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night riding

Here in the UK the nights are getting lighter, but there is still a couple of hours left to carry on mountain biking at night. What do others use as their light source.....remember its a budget light forum.

I use :ssc P7 c bin, Manafont Ultrafire XM-L C8 on the bars

and a trustfire 801 on the hat

I might use a C1 on the bars as a backup

XM-L is my new one with awesome light source 

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Ultrafire C 303 on your hat might be good and not too expensive. It gets darker earlier in Lancashire than it does in Aberdeenshire so you'll need a bit more light in summer than I do. The C303 will give you a LOT more light than the TR-801.

 

A lot of things giv more light than a P7 these days - get an XM-L dropin for the C1 and life will get a lot brighter.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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I use 4 KD C8 XML modified to use a 1S4P battery pack. More than enough light to do most of my moutainbiking. 

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I use a Solarforce L2 with the UltraFire 3 mode Xml in a Twofish lockblock . On medium . Before that it was an iTP SA2 .

What I do

 

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I use not quite budget but still in range MagicShine MJ-808 headlight on helmet and a few zoomies (not all at once Wink) on bar.

Last time I've tried MF XM-L dropin in a UF504d host. Good and shiny, but sometimes battery has to loose contact or there is something wrong with the switch. Under heavy vibrations it changed modes by itself. I've used protected flame 18650 which is long enough I think. Anyone has idea how to prevent self changing modes?

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Single mode driver? XD

Tried to fiddle with the switch and springs yet?

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They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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I use 504B xpg r5 with extension and high voltage 3 mode driver on high, half of the lens painted with silver colour as dipped headlight on the bar second light mountSmile  whatever i want mostly Skyray r5  or 504 xml as upper beam.  Helm lamp is tr 801 or for throw Skyray 1JC8.

 

AAA: Black Cat   AA: SkyRay S-A1,  Uf 501c (2AA Q3),   18650: Uf 501b (Xenon),Uf 504b (R5), SkyRay S-R5 , TR801, SkyRay 1JC8    

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Don't have single mode driver nor I want to instantly drain my battery during downhill ride Surprised.

I didn't look into spring and switch yet. Probably I'll try some other host first. Well in fact I've recall this problem because of Night riding topic.

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You want to stiffen somehow the springs perhaps by adding more springs on top of the already present ones. It would probably do the trick.

kragmutt wrote:

They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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I run my solarforce masterpiece on my bike..I did it once for fun and now I can't go to anything else..2 hours on high and proper heatsinking makes it a joy to use..I still remember the one guy I blinded on the bikepath who had no light..he looked like a train was coming at him or something lol..only problem is you need a heavier bike mount because of the added size of the light..the one plastic one at DX works great for this size of light..

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I've had no problems with mode changing with my L2 but I always wrap the batt with masking tape so that it fits snugly .

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I'll take a look about spring. It could be even worse if I would use KD 8*AMC driver. I'll try to add some 12mm magnets at the battery tail, but have to check if there is any lose of current. That would be even easier than spring trick Wink.

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If you value yout teeth use unprotected batteries or time accordingly the battery swaps before the pcb kicks in and you get "kicked" a few seconds later.

kragmutt wrote:

They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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That's why I'm using at least two lights at same time. It's very unlikely two copmletly separated one would fail in the same moment.