or to change light settings. I took it to the equipment shop at work and my buddy squirted some kind of contact cleaner inside. I let it air dry for a day, and it started working correctly again.
Then the contacts started getting wonky. I had to fiddle with them to get a good connection. Lord help me if I hit a bump too hard.
Then the batteries started dying, and I couldn't find decent quality replacements for less than the cost of a new one.

So I bought a NiteRider MiNewt 600. I'm still using it, as my backup, five years later.
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I think it's the driver circuit, which you might be able to find but I wouldn't expect it to be worth the expense and time to replace.

There seems to be a lot of variation in the quality of these clones. I have had good luck with the cheap ones on Amazon.
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My magicshine was having problems with the switch. I'd have to click it several times to get it to turn on/off or to change light settings. I took it to the equipment shop at work and my buddy squirted some kind of contact cleaner inside. I let it air dry for a day, and it started working correctly again.
I had these results too, but my light got replaced by another magicshine that's still going strong.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I just tried the 2 lights again.

When i connect the battery to the light the light immediately comes on flashing at 1 second intervals. Pushing the switch does nothing nor does holding the switch down.

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