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  • Needs better optics or lens.

    posted by fightnut on 10/05/2011

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week


    It's really bright, brighter then a Magicshine with a P-7 in it. It's small enough and lightweight enough. The price is nice and low. Very easy to mount on bars or helmet


    It's a spot light! Way too tight of a hot spot for mountain biking. You just watch a small ball of light bounce around on the trail, it's distracting.

    Another con is that you have to cycle through all modes to turn it off.

    Of course I wish they would do away with the strobe and give it a medium mode. The low mode is only good for trail side repairs, it's too dim to ride with.


    Here's the good news. If you have a orange peel (OP) textured reflector around that fits, this does a nice job of spreading out the hot spot and makes it MUCH more usable.

    I borrowed one from my magicshine, I need to find a permanent one.


    If you can come up with a way to diffuse the hot spot, whether by using an OP textured reflector, or putting something on the lens (some people have used Glad Wrap Press-N-Seal), then this is a great light for the price.

    I REALLY, REALLY hope that the manufacturers concentrate on improving the beam with better optics or better reflectors or lenses.

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