A while back OldAusDigger posted some information regarding using one of the the latest mega torches as bike lights. I too had the torch he was refering to, but could not find a decent mounting option to allow its use as a bike light. http://forums.mtbr.com/lights-night-riding/lupine-wilma-tl-vs-nitecore-tm11-766683.html
It got me wondering if there was an affordable option for high lumen self contained bar lights and I think I have come up with a visually pleasing 'Frankenstein' solution. Direct competitors would be Exposure's Six Pack and Lupine Betty TL.
Step 1: - Find appropriate light source .
Step 2:- Find suitable bar mount/hardware solution and make necessary adjustments (cut threads etc)
Step 3: Will it blend? (yes i know...gratuitous Blendtec(c) reference. If you're not familiar with it, YouTube it )
Intersted yet, ready for photos? - Read on
Weights of 'Frankenstein' solution as follows:
Light head - 577 grams (inclusive of 4 x Jetbeam 18650 batteries @ 2300mah)
Mounting hardware - 32 grams
Total weight (+/-) - 611 grams.
* Light source: 3 x Cree XM-L U2 LED (Cool Tint)
* Battery: 2 or 4 x 18650
* Accessories: Hard case, belt pouch, car charger, removable carry handle and spare o-ring (all included)
Output & Runtime: (per ANSI FL1 standards - manufacturers claim)
* Strobe ( with two automatically changing frequencies)
* Beacon (think light house - fade in/ fade out)
* Low(1 LED, 60lm/55 hrs)
* Medium(2 LEDs, 300lm/12 hrs)
* High(3 LEDs, 1000lm/3 hrs)
* Turbo(3 LEDs, 2000lm/2 hrs )
* Beam Throw - 380m
* Light Intensity - 35,000cd
* Impact resistance - 1 m
* Switch: Magnetic Ring Control switch - 1-3 LED control
* Battery life indicator (4 x amber LED indicator)
* Circuit design: constant current circuit, constant brightness
* Working voltage range: 6-12.6V
* Waterproof to IPX-8
* Weight 396g (excluding batteries)
* Case materials - Stainless steel & aluminium (type III hard anodized)
* Dimesions: 145mm (L) . Main diameter of the tube measures 47.5mm (1.87") but flares out to 51.4mm (2.02") at the base and 61.8mm (2.43") at the widest point of the head.
Built in protection - decreases to 60% output when greater than 80 degrees (celsius). Reverts to original power setting when temperature drops belwo 70 degrees. Over heat protection can be overridden if required.
* Built in power indicators (4 x amber LED indicator)
* Built in protection - Defaults to low power mode when power is < 6.9V and auto shuts off @ 6.0V.
Always picks the next successive LED when you turn light off/on:
Currently have :
* Lupine Betty @ 1830 Lumens
* Troutie 7 Up @ 2300 Lumens (approx)
* Magicshines @ 900 & 1400 Lumens (nominal)
* Cygolite Trion @ 600 Lumen.
So how does it rate? - Great
Easily matches if not surpasses the Lupine Betty & Troutie 7 up. Regretfully no beam shots to MTBR night photo specifications. Going by MK1 eyeball standards there should be no complaints regarding throw and spread of light. Can easily ride challenging terrain at speed @ 1000 lumen setting, and you are vapourisng your own trail @ 2000.
* Great solution for less than $300 (can easily bring this down to approx $250 if you shop around)
* Looks good (subjective)
* Also functions as a dedicated torch/flashlight
* All accessories included
* Easy to carry extra batteries if required
* Weight ? (not an issue for me)
* Size / profile
* Longevity of light
* Durability of bar mount/hardware solution
Ready for the photos??????
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