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    Lezyne Super Drive XL

    Does anybody have any experience with these Lezyne lights?

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    Yes, I had the same light, and it was ok for street riding, but not enough light for any serious night riding on single-track. I think mine was like 400 lumen, and once again, it was ok for around the house to do a quick night ride, but I would not use it for anything other than a mild night ride on say a fire road. I gave it to my brother who uses it around the neighborhood just for short rides. I bought a lot more light for reason above. Hope that helps...
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    I was thinking of pairing two of them with a Lezyne Mega Drive for night trail riding.

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    I'm using a Magicshine MJ-816 and a Lezyne Super Drive XL as a helmet light.
    The MJ-816 should be 1400 lumen but the main light is about as bright as the Lezyne.
    Both together are more than enough for me for night trail riding.
    There was a test which says that the Lezyne really has 500 lumen and the MJ816 only 600 and a bit.

    Great light for the helmet. No cables. Spare battery and you have more than 3 hours of light at max power.
    Also the race mode is perfect: Turn it on at 500 lm and with one click to 150lm, again one click turns it back to 500lm.

    My next light would be the Mega Drive.
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    I have last year's Super Drive and use it as my helmet light. It would be ok for light trail riding and road riding as it's more of a spot beam. Paired with my Dinotte XML-3, it's all the light I need for serious rides. I also use it for my late afternoon, not sure if I"ll make it home before dark, light. Compact and plenty bright if you are not flying along. I'm assuming the XL has a similar beam just brighter.

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    I was going to pair twin Super Drives with a Mega Drive. I was hoping this would provide me with enough light for night trail riding.

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    I have been using this light for about 2 months, and the brightness is quite amazing. For on road use, the lowest setting is more than enough. Read more at the detailed product review below.

    I can't paste a link yet as I am a new member, but you can copy and paste the URL in your browser to read the review.

    handsonbike.blogspot.sg/2012/10/lezyne-super-drive-xl-in-depth-review.html

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    I have both last years Super Drive and just got this years Super Drive XL. I got the extra battery and helmet mount kit. First ride I took it on i paired the 2 on my bars, with a modded (XML-T6) MJ-808 on my helmet. TONS of light with this setup. In fact I almost thought there was no difference between the XL and last years. Decided to leave the MJ at home for a late afternoon ride the other day. Put the XL on my helmet and last years on my bars. I was very pleasantly surprised with the amount of light this provided. The XL has a very good beam pattern and both lights complimented each other very well.

    My only gripes on the XL is that IMO Lezyne has cut corners with this light. the on/off button is hard to push, and the tailcap threading really sucks bad. They also only give you 2400 mah batteries with the kit. This is bs. i have 3400mah panasonic cells (protected) that provide a lot better duration. why can't they at least give you 3000mah cells with the lights for that price...

    otherwise, its a sweet light

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    Quote Originally Posted by xbrian View Post
    My only gripes on the XL is that IMO Lezyne has cut corners with this light. the on/off button is hard to push, and the tailcap threading really sucks bad. They also only give you 2400 mah batteries with the kit. This is bs. i have 3400mah panasonic cells (protected) that provide a lot better duration. why can't they at least give you 3000mah cells with the lights for that price...
    I have recently bought this light and agree with the battery choice. Realistically, most users will get enough use from the 2400 cell. I have confirmed that the 350lm mode will run for 2.5hrs until it blinks and reduces power on the original battery. This will sustain the casual rider. With my Orbtronic 3400 cells, it will run for 3.5hrs before blinking and reducing power. This would have barely increased the price and would have bumped up their run time specs which were already competitive with the lower power 18650 battery.

    The other bonus is that you can change the battery trailside for more time. But, as stated, be careful with those threads. I found a touch of waterproof grease helps this. Much easier to make sure your not forcing the threads or cross threading when you don't have the metal on metal friction.

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    yeah,agree it,I was hoping this would provide me with enough light for night trail riding. good info to me ,thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by xbrian View Post
    with a modded (XML-T6) MJ-808 on my helmet
    How did you mod you MJ-808?
    I'm using a MJ-816 with a P7 and would like to upgrade to XML-T6.
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    yeah,agree it,I was hoping this would provide me

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    Quote Originally Posted by aandegrens View Post
    How did you mod you MJ-808?
    I'm using a MJ-816 with a P7 and would like to upgrade to XML-T6.
    ordered a cree xml-t6 5000k from cnquality goods. de-soldered the old star and soldered on the xml-t6. there are some youtubes on how to do it out there...quite easy even for a moron like me

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    Thanks xbrian,
    I there a big difference in the performance of the light after the upgrade?
    My bike is never the problem and can always be faster than I can...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aandegrens View Post
    Thanks xbrian,
    I there a big difference in the performance of the light after the upgrade?
    indeed. pretty significant. Probably 200+ lumens minimum. worth the ~8 bucks + shipping

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    This nice.
    I wil try to upgrade my MJ-816.
    Thanks for the info.
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    My two cents is probably a little too late. I own two lezyne super drive xls, I have one mounted to my helmet and another on the handlebar. The setup is great, provides a long run time, tons of light, no wires, replaceable batteries. I am really digging it and love this step-up. I don't really have a problem with the switch or the battery cover threads, although I did apply a tiny bit of grease to help with threading after reading some of the other concerns folks have shared. Below is a pic of my setup, both lamps are set on the enduro mode or 350L setting.

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    I use one of the older Super Drive's (silver in color) not sure of the lumen output (450 lumen?), but it is a great little light, pretty much shines on the trail ahead to where I cant really out ride it. I do believe in having as much lumens as possible while not going to crazy, I've seen up to 3000 lumen on some lights, but I'm totally into the self contained systems, I'm thinking of the Leyzne Mega Drive with 1000 lumen and using the Super Drive for my helmet, any thoughts of this setup?

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    [QUOTE= I'm thinking of the Leyzne Mega Drive with 1000 lumen and using the Super Drive for my helmet, any thoughts of this setup?[/QUOTE]

    That was my original plan but my budget would not allow for it so I ended up with two Lezyne Super Drive XL's which has proven to be quite bright, I like the setup I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboy23 View Post
    I have confirmed that the 350lm mode will run for 2.5hrs until it blinks and reduces power on the original battery. This will sustain the casual rider. With my Orbtronic 3400 cells, it will run for 3.5hrs before blinking and reducing power. This would have barely increased the price and would have bumped up their run time specs which were already competitive with the lower power 18650 battery.
    So just to be clear, you have run the light with the Orbtronic 3400mAh without any ill effects? How long did it run on the blast setting (500 lm)?
    How long have you been doing this?
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    Yes. I am running the Orbtronic 3400mah protected cells. I haven't tested it at max power. I only tested with the 350lm mode. The 3400mah battery lasted ~1hr longer than the original battery at that power.

    I've only used this light about 8-10 times with the Orbtronic battery. This is my helmet light and i've gotten two 2 1/2hr rides out of the 175lm setting. I never really need more than that when coupled with my bar light. Although, i do click it to full power (race mode) once in a while during these rides for not much longer than 5min. The power indicator would show all red after 2 rides. I'm not sure how much more time i would get out of it. I do remember during testing, that at 350lm, the indicator would show red and it lasted another 35-40min before flashing to the lower power.

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    Awesome thread-

    Couple questions still; my Sister -who is a big-time bike commuter, bought a Light&motion's soLite 150 off of Chainlove odat.

    For the same price, she could have picked up Lezyne Super Drive XL Front Light.

    Should she return the L&M ??? (impressive, for size and a usb charge light. BUT always been "frustrated" by L&M customer service)

    I like the Leyzyne easy 18650 batt switch-out, I have a few to lend her. ...(and then above I read about pushing it w a Orbtronic 3400mah protected cell)

    Thanks for the attention; opinions...


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    Depends on what your sister looks for in a commuter light. Lezyne SD-XL will only go down to 175lm. While this is more light than the L&M SL150 can do on high, you won't get more runtime than the L&M will on low.

    I would think, if the light is for traffic to see her, L&M's low is probably acceptable. Specs say that it'll last 40hrs on low. That said, my SD's 175lm will last 5hrs easy. I usually only use the 175lm level. That level is pretty acceptable for most trails i ride. If i need more light, i'll kick my bar light up to 500-600lm. I couldn't imagine riding on the road needing more than the SD's low for viability. This would even allow me to see on the darkest roads. Or, flashing 350lm for over 5hrs if trying to be seen by others. I like being able to carry a replacement battery in case it goes out during a ride.

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    Excellent info Jetboy!

    Her conditions, commuting do differ; almost equally on well-used noncar pathway, then quite a few miles of same path unlit -no users virtually.
    Then she is on very busy car blvd, minimal shoulder. So what a mix!

    I like the idea the SD can kick up for the darkest of darkest sections she has, then possibly for the heavy-car portion as well. Of course ability to carry an extra 18650.

    The L&M limited to all above, but versatile -less unobtrusive? I think the charge time via usb is comparably long, and she would always have to be on top of that task -Which I consider a big strike against. Her almost daily commute time varies but avg 3-5hrs total. Though days are getting longer, have to think the occasional late nights and year-long situation for her.

    Would a DIY snap brim for the SD help those oncoming zombie path users?

    Cheers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    Awesome thread-

    Couple questions still; my Sister -who is a big-time bike commuter, bought a Light&motion's soLite 150 off of Chainlove odat.

    For the same price, she could have picked up Lezyne Super Drive XL Front Light.

    Should she return the L&M ??? (impressive, for size and a usb charge light. BUT always been "frustrated" by L&M customer service)

    I like the Leyzyne easy 18650 batt switch-out, I have a few to lend her. ...(and then above I read about pushing it w a Orbtronic 3400mah protected cell)

    Thanks for the attention; opinions...

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    I've been using a Light & Motion Urban 500 for over a year, and it's been a great light for commuting. I like not having to carry a separate battery pack. My only complaint is the run time is not that great and my commute distance is 30 miles round trip, so I have to run it on the second or third highest setting to make the trip on a single charge. That is why I like the Lezyne lights and would probably buy one if getting a new commuting light -- because you can carry spare batteries to extend your run time. The L&M lights all have proprietary batteries that have to be replaced at the factory when they wear out. With the Lezyne lights, you can buy spare batteries on-line that are more powerful and less expensive than the factory versions.

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