Review – Magicshine Monteer 8000 Galaxy you’re never going to need more light!

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Magicshine’s latest 8000 lumen Monteer is less of a light and more like your very own personal solar flare for the trail! Winter might bring cold weather, mud, rain, and constant cleaning of gritty drivetrains, but it also brings with it the fun of a night ride! Night riding is awesome because familiar trails become a new challenge, and best of all you can keep in shape while everyone else watches Bake Off on the telly. To get the most from a night ride though you’re going to want to invest in a good set of lights, and I say invest because you’re going to be looking at dropping a few hundred pounds on something really good. Like everything, there are cheaper lights out there, but a good quality light will offer a bright and even beam, a high-quality battery, long usage, and be made of materials with the tolerances to survive a few winters of wet and muddy riding. Magicshine Monteer 8000 Galaxy At a retail price of £369.99 the Magicshine Monteer 8000 is...

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  • Review – Magicshine Monteer 8000 Galaxy you’re never going to need more light!
  • Premier Icon mark morgan
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    Wait till you get to my age Dick! I was perfectly happy with 1600 lm up until last year when I found myself struggling ever more to see where I waqs heading. I have just bought the Magishine 6500 and it is great. On low power it is about the same brightness as my old lamp on half power and will last for about 6 hours or more like that. No idea how long ludicrous mode lasts but the other night we did 2.5 hours, of which about 30 minutes were on full power and it didn’t even use one of the 3 bars on the LED battery indicator.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Something that bright should only last about 1 hour unless battery technology can now be focussed on and get improved burn times without larger batteries – definitely not an easy thing to crack.

    The middle ground should actually increase quicker than the ludicrous mode’s if all else was equal.

    If you look through the samsung battery specs they’ll offer different 18650’s for different applications. Some will have higher storage capacities, others will have higher current capacities. So the super bright lights will suffer a bit with lower battery capacities as they draw more current.

    The flipside to that is it’s been a while since I bought loose batteries for lights, it’s possibly the case that even high storage capacity batteries can deliver sufficient current for these light now. Or that companies only produce one battery pack to cover all bases.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    How old is that? My fear is it isn’t as far away as either of us think! 😉

    I’m still rocking the Light & Motion Seca 900 Race Ultra – that apparently will run for about 4 hours on full beam – admittedly 900 lumens, but the light spread is fantastically usable and works very well. I have started riding faster so also have a helmet light that is about the same brightness (actually might be 1200 lumens), but combined they are great.

    I’ve got a Halfords 1600 light but find full brightness is just too bright and everything just flares so you don’t see any detail.

    I’m all for technological improvements, but I also appear to be set in my ways and find brightness is only usable if it doesn’t flare and I seem to be finding 1600+ doing that far too much.

    Anyway, enough of my grumblings…what is the age difference so I can see how old my grumping makes me sound! 😉

    Premier Icon mark morgan
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    I will be 55 shortly, but have suffered with pretty poor eyesight all my life.

    Premier Icon john_l
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    No mention of the fact that you have to cycle through all of the settings to go up to a higher beam? I.e you’re just about to drop off a nice descent and have got to toggle through the low settings and flashing setting to get to high beam.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    thegeneralist
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    Anyway, I’m clearly in the minority, so it appears the manufacturers are correct in thinking most people do short night rides.

    I think you’re missing the point a little, it’s not “short night rides”, it’s just “doesn’t need to be on high power”. Yes it’s 2 hours on “mid”, but it has a mid setting that is still stronger than a lot of lights’ high setting. When in mid it’s probably brighter than both of my lights on full power, combined, for perspective and they’re perfectly good lights that I’ve raced downhill with. And even Low is a useful trail light unlike older lights where it was more or less fire road/get me home.

    IMO the switching on these isn’t clever though, it’d be great to have MAX POWAH mode as a seperate button press. Cycling switches kind of suck at the best of time but when the top mode is so atomic I just wouldn’t want to cycle past it to mid or low, I’d just want to switch it on for dh sections.

    Premier Icon Andy
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    The V2 has a remote with 2 buttons, one to toggle through settings, one to jump straight to full power (and then back to previous setting).

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Ah that’s exactly what I was hoping for, cheers!

    Premier Icon john_l
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    Yup, that’s good to know.

    Premier Icon Andy
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    Premier Icon Matt Wilmot
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    I think some are missing the point and focusing too much on the headline output. I bought the 6500 and the ability to run at around 2000lumens for a claimed 7hrs was what sealed the deal. Most 2000 lumen lights have a run time of 1.5-2hrs.

    Premier Icon cp
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    I think some are missing the point and focusing too much on the headline output. I bought the 6500 and the ability to run at around 2000lumens for a claimed 7hrs was what sealed the deal. Most 2000 lumen lights have a run time of 1.5-2hrs.

    I think in some ways the 6500 is the better option for respectable run time vs light output. I’m very tempted by one.

    Premier Icon john_l
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    I had the 3500 for a few months and the light itself was very good (toggle issue aside, which now seems to be fixed with that remote up there.).

    Just couldn’t like the separate battery though. It’s a great battery, but it just gets in the way, as do the cables.

    Went back to Exposure.

    Premier Icon keaty1984
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    Good evening
    My Names Nick im the UK distributor for Magicshine UK. I apprecaite all your feedback, Im a Through and Through Mtber myself, I took over last year with NO experince, I just have a massive passion for riding bikes.. its been a steep learning curve but were getting there. Im happy to take on any of you suggestions and pass to the manufacture.

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