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I finally received my tr-801s today

Old 02-18-09, 05:37 PM
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I finally received my tr-801s today

I ordered Jan 15, and received them today. It was definitely a long patient wait. I'm gonna go try them out later tonight when it gets dark. My first offroad night ride. I hope I don't see any mountain lions.

There is not a cloud in sight out here, sun is shining directly into my front yard...and these lights are BRIGHT. These can surely be used for daytime visibility. As others have mentioned, the strobe function could probably cause seizures in some people. It is crazy fast. It could probably be used as a wild animal deterrent on strobe =) ....I'll probably post more pics later. I'm gonna go test these muthas out.







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Old 02-18-09, 07:49 PM
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Is it this torch? https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15335

Here is a review on it from CandlePower Forum. https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=202198

It seams they were putting in some p-4 emmiters in some of the single modes. The first page and a half of the review is just joking around, they get more to the meat by the middle of the second page.

I didn't see were they stated run-time, have you had a chance to do a rune-time test yet?
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Old 02-18-09, 10:34 PM
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Yes, it's that exact one, the 5-mode. I read that thread, plus another at mtbr.com which was pretty helpful:
https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=453791

I've read that run time is 2 hours + depending on the brightness level used. I just got back from my test ride and I used both on the brightest setting for about 90 minutes, non-stop. I really didn't notice a loss of brightness at all. This weekend I may try a longer ride and then I'll ride around the neighborhood for a while until they get too dark to be usable. I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to do a 2 hour ride on full brightness.

The ride was awesome. I never knew riding at night could be so fun. I rode with just one light for a minute and even the single light was bright enough for some slower singletrack at ~10mph. Seriously, these things are bright bright bright. Unless you truly are picky and need to light up the entire scene, these lights are perfect for night mountain biking. On the streets, I hit 26 mph on the way home on a completely dark area with no street lighting, and had no problem seeing far ahead (and no moonlight either).
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Old 02-19-09, 03:30 PM
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I also like riding after dark, however once daylight savings times begins again it will most likely be only on the weekends as I have to get up at 3:00am to go to work. I do not commute to work as it is 25 miles one way and would have to ride through some "undesirable" parts of the city.

Did both your lights work fine right out of the box?
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Old 02-19-09, 10:06 PM
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Yes, both lights worked great from the start. I could have done without the SOS and the mid-level mode. I found that using the strobe mode on one light, and the 2nd light on low works great for night visibility and lighting. From far away the strobe looks more like a flickering or bumpy light, and it never really looks like the light is off. It really catches the eye's attention in an almost calm way. Up close it's kinda crazy though.

I cover a night shift right now, so on my off days I'm usually up at odd hours of the night. The best time for me to ride is usually early morning after work, or pre-dawn on my off days. These lights will really help.
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Old 02-20-09, 11:16 AM
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I no longer use my strobe at night. I get to many "hey a**hole don't you know it's illegal to use a strobe" or smilier comments.

I now just use my Fenix L2D Q5 and a P7, I know I am very visible because people wait for me now when backing out of their driveway when I am half a block a way.
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Atxlatino, excuse me for asking a noob question, but what batteries do you use in this light?
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you need 18650 Li-I batteries for this light.
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Yep, 18650 it is....I think I bought 3.5V....and you probably won't have an 18650 battery charger lying around, so you'll need one of those too.

BTW, I've had about 5 offroad trail rides so far on these lights, and have ridden about 2 hours on full power with no problem. The lights provide enough light for another hour after that (diminishing light). This works out great as by then I'm already back on the street, for the 4 mile ride back home. Even at diminishing power, they are very bright and cars will stop and wait for you to pass the intersection.
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I ordered some lights from DX on Feb. 20th and they haven't shipped yet. They don't even reply to my e-mails!
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Originally Posted by davidad View Post
I ordered some lights from DX on Feb. 20th and they haven't shipped yet. They don't even reply to my e-mails!
Guess you will have to stay as a day rider.
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Originally Posted by davidad View Post
I ordered some lights from DX on Feb. 20th and they haven't shipped yet. They don't even reply to my e-mails!

Don't worry, they will eventually get here. That is the trade off for low prices. Sometimes you have to wait a very long time. I had to wait three months for my fenix mounts, but they did finally get here.

They will most likely send you an email soon asking if you want to cancel your order. I have never taken them up on that since I just plan for a long wait; although I have received items in as little as ten days.
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The design is changed, the new version is larger, the battery rattles and on the received one is the retaining ring for the reflector missing.


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[QUOTE=CathastrophiX;9475937]The design is changed, the new version is larger, the battery rattles and on the received one is the retaining ring for the reflector missing.QUOTE]

BUT, Is there any issues with the new one not being as bright like some had in the past? Or is that the 5 mode you have?

Anyone else recenlty buy a Single mode 801? Any issues?

I have been thinking about a couple 801's to add the the LG mini from S.B. I have, so I don't want to get a "Dim" one!

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Old 08-16-09, 07:01 AM
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[QUOTE=green814;9495478]
Originally Posted by CathastrophiX View Post
The design is changed, the new version is larger, the battery rattles and on the received one is the retaining ring for the reflector missing.QUOTE]

BUT, Is there any issues with the new one not being as bright like some had in the past? Or is that the 5 mode you have?

Anyone else recenlty buy a Single mode 801? Any issues?

I have been thinking about a couple 801's to add the the LG mini from S.B. I have, so I don't want to get a "Dim" one!

Chris
It's always a crap shoot with DX. Just because someone got a 'bright one' or a 'dim one' recently doesn't mean that you will get the same thing.

On a side note, I'm a bit disappointed in them as they are now selling thieves tools like car alarm code snatcher/ blockers. That's just not cool......
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Received yet another version...
Same lenght as the old one.
Smooth reflector.
"Pill holder" is plain brass, no chrome.
Crenelation is thicker, probably to accomodate o-ring better.
Brighter than the old one.
This version pulls 1.38A @ 4.09 volt vs. old one 0.94A @ 4.09 volt.
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