Some advice for bicycle ligth

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Some advice for bicycle ligth

I’m looking for a cheap (Max 25$) bicycle light with as much flood as possible.

Must be equipped with 18650 or 21700 cell(s).
Preferably one cell to keep it as compact as possible.

And with at least 2 hours running time (with 3000mAh).
I have my own battery’s (Sony VTC5A and VTC6).

Any suggestions? Preferably available on Ali Express.

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The Lumintop C01 would be in your price range but it has a propietary battery. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32881768186.html

The Lumintop B01 is a dedicated 21700 bike light but costs a bit more. Using the right coupons you could maybe lower it to 30$.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33046014882.html

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Lumintop B01. Brightest and probably widest flood under $30 with a cutoff beam. Blows everyone else’s cheap spot lights out of the water.

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Buy one of these 360 degree flashlight holders designed specifically for 18650 flashlights and you can use whatever flashlight you already have if it is focusable. I use the same flashlight I use for camping on my recumbent trike with this holder.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/362999781933 $1.85 with free shipping from China based eBay seller
https://www.ebay.com/itm/373088606837 $4.95 from US seller but if you have more than one bike you can get 3 of them for 3 of them for $7.89 from this US seller https://www.ebay.com/itm/193634932334

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@Vegas LED Fan
Thanks for the advise, will keep this one in mind for when I decide which one I will go for.

nublar wrote:
Lumintop B01. Brightest and probably widest flood under $30 with a cutoff beam. Blows everyone else’s cheap spot lights out of the water.

That really looks like a great flood. This one goes to the top of my wish list right now.
850 lumens doesn’t sound like much, but of course 99% of all claims on Chinese resellers are false.

Yesterday I orded a very cheap light just to see what it is.
https://nl.aliexpress.com/item/1005001380301098.html
(same light by other reseller do claims of 2000lm)

If it is not good enough for me, I will probably mount this on my sons bike, or on my electric skateboard.

By reading on this forum I got a bit infected and now looking for a small size EDC and a new work light as well.
Now I am wondering if an Nitecore Tip 2 or Tip SE (740/700lm) with a reasonable amount of flood could be used as e bicycle light as well.

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Yes, that is the fictitious Chinese lumen count. If you go to the CREE website and look up their version of the XML-T6 bin you will find it can put out ~1000 lumens driven to the maximum safe current. So, I guess if you want to equate Chinese lumens to US lumens it must be a ratio of 15 to 1! BTW, the flashlight shown in my picture above is an XML-T6 flashlight but maybe not a genuine CREE LED because it sold for $8 a few years ago. Nowadays the genuine CREE T6 bin is pretty inexpensive bought in bulk. It’s plenty bright for the suburban area where I ride which has decent street lighting. Mostly I use it to be seen by motorists.

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Another vote for the B01. Don’t let the numbers fool you, even on Medium power it has output to match a motorcycle’s headlight easily thanks to the beam pattern. I only saw one person with legitimate reservations about it and that’s because he MTBs and needs a vertical beam spread to see branches and stuff.

Also friendly reminder that it charges via USB, it doesn’t get more bike-convenient than that Wink

That said, while it comes with a mount, you’re better off getting a separate one. The B01’s is kinda dodgy, the plastic belt that you tighten is too smooth and tends to slide on the bars.

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Vegas LED Fan wrote:
Buy one of these 360 degree flashlight holders designed specifically for 18650 flashlights and you can use whatever flashlight you already have if it is focusable. I use the same flashlight I use for camping on my recumbent trike with this holder.

Great recommendation. I wish this and 18650 flashlights were an option when I paid $150 for a NiteRider MiNewt.X2 back in 2007. Any of my Convoys/JAXMANs would blow it away!

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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NeutralFan wrote:
Vegas LED Fan wrote:
Buy one of these 360 degree flashlight holders designed specifically for 18650 flashlights and you can use whatever flashlight you already have if it is focusable. I use the same flashlight I use for camping on my recumbent trike with this holder.

Great recommendation. I wish this and 18650 flashlights were an option when I paid $150 for a NiteRider MiNewt.X2 back in 2007. Any of my Convoys/JAXMANs would blow it away!

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No kidding! That was a pretty cutting edge headlight when I was commuting all the time. I remember when I got my first “bright” headlamp… a Cateye TripleShot. Swapped to SSC P4 U2 bin and man that was some hot stuff back then. These days I think I have 14500 lights that put out more light. Used to mountain bike with a fenix L1Tv2 on my helmet and thought it was bright, too!

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So the big question is will we feel the same way again 10 years from now? Doesn’t seem possible, but I thought the same thing back when.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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As far as output goes I’m not sure there is much benefit to high outputs than we are seeing now, practically speaking. Probably just miniaturization and runtime as the technology progresses.

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NeutralFan wrote:
So the big question is will we feel the same way again 10 years from now? Doesn’t seem possible, but I thought the same thing back when.

At one point enough is enough.
Minor efficiency upgrades can be done, but I think it would be overkill if you have more light at a certain point.