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C2 body here

Please note that AFAIK you can't simply use the pill from your current dropin with C2, so buying the complete flashlight, which Hobbyfotograaf mentioned, might be a better idea.

I have earlier used my Spiderfire SSC-P7 as a bike light. It's very similar to C2 and is quite floody -> IMHO it's good for biking. But OTOH it doesn't throw even nearly as well as TF-R2.. You'd better buy both! Smile

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Hi all,

I come back to this cause I need a new flashligh and was wondering if the 504B and C2 would still be best bang for buck bike lights?

Best regards

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Now are good choice Keygos M10 and Keygos KE-5. Or C8 light with OP reflector.

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biker wrote:

Hi all,

I come back to this cause I need a new flashligh and was wondering if the 504B and C2 would still be best bang for buck bike lights?

Best regards

Hi, biker:

I have neither of those lights, but several others that work great for cycling. But what type of riding do you do? Road, trail or MTB, country or city, commuting or fitness? Do you just need flashlights or also recommendations on batteries, mounts, etc.? This is a long thread, so sorry if the answer is buried in another post. You started the thread in July, 2011, what happened to the lights you got last time or did you ever buy any?

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Specialized (as in "made for the purpose", not the American bike company) bike lights are way better than just using flashlights, IMO - due to really long runtimes, and no need to fiddle with shady mounts.

A headlamp is also very good to have.

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Thanks for your replies.

I had a 504B and was quite happy with this. Only the beam could be a little more for a bike light.

Unfortunately I forgot to demount it for the first time last week and of course the flash light was promptly stolen..

So I'm looking for a nike light for my bike powered by 18650 as I already got batteries and charger.

I don't have the money for specialized bike light and need a flashlight for other purposes.

 

I understand that 504B isn't the best bang for my buck any longer, right?

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biker wrote:

Thanks for your replies.

I had a 504B and was quite happy with this. Only the beam could be a little more for a bike light.

Unfortunately I forgot to demount it for the first time last week and of course the flash light was promptly stolen..

So I'm looking for a nike light for my bike powered by 18650 as I already got batteries and charger.

I don't have the money for specialized bike light and need a flashlight for other purposes.

 

I understand that 504B isn't the best bang for my buck any longer, right?

Just wondering what the thief is going to do with a 18650-powered light, considering that most thiefs are not smart people really and won't figure out where to get charger for it.

One of "best bang for the buck" high-quality options would be $8 Solarforce L2 host + $16 MF drop-in.

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Shadowww's L2 suggestion is a great one. How much are you wanting to spend? Bang for Buck depends on how many Bucks you have. Smile

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Isn't the 504B host a L2 clone as well?
What exactyl is this MF drop-in - a XM-L T6?

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Isn't the 504B host a L2 clone as well?
It is, but Solarforce versions usually have better quality machining, better thread cuts, better anodizing etc.
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What exactyl is this MF drop-in - a XM-L T6?
Yep. You can also get Intl-Outdoors drop-in if you want U2 (or neutral T6, or even warm T3) but those are kind of pricey - $23 shipped.
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Shadoww, is the Solarforce drop-in any good if he wants to get from the same source? I never hear anyone recommending that one, only the Manafont or IOS versions.

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The 3V - 8.4V one? It uses a buck converter, so it doesn't reaches full brightness with just 1 cell. It's quite good for 2-cell lights though.

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If you have one light, and it is fixed to the bars, it should probably be floody. A spot simply does not give a large enough field if view.  A cheap option would be to use tir optics which offer a wide range of beam shapes and can be swapped for a spot when you are off the bike. A 15 deg beam will light the whole trail where a spot will only show you the rock on the left as you endo in the hole on the right. A spot is also good for looking ahead/around corners when mounted to a helmet but even then then next 50' is the primary concern so it need not be a tight spot. With only one light for offroad I would go for a 10deg spot and a helmet mount to see where you are looking, single cell xml light with spare cells. Greedbay for a cheap taillight Blackburn, vistalite old stock ~$5. A bar mount is insufficient as a stand alone unless you can afford a floody quad xpg or triple xml and lots of batteries. I ride trails with trees and rocks, logs and drops. If you only ride fire protection roads you can get by with less. 

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Thanks for your replies.

So should I go again for a L2 clone or better for Keygos M10/ Keygos KE-5 or Ultrafire C2?

@ Shadowww: Where can I get the Solarforce L2 at a good rate? Cheaper then a Ultrafire 504B (what quality I liked pretty much)?

@ Rufusbduck: Do you have a link for me for a flashlight and taillight you recommend?

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@ Shadowww: Where can I get the Solarforce L2 at a good rate? Cheaper then a Ultrafire 504B (what quality I liked pretty much)?
You can get the L2 at $8 from solarforce-sales.com
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biker wrote:

Thanks for your replies.

So should I go again for a L2 clone or better for Keygos M10/ Keygos KE-5 or Ultrafire C2?

@ Shadowww: Where can I get the Solarforce L2 at a good rate? Cheaper then a Ultrafire 504B (what quality I liked pretty much)?

@ Rufusbduck: Do you have a link for me for a flashlight and taillight you recommend?

I tell you, that M10, and the KE-5 is going to light up the world. However, more knowlegeable posters are advising if you get one, get a floody. Well, I got this one too, and it is floody, and wide...

BeamTech 4000

http://www.tmart.com/BeamTech-BT4000-CREE-XMT6-18W-2700LM-5-Mode-Flashlight-Gray_p136640.html

I got it on sale at Tmart for $37.75 with free shipping. Plus, they are shipping in stateside, so I got it in a couple days.

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Shadowww wrote:

biker wrote:
@ Shadowww: Where can I get the Solarforce L2 at a good rate? Cheaper then a Ultrafire 504B (what quality I liked pretty much)?
You can get the L2 at $8 from solarforce-sales.com

But this is the body only, right? Where can I get the appropriate drop-in?

 

@ cehoqardGS: A flashlight with more than one emitter is too expensive and probably too big.

 

How much bigger is the reflector of a Keygos M10/ Keygos KE-5 or Ultrafire C2? Do these also fit into a pocket?

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Thanks, Shadowww.

But I can't find the L2 host on Solarforce Sales for 8 USD only..

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biker wrote:

Thanks, Shadowww.

But I can't find the L2 host on Solarforce Sales for 8 USD only..

Oops, it's $9, my bad.

http://www.solarforceflashlight-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=FB&s=1&id=21

There also was grey/silver one, but apparently they are sold out. Sad

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biker wrote:

Thanks for your replies.

So should I go again for a L2 clone or better for Keygos M10/ Keygos KE-5 or Ultrafire C2?

@ Shadowww: Where can I get the Solarforce L2 at a good rate? Cheaper then a Ultrafire 504B (what quality I liked pretty much)?

@ Rufusbduck: Do you have a link for me for a flashlight and taillight you recommend?

You're welcome. Just wanted some real world riding issues mentioned. Although I mod handlights I don't use them on the bike as I could not achieve high output and long runtime in a host that was practical to put on my head and I did not want to stop for battery changes. Also, I already had a halogen set but as I age I gound I needed more light. Now I'm greedy for more. You are getting plenty of advise from people who know about hosts and mounts. What you are doing is a compromise solution.  I prefer a large spot/medium flood but any lightwill help as long as it works so the only really wrong choice you could make would be one that could not handle the abuse. Ask if anyone would be willing to test their favorite by wrapping it in bubble wrap and putting it in the dryer for 45 minutes. That's the one you should pick. 

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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I know you said you were not interested in fixed bike lighting but who knows, maybe someone else is reading this thread or you may change your mind. 

Ebay dual vistalite set

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=330724849895&index=0&nav=...

Quite often these sell with few bidders and are a nice platform for DIY. 

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

Scott

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hallo.dont want to open newe thread-can you reccomend the brightest budget light for bike-classic red,white,but also i want blue light..best for aa or aaa batteries…:)) i never bought it..so,need to help.thanks:))

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Headlamp-Thrunite TH30 nw

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Your best bet would probably by a 4xAA light like the copied Nitecore EA4

Strapped to a flashlight mount you're gonna have to find yourself. (Diameter of 40mm as listed)

You are the light of the world. Like a city on a hill, you cannot be hidden.
People do not light a lamp and then hide it away, instead they put it where it gives lig

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hi.oh thanks,but i meant something like this:
http://kaidomain.com/product/details.S022260

hah,i mean,i found it by my self,but i wanted similar to this,powered by aa or aaa:)

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I'm not sure you'll be able to light much in front of you.

I do quite a bit of night riding and at a very moderate 30km/h (<20mph) I need a good 500+lms from a P60 style light if I want to see where I'm going and be able to stop in time.

You are the light of the world. Like a city on a hill, you cannot be hidden.
People do not light a lamp and then hide it away, instead they put it where it gives lig

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i need it only for blinking!!! i worte-warning light,not normal light…only warning light..to back,to front…:)

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any one has experience with this kind of warning lights?:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=bike+light+red&_osacat=0&_from=R40&...

red laser lights…but-how to choose?:)

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I bought one from FT early summer. Does not appear to increase safety on roads where there is no designated bike lane, which applies to me. Perhaps they are useful for urban areas where there are designated bike lanes however.

Regards, TS

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