riding Trout's Cutie
trout – i sent you an email a week or so ago regarding spider eyes/helmet light, did you get it……Posted 10 years ago
Eye up Chris,
Forget my request to hold back a couple of minis – after reading this thread make that a tripple cutie and a mini.
I have to say that is a very compact and aesthetically pleasing lamp unit – I must have one.
To the borrowers (of the cutie)
Can we have more beam shots please?
LTPosted 10 years ago
🙂 Toons its glow in the dark paint inside the light just for a bit of fun . Where is it going after you have given it a thrashing .
Camerone , Sorry I have not seen owt but thats not to say it has not got here please resend while I have a search for it .
Love tubsPosted 10 years ago
the milky bar kid has the cutie drop him your address and give it a try
trout – resent email just now.Posted 10 years ago
To somebody called Pete (i don’t have his STW username at the mo)Posted 10 years ago
Cheers ToonsPosted 10 years ago
I wonder how many miles it has racked up so far via the postal service.
Trout I just sent you an email (well last night your your BY email) I wonder if it has disappeared?Posted 10 years ago
I hope not! I want a go!!!Posted 10 years ago
Trout – first ride tonight with the new DD light. Did the obligatory shine into the garden test and it it looks good.
Also did the old stare into the light to see how bright it is, i can confirm its bright.
Hopefully tonight I will see the full impact. The DD on the bars (2600 lumens) and an old D-star led light on the lid (1700 Lumens) should see me through the wyre forest ok.Posted 10 years ago
remember the DD is 2600 real, measured lumens. Theoretical is 3600 lumens.Posted 10 years ago
Chris, have you had a chance to build the other demo Cutie yet?Posted 10 years ago
as fast as I build them they get bought.
I have not even got one for my own bike at the moment
but now I have run out of batteries till a new delivery from smudge arrives so may just catch up and get it done this week .Posted 10 years ago
Ok, no worries. I can wait. Cheers 🙂Posted 10 years ago
Toon, I am Pete, so is flashes (work and home)Posted 10 years ago
Pooh, getting excited as I’m after Flashy in the queuePosted 10 years ago
Troutie – did you get my mail?Posted 10 years ago
Troutie – and mine?Posted 10 years ago
yes got em will reply when I get home tonightPosted 10 years ago
Cool – sorry I just know you had problems with your mail before (we may be talking quite some time ago) 😉Posted 10 years ago
still do have the odd issue Virginmedia was very shonky last weekPosted 10 years ago
Everyone who bought one what have you gone for the 3 or 5 level mode?
Curious as to real world runtimes experienced.Posted 10 years ago
Whoever is next inline for the demo Cutie send me your address & i will pop it in the post to you.Posted 10 years ago
I’m next for the Spidereyes. You wait you b*stard squirrels (just kidding, I like squirrels)………….Posted 10 years ago
@bigbloke, I opted for the light with three settings but have ended up with a 5 settings one, unless I am doing it wrong.
Basically I push and hold down the on button and the light goes through 5 stages of brightness. Can anyone confirm this is correct. I assume the fith stage of brightness is the boost.
I run the light at the four level and when require boost I hold down the on button for a brief moment and the light cranks up a notch. Once finshed with boost I do the same again and the light goes back to what i think it level 4.
Anyone confirm this is corrcet method.
I am as yet to work out how to get the flashing mode as per the instructionsPosted 10 years ago
Mantastic……yes thats correct. To get flashing turn the unit off then push the button continuously for a few seconds the light will come on in the flashing mode which can also be cycled up and down in brightness.
I also assumed the light had 3 levels but it came with 5. I have the standard 2.6A battery.Posted 10 years ago
You can also run them in the traditional bflex “duomode”, where presses of the switch alternate between low & high current settings. It’s how i have mine setup. With high current set to 2.8A & sensible use of low current setting i get about 2 hours runtime from a 2.6AH battery pack.Posted 10 years ago
Oh bugger that means there will be a customer expecting five levels and only got three somewhere
for the five level. each click goes up a level to the top
press and hold and it goes back down. releasing when at the required level .
it is easy to reprogram for a triple setting. mail me if you want instructions on how .Posted 10 years ago
I’d be interested in how to change between the 5 and 3 power level modes, and what the theoretical lumen outputs are for the 5 power levels.
Tried out for the first time last night, only initial impressions as was not normal ride in the woods, was out over some open hills so much of the light was being wasted shining into space. Seems very good on levels 3,4 and 5 but two things of note. Firstly it wouldn’t stay in level 5 for long due to getting warm but to be fair I wan’t riding particularly fast and it was about 15 degrees last night. Secondly I can’t see what is immediately in front of my wheel (the first two to three feet) as well as with my old hope vision 4. In all other respects however it is much better, but only when you get to levels 4 and 5. Overall impressed so far.Posted 10 years ago
I agree with the above, the first 2 settings (5 levels) are only really suitable as a commuter and dont offer any real impact on an off road trail which came as a little bit of a disappointment, level 3 is fine offroad , level 4 and 5 are superb.Posted 10 years ago
Chris told me that setting 4 is about 1 amp draw (equivalent I think to the high setting in 3 level mode) so it seems like a huge jump to the 3 amps on boost (level 5). I can see why grahamb has set the boost to 2.8 amps as presumably this is only very slightly less bright but doesn’t overheat quite so quickly meaning that it will stay in this highest setting for longer even when moving more slowly through the air (I was descending a steep wet grassy hill last night so wanted all the light I could get but wasn’t going very fast.) Don’t know how the setting can be changed in this way though – grahamb/troutie is it fairly easy to configure these settings at home (forgive my ignorance)?Posted 10 years ago
OK its no secret the driver used is the Taskled H6flex
the data sheet with all the configuration instructions is on there
it does involve lots of button presses and is easy to screw up .
messing with it will also mean possible warranty issues from the settings I send them out configured to .
mainly the thermal monitoring , switch that off at your own risk
dont confuse battery draw with led drive current .
when on the highest setting it will draw approx 2 amps from a 14.8 volt battery
I send them all out configured to 2.8 max led current as it is not possible to see the difference at 3 amps
and the battery drain is a bit better
the led drive on the 5 levels is
level 5 2800 ma
level 4 1593 ma
level 3 730 ma
level 2 220 ma
level 1 50 ma
now this doesn’t mean the lumens halve with each step as that not how leds work
and I will get realtime lumen counts for each level sometime soon .
battery draw at the five levels is
level 5 1.9 amps
level 4 1 amp
level 3 .5 amps
level 2 .15 amps
level 1 .04 amps
so with this information you will be able to work out the theoretical run time for your particular amp hour battery
real runtime will vary due to temperature the colder the less runtime you can expectPosted 10 years ago
@trout – thanks for that very useful info.
I’d just add to what I said previously that the light is extremely well put together and looks and feels just as good as my hope vision 4. I’m looking forward to using it around my usual ride in the woods in a few nights time.Posted 10 years ago
Flashy, you got the spider eyes yet?Posted 10 years ago
Sorry I was on holiday. I think it may be in work, I’ll have a play this week.
Email me your address. I’m guessing you are next in line
CheersPosted 10 years ago
it still with Toons, then me, then you…………Posted 10 years ago
Who’s got the cutie at the moment?Posted 10 years ago
Used the spiders eyes whilst out riding with toons on tuesday night, bloody awesome head light. Insanely bright!Posted 10 years ago
Hi i sent the cutie over to bristol last week.Posted 10 years ago
Glad you lot know whats happening cos i lost the plot ages ago 😯
I am having to ride with a normal light at the moment 😉Posted 10 years ago
and only 3600 lumens
The-milkybar-kid,who to? Would like to give it a go if possible.Posted 10 years ago
The topic ‘riding Trout's Cutie’ is closed to new replies.
Sign up as a Singletrack Member and you can leave comments on stories, use the classified ads, and post in our forums, do quizzes and more.
Join us, join in, it’s free, and fun.