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Old 11-10-08, 07:57 AM
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Had to buy a new headlight

Friday was the grocery cart in the middle of the pathway.
This morning was the dead dear.
The 20 buck led had to go. I got the blackburn 4x. was the only one that was waterproof in my price range.

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Old 11-10-08, 08:17 AM
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How do you like the Blackburn?
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Old 11-10-08, 08:54 AM
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should be here by wednesday if the fed ex guy is not drinking.

Our fed ex guy is.... a little off.
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I'm surprised at your light choice - a $160 for 85 lumens. A Dinotte 200L AA light with AA batteries and charger is $160 for 200 lumens...
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Old 11-10-08, 01:29 PM
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Or a MiNewt Mini USB at $89-$99, with a lithium-ion battery, smart charger, ~110 lumens. I can't believe Blackburn is still using Luxeons in this day & age... consider returning it and picking something a bit more modern?
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or a fenix l2d premium, with 2 rechargable AA's. 185 lumens
$60 for the light

thats my setup and i love it
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Old 11-10-08, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
Or a MiNewt Mini USB at $89-$99, with a lithium-ion battery, smart charger, ~110 lumens. I can't believe Blackburn is still using Luxeons in this day & age... consider returning it and picking something a bit more modern?
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or a fenix l2d premium, with 2 rechargable AA's. 185 lumens
$60 for the light

thats my setup and i love it
Either one of these is a much better choice than the Blackburn. I use a Fenix LD2, but it really is up to personal preference.
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Old 11-10-08, 03:58 PM
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You got ripped off, my friend.
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I just added a NiteRider MiNewt Mini USB to my bike. Got it at a LBS for $130 (has the helmet mount also) and absolutely love it.

Sounds like you may have paid a little much, but I hope you enjoy the light. I know it made my night riding SOO much more enjoyable.
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Old 11-10-08, 04:15 PM
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My MiNewt USB crapped out on me after a week. Waiting for the replacement from REI

was fantastic while it was working and I got it with the 20% off coupon.
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Old 11-10-08, 04:43 PM
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I too finally had to take the plunge and buy a new headlight. I was getting tired of the left hooks and crossovers with my dual setup of one watt PB Blazes, and upgraded to a Nite Rider HID that I bought used last April. The first time I used it in ernest was right after DST ended, and what a difference it was compared to the two PB's.

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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
I'm surprised at your light choice - a $160 for 85 lumens. A Dinotte 200L AA light with AA batteries and charger is $160 for 200 lumens...
Yeah, the Blackburn doesn't seem like much glow for the dollar. A real Fred has to make his own light. I spent under $100 for everything, and got 600 lumens. Or... $30, no soldering, still double the light of the Blackburn:

https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10727

https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13004
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Old 11-10-08, 05:51 PM
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You can get the Blackburn X8 on ebay for $135 shipped. I picked up a set when they were selling them for $120 shipped. Love them. I'd be sending that X4 back.

https://cgi.ebay.com/BLACKBURN-System...3A1|240%3A1318

I"m not associated with the seller in anyway.
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Old 11-10-08, 05:59 PM
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A Stella Double-Eh runs on 4 double A nickel metal hydride batteries (about $12 at any Target) and comes with a charger. It's $90 and puts out 120 lumens for about 2 hours.

Those batteries provide about 1,000 charge cycles and put out very constant power. I have the Stella 120 which is the same thing but it came with for Nimh cells. I wish I'd known about the double-eh before I bought. It puts out plenty of light for me, although I use it in conjunction with a 4 cell 120 hour cat eye. The second light isn't nearly as bright but it fills things in right in front of my wheel quite nicely.
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Iím considering getting this, they claim 900-Lumen but i doubt it, still strong for $45.
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Move down three forums on the menu and you'll find a six-page thread on the P7.
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Originally Posted by Zaneluke View Post
Friday was the grocery cart in the middle of the pathway.
This morning was the dead dear.
Is that "dear" as in "dear darling"? How sad.
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Old 11-10-08, 09:17 PM
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I've looked at a couple of these threads and am still wondering what to compare the ratings to? What does a car headlight put out or a 60 watt bulb or....??

Just curious
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Originally Posted by nivekdodge View Post
I've looked at a couple of these threads and am still wondering what to compare the ratings to? What does a car headlight put out or a 60 watt bulb or....??

Just curious

A 9004 automotive low-beam puts out about 700 lumens, and an incandescent 60-watt light bulb puts out about 850 lumens. And those two are examples of why beam pattern is important, since you obviously can't safely drive a car by putting a 60-watt table lamp on the roof

So if you're looking at new lights, think about the beam pattern as it applies to your riding environment. For me, I like to see a long way ahead because I ride fairly fast on dark highways and streets, so I pick lights with a relatively good "throw" (long-distance reach). Some people prefer more of a "fog light" beam pattern with a lot of width and less reach.
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Thanks, that was informative
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Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
A 9004 automotive low-beam puts out about 700 lumens, and an incandescent 60-watt light bulb puts out about 850 lumens. And those two are examples of why beam pattern is important, since you obviously can't safely drive a car by putting a 60-watt table lamp on the roof

So if you're looking at new lights, think about the beam pattern as it applies to your riding environment. For me, I like to see a long way ahead because I ride fairly fast on dark highways and streets, so I pick lights with a relatively good "throw" (long-distance reach). Some people prefer more of a "fog light" beam pattern with a lot of width and less reach.
+1 I'm the same way with my lights, I was pleasently surprised when I went down a 4 mile hill with no street lamps and my fenix l2d lit up the whole street. It wasn't flood light bright but it was enough for me to see obstacles. This was with the light pointing straight ahead with none of the "spot" on the road. I can't wait to get a second one so I can have a throw spot 20 feet ahead and one right next to my front tire. I can't recommend it enough, and the $60 price tag ain't nothing to sneeze at either.
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hmm... only $35 for a P7, that will show you everything on your path nice and clear, like day light.
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Thank you for all the outstanding positive responses. Had to go with the blackburn because it was the only one i could find that was waterproof. I am sure that some of the others on nathur were waterproof, but they were not listed as such in the descriptions.
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I use 2 Fenix L2Ds with 2700mah Sanyos, very adequate to see the road. I also have a Fenix P2D which is mounted on my helmet. All the lights are the Q5 premium editions. Best lights I own so far, for the money.
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Originally Posted by Zaneluke View Post
Thank you for all the outstanding positive responses. Had to go with the blackburn because it was the only one i could find that was waterproof. I am sure that some of the others on nathur were waterproof, but they were not listed as such in the descriptions.
The Fenix LD2 is waterproof; I dunked mine in a bowl of water, and the manufacturer states so too.
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