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  1. #101
    Seņior Member ItsJustMe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    just strap it around your rear fender, as shown
    Definitely no good for me. I don't have NEARLY the clearance for that, and I'm also constantly picking up rocks and having them rattle around between the fender and the tire. Plus anything back there gets covered with mud
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    Turns out Richard Cranium's video about the MS Tail Light "blinky" modes was pretty full of shasta. Richard had claimed that there was significant difference in battery run times for the two different "blinky" modes.

    After carefully measuring battery consumption during two different tests - it seems that there is little difference.

    The tests showed that using the light in the "long pulse mode" draws only slightly more current than using the light in "alternate ring flash mode."

    Both tail light "blink" modes use approximately half of the current the MS headlight uses on low mode.

    This means the tail light runs 20 hours or more in blink mode and at least ten or more in continuous mode using a standard 4x18650 battery.

    Richard apologizes to the many forum members who stand by and wait with baited breath for each and every one of Richard's pronouncements.

    Good day and good cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    just strap it around your rear fender, as shownAttachment 174069
    If you can do this, your fenders aren't installed right.
    However, I just ordered a one of these myself, and I plan to install it in a similar location, but I have to see it first...

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    they're where the factory put them.

    anyway, it turned out to be a little low so I moved it to the rear rack we'll see how that goes. would like to strap it to my seat but not obvious how to attach
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    I'm debating between this and the Portland Design Radbot 1W. Has anybody tried both? Currently I have a PBSF that will stay with what ever I end up buying. It looks like the Radbot is about $22 at Amazon, and MS light is will be almost double when S&H included.

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    I'm debating between this and the Portland Design Radbot 1W. Has anybody tried both?
    I do not have a Radbot, but I can tell you right now, it is nearly impossible to deliver the same brightness from a three volt light compared to a seven volt light.

    I suspect that an MS taillight is brighter even when using a 4xAA 5.6 volt source. When I run a MS tail light using a 6xAA battery pack - I can see the "red light reflecting" on road signs forty and fifty yards away. (looking through my rear view mirror)

    The only light comparable - that I have seen in action, is the Dinotte 200 rear ......

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    I shelved my DiNotte 400 for the time being, since the MS taillight does a good enough job for my needs(the DiNotte 400 blows the MS out the water, but I don't wish to blind motorists in the process). The MS head and tail lights are inexpensive enough for me to feel comfortable in leaving my bike parked at shopping malls without having to strip a 600 to 800 dollar lighting system off my bike every time.

    As previously mentioned, the MS taillight lights up road signs at a good distance which is especially helpful reading front license plates numbers on rear approaching vehicles in my commute videos.

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    The magic shine tail light is indeed unbelievable. Soooooooo bright. Two problems though

    First, the mounting mechanism is really crummy. It's the same as the headlight, but of course there is not a handlebar on the back of th bike. Mine keeps falling off unless I lash it to my fender, and the it's pretty low.

    Second, the batteries have been recalled. Nt sure you can buy them currently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post

    Second, the batteries have been recalled. Nt sure you can buy them currently.
    DealExtreme has the taillight and the 1st gen battery with the lousy mount) for $58: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.42077
    Or you can run a y-cable from a Magicshine headlight.

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    I only need the head unit as they come with a Y-cable anyway. As I got the Ms900 as a hand me down, I don't expect to get the new battery soon.

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    I really like the light and different modes. I am having problems with the switch. After a ride I couldn't get it to turn off. I disconnected the battery. Now I can't get it to turn on.

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    Geoman's Great Service

    I received a prompt email from Geoman indicating that a replacement would be shipped immediately due to a faulty switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClarkinHawaii View Post
    I love reading your posts! You are so thorough and painstaking. Yes, very easy to understand and I will try it just as you describe. Thinking along the same lines as you, when I noticed it changing yesterday, I adjusted it so that it was well past the "change point" and it still changed. Also, my bezel is quite tight and I'm sure it does not turn by itself, although a good bump could certainly jar the mechanism enough to cause something to happen. Anyway, I'll try it and see. Thank you!!!
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