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Old 10-10-17, 03:34 PM
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It doesn't look like Gearbest, one of the sellers shipping the Convoy S2+ to the US lies about the lumens.
Brand: Convoy Model: S2+ Emitters: Cree XM-L2 T6 Emitters Quantity: 1 x Cree XM-L2 T6 Lumens Range: 500-1000Lumens Luminous Flux: 1000Lm Circuitry: 2.8A (7135 x 8)
I've looked at the specifications at the CREE website and this is within the range they list for the T-6 bin.

One of these days I will pull out my candlepower meter and see how some of these lights compare. I have flashlights with the T6, Q5, and XPE bin. I am just not sure how far the meter should be from the front of the light.
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Originally Posted by ericcc65
- White LED
- Long runtime (dozens of hours)
- Flashing mode
- Wide beam, and/or side lights or portals
- Bright enough to catch the attention of cars in front of me (eg. at intersections)
- Reasonably priced (like a superflash or my radbot 1000)
I just bought a Knog pop i light. Very small in size, spec 35 lumens, uses 1xAA, so not sure how long the charge lasts, but it claims to last max 100 hrs (am skeptical for 1xAA). It has some side visibility, too and claims to be water resistant. I will use it in addition to or as a back up of my regular light. The tiny size is very convenient to carry it all the time. Just got it yesterday. If anyone has used it, would be interested in the experience. There is also a Pop ii version with 2 LED and 2xAA(? I suppose).
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks
Well...for $20 you can get a flashlight that SAYS it's 1200 lumens.

In reality it's probably more like 200.

Those cheap imported lights are made with ZERO manufacturing or advertising standards or testing. They just claim stuff.

You might find one that's bright enough for your purposes, but don't trust the label. I had a similar set up last year with a cheap imported light running 18650 batteries. I love that light. It works great. It's a far better night time headlamp than a 'be seen' daytime running lights. It's bright. It's got a good beam direction so it's lighting what I need lit. Great light. It's sold as like a 1500 lumen light on Amazon. But it's about as bright as the non imported Underwriters Laboratory tested and rated 300 lumen flashlight I have.
This is *mostly* true; there are thousands of knock offs of knock offs. But there are some brands that are decent and don't lie about the lumens. I follow Home | to find the keepers. Flashaholics will tear down lights and report on the quality. I haven't read a bad review for any Convoy light. My XinTD C8 is a very nice light (it was $30). My $8 KD C8 is OK, but when I hit bumps, it sometimes changes modes. But I definitely have gotten my money's worth out of all my overseas lights.

PS. The light brands that end in "fire" are generally bad, including Ultrafire.

PPS. I don't buy Chinese lithium ion *fire batteries; I'm happy to pay $9 for a Panny or Sammy or LG or Sony battery from a US vendor.
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Originally Posted by ericcc65
I ended up getting the Dash 460. I'm hoping the flashing mode with just those LEDs will be bright enough for a "be seen" front light.
Flashing mode does decrease security in traffic, since it is much harder for others to evaluate your speed.

Running time of only 3hours in 130lm medium mode seems to be very short.
We Test Lights | Dash 460 Test and Review

A good choice would've been the Fenix BC21R.
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OP made his choice of a economical daytime flasher six weeks ago. He made a good choice. I see a few people most days running those in flash mode on the road while the sun shines. It makes the cyclist more noticeable and is not remotely bothersome. And they'll flash in the DayLightning mode for hours. My older model will do 9 hours, which is more than I can.
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see.sense icon+ front and back for me. Works great for being seen at all hours of day/night. I see more and more people around here using daytime running lights....definitely helps being seen on the trail, I think everyone should have them

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