Best headlight build for a first timer?- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Where's my funny hat?
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    455

    Best headlight build for a first timer?

    Hi All, I'm new to the whole night riding and lights thing, but am keen to have a crack at a DIY helmet light. I have only a basic knowledge of electronics/wiring, but am mechanically sound and a quick learner. Unfortunately I will be restricted to using hand tools for the build. What would you recommend as a good headlight to begin with? I was thinking of powering it with 1 or 2 Li-ion 3.7V protected 18650 cells as I have a charger for them. Keen to hear your suggestions. Cheers, Steve

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: znomit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    1,980
    http://bikeled.org/ is a good place to start.

    Have a look at the numerous builds here too, something might catch your eye.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    270
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo the Devo
    Hi All, I'm new to the whole night riding and lights thing, but am keen to have a crack at a DIY helmet light. I have only a basic knowledge of electronics/wiring, but am mechanically sound and a quick learner. Unfortunately I will be restricted to using hand tools for the build. What would you recommend as a good headlight to begin with? I was thinking of powering it with 1 or 2 Li-ion 3.7V protected 18650 cells as I have a charger for them. Keen to hear your suggestions. Cheers, Steve
    Here is My 3W Light



    How this all looks like

  4. #4
    One Gear
    Reputation: .40AET's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    1,077
    You might want to rethink your battery choices. A 4 cell will give you more runtime and moving up in voltage will give you more time on the trails as well. The link that Znomit posted is super easy to build and you can use basic hand tools. The cost of the LED's have come down in the last 2 years as well. Build one for your helmet and one for your bars and you'll be in good shape at night.

    Good luck

  5. #5
    Where's my funny hat?
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    455
    Wow, that was quick! Thanks for the heads up. I have a good bar-light on its way so was interested in the helmet mount as a supplement to this, hence the idea of keeping it small and light (including batteries). Still, am obviously open to further suggestions.

  6. #6
    aka RossC
    Reputation: ocean breathes salty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    936
    You can DIY your own 18650 battery holder or Turboferret produces one aswell http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=472025

    I agree with (edit) .40AET that a 4x18650 would be a better option.

    the DIY dinotte thread is another easy design that is very beginner friendly.

  7. #7
    Where's my funny hat?
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    455
    Thanks OBS, I was actually considering the Dinotte style as an option. Do you think it could be "supercharged" with more up-to-date components to give a greater light output? Steve

  8. #8
    aka RossC
    Reputation: ocean breathes salty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    936
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo the Devo
    Thanks OBS, I was actually considering the Dinotte style as an option. Do you think it could be "supercharged" with more up-to-date components to give a greater light output? Steve
    The 'Duster' in my sig is basically a modified dinotte. It has an MCE running at 500mA without problems. I don't know how it would handle 700mA however.

    You could always use a triple xpe R2 as an alternative aswell.

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.