Magic shine lights – will I die?
Loads brighter for similar money?Posted 5 years agojohnhighfieldMember
Check out Dealextreme they do the Magicshine MJ-872 for £88.80 with a single battery – although it does not call it a ‘Enduro’ model. I got some lights from them last (the mickey mouse ears ones) year and although they took about 10 days to arrive they are v good.
JohnPosted 5 years ago
Do you really need the dual batteries? It’s an excellent light but while it’ll only do 2 hours 20 or so on full blast, it’ll do a lot more on lower power and still produce a reasonable amount of light- more than you need for climbing frinstance.
I use one as a helmet light, negates the need for a second light tbh. 2 would be nice but takes you way up into overkill territory. Helmet light > bar light, except when it’s misty anyway.Posted 5 years ago
mj872 is what i got last xmas, it’s a beast and amazing value. no fancy features, just a wall of light. get it from a uk seller in case any problems (i had no problems, but obviously some might), and get a spare battery for about £30. total cost about £120.
mine’s been very reliable and i can’t imagine needing any brighter… put it on your head imho, and carry a small torch for fiddling, because you’ll blind yourself trying to use the mj for fixing flats etc 🙂
edit: should mention the thing i don’t like about mj872 – it uses very obvious (to me) pulsing for dimming, so anything below 100% produces a strobe effect that in rain can be pretty bad imho. if you’re sensitive to strobes, you might have trouble with this..Posted 5 years agowonny jSubscriber
Going to invest in some of these badboys 1600 lumens with two battery packs for £160 http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/products/MJ-872-ENDURO
On full power will these negate the need for a head torch as well (assuming I use them bar mounted)? Or am I better to just run them head torch style?Posted 5 years agosingletracksurferSubscriber
or newer, brighter, better (and cheaper than the 872 you linked to) http://www.roughrideguide.co.uk/off-road-mtb-light-pack.html
or I’ve got an 872 and 2 x 828’s I want to sell (now I’ve upgraded to the 880).Posted 5 years ago
mj872 is $130 US on DX, which is about £85 through PP, then you pay 20% vat and handling, so it costs £100-115. why? you’re waiting longer and paying more, just buy from a UK seller for under £90.
is there a cheaper version i’m missing on dx?
my light was from magicshine_direct ebay UK. “Magicshine offers 12 months on the light and 6 months on the
battery.” i can’t remember who i got my battery unfortunately he was very helpful and gave me some free straps.
and the mj880, if its 2000 lumens vs 1600 is a small upgrade for a lot bulkier looking head and £40 more.
only thing i’d upgrade for would be non-strobing dimming and maybe a better battery meter (this one is all over the place, can be alarming), anyone used other budget lights can comment on that? because the 872 is already too bright to use on full most of the time..Posted 5 years ago
Just got back from testing my latest purchase. New 1800Lm CREE XM-L T6 LED from ebay. Its smaller / lighter than last years popular DX chinese XML
Same 3 modes high-med-flash but the medium is brighter and usable
The one I got has a much better beam pattern than the spotty larger ones
£23 inc p&p and arrived in 10 days from China
I can’t see why you’d need more light than one of these on the bars and another on the helmet unless you’re in an arms race with your friends.
yeah that looks a nice budget or backup option.. you need someone to test because some just have useless beam patterns. would be interested to know how bright it really is vs mj872.. anyone have both? i might just buy one to try eh.
both 8.4v also, so good chance they are cross-compatible 🙂Posted 5 years agocchris2louMember
I have 2 of them , the bigger one from last year , and was told that the battery wasnt compatible with the original magicshine but it works fine .
I can swap lights unit and batteries around .
one of the battery died and was looking at a replacement battery but just bought one of the above light , it is cheaper than replacement battery .Posted 5 years ago
yer if you check his history he accepts offers, you can’t see how much though, but you can usually blag a few quid.. so you only “lost” a couple of quid probably 🙂
one thing though.., get under £17 and you don’t pay import vat.
and as long as voltage (= number of cells) matches, and its a smart charger (they all are now), any capacity battery (within reason) should be ok.
here’s some discussion
i’ve not used these lights so can’t really say, if i get one i’ll post beam comparisons against mj872 though.Posted 5 years ago
So most of my thoughts have been done above: but some finer points-
No matter how good or expensive a light is I’d always like to have 2 on the go: this comes from my experience with the earlier magicshines that would switch off or change mode in the rougher sections.
Basically I’d prefer 2 cheap lights to one dearer / more powerful one.
But if you insist on going for one light I’d go for 2 smaller batteries rather than 1 big one. They can & do fail (or slowly get a lot worse). Also you can have one charging while you use the other.
btw you should get “comfortably” – 5 hours from the normal mj872 battery with judicious use of the saver-low-med-high settings.
Last useful point – I had an xml based light and found it to be a “spotlight”. To me it wasnt ideal for on a bike except for on the lid – but that may just be me. I sold it on.
then you pay 20% vat and handling,
I’ve never ever had to pay vat / handling from hong kong. I may be lucky – along with everyone else, but the PITA is in returns / warranty.
“will I die” – yes. But if a half decent light gets you out exercising over the winter then that eventuality may be deferred somewhat.Posted 5 years ago
Electron QR bracket EPH216, EPH217, EPH218
Unscrew the top of the Electron bracket and drill a holePosted 5 years ago
Unscrew the original bracket from the light
Twin stick betreen the new bracket and body
Screw the top of the electron bracket to the light with a longer screw
Screw the 2 halves of the bracket back together
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