The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2014

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby -Archie- » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:09 pm

smashed wrote:Any idea where I can get the matching rear (can probably find the splitter myself)?

One light I'd call "matching" is probably MagicShine MJ-818:
http://www.magicshine.hk/ShowProduct.aspx?id=43

You can buy it on DealExtreme or eBay; the Y-cables are avaiable as well...

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby jairaj » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:13 pm

re - lights switching off randomly this might help:

-Archie- wrote:It is well (not sure whether that word is suitable here) known flaw of many tail lights I've seen. But it can be eliminated by minor modification.

The problem is, that manufacturers are saving cost and decided not to put the electrolytic capacitors in the light's electronic: respectively, even small power interruption caused by battery wobbling will reset the circuit to its initial (that is, "off") state.

I've modified many rear lights by soldering little capacitor in parallel with power input contacts of control PCB: this completely solved the "self-off" problem...

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby smashed » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:19 pm

Thanks, I am rubbish at that kind of thing. (soldering etc).
Taking a look at the magicshine.

I am looking at the light on here but this is more than I paid for the 1600lumen front with battery pack etc etc..
http://www.candb-seen.co.uk/bikehead-li ... ights.html

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby coursemyhorse » Wed Oct 10, 2012 14:27 pm

diy wrote:@coursemyhorse
1. Tighten the end cap, there is an internal thread on the cap that sometimes works loose.
2. Tighten the spring on the drop in

watch my vid for how to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJpQAvum0bM



DIY thanks for your help. Very nice vid. I couldn't see the two tiny mentioned holes to wind the tailcap piece up on mine. However, I took mine fully apart and put it back together and it stopped doing it. I did notice the battery is able to rock ever so slightly up and down the main chamber which can switch through the modes sometimes. Perhaps I might pack it out. Interestingly, this is my 502-b that is causing problems. My two older 501-b's are rock solid. I think they all have the same XML LED mind, or very similar, but the beam pattern on the 502 is ever so slightly different as I think the diffuser might be different.

I never did get round to trying one of those orange peel reflectors to assist in limiting the center spot and allowing more flood. I might do this at some point, but with two 501s on the bars and one 502 on the helmet, they merge nicely into a good overall coverage.

As for the laptop batteries I posted up earlier in the thread, I will post back what packs they are from in a bit.
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Ouija wrote:You can pick up 501's/502's from british sellers for a tenner or more. Better batteries can be had too, as well as chargers for only 5 to 10 quid. Beats me why people order from half way round the world (unless it's significantly cheaper, which in this case it isn't).


I noticed this last year when I bought some. I saved a lot of wait and hassle by purchasing from ebay UK. It was slightly more expensive. At the time I think some people were finding things were taking absolutely ages though from China. Perhaps I left it too late and it was near to the Chinese New Year thing...can't remember.

I just checked DealXtreme and they have a 501-b with XML-T6 emitter for $12.20. That's about £7.60. If you buy 3 or more, that goes down to $10.76 each, which is £6.70. Shipping is free and actually at the moment that item states only 7-10 day delivery. UK ebay - as you linked yourself - is about £14 for a reputable seller at the moment.

EDIT: Just checked ebay and there seems to be a Uk seller of the 501-b for £10 incl P&P.

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby prawny » Wed Oct 10, 2012 15:37 pm

I got a 501-b from a uk seller on ebay for less than a tenner from ouyou2010 came quick, no bother.
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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby tincaman » Wed Oct 10, 2012 16:22 pm

Don't think it's been mentioned for a while but if your torch battery is a bit loose length ways you can add a rare earth magnet to take up the slack
http://dx.com/p/super-strong-rare-earth-re-magnets-8mm-20-pack-4248?item=14

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby jairaj » Wed Oct 10, 2012 16:40 pm

Anyone know where to get textured reflectors for the Ultrafire 50X torches? I've got a smooth reflector and would like to try out a textured one to see what difference in beam pattern is.

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby sparky.2002 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 17:22 pm

Update to previous post
Cheers DIY... the skyray king arrived today
1st, had to make a mount for it. Used an Electron mount from CRC, chopped it up a bit and screwed some pieces of aluminium to it
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fitted mount to the light using huge cable ties
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In comparison to a 501b
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On the bike
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You might notice that this thing is quite large!! weighs in at 570g with 4 18650's and the mount. Cant be doing with a seperate battery pack though.

completely unscientific shot taken in daylight!!
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Well impressed!!

Shame there is no med mode. Low is somewhere between loa and med on the 501b xpg but the spot is a lot larger.

Cant wait to take it out!!

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby Ouija » Wed Oct 10, 2012 17:25 pm

It's dark now..........................................GO.......GO.......GO.

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Postby Ouija » Wed Oct 10, 2012 17:26 pm

GO.......GO.......GO.

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby mcnultycop » Wed Oct 10, 2012 18:40 pm

I hope this is just a quick question, I bought one of these Cree XML-T6 (although for £33, not £80 as they guy appears to be selling them for now) following Supersonic posting the link to them. I've just got it and it seems pretty decent.

In terms of charging this am I OK just to charge it for 3 hours before I first use it, then just use it (likely to be only 2 hour maximum rides at night) and keep charging it without letting it go flat?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby VWsurfbum » Wed Oct 10, 2012 18:42 pm

i charge mine until the light goes green on the charger (always observed by someone in the house)

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby MrGrumpy » Wed Oct 10, 2012 19:14 pm

prawny wrote:I got a 501-b from a uk seller on ebay for less than a tenner from ouyou2010 came quick, no bother.

is it this one ? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UltraFire-100 ... 4566wt_902

had this in my watchlist with a view to buying it! My MS clone died and bought another of the bay which proved to be faulty, so decided that the torch route is probably best. Is it any good? Will be buying two of them if I do go for it.

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby mcnultycop » Wed Oct 10, 2012 19:18 pm

VWsurfbum wrote:i charge mine until the light goes green on the charger (always observed by someone in the house)


Nice one, cheers. I'll do the same.

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby prawny » Wed Oct 10, 2012 20:03 pm

MrGrumpy wrote:
prawny wrote:I got a 501-b from a uk seller on ebay for less than a tenner from ouyou2010 came quick, no bother.

is it this one ? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UltraFire-100 ... 4566wt_902

had this in my watchlist with a view to buying it! My MS clone died and bought another of the bay which proved to be faulty, so decided that the torch route is probably best. Is it any good? Will be buying two of them if I do go for it.

That's the fella, just refixed to my lid, good torch, seems much better put together than the first one I got from dx, oddly enough.
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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby diy » Wed Oct 10, 2012 20:30 pm

Skyray look awesome. Please, please take beam shots on manual mode and post up. For the comments on cells you can just top up and use. They won't need to be emptied. Always charge in fire proof area, under supervision or on a timer. The risk is low but it does exist

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby wishitwasallflat » Wed Oct 10, 2012 21:04 pm

prawny wrote:
MrGrumpy wrote:
prawny wrote:I got a 501-b from a uk seller on ebay for less than a tenner from ouyou2010 came quick, no bother.

is it this one ? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UltraFire-100 ... 4566wt_902

had this in my watchlist with a view to buying it! My MS clone died and bought another of the bay which proved to be faulty, so decided that the torch route is probably best. Is it any good? Will be buying two of them if I do go for it.

That's the fella, just refixed to my lid, good torch, seems much better put together than the first one I got from dx, oddly enough.


I just ordered one of these tonight on the advice of having two torches - I am begining to think torch buying may be a bit addictive though!

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby sparky.2002 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 22:28 pm

Just tested sky ray king in back garden.... its like a security light!! Beam shots to follow

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Re: The big LIGHTS thread 2011-2012

Postby sparky.2002 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 22:48 pm

ok lets be straight.. i know bugger all about photography but i have managed to take the following two photos with identical settings
1st up
501b xpg-r5Image

and secondly
skyray kingImage


hmmm ... those settings arent identical!!


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