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    New clone 3 x XML T-6 49.88 shipped

    Ok, here is the link. I took the plunge for this price. I have a newer barley used GEO 6.0 battery that I will use w/ this and just keep the one w/ the unit as a back up.

    3X CREE XM-L T6 LED 3800Lm LED Headlight Headlamp Bicycle Bike Light | eBay

    I'll post on this thread when I get it and give some details, what I think actual lumens are, etc. Sorry, don't have a way to actually test it but I do have a Dinotte XML-3 so I can measure off that.

    Hope it actually works and hope I actually get it. Says delivery Sept 29th - Oct 5th which means Oct 5th.

    Oh yeah, only has a 1 month warranty. I'll just have to make sure I use it on low when climbing.

    More to follow.

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    Yep, hard not to lay money down when the prices are that low.
    The 4400mAh battery is too small to power a 3 x XM-L set up UNLESS the lamp is very under-driven. Even your Geoman 6.0 battery would have a hard time powering a lamp like this if the emitters are fully driven. The only reason I say that is because someone said their GM 6.0 battery had a hard time driving the Gemini Olympia. The Gemini Olympia though is a very bright lamp and likely pulling a good amount of power.

    Let us know how it works out. Heck, even if it only looks like 1500 lumen you still got your monies worth. Let us know how it compares to the DiNotte XML 3.

    There's going to be a lot of bike light vendors reaching for the Xanax when they start seeing these roll out.

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    I can't build something that cheap and it won't look anywhere near as nice.

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    Hey Cat

    I'm not the most knowledgeable about the currents, etc but the listing says it's running at 1A. I'll assume that is somewhat under driven and probably putting out a realistic 1000 lumens, about 300-350 per LED.

    If that's the case, it might actually work fairly well and not overheat. And yeah, my first thought was the battery would not drive it.

    We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    Hey Cat

    I'm not the most knowledgeable about the currents, etc but the listing says it's running at 1A. I'll assume that is somewhat under driven and probably putting out a realistic 1000 lumens, about 300-350 per LED.

    If that's the case, it might actually work fairly well and not overheat. And yeah, my first thought was the battery would not drive it.

    We'll see.

    MB
    Actually the 1-amp listing is for the charger. What the light head is doing is anyone's guess. You should be able to tell a lot just from the run time. The longer the run time on high the less the current draw is ( generally speaking ). For fully driven emitters with the battery that is being sold with the lamp I would think run time to be about 1 hr and 15 minutes on high. If the run time ends up being longer than the output is less than optimal. Personally I feel if it gets 1.5hr on high ( with supplied battery ) I would be thrilled. That would indicate the lamp is drawing a decent amount of juice and the resultant lumen output should be very bright.

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    Six and half hours to charge the battery... oh that's going to be fun. Thank god I own several magicshine chargers at 1.8A output. Anyway the XM-Ls are capable of using 10W each and the battery is 32.5W (3.7 nominal voltage @ 2.2A per cell times four cells) so yeah, full power you're looking at an hour at high and then you wanna change the battery pack.
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    The producer advertises this light with 20 watt. Its a triple T6, its small, probably lightweight too and its rock bottom CHEAP, 40 $.

    A spare 6cell battery will be 17$, making it 3 sets with 4cell and 6cell battery each, incl. shipping for around 200$.
    goldrunhui.en.alibaba.com/product/634983612-213894431/GoldRunhui_RH_B0041_20W_3_XML_3T6_LED_2000LM_18650 _Aluminum_Bicycle_Light.h
    The XML U2 has been measured in an “Ulbricht sphere” at 60-degree temperature (between 25 and 80degree is an increasing drop of efficiency, reaching 15% at 3A) and at 6,65 Watt at around 700lm and 105lm/w.
    That’s a total current draw of 2,2AH at 3x 6,65w= 20w.

    Subtract:
    5-8% for the T6/U2 efficiency difference,
    20% -30% efficiency of circuits and optics.
    So 700lm -30/40% = 500lm - 400lumen x3= 1200 – 1500lm OFT,
    a bit meagre, but very good lumen/watt ratio at 2,2Ah.
    Therefore, it’s a bit better than a 4up XPG, but cheaper and more efficient.
    Some sites advertise it correctly with 1200lm.
    cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1740
    Lumen/watt is around 100lm/w at lower current,
    Lumen/$ is around 30 per greenback.

    The question is how the beam looks like.
    The SMO reflector suggest throw, but 44,5 mm diameter is rather small,
    but depth of 56mm could be sufficient. Weight is around 100-150gramm,
    I guessed.

    I really look forward to some beam shots soon here.

    The Fluxient 3x U2 is certainly better,
    But if the throw of the RH B004 is good and the weight light,
    2 of them with a spare battery will cost the same as 1 Fluxient.

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    first photo 1xXML (with modded reflector, more flow),
    second, the cheap 3xXML
    third, the Niteye B20 (2xXML U2)
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    I decided to try this thing out too. A variant however with a 6400mah battery pack... 3800 Lum 3x Cree XM-L XML T6 LED HeadLamp Headlight Bicycle Lamp Bike Car Light | eBay

    Hopefully it works when it shows up

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    Bad A. 10 bucks more but you get a better battery if you can actually believe them.

    Rein, I'm actually hoping the actual lumens is around 1200 which will tell me that it's not over driven and will actually work. The Dinotte XML-3 that I have is 1034 tested lumens and is more than enough light for the bars and only gets warm-almost hot if you leave it on high for a while w/o air flow. As soon as you move, the unit never runs more than just warm on the high setting.

    Clone should be here in a week or so and I'll post picts, etc.

    Just can't beat the price unless it's fails quick as it only has a 1 MONTH warranty. Time will tell all.

    MB

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    Bad A. 10 bucks more but you get a better battery if you can actually believe them.
    Yup, I know. It's gotta be true... it's just gotta! It's printed in plain black & white, and it's on the internet! It's official

    We'll see when it shows. If the battery is the 4400mah, then so be it.

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    Keep us updated... Im looking at this clone, and the other standard clone people seem to say is decent....

    Buy CREE XML XM-L T6 LED Bike Bicycle Light HeadLight HeadLamp 1200LM 9W for Wholesale - Free Shipping

    I splurged at Action LED for a more quality light on the helmet, and want to have something a little less $ on the bars..... Trying to wrap my head around the conversations going on in the forum makes my head spin, but reviews and abbreviated threads like this are most helpful figuring out run times, functionality, and what wont crap out on the first few rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yiannakas View Post
    first photo 1xXML (with modded reflector, more flow),
    second, the cheap 3xXML
    third, the Niteye B20 (2xXML U2)
    Nice comparison shots. The 3xml and the 2xml look about the same. I realize the Niteye B20 is better quality and has more features, but at over 3 times the cost. The extra features aren't things that I particularly need, so I'd happily go with the 3xml (better yet, 2of them).

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    The clone arrived today.

    I'm not sure how to upload pictures to the site but when I figure it out, I'll upload.

    The light head looks pretty well built. Aluminum probably. The connectors do work w/ MS and GOE batteries. The connectors are a bit different but they work. The battery supplied is the typical cheap battery most likely and the connectors supplied are lame, they don't even stay connected. However, the GEO connector is much better and secures really well. I'll be using the GEO battery. You'll have to tape the battery supplied connectors together or they will just come apart.

    Typical O ring mounting.

    Now for the light. It's pretty bright. It's a touch brighter than the Dinotte XML-3 so which I am happy about as that tells me it's somewhat under driven. I would guess this to be 1200 real lumens. I have to reserve judgement on heat dissipation as I have not tested that and it was over 100 here today and still mid 80's. SF Bay Area Indian Summer!! The unit got warm/hot after only 10 seconds. Again, I hesitate to say anything regarding this until it cools down some. The beam is somewhat spot but has good peripheral light. Not as good as the Dinotte but they are not apples to apples.

    Overall, I'm impressed w/ the amount of light. I'm not impressed w/ the lame connectors. Time will tell if it's durable.

    1 MONTH warranty!

    Overall, way worth a $50 investment. However, you have to be willing to eat it if it blows after a month.

    I would never ride w/ it as an only light alone.

    Will report back w/ picts and beam shots when I figure it all out.

    MB

    Edit: Forgot, the light head is 4.65 oz. In comparison, the XML-3 Dinotte is 3.55 oz. Overall size is larger than the Dinotte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    The clone arrived today.

    I'm not sure how to upload pictures to the site but when I figure it out, I'll upload.

    The light head looks pretty well built. Aluminum probably. The connectors do work w/ MS and GOE batteries. The connectors are a bit different but they work. The battery supplied is the typical cheap battery most likely and the connectors supplied are lame, they don't even stay connected. However, the GEO connector is much better and secures really well. I'll be using the GEO battery. You'll have to tape the battery supplied connectors together or they will just come apart.

    Typical O ring mounting.

    Now for the light. It's pretty bright. It's a touch brighter than the Dinotte XML-3 so which I am happy about as that tells me it's somewhat under driven. I would guess this to be 1200 real lumens. I have to reserve judgement on heat dissipation as I have not tested that and it was over 100 here today and still mid 80's. SF Bay Area Indian Summer!! The unit got warm/hot after only 10 seconds. Again, I hesitate to say anything regarding this until it cools down some. The beam is somewhat spot but has good peripheral light. Not as good as the Dinotte but they are not apples to apples.

    Overall, I'm impressed w/ the amount of light. I'm not impressed w/ the lame connectors. Time will tell if it's durable.

    1 MONTH warranty!

    Overall, way worth a $50 investment. However, you have to be willing to eat it if it blows after a month.

    I would never ride w/ it as an only light alone.

    Will report back w/ picts and beam shots when I figure it all out.

    MB

    Edit: Forgot, the light head is 4.65 oz. In comparison, the XML-3 Dinotte is 3.55 oz. Overall size is larger than the Dinotte.
    MB, now you received the light, I'm curious as to what is those pokie dots around the light switch? TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    The clone arrived today.

    I'm not sure how to upload pictures to the site but when I figure it out, I'll upload.

    The light head looks pretty well built. Aluminum probably. The connectors do work w/ MS and GOE batteries. The connectors are a bit different but they work. The battery supplied is the typical cheap battery most likely and the connectors supplied are lame, they don't even stay connected. However, the GEO connector is much better and secures really well. I'll be using the GEO battery. You'll have to tape the battery supplied connectors together or they will just come apart.

    Typical O ring mounting.

    Now for the light. It's pretty bright. It's a touch brighter than the Dinotte XML-3 so which I am happy about as that tells me it's somewhat under driven. I would guess this to be 1200 real lumens. I have to reserve judgement on heat dissipation as I have not tested that and it was over 100 here today and still mid 80's. SF Bay Area Indian Summer!! The unit got warm/hot after only 10 seconds. Again, I hesitate to say anything regarding this until it cools down some. The beam is somewhat spot but has good peripheral light. Not as good as the Dinotte but they are not apples to apples.

    Overall, I'm impressed w/ the amount of light. I'm not impressed w/ the lame connectors. Time will tell if it's durable.

    1 MONTH warranty!

    Overall, way worth a $50 investment. However, you have to be willing to eat it if it blows after a month.

    I would never ride w/ it as an only light alone.

    Will report back w/ picts and beam shots when I figure it all out.

    MB

    Edit: Forgot, the light head is 4.65 oz. In comparison, the XML-3 Dinotte is 3.55 oz. Overall size is larger than the Dinotte.
    MB, I need some clarification. First you said the lamp was brighter than your DiNotte XML3. Then you said the DiNotte was better. Was that just because the DiNotte is a better build / over-all system or is there something else about the beam pattern of the DiNotte that made it better as well?

    The fact that there is some problems with the connectors goes a long way to explain why they are selling them at the low price. For the record I pulled the trigger on one of these myself because I figured it was worth the money even if the battery was crap. Mine should come in two weeks.

    I'm crossing my fingers in hope that this lamp might be a real thrower and not be too heavy on the helmet. I figure if I end up not liking it I might be able to find someone at work who might want to buy it.

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    Hey Cat

    Yeah, too heavy for the helmet for me. I think most would think it's too heavy as well. Haven't used it on the trail yet. Will Wed eve so I'll get back to you. It does throw pretty well, better than the Dinotte XML-3 but the overall beam pattern is better on the XML-3 as it lights up everything in front of you for about 70 feet pretty much w/ a very even amount of light. The clone has the typical hot spot and darker around the edges. It's a steal though for 50 bucks. Of course the Dinotte is better quality. I'll be interested to see what you think as you own more lights than I do and can make a better assessment.

    Colleen, those dumb looking things seem to be rivets. They must hold something. I thought they would be screws so I could take it apart "when" it fails. Or should I say "if" it fails. If you want, you can borrow and put on your sphere to test lumens.

    MB

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    Hey Cat

    Yeah, too heavy for the helmet for me. I think most would think it's too heavy as well. Haven't used it on the trail yet. Will Wed eve so I'll get back to you. It does throw pretty well, better than the Dinotte XML-3 but the overall beam pattern is better on the XML-3 as it lights up everything in front of you for about 70 feet pretty much w/ a very even amount of light. The clone has the typical hot spot and darker around the edges. It's a steal though for 50 bucks. Of course the Dinotte is better quality. I'll be interested to see what you think as you own more lights than I do and can make a better assessment.

    Colleen, those dumb looking things seem to be rivets. They must hold something. I thought they would be screws so I could take it apart "when" it fails. Or should I say "if" it fails. If you want, you can borrow and put on your sphere to test lumens.

    MB
    If it ends up not being able to beat out the Xeccon S-12 for throw I will likely try to mod it be more useful as a bar light. Perhaps a separate diffusion lens over one of the LED's might give it a bit more close in spill.

    From what you've said I think it's about 17gms heavier than the S-12. That would make it noticeable, certainly more weight than most would like. However I use the S-12 sometimes with a two cell on the helmet. So far I've not had major complications with that set-up. I figure as long as this clone lamp doesn't cause helmet sag it might just work. We'll see.

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    I saw this today. Cree XM-L T6 LED Bike Light
    It's local so I think I will check it out at somepoint. The lumens doesn't quite add up, but looks interesting.

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    If those are indeed rivots in the back housing, I wonder how they will hold up in term of keeping water out of the housing? Interesting way of holding the unit together unless they are more for cosmetic reasoning.

    I would be interested in a beam comparison of this light with those in the same catagory. Lights in the 1200 lumens range such as Gloworm, clone 872 or even the quad XP-G. A quick test in sphere will determine a relative OTF lumens and a outdoor beamshot will be nice.

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    Ok, rode w/ this on the trail Wed eve. Fire roads and single track.

    When I first tested this in my yard, I thought it might be a little brighter than a Dinotte XML-3. On the trail, it has a hot spot but the peripheral lighting around the hot spot is not as bright as the XML-3 and has those rings around the hot spot.

    Cat, the throw is average. The throw on my clone T-6 is better.

    I forgot to mention this starts on low setting, then medium and high. The difference between medium and high is minimal.

    On the trail I noticed something odd when I turned it on and scrolled through the settings. The beam pattern seemed to change. I then turned it on and looked to see if all the LED's were on and I guessed right after I saw that. Low is 1 LED on, medium is 2 LED's on and high is 3. The difference between medium and high is minimal.

    I works good though for a 50 dollar light. Especially if you have a GEO battery hanging around.

    It never got hot. I even turned it on high up a 20 minute climb and it only got warm. The 6.0 GEO battery lasted approx 3 hours before it turned red. All good signs that this is not over driven.

    Ok, since I'm lame at picts, etc how about I ask Cat to finish the review when his arrives and does beam shots, etc.

    For 50 bucks, I'd buy one but not as an only light.

    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
    If those are indeed rivots in the back housing, I wonder how they will hold up in term of keeping water out of the housing? Interesting way of holding the unit together unless they are more for cosmetic reasoning.
    Liquid electrical tape like Plastic Dip might be a good idea. It's easy to take off. My only concern would be that it might provide some thermal insulation and cause the light to overheat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    ...On the trail I noticed something odd when I turned it on and scrolled through the settings. The beam pattern seemed to change. I then turned it on and looked to see if all the LED's were on and I guessed right after I saw that. Low is 1 LED on, medium is 2 LED's on and high is 3. The difference between medium and high is minimal.....
    Thx

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    OH NO!.......THE DREADED MONO-LED-PER-STEP, LED MODE FUNCTION!.....Pardon me but I don't know what else to call it. Even worse is the fact that they are doing it on a lamp with a reflector set-up designed with cut outs. Without all LED's being lit at the same time ( to fill in the gaps ) there are bound to be aberrations in the beam pattern(s).

    This is like the worst feature you can get in a Chinese made lamp other than it not working at all. When switching modes, change in intensity is one thing, change in beam pattern is quite another!

    To be blunt: This type of mode function should be outlawed unless clearly stated in the product description by the seller. THIS IS NOT TRUE MULTI-EMITTER/ MULTI-MODE FUNCTION as would be commonly expected by anyone buying a bike light or torch.

    The really sad part about all of this is that once the news gets out many people will now not be willing to take a chance buying a multi-emitter Chinese made lamp or torch. The Chinese don't realize it yet but they just shot their entire industry in the foot. If I have any plans to buy other lamps this means I will have to contact the seller before hand to verify "True full-time multi-emitter function".
    Not only will this be difficult but most will probably have no idea what I'm even talking about.

    (* stock tip: shares in all U.S. made bike lights just went up. )

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    The worst thing about that type of modes is that the steps between levels isn't very useful. I don't know about the beam pattern being all that bad since I'd expect this to be a flooder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    OH NO!.......THE DREADED MONO-LED-PER-STEP, LED MODE FUNCTION!.....Pardon me but I don't know what else to call it. Even worse is the fact that they are doing it on a lamp with a reflector set-up designed with cut outs. Without all LED's being lit at the same time ( to fill in the gaps ) there are bound to be aberrations in the beam pattern(s).

    This is like the worst feature you can get in a Chinese made lamp other than it not working at all. When switching modes, change in intensity is one thing, change in beam pattern is quite another!

    To be blunt: This type of mode function should be outlawed unless clearly stated in the product description by the seller. THIS IS NOT TRUE MULTI-EMITTER/ MULTI-MODE FUNCTION as would be commonly expected by anyone buying a bike light or torch.

    The really sad part about all of this is that once the news gets out many people will now not be willing to take a chance buying a multi-emitter Chinese made lamp or torch. The Chinese don't realize it yet but they just shot their entire industry in the foot. If I have any plans to buy other lamps this means I will have to contact the seller before hand to verify "True full-time multi-emitter function".
    Not only will this be difficult but most will probably have no idea what I'm even talking about.

    (* stock tip: shares in all U.S. made bike lights just went up. )
    Well I guess the brighter side to this is that there will be little if any PWM flickering for those who are sensitive to PWM, but still.....yuck!

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    If adding resisters to the first two LEDs is possible, that should help with the mode spacing. It'll reduce total output, but it shouldn't be very noticable. Some of that could probably be gained by increasing the current to the third LED. That doesn't help people that can't or won't mod their own lights though.

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    Mine should show up tomorrow. I'll try to post some pics and ride data. It's that time of year around here

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    Well mine has arrived. Happy to say, out of the box, it works! - which is good. I should be able to test tonight and provide some real world thoughts on this light.

    I purchased this version, which claimed to have a 6400mah battery: 3800 Lum 3x Cree XM-L XML T6 LED HeadLamp Headlight Bicycle Lamp Bike Car Light | eBay

    Though the battery is shrink-wrapped (as expected) so I really have no idea what is in there. First up is a pic of battery and charger, which is the 8.4v/1.0amp charger. Some people complain about the low amp charger but I don't find it a big deal. I've got my original magicshine 1.8amp charger and can use that if I'm in a hurry, or really go at the battery with my R/C charger if I'm in a real hurry.

    Next are some other pics of the headlamp... I am using the mount from my older niterider MiNewt, since it offers a cool removable feature. The adjustable mount attached to the headlamp is the perfect size to fit onto the niterider 'pod' which can then be removed from the helmet baseplate. Very convenient and keeps people from looking at you funny when riding without your light. This mount has also been compatible with my magicshine808, and I'd imagine is compatible with most headlamps of this size.

    The headlamp does weigh a little bit more than my 808, but I don't think I will notice too much. I have mounted the light pretty much centered on the helmet to try to keep it balanced, anyway. Those who mount their lights closer to the front of their helmet may notice the weight more.

    Last, I have some beam shots. (sorry for the bad clarity) Low/Med/Hi - It is as described in the item description, and mentioned in the above posts. The levels coordinate with how many lights are on. low = 1, med = 2, high = 3. Some people have mentioned how this sucks and the beam pattern will change throughout the various levels. I will let you know if it is discernable on the trail. Of note, LOW setting with 1 light on it is the single bottom led. MED setting with 2 lights on are the upper 2 leds. You can see what I am talking about in the pics. This programming may help the beam pattern stay somewhat balanced... we'll see.
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    How is the battery connector on your unit. Mine does not stay together and I have to tape it however, I use a GEO 6.0 on it anyhow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    ...Last, I have some beam shots. (sorry for the bad clarity) Low/Med/Hi - It is as described in the item description, and mentioned in the above posts. The levels coordinate with how many lights are on. low = 1, med = 2, high = 3. Some people have mentioned how this sucks and the beam pattern will change throughout the various levels. I will let you know if it is discernable on the trail. Of note, LOW setting with 1 light on it is the single bottom led. MED setting with 2 lights on are the upper 2 leds. You can see what I am talking about in the pics. This programming may help the beam pattern stay somewhat balanced... we'll see.
    Thanks bad andy for the photos...Last night I was speculating on which LED's would light for each of the modes. I am glad to see that at least they picked the right configuration of LEDs for each of the 3 modes. I agree with you, that should help eliminate beam pattern anomalies.

    Dang it, it does look big. I suppose mounting in the center will help keep it balanced. My mount is a little like yours but lower profile. I will likely have to mount it higher than I usual like. Depending on how I like it, if the lamp adds extra throw to to the helmet I might consider other ways to mount it.

    I second the request....what goes with the connectors? Are they working as intended?

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    Well first ride on the light was very successful. I don't know if the battery got a full charge before heading out, I was only able to have it on the charger for a few hours. Plus I don't know how much charge the battery had in it to begin with. I did use the light for about 1.5-2 hours in high last night and it was not hot at all, warm maybe. Ambient temp last night was in the 60s (F) so I guess that means it's fairly under driven? In contrast my 808 was it's usual warmth/semi-hot temp, much hotter in comparison to the 3x XML. I don't know if the switch light indicates battery charge at all, but it did appear sort of green-yellow when I finished the ride. I'll have to monitor that more closely during future rides.

    The beam pattern was great. I don't have much to compare against to determine if it is more spotty/floody but in comparison with the 808 it was just simply overall a bigger lighted area. If it is considered a spot, then it's a huge spot. I can say I had no trouble seeing anything. Especially on high. My buddy was bumming when I told him I paid $60, in comparison to his Niterider setup that cost at least 3x as much. I'll try to shoot some real world pics during future rides.

    I didn't notice the weight on my helmet too much. Though my helmet really fits well to my head. I can get a tight but comfortable fit, so that may help the stability overall.

    The size of the headlamp is a little bigger than my 808. Not tremendously though. I'll try to snap some side by side pics later.

    As for the plugs - I had no problem. They are definitely not as tight as my magicshine cables. These are straight plugs. my MS cables have an extra bump at the connecter to ensure a tighter fit. It felt to me that these cables, while working fine for now, primarily rely on the metal parts' connection vs. the rubber shielding to hold together. If so, future wear might cause this connection to become looser? We'll see. I may explore ways to get a tighter fit. I can be resourceful sometimes

    Overall very pleased so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    Some people complain about the low amp charger but I don't find it a big deal. I've got my original magicshine 1.8amp charger and can use that if I'm in a hurry, or really go at the battery with my R/C charger if I'm in a real hurry.
    Did you try it with the Magicshine charger?

    My SkyRay looks like it comes with the same charger, same shape and power output, and my SkyRay battery has a plug that is incompatible with my Magicshine charger.

    I was thinking the same thing as you. Instead of charging at 1A, I could charge at 1.8A with the Magicshine charger. It would also mean finding replacement batteries would be easy. I'm disappointed on both counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
    Did you try it with the Magicshine charger?

    My SkyRay looks like it comes with the same charger, same shape and power output, and my SkyRay battery has a plug that is incompatible with my Magicshine charger.

    I was thinking the same thing as you. Instead of charging at 1A, I could charge at 1.8A with the Magicshine charger. It would also mean finding replacement batteries would be easy. I'm disappointed on both counts.
    I did actually, but not for an extended period of time. I plugged the new headlamp into the ms charger and it fit fine, and the light in the charger lit up. I am presuming it would charge fine, but I haven't really tested.

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    Thanks for that. I'm sure it'd work.

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    Okay, got mine today. My first impression: For the money I can't complain. At first glance the beam pattern looks wider than I expected. It reminds me of the Bikeray IV a bit only it's brighter on high. Judging from the wall pattern it's not the thrower I was hoping for but should make a pretty good bar lamp. It does appear to have pretty good spill although there are some minor rings towards the outside of the beam pattern. I doubt they will be noticeable in actual use.

    As was already mentioned, the differences in mode output could be better. When in low mode mine has lots of artifacts in the beam pattern along with a slight greenish tint right in the center. Likely won't be too noticeable in actual use but I have yet to use it. When you switch to medium there is a major change and the lamp is very bright. Gone are the imperfections. Little if any change at all when switching to high which is a little disappointing.

    Other things I noticed: I don't think the back comes off as the rear of the light appears seamless. Those little silver things around the back are just dimples that are drilled into the surface of the rear ( for looks I suppose ). The wire exits out the back of the lamp and is quite long. Twice as long as other lamps. If you use this as a bar lamp you will definitely have to coil the wire up to get it out of the way. No wire extension is included and while the wire from the lamp is long it is not long enough to reach from the helmet to your back pack. The plugs are just as the others have said, they are a bit loose but they work. Comparing them to standard plugs the metal sleeve on the male plug is about 3-4mm shorter. For a snugger fit I might wrap some electrical tape around the plastic on the male plug. That should give it a tighter fit.

    After I give it a test spin tonight I'll likely have more to say about it. What I really what to know at this point is how far it will throw on the bars. The Bikeray IV barely got to 100ft. To impress me this lamp will have to have a usable reach to at least 150 ft.
    I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    triple XM-L Clone test run

    Well folks I almost hate to post this because a lot of people aren't going to like it. The thing is, "Catman don't like to lie". That said, I'm very impressed with this lamp. I did notice that while using the low setting that I can detect imperfections in the beam pattern. To be honest though I really did have to LOOK hard to see them. I doubt most people would even notice. Of course once you go up a level all of that goes away. The low mode looks to be about 450-500 lumen to my eyes and does carry quite a ways. The next two levels are very impressive considering how much the lamp cost. While there is not that much difference between mid and high you get a very nice beam pattern. Light goes almost everywhere. Nice wide spill close in and a decent amount of light in the distance. Almost perfect for the bars.

    On my short ride I stopped in a couple places and tried to compare the throw to the Gloworm X2 I was using on the helmet. Although i didn't pace out the distance, I think I can safely say that it throws beyond 100ft. I say that because I really couldn't notice too much difference between the two for how far they were throwing so I suppose that says a lot for the Tri-Clone. If I had to complain about something it would be the mode set-up. The Tri-Clone has no press/hold turn off function. To turn it off you have to cycle through the modes including the flash. While it does have a nice "clicky" button switch it is somewhat of a pain having to cycle through the extra modes.

    On the up side, I have to admit that I really liked the quality of the light coming out the front ( for the upper modes ) There was a particular "Crispness" to the light that I found pleasing. I'm not really sure why that is but it might have something to do with the fact that it is a "reflector based lamp". I found the tint and quality of the light very pleasing to the eye. On the way back I used both lamps and Wow...sure did make an awesome combo!

    Tomorrow I'll try to get a run time test done if I don't do another ride. ( tomorrow will be warmer.. )...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    I'm very impressed with this lamp.
    Me too.
    I bought mine from
    3800Lm 3X CREE XM-L T6 LED LED Headlight Headlamp Bicycle Bike Light | eBay

    The low mode looks to be about 450-500 lumen to my eyes and does carry quite a ways. The next two levels are very impressive considering how much the lamp cost.
    I measured the battery current draw in my 3x XM-L light:
    1: 0,62A (5W)
    2: 1,67A (13W)
    3: 1,95A (19W)

    From this one can guestimate lumens to:
    600/1400/1800 (or so)


    While there is not that much difference between mid and high you get a very nice beam pattern. Light goes almost everywhere. Nice wide spill close in and a decent amount of light in the distance. Almost perfect for the bars.
    I have so far only done one ride with my 3x XM-L light.
    I mounted it on the bars next to my Magicshine MJ-856 and switched between the lights during the ride.
    I like the 3x XM-L light better!
    It is slightly brighter and have a more pronounced 'hot spot'.

    With a Magicshine MJ-808E as a helmetlight the midlevel on the 3x XM-L light, and the 50% level on the MJ-856, is more then enough light for my type of riding.

    For the price this is an awsome light. The complete light, incl shipping to Sweden, is cheaper then what a MS-battery sells for here in Sweden!



    But I will only use this light for MTB-riding.
    For road riding, and commuting, I will use my, modified, Philips light
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    Quote Originally Posted by HakanC View Post

    ....I measured the battery current draw in my 3x XM-L light:
    1: 0,62A (5W)
    2: 1,67A (13W)
    3: 1,95A (19W)

    From this one can guestimate lumens to:
    600/1400/1800 (or so)

    I have so far only done one ride with my 3x XM-L light.
    I mounted it on the bars next to my Magicshine MJ-856 and switched between the lights during the ride.
    I like the 3x XM-L light better!
    It is slightly brighter and have a more pronounced 'hot spot'.

    With a Magicshine MJ-808E as a helmetlight the midlevel on the 3x XM-L light, and the 50% level on the MJ-856, is more then enough light for my type of riding.

    For the price this is an awsome light. The complete light, incl shipping to Sweden, is cheaper then what a MS-battery sells for here in Sweden!....
    I'll be doing doing a current measurement as well. I don't know if I would go as far to say it outputs 1800 lumen but it is bright and compares very well to the duel emitter Gloworm X2. It would be nice if one of the vendors took this lamp and created a "Deluxe" version ( one half amp more current for the high, change the strobe to a slower flash and put it in a sub menu and then include a push/hold off function with memory ) With those added features ( which really are just basic stuff ) I'd pay another $30 to $40.

    As your measurements show there is not too much difference in the current draw between mid level and high. I think if we can get two hours of run time out of the supplied battery on high we've gotten more than our money's worth.

    In the mean time this lamp is a very good value as long as it holds up. For the novice MTB'er looking for an inexpensive bar lamp with a decent output this could be your ticket to ride. Just keep in mind it is a basic "no frills" lamp. Get a MS 808E or Xeccon S-12 for the helmet ( or another spot oriented clone ) and you will have a combo set-up that has the amount of light that others spent 3X as much for.
    Last edited by Cat-man-do; 10-15-2012 at 11:55 AM.

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    edit: found answer regarding mounting

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    Curent output for Tri-Clone

    I tested mine with the supplied battery freshly charged. Here's what I got:

    Low: ....... 0.62 A

    Medium:...2.08 A

    High: .......2.30 A
    Just keep in mind that this doesn't account for voltage sag after the battery has run a while. All things considered, this ain't bad. I'm amazed that the low level is only 0.62A
    I say that because it's pretty bright for only drawing that much current. Believe me if the low output was too low I would of let you know. At that level I'm thinking it might run 12 hrs on low if this is a standard 4400mAh battery. I haven't done a run time test yet on high but my guess is that it should run maybe 2.5hr. On medium maybe 2.75hr. If you own a four cell set-up with premium Panasonic 3100mAh cells maybe over 3hrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    If you own a four cell set-up with premium Panasonic 3100mAh cells maybe over 3hrs.
    Cat-man-do, could I easily make myself such a four cell set-up? Anything else than soldering the cells together?

    Thanks

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    Getting right at 3hrs on high on my 6.0 GEO battery.

    Doesn't really look like 1800 lumens on high. More like 1200 and medium like 900, maybe a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnydrz View Post
    Cat-man-do, could I easily make myself such a four cell set-up? Anything else than soldering the cells together?

    Thanks

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    If I were going to make my own pack I'd consider the 18650 holders from BatterySpace. These include a PCB ( on each set ) for protection. I'd use two of these two cell holders, connect them in parallel and use the Panasonic 3400 unprotected cells. They do make a 4-cell version but I like a square pack rather than a long flat pack.

    Option two: Yes, you could solder up your own. Big plus if you know how to do that. Panasonic cells with tabs are available. Even better if you know how to wire up your own *PCB. *BatterySpace sells them as well I believe.

    You might want to check out the DIY forum for more info on how to build your own battery pack.

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    Everyone talks about a 6.0 GEO battery. Im late to the show of lighting and batteries, and not sure if I can wrap my head around all the ins and outs of them.... however generally, people talk about their 6.0 GEO batteries...

    anyhow, if the supplied 4400mA battery that is supplied is kinda 'iffy', and Im hesitant to try to fabricate my own, is there a manufactured alternative thats known as a quality, value battery? (like it seems the magicshine series are to lights?)

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    Thanks Cat-man-do, I'll go with the first option, easier to charge individual cells.

    Cheers,

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    We're having more Indian Summer here in the Bay Area. It was around 80 degrees last night on our ride. I decided to crank this up on a 20 minute climb, no wind ,etc. It didn't get hot. Yeah, it did get warm but never got hot which leads me to believe it's being driven properly and dissipates heat fairly well.

    Just an FYI for you desert nite riders.

    So far no issues w/ this 50 dollar light.

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    I can also chime in on temp. So far on a number of rides in upper 50s/low 60s (F) in the northeast and the light has yet to get hot. Not even really warm. Seems like a very solid performing light so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milnerpt View Post
    Everyone talks about a 6.0 GEO battery. Im late to the show of lighting and batteries, and not sure if I can wrap my head around all the ins and outs of them.... however generally, people talk about their 6.0 GEO batteries...

    anyhow, if the supplied 4400mA battery that is supplied is kinda 'iffy', and Im hesitant to try to fabricate my own, is there a manufactured alternative thats known as a quality, value battery? (like it seems the magicshine series are to lights?)
    Supposedly some battery packs have good cells in them.

    I'm thinking I'd rather buy a 4 cell PCB from batteryspace and put together a battery pack with 26650 cells. The downside is having to buy half a dozen PCB's to meet the minimum order requirement.

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    Hey Milnerpt

    The batteries we speak of, GEO are replacement batteries for a recall from early Magicshine lights sold by GEOMANGEAR. GEO is out of business but he orchestrated a recall of a potentially dangerous battery.

    GEO offered a replacement 4.4ah battery which was taking a year to get so he offered a better 6.0ah battery for $25 which was a real good deal as this battery is a good quality battery. The retail on this battery was 85 and that's probably what you would pay for a good quality real 6.0ah battery.

    At this point, if I were you, I would simply use the supplied battery and maybe buy another on Ebay, $18 if you need any more run time. I would not go out and pay 85 for a battery for a cheap light system though this light seems to work real well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    At this point, if I were you, I would simply use the supplied battery and maybe buy another on Ebay, $18 if you need any more run time. I would not go out and pay 85 for a battery for a cheap light system though this light seems to work real well.
    The battery pack is compatible with other light systems. An adapter or new plugs will increase compatibility. So a good battery pack can be a better value. Even if it's not used with other lights, I think the battery is the most important part of the light system, at least with the way I ride.

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    Well, my P7 Magicshine lighthead/charger does not fit into the 3xXM-L battery. The MS plug is a little bit too wide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    Getting right at 3hrs on high on my 6.0 GEO battery.

    Doesn't really look like 1800 lumens on high. More like 1200 and medium like 900, maybe a bit more.


    I did a lux comparison yesterday and I have to agree, it is not anything like 1800 lumen.
    I compared it to my Gloworm X2 and surprisingly both out put almost the same amount of light. Keep in mind a lux read out is not the same thing as lumen read out but it helps when doing basic comparisons.

    When I get a chance I'm going to do a lux reading from 45° off camber. This should help me judge how well the lamps compare as to total flood and spill. Just judging from what my eyes are seeing, with the Gloworm using spot/flood set-up the beam patterns are almost the same.

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    I did another quickie ride tonight using the tri-clone as a bar light. Basically works pretty good as far as supplying a decent amount of light. Was having some problems with some of the lamps minor features. Changing modes with the Tri-clone on the bars is not the easiest thing to do. I hate having to cycle through all the extra modes ( flash and off ) Either that or I must be spoiled from using my Gloworm X2 with remote. One thing is certain, next ride is Gloworm on the bars.

    Another issue I had was that the bar mount screw had gotten a bit too loose while I was riding. While on the ride the lamp kept swiveling towards the right which was kind of a nuisance. On the plus side it means you can adjust the lamp angle a bit if you chose to do so. When I got home I tightened it up so it shouldn't move anymore ( unless I want it to ).

    Just before leaving for the ride I had a problem with the battery bag. Once again it seems the Chinese don't think that the battery bag is so important. I say that because I've had this same problems with other Chinese made bike set-ups. Namely, the strap buckles on the battery bags are VERY poorly attached. If you tighten them real tight the buckle strap will pull right off the bag ( or the plastic buckle itself will break ). Not the kind of thing you want to happen if you're mounting the battery somewhere back in the woods. Luckily for me I had another piece of Velcro attached to my helmet that usually holds my helmet torch. Since I was running the Xeccon X-12 on the helmet I didn't need the velcro so I took it off and found a way to make it hold the battery bag to the upper tube. Dang, I hate when stuff like this happens ( just before it starts to get dark )

    For the record: If you have a battery bag from a Chinese manufacture that uses the plastic buckles you might want to carry a 12" length of Velcro with you, just in case. I had the same thing happen with a Bikeray battery bag. At least the BR bag had a wider/longer length of Velcro on it that allowed me to wrap the strap around the whole battery bag even after the buckle broke. I've also had the velcro buckle straps break on the cheap rubber torch mounts...yep stuff happens.

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    Cat, I'm sure you're already familiar with these, but I'll post them for those that aren't.

    I've recently bought a few of the bags from Action LED. They aren't the highest quality, but they're cheap as hell, and they do have two straps and the straps are longer.
    The battery stays in place on my frame much better then with the stock battery bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    I hate having to cycle through all the extra modes ( flash and off )
    Having off in the regular mode cycle shouldn't exist in a bike light. That should require a longer button press, another button, or some other way to access it. A light should not turn off on the way to the high mode.

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    MB, Cat, Bad Andy, HankanC

    Thanks for the great information.

    So how are the runtimes with this light? 4400ah/6400ah battery? Other than post 8, has anyone done some beam shot comparisons? Low, medium, high and compared to other lights you have? I'm thinking of ordering two, one for the bar and one for the helmet. Might be heavy, but it's probably better than the NR Storm that I've used as a helmet light for the past 10 or so years. Also, it’s my understanding that the Magicshine cables/chargers and batteries appear to be compatible. Am I safe to assume that the MS extension cable will work to extend the length from helmet to jersey pocket?

    Looks at this one on ebay.

    4000 Lm 3x CREE XM-L T6 LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Rear Light Headlamp Lamp 25W | eBay

    And I agree, it’s a shame they haven’t figured out the button sequence. Push and hold for two seconds to power off, button clicking for low med and high and perhaps press and hold for five for strobe. Though, for $50 a light, I think it will be hard to complain.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    MB, Cat, Bad Andy, HankanC

    Thanks for the great information.

    So how are the runtimes with this light? 4400ah/6400ah battery? Other than post 8, has anyone done some beam shot comparisons? Low, medium, high and compared to other lights you have? I'm thinking of ordering two, one for the bar and one for the helmet. Might be heavy, but it's probably better than the NR Storm that I've used as a helmet light for the past 10 or so years. Also, it’s my understanding that the Magicshine cables/chargers and batteries appear to be compatible. Am I safe to assume that the MS extension cable will work to extend the length from helmet to jersey pocket?

    Looks at this one on ebay.

    ebay.ca/itm/4000-Lm-3x-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-Bicycle-bike-HeadLight-Rear-Light-Headlamp-Lamp-25W-/271072209045?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item3f1d29a895#ht_8620wt_914]4000 Lm 3x CREE XM-L T6 LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Rear Light Headlamp Lamp 25W | eBay

    And I agree, it’s a shame they haven’t figured out the button sequence. Push and hold for two seconds to power off, button clicking for low med and high and perhaps press and hold for five for strobe. Though, for $50 a light, I think it will be hard to complain.

    Thanks!
    Sorry I can't help on most counts here. My rides are generally under 2 hours, and am only turning the lights on when it gets dark enough. No beam shot comparison's either. My MS808 is the p7 model and I've put the wide angle lense in there. That would be like comparing apples and tuna fish sandwiches. It does appear all my MS gear is compatible with this light, though I've stuck to keeping each's battery with charger combo together, for now. My MS extension cable fits too, though is of no need. There's plenty of cable hanging off the lamp and battery that I can stash the battery in my backpack. As for the light you linked to on eBay... I will be able to chime in on that one too - as soon as I've gotten mine. I've been a little nuts this year buying the chinese knockoffs. If this one is as good as the other 3x I have I'll be happy. If it's better I'll be ecstatic. 8)

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    Hey Grumpy

    Before you think they are all compatible, they are actually not all compatible. I tried the clone 3 XML light head w/ a new MS battery and the connectors were different even though they look similar. The clone connectors do all appear to be the same as my clones are compatible.

    As far as run time, I haven't tried the supplied battery yet but I am consistently running around 3 hours on high w/ a 6.0 GEO battery which is a better quality battery I'm sure. I'd guess a 2hr run time to be safe. Maybe Cat has tested this.

    I would not use this on the helmet. It's just a bit too heavy and the smaller 1 XML is plenty w/ a spot beam along w/ this. By the way, medium is probably all anybody will really ever need w/ the helmet clone on high.

    MB

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    ....As far as run time, I haven't tried the supplied battery yet but I am consistently running around 3 hours on high w/ a 6.0 GEO battery which is a better quality battery I'm sure. I'd guess a 2hr run time to be safe. Maybe Cat has tested this...

    MB
    I haven't tested it yet but ball-parking the run time I would think 2hrs or just under. If it gets over 2hr on high I would be thrilled. Maybe this weekend I'll give it test run. For the record, doing battery run time tests are a drag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    Well mine has arrived. Happy to say, out of the box, it works! - which is good. I should be able to test tonight and provide some real world thoughts on this light.

    I purchased this version, which claimed to have a 6400mah battery: 3800 Lum 3x Cree XM-L XML T6 LED HeadLamp Headlight Bicycle Lamp Bike Car Light | eBay

    Though the battery is shrink-wrapped (as expected) so I really have no idea what is in there. First up is a pic of battery and charger, which is the 8.4v/1.0amp charger. Some people complain about the low amp charger but I don't find it a big deal. I've got my original magicshine 1.8amp charger and can use that if I'm in a hurry, or really go at the battery with my R/C charger if I'm in a real hurry.

    Next are some other pics of the headlamp... I am using the mount from my older niterider MiNewt, since it offers a cool removable feature. The adjustable mount attached to the headlamp is the perfect size to fit onto the niterider 'pod' which can then be removed from the helmet baseplate. Very convenient and keeps people from looking at you funny when riding without your light. This mount has also been compatible with my magicshine808, and I'd imagine is compatible with most headlamps of this size.

    The headlamp does weigh a little bit more than my 808, but I don't think I will notice too much. I have mounted the light pretty much centered on the helmet to try to keep it balanced, anyway. Those who mount their lights closer to the front of their helmet may notice the weight more.

    Last, I have some beam shots. (sorry for the bad clarity) Low/Med/Hi - It is as described in the item description, and mentioned in the above posts. The levels coordinate with how many lights are on. low = 1, med = 2, high = 3. Some people have mentioned how this sucks and the beam pattern will change throughout the various levels. I will let you know if it is discernable on the trail. Of note, LOW setting with 1 light on it is the single bottom led. MED setting with 2 lights on are the upper 2 leds. You can see what I am talking about in the pics. This programming may help the beam pattern stay somewhat balanced... we'll see.
    Well I just purchased this, hope it works as my first foray into night riding...........thanks for the review...........
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    Thanks for the replies.

    The only reason I asked about the MS compatibility is for additional cable length. I've only so far found MS cables as an extension. Whatever light I get that I run on the helmet it will have to be long enough to go from the helmet to a jersey pocket, not a backpack/camel-back.

    Perhaps I'll try one of those mini cree things floating around for the helmet and this 3x Cree on the bar.

    Mini CREE LED XML XM-L T6 LED 1600Lm Bicycle Light Bike Lamp HeadLight headLamp | eBay

    Do these knock off light connectors have a name or type? I know RC land has mini deans, deans, bullet, xt60 etc.

    Thoughts?
    Thanks!
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    Hey Cat.

    Maybe this weekend I'll give it test run. For the record, doing battery run time tests are a drag
    Ya, I would think so! How about a photocell wired in to a plug with a digital clock attached. Record the time you turn the light on, face it at the photocell and go watch a movie(perhaps LOTR extended). When the light burns out the photocell switches the plug on and the timer begins. When you return (assuming the light ran dry) take note of the blinking time on the digital clock. Do some math and it should be a good unattended test for run time.

    Thoughts?

    If I recall, some digital clocks flash 12 forever while some flash but advance the time.

    I'm sure there are better tools but this could be done for cheap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    ... How about a photocell wired in to a plug with a digital clock attached
    I think I've got a better solution than that. Pick up a low end Canon point and shoot that is CHDK compatible. CHDK is an alternative firmware, loaded from the card when the camera is tuned on, if the "lock" on the SD card is tuned on. I got a "last year's model" camera for $60. Even full price they are $80ish.

    CHDK has a host of features. One of them is an intervalometer script. You set how often you want it to take a pic. You could either turn on the time/date stamp in the picture or use the file date/time as your reference. Set the script to shoot every minute or 30 sec, and to run for say 4 hrs. You could flip through the pics and see when the light went out. It could also be useful in those temperature monitoring setups, if the readout was in the picture.

    Maybe the Motion script might be better. When something changes in the camera's field of view, it takes a pic. You can set the sensitivity. I'd bet it would note when the light dimmed down, and probably even when the colours change on the back button. I think I'm gonna have to try it to see how well it works. On some of the faster cameras people even use it to take pictures of lightening.

    CHDK is a little geeky, and not exactly intuitive. It gives you a ridiculous amount of control, and extra features on a bottom end point and shoot.

    I used the motion script when my elderly cat was reaching the end of her days. I set it to watch her dish to see if/how often she drank or ate. Of course because the camera would make a noise whenever it focused and took a picture, I got many of her looking right into the lens. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. But it did work very well.

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    Runtime test can be less of a pain when using a video camera on low resolution mode - Colleen does this too. It saves time doing runtime test.

    Use any camera with video mode or GoPro type cameras. Set it to low res because that will require less memory. A decent SD card should get you over 4 hours on low res.

    Set the camera behind the light head so you can see the switch/indicator button, with a clock off angle in front of a fan set about a foot away from the light head. You may have the temperature/lux reader on the other side of the clock - all within the video frame.

    Check the time. Turn on the temp/lux reader. Start recording. Turn on the light and fan. Go watch TV, sign in to mtbr or go to sleep.

    Replay the video. While holding down the video player marker, dragging it forward and backward will tell:
    - lux reading from start to finish
    - temperature rise rate and temperature plateau
    - thermal shutdown (and restart time if any) if no airflow was introduced
    - at what times the indicator changed colors
    - whether there was thermal stepdown or brightness change (drag the marker right to left and back again if you do not have a lux meter. You will catch variations better this way)
    - and the time the light went off

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    Ian_C and Xeccon.

    Both very good points. Also a laptop/workstation with a webcam will do!

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    I'm looking for a bike light (my first one eheh) as the winter as arrived and days are now shorter... I will be riding mainly in the street with some cars and some off road as well, but nothing like mountain biking all alone into the deep woods.
    Having said that, does this light works for me? I've read through the 3 pages already and i see HakanC does not recommends this for road biking. So, HakanC, do you think i can mod this light to adjust it to road biking? User Infinity123 posted on another topic he modded it not to blind people:
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    I think i will do the same as i will have only this light for now.

    One more thing: it is not waterproof right? Neither is the battery case, right? If i do get this lamp should i put the battery case inside a water balloon (those little ones) like i've read somewhere?

    Thank you all, this forum has really helped me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedroDank View Post
    One more thing: it is not waterproof right? Neither is the battery case, right?
    The light head is pretty Waterproff. The batterypack is not. I have wrapped it in a plastic bag and taped it shut. But there are of course other ways to deal with this matter.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PedroDank View Post
    Do you use the original battery? If so, for how long does this thing run on medium. Also, do you ride in the rain?
    Q1: Yes, Q2: I don´t know (2-3 hours?), Q3: No

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    Thanks Infinity123!
    I guess I've now found my bike light. Will try to add a cap like that too. Shouldn't it be reflective, though? I see you made it out of a plastic bag...

    Also, anyone with this wide angle lens? action-led-lights.com/collections/accessories/products/wide-angle-lens ?

    Going to buy the bike light from ebay.com/itm/3X-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-3800Lm-LED-Headlight-Headlamp-Bicycle-Bike-Light-/251152598491?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a79dc85db in 3 or 4 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedroDank View Post
    Shouldn't it be reflective, though? I see you made it out of a plastic bag...
    Sure, if you want to. The white plastic works fine for me.

    I´m not sure the wide angle lens would work in a 3x LED design? However, you don´t need it. The 3X XM-L has a lovely floody light.
    Could you please use the "link" or "picture" button when you post a link/picture in a message? It would make it a lot easier for the rest of us, thanks.

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    Yeah, they probably would not. I just saw a lot of pics of users modifying their MS with these wide angle lenses and the result is jut amazing. See here: forums.mtbr.com/8859193-post1.html But if you say it is good enough for commuting... Also, with this wide angle lens, i guess it would hurt pedestrians and drivers eyes, right? Anyway, i will how it is first and will decide later, after some tests ,if i need to mod it or not (adding the cap).
    About the images and links, I would if i could. :\ I dont have 10 posts yet, that is why i cant post links and images...

    Anyone else using this kind of cap? If i do decide to make one, i think it would be better to cover the inside of the plastic with an aluminum foil... At least the light won't be "lost"...

    I hope i get it right at the first time, because i can't really spend that much on bike lights now. :P
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    Hey!

    So I've ordered two different systems and I'll report back once I receive them. I'll try and do some testing/beam shots but we'll see!

    4000 Lm 3x CREE XM-L T6 LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Rear Light Headlamp Lamp 25W | eBay

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    Hey Grump

    Really curious about that mini. Maybe you can post a pict next to the 3XML to see size difference.

    Beam shot would be great too.

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    Mb,

    Will do what I can. Now the wait... 2ish weeks to land.

    Only three more posts and I can post links and pictures. How exciting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity123;9825965 The white plastic works fine for me.

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    Infinity...I like the white hood for the tri-clone. I know you made this for road use ( right? ) but I think it will help when Mt. biking too. I've noticed that the Tri-clone sends a lot of light upward into the trees. Too much in my opinion. You might try lining the underside of the hood with some aluminum foil as that may return more of the light back down towards the trail. I might try my hand at this as well to see how well it might work.

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    I've ordered 2 of these lights, and I also intend to try some type of "hood" to control the beam. Please continue posting your results with these types of mods, I find this very interesting!

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    I've been watching this thread. I just don't have $250 or $300 for a lighting system right now. I've been looking at a mini light for a headlamp that supposedly has an 8800 maH battery pack. I figure if I get one of the XM-L x3 clones I could switch batteries and have a bit longer life. I can't post a link to the light yet though.

    What do ya think.

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    Hey Ironbrewer.

    You can't post links until you've posted ten times. Hint, if you drop the www from the link, you can, they just aren't clickable. As for if the battery is compatible, assuming the voltage is the same, the only problem I can see is if the connector is the same.

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    I'm not so sure about a 8800mah battery pack (at 8.4v). If it's a typical 4 cell pack (most are), then it is realistically 4400mah, or sometimes 5200mah (but unlikely for a Chinese cell pack).

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    So the small one I was thinking of getting is this one

    ebay.com/itm/140842626907?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    but I noticed the voltage is 4.2.

    The XM-L 3x I want to get is this one

    ebay.com/itm/261115431796?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    So I guess the batteries won't be compatible.

    I figure having the small one on my helmet and the big one on my bars will be a good combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qdave View Post
    I'm not so sure about a 8800mah battery pack (at 8.4v). If it's a typical 4 cell pack (most are), then it is realistically 4400mah, or sometimes 5200mah (but unlikely for a Chinese cell pack).
    Exactly. I really don't understand that 8800mAh battery... I did found a 6400mAh though, but never 8800mAh. I'm going to order it anyway...

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    I don't even think they understand sometimes what they are advertising. Yeah, that is a standard 4400mah pack. Don't expect anything else.

    Cat or others, my clone 3 up is doing something weird. It works, no problem but when I turn it up from low to medium, I can see one of the LED's is bright and the other dim for a few seconds. Then the other LED brightens up as well. Only does this on medium.

    What do you think the issue might be. I was hoping to get at least a season out of this. Still works though.

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    Isn't it possible that it's an eight cell battery to get 8800mah? Basically two 4400 mah packs wired in parallel? What is the operating voltage on these lights? I saw the amp usage earlier in the thread and the chargers are all 8.4 volts. RC two cell batteries if I recall are 7.4 volts but charge at 8.4. Are these batteries the same? If the lights are running at 7.4 volts operational, buy some RC two cells hardcase batteries from hobbyking throw in a better charger (balancing) and you are laughing. Turnigy batteries have served me well!

    Turnigy 5200mAh 2S 30C Hard-Case Car Lipo Pack (USA Warehouse)
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    High: .......2.30 A

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    ....Cat or others, my clone 3 up is doing something weird. It works, no problem but when I turn it up from low to medium, I can see one of the LED's is bright and the other dim for a few seconds. Then the other LED brightens up as well. Only does this on medium.

    What do you think the issue might be. I was hoping to get at least a season out of this. Still works though.

    MB
    Well at least it still works. It could be something as simple as a bad soldered joint on one of the wires going to the emitter. When it heats up it expands and makes better contact. That's just one possibility.

    I'm still trying to figure out how you noticed that. Not real easy to look into the front of one of these lamps when they're on. Then again I noticed one time that a single die on a P-7 emitter had gone out on one of my torches. That was on low mode though with a half dead battery.

    I'm laughing now because I just got finished testing mine by using some dark yellow paper as a filter. Now I'm seeing spots in front of my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironbrewer View Post
    I've been watching this thread. I just don't have $250 or $300 for a lighting system right now. I've been looking at a mini light for a headlamp that supposedly has an 8800 maH battery pack. I figure if I get one of the XM-L x3 clones I could switch batteries and have a bit longer life. I can't post a link to the light yet though.

    What do ya think.
    Hey. The one you linked looks like the typical magic shine clone with a blue casing and hopefully a higher capacity battery. Won't know until you try it. For the helmet I went with the following eBay item.

    Mini CREE LED XML XM-L T6 LED 1600Lm Bicycle Light Bike Lamp HeadLight headLamp | eBay

    For the bars I went with the same 3x xml light you linked to, same seller (rabbit).

    I should see them in a couple of weeks and ill report back! So, if you can wait...
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    The 6400mah packs you see advertised...don't exist...not on lights at that price level... Panasonic now has a 3200mah 18650 cell, but they cost like $10 EACH retail. You're not going to find a battery pack with 4 of them on a $50 buy-it-now light. Those batteries are the standard 4400mah ones practically everyone uses because the 2200mah cells are ridiculously cheap and common now. The battery that magicshine uses with the 880 lamp is 6 of those cells as 2S3P configured for a 6600mah pack. Now it is possible to make a 8800 pack using a 1S4P configuration to the battery, and for a single LED lamp that's certainly plausible since they need at most 3.3V to drive the LED at maximum current. In fact, I have a XML head/helmet lamp that uses a holder on the back of the mount to hold a pair of individual 18650 cells running in a 1S2P configuration, and in fact will operate with just a single cell in either holder space.

    The problem with all these lights is you basically need to make a testing circuit wire to actually measure the current draw when its running. On LED flashlights this is simple because you can remove the end cap / switch, and then just jump the circuit together with the multimeter touching one lead to the negative terminal of the battery and the other lead to the flashlight body someplace where exposed/unannodized metal is. On one of my single XML flashlights, at full power its drawing 2 Amps, which going off cree's chart for the LED gives about 690 lumens. However I have a supposedly triple XML flashlight that uses two 18650 cells in series, and at MAXIMUM power its pulling a mere 1 amp. With lights with battery packs, you'll need to sacrifice a wire, preferably something like one of the 1 meter extension wires used for helmet setups, cutting it apart, then joining the positive or negative wires back together with an insulated butt connector (so you can't accidently short the battery), and then putting connectors on the other matching wires with enough of a gap. You'll then touch the multimeter leads to these connectors to bridge the circuit and measure the current.
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    I ordered one from the OP link. Received it yesterday and after charging the battery for a couple hours. I plug everything together to try out the light. It powered up, cycled through the settings and it worked. Put the battery pack to charge, tried it this morning and the light did not turn on. I email the seller, see what he says. I will dig into the light after work, any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironbrewer View Post
    So the small one I was thinking of getting is this one

    ebay.com/itm/140842626907?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    but I noticed the voltage is 4.2.
    To eliminate the confusion I took a look at this. Yes, the battery voltage is 4.2 volts. That means the driver is set-up to run on that voltage. The battery itself is listed as 8800mah. Likely four 2.2mAh cells in parallel. Basically this is almost the same as a 7.2 volt 4400mAh battery ( 2S/2P ). The real issue that determines run time is the watt/hr rating and how hard the emitter is being driven. In a nut shell expect it to have the same run time as the 7.2 volt 4400mAh batteries ( all things being equal ...ie...emitter/current level )

    Whether or not this lamp is compatible with a 7.2 volt battery is questionable. Hard to argue with the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwchisme View Post
    I ordered one from the OP link. Received it yesterday and after charging the battery for a couple hours. I plug everything together to try out the light. It powered up, cycled through the settings and it worked. Put the battery pack to charge, tried it this morning and the light did not turn on. I email the seller, see what he says. I will dig into the light after work, any suggestions?
    You might have an intermittent short or break in a plug wire. Plug the battery back into the charger to re-set the battery. Then try the light again. If it works then you likely have the issue I suggested.

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    Yeah, I was just going by the picture which looks exactly like (size in pict) a 4.4ah typical battery. An 8.8 ah battery would be twice the size. Hard to tell in a photo tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    To eliminate the confusion I took a look at this. Yes, the battery voltage is 4.2 volts. That means the driver is set-up to run on that voltage. The battery itself is listed as 8800mah. Likely four 2.2mAh cells in parallel. Basically this is almost the same as a 7.2 volt 4400mAh battery ( 2S/2P ). The real issue that determines run time is the watt/hr rating and how hard the emitter is being driven. In a nut shell expect it to have the same run time as the 7.2 volt 4400mAh batteries ( all things being equal ...ie...emitter/current level )

    Whether or not this lamp is compatible with a 7.2 volt battery is questionable. Hard to argue with the price.
    I'll give it a try when i get home tonight, thanks.

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    Thanks for the replies.

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    Anyone looking to order, I see dx.com has an actual MagicShine 872 @ 40% off. Not sure when the sale started or when it will end, but at $25 more than a Chinese knock off, it might be worth it. I probably would have bought this if I hadn't just ordered a cheap 3xml already. I have read that the 872 has overheating problems though. No idea. Around here night riding season is cold so I doubt it would be a problem.

    MagicShine MJ-872 Waterproof 4-CREE XP-G 4-Mode 1600-Lumen LED Bike Light with Battery Pack Set - Worldwide Free Shipping - DX

    Anyways, something to consider...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    Anyone looking to order, I see dx.com has an actual MagicShine 872 @ 40% off. Not sure when the sale started or when it will end, but at $25 more than a Chinese knock off, it might be worth it. I probably would have bought this if I hadn't just ordered a cheap 3xml already. I have read that the 872 has overheating problems though. No idea. Around here night riding season is cold so I doubt it would be a problem.

    MagicShine MJ-872 Waterproof 4-CREE XP-G 4-Mode 1600-Lumen LED Bike Light with Battery Pack Set - Worldwide Free Shipping - DX

    Anyways, something to consider...
    I'm not saying the 872 can't work as a bar lamp but judging from previous beam shots the Tri-clone lamp you ordered will have a brighter, farther throwing beam pattern. The only advantage I see with the 872 is that you get a mode set-up that you won't have to cycle through strobe or off.

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    Hey Cat.

    One of the guys that rides with us from time to time has a 872, looks pretty good. But at it's regular price of $130ish, it's not worth it. At only $25 more, it closes that gap compared to the $50 3xml. I'm not saying it's better for light, but it might be better quality...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    You might have an intermittent short or break in a plug wire. Plug the battery back into the charger to re-set the battery. Then try the light again. If it works then you likely have the issue I suggested.
    Tried your suggestion and no luck getting it to work. I pulled out my multimeter and measured at the battery plug 8.25v. Next I measured at the headlamp switch exposed leads 0v.

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    Just for kicks I'm thinking of trying this out. Already have a MJ-872 on the bars, and a Gemini Duo for the helmet, and the MJ-808E it replaced. I'm using the Geo 6.0Ah battery, and think that will be suitable for this light.

    My question is if it will be noticeably brighter than the MJ-872. Anyone have experience with both of these and can give me a comparison?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwchisme View Post
    Tried your suggestion and no luck getting it to work. I pulled out my multimeter and measured at the battery plug 8.25v. Next I measured at the headlamp switch exposed leads 0v.
    So you managed to disassemble the tri-clone(?)! Well, if you did that you might try measuring the continuity of the wires leading from the light head to the battery (male) plug ( since the battery plugs seem to work you need not worry about the battery side ). ). Using the resistance setting on the multlimeter...measure each lead ( positive and negative ) one at a time. If you get zero resistance than the wire is fine. If you get infinite resistance the wire is bad. If one wire is bad it would be best just to replace the whole plug and wire assembly to the light head. If this doesn't fix it than something else is wrong and won't be an easy fix.

    Anyway, is there a way you can show a photo of what you're dealing with? Details on how you got this apart would be great. I've thought about taking mine apart but I won't do that if it still works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    So you managed to disassemble the tri-clone(?)!
    I was going to disassemble, but the seller is going to replace the light. Attached is a picture of the area i was measuring for voltage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwchisme View Post
    I was going to disassemble, but the seller is going to replace the light. Attached is a picture of the area i was measuring for voltage.
    Very interesting. So it looks like the pill that holds the driver/switch assembly is attached to the part that has the LED's mounted. Since they both look like they are attached pretty securely it does help explain why the lamp seems to have a good ability to sink heat. Definitely doesn't look like you can access the connections to the driver. At least the seller is going to replace so that is good. All things considered, I think it would of been better to contact the seller first before disassembling the light.

    Anyway, thanks for the photos. At least I know that if something goes wrong with mine trying to fix it by disassembling is pretty much a lost cause unless I could gain access to the driver. Now that I know what the internals look like I know not to try messing with a tear down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    At least the seller is going to replace so that is good. All things considered, I think it would of been better to contact the seller first before disassembling the light.
    Having purchase items from DX and there lack of customer service with responding to issues . I figured i was going to get the same treatment from the eBay seller, since he's in China and the language barrier. Only time will tell if I'm made whole, but it's a step in the right direction.

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    I purchased mine on September 26th, marked shipped on Spetember 28th. According to HK Post it was shipped on October 26th, a month later! Seller has all sorts of explanations from 10-day national holidays, to vote for new prime minister and so on.

    Seller advises if the light will not arrive by November 15th, they will resend or issue a refound. Problem is I can report it to ebay by November 9th, otherwise its not their problem.

    Anyone else has/had similar issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krzysiekmz View Post
    I purchased mine on September 26th, marked shipped on Spetember 28th. According to HK Post it was shipped on October 26th, a month later! Seller has all sorts of explanations from 10-day national holidays, to vote for new prime minister and so on.

    Seller advises if the light will not arrive by November 15th, they will resend or issue a refound. Problem is I can report it to ebay by November 9th, otherwise its not their problem.

    Anyone else has/had similar issue?

    Chris.
    Hi Chris, I mentioned this last week in another post. Due to security concerns during the Peoples' Congress choosing the new President and Premier, the Chinese Government has banned Li-ion batteries flying out of China for a month - they do not want Li-ion airborne. Don't ask me about the logic of it but policies are policies. This has been going on for the past 3 weeks. We have not been able to send anything (except lights without batteries) from our China office. It is our understanding Li-ion will be ok to fly after Nov 15th.

    Anecdotal evidence suggest some are able to get out. I don't know how they did it though, maybe through HK. Before this was the Autumn Festival holidays which was 10 days. Talk about disruption.

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    Chris, I'd file a dispute with eBay. If the seller makes good on getting it to you, then eBay will just close the dispute, but at least get the process started so you're covered.

    I paid for mine on Oct 22nd, it shipped the same day. It arrived in the US Nov 2nd, I suspect I'll have it Mon or Tues (Nov 5th - 6th).
    I just hope mine works properly because a friend had me order one for him also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeccon View Post
    Hi Chris, I mentioned this last week in another post. Due to security concerns during the Peoples' Congress choosing the new President and Premier, the Chinese Government has banned Li-ion batteries flying out of China for a month - they do not want Li-ion airborne. Don't ask me about the logic of it but policies are policies. This has been going on for the past 3 weeks. We have not been able to send anything (except lights without batteries) from our China office. It is our understanding Li-ion will be ok to fly after Nov 15th.

    Anecdotal evidence suggest some are able to get out. I don't know how they did it though, maybe through HK. Before this was the Autumn Festival holidays which was 10 days. Talk about disruption.

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    What seller/store did you people use for your lights?

    I used:
    rabbitword88 for the 3x CREE XM-L
    cyberport888 for the Mini CREE LED XM-L

    Neither provided tracking information which I thought seemed odd, but both are marked as shipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
    I've heard DHL is still working, or maybe it's DHL Express.
    DHL is sending items from China except items containing Li-ion inside. When we send Li-ion batteries we must declare it. Li-ion stickers will be placed on a parcel by the carrier. Since Li-ion can't fly at this time, it gets held back. If DHL puts them on a plane, they are in breach of a security policy and they won't do that.

    Li-ion products that got out in the past 3 weeks are either stock from HK or have been brought across to HK then flew from there. Anyway the backlog will be start clearing in about 10 days from now.
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    I have just returned from Shenzen with a canny collection of lights to test:

    Tri-clone - £25GBP
    Fluxient 1xU2 - 1000 lumens - £60GBP
    Fluxient 4xR5 - 1600 lumens - £90GBP
    Fluxient 3xXML-U2 3000 lumens - £130GBP

    The tri-clone was from the famous Lo Wu Commercial City (home of snide copy tat from Rolex to Ugg boots) the fluxient units where purchased direct from mnfr and prices mentioned are retail not trade as I paid. (Can be purchased as "samples" by punters! Just requires a bit of home work and charm!)

    Off out tonight for testing/comparisons. Initial test on tri-clone give 1hr20mins on full power. Not bad. If the mid mode gives pro-rata burn time (min 2hr) then I'll be very happy as has been mentioned previously very little difference in output.

    The fluxient units are rightly so much better quality build, light output is magnificent too. The 1xU2 has a tremendous spot beam pattern for perfect helmet use. The 3000 lumen unit is not conceivable brighter than the 1600 lumen unit to justify extra cost and size.

    I will post some shots later as very interested to make comparisons as may some of you guys I'm sure? Only iPhone pic's but better than nothing?
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    Mine arrived today, just about 2 weeks from time of ordering. They're charging now, so I can't comment on the performance yet, but I thought I'd post some details about the size/weight.

    First of all, it's smaller than I expected. I imagined it was going to be larger based on the photos I've seen. So that's a good thing.

    The lighthead (w/cord) is 134 grams. Compared to my original Magicshine 808 (with the P7) which is 127.5 grams (w/cord). Since I had read some comments saying this may be too big or heavy for helmet use, I'm pleasantly surprised. I don't think 6.5 grams would be that noticeable of a difference on the helmet.

    The lighthead measures 44mm wide compared to the Magicshine 808's 43mm.
    The length is about 56mm compared to the MS808's length of about 53mm.

    So, very similar size and weight.

    I'll post more when I've had a chance to use it on the trail.

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    Heat and battery

    This afternoon after voting I decided to take the 3 XML clone on a good test.

    We are having more Indian Summer here in the Bay Area so I thought it would be a good test to see how this would really work in the heat. I had the vendor supplied battery fully charged.

    I did the Mt Tam climb. Turned the light on full blast. On several of the climbs, never did the unit got hot. Yes, at one point it did get very warm but that was in the sun on an extended climb. Was about 80 degrees but probably warmer in the sun. The light head does indeed dissipate heat fairly well.

    As far as the battery is concerned, not too good. It lasted almost exactly 1 hour on high. Then it went red and literally shut down in about a minute. There's really no warning. FYI!!

    I don't know run time on medium and there is not much difference between medium and high so maybe just running this on medium is ticket. I'll report back on run time on medium unless someone else does it before me.

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    Very interesting read here... I have gone from torches to the DX bike lights but am also thinking of going with the Lumintrek TB 1600 as they are local to me in NC

    Currently i have the DX XML T6 and bought a lens from Action which really speead the light out if i was going to use as a bar light however I think that I am going to keep it for a helmet light as a spot and get a "better" light bar.

    I am up in the air if I should go with this guy (3x XML T6) or the Lumintrek for $125. Sure there is a cost but there is something to be said that they are right around the corner and have a 5 year warranty although i have never has an issue with any of the DX stuff I've gotten over the past 5 years.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ral83178 View Post
    Very interesting read here... I have gone from torches to the DX bike lights but am also thinking of going with the Lumintrek TB 1600 as they are local to me in NC

    Currently i have the DX XML T6 and bought a lens from Action which really speead the light out if i was going to use as a bar light however I think that I am going to keep it for a helmet light as a spot and get a "better" light bar.

    I am up in the air if I should go with this guy (3x XML T6) or the Lumintrek for $125. Sure there is a cost but there is something to be said that they are right around the corner and have a 5 year warranty although i have never has an issue with any of the DX stuff I've gotten over the past 5 years.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,

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    My thoughts: I took a look at the TB-1600 from the link that you posted. After reading what the last reviewer had to say I really don't think these are any more better that the MS 872's. And speaking of such I've seen 872 clones in the sub $50 range. The TB-1600 has a choice of optics but from what the last reviewer said the lamp still lacks throw. Still, it does offer a better battery and a five year warranty ( although I doubt they will be in business that long... )

    Since the TB-1600 is $125 I'd rather go with an MS 872 / 872 clone which will be less expensive or the 3x XM-L clone which is a much brighter light and can throw further. The battery that comes with the Tri-clone is likely crap but for another $45 you can always buy a spare 5200 mAh battery and use the original as back-up....and still spend less money than if you bought the TB-1600.

    Not saying the TB-1600 is crap, I'm sure it will work fine. You did say you had these available to you locally. If that's so I'd ask the dealer if you can demo the light. If you like what you see and it works well with your helmet lamp just go from there. In the long run though the Tri-clone ( 3 x XM-L ) is going to be brighter, have a farther usable beam pattern range and cost less.

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    I bought the triclone from eBay. Took only about a week to show up which was nice.

    It only worked on low, I took it apart and then it worked on all settings. I found that a wire to a LED was not soldered at all, just touching. It was hard to resolder! There is not much space between the reflector and the baseplate.

    After soldering it works well. The reflector is scratched in spots, and the color of the "low" LED is a lot more yellow than the others. It's quite bright, about the same as my Gemini Duo, as well as the beam angle.

    The connectors have a different style shroud "seal" than the Magicshine type, so the plugs aren't initially compatible. I cut the shroud off and now I can use the battery pack with the Magicshine light. On the light end I trimmed back the plastic to expose more of the plug, and it plugs in well to the Magicshine battery.

    In summary quite a deal, but poor quality control.

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    I guess if you get one that works out of the box you should be happy.

    So far, no issues w/ the light head. However, took it out tonight w/ the supplied battery, Run time on medium was 1:19. No warning this time, it just went out. The 4.4ah battery is not enough for the discharge rate or required amps needed to power this lamp. I think you need a better battery. I'll report back if the times change after several charges but I doubt run times will be better.

    So far it's 1 hour on high and 1:19 on medium.

    This works much better w/ the GEO 6.0 battery I have. The run time on high was well over 2 hrs w/ that battery.

    Still worth the money. The light head, if it works is worth 49 bucks.

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    MB, Thanks for the feedback. It's disappointing to hear that the batteries don't have very good run time. Like you said, as long as the head lasts, we can find other battery options easy enough!

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    Mine arrived yesterday from China - Seller securityingstore on ebay.
    I bought the 3800Lm 3X CREE XM-L T6 LED LED Headlight Headlamp Bicycle Bike Light. I took it out in the back yard last night and it's amazing.......no idea on battery life or anything yet. I paid for it on Oct. 26th so it took about 12 days.......not bad, I may get a second one down the road.
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    Can anyone recommend a battery upgrade and where I could purchase??
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    Quote Originally Posted by digthemlows View Post
    Can anyone recommend a battery upgrade and where I could purchase??
    Xeccon 6600mah - $45

    Gemini 5200mah - $65

    MagicShine 6600mah - $70

    Gemini 7800mah (!!!) - $108
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    Damn, I knew I should have waited to get longer term reviews on these before purchasing!, lol! (J/K, it's not that big of a deal).

    So that puts me in the same boat, wanting a longer lasting battery. Twoheadsbrewery listed several, and I'm sure there are even more options out there.

    The question is, what is the best option? I don't think I can bring myself to buy a $100 battery for a $50 light.

    Since I don't really understand "maH's" and all that technical stuff about batteries, can someone give a realistic idea of runtimes for each of the batteries listed above?

    If I can get close to 2 hrs on high, or maybe around 2.5 hrs on medium, I'd be happy.

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    I would probably lean toward the Xeccon 6600mah battery. Only $45 and that would make the whole unit under $100 and you would have a back up battery w/ the supplied battery. You would probably get 2 1/2 hrs on high w/ the 6.6

    The Gemini 5200mah battery will be a bit smaller but run time somewhat less.

    I don't think this is a very good helmet light which is why I think the Xeccon battery especially at 45 bucks is a good fit even though it will be heavier than a 4400/5200mah. Apparently Xeccon uses BAK cells and I don't know anything about those cells. Maybe Cat or someone else does.

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    Posted in a seperate thread but it looks like Two Heads might know this...

    What is needed or is it beneficial to use RC batteries (Li po) in these lights?

    They can be had pretty cheap and have pretty good output.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ral83178 View Post
    Posted in a seperate thread but it looks like Two Heads might know this...

    What is needed or is it beneficial to use RC batteries (Li po) in these lights?

    They can be had pretty cheap and have pretty good output.
    Price was really my motivator at the time, since I already have RC batteries lying around. They're about $20 for a 4400-5000mah battery. Chargers are anywhere from $15 for cheapos to $60 for nice digital chargers that will balance out each battery cell. In addition, the RC batteries are built for high discharge (20c-40c). Using them for lights barely stresses out the batteries at all and keeps the cells pretty well in balance and they last longer.

    The bad side is that RC batteries have no protection circuits within, as they typically depend on the electronic speed controller of the RC vehicle to stop the motor when it reaches a certain low voltage point. In short, that means you have to be careful to not over discharge your battery. When your light indicates low battery you need to stop using it within a few minutes or you risk bricking your battery. Not really a big deal if you're paying attention, but it's not quite as plug and play as existing "bike light" batteries.

    Here's a LiPo 5000mah soft case battery thrown in an old water bottle:


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    Quote Originally Posted by fightnut View Post

    Since I don't really understand "maH's" and all that technical stuff about batteries, can someone give a realistic idea of runtimes for each of the batteries listed above?
    In theory, mAh means how much total current a battery can supply. But in practice it's a marketing label that shouldn't be compared between different brands, just like lumens.

    The Xeccon and Magicshine batteries use 2200mAh BAK 18650 cells, which by their own datasheets are 1900mAh at best. In this application, probably closer to 1800mAh due to the higher current draw and allowing for some manufacturing tolerance.

    So a 6.6Ah Xeccon/MS at let's say 2.2A = 5.4Ah (real) / 2.2 A = 2.7 Hours

    The Gemini batteries use Samsung 2600mAh cells which are a lot closer to rated capacity.

    so a 5.2Ah Gemini at 2.2A = 4.9mAh (real) / 2.2A = 2.3 Hours

    The Xeccon is cheaper and runs longer, but weighs 50% more (6 cells vs. 4) and due to cell quality will most likely wear out faster and be somewhat less safe while charging.

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    When compairing batteriy prices, don't forget Xeccon has a flat rate shipping charge of $20.
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    Anyone able to confirm if this battery is actually 5200mAh? Based on the low price, and no mention of the brand of cells, I'm guessing it's not, and that it's just a regular 4400mAh.
    Anyone?

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    I ordered one of these from a US seller on ebay for $48.50 on tuesday, got it in the mail today. Haven't ridden with it yet, but it doesn't seem to be brighter than the 1x XM-L chinese clone I picked up for $37 from tomtop, at least in a side by side on the wall. The 1x has an OP refelector but seems to be more of a spot, so the brightness might be subjective. It's raining here in socal so I probably won't get to test it's prowess at night till next week. Connectors are interchangeable between the two lights. 3X seems to be much warmer to the touch than the 1x after just 1 minute of run. I'm wondering if I might have just been better off with 2 of the 1x clones for a bar and helment combo.

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    hkenshin, there must be a problem then, because the difference will be very noticeable.
    I also have a single XML clone, and this light on medium (2 LEDs) is much brighter!

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    As a first time poster I couldn't attach pics & links to this. For pictures of my 3x XM-L taken apart, have a look at my "user gallery."
    After reviewing some of the DIY lights & costs involved I decided it was hard to beat $50. inc. shipping for a 3x XM-L. I was using an old school 1990's BLT w/2x10w bulbs, it utilized a 6v SLA battery housed in a water bottle but I converted my SONY Li-ion camcorder batteries to work with it after the SLA went south. The old 10w (xenon?) bulbs are very bright but are getting hard to find around here. I was going to convert the old BLT's to LED but I was concerned the plastic housing might retain too much heat.
    So I ordered the 3x XM-L T6 from ebay, received mine the other day from Hong Kong. Took about a month. My observations so far:

    -2x XM-L is enough, they are very, very bright. You won't need the 3rd one much but hey. it's there! Also an excellent light for emergencies (like when the big one hits), the strobe feature can probably be seen from outer space. I found the strobe too bright to use on a dark trail, these lights are blinding. Remember that when someone is coming towards you from the opposite direction. I did find it more difficult to discern depth of field compared to my old BLT's, as the LED's used are a bright white.

    -The lights from China are all pretty similar, many share the same parts just the housing designs are a bit different (wish I had a CNC machine to play with). What look like rivets on the back of mine are just decorative indentations. For the amount of light they produce the form factor is conveniently small.

    -If you need longer lasting batteries just carry an extra pack, they are cheap enough ($20. on ebay for 4400mAh, same pack that came with my light).

    -For most folks the mount should be O.K. They will move a bit on rough trails though, applying textured tape to the bar might help as will mounting them upside down. I like the idea of them being removable (and you can adjust the angle while you ride), but they are a PITA to take off when your fingers are cold! Just use a pen or something to pry the band loose. I have not tried the helmet mount.

    So there you go. I felt they were plenty bright, & battery usage seems O.K.so far, just keep it on 1x or 2x setting. They are relatively cheap, super bright, heck a single cree XM-L T6 is enough for the average commuter. I just use my "frog LED" when I'm on city streets & now I don't have to worry about unlit trails once I turn this little beast on. For more hard core trail riders two of these should be sufficient, try one on the bar & one on the helmet. One can always engineer a sturdier mount for them. Probably going to refit my reef aquarium with LED's now, too. Hope this helps.

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    Just an update, took them out for a ride on Friday. The 3x is way brighter than the 1x clone. In fact the 1x almost gets lost in flood even on medium. Like others have said in the thread, not much diff between med and high. The strobe as a mandatory to cycle through is annoying but oh we'll. Also it's not to heavy to helmet mount. For the price, not much to complain about other than the questionable quality of the batteries and the bar mount as others have said. I'll try some of the tape to see if it stays put. I think this is a better value than the 1x clone for ~$15 more

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkenshin View Post
    Just an update, took them out for a ride on Friday. The 3x is way brighter than the 1x clone. In fact the 1x almost gets lost in flood even on medium. Like others have said in the thread, not much diff between med and high. The strobe as a mandatory to cycle through is annoying but oh we'll. Also it's not to heavy to helmet mount. For the price, not much to complain about other than the questionable quality of the batteries and the bar mount as others have said. I'll try some of the tape to see if it stays put. I think this is a better value than the 1x clone for ~$15 more
    Yes, hard to beat the price of the triple. Still the single XML clones are better for the helmet as they tend to have a more narrow beam pattern.

    Fightnut, The battery that you linked to looks like a good value. If it is listed as 5200mAh then it should use 4 x 2600mAh cells in the battery. Of course the only way to really know what cells are used in the battery is to buy the battery and take off the shrink wrap....not something most people are really willing to do. Unless the vendor tells you the brand of the battery and the brand is something like Samsung, Sanyo or Panasonic you just buy based off the mAh listing and just go at face value. For the record, the Bak cells while not the best are not bad and worth the asking price.

    **Action LED also sells a 5200mAh battery that is not too expensive but also has added shipping cost. **correction, used to have a 5200mAh battery that was not too expensive.
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    I was trying to find a comparison of 3x Cree XML T6 discussed above against these two models:

    - CREE XM-L T6 LED Light + 2 XPE R2 LED (amazon.co.uk/eLifeStore%C2%AE-HeadLamp-HeadLight-Waterproof-Rechargeable/dp/B007W96KA6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1352666549&sr=8-12)

    - CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle Headlight 3 Modes 3800 Lumens (amazon.co.uk/Highly-T6-Bicycle-Headlight-battery/dp/B00A3C5280/ref=sr_1_22?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1352566238&sr=1-22)

    I spent last 2 hours looking for a side-by-side comparison or at least a decent review but no luck so far. Can anyone please comment on that? Which one would you go for?

    Thanks.

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    I bought one of these about a month ago and have been so impressed with its brightness, and runtimes that I bought 2 more for friends for X-mas.
    3800Lm Bicycle 3X XML T6 LEDs Bike Front Light Lamp Torch 6400mAh Battery | eBay

    I also have a 1800 Gemini Olympia which is my go to light as it's very reliable, lightweight, and programmable, but the eBay light is a little brighter, not much, maybe 2000 lumens and has a 3 hour run time. The battery is a 6400 mah battery inside an aluminum case with a carry pack for a bike. For $70 bucks it's an absolute steal. It's not 3600 lumens, but it is bright enough for downhill usage.

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    Just pulled the trigger on one of these guts on Ebay for $47 and should have in 3 days (US Seller) maybe 7 but who cares...

    Anyway, regarding batterues. ANyone have alink ot the OEM batteries these come with? Looking to see if it is cheaper to just get a couple of those or go with the one listed above (Xeccon) i think.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ral83178 View Post
    Just pulled the trigger on one of these guts on Ebay for $47 and should have in 3 days (US Seller) maybe 7 but who cares...

    Anyway, regarding batterues. ANyone have alink ot the OEM batteries these come with? Looking to see if it is cheaper to just get a couple of those or go with the one listed above (Xeccon) i think.

    Thanks!

    tom
    Because the subject of "What cells are used" in this battery/light combo keeps coming up I decided to open the shrink wrap on mine to take a look. Not encouraging to say the least. There are no markings on the blue colored cells. This tells me that the battery builder has repackaged the cells with their own covering. Sometimes you can remove these coverings but to do so you have to completely dismantle the cells from the PCB and the glue that is holding it all together and then surgically try to remove the wrappers on the cells. Sorry but I'm not willing to go that far.

    For the record, if the cells were quality cells there would be no reason to cover-over the OEM markings on the cells. At least that is my take on it. I remember ( years ago ) someone dismantled a battery like this and discovered that the battery was made with recycled cells. Not saying this is the case here but it is a possibility. Lets just say that in the future I'll not be using this battery until I do some more testing to see how it holds up over time. For those who want a better battery I suggest buying from one of the vendors who will back their product ( and have technical information on the battery ).

    Please, if you have comments about another cheap e-bay clone lamp; please, start a new thread. Posting all the links to different ebay lamps is confusing and distracting to the original subject matter of the thread. If you want to post up or comment about another lamp it would be better to start a new thread ( so everyone knows what lamp is being talked about ) Thanks...

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    Xeccon 6600mAh batteries for US customers

    Quote Originally Posted by MRMOLE View Post
    When compairing batteriy prices, don't forget Xeccon has a flat rate shipping charge of $20.
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    In the interest of reducing shipping cost and promoting Xeccon 6600mAh batteries, we are arranging limited number of these batteries in Neoprene pouch as pictured shipped to Bloomington IN this week.

    This offer is for US customers only. Price is USD 49.00 including USPS delivery. Xeccon 6600mAh Battery Special

    The batteries are available for shipping Monday Nov 19 onwards and come with 6 month warranty. Please use appropriate chargers. If unsure please contact us.

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    So I think I've narrowed it down to 2 options for a replacement/upgrade battery for this triple XML. Any input is appreciated.

    For myself, my average night ride is around 2 to 2.5 hrs, but minus the re-grouping and standing around gabbing (which I always turn my lights off for), the actual time the lights would be on is around 1.5 to 2 hours.

    Since this light isn't much different from medim (2 leds) to high (3 leds), I would most likely have it on medium most of the time.

    So as you can see, I'm not asking for crazy long run times.

    With that in mind, which would better?

    1. Xeccon's 6 cell, 6600mAh, which should give me plenty of run time, $50 (delivered),

    2. Magicshines 4 cell with Samsung cells at 5600mAh for around $57 (delivered).

    Ideally, I'd prefer the smaller more compact 4 cell set up. But the question is, is a 4 cell really enough for this light?

    Thoughts?

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    You guys with both single and triple XM-L lights, what do you think which combo would do the job best for for trail/offroad riding at night:

    1. Single 3 x XM-L light for ~$50
    2. Two single XM-L clones* for ~$60
    3. 3 x XM-L + single XM-L clone for ~$80

    *One of them perhaps should have wide angle lens installed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobale View Post
    You guys with both single and triple XM-L lights, what do you think which combo would do the job best for for trail/offroad riding at night:
    Option 3 would be my choice. 3 x XM-L on medium (2 hours runtime) as a bar light, and 1 x XM-L on high (3 hours runtime) as a helmet light should be plenty of light.

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    Thanks for the advice. My first proper bike lamp is on the way (single XM-L clone), so I'll be forced to ride with it only for some time. I'll probably invest in another lamp next year as I won't get much riding year as winter is coming here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity123 View Post
    Option 3 would be my choice. 3 x XM-L on medium (2 hours runtime) as a bar light, and 1 x XM-L on high (3 hours runtime) as a helmet light should be plenty of light.
    Problem is, the 3 xm-l isn't getting 2 hours on medium (at least not the one being discussed in this thread).
    Aside from that, I would agree with you that option 3 is best (just need to upgrade to a higher capacity battery).

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    That wouldn't be a problem, I already have some 2S 5000mAh LiPo batteries laying around, so I may as well use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeccon View Post
    In the interest of reducing shipping cost and promoting Xeccon 6600mAh batteries, we are arranging limited number of these batteries in Neoprene pouch as pictured shipped to Bloomington IN this week.

    This offer is for US customers only. Price is USD 49.00 including USPS delivery. Xeccon 6600mAh Battery Special

    The batteries are available for shipping Monday Nov 19 onwards and come with 6 month warranty. Please use appropriate chargers. If unsure please contact us.

    Leonard
    Thanks for the great offer. I've been using a red action wide angle lens in a Titan lighthead for a rear light alot lately. It's super bright but using one battery and a Y cable I'm pushing it to get two afterwork rides(25 mi.) on a battery charge. As the days get shorter a larger percentage of the ride is in the dark and it will be nice to have the extra battery capacity. Your efforts are appreciated! I justy placed my order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRMOLE View Post
    Thanks for the great offer. I've been using a red action wide angle lens in a Titan lighthead for a rear light alot lately. It's super bright but using one battery and a Y cable I'm pushing it to get two afterwork rides(25 mi.) on a battery charge. As the days get shorter a larger percentage of the ride is in the dark and it will be nice to have the extra battery capacity. Your efforts are appreciated! I justy placed my order.
    Mole
    Thanks Mr.Mole. The Xeccon 6600 should do you fine. I ride with 2 of these batteries on the bike. They don't seem much bigger visually than the 4400s. 33% more capacity for 100 grams more is a good trade off. I am getting good runtimes considering the stuff they are powering.

    For the record, it has identical runtimes with the Magicshine MJ-6036 battery since they are both BAK cells inside.

    As mentioned in the order update, the batteries will be ready for dispatch from next Monday.

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    I think there is a small difference in weight between Skyray S6 and this clone and they work about the same way. Only Skyray S6 is from some reason more expensive

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    I did a run time test ( on high ) with my Tri-Clone lamp tonight using a 4 cell 5200mAh ( BAK ) Bikeray battery. While doing the test I noticed that my tri-clone light head did not have any of the usual " LED power level displays". ( ie...no green to blue to red led indicators ).
    At exactly the two hour mark the light went out. There was no flash warning. Just out after two hours. I thought this strange because the lamp was still quite bright however the lamp would not come back on.

    At this point I figured the battery PCB had triggered the turn off circuit so I reset the battery by plugging it in to the charger for a moment. After that the light came back on and I ran it another half hour on the single LED low setting before it once again turned off via the battery cut-off circuit.

    In summary it should be noted that a 5200mAh 4-cell battery can run this lamp on high close to 2hrs. Since there are no warnings from this clone lamp head it would be smart to run the lamp on high no more than 1hr and 45 min. ( or medium more than 2hrs ) After that you have another half hour of light if run on low. All things considered if you are using a 5200mAh battery with this lamp you will have to keep an eye on your watch. If you accidentally trigger the battery PCB you will be without light even if the battery has enough juice to power the low level for another half hour. You can't reset the battery without the charger so be forewarned. Even if you mix the power settings I wouldn't plan on running the light more than 2.5hours just to be on the safe side.

    Now as to the supplied battery from the seller; I have a feeling the run times will be much shorter.

    *Edit: Another way to reset a battery might be to take a MS type male plug and wire it to a 9 volt radio battery. If the main battery cuts out plug the 9volt into the main battery for a moment and it should reset. Not sure if this would work but if you are into longer rides and own this light it might work. Luckily when you turn the light on it always starts up in low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    I did a run time test ( on high ) with my Tri-Clone lamp tonight using a 4 cell 5200mAh ( BAK ) Bikeray battery. While doing the test I noticed that my tri-clone light head did not have any of the usual " LED power level displays". ( ie...no green to blue to red led indicators ).
    At exactly the two hour mark the light went out. There was no flash warning. Just out after two hours. I thought this strange because the lamp was still quite bright however the lamp would not come back on.

    At this point I figured the battery PCB had triggered the turn off circuit so I reset the battery by plugging it in to the charger for a moment. After that the light came back on and I ran it another half hour on the single LED low setting before it once again turned off via the battery cut-off circuit.

    Now as to the supplied battery from the seller; I have a feeling the run times will be much shorter.

    *Edit: Another way to reset a battery might be to take a MS type male plug and wire it to a 9 volt radio battery. If the main battery cuts out plug the 9volt into the main battery for a moment and it should reset. Not sure if this would work but if you are into longer rides and own this light it might work. Luckily when you turn the light on it always starts up in low.
    Cat,

    Thanks for all your input. My first post, but earlier reading convinced me to order this same tri-clone ($48.63 delivered) (my first light) and I have 2 rides and 2 work sessions with it under me. I'm totally happy with the brightness but a noob. As others have said not much difference between med. & high, but like you said, there is no warning when it goes off, it's off and done until reconnected to the charger. Thanks for the 9 volt tip, might have to try that until I get a 2nd battery.

    My first ride (w/ the original battery) was right at 100 minutes and in the pouring rain. I had no problems with connectors, but it was a linear trail so I was able to use it on low for a good portion of the ride, medium was more than enough except in thick fog w/ rain at higher speed (30+ mph). At those points more light didn't really help. The head band set up doesn't work well at all since the light size is too big to rotate forward, but works great for tying your shoes! The handle bar mount works OK but perhaps some grip tape or inner tube like others have said would stop any movement.

    Since my light only turned off during one work session, the thing I noticed is that if left connected, the battery seems to drain enough to keep it from turning on later. I don't know if that is common, bad design, or just defective. It seems too coincidental that both times I left the battery connected, it wouldn't turn on later, even though it was fine when I turned it off. Don't know if you can test for this, but thought I would pass it on, as it could be really inconvenient to charge it, connect it and have it not work the next day without using it. Cheers!

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    New current measurements

    In post #38 http://forums.mtbr.com/9781893-post38.html I wrote
    Quote Originally Posted by HakanC View Post
    I measured the battery current draw in my 3x XM-L light:
    1: 0,62A (5W)
    2: 1,67A (13W)
    3: 1,95A (19W)
    I have measured the current draw once more, but with another battery, a homemade 3P2S battery, with 6 cheap 18650 cells from DX in a holder.
    Here is what I found
    1: 0,62A
    2: 2,1A
    3: 2,6A

    Quite a difference from my original measurements.

    BTW the battery I used in my original measurements was not the original battery for the 3x XM-L clone light. It was a MS battery: MJ-828, the one with the display
    MJ-828-Shenzhen MINJUN Electronic Co.,Ltd

    Obviously the current demand from the 3x XM-L clone light is too high even for my 3P2S battery.
    Therefore it would be interesting if somebody with access to a good bench power supply, capable of (at least) 7,6 to 8V and 4 to 5A, coluld do the same current measurements on the 3x XM-L clone light.

    If I repeat my current measurements a third time I will use the battery supplied with the light.


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    Hey!

    So I received my 3 XML yesterday. Looks good and I agree the high isn't worth it. Makes me wonder if this light would be a good option, any takers?

    2800Lm 2x CREE XML XM-L T6 LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Flashlight Headlamp Light | eBay

    I charged the battery up with my Turnigy RC charger. Charged it at 1 AMP and it took 1358 milliamps in 156 minutes. Next up, I ran it through a discharge cycle setting the charger to 1 AMP with a cut off of 6 volts. In reality, it discharged at 0.7 amps and trickled down. It took 180 minutes and it pulled 2113 milliamps out of the pack. I repeated this test with another RC charger and this time it took 2309 out in 197 minutes. My seller claimed the battery was 6400 mah. This clearly isn’t the case which was expected from pervious burn time results and user comments in this thread. But I was hoping… I’ve emailed the seller asking what’s up, we’ll see what they say.

    I'm still waiting to receive the other light I ordered, the mini cree one with the same claimed 6400 mah pack (different seller).

    Fun stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    Hey!

    So I received my 3 XML yesterday. Looks good and I agree the high isn't worth it. Makes me wonder if this light would be a good option, any takers?

    2800Lm 2x CREE XML XM-L T6 LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Flashlight Headlamp Light | eBay

    I charged the battery up with my Turnigy RC charger. Charged it at 1 AMP and it took 1358 milliamps in 156 minutes. Next up, I ran it through a discharge cycle setting the charger to 1 AMP with a cut off of 6 volts. In reality, it discharged at 0.7 amps and trickled down. It took 180 minutes and it pulled 2113 milliamps out of the pack. I repeated this test with another RC charger and this time it took 2309 out in 197 minutes. My seller claimed the battery was 6400 mah. This clearly isn’t the case which was expected from pervious burn time results and user comments in this thread. But I was hoping… I’ve emailed the seller asking what’s up, we’ll see what they say.

    I'm still waiting to receive the other light I ordered, the mini cree one with the same claimed 6400 mah pack (different seller).

    Master of Nothing, but dammit if I don't try..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by HakanC View Post
    In post #38 http://forums.mtbr.com/9781893-post38.html I wrote


    I have measured the current draw once more, but with another battery, a homemade 3P2S battery, with 6 cheap 18650 cells from DX in a holder.
    Here is what I found
    1: 0,62A
    2: 2,1A
    3: 2,6A

    Quite a difference from my original measurements.

    BTW the battery I used in my original measurements was not the original battery for the 3x XM-L clone light. It was a MS battery: MJ-828, the one with the display
    MJ-828-Shenzhen MINJUN Electronic Co.,Ltd

    Obviously the current demand from the 3x XM-L clone light is too high even for my 3P2S battery.
    Therefore it would be interesting if somebody with access to a good bench power supply, capable of (at least) 7,6 to 8V and 4 to 5A, coluld do the same current measurements on the 3x XM-L clone light.

    If I repeat my current measurements a third time I will use the battery supplied with the light.


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    Hakan, Sounds like your homemade battery did very well. Most batteries like the MS/BR 4cell setups have a PCB that limits the output current. Out of curiosity I decided to do a quick Lux output test using both the supplied battery and my Bikeray 5200mAh battery that I used for the run time test. Surprisingly the supplied generic battery gave a slightly brighter output than the BR battery. This means the supplied battery allows a larger current pull. That probably goes far to explain why the supplied battery seems to have a shorter run time than other batteries.

    All things considered, If you really wanted a good battery to run this lamp it might be a good idea to buy a Li-Po set-up. The Li-po hobby batteries are able to supply larger current pulls and can be set-up with a low voltage warning device ( Like MK96 mentioned above ).

    If I really planned on using this lamp for everyday use I would buy a Li-po battery over 6000mAh and a decent hobby charger. Plug one of those low voltage warning devices into the balance leads when you go for a ride and you should be good to go. Not sure I'll really buy one as I have more than enough batteries right now

    Another way to handle the battery PCB cut-off problem would be to simply buy a cheap MagicShine 2 cell battery and carry it as back up. All issues considered not a bad option. Adding to that you could also wire up a 2-male plug adapter and use it to reset the PCB on the other battery if it goes out and still has some power left. Yes, that would work real well and the 2 cell would give you enough juice on low for over two hours ( or medium for maybe 1hr. )

    Hey...Whatever works best!
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    Hey!

    I received the Mini Cree 1x XML Light. Here are some comparison shots between the 3x XML, 1x Mini and my old NiteRider Storm HID. Distance to the bike is about 55 feet.

    Mini CREE LED XML XM-L T6 LED 1600Lm Bicycle Light Bike Lamp HeadLight headLamp | eBay

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    Reference
    New clone 3 x XML T-6  49.88 shipped-reference.jpg

    3x xml low
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    3x xml medium
    New clone 3 x XML T-6  49.88 shipped-3xmlmedium.jpg

    3x xml high
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    1x xml mini low
    New clone 3 x XML T-6  49.88 shipped-minicreelow.jpg

    1x xml mini high
    New clone 3 x XML T-6  49.88 shipped-minicreehigh.jpg

    Niteride Storm HID (12 years old)
    New clone 3 x XML T-6  49.88 shipped-nrstormhid.jpg

    Size comparison
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    So I ran the Mini cree's claimed 6400 mah battery on my RC charger and discharged the battery at 1 amp with a 6 volt cutoff. I pulled 3683 milliamps out of the battery in 306 minutes. Much better than the 3 x XML battery. Still not what was advertised, but expected (4400 mah pack). Something to note, sadly the connector on the Mini Cree's battery pack is different than the connector on the 3x XML battery pack. The inside positive pin is skinnier on the mini and the connector overlaps similar to a MagicShine, just not as tight. The pin in the middle is split, so if you are careful, you could expand it to tighten up the connector. As it is, it's fine I think. See the below picture.

    Top - 3x XML
    Bottom - 1x Mini
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    Did some amp draw tests on both lights.

    3x XML
    0.56
    2.35
    2.54

    1x XML Mini
    0.32
    0.64

    Charged the 1x XML Mini battery and it took 3600 milliamperes.

    Anything else people want to know?
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    Hey Grump

    Can you show us a picture against the tri-clone. Or next to a XML-1 clone if you have one. Want to see what the actual size is.

    Thx

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    Mb,

    The only lights I have are the 3 in the photo above. NR Storm, tri clone and the mini Cree. Do you want more pics of the mini beside the tri clone?

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    Regarding max current in the 3x XM-L light I have found a online shop that writes that the light is power limited to 15W, to avoid overheating.

    I think that it makes sense, but that it is a current limitation at 2,6A.
    This current limitation could be one of the reasons why the difference in light output between mid and high is so small, evan with a good battery.

    I still think that it would be interesting if somebody with a good bench power supply,coluld do some current measurements on the 3x XM-L clone light.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HakanC View Post
    Regarding max current in the 3x XM-L light I have found a online shop that writes that the light is power limited to 15W, to avoid overheating.

    I think that it makes sense, but that it is a current limitation at 2,6A.
    This current limitation could be one of the reasons why the difference in light output between mid and high is so small, evan with a good battery.

    I still think that it would be interesting if somebody with a good bench power supply,coluld do some current measurements on the 3x XM-L clone light.


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    Perhaps, but common sense tells me that regardless, you aren't going to notice a really big jump in output between two XM-L's and three XM-L's. It is noticeable but just barely.
    That's just the way the eyes work. The brighter the light, the more output that is needed to see a significant difference in intensity. Eye sight is not linear in nature. Thank God for that because if it was all of us would be blinded the first time the sun came up. Now if the difference was between 2 and 4 XML's then yes, there would be a much more obvious jump in intensity.

    Now if the lamp were wired differently so that all the LED's were lit for all three modes you could have the modes set so that there were more notable increases in intensity for the last two modes. For a three mode lamp with a 1200 to 1300 lumen output a good mode choice would be > low ( 250 lumen ) medium ( 500 lumen ) high ( 1300 lumen ).

    On a side note my Gloworm X2 works almost the same way except both LED's are always on. Still when using the trail programme there is not much difference in intensity between the mid-mode and high mode. Once a lamp gets to the 800 lumen level you almost have to go into the 2000 lumen range to see a really big difference. At least that's my take on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    Hey Grump

    Can you show us a picture against the tri-clone. Or next to a XML-1 clone if you have one. Want to see what the actual size is.

    Thx
    Hey Mb.

    Here are some more pictures of the mini compared to the 3x XML Tri-Clone. Is that what you wanted?

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    The seller for the 3x XML Tri-Clone has agreed to send me a replacement battery at no charge as the first battery is no where near the rated 6400 mah. I can only pull 2300 mah out of it.

    Store: zhixingstarshop88. Seller: rabbitword88

    I'm hoping the replacement battery is closer to the output that the 1x Mini Cree battery puts out (3700 mah). This battery is in line with a 4400 mah pack, not a 6400 mah pack.

    I've asked them to test the battery on a tri-clone before shipping it out. I told them "if" it's a 6400 mah battery, they should be able to run the light on high for over 2 hours. I'm not holding my breath as I know the cells are to new and expensive for them to be including them to make a 6400 mah pack.

    I'll report back once I receive the new battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    common sense tells me that regardless, you aren't going to notice a really big jump in output between two XM-L's and three XM-L's. It is noticeable but just barely.
    I agree, of course.

    But I was mainly thinking about the minimal increase in current between Mid and High that I measured in the post above
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    1: 0,62A
    2: 2,1A
    3: 2,6A
    0,5A increase is only about 3-4W


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    for my laymen ass..........I ran the 3x 3600 lumen with the stock 4400 battery in my kitchen.....it ran for 1 hour 26 minutes before it shut off.......it was VERY hot (i'm guessing while riding it will be better......I plugged the battery back into the charger for one second and got another 20 minutes........I'll try it again for fun and see if it's close again.......
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    Thx

    It does look to be a bit smaller than a 1 XML clone. Hard to tell tho. What do your eyes see Cat.

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    Thx

    It does look to be a bit smaller than a 1 XML clone. Hard to tell tho. What do your eyes see Cat.

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    How about this!

    Similar height to a C cell, similar diameter to a D cell.

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    New clone 3 x XML T-6  49.88 shipped-side-mini-c-d.jpg


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    I am going to buy an adjustable power supply, but in January, so I cannot make test earlier :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by HakanC View Post
    Regarding max current in the 3x XM-L light I have found a online shop that writes that the light is power limited to 15W, to avoid overheating.

    I think that it makes sense, but that it is a current limitation at 2,6A.
    This current limitation could be one of the reasons why the difference in light output between mid and high is so small, evan with a good battery.

    I still think that it would be interesting if somebody with a good bench power supply,coluld do some current measurements on the 3x XM-L clone light.


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    Yep, pretty small. I'll put the regular XML-1 clone next to C & D batteries and see if the mini is smaller. Might be just a touch smaller but not much.

    How do you like the output of it. Spot it looks like. Does it out throw the XML-3 clone.

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    Haaah!! Cat, you crack me up.

    When I was at ye olde NiteRider the legendary Classic and Digital Pro dual beam systems had the same functionality, only when the system was on high did you have a spot and a wide angle lens putting light to the ground.

    Funny how in the quest to drive prices down we've regressed to 90's functionality concepts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaDesignsShannon View Post
    Haaah!! Cat, you crack me up.

    When I was at ye olde NiteRider the legendary Classic and Digital Pro dual beam systems had the same functionality, only when the system was on high did you have a spot and a wide angle lens putting light to the ground.

    Funny how in the quest to drive prices down we've regressed to 90's functionality concepts.
    Shannon, next time please quote me so I know what you are referring to. Then maybe I can laugh too. ...Otherwise I end up sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out the reference.

    MB....Sorry about my last post. I thought you were asking a question about the tri-clone. I see now that you were asking about the mini single XML lamp. No I don't have one of those but those have been around a while. I think the brand most associated with the mini is "Marsfire".

    This is why I hate it when people start talking about different clone lamps in a thread for one specific clone. Real easy to get confused if the light in question is not spelled out in black and white.

    Anyway, the Marsfire single XM-L mini- type should work well. I was going to buy one myself a while back but so far no one has given it a decent 3-mode plus flash driver. Should make a good helmet light if the beam pattern is similar to the 808E.

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    Any one really get this thing cracked open yet? I was planing a 2x xml bar light with 8 cells and a B3flex driver. This might be cheaper to buy then sourcing out all the parts i need. It has 3 xml already and a nice housing. For led, optics and holder im near the 50 bucks right off the start. With a new driver I can ditch the crappy modes and run 3 amps if needed.

    But I wonder if the taskled driver will fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    This is why I hate it when people start talking about different clone lamps in a thread for one specific clone. Real easy to get confused if the light in question is not spelled out in black and white.
    Sorry Cat. It wasn't my intention to hijack the thread with the Mini Cree light. I only posted it as others showed interest and it's all I had for comparison to the 3x XML Tri-Clone, other than the aging NiteRider Storm.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Anyway, the Marsfire single XM-L mini- type should work well. I was going to buy one myself a while back but so far no one has given it a decent 3-mode plus flash driver. Should make a good helmet light if the beam pattern is similar to the 808E.
    Beam pattern of the mini is posted above, compared to the 3x XML Tri-Clone.

    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    How do you like the output of it. Spot it looks like. Does it out throw the XML-3 clone.MB
    I'll be riding tonight for the first time with both lights. At this point I'm not sure if it out throws the 3x XML, from the photos, I believe they are similar, since one is a flood, the other a spot. But from the photos, the distance they give light, I don't think it's going to matter! Compared to what I'm coming from, an aging NiteRider Storm and for the cost, I don't think I'll be unhappy tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    Any one really get this thing cracked open yet? I was planing a 2x xml bar light with 8 cells and a B3flex driver. This might be cheaper to buy then sourcing out all the parts i need. It has 3 xml already and a nice housing. For led, optics and holder im near the 50 bucks right off the start. With a new driver I can ditch the crappy modes and run 3 amps if needed.

    But I wonder if the taskled driver will fit.
    I forget where I saw it but someone did manage to get one of these open. I remember the part the held the driver is attached to the front and completely enclosed the driver. Not saying it can't be done but unless you get those two halves apart I can't see someone messing around with the driver or internal wiring.

    I bought mine hoping for the same as what you posted. Hopefully in the future one of the vendors will see the usefulness of the output and sell an upgraded version with a better mode menu. With better modes, a better battery and some fail-safe circuitry I'd be willing to pay at least another $40 for one of these.

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    @MrGrumpy, you should start a thread on that mini cree. I think there's enough interest in it to warrent it's own thread (I know I'm interested in it), and since you're the only one I know that has one yet, who better to start that thread

    @Cat, it's interesting to see how quickly the manufactures respond to feedback. I see now that several of these 3xml clones are coming with 6 cell battery packs. Not saying whether they are quality packs or not, but just that manufacturers are responding to complaints is good to see.

    Also, a lot of the cheapy lights from China are now making it so you have to push the button for an extended time to get to the strobe/flash modes. So they are listening, which I think is great.

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    I am looking at this light too on eBay/amazon. 3x Cree XML t6. I just started trail riding and need a really bright light for around this price so I can still ride when it gets dark here in the northeast around 3pm

    Couple of questions. Why are they so much cheaper than other brands that have the same Cree lights and batteries? Do I need to buy anything else with this (action wide angle lens, different battery pack,etc). How come the exact same light has different batteries and lumens listed by different sellers? A link to the best one would be appreciated. :-)

    Sorry for all the noob questions...just started biking this summer and don't want it to end!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lethalsvt View Post
    I am looking at this light too on eBay/amazon. 3x Cree XML t6. I just started trail riding and need a really bright light for around this price so I can still ride when it gets dark here in the northeast around 3pm

    Couple of questions. Why are they so much cheaper than other brands that have the same Cree lights and batteries? Do I need to buy anything else with this (action wide angle lens, different battery pack,etc). How come the exact same light has different batteries and lumens listed by different sellers? A link to the best one would be appreciated. :-)

    Sorry for all the noob questions...just started biking this summer and don't want it to end!!
    Quite honestly, I'd advise you to look at something different. Unless your rides are only an hour or less, you're going to need a different battery. And once you add that cost in, you may as well go with something else.

    I'd suggest going with 2 single XML lights, one for bars, one for helmet, each with their own battery pack. You'll get up to about 3 hours run time and have plenty of light (not to mention running 2 lights is always better then 1 incase one fails or you crash and break one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lethalsvt View Post
    I am looking at this light too on eBay/amazon. 3x Cree XML t6. I just started trail riding and need a really bright light for around this price so I can still ride when it gets dark here in the northeast around 3pm

    Couple of questions. Why are they so much cheaper than other brands that have the same Cree lights and batteries? Do I need to buy anything else with this (action wide angle lens, different battery pack,etc). How come the exact same light has different batteries and lumens listed by different sellers? A link to the best one would be appreciated. :-)

    Sorry for all the noob questions...just started biking this summer and don't want it to end!!

    I'm a noob, but I'll try to answer that question since I've been researching and trying to decide on a light set up. They are so much cheaper because they

    don't have the same battery packs. the battery packs have cheaper cells, aren't put together as well, don't have as many mah as the more expensive, don't have as nice of cases etc.

    While they may have the same LED's they don't have as high of quality drivers, often don't warn you when the battery pack is getting low, aren't fabricated with a much quality control.

    The companys are often difficult to communicate with, and don't stand behind their product as well.

    That being said I will probably buy a couple of clones, but am having a hard time making a decision.

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    To expand a bit on my last post.
    For guys like Cat-Man-Do and myself, and any others that have a lot of different lights, batteries and chargers already laying around, these lights are fine to take a gamble on.

    But for a noob who is just looking for a good, reliable light, and it's going to be their only light, I'd suggest going with something else.

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    Thanks for the replies!
    So a single clone xmlt6 will have a life about 3 hours, and the 3x xmlt6 setup will get barely 1 hour?
    So none of these eBay/amazon clones have decent battery packs? (for the 2 or 3x setups)

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    I would say that if you need to go cheap, go w/ 2 lights for sure and go w/ the XML-1 clone. One on the helmet and one on the bars and you will be just fine w/ the amount of light and the run time since they do not have multi LED's.

    They might only last a year but they are cheap. Some of us are actually getting more than a year tho.

    Otherwise it's 200++++ for good lights. More if you want helmet and bar.

    Either way, never ride w/ just 1.

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    I agree with going for two lights if buying into the low cost Chinese lights. If one fails, then you (hopefully) have a back up light and back up battery. And look for lights with decent reviews (if possible).
    1800 Lumen CREE XML XM L T6 LED Bicycle Light Bike Cycle Lamp Headlight Headlamp | eBay
    I bought two of these lights, from different vendors, and am very happy with them (so far). I tested the batteries of both at home and got 4 hours 10 minutes out of one and 4 hours 11 minutes out of the other. Nice, since I was just hoping for 3 hours. Also nice that they quit with long burn times and similar burn times, so hopefully new, decent cells in them. Downside is the button on the lights goes red too early (I forget when), but it does flash red just a while before the light dies. Batteries still had 6.6v left when lights went out, so not over discharged. Only running these lights for about a month, but so far so good. I use both of these on the bars and an XP-G flashlight or old Magicshine on my helmet (can't have too many lights).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    Price was really my motivator at the time, since I already have RC batteries lying around. They're about $20 for a 4400-5000mah battery. Chargers are anywhere from $15 for cheapos to $60 for nice digital chargers that will balance out each battery cell. In addition, the RC batteries are built for high discharge (20c-40c). Using them for lights barely stresses out the batteries at all and keeps the cells pretty well in balance and they last longer.

    The bad side is that RC batteries have no protection circuits within, as they typically depend on the electronic speed controller of the RC vehicle to stop the motor when it reaches a certain low voltage point. In short, that means you have to be careful to not over discharge your battery. When your light indicates low battery you need to stop using it within a few minutes or you risk bricking your battery. Not really a big deal if you're paying attention, but it's not quite as plug and play as existing "bike light" batteries.

    Here's a LiPo 5000mah soft case battery thrown in an old water bottle:


    I soldered up a "Deans" style connector -> Magicshine connector:
    Great idea, I would even swap to deans pins, I worked for a hobbie shop for a long time and built all my battery's & we even matched out own cells..I would think it would be a great place to get batterys..
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    I buy all of my HID's from these people, never had a problem...would something like this work for bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corbinworks View Post
    I buy all of my HID's from these people, never had a problem...would something like this work for bikes?

    http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/GT-LED
    2 problems I see:

    1) Mounting the light on your bike.

    2) The 12 Volt requirement. You would need a very big battery pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corbinworks View Post
    I buy all of my HID's from these people, never had a problem...would something like this work for bikes?

    http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/GT-LED
    If you use a Li-ion 11.1 volt battery it should work. The down side, you still need to buy a battery. Adding to that, low run time as there is no mode selection and you have to fashion your own mount. Since they cost more I suggest the lamp offered in the OP is better for bike use although the battery could be better.

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    If those are indeed rivots in the back housing, I wonder how they will hold up in term of keeping water out of the housing? Interesting way of holding the unit together unless they are more for cosmetic reasoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bornmodernbaby View Post
    If those are indeed rivots in the back housing
    It's not. It's machined to look like rivets.

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    So, first ride done with the lights, 3 hours away from the house, 2.5 of that was moving time. I used the light I'm not supposed to talk about on low for the entire moving time without any problems. I used the 3x XML Tri-Clone on the descents mostly on low with some medium in there. Honestly I felt that both lights on low did a pretty good job overall. But nothing I rode last night would I consider high speed. It was mostly tight single track with lots of twists and turns. Overall happy with the lights. I'll charge up the batteries tonight and report back what I put in. Should give me an idea of what to expect. I was very conservative with the light usage last night.

    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    How do you like the output of it. Spot it looks like. Does it out throw the XML-3 clone.MB
    The throw on the mini cree is further than the tri-clone. Spot vs. flood, spot wins!

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    Well I need a new plastic mount for mine. First time mounting to the handlebars and the plastic around the screw hole snapped. Duct taped it back on, and then a minor crash caused the plastic to break where the o-ring hooks onto it. For some reason the plastic is very brittle.

    Anyone have an idea of something to replace the mount with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by presslab View Post
    Anyone have an idea of something to replace the mount with?
    I went with the same type of mount from Action LED. $6 for first class shipping and really fast service. It comes with the screw.

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    Update.

    The 1x mini Cree's battery took about 1100 milliamperes charge. It was run for at least 2.5 hours, mostly on low. On a discharge cycle I was able to pull almost 3700 milliamperes from this battery (6v cutoff). So there should be lots more runtime with this light.

    The 3x XML Tri-Clone's battery took about a 1600 milliamperes charge. It was run for about 90 minutes mostly on low. On a discharge cycle I pulled around 2300 milliamperes from the stock battery (6v cutoff). As we know, the batteries that come with the Tri-clone appear to suck. I have another one coming from the eBay seller I bought from. Hopefully it's better.

    Anyone else out there have the means to run their stock TRI-clone battery on a discharge cycle with an rc charger? If be curious if these batteries are all the same, or if one eBay seller is better than another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    Update.

    The 1x mini Cree's battery took about 1100 milliamperes charge. It was run for at least 2.5 hours, mostly on low. On a discharge cycle I was able to pull almost 3700 milliamperes from this battery (6v cutoff). So there should be lots more runtime with this light.

    The 3x XML Tri-Clone's battery took about a 1600 milliamperes charge. It was run for about 90 minutes mostly on low. On a discharge cycle I pulled around 2300 milliamperes from the stock battery (6v cutoff). As we know, the batteries that come with the Tri-clone appear to suck. I have another one coming from the eBay seller I bought from. Hopefully it's better.

    Anyone else out there have the means to run their stock TRI-clone battery on a discharge cycle with an rc charger? If be curious if these batteries are all the same, or if one eBay seller is better than another.
    Sorry, don't have a rc charger/discharger but I am running a run time test on high with the supplied battery. If it doesn't get at least 1.5 hrs then yes it does suck. What I don't understand is that I'm seeing these lamps ( TRI-clones and clones of TRI-clone ) being sold all over the place but have yet to see one of these being sold with an up-graded battery. Even a 5200mAh battery would be a vast improvement. First place to do it will make some bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Sorry, don't have a rc charger/discharger but I am running a run time test on high with the supplied battery. If it doesn't get at least 1.5 hrs then yes it does suck.... .
    Well it turns out mine Super-sucks... I got 1 hr. 10 minutes on high. When I reset the battery I only got 1 more minute on low. That's pretty bad. In comparison my 5200mAh Bikeray battery got 2hrs on high and an extra 20 minutes on low when I reset the battery.

    Anyway I figure these TRI-clone cells are likely no more than 1500mAh ea. ( if that )

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb323323 View Post
    I would say that if you need to go cheap, go w/ 2 lights for sure and go w/ the XML-1 clone. One on the helmet and one on the bars and you will be just fine w/ the amount of light and the run time since they do not have multi LED's.
    Either way, never ride w/ just 1.
    Another disadvantage of a single Big light is that (especially with long travel forks) the illumination range is limited under heavy braking due to brake dive.

    In this conditions a second (helmet) light is very useful to extend the field of vision
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    Well it turns out mine Super-sucks... I got 1 hr. 10 minutes on high. When I reset the battery I only got 1 more minute on low. That's pretty bad. In comparison my 5200mAh Bikeray battery got 2hrs on high and an extra 20 minutes on low when I reset the battery.

    Anyway I figure these TRI-clone cells are likely no more than 1500mAh ea. ( if that )
    I ran my Tri-Clone on high last night. 1 Hour 5 Minutes and it was done. I charged it back up and it took back 2100ish milliamps. I'm at work now, but I'm running the low test as a type this. I'll also do a medium test and report back my findings.

    I'm guessing there is probably one manufacture of the Tri-Clones and they are shipping the same crap batteries to all the ebay sellers. So they all suck. Just my guess.
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    I purchased a tri-clone on OCt 12, 2012 from securityingstore via ebay for $52 shipped. Can't post links yet, so pm for link if it would be helpful.

    After 4 full charge to shutdown cycles, I'm at 1:36:12 on Low. Supposed 4400mAh 4 cell battery pack. Haven't tried "Hi" yet. Button is green plastic colored; no change to red before dying.

    Questions:
    1) Is this in the ballpark of what other people are getting or am I running short?

    2) After the light shut itself off, I plugged it into the charger for about 5 seconds, and then took it off. Connected it back up in the light ran fine for about 30 seconds. I pulled it off after that, because I didn't want to damage the battery pack by draining it to far. At the same time, I've read about "resetting" the battery pack by plugging it in briefly.

    Could someone better describe this process if it will give me extra battery life without damaging the batteries?

    3) Is there an aftermarket pack that is recommended at this point? The other option is just for me to buy a 2nd light, leave it strapped to my road bike, and then use the 2 packs together when I go out for longer rides.

    Thanks for your collective knowledge. -Marshall

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugovector View Post

    After 4 full charge to shutdown cycles, I'm at 1:36:12 on Low. Supposed 4400mAh 4 cell battery pack. Haven't tried "Hi" yet. Button is green plastic colored; no change to red before dying.

    Questions:
    1) Is this in the ballpark of what other people are getting or am I
    On low, that runtime seems way to low. I tested low today and I got 3 Hours 43 minutes. I'm charging the battery now and will do a medium test tonight. High was on par with others results, just over an hour. I suspect medium won't be much longer.

    If you are only getting 1.5 hours on low, your battery is really bad, makes our crap batteries look good!

    Maybe it's a charger issue? I haven't used the factory charger yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    On low, that runtime seems way to low. I tested low today and I got 3 Hours 43 minutes. I'm charging the battery now and will do a medium test tonight. High was on par with others results, just over an hour. I suspect medium won't be much longer.

    If you are only getting 1.5 hours on low, your battery is really bad, makes our crap batteries look good!

    Maybe it's a charger issue? I haven't used the factory charger yet.
    I thought that seemed really low. I'm just using the charger that came with it. What charger are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugovector View Post
    I thought that seemed really low. I'm just using the charger that came with it. What charger are you using?
    I'm using a rc hobby charger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
    Is this kind of charger good for the LED batteries? Such as geminis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazspeed View Post
    Is this kind of charger good for the LED batteries? Such as geminis?
    Yes. Though you may need to do some soldering to match the plugs, depending what the gemini comes with. The only other catch, these chargers aren't just plug in and go. You need to set them to the right battery type, voltage and what amp rate you want to charge at. It's really not that hard, if you have the time, tools and patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
    I went with the same type of mount from Action LED. $6 for first class shipping and really fast service. It comes with the screw.
    Thanks! Got one on order.

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