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    what Deal Extreme flashlight?

    i want to buy a really bright LED light to strap on my helmet for some short night riders. what's the best flashlight to buy from DX (or elsewhere) that:
    1. takes AA or AAA batteries (none of those silly expensive 123s please)
    2. costs $25 or less
    3. has a hole on the back so i can mount it on my helmet like this cheesy, dim light that i have:




    or should i buy two small lights that cost around $10-12 each and mount on on each side?

    thanks.
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    Buying cheap is going to get you cheap results. Sorry but that is just how it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle
    i want to buy a really bright LED light to strap on my helmet for some short night riders. what's the best flashlight to buy from DX (or elsewhere) that:
    1. takes AA or AAA batteries (none of those silly expensive 123s please)
    2. costs $25 or less
    3. has a hole on the back so i can mount it on my helmet like this cheesy, dim light that i have:




    or should i buy two small lights that cost around $10-12 each and mount on on each side?

    thanks.
    I was about to post some suggestions and then suddenly realized I just couldn't go there.
    Sorry if that sounds a bit elitist but nothing I could ( or would ) recommend would suit your needs.

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    Sku 14909 at a push

    Or just bite the bullet and go down the 18650 route. This will give you far better choice with better runtimes and of course much brighter lights. I just recieved sku 22661 and it blows away all of my AA lights and weighs only 20g more.

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    i got one of these with the rechargable batteries and handlebar mount works great a lot of light for the money
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16241

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15642
    It might get a little steep from here

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    don't worry, i expected a little bikesnob elitism from a message board. i am just looking for s simple solution to a simple problem that i can afford on my wages- which is "not a lot of money." (read: nothing.)

    sorry, i should have explained why i want to put lights on my setup. i don't need to illuminate a whole forest, i just need to see glass and potholes in the road directly in front of me when commuting on my bike. i suppose most of the lighting discussion on this board is about riding trails in the dark and i should have considered that before posting.
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    There are some really bright options in the 30 dollar range these days, but it may be worth considering a rechargeable setup. It will save you money in the long run and give you more options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle
    don't worry, i expected a little bikesnob elitism from a message board. i am just looking for s simple solution to a simple problem that i can afford on my wages- which is "not a lot of money." (read: nothing.)

    sorry, i should have explained why i want to put lights on my setup. i don't need to illuminate a whole forest, i just need to see glass and potholes in the road directly in front of me when commuting on my bike. i suppose most of the lighting discussion on this board is about riding trails in the dark and i should have considered that before posting.
    You seem to think that using AA's or AAA's are the cheap way to go ( assuming you are talking non-rechargables ). Even if you buy them from Wal-mart or the Dollar store they still will be an on-going expense to be dealt with. In the long run a torch that uses rechargable 18650's would be the way to go. Li-ion rechargables can be recharged hundreds of times and are cheap on the D/X site. Two 18650's are $10 or less and should last years. Compare this to buying 4 rechargable AA's from Bestbuy at about $14. Of course you would need a charger..about $12 on D/X. Since you are commuting it would probably be easier to just use a bar mount. On D/X you should be able to get all this stuff for about $35-$40 total. ( P.S. not too many torches on D/X have the metal loop on back. Some do have a small hole for a lanyard ( loop strap ) but I don't think it is big enough for a metal loop. ) ( another couple bucks also buys you a cheap red-blinkie for the seat post )Hope this helps.

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    you're right, cat, i am trying to save money with rechargeables. 123's can be really expensive and i am a hippie who hates throwing things containing nasty chemicals in the trash, so i have been using rechargeables for a long time. i would buy a rechargeable setup with 123's but they would only be useful for one application and i already have AA's and AAA rechargeables coming out of my ears. i have about 16 rechargeable AAs and 6 or 8 rechargeable AAA's. i have been using these for a few years in my camera flashes and they still have a lot of life in them. since i don't shoot photos much anymore, i have all these spare batteries lying around unused.

    i want a bright light for commuting at night without buying a crazy bike-specific setup. i could also buy a fancy helmet mount but i have found that the bungee cord method i worked up works just fine. it's just that the flashlight i am using is pretty dim and a powerful but cheap LED would probably work a lot better.

    thanks to the non-snobs who showed me enough respect to not assume that i don't know what i am looking for.

    i am confused about these 18650 batteries. call me a battery noob, but they look like AA's. what's the difference? are rechargeable 18650's more powerful or more reliable than rechargeable AA's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle
    ...i am confused about these 18650 batteries. call me a battery noob, but they look like AA's. what's the difference? are rechargeable 18650's more powerful or more reliable than rechargeable AA's?
    First, rechargable AA Nimh batteries, standard voltage 1.2volts ea....47mm x 13mm, Range in capacity anywhere from 1600 to 2800mah depending on what you buy. The more mah ( milli-amp-hours ) the longer they will run. Typical NiMh batteries have a fairly high rate of self-discharge. This means they lose power even when they are not being used. There are a couple brands of AA's that have a lower self-discharge rate. They are Sanyo Eneloops and I believe Duracell sells a version that works just as well, however they are only 2000mah, still they work well...much better than standard NiMh AA's IMO.

    I8650's are Li-ion batteries. Standard voltage is 3.7volts, peak voltage about 4.2volts when fully charged. size is > 65mm x 17mm. By chemistry the Li-ion cells are very low self discharge. All batteries lose capacity after some time and Li-ion's are no different. They should still charge to 80% of original capacity after about three years. Some of the AA NiMh batteries I had lost the ability to hold a charge after just a year.

    Some people swear by AA's. They're okay for certain applications I suppose. For torches though I much prefer Li-ions. D/X does sell torches that run off of AA and AAA's. Here is the link if you need it. This page is devoted to AA's I believe..> http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.942

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    awesome, that was sooooo helpful, Cat. thanks.

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