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Old 05-26-13, 04:16 PM
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Well, wether it has 1200 lumens or 550 lumens, I am a happy camper. It's plenty bright enough for my needs. I did go ahead and get a wide angle lens, but I prefer the narrow beam. I don't feel like I'm blinding oncoming drivers and cyclists as much as when the wide angle lens is installed.
I like the narrow beam, with the halo being bright enought for close up seeing.
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I wonder what's up with some people having trouble with the O-Rings? I have a Magicshine that's 3+ years old at this point, and one of these lights that I've had for over 6 months, and they're still totally fine on the first O ring. The light I got from eBay came with several O rings but the first one still looks new.
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I wonder what's up with some people having trouble with the O-Rings? I have a Magicshine that's 3+ years old at this point, and one of these lights that I've had for over 6 months, and they're still totally fine on the first O ring. The light I got from eBay came with several O rings but the first one still looks new.
Low quality ones with the T6. I had the lift tab tear off of one.

I have Dinnotte O-Rings that are still good after 5 years.
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OK, I can see that. I have a bike comp on my new road bike that I bought off eBay for $6. the computer is fine, but it came with zip ties that actually snapped in my hands when I just bent them. So there's definitely some junk out there, but hopefully simple replacement of the connector bits will make it workable.
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Sorry for cutting in. But I would like get a light like this but I've asked few of the ebay sellers about heat protection this light has. They all told me same thing. There isn't any overheat protection or heat sink for the light. How hot does this light get?
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They all put out heat.
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I thinking about getting one for the hamlet to, however its not a bother weather way but is the battery protected from over discharge, IE when it gets low voltage it turns off rather than running the battery flat as completely running lithium battery flat will really shorten the number of cycles u can do on it and also the amount of runtime from a single charge, I assume they just cut out when they get to low voltage rather than carry in and damage the battery?

Also do they fade as the battery runs out I take it they don't as lithium has a flat discharge curve normally,..so they should stay bright all the way through and only dim right at the end of the battery's life?
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The on/off button turns RED when battery is low.
No fading.
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The on/off button turns RED when battery is low.
No fading.
Cheers, so dose that mean I should turn it off if it of as soon as it goes red or will it go red and turn itself before over dischargeing the battery?

Sorry I'm a noon when it comes to anything electrical...
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Red is a Warning that the light will Soon Turn Off.

Buy 2 of them and you will have a spare battery as well as another light.
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I've never had any trouble with overheating. Most of the time when I'm running these lights it's winter.

It's generally not recommended to leave these lights running without airflow. When I've tested them, after about 20 minutes with zero airflow they're getting uncomfortably hot. With airflow (either a fan or riding) they're just nicely warm after any length of time (usually 45 minutes for me). Maybe 10 degrees or so above body temp.
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Nothing against this light product, but just making everyone aware that since these obviously comes direct from China where a lot of regulations are being violated at the consumer's expense, it would be good if an official test result of its XRF spectrum analysis is given out so everyone would be informed how much these products contain lead and other harmful substances. The US Feds are cracking down on products made for kids that contain high amounts of lead, but it doesn't necessarily mean that adults are immune to exposure from this.

Remember that there's always a catch especially if a product is priced much lower than other competing products in the market.
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Nothing against this light product, but just making everyone aware that since these obviously comes direct from China where a lot of regulations are being violated at the consumer's expense, it would be good if an official test result of its XRF spectrum analysis is given out so everyone would be informed how much these products contain lead and other harmful substances. The US Feds are cracking down on products made for kids that contain high amounts of lead, but it doesn't necessarily mean that adults are immune to exposure from this.

Remember that there's always a catch especially if a product is priced much lower than other competing products in the market.
No catch on mine, Came from California in 4 days shipping.
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Originally Posted by Shinjukan View Post
Nothing against this light product, but just making everyone aware that since these obviously comes direct from China where a lot of regulations are being violated at the consumer's expense, it would be good if an official test result of its XRF spectrum analysis is given out so everyone would be informed how much these products contain lead and other harmful substances. The US Feds are cracking down on products made for kids that contain high amounts of lead, but it doesn't necessarily mean that adults are immune to exposure from this.

Remember that there's always a catch especially if a product is priced much lower than other competing products in the market.
Until then, be sure not to eat this lamp. Or even lick it very much.

Not trying to be too much of a smartass, but RoHS is intended to reduce lead in the landfill, not really exposure to the consumer (though that's a side effect). The only real possibility that I can see is if they use tin/lead solder, and that's not a danger unless you take the circuit board out and soak it in your drink for a few days. The only part you're likely to come in contact with is the glass, the aluminum oxide finish on the lamp, and the plastic coating on the battery pack and charger. None of these are likely to contain anything harmful.

To my knowledge, consumer exposure has never really been a problem for electronics, even back in the days when there were no environmental regulations whatsoever. The only real problem was when the stuff got landfilled, it had significant lead and mercury runoff.
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Until then, be sure not to eat this lamp. Or even lick it very much.

Not trying to be too much of a smartass, but RoHS is intended to reduce lead in the landfill, not really exposure to the consumer (though that's a side effect). The only real possibility that I can see is if they use tin/lead solder, and that's not a danger unless you take the circuit board out and soak it in your drink for a few days. The only part you're likely to come in contact with is the glass, the aluminum oxide finish on the lamp, and the plastic coating on the battery pack and charger. None of these are likely to contain anything harmful.

To my knowledge, consumer exposure has never really been a problem for electronics, even back in the days when there were no environmental regulations whatsoever. The only real problem was when the stuff got landfilled, it had significant lead and mercury runoff.
That's good to know, thanks for the clarification. It pays to be an educated buyer and have the knack to scrutinize a product before plunking the payment. We in the US can somewhat afford to relax a bit knowing that the products that were manufactured and being sold here have passed some form of government testing. But the same thing cannot be said of those products who directly came from abroad, specifically China. The effects of harmful ingredients such as lead does not manifest on the body right away or even for a few months. It takes years and by then it's virtually impossible to trace where it was acquired from.
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Unfortunately the biggest problem with Chinese manufacturing is that they're poisoning themselves. There are entire swathes of land that are now uninhabitable, and villages where they have to truck in water, and still the amount of sickness is going up fast. Similar things happening in India as well.

This is all to provide us in the west with cheap goods. This is not going to last forever - the people affected are complaining quite a bit. Workers in Bangladesh are fighting against the garment industry's essentially slave labor processes, so clothing is very likely to stop being cheap pretty soon. That's actually a good thing IMO - if the labor is not cheap, there will be less incentive to build to a price and cheap out on the materials. If that happens, I'd rather pay $50 or $75 for a pair of jeans that will last 5 or 10 years than $25 for a pair that will last 1 or 2 years.
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I've never had any trouble with overheating. Most of the time when I'm running these lights it's winter.

It's generally not recommended to leave these lights running without airflow. When I've tested them, after about 20 minutes with zero airflow they're getting uncomfortably hot. With airflow (either a fan or riding) they're just nicely warm after any length of time (usually 45 minutes for me). Maybe 10 degrees or so above body temp.
That's pretty much my experience as well.

When my wife first gave it to me, after charging up the battery, I turned it on and let it sit on a table top to see how long the battery would last. Never found out. Had to turn it off. After about an hour, I touched the casing of the light and almost burnt my fingertips. That sucker was extremely hot.

However, when I'm out riding, with air flowing all around it, it stays pretty cool to the touch. It's just gets mildly warm; nowhere near as hot as it got indoors.

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I still not 100% sure on trusting this light. I've been screwed over with Ebay flashlights because they didn't have any heat protection that damaged the leds making the led's making very dim to no longer working D: Sure this light may have the air flow thing going on but how much can that really do in hot weather? or if you stop riding stuck at a stop light.Things can heat up real fast. I've been playing with leds about 90 lumens this week and I've been burnt by one of them so far and that was after a minute of use and I was using the minimum voltage to power the led

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That's pretty much my experience as well.

When my wife first gave it to me, after charging up the battery, I turned it on and let it sit on a table top to see how long the battery would last. Never found out. Had to turn it off. After about an hour, I touched the casing of the light and almost burnt my fingertips. That sucker was extremely hot.

However, when I'm out riding, with air flowing all around it, it stays pretty cool to the touch. It's just gets mildly warm; nowhere near as hot as it got indoors.

That's been my experience with every light I've used. They all get hot. It's part of that whole converting electrical energy to light energy thing. These run a whole lot cooler than halogens ever did. I've melted lights with those...and that was with airflow.
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On the darkest of MUPs, I only ever have to run my magicshine on medium. I don't think I've ever had the need to run it on high. Now, we may go do a night run up GMR (local mountain in SoCal), and I will carry two batteries (steal my wife's as the second!) and run on high for the trip down.

As far as O-Rings? No problem on two units coming up on a year. This may be one difference between the MagicShine and the "unbranded" versions.

Here's my setup. I mount the battery under the stem. I've cleaned up the wiring since I shot this, too.

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Now have two of these, they arrived in less than 20 hours, and on 3-5 day deliver not even special delivery.

I got one from a brand rather than just a T6 XML light from eBay,its exactly the same but I am asounted by the quality of them for the price $46 and free delivery

This is them below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/iaMOutdoor-L...ch/dp/B006RHB4

Battery's are looking well made and the charges are looking reliable and not like there gonna blow up, they come with a led to say when there charged, which is nice.

Compering them to my 200 lumen P14 I'd say there proberly in the region of 600-800 lumens 400-600 short of the claimed but I can't verify this, all I know is there ducking bright. And the advantage of having two is now have a second battery back so am not gonna run out of light in the middle of the night...comes with a nice head mount too!

Overall very impressed.

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Oh they do get a little bit warm but with airflow I don't think it shall be a problem.
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Oh year I'm not sure about the eBayones but O rings I got were very good quality.
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Oh year I'm not sure about the eBayones but O rings I got were very good quality.

let us know how they hold up 4 months from now. My amazon cree light works great but the band that looked perfect for the first month started cracking and now I think it could break at any moment.
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