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Old 09-17-14, 12:21 PM
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Question what is the best light around $200 for my bike ?

Hello,

i am looking for some headlight for my bike
i need a Real power and bright headlight , my budget up to $200
please tell me based on your experience

thanks a lot friends
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Old 09-17-14, 12:59 PM
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philips saferide 80 gets great reviews hang on i'll get you a video review on it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTGqv6ejSLI
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Old 09-17-14, 01:17 PM
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heres another fantastic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwM7vDvvGhU
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I really like my Lezyne Megadrive. I have to come through some woods on trails with my cross, it is really bright enough for the job, is very well constructed and has a well thought out design (e.g. the USB port for the battery charging is inside the sealed back cover, and inside a removable, field replaceable battery), it has a fast charging capability (higher amp usb chargers):

Lezyne - Engineered Design - Products - LED Lights - Mega Drive

and can be had for $140:

Amazon.com : Lezyne Mega Drive LED Front Light (Black) : Bike Headlights : Sports & Outdoors
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Old 09-17-14, 08:44 PM
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I really like my Lezyne Megadrive.
I'm getting acquainted with one as well. It's worth considering. The light pattern seems good and the device is sturdy. There have been some complaints about the mount / clip. I don't know that that is still an issue; it looks secure.

Note that there are three generations of this model. They max at 1000, 1200 and 1400 lumens, respectively. I've seen that independent tests (such as mtbr) find the lumens claims to be reasonable.

The latest includes 3 LEDs and an overdrive mode that offers one-touch switching between 300 and 1400 lumens steady modes. The 300 lumens mode seems to be a good setting for normal riding in the urban/residential evening (based on all of 2 hours' experience!). MSRP is at the $200 price point.



With a CNC-sculpted aluminum body in a compact, self-contained configuration, the Lezyne Mega Drive is the ultimate high performance LED light built for trail or road use. It features Constant Lumens power management that drives three LEDs at a bright 1,400 lumens. Overdrive Race Mode allows quick switching between Overdrive and Economy, and its Infinite Light design allows for on-demand battery replacement for a bright light that never quits. It is recharged either with fast, high efficiency, 2 Amp recharging with a compatible wall adaptor or via a Micro USB cable for ultimate convenience. The Intelligent Power Indicator button allows the user to check the power level any time. The Mega Drive’s CM hard mounts secure the light to 31.8 mm and 25.4 mm handlebars. It is also available as a Fully Loaded package with aluminum handlebar mounts (31.8mm and 25.4mm), a spare battery pack, a Micro USB charging cable, and CM storage case.

Specs
MAX LUMENS: 1400
WEIGHT:265g
RECHARGE TIME: 12hrs (1A) / 6hrs (2A)
BATTERY: LIR18650 2 Cell (included)
COLORS:

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Old 09-17-14, 10:35 PM
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Just a little over OPs budget:
DiNotte XML-3 Headlight ? DiNotte Lighting USA Online Store

This has a crazy amount of light. I run it as a helmet light, with a Niterider Lumina 650 on my bars. I typically run the XML-3 on low or medium, even when on unlit streets or the unlit MUP.

There's also this one (under the OPs max budget):
Quad Amber Headlight with built in battery ? DiNotte Lighting USA Online Store
It's new and I don't really know anything about it . . . but it looks interesting.
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Old 09-18-14, 07:51 AM
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Get two 700-800 lumen class integrated lights for ~$100 ea. Run both at full power for 1500 lumens, aim them a bit differently to optimize illumination pattern, run one constant and the other flashing and swap mid ride to double burn time and increase conspicuousness, use one while the other is recharging, put one the bars and one on the helmet, loan one to your buddy, etc....
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Old 09-18-14, 09:39 AM
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Trail riding or road? Huge difference in recommendations depending on that.
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I'd say buy somewhere between two and eleven of these and use them two at a time. Or buy just two, and some higher quality batteries when the batteries start to lose capacity as sometimes happens after a few months, and always happens within several years.

Or if that's *too* far under your budget, buy one of them and one more expensive light and use them together.
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I have this and it is super bright. Motorists were begging for mercy when I came down the road.

SolarStorm 5000 Lm CREE XM-L U2 LED A bunch of different Chinese and Taiwan sellers have them on Ebay and you can get them through Amazon. Generally about $25.00 Cree also makes them with up to 7 LEDs. That would probably illuminate an entire construction site but the battery would probably go in a bout 1/2 hour. The LED unit is super brite and the rechargable battery pack goes for quite a few hours on staedy beam.
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Originally Posted by antokelly View Post
philips saferide 80 gets great reviews hang on i'll get you a video review on it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTGqv6ejSLI
Yeah, it's a great light for illumination. Only real drawback is it's battery life is slightly less than 2 hours - though that's true of some other lights as well.
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Old 09-18-14, 02:02 PM
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paul those cyo primium lights look fantastic as good as a motorbike.
before i sold my thorn sherpa i had shimano dynamo with b@m headlight plus the 2 lights i mentioned on the rear cateye batery and b@m toplight excellent set up.
next time i can afford it i will get another dynamo front wheel and cyo primium and top light i now ride a thorn audax 853 class bike.
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Old 09-18-14, 10:13 PM
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The Lezyne caught my attention because it is a single unit with built in batteries. 18650 based batteries offer best lifetime. My bike is already cluttered up enough that I don't want a light with an external battery pack. And it does NOT have replaceable batteries. Grrrrr.

This flashlight XinTD C8 V5 XM-L2 U2 1A 18650 Flashlight is bright, single 18650 battery, spare batt in the seat pack and the beam is fairly tight. Good spill without a lot of flood. Combine this with a flashlight for the helmet that his this geometry:

"S3" EDC 18650 Flashlight - Triple XP-G2 - Black

and you'll be all set for about $100. Buy four Panasonic high drain 3400 mAh 18650 batteries and a charger and you are good to go.
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Originally Posted by antokelly View Post
paul those cyo primium lights look fantastic as good as a motorbike.
before i sold my thorn sherpa i had shimano dynamo with b@m headlight plus the 2 lights i mentioned on the rear cateye batery and b@m toplight excellent set up.
next time i can afford it i will get another dynamo front wheel and cyo primium and top light i now ride a thorn audax 853 class bike.
It's a great light. It's definitely not as bright as a motorbike though. It looks impressive because he shot the pics in the woods with no ambient light - put it on the street, and it's a great light, but nowhere near a car or motorcycle light.
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I like this one because of the battery pack. It is a very bright light. Fenix BT10 / BT20 Bicycle Light Performance review (4xAA, 2x18650/4xCR123)
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
The Lezyne caught my attention because it is a single unit with built in batteries. 18650 based batteries offer best lifetime. My bike is already cluttered up enough that I don't want a light with an external battery pack. And it does NOT have replaceable batteries. Grrrrr.

This flashlight XinTD C8 V5 XM-L2 U2 1A 18650 Flashlight is bright, single 18650 battery, spare batt in the seat pack and the beam is fairly tight. Good spill without a lot of flood. Combine this with a flashlight for the helmet that his this geometry:

"S3" EDC 18650 Flashlight - Triple XP-G2 - Black

and you'll be all set for about $100. Buy four Panasonic high drain 3400 mAh 18650 batteries and a charger and you are good to go.
The lezyne megadrive does have replaceable batteries.
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Specialized has a new light called the "Flux" that supposedly is shaped like a car headlight -
Specialized Bicycle Components

True vehicle lighting for your bicycle. The super-wide and super-bright beam pattern puts light where you need it to see and be seen, day or night.

We'll see whether "True vehicle lighting" (a beam with a distinct cutoff, and a shaped beam to evenly light up the road) actually pans out, or whether it's just marketing fluff, but if it is real - and they do a good job - it would be the best light I know of for biking. An actual auto beam shape, with a high lumen output.

$275 for the brighter one, and $175 for the smaller less bright one. Downside, they're not available yet either. :-(
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Old 09-22-14, 10:35 AM
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Trail riding or road? Huge difference in recommendations depending on that.
road, city
i need something powerful and wide
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Best for Me.

I bought a $100 Dynohub wheel and then spent another hundred on a LED head and taillight.

battery removable, these are putting the light down on the road not in the trees. Busch & Müller: IXON IQ
the newer Premium is brighter ..

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