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Old 08-10-08, 05:03 PM   #1
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$30 light vs. $100 light - a little help please...

I've been looking a the Planet Bike Blaze 1W at $30 vs. jumping up to a MiNewt MiniUSB at ~$100 (or Sol if I can find one clearanced out).

Does anyone have some pictures showing me the difference in their beams? ...or some data telling me how many lumens the Blaze (or equivalent) puts out? They are both LED based lights so I gotta believe someone has done some test, but I can't find anything so far.

I'll be riding primarily in my neighborhood and have some street lights, but some dark areas, too. As winter approaches, I'll probably use it on the public paved trails as well.

My older CatEye halogen leaves a lot to be desired in visibility considering the "dead spots" in the beam. I think the Blaze would do the job, but I'm not sure.

A comparison using the NiteRider UltraMax appears to be the same basic thing as the Blaze, as well.
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Old 08-11-08, 12:48 PM   #2
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Old 08-12-08, 04:25 PM   #3
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On the Road Beamshots

The Blaze will be a little brighter than the Quadrant, but not as bright as the Inova. The MiNewt MiniUSB will be similar to the Coleman MAX 2AA.

hope that helps!
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Thanks... for my application, the Blaze should work. I can always add a second Blaze (handlebars or helmet) or the MiNewt later.
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I'd suggest a led flashlight from DealExtreme.com

It'll give you around two hundred lumens, and will only cost about $30. Free shipping worldwide.

Check out the "Best headlight for under $50" thread.
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