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CFXMarauder 03-19-10 06:43 PM

Magicshine..Love the light! Hate the Batteries!! (Pic)
 
In use since December 25th..Rode unprotected and has been through alot of rain..I ordered a complete light set, Y cable and another lighthead that arrived today and had hoped to use this batt as a backup..:cry: The new batt and the spare im ordering tomarrow will be wrapped and plastidipped..

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ItsJustMe 03-19-10 07:01 PM

Yup, it's NOT waterproof. As you found out. Definitely needs to be kept dry. The idea of putting it inside a water bottle suggested by one person on here seems great. Personally I just put electrical tape on, but if I ever have to head out in a downpour I think I might drop it in a bottle.

I haven't had that problem since it's been too cold here to rain. Snow doesn't affect it :) and in the summer, I don't need a light.

dynodonn 03-20-10 08:56 AM

I keep my batteries in my panniers, lots of rain and no troubles so far. My only complaint about the batteries is their short usage time between charges.

rumrunn6 03-23-10 01:50 PM

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bmclaughlin807 03-24-10 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by CFXMarauder (Post 10550440)
In use since December 25th..Rode unprotected and has been through alot of rain..I ordered a complete light set, Y cable and another lighthead that arrived today and had hoped to use this batt as a backup..:cry: The new batt and the spare im ordering tomarrow will be wrapped and plastidipped..

Seriously.... did you read a single post about the magicshine??? How many times did people say that the battery IS NOT WATERPROOF? *boggles*

I wrapped mine in electrical tape, then Gorilla tape to protect that. Then put it into a waterbottle holder from the Cygolite light set it replaced. It's been stored out in the rain and snow most nights and no issues at all.

josephjhaney 03-29-10 09:39 AM

+1 for the electrical tape, I've ridden in some pretty hard rains this winter, with no ill effects, now that the summer hours are approaching at a nice clip, the sun is up when I ride in and home, no more light for me for a few months! :)

Joe

AdamDZ 03-29-10 10:15 AM

Yeah, this has been mentioned countless times: the MS battery is not waterproof. I used liquid electrician's tape on mine after replacing the dead circuit board.

Adam

ItsJustMe 03-29-10 11:06 AM

BTW, at first I just put some short pieces of electrical tape over the ends, but recently I removed them and used a long continuous strip wrapped round and round, slowly turning the battery as I wrapped. Lengthwise but proceeding around the battery several times. I'm sure it's pretty waterproof now, except of course for where the wire goes in, and I just put that towards the back of the bike and pointed down and it'll probably be fine.

PaulRivers 03-31-10 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 (Post 10574160)
Seriously.... did you read a single post about the magicshine??? How many times did people say that the battery IS NOT WATERPROOF? *boggles*

I wrapped mine in electrical tape, then Gorilla tape to protect that. Then put it into a waterbottle holder from the Cygolite light set it replaced. It's been stored out in the rain and snow most nights and no issues at all.

Personally, I read a post within the last week or two where someone bought a more expensive waterproof light and someone else basically called them a sucker for not buying the cheaper magicshine. With the "Magicshine is betterest than everything" attitude, I don't find it surprising that someone might miss the caveat's.

ItsJustMe 03-31-10 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by PaulRivers (Post 10603446)
Personally, I read a post within the last week or two where someone bought a more expensive waterproof light and someone else basically called them a sucker for not buying the cheaper magicshine. With the "Magicshine is betterest than everything" attitude, I don't find it surprising that someone might miss the caveat's.

I think if someone really is incapable of doing any modifications to something on their own, and absolutely needs something that they just take out of the package and use as is, the Magicshine isn't really a good choice. However, if you're able to wrap a little electrical tape around the battery and/or drop it into a water bottle, and possibly modify the connectors in 5 minutes with some sandpaper, the MS is a great choice. I think the vast majority of people are probably in the latter camp, and for less than 1/2 the price, the MS is the best choice for them, unless the 15 minutes that the mods take really is worth more than the extra $120 or so. Personally I don't make $500/hour, so I did the mods.


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