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Old 01-14-13, 08:47 AM   #1
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Anyone Have the Serfas TSL-250 Headlight?

I'm looking at the Serfas TSL-250 headlight and wonder if anyone owns this and can give us a review.

This is a self-contained, USB-rechargeable, handlebar-mounted, 250 lumen model for your reference.

What I like about it is that, from beam photos I've seen, the light seems to be spread out more evenly and pleasingly than others in this (US street price) $50-100 range.

But it does seem dimmer than some of the competition, and I'm wondering whether it's really bright enough for my purposes -- which is riding about 10mph on totally unlit paved roads.

Any other info like how secure the mount is, general durability, how hot it gets, how long a charge actually lasts, is of course also of interest.
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Old 01-15-13, 11:33 AM   #2
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I have the Serfas True 500. I've only had it for several weeks, but I think it's a great light. I like the amount of beam spread, evenness, and light color. Personally, I think the upgrade from 250 lumens to 400 - 500 range is well worth it for my commute (although I commuted for a few years with a 200-ish lumen halogen light). I ride in city traffic on lighted streets at speeds generally 17 mph or less.

The light seems solid and well-made. I think it uses the same mount as the 250. The mount holds the light very securely, and I've had no issues with the mount rotating on the handlebars. It is very easy to adjust the mount to fit different diameter handlebars. Extra mounts at the Serfas site are far less than competing brands, which is something to consider if you want multiple mounts to leave on different bikes. It gets moderately warm if you run it at room temperature on the highest setting with no motion (but the only time I ran it that way was inside to test the runtime). In normal use it gets very slightly warm.
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Old 01-17-13, 04:12 AM   #3
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Thanks Spid cyclist. Sounds like the products are well made. I do like their ~$3 replacement mount vs $30 for other brands

Anyone have the 250 lumen model to comment on what kind of riding it's bright enough for?
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