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    What Deal Extreme Torches do you like?

    I'd like to get a little discussion going about what people like torch-wise from Deal Extreme. I bought 4 of these http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14027 a few years ago, and my son has managed to lose a couple while camping. These are good, but have very little flood (good helmet spot light) - I'm looking for a light the same size that has more flood. What have you got from DX and like?

    I do have a magicshine for the bars, but would like one more light (or a couple) to play with for the other side of the bars and helmet.

    What DX SKU do you like and recommend?

    TIA

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    I have the Aurora AK-P7-5 http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16091. It almost two years old and hasn't given me any problems. It's 3-4x brighter than your current flashlight but it's also double the cost. For $35 it's an awesome deal.

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    I'm interested in hearing the responses to this question as well so if there are any other suggestions I'd love to hear them.

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    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.18623

    heres mine, got 2 of these torches, modified it to be helmet mounted, i just used the lighthead, soldered a positive and negative wire and seal everything with silicone sealant and a plastic cap and used the clickie switch inline, i used an 11.1v 2500mah lipoly battery stored in my backpack. its very nice to use it on the helmet since it has a lot of throw. and it has a white cold q5 cree xr-e, it appears brighter even if its rated at only 400 lumens.
    http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e.../Image0274.jpg

    im using 2 ms900 on the bars and this torch on the helmet. very nice combination. my buddies say im too bright for the streets.

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    I have a couple of MTE SF-15 lights.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22567
    Had two of them on my bars this past winter for downhill sections and used a Magicshine light for the climbs. These lights will burn about 1 hour on high. Both lights worked fine all winter. Very happy with this light and it's very bright.

    I also have a TR-801 on my helmet.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13095
    This light will burn for about 90 minutes. Had one of these die on me last year. Cheaper to buy a new one than to fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrengee
    I have the Aurora AK-P7-5 http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16091. It almost two years old and hasn't given me any problems. It's 3-4x brighter than your current flashlight but it's also double the cost. For $35 it's an awesome deal.
    I am interested in this light, it comes with a battery charger correct?

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    No charger

    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    I am interested in this light, it comes with a battery charger correct?
    No charger, no battery, purchase separately.
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    Do you remember how much the total came to with shipping?

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    Do you remember how much the total was with shipping?

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    I use the MS on my helmet, and I run one or two of these on my bars.

    However, I'm switching to these.

    The ones from DX use 3 AAA batteries and last about an hour before they start to dim. So sometimes I will change batteries mid-ride which is a pain to do in the dark, on the trail.

    I think the ones from QualityChinaGoods will not only be brighter (Q5 compared to P4's), but will be a lot easier to change the single 18650 battery if need be.

    I'll post my review of these when they get here and I get to use them on a night ride.

    Oh, and I also have one of the Trustfire TR-801's from DX. I unthreaded the head about 2 turns and put a piece of electrical tape around the head to keep it from turning anymore. This takes the spot light and spreads it out a bit to be more floody.

    I use this one as a loaner to people that don't have lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    Do you remember how much the total came to with shipping?
    Dealextreme's prices include international shipping to any location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSR101
    I'd like to get a little discussion going about what people like torch-wise from Deal Extreme. I bought 4 of these http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14027 a few years ago, and my son has managed to lose a couple while camping. These are good, but have very little flood (good helmet spot light) - I'm looking for a light the same size that has more flood. What have you got from DX and like?

    I do have a magicshine for the bars, but would like one more light (or a couple) to play with for the other side of the bars and helmet.

    What DX SKU do you like and recommend?

    TIA
    In keeping with the original request: Since you already have a couple torches that use drop-ins, this is my suggestion. Buy a couple XP-G R-5 drop-ins. This is the one I use and suggest > http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDeta...roductId=10064
    It is listed as 4.2volts max which is what you want if you are running single 18650's. It comes with a reflector that is a little too tight for MTB'in ( IMO ) BUT...if you exchange the reflector and use the one from your Q-5 XR-E drop-in, you will get a more usable beam pattern. The same applies if you wish to use it as a bar light.

    Personally I have a couple nice true MTB light sets but a lot of time I choose the lite-weight / convenience of torches. My favorite bar torch to date is this one > http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12060
    I use it with this torch holder > http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15342
    This P-7 torch is the best one I have. It works flawlessly,has a nice wide spill and lots of throw. Comes on in mid-mode, then low, then high, then the flash modes. There is no memory but this is a mixed blessing. All you have to do is turn it off and it comes back on in mid-mode so no need to cycle through the stupid flash modes. It will run for more than three hours in mid-mode which is a very usable setting. Even the low mode is only slightly dimmer than mid-mode and can be considered usable as well. With my sku12060 on the bars and my XP-G drop-in with XRE reflector on the helmet, I have no problem seeing anything. So far I'm doing my typical 2hr rides and still haven't yet needed to switch out a battery ( even though I always carry a spare just in case ) Anyway, out of the 8 or so torches I own these are the ones I use most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    I am interested in this light, it comes with a battery charger correct?
    Unfortunately it doesn't come with the charger. The charger is only $5 though.

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    I'm curious on how long the MTE P7 or Aurora P7 torch will run on high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkaccountant
    I'm curious on how long the MTE P7 or Aurora P7 torch will run on high?
    60 minutes or less from what I've read on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSR101
    60 minutes or less from what I've read on here.
    Just so everyone understands....Yes, that is right, the torch begins to noticeably dim around 50min but remains near the high output level for near 60min. After that the torch will continue to run maybe another 20-30min at diminished output levels ( depending on how old your batteries are ). Usually I will switch batteries ( takes about 30sec. ) if/when the output drops below the lowest level....UNLESS...I know I will need the higher output then I will/would switch out much sooner. Nevertheless, since I run the mid-level most of time for the bars, I've yet to run a battery out while on a ride. That goes for the helmet torch as well, I only use the high setting when I really need it.

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    P7-D MTE flashlight

    I am very happy so far with this flashlight:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22569
    I use the following bar mount for it:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.31871
    I found this info on mtbr.com , I think it was in the DIY lights forum

    Cat-man-do, do you find that the torch mount (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15342) is secure, not allowing the torch to rattle around on the trail?

    DX also has a more expensive Fenix mount:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13004
    see attached image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goatman
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    Cat-man-do, do you find that the torch mount (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15342) is secure, not allowing the torch to rattle around on the trail?
    Yes, it is very secure. It uses a cam-type buckle for both the bar mount and the torch mount. It takes a little getting used to to find the right adjustment for the torch but once you're dialed in everything is very secure. The bar buckle is almost exactly like the bar mount for the Dinotte 600L....quick release is the best way to go. The base of the mount is designed to swivel a bit, which I don't like but other than that it is a nice mount. I just tape up the swivel so it doesn't move and I'm good. I liked it so much I bought a spare...just in case it breaks or something. I've used it more than a year now without a problem.

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    So why not another MS900 or it's bigger brother the 1400? Seems like the 1400 on the bars and the 900 on the helmet would be a wicked combo. I guess it would be significantly more expensive than a couple of DX lights, if low $$$ is what you're after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    So why not another MS900 or it's bigger brother the 1400? Seems like the 1400 on the bars and the 900 on the helmet would be a wicked combo. I guess it would be significantly more expensive than a couple of DX lights, if low $$$ is what you're after.

    After 2+ years of lights attached to my bike, i have now gone for this combo, the Ms1400 mount is a bit feable for this light over proper off road terrain so had to do my Electron mount upgrade! I have a 5 mode Geoman MS900 on my helmet.

    Never need more light i tend to use the front light with just the two R2's on full for most riding as it gives a nice broad beam.

    I do sometimes pop a R5/SST-50 on bars too, too give a bit more punch into the night with only a little extra weight up there!

    TBH i have probably spent the same amount of money on light as if id ove bought a Betty! But now have a load of spare torches batteries etc and have kitted out 4 people so far with my GF plannig on using my SF-15 on bars and the R5 on her helmet for the upcoming season! (i go out late just to use my lights (and the trails are empty) while its light at night)


    Quote Originally Posted by GOATMAN
    Cat-man-do, do you find that the torch mount (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15342) is secure, not allowing the torch to rattle around on the trail?
    click on the link in my sig if you want to make proper style mount for yoyr torches, will update with my current ones which are even better soon!

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    I just ordered an MTE SF-15 off DX as they are a little smaller/more compact than my current SF-23 with a similar light output.
    Moggy82 can you elaborate on what lights these are that you mentioned:
    "Never need more light i tend to use the front light with just the two R2's on full for most riding as it gives a nice broad beam."
    Pardon my ignorance!

    Thanks for the informative link!

    I run a Magicshine 900lumen on my helmet as well.
    Last edited by goatman; 07-16-2010 at 12:42 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goatman
    I just ordered an MTE SF-15 off DX as they are a little smaller/more compact than my current SF-23 with a similar light output.
    Moggy82 can you elaborate on what lights these are that you mentioned:
    "Never need more light i tend to use the front light with just the two R2's on full for most riding as it gives a nice broad beam."
    Pardon my ignorance!

    Thanks for the informative link!

    I run a Magicshine 900lumen on my helmet as well.
    That is refferring to the MS1400, the two small ligts on the sides!

    You wont regret the SF-15 as long as you get a genuine one, there are copies which are much larger floating about! My one had no memory mode so came straight on at full, then one half click to med mode, the other modes never got used!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy82
    You wont regret the SF-15 as long as you get a genuine one, there are copies which are much larger floating about! My one had no memory mode so came straight on at full, then one half click to med mode, the other modes never got used!
    Excuse my ignorance but is most of the Deal Extreme stuff fake or do they sell from the genuine manufacturers? How can they sell a product labeled as an Aurora or MTE if it wasn't made by that company?

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    Ditto

    Quote Originally Posted by qdave
    I have a couple of MTE SF-15 lights.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22567
    Had two of them on my bars this past winter for downhill sections and used a Magicshine light for the climbs. These lights will burn about 1 hour on high. Both lights worked fine all winter. Very happy with this light and it's very bright.

    I also have a TR-801 on my helmet.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13095
    This light will burn for about 90 minutes. Had one of these die on me last year. Cheaper to buy a new one than to fix it.
    Copy cat. I have the 5 mode MTE. My ride is 35-40 minutes and I recharge batteries after two rides. The MTE on the bars is floody, the TR-801 on the helmet is throwy. This is my first helmet light and I really like having a helmet light.

    I use sku.12000 for helmet mount and sku.15642 for the bars. The bar mount is rock solid but cumbersome to remove the flashlight. I've just ordered sku.8274, which is hidden in Flashlight Accessories!

    I've also ordered the fake PBSF sku.35036 to attach to the back of my helmet.

    I'm happy with these flashlights. They are relatively small while still delivering a good amount of light. The 2 battery flashlights are just too long for my tastes.

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    Not fakes

    Quote Originally Posted by punkaccountant
    Excuse my ignorance but is most of the Deal Extreme stuff fake or do they sell from the genuine manufacturers? How can they sell a product labeled as an Aurora or MTE if it wasn't made by that company?
    These flashlights are made by the listed manufacturers. But the knock off brands are cheap imitations of quality name brand flashlights like Surefire, Fenix, Jetbeam. The quality of these lights is hit or miss. Many people call DX products Junkfire. I like all of my Junkfire lights! If I ruin them in the rain or if I crash, I can afford to replace them. And as Catmandoo has pointed out, if you buy P60 style lights, you can upgrade the pill as new emitters come out.

    I have to admit, though, that the Dinotte and other name brand bike lights look very fashionable. And I've never seen anyone complain about quality; they are all well made lights.

    What you choose is personal preference.

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