Got a Hope Vision 1 for sale if you want it?Posted 4 years ago
I have two but only need one. Blue one is newer and cosmetically better, black one older, more scratched but has new circuitboard and switch fitted by Hope earlier this year. Both are bar mmounted. Your choice, either for £40 posted, email in profile.
On full whack they claim 600 lumens. Best bit is they run off 4 AA batteries so a doddle to swap when they run out, I would avoid rechargeable lights for this reason. And if you forget, you can get new batteries from any corner shop, can’t do that with a six-pack!bartimaeusMember
You also need some foil to improve the heat sinking, and some electrical tape to make the cells fit snugly… and I use a small rare-earth magnet on the -ve end of the 18650s as mine are unprotected so a bit short. If the cells manage to move around they will interrupt the current which will cause the torch to change modes – this can be alarming as it is most likely to happen when you hit a really rough patch! But a torch on your lid is ‘stabilized’ so you will probably be fine without.
I’d also budget for a timer for the charger… that way you can set them to charge for e.g. 6 hours and then stop. I think single cell charging is pretty safe, but I would not like to leave mine on for 48 hours just in case!
Additional lights are £8-£15… e.g. a C8 XM-L2 for you bars.
It’s a very cheap way to get into night riding… and once you have cells and a charger additional lights (or a yearly upgrade to the latest emitter) are very inexpensive.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
The wee XML bike lights are a bit spotlighty, they’re bright and great value but not that nice to ride with imo. I had the older P7 lights and they made about half the power but had a much better beam, preferred those tbh.
You can get a silly amount of light for peanuts these days, it’s great.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Didn’t really rate the wee fresnel tbh, it made for a letterboxy light but very hard edged, possibly a better spread but kind of annoying! All a bit of a faff considering how much light you can get for similiar amounts now.
Disclaimer: I have not used this light but it’s getting good reviews:Posted 4 years ago
I got one of those Solarstorms the other week from the exact seller Northwind linked to. Can’t give exact run times but mine shows maybe a little over 25% left on the light’s indicator after a 3.5hr ride with a mix of med./high (probably about 70/30). I run it on my bars with a cheap XML (still going strong in its 3rd season) on my helmet. A couple of rides on it now and nothing to complain about yet; everything seems well enough made and it has a better beam pattern than the single XML unit.
There’s a thread on mtbr about them with more info and nothing but good reviews so far (they also sell under the name ‘Fandyfire’).Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Just lost one of my p7s so need to replace it – great torch, lasted years.
Does anyone ride with a coloured light, like v slightly green or blue? Quite like that idea but don’t know how it would work out on the trail. Sure I’ve ridden with folk with lights that appeared green-ish, but maybe they were basically white with just a faint tinge.Posted 4 years agoSuiMember
My old Magicshine job died last night :sob: it’s been going well for 3 years, it keeps turning off and on randomly even with a different battery pack. I’ve got on order (for the last week) a set of those solarstorm things, if they last even a winter i wont care for the costs, my MS were onyl £47.89 from DX and they’ve done 3 winters.Posted 4 years agoleo72Subscriber
The cheapest Magicshine 808 for less than £50 shines up well for riding in the dark. Been using it for two years now. The halo gives good near zone vision and the spot is perfect for fast singletracks.
Here are two videos. The darkness starts at 2.59:
The second video contains more night riding(at 1.30):
/LeoPosted 4 years ago
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