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    so my magicshine quit working out of the blue last night as i pulled out of work which left me only a cheap head lamp to ride home... not fun. The roads around here are awful and i was dodging potholes for 12 miles. I dont have much or any money right now to buy a replacement since i just purchased a new bike (salsa fargo). Any suggestion on a cheap replacement until i get the warranty situation worked out.

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    Probably do alright short term, just remember that the lumen rating is most likely exaggerated.
    The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junior1210 View Post
    Probably do alright short term, just remember that the lumen rating is most likely exaggerated.
    i ordered it. its not too expensive and should last until i can navigate the magicshine warranty. what a headache.

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    Report back, I'm finding myself wanting one. I'd like to know how the head mount strap is.

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    I love the translation on the product description:
    >1.Constant pressure current, from beginning to end all the same high brightness, has no electricity from will put off, and not like a step-down circuit as can slowly going down.<
    Huh?

    Comedy aside, it looks like a worthwile gamble to me too. Hope it does a good job for you.
    Recalculating....

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    I ended up ordering the 1600 lumen head mounted version, had to. It was the description that got me. Actually it is that my bike light is so good that I sometimes wear my helmet to use the light attached, like working on the car. Having a good head mounted light seems like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I love the translation on the product description:
    >1.Constant pressure current, from beginning to end all the same high brightness, has no electricity from will put off, and not like a step-down circuit as can slowly going down.<
    Huh?

    Comedy aside, it looks like a worthwhile gamble to me too. Hope it does a good job for you.
    Part of that means it uses a constant current driver rather than a step down driver. So you have the same max output from fresh battery to the battery cutoff. Hope it has warning flashes as battery voltage drops and good battery cutoff circuits. Mine do.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ... Actually it is that my bike light is so good that I sometimes wear my helmet to use the light attached, like working on the car. Having a good head mounted light seems like a good idea.
    I use mine in the 'attic' and I ordered a headband so I don't have to wear the helmet.

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    What about repairing the MagicShine?

    I would think it would be cheaper then replacing it. Just take the time to diagnose exactly what "went" and replace it.

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    magic shine has been returned but its going to take some time to get another one. I needed a cheap light so that i can continue to ride home from work and not kill myself.

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    How about one of those less expensive usb charged lights ? They look like a great back up or temp light. I see them on Amazon and Nashbar in the $50 - 60 range. Just a thought, prob not the best choice for every day use..

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    now that amazon accepted my return any suggestions on a new light under 150? I like the mj816 because of the floods which come in helpful on large bike paths at night but im open to anything.

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    For $75 the Niterider Lumina (350) is a heck of a light. I have the Pro 600 (previous version) which I run on medium most of the time. Or you could jump right to the Lumina 650 but that is getting out of the "cheap" range but does come with the helmet mount for a really nice backup light if your main light craps out or the battery dies.

    My cheap 1600 lumen headlamp should be on my doorstep.

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    get a Solarforce L2 and find a way to strap it on your bike. I have had mine (two of them) for about a year and I use them every day for everything. Welcome to Solarforce -

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I ended up ordering the 1600 lumen head mounted version, had to. It was the description that got me. Actually it is that my bike light is so good that I sometimes wear my helmet to use the light attached, like working on the car. Having a good head mounted light seems like a good idea.
    I got this light in and for $35 the light output is amazing. Quality isn't the cheapest Chinese junk but the quality is indicative of it's price. This one isn't the bike specific light but I'd guess it is similar.

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    anyone got a recommendation on a light with a nice wide beam. this cheappy i got is nice but it only lights up a small spot. i would give up some brightness if i could get a wider area. thanks.

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    Have you looked here?

    2012 Bike Lights Shootout | Mountain Bike Review

    As far as cheap and bright goes the MagicShines have that. Reliability? Not so much. Some have used amber 'snoots', a tube around the bezel to tame the side spill a bit for the road. Check out the lights forum for beamshots.

    If you are handy, check the DIY forum to make your own. It will cost more than the magicshine but you determine the quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610 View Post
    anyone got a recommendation on a light with a nice wide beam. this cheappy i got is nice but it only lights up a small spot. i would give up some brightness if i could get a wider area. thanks.
    You could just get a lens for your cheapie light.

    Action-LED-Lights &mdash; Wide Angle Lens
    Amazon.com: Wide Angle Lens for MagicShine, Gemini, and many other Bike Lights / Headlight: Sports & Outdoors (same company, but through Amazon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610 View Post
    I have that exact same light, only I bought mine off E-Bay for just about the same price. It is very bright, probably not quite 1200 lumens, but it is shockingly bright. Mine is on all the time, in daytime I have it on low strobe pointed a little more to the ground. In broad daylight, on low strobe I can see it flashing off street signs a block away. It's a ridiculously bright little bugger.

    At night on full brightness you have no worries. I think I have a cell going out in the battery pack, but you can very easily build your own pack or buy replacements.
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    The single problem I have with the light is the battery indicator. When charged the power on/off switch glows green showing full charge. It's supposed to change to amber when the battery is close to dying. It doesn't, the light just shuts off. I am going to buy or build another battery pack as it has left me with no light at night unexpectedly in 1,300 miles riding.
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    This makes a nice present

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    I ordered one, gonna try it as a backup/loaner light.... We will see?

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    REI has the lumina 650 on sale for about $ 100.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    this works perfect on the clone i purchased. thanks for saving me some money

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    I'm sort of on the fence about getting one of these Ebay specials. I see that some have different battery ratings (amps?). I wonder if they will work with my Geoman Magicshine battery pack that works with my Magicshine 900LM headlight.

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    I ordered this cheap item & a wide lens, I don't like the idea of wild riding at night but it's worthwhile as I live in the Swiss alps could be useful for the bunker lol

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    I decided to order this headlight unit from Amazon based on its mention here. I was a bit on the fence at first but I was ordering some stuff from Amazon and thought I might as well throw this one in the cart. It was actually priced at around $26 when I last ordered it. It's now about $28. Not sure what the deal is with the slight price changes on Amazon.

    Amazon.com: 4 Mode 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Bulb LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Lamp Flashlight Light Headlamp: Sports & Outdoors

    The light arrived yesterday, and first thing I noticed was the packaging. I thought they mistakenly sent me a Magicshine light! Upon closer look it wasn't. Darn! The light is a MS knockoff. But it doesn't really look cheap, but cheap looking or not, it's hard to complain about a headlight that is rated at 1200LM and comes with battery charger, rechargable battery pack, and a head mount for $26. The headlight unit looks very sharp. I actually dig the gunmetal finish over the black finish of the MS. The light has 4 modes, with high, med, and low, the fourth being flash mode. Like the MS, you have to keep pressing the button on the back of the light to cycle through the modes. To use flash mode you have to press and hold the button for 3 seconds and do the same for getting out of it.

    I ordered this light knowing that the battery may not be the best. I thought I could use my MS battery. Nope. I am a bit disappointed that I cannot use my MS battery pack for the headlight. That was one of my reasons why I got it. The connection jack is the same size but the plastic molding around it is different. Grrr. I could trim it a bit, but then it would not be water-proof. Oh well, it's only $26.
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    I bought a pair of Solarforce L2p flashlights about a year ago and I use them for everything. they are basically very well made but inexpensive Surefire knockoffs. you can mount one with rubber straps or a Twofish handlebar mount or strap it to your helmet with some creativity.

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    My battery pack pretty much fell apart, the solder on one of the cross connect tabs rattle apart. I would cut the cheap wrap off, buy some good quality shrink wrap tubing (sized to fit of course), and shrink wrap it a few times. The batteries all need to be held TIGHTLY together so they won't move around independent of each other.
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    For those of us in Europe:
    Rosebikes now hava sale on Gen 1 of the Philips battery light 47 €
    Philips LED Bike Light Set at a low price in the online bike shop www.rosebikes.com

    The Philips-light is amazing, check out last years MTBR Review
    Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout | Mountain Bike Review

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    cheap light

    Excellent light I have just got mine thanks for the tip

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    Rosebikes now sells Gen2 of the Philips light for 79,95 €
    Philips front light LED BikeLight SafeRide 80 at a low price in the online bike shop www.rosebikes.com

    But they have not only reduced the price, they also include the Gen1 holder (and the Gen2 holder)
    Apparently a lot of people have been dissapointed with the Gen2 holder.

    I have briefly tried one of the Gen2 lights and it is much more then the holder that have been changed from Gen1:
    -The annoying blue LEDs are gone, instead there is a glowing ring around the button that changes colour as the battery voltage drops (green-yellow-red).
    -The electronics have been changed so that run time on high is much longer, but with fading light intensity after 90-100mins.

    These upgrades, incl the old holder, and the new lower price makes the Gen2-light a much better deal.
    At least according to me

    For those not familiar with the Philips light, please read this:
    Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light ? 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout | Mountain Bike Review


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