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Old 02-08-11, 08:03 PM
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Budget cree LED drop-in w/18650 batteries?

Ive searched the archives and ive decided to buy my first "tactical" style flashlight that uses a cree "drop-in" LED bulb and 18650 battery/charger, but still not sure what to buy.

My choices are:
Solarforce
http://www.solarforce-sales.com/prod...t=FB&s=6&id=15
http://www.solarforce-sales.com/prod...LF&s=32&id=156
Romisen RC-C8 II R2
http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...8-II-Q5/Detail

What do you think of these? Can anyone suggest a low priced kit?
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Old 02-08-11, 09:11 PM
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How ya gonna attach to the bike?
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I have the Romisen and really like it so far except for one thing: when the body gets cold -like it would on a winter ride- the functions quit working and it only operates in hi beam. Now granted, I'm using 3 rechargeable AAA's because I haven't gotten around to ordering the 18650 and charger. That may be my problem but I'm no light freek, so I don't know. Maybe someone could enlighten me. But as a budget-friendly bicycle light it definitely does the trick and allows me to ride full speed at night with no reservation.

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I ended up buying this and it has worked out well over the last 6 months. Very floody, but still probably the minimum amount of light I'd feel comfortable riding with.

Light w/two-fish mount:

With ambient light from TV and adjoining room behind the bike:

Pitch black:


Since I maintain a lot of different lights, I simply use rechargeable AA's. This particular light will run on high for about 2 hours.
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rex_kramer i didnt know you could get that much light out of AA batteries which is a benefit since 18650 battery system is expensive and can be problematic...is this torch your primary light? is it just bright enough for commuting or do you crave more light?
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rex_kramer i didnt know you could get that much light out of AA batteries which is a benefit since 18650 battery system is expensive and can be problematic...is this torch your primary light? is it just bright enough for commuting or do you crave more light?
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Yes, this light is my primary. Although I would like more light, I feel this is adequate.
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If you want more information about lights than you can shake a stick at, try http://www.candlepowerforums.com
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the romisen is also nice because it is adjustable from flood to throw
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James how long does that Romison last when set to hi-power and AAA batteries? it seems the Romisons go for $15-20 and that's perfect budget for me! Which model do you have?

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I just got my Solarforce L2 body with extensions.
I really like the flexibility of this body. I can run 1, 2 or 3 18650 batteries.
The head can be switched out for another that has more throw.
I'm currently using a red LED for a rear light, I can also swap out for
a number of white LED's to use as a headlight.

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I just got my Solarforce L2 body with extensions.
I really like the flexibility of this body. I can run 1, 2 or 3 18650 batteries.
The head can be switched out for another that has more throw.
I'm currently using a red LED for a rear light, I can also swap out for
a number of white LED's to use as a headlight.

I just bought one on eBay I should have it Next month (Hong Kong vendor) drop-in is an XPG R5....5- mode.. I'm still...shopping for a charger and 18650 battery Im still not sure what to buy.....I would love to find a set-it-and-forget-it charger, but it sounds like most units require the need to babysit your charges or risk killing the battery$$ ??
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I just bought one on eBay I should have it Next month (Hong Kong vendor) drop-in is an XPG R5....5- mode.. I'm still...shopping for a charger and 18650 battery Im still not sure what to buy.....I would love to find a set-it-and-forget-it charger, but it sounds like most units require the need to babysit your charges or risk killing the battery$$ ??
I bought a cheap charger because I'm just starting with 18650 flashlights and wasn't sure if I would stick with this type of lighting. My charger does not even have a UL sticker. But it has over a hundred reviews on DealExtreme and I don't think anybody mentioned burning their house down

For greater peace of mind, you may want to stick with Pila or Trustfire(not from DX but a reputable dealer you trust that is not selling fakes). But I think even the cheap chargers cuts off power when the battery is fully charged. For increased safety, you may want to get protected batteries.

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