- Commuting front light…
i use a lezyne macro drive which would probably fit your bill. it’s small, but nice and bright (300 lumens allegedly), lights up plenty of the unlit tree-lined south manchester side streets and is USB rechargeable. and can be had for around 40-50 quid if you shop around.Posted 6 years agosoma_richMember
Cheap – TickPosted 6 years ago
bright enough to see by – Tick
Rechargeable – tickCaptainFlashheartMember
Cheap (ish!)Posted 6 years ago
Bright as you like! I use mine on a largely unlit, fastish downhill section of my commute and it’s more than good enough for that.
Recharge by USB, with two cables (One at home, one at work)
And, as a bonus, perhaps the best rear light on the market included as wellbenp1Subscriber
I picked up a fluxient u2 mini from torchy boy on ebay. Depending on what kit you already have (18650 batteries or charger) then the price changes
I paid about £50 but I got the charger (wanted a spare for work) and 2 good quality 18650 batteries
The light is perfect for commuting, and very quick to remove when I park up at workPosted 6 years ago
try this one from c&b seen…less than £40 for a 100 lumen light set, with diffuser lens.Posted 6 years ago
i’ve had the 1200 lumen version for over a year now and cant fault it.johnnyboy666Member
Quite a few to choose from really ranging from £75 to just over the £100 mark. Lots of the 500-700 lumen ones around and so just keep your eyes open for one on a deal. I have a Lezyne Super Drive that I got for £40ish on some sale from wiggle about 6 months ago and just picked up a Niterider Lumina 700 off of ebay for £52.50 for my dad for xmas. The latter is a great little light with a cracking pattern.
If it’s only going on the handlebars then without doubt get an Electron Terra 3 which can be had for around the £50 mark and it don’t get much better than that for 800lumens and a 3 hour burn time. Only issue with the Terra is that it doesn’t appear to be quick release ie. it doesn’t slide off it’s mount. It looks permanently attached.
Other lights would be Cateye’s nano shot plus and light and motion’s urban500. Usually one is on an offer and they are all pretty good performers these days. Moon xpower500 and Cygolite have a similar 500ish lumen unit as well.
JohnPosted 6 years agodaleftwMember
Why anyone would want to pay more is beyond me.Posted 6 years ago
i think the issues some users have had with these cheap cree lights is that they are from china and come with batteries/chargers that like to explode or shoot across the room when being charged….or at least that’s what i had read on another light thread on STW..Posted 6 years ago
at least the c&b seen ones come with a proper uk spec charger and their after sales service is top notch!johnnyboy666Member
The cheap dx lights do give great bang for buck but they are no where near the output they claim. I have had a few of them and they are hit and miss. One of mine still works after a year and one doesn’t. My chargers have been ok but many peoples haven’t. I had both p7s and XML t6 versions. For commuting a self contained lights is loads easier to work with and the my lezyne super drive is just as bright as the single dx lights and my lumina 700 is quite a bit brighter again both have a vastly superior beam pattern and both are a lot better built.
So dx light for £20 is good value but the lumina I got on sale for £52 is brighter, better built, self contained and has a much better beam pattern. I think that makes it better value myself.Posted 6 years agovincienupSubscriber
I’m sick of the outboard battery pack on my old light and motion.Posted 6 years ago
The lamp is fine for the job but the battery pack and cable is just one of those little things that become annoying on a day in day out basis especially when self contained lights are so cheap now.
I’m sorely tempted by a MacroDrive as I love my MicroDrive rear.
As others have posted, you can pick one up around £45 with proper uk warranty and they just work. 350 lumen (max output from choice including 200 and flash modes) is plenty for anything except full speed offroad use.
USB plug is built in and they’re rated suitably weatherproof.
My view is that you don’t need to spend more unless you want to enter the offroad lumens arms race by which point you’re into polarised Chinese Cree vs £100+ monster lights…
I’ve seen some pretty good deals on Exposure Flash/Flash and Flare rechargeable kits presumably due to the Trace but you’re back to seperate chargers and there’s always been comments over the thread – seems to work for some but not others.
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