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  • coatesy
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    Gloworm X1 or X2 from Danny(Neninja) at CRG Moto, tiny unit with one hell of a beam (with optional lenses included).

    bartimaeus
    Member

    A 501b XML2 or XML-U3 torch… about £10-15, Older XML-T6 501bs are about £8 (I have three!).

    You’ll need an 18650 cell, or two (about £2.50 each but free if you have access to old laptop batteries), a charger (£5) and a mount (£2).

    Future upgrades to the newest technology are then very cheap… I may buy an XML2 for next winter (£15 for the latest LED – can’t be bad).

    shmoo
    Member

    Hi, Am looking at doing more night rides in the near future and want to buy a helmet light to complement my bar light.

    I currently have a cheap CREE 900 lumens lights on the bars and it works fine, but feel I want a light on my helmet as well.

    I like the look (and weight) of the exposure joystick but it’s quite pricey, anyone with any experience/ recommendations of these or alternatives.

    cheers

    shmoo
    Member

    Cheers for your replies.

    The Gloworm looks to be too much light and certainly too much money.

    I’m still tempted by the Joystick (or other Exposure light) or the NiteRider Minewt Mini 300 – USB PLUS. What do folks think to these?

    cheers

    Mtbbatteries XML does a more than good enough job for me. Bright enough that I was able to ride a new descent at decent clip on sight and light enough that I don’t get neck ache on the way round.

    Premier Icon variflex
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    gloworm x1 +1
    cheaper than a joystick and much more throw.
    I have an exposure maxxd on bars and x1 on lid and its perfect.
    comment ref cost of gloworm vs joystick is daft as a new joystick is £140+ vs x1 with 200 more useable lumens at £125

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    Joysticks are overpriced and underpowered IMO. I’ve used XML torches in the past and they were much better and a tenth of the price. I now have an mtb batteries Lumenator, which is excellent.

    z1ppy
    Member

    I am a fan of the XML unit, but the like of the big manufacturers do make lights that are more ‘all rounded’ outputs. I had thought the joystick overpriced and underpowered, but having been leant one on a demo, the light was a lot more useable (beam) light than the very spotty (but very bright) XML units I’ve tried. If you can get the likes of the joystick at a reduced price, I think they are very good light (but I ain paying RRP),
    That said a dual XML unit addresses the spottiness issue & is still crap loads cheaper than even a reduced Exposure

    shmoo
    Member

    Yeah, sorry forgot to say, I wouldn’t pay full RRP for joystick, would be trying to get a cheap one through Fleabay

    I’m guessing no-one seems to rate the MiNewt lights

    Premier Icon stevemorg2
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    I’ve got a Gloworm X2 set up I’m thinking about selling – PM me (address in profile) if interested

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