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Old 11-24-09, 12:57 PM   #1
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MagicShine, which vendor from Ebay?

I am looking to purchase the MagicShine light for my bike and would like to know which ebay vendor is everyone buying their lights from? Thank you.
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Old 11-24-09, 01:19 PM   #2
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None of them. Go to GeoManGear.com

Seriously, so you'll pay an extra $5. You'll get unexcelled support, and you'll be supporting the guy who worked with the factory to make the light as good as it is today.
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Old 11-24-09, 01:20 PM   #3
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None of them. Go to GeoManGear.com
due to certain circumstances it has to be from ebay, thank you.
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I am looking to purchase the MagicShine light for my bike and would like to know which ebay vendor is everyone buying their lights from? Thank you.
Only 1 ebay vendor is selling the newer, 5 mode light. That's the US-based one in Illinois (I don't recall his ID, but he's a top-rated seller). Most of the Chinese ebay vendors are selling the older 3 mode light so I would avoid them. Ebay's not your only online choice.

I just bought a second lighthead and Y-cable from www.thesingletrackstore.com; the shipping costs are slightly cheaper than geoman and thesingletrackstore owner is fast--I ordered late last night and my lighthead and cable were mailed this morning. I bought my full kit with battery earlier from geoman http://www.geomangear.com. His shipping wasn't quite as fast and was higher. I would have bought from geoman again, but he's having problems getting the lightheads and I wanted a second light on my handlebars since I live in a rural area.
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Old 11-24-09, 01:40 PM   #5
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is this the ebay vendor selling the new model?

http://cgi.ebay.com/MagicShine-P7-LE...item3efa6f0f39
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is this the ebay vendor selling the new model?

http://cgi.ebay.com/MagicShine-P7-LE...item3efa6f0f39
Yes, when you read the description, you'll also see that he's selling the 5 mode light. There are some other Magichshine units listed on ebay right now, but they're from Chinese vendors and if you read the description of those lights you'll see that they're first generation, 3 mode lights (being sold for the same price that the US vendor selling the 5 mode light,too). Good luck. I think you'll like your new light.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:57 PM   #7
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I bought 2 of the Magicshines from dapedaler on eBay about 6 weeks ago when geomangear was out of stock. They're working fine. One had the long cord, so I took apart the light, cut the cable and resoldered it. I actually like the 3 mode light better. I just need high, low, and (I wish these had) off. Don't need the seizure-inducing and SOS flash. We bought a spare from geomangear when they were in stock again. These lights are awesome.
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I just bought the 3 mode light from geoman. I'm looking forward to it. can you tell me what's so awesome about it? also - so there is no "off" how is it turned on and off?
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I just bought the 3 mode light from geoman. I'm looking forward to it. can you tell me what's so awesome about it? also - so there is no "off" how is it turned on and off?
What's so awesome about the light in general, or the 5 mode light?

I have a 3 mode and have played with the 5 mode; for me there's no difference. I use High and Off, so I don't care about the other modes.

I DO kind of like the rapid flash mode - it's fast enough that it's almost constant but not quite - gets attention. The slower flash modes are like being poked in the eye, I don't like them. If both were laying on a table, I'd pick up the 5 mode one, but I wouldn't care that much.

It does have an "off" but the pilot light on the back stays lit. This draws enough current that the battery life goes down by about 6 minutes every 24 hours it's left like that. Also some people complain that it attracts thieves.
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I bought 2 of the Magicshines from dapedaler on eBay about 6 weeks ago when geomangear was out of stock. They're working fine. One had the long cord, so I took apart the light, cut the cable and resoldered it. I actually like the 3 mode light better. I just need high, low, and (I wish these had) off. Don't need the seizure-inducing and SOS flash. We bought a spare from geomangear when they were in stock again. These lights are awesome.
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During winter months, my area can be perennially overcast during the day. I like being able to use the flash mode when I get out and ride on days like that. Although I won't ride the forest roads during the dead of winter (I retired to a 2.2 million acre national forest), I will again in good weather and appreciate having SOS mode should I ever had a problem where I can't bike or ride out. The search and rescue teams here are good, but it's nice to have a tool that could help, if needed. But then, personal perspective is all about where you live and I can see why many urbanites don't foresee ever being lost or lost and injured in a remote area.
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During winter months, my area can be perennially overcast during the day. I like being able to use the flash mode when I get out and ride on days like that. Although I won't ride the forest roads during the dead of winter (I retired to a 2.2 million acre national forest), I will again in good weather and appreciate having SOS mode should I ever had a problem where I can't bike or ride out. The search and rescue teams here are good, but it's nice to have a tool that could help, if needed. But then, personal perspective is all about where you live and I can see why many urbanites don't foresee ever being lost or lost and injured in a remote area.
Check your SOS mode.... it's just another flashy mode... it doesn't actually spell out SOS. (Mine does S O S O S O S O S O S O S O )
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Check your SOS mode.... it's just another flashy mode... it doesn't actually spell out SOS. (Mine does S O S O S O S O S O S O S O )
Heh, the Magicshine does 4 long flashes, 3 short, repeat, so it's more like MM O MM O MM O mode. Or I suppose 9 I 9 I mode, or O 1 O 1 mode since we're not counting spaces.
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Yeah, I can see where the flash mode would helpful in that situation. My commute is urban with an unlighted section of 2 miles. I can also see where the flash would be more visible at dawn and dusk, which is the time I commute now. They sure work great when it's completely dark. I had a Jet Lite halogen before, and the MS is much better. I live in Colorado, so if it gets
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During winter months, my area can be perennially overcast during the day. I like being able to use the flash mode when I get out and ride on days like that. Although I won't ride the forest roads during the dead of winter (I retired to a 2.2 million acre national forest), I will again in good weather and appreciate having SOS mode should I ever had a problem where I can't bike or ride out. The search and rescue teams here are good, but it's nice to have a tool that could help, if needed. But then, personal perspective is all about where you live and I can see why many urbanites don't foresee ever being lost or lost and injured in a remote area.
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Check your SOS mode.... it's just another flashy mode... it doesn't actually spell out SOS. (Mine does S O S O S O S O S O S O S O )
I know they got the Morse code wrong with the SOS mode, however, my point is that an SOS mode is valuable for those of us who bike regularly in remote areas. I lived in cities most of my life and can see why someone living in an urban or suburban area doesn't understand why anyone would want SOS mode on a bike or a flashlight. However, once you start riding in remote areas where, if you have a problem, you may not be able to bike or hike out, you start to use the usefulness. And I do let others know when I'm heading out into the forest for a ride (or to cut firewood) and when I get back, just in case. The search and rescue team here has to go out quite a few times a year, often for out-of-state visitors, many of whom are from urban areas, who don't appreciate how easy it is to get lost, or worse, lost and injured.
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How much run time do each of the 5 modes have?
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How much run time do each of the 5 modes have?

I don't know if anyone's tested the runtime on all 5 modes. However, I believe people are reporting somewhere in the range of 2.5 - 3 hours runtime on medium and about 40 minutes on high.
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I don't know if anyone's tested the runtime on all 5 modes. However, I believe people are reporting somewhere in the range of 2.5 - 3 hours runtime on medium and about 40 minutes on high.
Dunno where you're getting your numbers from. Magicshine gets about 3 hours on high. I've run it on high for over 2 hours at a time and not had any issues with it dimming at all.
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I did a high mode run test and got just over 3 hours before shutdown, pretty reasonable.. I will do a medium mode runtime test next week.. I see no need for a low mode test, since most people rarely use the low mode.

When doing the runtime test, the power on button changes at around 3 hours to Red, this shows you are on reserve power and it drops to medium mode at this point.. I think it provided 20 minutes of additional runtime in this mode.
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Dunno where you're getting your numbers from. Magicshine gets about 3 hours on high. I've run it on high for over 2 hours at a time and not had any issues with it dimming at all.

The BentRiderOnline forum. Good to know runtime on high is longer. I've got two on my handlebars now but rarely run either on high.
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I don't know if anyone's tested the runtime on all 5 modes. However, I believe people are reporting somewhere in the range of 2.5 - 3 hours runtime on medium and about 40 minutes on high.
I think you are confusing a P7 flashlight with the MagicShine bike light.
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I got my MagicShine from dapedaler.
He was responsive, and the product came on original box without any problem.
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