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    New cheap-o Chinese LED bike lights 2014 - please post info/link/review link here :)

    I started this thread to post some info about new Chinese lights. Feel free to post new lights here with link and a link to a review (here on MTBR or everywhere else) Let's keep it clean so we can get a good overview and info at one place ;-)
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    I am adding my 2 cents:

    From FT site: XM-L2 T6 seems neutral white, output current 2.5A, battery pack 8.4V, Modes: Hi > Mid > Lo > SOS.

    Depth 59.2 mm
    Height 88 mm
    Width 59 mm
    Product Weight 271 g

    Mates, finally with a proper bar mount

    $49.63 UniqueFire HD-015 4*Cree XM-L2 T6 3-Mode 2000LM Cool White LED Bike Light - black / US plug at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    Also available at lightmalls for about $40.
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    ... and another one - a 7-UP that I have on the way to review

    From FT site: XM-L2 T6 seems neutral white, output current 2.8A, battery pack 8.4V, Modes: Hi > Mid > Lo > SOS.

    Depth 60 mm
    Height 94 mm
    Width 60 mm
    Product Weight 362 g

    $73.83 TrustFire TR-D014 7*Cree XM-L2 T6 4-Mode 3200LM Cool White Bike Light - US plug charger at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    Also available at Lightscastle and Lightscastle Amazon shop but for about $80-90

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    Review is here: TrustFire TR-D014 7xCree XM-L2 T6 4-Mode 3000LM Bicycle Light (LC)
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    From FT site: XM-L2 T6, output current 2A, battery pack 8.4V, Modes: Hi > Mid > Lo > Strobe.

    Depth 43.3 mm
    Height 38.8 mm
    Width 68.5 mm
    Product Weight 176 g

    Seems to have a nice remote control.

    $60.35 TrustFire TR-D012 3*Cree XM-L2 T6 4-Mode 1200LM Cool White LED Bike Light - black at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

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    i'm very impressed with this unit from DX.com especially when coupled with a std T6 xm-l cree light on the bars,
    Pretty good Cheap flood U2 Xml style unit

    Really good useable flood light,
    I am the biketart!

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    Re: New cheapo Chinese LED bike lights 2014

    As for Chinese company I will not be using DX.com again slow delivery, slow response and no refund yet have been asked to wait two more weeks!

    Getting the run around.
    Was hoping to see how good these new 2013/4 lights are.
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    I really like the idea of having this thread. I've seen a few different interesting lights pop up (like that Trustfire TR-D012 above) and didn't want to be posting up new threads for every new light.

    -Garry

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    Thanks Garry! Everyone is welcome to post info here. I was little frustrated seeing new thread without a review for every light that newly appears

    Another stuff - the 7-up ugly one and little pricey too

    From FT site: XM-L2 T6, battery pack 8.4V, Modes: Hi > Lo > Strobe.

    Depth 47 mm
    Height 61 mm
    Width 172 mm
    Product Weight 420 g

    $98.08 TrustFire TR-D013 7*Cree XM-L2 T6 3-Mode 3200LM Cool White LED Bike Light - US plug charger at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

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    And a single led one:

    From FT site: XM-L T6, output current 2.8A, battery pack 8.4V, Modes: Hi > Lo > Strobe.

    Cable Length 70 cm
    Depth 40 mm
    Height 52 mm
    Width 51 mm
    Product Weight 114 g

    $11.97 UltraFire MT-40 1*Cree XM-L T6 3-Mode 900LM Cool White LED Bike Light - gold at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlakeOrange View Post
    This is one good choice.

    3000 Lumens 10W High Power CREE 3 Head XML T6 LED Bicycle Bike White Light Head Lamp 2 in 1 Aluminum alloy Waterproofing.

    US $21.97. Can't get the picture. But you can buy it directly from aliexpress.

    3000 Lumens 10W High Power CREE 3 Head XML T6 LED Bicycle Bike White Light Head Lamp 2 in 1 Aluminum alloy Waterproofing-in Bicycle Light from Sports & Entertainment on Aliexpress.com

    I recently received a similar light (from ebay). It's just the single large middle light with the same parallel cell battery holder. It needs attention before I run it long. No thermal paste under the emitter, pill is solid but hardly makes contact to the body. I did not test current output. There is a light behind the button that always has power (IIRC it blinks every couple seconds) so you have to remove batteries when not in use. I mainly bought it as a host due to the 4.2v parallel cell arrangement.

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    the cree branded ones are the best choice for the bang for the buck category. i've been using a cree/assasin 101-T6 1200 lumen (800 lumen effective) flashlight with a bike mount. night trail riding have never been this enjoyable.

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    Seems like you represent Fasttech. Please stick to real reviews and not advertisements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    And a single led one:

    From FT site: XM-L T6, output current 2.8A, battery pack 8.4V, Modes: Hi > Lo > Strobe.

    Cable Length 70 cm
    Depth 40 mm
    Height 52 mm
    Width 51 mm
    Product Weight 114 g

    $11.97 UltraFire MT-40 1*Cree XM-L T6 3-Mode 900LM Cool White LED Bike Light - gold at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

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    Quite like the look of that. Any idea what the low power is?

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    Maybe it seems but I don't like to advertise FT or anyone else here. The TF D014 light is also available at Lightscastle (which is the one I get to review, it is available also on their Amazon shop). This thread is here for two main reasons:

    1. to keep clean single light discussion dedicated threads from crap posted there.

    2. to give clean info where can we find new lights and what is it like if the review exists.

    I spent a lot of my time searching through FT, LM, LC, BG, DX, CNQG, KD sites to look what is new. To that date I was doing it only FT and LC site had some new lights so it looks like FT advert. Those new lights won't have a review very soon. But if you find a review of any light mentioned here anywhere feel free to link it.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhocewar View Post
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    Seems like you represent Fasttech. Please stick to real reviews and not advertisements.
    I am afraid we don't know much about these lights. They appeared just recently. When I find some reviews around I update my posts. If anyone can find a review just reply with quote to keep these up to date. Anyway I like that MT-40 too

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    Quite like the look of that. Any idea what the low power is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    I am afraid we don't know much about these lights. They appeared just recently. When I find some reviews around I update my posts. If anyone can find a review just reply with quote to keep these up to date. Anyway I like that MT-40 too
    Ordered.

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    Looking forward to see a small review and a couple of beamshots

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    Anyone own one of these? SecurityIng® 2 x CREE XM-L T6 LED 3-Mode 1800LM Headlamp, CREE LED Lamp Headlight with Adjustable Base (No Battery) - Led Lights - Amazon.com

    I recently purchased another, single-led headlamp and easily converted it for helmet use (elastic slips out, velcro goes in), so I'm tempted to try this one with dual Cree setup.

    I've noted the runtimes for 2-cell lamps like the Gemini Duo and it seems that with 2 LEDs, you get a decent runtime and lumens if you run them off of max, as opposed to turbo/high mode on a single LED.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Yes I think Kir reviewed this somewhere around the lights & night riding forum. It is a Klarus BT-20 clone as I can remember.

    Something from DX that has been mentioned in the SS X2 thread:

    Power Supply: 1 x 12-18650 battery pack (13200mAh, 8.4V, 2 PCS in series and 6 PCS in parallel, included) - a good brick to carry
    Current: 2.5 x 9A
    Actual Lumens: 6000lumens (I really doubt ...)
    Runtime: 4~5Hour
    Number of Modes 5 - Hi , Mid , Low , Fast Strobe , SOS

    With the classic ridiculous cheap plastic mount I saw some 15 XM-L torches around China so I am patiently waiting for a 15 led light

    SingFire SF-823 9 x Cree XM-L T6 6000lm 5-Mode White Memory Bike Light - Black + Red (12 x 18650) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

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    The 3 -clone that I am long being temped with. Seems to be the one among the smaller lights around and with XM-L2:

    Current: 3 x 2500A ... hmmm no way
    Theoretical Luminous: 3 x 800lumens
    Actual Luminous: 3 x 400lumens
    Runtime: 2.5Hour
    Mode Arrangement: Hi,Mid,Low,Fast Strobe,SOS
    Tailcap power switch, head side mode switch; Long press the mode switch to enter into fast strobe mode.

    Anyway I like this light, UI is almost like MJ-880 clone.

    WindFire 3 x CREE XM-L T6 1200lm 5-Mode White Bicycle Light - Red (4 x 18650) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

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    And the single XM-L2 with claimed 700 lumens and 2-3 hrs run-time

    MarsFire M06 CREE XM-L2 T6 3-Mode 700LM White Bike Light / Headlamp - Deep Pink (4 x 18650) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

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    3800 lumens for $27

    This is the best $27 I have spent. I have one on handlebar, and one on helmet. I just ordered a flood lens for the bar light, and will try it this week. I've pushed battery to 90 minutes on high (3 settings) and the back indicator was still green. Really my only issue is I hate the rubber band mounts - they wobble too much on technical terrain. I've tried gorilla tape around the base to hold it, but then it's hard to adjust. Now I have a rubber handlebar shim around the base, so the rubber band doesn't move.

    Also I don't use the head straps. I cut them off, and mounted the mounting plate directly to my dedicated night helmet (Urge Enduromatic) with gorilla tape. Sorta ghetto but works perfectly. Approx 25 night rides in the last year, all on really technical backcountry terrain.

    Amazon.com : 3x CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 4 Modes 3800 Lumens + battery + charger : Bike Headlights : Sports & Outdoors

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    A few of the guys ovr here use the Hope QR mounts for hope lights to mount them, needs a little modding but not hard by all accounts,
    Hjave to say, i've never had much issue woith the rubber bands moving, But! I do tend to stretch the smaller one out for oversized bars! ;-)
    I am the biketart!

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    I bought the TF missile H-1 the day it came out on FT.
    Should have it before fall.
    I do like the size of it.
    Action LED has Gloworm http://http://www.action-led-lights....men-bike-light light for $100 with a panasonic battery pack.
    Probably the best deal i have seen.
    Remote switch, waterproof, all metal!

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    If anyone gets UltraFire MT-40 and is willing to take it apart.. I'm interested to see if it's OK for some modding.

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    It is on my list of lights I would like to review Maybe znomit takes me over and will be faster ...

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    Hmm . . . never noticed that one before. I like the idea, but wonder how it actually works out in reality. Only one way to find out . . . so go ahead and order it TiGeo and write us up a review!

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    I am considering it...

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    I'd have a go at it if they sold the light head only (hint hint Lightmalls!).

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    ^^^Agree...need a head-only option on most of these.
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    Indeed....looks interesting. I'm curious to know how the adjustable focus works. I also like that it's using the same Duo-clone body but with alterations. Notice that it even includes a small hood over the front of the led's. The Chinese are getting more inventive.

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    Cat, I don't think the focus is adjustable, I think they are referring t the fact that you can operate each side (narrow/far) independently. Thoughts on going through Lightmalls vs. the same one on eBay?
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    They are just about the same, appeared just recently those Uniquefire HD-016.

    I found one single XM-L adjustable from DX:

    COFLY Zooming Bike Light

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Cat, I don't think the focus is adjustable, I think they are referring t the fact that you can operate each side (narrow/far) independently. Thoughts on going through Lightmalls vs. the same one on eBay?
    Okay, I think I understand what they're doing. One side is using a shallower reflector ( for close in flood ), the other is more narrow for throw. Low beam is likely only the shallow side led on, high only the narrow side led and Duel is both. Last is the strobe. I would of rather preferred a normal three mode ( plus "press and hold strobe ) so all of the LED's would be lit at the same time regardless of mode. Nope, I'd rather buy a regular Duo-clone and just change one of the optics for a wider beam ( If I thought I needed that ).

    As to the Lightmalls vs. eBay...ehhhh...no matter what you chose it's still rolling the dice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Nope, I'd rather buy a regular Duo-clone and just change one of the optics for a wider beam ( If I thought I needed that ).
    Exactly, I wrote something similar in the dedicated thread. This HD016 looses a bit of universality using different reflectors

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    I got these MT-05 and MT-05s lights recently for the kids. They use one on the helmet and one on the handlebar. Broad beam version has lens with diffuser. Narrow beam uses a reflector. Cheap from Fastech and so far I've been really impressed with them. Use the XML-L2 U2 emitter (die is silver colour not green). More info and pics here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    I got these MT-05 and MT-05s lights recently for the kids. They use one on the helmet and one on the handlebar. Broad beam version has lens with diffuser. Narrow beam uses a reflector. Cheap from Fastech and so far I've been really impressed with them. Use the XML-L2 U2 emitter (die is silver colour not green). More info and pics here.
    Thanks TigWorld! I've wondered about that MT-05S light! So tell us more. Is it all flood with very little throw? 1A @ 8.4v, does this mean the output at the LED is close to 2A? 2A sounds decent, esp. for a stock light. How's the build quality? Heatsinking?

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    The light output for both types is good. The spread beam version is perfect on the handlebars and puts out a nice wide beam and is brighter, bigger and more consistent than my Magicshine clone with broad beam diffuser lens. It does not have a lot of throw, but combined with the non-S version on the helmet it is almost the perfect lightweight, long run-time setup for offroad singletrack. Heat dissapation seems good, although its winter here so every light runs pretty cool. The ring light is an interesting addition. It's a very diffuse, not too bright light that is good for trailside mechanical repairs or seeing around camp at night.

    Yep. 1A @ 8.4V so taking into account the driver losses, maybe 1.6-1.8A at the emitter.

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    Thanks for the info, these ones are also on my "to review" list

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    HD016 appeared at FT site too, spec 1800lm and tint temp: 6500-7500K.

    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    Exactly, I wrote something similar in the dedicated thread. This HD016 looses a bit of universality using different reflectors

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    I bought these for my kids and full power for over 3 hours. Only have one ride with them so don't know how durable they are.

    5000 Lumens 2X CREE XM L U2 LED Cycling Bike Bicycle Light Headlamp Headlight | eBay

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    Yes, that is probably the most popular and cloned budget light in past 2-3 years which dedicated thread holds about 20-30 pages

    Edited: Epic SS X2 thread holds 37 pages
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl_91762 View Post
    I bought these for my kids and full power for over 3 hours. Only have one ride with them so don't know how durable they are.

    5000 Lumens 2X CREE XM L U2 LED Cycling Bike Bicycle Light Headlamp Headlight | eBay
    These are bright lights. You didn't mention how old your kids were but if they are under 12yrs of age they need to know that these lamps can blind people if used improperly.

    ...makes me remember my first bike lights, which back in those days were the cheap 2watt D-cell, silver tear drop shaped lamps that bolted to the handlebars. They didn't provide much light but as a kid I didn't care as long as I could avoid hitting a pot hole. Ah, those were the days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl_91762 View Post
    I bought these for my kids and full power for over 3 hours. Only have one ride with them so don't know how durable they are.

    5000 Lumens 2X CREE XM L U2 LED Cycling Bike Bicycle Light Headlamp Headlight | eBay
    Went for a quick ride last night and these ebay lights are brighter then my Magicshine LM1400 that I bought years ago for over $150. Hell Im gonna get me one to mount on my helmet! Cant beat them for the price IMO

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    Found something new again @ KD:

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    Looks like optics vs. reflectors. Cool looking...kind of Jetson's like!
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    So, anyone got their MT-40?

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    Good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    I got these MT-05 and MT-05s lights recently for the kids. They use one on the helmet and one on the handlebar. Broad beam version has lens with diffuser. Narrow beam uses a reflector. Cheap from Fastech and so far I've been really impressed with them. Use the XML-L2 U2 emitter (die is silver colour not green). More info and pics here.

    NOTE: I just received one of the MT-05s (supposedly with the wide angle lens as shown above) and while it is gold in color it does NOT have the wide angle lens! I'm contacting FastTech support on it. Ugh! This was the major reason I chose it! I did receive my order in 8 days though!

    -Garry

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Quite like the look of that. Any idea what the low power is?
    Had the MT40 for about six weeks. Fasttech sent another out when the original didn't arrive.
    Its quite spotty, probably good for the helmet or on the highway. It wasn't much help as a bar light on the local hilly descents.
    I have stippled the reflector which might help a little.

    Current draw at 7V is 800/200mA. No noticeable flicker on low so its better than my cheap MS clone.

    Knurling isn't the best quality, inside the LED is nicely stuck down but no thermal compound between the pill and the case.

    All in all pretty happy for the price.

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    Small update to the Windfire trishot XM-L2 - the review: WindFire 3 x CREE XM-L T6 1200lm 5-Mode

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    A better idea rather than using a cheapo chinese bicycle lights is... to use a good cheap 12v x 4 XM-L U2 light for ATV / UTV rated at 2500-2600 of true lumens. You can buy only a head and equip it with a good 12-14v battery. The pros are that such light stays not overheated even when not moving (due to its size) and it provides a wider beam and is brighter even than Gloworm XS. The cons is that you will get only one-mode light (but you could change the driver and add a remote control).
    30W 12V 3000LM CREE T6 LED Driving Fog Light Lamp Rally Ranger 4x4 Dirt ATV | eBay



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