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Old 12-11-08, 01:40 AM   #1
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How are you liking your P7 flashlights?

I figure it's time to start a new thread, the P7 thread is too long.

Please post your reviews, experiences, and suggestions here. If someone can make a post specifying exactly what to buy, even better.
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Old 12-11-08, 12:38 PM   #2
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http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16091

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5790

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1251

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15642

High quality flashlight. Bright enough in Medium and Low modes for on road use with reasonable run times.
High mode is great for off road. It's too bright in traffic! A policeman pulled me over and told me not to use it in high mode with oncoming traffic. Rapid flash mode is extremely bright even on a bright sunny day.
Bike clip holds the flashlight firmly without the rubber strip so you never need worry about losing it. Fits perfectly without rubber strip on road drop bars and a thin rubber strip from an old tube works for smaller diameter handlebars.
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Haven't received mine yet, but this is one of the recommended setups:

DealExtreme: $42.96 MTE SSC P7 C-Bin 900-Lumen 8-Mode LED Flashlight (1*18650) - Sku 13060
DealExtreme: $10.00 TrustFire Protected 18650 Lithium Battery (2500mAh 2-Pack Blue) - Sku 05790
DealExtreme: $8.44 Digital Li-Ion 18650 Battery Charger - Sku 06105
DealExtreme: $1.90 Universal Bicycle Mount - Sku 08274
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Old 12-11-08, 12:58 PM   #4
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I have three. Two Aurora 2-modes, and an MTE 2-mode.

I use dual Auroras on the handlebars. I put them both in high mode on a stretch of road with no streetlights, and can see perfectly at 23 mph. I put one off and one in low when I get to traffic areas, and occasionally pop it in high if it seems like a car might not see me.

On a long downhill with streetlights, one in low is plenty of light at 31 mph.

Two modes is plenty I and don't need any other modes.

I am 100% satisfied with these lights and have retired my Fenix L2D Q5 to use only as a daytime blinker. One P7 is more than twice as floody as the Fenix and throws further.
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Old 12-11-08, 03:03 PM   #5
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I have a p7 (sku 13060). I use the medium setting most of the time; high when there's no streetlights. The strobe setting is good for foggy/cloudy days but it's kind of a hassle to cycle through 5 or 6 settings to get to the strobe. Overall the p7 is bright but is has too much flood. I haven't ridden with it in the rain so I'm not sure how it performs when the light or the ground is wet.
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Old 12-11-08, 03:21 PM   #6
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My P7 has been great. I use medium when on city streets and high when on unlit trails and pathways. I just road home last night along the Greenbelt. The flash light lit up the path like I was a car.
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Old 12-11-08, 03:36 PM   #7
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Yeah, this is the setup I've run since September. Great light.
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60 min run time seem a bit on the low side for high, what are the other modes like?
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I have a 2 cell version from DX. I don't have a good run time on high because I'm using lower end batteries that have not been charged fully. A coworker just got a $500+ Light & Motion Seca 700 Ultra LED setup. We compared the lights and the DX brightness was very close to the Seca in brightness and threw a bigger circle! I think it was $40 shipped.
It's really bulky but I used an angle bracket and have it mounted on my front fork skewer.
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http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16091

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5790

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1251

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15642

High quality flashlight. Bright enough in Medium and Low modes for on road use with reasonable run times.
High mode is great for off road. It's too bright in traffic! A policeman pulled me over and told me not to use it in high mode with oncoming traffic. Rapid flash mode is extremely bright even on a bright sunny day.
Bike clip holds the flashlight firmly without the rubber strip so you never need worry about losing it. Fits perfectly without rubber strip on road drop bars and a thin rubber strip from an old tube works for smaller diameter handlebars.

Between the mount you are using and this - which would you suggest?
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Yeah, this is the setup I've run since September. Great light.
You are the one that helped me pick it...thanks!
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Old 12-11-08, 09:45 PM   #12
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Between the mount you are using and this - which would you suggest?
I don't believe it will fit the mount you pictured without using serious force. My Ultrafire won't even go in with the tail cap removed, which is a shame because the mount is really sturdy.
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I don't believe it will fit the mount you pictured without using serious force. My Ultrafire won't even go in with the tail cap removed, which is a shame because the mount is really sturdy.
Sheesh - had ordered two of those mounts. Anyway I have another order coming thru and will include this mount too.
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Old 12-11-08, 11:11 PM   #14
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I used that $1.9 mount. works great on my 16092
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Old 12-12-08, 08:13 AM   #15
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Works great on my 12060 MTE also
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I don't believe it will fit the mount you pictured without using serious force. My Ultrafire won't even go in with the tail cap removed, which is a shame because the mount is really sturdy.
It fits my P7 (same one as pictured) without trouble. I don't try to slide it in, I just push straight down and it snaps into place.
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I also use the $1.90 mount. Holds the light securely and goes on and off easily. Sometimes simple is better.
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It fits my P7 (same one as pictured) without trouble. I don't try to slide it in, I just push straight down and it snaps into place.
I didn't even consider that approach, I'll give it a try! This light is a bit too jiggly in a Twofish Lockblock, so I'll be happy if it fits in the 8274.
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Between the mount you are using and this - which would you suggest?
I like this one.

I go off road on occasion. There's no way a limb can catch the light and pull it out of the clip unlike sku.8274 shown at the top.
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Between the mount you are using and this - which would you suggest?
I have the pictured mount it sucks, it just doens't hold the flashlight steady, I have to loop a rubber band from one side of the light, under the bar, to the other side of the light to hold it in place...

As far as the light itself, I love my P7, it is bright enough to see 100+ feet ahead of me, and cars seem to notice me more

I got two rechargable batteries, I have had the light for 3 months or so and have only charged them once a piece!
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Old 12-14-08, 08:52 PM   #21
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These P7 threads need to stop ASAP, I reading them and keep thinking of buying one, the wife will kill me if I spend more $$$ on flashlights!!!!

I blame all of you if the wife kills me after I buy one.

Also if in your posts you can put which one you have that would be great, I'm thinking an 12060, seems to be the way to go, 80 minutes on high.
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Old 12-14-08, 11:23 PM   #22
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Well I have 2 P7's and love them. I got back into riding about 4 months ago after a years long break. Anyways I've been swapping back and forth between the two P7s. Before this I was using a PB 3 LED light and/or a MiniMag LED and had some scary moments in the dark downhill portions of the park I usually ride though.. that was until the P7s arrived! anyways. I use either the cheap $2 Deal Extreme mounts, Fenix Mount, or the hardware store Conduit mounts. not sure which mount I like best just yet.

First one is the MTE 2 mode..
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12325

Works great! insanely bright and small. Not sure on the run time because I usually only ride short distances but really since it only uses 1 cell it doesn't seem like a problem to keep a fresh charged cell to toss in if needed. The hot spot is large and really floods out at farther distances. My only gripe is because of the small size of this light it gets hot really quick not sure how hot it will get in the summer but we will see.


2nd P7 I have is the TrustFire 5 mode with the large reflector on it.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13336

Works great with roughly the same light output but is a bit more focused at distance than the 2 mode. The Head on it is very large and front heavy but the large head keeps this light cooler than the small 2 mode. The hot spot on this light seems more focused at long distances and had a much wider overall spread of light than the MTE 2 above. The only problem I have with this light is the heavy head on it causes it to rotate down as I ride once in a while if I'm using it on my old chrome handlebar bikes and the mount is not tight enough.

now for some comparative pics..
Left-right.. LED MiniMag, 2D cell LED Mag Light, Trustfire 5 mode P7, MTE 2 mode P7.
http://home.comcast.net/~pewter-camaro/P7_02.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~pewter-camaro/P7_03.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~pewter-camaro/P7_04.jpg

I hope this helps!
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This is what I've got, although I am still waiting for the mount.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13060
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6105
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5790
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13004

The light appears to be just what the doctor ordered and I look forward to getting it all set up. I believe the whole set-up cost me around $80.00
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Old 12-15-08, 01:57 PM   #24
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This is the exact same setup I have, but with two lights and two chargers. One for the handlebars, and one on my helmet. I am extremely satisfied with the lights so far. I've had a few people ask me where I got them, because they couldn't beleive how bright they were.

I was expecting to have to charge the batteries every other day, but since I'm running the lights on medium most of the time, I only end up charging them once a week (and they're not even fully discharged)

I've only had to use the high setting for riding on unlit paths or when playing around on the MTB trails near my house.

I really wish that there was a 3-mode version of the MTE light, as I have no use for any of the strobe features. Low-> Medium -> High is all I need.

The only minor complaint I have is that I wish that changing modes was only done via a full click and not a half-click. I hit a huge pothole on the way home one day and noticed that the light changed from Medium to High setting (I noticed after an oncoming car bright lighted me)

I'm considering buying more of these...just waiting to see if a 3-mode come out anytime soon

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This is the exact same setup I have, but with two lights and two chargers. One for the handlebars, and one on my helmet. I am extremely satisfied with the lights so far. I've had a few people ask me where I got them, because they couldn't beleive how bright they were...
Glad to hear they work well. I am still waiting for mine. USPS has them in Jamaica, NY (about 20 miles from me), so it should be here any day...
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