Which helmet light to supplement Magic Shine 808e for night riding
Just ordered a Magic Shine 808e with wide angle lens that I plan to run mounted on my bar.
I was looking into a supplemental light, but thought another 808e would be overkill (and expensive).
Ideally I'd like to stay under $50 for the second light, and the Magic Shine 838B, which is 400lumens, and right under $50, which fits the bill. I plan to use the helmet mount without a wide angle lens, and would like to see what you think.
I'm using an older magicshine (not sure of the model, but advertised 900 lumens) and added an Ultrafire torch. I actually have another light+motion light, but I got super tired of having to deal with two battery packs. So, a torch that takes just one li-ion battery not much bigger than a AA has been sweet.
I can't post links yet, but you can search on amazon for the model I'm using:
Ultrafire WF 501b Cree Xml T6 3 Mode Cree Led Flashlight 900 Lumens
But you can also get one with a zoom lens (I've seen them on ebay).
I usually have my magicshine on high and the torch on medium, as high feels like overkill for me. I bought my battery and charger via ebay and have had zero problems. Search for: New XTAR Sanyo 2600mAh 18650 18700 Rechargeable Lithium Battery Cell and XTAR charger
On medium, I've had one fully charged battery last 2 hours, but I'm going to buy another one to have a backup.
I put the torch on my helmet with this mount via amazon (Search for: Bicycle Flashlight Torch Light Bike Holder Mount Strap Sports Universal Led Grip)
Just put it around the light and then attach it to a standard helmet mount (like the one you get with a magicshine). You can also try to wrap it around the helmet itself, but it's steadier (if taller) to attach it to a standard helmet mount.
All of this together cost me about $50. It's been holding up much better in the cold than my magicshine, FWIW (in terms of keeping a charge). I wish I had found this setup before I spent tons of money on other light configurations that were a pain in the @$$.
The MS 808e actually makes a pretty decent helmet light. You could switch it from your bar to your helmet, and run one of the (sub-$50) eBay 3XML T6 clones on your bar, such as the ones discussed here.