can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

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can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby sadler89 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 18:21 pm

hi all

looking at buying a good trail light for the winter what will light up everything, looking to spend about £150 dont mind buying a used light but wanted to know if anyone could recommend one that will last a while and is bright thanks tony

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby cooldad » Mon Dec 03, 2012 18:32 pm

Er same as in this thread
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby sadler89 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 18:43 pm

sorry started new thread as i thought it may be in the wrong section


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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby sadler89 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 21:57 pm

ok have you used this lot ? cheers tony

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby stubs » Mon Dec 03, 2012 22:01 pm

sadler89 wrote:ok have you used this lot ? cheers tony


Not personally but a mate runs them and they are eye wateringly bright.
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby sadler89 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 22:06 pm

ok well that sounds like what im after want to ride over the downs after work, finish work just as its getting dark so by the time i have ridden the road to the trails i cant see a thing

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby sadler89 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 08:57 am

have brought the lights, saw a video of someone using one on youtube looks rather bright but they are cheaper to buy on everbuying.com for 20.52 usd

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 09:36 am

The DX light (and all the identical ones you'll find for sale, including on ebay from UK suppliers for just a quid or so more) are excellent for the price, I use them in confined woodland in the full dark and rarely have an issue, the only slight criticism is that the close to spread means things disapear from sight just as you get onto them, but you shouldn't be looking at the front wheel anyway!

I use one, the son uses one, the daughter is buying one and of the people I ride with at least 50% use one, even those that have progressed to something much dearer keep it as the helmet light. Battery run time about 4 hours.

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby cooldad » Tue Dec 04, 2012 13:43 pm

If you are buying batteries as well, throw them away when they arrive and buy decent ones. Anything with 'Fire' in the name is pretty rubbish to start with, and even worse someone(s) also making fake Ultrafire batteries, that are even worse than useless, and potentially dangerous.
Panasonic, Sony, Senybor, Torchy or Xtar work better.
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby Concorde » Tue Dec 04, 2012 14:49 pm

cooldad wrote:If you are buying batteries as well, throw them away when they arrive and buy decent ones. Anything with 'Fire' in the name is pretty rubbish to start with, and even worse someone(s) also making fake Ultrafire batteries, that are even worse than useless, and potentially dangerous.
Panasonic, Sony, Senybor, Torchy or Xtar work better.


Absolute rubbish, many people use them without issue including myself, many thousands of people actually.

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby cooldad » Tue Dec 04, 2012 15:53 pm

Concorde wrote:
cooldad wrote:If you are buying batteries as well, throw them away when they arrive and buy decent ones. Anything with 'Fire' in the name is pretty rubbish to start with, and even worse someone(s) also making fake Ultrafire batteries, that are even worse than useless, and potentially dangerous.
Panasonic, Sony, Senybor, Torchy or Xtar work better.


Absolute rubbish

Absolutely - that's what I said. Although the real ones work, 3000 mAh is about 1500 in real life.
The fake ones are scary though - so I'd check them carefully or bin anyway. (Easy way of checking if fake (apart from the fact that they look shoddily made) is they don't have Ultrafire engraved on the negative terminal.)
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 16:01 pm

Mine come with 4 18650's assembled into a pack, seal the ends with silicon for waterproofing, they last at least 4 hours on full power and never had an issue in 12 months.

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby supersonic » Tue Dec 04, 2012 16:11 pm

Although the real ones work, 3000 mAh is about 1500 in real life.


The 2400/2500 mah are fine. As are the Trustfire ones. ALL batteries rarely hit what they say due to the way they are tested.

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby cooldad » Tue Dec 04, 2012 16:46 pm

supersonic wrote:
Although the real ones work, 3000 mAh is about 1500 in real life.


The 2400/2500 mah are fine. As are the Trustfire ones. ALL batteries rarely hit what they say due to the way they are tested.

Probably true - I tend to use 2200 Senybors which easily last longer than '3000' Ultrafires.
My fake ones didn't even have the power to run the lights on high setting though, just low for about half an hour. Look the same.
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby stubs » Tue Dec 04, 2012 17:19 pm

If someone can fake ultrafire batteries surely they can fake anyones batteries. All you can do is buy from a well known seller
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby cooldad » Tue Dec 04, 2012 17:28 pm

I do, now. Local trusted sellers like Torchy.
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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby Ouija » Tue Dec 04, 2012 18:08 pm

All of the answers above are valid. However, if your after more of a flood light than a spot i'd suggest going for two more open faced lights like this

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putting some privacy screening tape over the lenses like this to scatter the beams...

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and then buy a better mount (such as the Hope ones from ChainReactions.com) and angle them slightly outwards when on the trail so that they throw more to the left and right.

Either way, make sure you go for a light with a Cree XML T6 (or U2) in it as these are currently the brightest LED's on the market.

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby sadler89 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 23:03 pm

have brought the lights already went for the one suggested first as there are soooo many good review of them and are fairly cheap if they are as good as said to be

also have brought some ultrafire batteries off ebay unsure if they are fake or not but were cheap anyway but still rather they worked, heres a link to them
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190411215959? ... 1439.l2649

cheers tony

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Re: can anyone suggest a good trail light ?

Postby cooldad » Tue Dec 04, 2012 23:30 pm

£1 each including postage - from Hong Kong. Good luck. I don't even know how they manage the postage.
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