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  • like a joystick but cheap
  • nosedive
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    the recent storms have killed my exposure joystick so i need a helmet light. any suggestions for self contained torch like lights that are lightweight enough to stick on a helmet. would be a bonus if there was something that fitted in the exposure helmet mount…

    Premier Icon Trimix
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    A second hand one from EBay.

    Premier Icon pictonroad
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    I’m just about to stick a diablo in the classifieds if you’re interested.

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    James

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    Generic 501b’s fit in the mount. Decent Panasonic 18650 makes them good lights, often under 100g inc battery. But those Exposure mounts are cheese, so wrap some tape around and get it in a Lezyne one (£8)

    Premier Icon verses
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    I have a Mk7 Joystick on ebay at the moment (email in profile if you want the link).

    nosedive
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    LOL. I have a couple on my watch list already. kind of does my head in that they are sealed, I would feel a lot better about them if I could get in easily and change the battery every couple of years

    nosedive
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    thanks richard, thats the right sort of money. Ive got a dying sirius, dying diablo and dead joystick so just trying to find a more user setviceable solution, thanks for the offers above though

    mikewsmith
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    Tried contacting exposure to see what they could do?

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    Tried contacting exposure to see what they could do?

    +1 Have only heard good things about their customer service

    nosedive
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    i mailed exposure about a year ago when the diablo started dying and got no reply. I heard it was expensive anyway so didnt bother chasing it. I probably should be more persistant

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    maybe try giving them a ring instead

    belugabob
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    kind of does my head in that they are sealed, I would feel a lot better about them if I could get in easily and change the battery every couple of years

    http://www.mtbbatteries.co.uk/mountain-bike-batteries/joystick-battery-replacement/

    …worked fine, for me.

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    I’d try emailing again!

    I spent them an email on saturday and got a reply within an hour with a returns number.

    But those Exposure mounts are cheese

    Utter nonsense.

    nosedive
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    ^^ nice one. will give it a go. i think the diablo and sirius just needs new batteries, the joystick is dead dead though

    Premier Icon benp1
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    Pick one up cheap on Evans right now, or get your old one fixed

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    nosedive – Member

    LOL. I have a couple on my watch list already. kind of does my head in that they are sealed, I would feel a lot better about them if I could get in easily and change the battery every couple of years #

    ChrisL got an older joystick fixed, IIRC it was about £40? Wasn’t really worth it tbh but it was definitely an option.

    Any half-decent torch does the same job, just not as nicely- a torch’ll be heavier and bulkier, but offers replacement batteries. I have some chinese XML job in a joystick mount and it works a charm (love the joystick mount!)

    Premier Icon Trimix
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    Exposure have always fixed my lights, or sent a replacement. Worth trying that even with the dead one before spending more money.

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    I’ve just got an evans 500 lumen jobbie and a helmet mount. Not tried it on my MTB yet but it punches a decent hole in the dark on the commute (bar mounted).

    I’m sure it won’t be as good as the new joysticks but that battery lasts 90 mins on high, and it coast less than 40 quid with the extra mount (which is also gopro compatible)

    nosedive
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    thats what I am thinking, these are all old lights with about 500 lumens, I might be able to get better performance for less money, maybe worth a diy battery fix though. I was going to buy the evans joystick mark 11 for £105 but its not in stock and I could really do with not spending that kind of cash. £10 for an ebay special and a good 18650 from torchy is very tempting

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    The £10 torches are decent, I’ve got a few, but they’re heavier, and need tinkering to get the best out of them. I’ve got 2 left, but one only likes some of the batteries I’ve got, and the other likes different ones.

    Some slide in fine but rattle while in use and the light flickers/changes modes. Or the battery is a struggle to fit in and an even bigger arse to get out.

    The evans thing is solid.

    nosedive
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    that evans 500 thing looks ideal. does it look like it would fit in a joystick mount?

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    I don’t know to be honest, my ultrafire 501b torch won’t fit the evans mount, so if they do fit the joystick one it won’t work. But evans do their own strapped helmet mount for about £3 which is good, and the actual clip part is attached to the helmet mount by a gopro style mount.

    nosedive
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    thanks prawny thats really useful

    nosedive
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    gemini xera looks like an option as well….bit more expensive at £80 though

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    This is a good helmet light Torchy light off eBay

    I bought a helmet mount for it from Evans for a £4. Helmet mount

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    That’s pretty much the same light without the side lighting. Probably better for MTB than the Evans one.

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    I did wonder that as it fits the mount perfectly.

    nosedive
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    nice one willyboy, i had seen that but dismissed it as i couldnt figure out how to helmet mount it! i think thats the solution

    GavinT
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    I had one of the torchy fluxeon lights. They don’t seem to be listed currently so don’t know if he’s finished with them or if they’re just out of stock.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Latest-Fluxient-U2-Mini-1100-Lumen-rated-Cree-XM-L-U2-led-2-x-3400mAh-battery-/291924718671?

    Great light, waaaaaaay brighter than any joystick, will squeeze into a joystick mount (tight but it goes) and takes 18650 batteries so you can ride with a spare in your pocket. Each one good for about 3 hours on full.

    DrP
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    I would genuinely say, if you want something like a joystick..get a joystick.
    If you want a cheap torch, get a cheap torch.

    The two are, in my mind and usage, different items…

    Yes, I’m an exposure fanboi, but good lights aren’t cheap, and cheap lights aren’t good….

    Bike snob..moi??!!

    DrP

    I’ve got a Lezyne light on my helmet – self contained battery and a decent mount. Think I got it for £40 ish a while back but RRP was nearer £80. It’s the macro drive one on wiggle but at 400 lumens it may not be powerful enough for you – I use it with a floody bar light and it’s been good.

    Do call exposure!

    +44 (0) 1798 839300 then option 2

    There is always someone on the phone between 8:30 and 5.

    With our Sussex based team will do what we can to help!

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    Boson

    Anyone got one of these? 850 lumens for £40 sounds too good to be true

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    I was very disappointed with the Fluxient, but there you go.

    I paid £25 for the torch unit on it’s own it was fine, but no better than the £12 Chinese torch I had before.
    Both are still running, but now I use the old Solastorm X2 on my head.

    Annoying that you can’t carry a spare battery with the Alpkit one.

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