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uke 11-12-08 04:13 PM

If I were in the market for a new light, I'd try http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16501. I'm still a huge fan of my P7, http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16501, but I think the 16501 MC-E may offer a slightly longer arc of light.

oakback 11-14-08 07:25 AM

I e-mailed dealextreme about my defect light. I don't think I'm going to buy from them again, unless I don't mind just eating the cost if something doesn't work right when I get it.

Here's what I get:
Quote:

hello
may delivery uncertained reason caused the problem
could you please have it repaired in your local?
may i will give you $5 as a compensation
thank you for your understanding

vja4Him 11-14-08 09:45 PM

How To Mount Flashlight ... ???
 
How do you mount this little guy ... ???

Quote:

Originally Posted by n4zou (Post 6974762)
http://www.dealextreme.com/productim...ku_12623_4.jpg
MTE SSC P7 C-Bin 900-Lumen 8-Mode LED Flashlight. $45.90 free ship.
Brighter than automobile headlights on high mode, medium and low power modes for longer run times. Flash modes make you visible even in bright daylight.
P7 flashlights are selling out almost as fast as there listed. Hurry if you want one.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13060


AEO 11-15-08 06:13 AM

use a twofish cyclopblock or use the mounts you can find on dx, 8274, 12000. the DX mounts don't fit on 31.8mm OS bars though.

uke 11-15-08 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vja4Him (Post 7854412)
How do you mount this little guy ... ???

I use http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8274 on both of my bikes.

dclaryjr 11-15-08 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vja4Him (Post 7854412)
How do you mount this little guy ... ???

You can make one of these and it will probably work better than anything you can buy commercially:

http://davidclary.com/images/mount.jpg

scoatw 11-17-08 04:55 PM

REVIEW OF THE Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...CREE-Q5/Detail
I'll tell you what. For $27 bucks w/shipping. This thing is excellent. It blows away the Cateye HL-500 Opticube that I replaced it with. The Opticube running on Alkalines would last about 3-4 weeks before the beam got weak. On the Ray-O-Vac Hybrids that I switched to. It would last about 10 days or so. Which was OK by me, because they're rechargeables. Good for about 1000 or so cycles. The Romisen on the Ray-O-Vacs lasts about 4 days before the beam gets weak. ( I have a 45 min. commute in the morning). And I'm satisfied with that. No big deal. Using rechargeable batteries, it seems you have an unlimited supply that beyond the initial costs, will cost you virtually nothing.
The flood on this thing is huge. And I can put the spot about 50-60 ft in front of me. Cars notice me, and it doesn't get washed out in streetlights. Great bang for the buck! I use the used inner tube for a mount cause it works better that the thing I got from DealExtreme for $1.90. So I feel that I didn't lose anything from that standpoint.
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harleyfrog 11-17-08 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scoatw (Post 7868267)
REVIEW OF THE Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...CREE-Q5/Detail
I'll tell you what. For $27 bucks w/shipping. This thing is excellent. It blows away the Cateye HL-500 Opticube that I replaced it with. The Opticube running on Alkalines would last about 3-4 weeks before the beam got weak. On the Ray-O-Vac Hybrids that I switched to. It would last about 10 days or so. Which was OK by me, because they're rechargeables. Good for about 1000 or so cycles. The Romisen on the Ray-O-Vacs lasts about 4 days before the beam gets weak. ( I have a 45 min. commute in the morning). And I'm satisfied with that. No big deal. Using rechargeable batteries, it seems you have an unlimited supply that beyond the initial costs, will cost you virtually nothing.
The flood on this thing is huge. And I can put the spot about 50-60 ft in front of me. Cars notice me, and it doesn't get washed out in streetlights. Great bang for the buck! I use the used inner tube for a mount cause it works better that the thing I got from DealExtreme for $1.90. So I feel that I didn't lose anything from that standpoint.
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I can't testify to the run times because I always recharge my batteries after each ride, but for brightness and value, the Rominsen is a winner in my book. :thumb:

green814 11-17-08 09:32 PM

Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight: Thank you for the feedback!

I have been looking at this light, the ESE AF2, and recently the L-Mini as well. I am leaning towards the L=mini due it being smaller with the same output.

Ayone have a L-Mini, likes/dislikes?

Chris

dclaryjr 11-17-08 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by green814 (Post 7870110)
Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight: Thank you for the feedback!

Get it from Shiningbeam--fast service!

AEO 11-17-08 09:56 PM

what's the run time on the romsen Q5? My single mode TR-801 Q5 is good for at least 3hrs, and is still going as of 7:15pm today.

bit over 4hrs before it dims to unusable light.

Not the Slowest 11-18-08 09:20 AM

Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight, anything similar with a flashing mode?

green814 11-18-08 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Not the Slowest (Post 7872138)
Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight, anything similar with a flashing mode?

Check out the L-Mini from Shiningbeam. 5 modes, 18650 battery though. It is what I am leaning towards. Optional reflector also for a "spot" or more of a flood.

Chris

Heatherbikes 11-30-08 12:07 AM

Planet bike's new BLAZE 1 watt light is really good. It is quite cheap at MEC in Canada(you can order on line) compared to what the regular suggested retail price.

green814 12-03-08 07:24 PM

I have 2 L-Mini's from Shiningbeam on the way with both the smooth and o.p. reflectors. Will report back when I get them on how they are. Only downside is they use 18650 or cr123 batteries since I got the version 3 of the light.

Chris

illwafer 12-04-08 01:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yan (Post 7350450)
I went riding on some bad roads today and noticed a problem with my MTE P7 light. Every time I hit a large bump, the light cycles to the next mode.

Does anyone else have this issue?

Yes. I've been getting these more frequently. I ride mostly during dawn/dusk, so I have no idea if it is changing unless I put my hand in front of light to see what it is doing (I want it to be flashing).

I am using the 5-mode MTE.

Did you ever figure out a fix?

green814 12-09-08 05:33 PM

No riding with the L-Mini's yet as we have been getting some "great winter weather", but comparing the L-mini to the Lowes Task Force, I am impressed. The T.F. throws the light a little further, but the L-Mini has more "spill" light with the flood reflector. I think it will be a better bike light with the brighter spill light. Only downside is it takes 1x 18650 or 2x CR123 batteries (version 3only, v1 or 2 ONLY take 18650).

$30.00 and very small. I would like to see a comparison of beam shots to a fenix L2d since a lot of people like the Fenix, just to compare.

Here is a beam shot from another forum: Beam Shot, scroll down

Chris

sunburst 12-11-08 01:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Not the Slowest (Post 7872138)
Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED Flashlight, anything similar with a flashing mode?

I just got the RC-N3 and the RC-G4. THe RC-G4 seems to be the brighter of the two and it has a flash mode. It's just on/flash/off. It uses 2xCR123 or 1x18660. The two lights are $16.99 and $17.60 at Deal Extreme. I ran it for the first time this week and it's much brighter than any of the $30+ bike lights I've tried from Performance. It worked pretty well with the $1.99 mount at DealEx also (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8274), especially if you loop the strap around the handlebars for security, as the mount has an open top. I'm pretty happy with the flashlight, but still felt like I could have used more light. These were purchased as gifts and as a test case, and now I've got a positive take on these CREE flashlights, for very little outlay.

jt4703 12-14-08 02:59 PM

I'm going to be getting a Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED soon and thinking about using it with CR123A batteries but I'm not sure which ones to pick up. I want to use rechargable and I'd prefer a charger that will do at least 2 at a time. Any suggestions?

Also, I'm wondering how long these batteries will hold a charge. I usually charge everything on the weekends for the week ahead. I want to get at least an hour of usage out of a week old charge. Will this work with these batteries?

Ziemas 12-14-08 11:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jt4703 (Post 8020132)
I'm going to be getting a Romisen RC-N3 CREE Q5 LED soon and thinking about using it with CR123A batteries but I'm not sure which ones to pick up. I want to use rechargable and I'd prefer a charger that will do at least 2 at a time. Any suggestions?

Also, I'm wondering how long these batteries will hold a charge. I usually charge everything on the weekends for the week ahead. I want to get at least an hour of usage out of a week old charge. Will this work with these batteries?

Get AW batteries. They are a little more expensive, but they are top quality and aren't known to vent flame when used in a series as some cheaper batteries are.

http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/sho...d.php?t=184670

EDIT: After extensive use I'm not too happy with AW batteries. Their capacity to price ratio is rubbish.

jt4703 12-16-08 12:36 AM

Ok I'll look into those. Another question. I have a niterider mininewt and I'll have the romisen rc-n3 soon, but I would like a 3rd headlight that strobes to attract attention that can also be used as a backup should one of the others fail. I have been using a blackburn quadrant, and I like the blink pattern, but the light isn't very bright or suitable as a backup, and is totally washed out by the mininewt, so I know it's going to be invisible once the romisen arrives. What other light (pref under $25) could I get to use as the strobe/backup that can stand up to the light emitted by the mininewt and rc-n3?

Also, when using this mount from DX
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8274
how do you keep the light in the channel? Is there a strap to lock it down or is the channel snug enough to keep hold while going over really bad potholed roads? Will this mount work with a rc-n3 or am I better off getting the twofish lockblocks or the conduit hanger option? I'll have more handlebar space when I remove the quadrant, so I'm not worried about space too much.

scoatw 12-28-08 12:18 PM

I got that mount for my romisen rc-nc and it doesn't fit. The light is too loose when mounted in it. I use the ol' used inner tube trick for mine, and it works well.
Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrfZhEzjWwg

Kingofgreens 01-15-09 07:15 PM

I bought a Maglight 3aa cell led flashlight about a year ago & it is amazing. I've left it on for hours at a time & still on my 1st set of duracells. It is starting to weaken a bit but still way brighter than than a comparable standard incandescent light. I'm thinking of trying to make a handlebar bracket for it.

AnalogDog 01-18-09 08:49 PM

I want to thank you folks for turning me on to Deal Extreme and the use of a decent flashlight for a bike headlight. Its amazing what $20 can do.

I got the Romisen RC-N3, which is amazingly bright. I can light reflectors 300 feet away. And a beam 30 feet wide with a bright light 20 feet in front of me. I will have to keep this out of the eyes of oncoming drivers and cyclists, but that is less a problem than hitting the non-lit, non-reflective walkers on the multi-use trail I commute on.

I am still figuring out the mounting of the little beast, but it is one amazing light.

Ziemas 01-18-09 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AnalogDog (Post 8205749)
I want to thank you folks for turning me on to Deal Extreme and the use of a decent flashlight for a bike headlight. Its amazing what $20 can do.

I got the Romisen RC-N3, which is amazingly bright. I can light reflectors 300 feet away. And a beam 30 feet wide with a bright light 20 feet in front of me. I will have to keep this out of the eyes of oncoming drivers and cyclists, but that is less a problem than hitting the non-lit, non-reflective walkers on the multi-use trail I commute on.

I am still figuring out the mounting of the little beast, but it is one amazing light.

I've found that nothing beats Two Fish mounts for stability and ease of use.


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