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    Bike headlight needed

    So what do I want as to the brightest:
    What do I want for a headlight:


    CygoLite Expilion 700 USB Cree XM-L LED Rechargeable Headlight
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    Magicshine MJ-808 Bike Light New Improved Battery


    Latest Version or may a maglite with latest led conversion @ 140 lumens.



    Need the brightest stuff out there.
    Best,

    -T

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    I have the Cygolite Expillion 700 and Turbo Xtra 740. Both lights are amazing (the turbo being a lot better though). I wouldn't get anything by Magicshine. Cheap Chinese crap. Support an American company (Cygolite/Dinotte).

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    So what's special about that unit to which you refer?? Though it's specs look good and bright.
    Best,

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    What type of budget do you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robble View Post
    What type of budget do you have?

    Don't matter.; Just want a brightest one.
    Best,

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    Buy from Cygolite or Dinotte. Anyone know of any other American/European made stuff? Lupine (Germany) is a good one too. Is Niterider made in the USA?

    All I'm saying is that if budget is of no concern, don't buy Chinese crap (Magicshine/cheapo flashlights). The more people who buy USA/Euro made stuff the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkoko View Post
    Don't matter.; Just want a brightest one.
    In that case... look no further:

    http://tesladownunder.com/WorldsBrightestBike.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by robble View Post
    In that case... look no further:

    http://tesladownunder.com/WorldsBrightestBike.htm
    wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
    Buy from Cygolite or Dinotte. Anyone know of any other American/European made stuff? Lupine (Germany) is a good one too. Is Niterider made in the USA?

    All I'm saying is that if budget is of no concern, don't buy Chinese crap (Magicshine/cheapo flashlights). The more people who buy USA/Euro made stuff the better.
    I believe Niterider is US Made. I like my NR Lumina 650 (or whatever it's called). Really like my NR Solas too - liked 'em so much I go two, one for each seat stay. The buy-American issue is one of the reasons I went with NR.

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    I have NiteRider MiNewt 600(https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&...w=1600&bih=799). I has helped tremendously, when I got caught in the dark. NiteRider stopped making that model. They replaced that one in their product line with, the Lumina 650(http://www.niterider.com/lumina-650-2013/).

    The MiNewt 600 is still available, just not from NiteRider any more. That is why I did the Google search for you. The Lumina 650 looks just like it. If you want even brighter possibilities, NiteRider has headlights that go up to 3600 lumens. I have no idea why a cyclist would need 3600 lumens. I have the MiNewt 600 and I get motorists' honking at me, about how bright it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenshiBiker View Post
    I believe Niterider is US Made. I like my NR Lumina 650 (or whatever it's called). Really like my NR Solas too - liked 'em so much I go two, one for each seat stay. The buy-American issue is one of the reasons I went with NR.
    NiteRider is 'American made'.

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    I'm about to pull the trigger on a new light, too.

    Looking at:

    Cygolite TridenX 1100
    Dinotte 1200L+
    NiteRider Pro 1800

    I just can't decide!

    I'd love to get the Niterider 3600, not only is it insanely bright, but it comes with software to customize the output. Sadly I don't have $700 for a light.

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    Don't forget Light and Motion http://www.lightandmotion.com/bike/ They design and build their lights in Montery California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkoko View Post
    So what do I want as to the brightest:
    What do I want for a headlight:


    CygoLite Expilion 700 USB Cree XM-L LED Rechargeable Headlight
    by Cygo Lite

    Magicshine MJ-808 Bike Light New Improved Battery


    Latest Version or may a maglite with latest led conversion @ 140 lumens.<-???



    Need the brightest stuff out there.
    If you're wanting the brightest stuff, then why did you even include a Maglite? Go for a Big Bang!

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    BD is having a sale on NiteRider at the moment: NiteRider 1800 Race, $222. Says it expires 12/12, but I can still put it in my shopping cart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkoko View Post
    So what's special about that unit to which you refer?? Though it's specs look good and bright.
    Unit? That link detailed 8 different lights and as per information on the website - the company is a direct marketing outfit located in Nanjing, China. Did that link take you someplace it didn't take me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
    I'm about to pull the trigger on a new light, too.

    Looking at:

    Cygolite TridenX 1100
    Dinotte 1200L+
    NiteRider Pro 1800

    I just can't decide!

    I'd love to get the Niterider 3600, not only is it insanely bright, but it comes with software to customize the output. Sadly I don't have $700 for a light.
    Just curious - how do you feel about the 1.5-hour run time of those Niteriders? I have a new Serfas TL60 tail light with a 2-hour run time and twice now it hasn't lasted long enough to get me back home because performance is even less in cold weather. Personally I thought the idea of a bike was to let you go places too far away to be practical to walk and IMO a half hour range (you need to go out and back) doesn't cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    Unit? That link detailed 8 different lights and as per information on the website - the company is a direct marketing outfit located in Nanjing, China. Did that link take you someplace it didn't take me?
    Sorry about my tone.
    Best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    If you're wanting the brightest stuff, then why did you even include a Maglite? Go for a Big Bang!
    Upgrading my mini maglite to a Terralux led was great. Excellent. But upgrading my 3-D cell Maglite to the appropriate Terralux led was a disappointment. 8(
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    Quote Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
    I have the Cygolite Expillion 700 and Turbo Xtra 740. Both lights are amazing (the turbo being a lot better though). I wouldn't get anything by Magicshine. Cheap Chinese crap. Support an American company (Cygolite/Dinotte).
    Okay, the Turbo Xtra 740 you say is brighter. Any other reason that it's better? What are their performance differences? FWIW there's a Turbo 800 on the market now.

    EDIT: my budget is less that $175. I plan to ride a mile or two at night to friends' houses or to the store. So no distance stuff.
    Last edited by tjkoko; 12-18-12 at 08:01 AM.
    Best,

    -T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    Just curious - how do you feel about the 1.5-hour run time of those Niteriders? I have a new Serfas TL60 tail light with a 2-hour run time and twice now it hasn't lasted long enough to get me back home because performance is even less in cold weather. Personally I thought the idea of a bike was to let you go places too far away to be practical to walk and IMO a half hour range (you need to go out and back) doesn't cut it.
    Yes, the Niterider has a max 1.5 hr runtime on 1800 lumens which isn't enough time IMO. On medium the light gets 3 hours, but the lumens are at a mere 700...

    The Cygolite has the best runtime out of my three choices.

    Any light I get I'll also pick up a spare battery and store it in my handlebar bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkoko View Post
    Okay, the Turbo Xtra 740 you say is brighter. Any other reason that it's better? What are their performance differences? FWIW there's a Turbo 800 on the market now.
    The Turbo is better because it has a better optics, is a more intense light than the Exp700; has better throw/flood; flash is much more intense; battery life because of its external battery pack is much longer.

    Cygolite website has nothing about the Turbo800 btw. Not sure why there is a listing for it on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
    ...Cygolite website has nothing about the Turbo800 btw. Not sure why there is a listing for it on Amazon.
    Here's a listing for the T 800 at REI.
    Best,

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    Posted near beginning of thread

    Quote Originally Posted by robble View Post
    What type of budget do you have?
    Quote Originally Posted by tjkoko View Post
    Don't matter.; Just want a brightest one.

    Posted 2 days later
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    Okay
    EDIT: my budget is less that $175.
    you could have saved a lot of time by posting that when first asked.
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