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Old 09-24-10, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question Help a brother out? DealExtreme has 5 different SKUs for a Magicshine headlight.

Which one do I want?

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.25149

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.29489

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.30864

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.44459

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.44676

It looks like they have three versions of an old model and two versions of a new one?
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The easy way to get the right one is to spend $85 and buy it from geomangear. You'll get it in 2 days instead of 3 weeks that way too.

Anyway, as far as your links:
25149 - no, old style first generation (non waterproof) battery pack.
29489 - same, just has helmet mount.
30864 - same.
44459 - there you go. New pack. Win.
44676 - also a win. Has a different mounting system. Also has a different reflector which may deliver a better beam.

Take your pick of the last two, whichever mounting system you think will work best for you. Some people hate the rubber band mount, I kinda like it, but I'd be tempted by the last one myself.

Either of the last two should be great lights.
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Old 09-24-10, 04:15 PM   #3
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Thanks! I went for the last SKU with the new lamp housing and mounting clip. Now to find a tail light solution...
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I would look at buying the Radbot 1000 if you want spend under 30.00, if price is not a big deal look at the Dinottes.. Here is where Ibought my Radbot

http://cgi.ebay.com/Portland-Design-...item53e3bbea31
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Magicshine also makes a tail light that is very bright and can run off the same battery. It includes Y cable for that.
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I highly recommend the Magicshine Taillight. You'll want a backup. I'd recommend the radbot 1000. The Planet Bike Superflash is also good, but if you were going to go with that, you could get this light from DealExtreme for < $4.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.35036

Here's my review of that light:
http://johnridley.livejournal.com/343400.html

But as I said, I'd personally recommend the Radbot instead. I just switched to using the MagicShine on steady and a DX Superflash clone on the back of my helmet on flash as a backup. In the daytime I run the Magicshine on flash.

I think everyone should be running at least two taillights. You won't know when one quits, and everyone will have a taillight quit on them at some point. You'll forget to charge it, or you'll hit a pothole and it'll break off or something.

I recommend going to GeomanGear.com and buying the taillight - they sell the lighthead only with a Y adaptor so that you can run it off the same battery as the headlight, for $29. You simply can't beat that, given that you're already going to have the Magicshine on the bike.
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Holy cow, that DX rear light is a great deal for a backup light, heck even for a main light. I recently bought four cheap rear lights on eBay for my trailer, $22 for four, free shipping. And I thought that was a good deal, they're decently bright. But they're not as bright as this one.

I don't think I'll ever buy a brand name lights again. I came to a conclusion that they're grossly overpriced. These lights I bought appear to have the same build quality as my other much more expensive lights.
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I bought a couple of these and am very happy with them:-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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I bought a couple of these and am very happy with them:-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Have you ever had them side-by-side with something like a Magicshine light? Also, what are your riding conditions? People need everything from "being seen in an urban area with lots of ambient lighting" to "riding through the woods at 3AM past skunks and over potholes."
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I bought a couple of these and am very happy with them:-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
My neighbor bought that rear light and it's horrible. The front light has no reflector. These are cheap, but there are much better cheap lights on eBay.
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