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    Just found this new cheap light. MJ-808 (magicshine) alternative.

    http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs...olesalers.html

    Can't choose between this and the MJ-808 with the LCD battery, has anyone seen one of these working yet? It uses 3x XPG r5 LED's which should give 900 lumens I reckon (not the 1300 they claim). So do you think its worth the extra or should I just stick with the MJ-808
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    depends. IMO you'll spend $170-180 for that light after shipping plus another $75 for new battery and charger. I mean after all the MS issues, would you trade one china light problem for another? At least Geoman is trying to fix the problem on hand.

    For the $200-250 you can get some well build main brand lights out there and not have to worry about the charger or battery because it will have a real UL tested sticker on them. Sure they may have less lumens per dollar but the optics are engineered to have a good beam and battery will have a solid run time unless its super cold out.

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    I'm not quite as averse to the chinese knockoffs as my friend J there, though I do agree with how he frames it: you save some money going direct to china, and you gain some risk in exchange. I've had pretty good luck with generic P7, generic torches, and yes, even Magic Shine.

    The design on the light you link above looks very intriguing, and I think has the potential to be an ideal helmet light. But, as J suggests, the devil is in the details and I'd be curious to see how the light is distributed with that reflector/optics setup. I hope a few people order and test it for us.

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    nothing wrong with china lights...at a given price point. IMO for Sub $100/light setup your bang for buck is a MS light or torches. Talking near $200/light mark there are more reliable options. Not exactly brighter though. But with good optics, a 300-400lumen light will be more useful then a 700 lumen light.

    For the price of the MS light heads from geoman, it would be wise just to buy that and a battery and charger from battery space. Price would be a bit more then the 808 kits but at least you will have a sound charger and battery.

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    For $30 more, you can get a Jet Lites A-51. I'd much rather buy from a reliable company like Jet than some unknown place selling untested lights. If you want cheap, go with BikeRay, Gemini, or Cyclops (MTBR discount code).
    Long Live Long Rides

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    Just found a beam shot here, but it is from a seller. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Awesome-1200-L...item45f7c3a6ee but it is from a seller

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    Interesting link you posted. I have been searching throuh that website and seem to have found almost all the 'cheap' lights everyone is talking about.

    I recently purchased the Gemini lights and am so far very pleased with the lights. Looking at this site I see this product.... sure looks similar to what I just purchased.


    http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs...olesalers.html

    Just search Led Bike Light and you get a ton of products to look at....heres a few:

    http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs...olesalers.html

    http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs...olesalers.html

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    http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs...olesalers.html

    Guessing that most retailers just buy the lights from these factories direct then rebrand them?
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