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Old 07-27-08, 10:46 PM
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I ordered a Topeak Whitelite HP 3W...

It's scheduled for delivery on 07/30/08. I payed a little under $70. I've searched the forums and I guess no one has one. I'll be using it for commuting [obviously] and trail riding [on a 'cross bike] at night. I'll give my review and provide pictures when I get it.

http://www.topeak.com/products/Lights/WhiteLiteHP3W
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Old 07-27-08, 11:03 PM
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It looks like one of the high-power flashlights that you can get from Deal Extreme and places light that. Should work well...
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Did you get it with the optional battery pack or are you just going to use CR123A batteries? I agree it does look like an overpriced flashlight, but the battery pack option is nice. If you had a Fenix flashlight to compare it to that would be great.
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Old 07-28-08, 12:07 AM
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I'm just gonna use batteries for now. Later I'll get a matching light and the battery pack.
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Old 07-28-08, 12:20 AM
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The advertised 2.5 hrs at 3 watts on 2 3v cr123a primaries seems like an overly optimistic runtime...I'd like to see how that works for real world use. Hopefully this is only going to be an emergency use light until you get the rechargeable battery pack. Primary cr123a's get expensive very quickly. They make rechargeable cr123a's, but the runtime on the rechargeable cr123a's is even shorter than the primaries.
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Old 07-28-08, 12:29 AM
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Thanks for the information. I'll keep that into consideration.
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Old 07-28-08, 01:09 AM
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It looks like it's a LuxeonIII emitter, so you'll run around 20-40 lumens - about equivalent to a 3D maglite. It'll run close to the Inova (60 lumens) in this thread depending on the size of the spot.

If it's a flood it'll seem somewhat (but not 1/2) dimmer. If it's a tighter spot, it'd be about the same. (which is the case with my XO3, which is also a LuxIII)

I look forward to hearing your review!
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Originally Posted by wyeast View Post
It looks like it's a LuxeonIII emitter, so you'll run around 20-40 lumens - about equivalent to a 3D maglite. It'll run close to the Inova (60 lumens) in this thread depending on the size of the spot.

If it's a flood it'll seem somewhat (but not 1/2) dimmer. If it's a tighter spot, it'd be about the same. (which is the case with my XO3, which is also a LuxIII)

I look forward to hearing your review!

Really only 40 lumens for $70? My WF-502B with Cree R2 drop in was $30, and it's rated at over 200 lumens. Am I missing something?
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Well, I received my light with some other stuff I had ordered. I would like to give a review, but the light doesn't work. It doesn't appear to be damaged in anyway. It may be the cheap Sanyo batteries. I don't have a battery tester nor do I have the money to buy CR123A batteries. I guess I'll return it and wait another 2 weeks to get a replacement.
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Get Two of these:
Get a refund on the non working light.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10727
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Old 07-31-08, 12:27 PM
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Well, come to find out, the supplied batteries were duds. I went to Mal-Wart and bought a pack for $10. I called bikesomewhere.com and they issued me a $10 refund. Talk about serving the customers. Actually, I know how it is due to previous retail experience. The light is bright and suits my needs. I'll provide pictures at a later time.
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So how's the light?
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Originally Posted by kuan View Post
So how's the light?
For $70 "bike-specific" flashlight, not worth your time. Look elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by kuan View Post
So how's the light?
The light is great on the streets and trails. I use it on a helmet on high mode and have a couple of these mounted below the handle bars. I run those in flash mode. I got both for $50 on amazon.

I'll get some video of the lights in use tomorrow morning. It'll be my 2nd time going to a 'sunrise' mass on top of a mountain in the city. Last year there was 1,000 people up there.

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For $70 "bike-specific" flashlight, not worth your time. Look elsewhere.
Is this where you start posting links to lights from dealextreme?
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Old 04-12-09, 05:34 PM
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Hey there JoJo.
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My philosophy on lights, whether for my car or SCUBA or hiking, etc. Always have a backup.
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My philosophy on lights, whether for my car or SCUBA or hiking, etc. Always have a backup.
I agree. That's why I have three. Eventually I'll upgrade to something new, but for now these lights will do. I'm a poet and don't even know it.
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