What helmet light?
i’ve got one of these:
i got the smooth reflector – so it projects a small bright spot, and some sanyo 2700 mAh Nimh batteries.
(and i’m trying not to be a battery bore, but sanyo make the best batteries, although you can buy other brands, that claim 2800mAh or even higher, if sanyo can’t do it, it can’t be done)
i get about 2 hours on full-beam (180lumens), which is often TOO bright. i get more than 3 hours on the 120lumen setting – which is plenty.
My fenix can be a pain to attach to my helmet, but i find a simple zip-tie does a good job.
problem is, the fenix is about £45, and a set of 4 good-batteries + charger is about £20. Still, it’s the cheapest set-up i’ve seen for a helmet light, that gives enough light, for enough time.
it feels like money well spent when i get cars blowing their horns, or flahing their full-beams at me after i’ve accidentally/temporarily blinded them.
night-riding is ace – it’s a good reason to look forward to winter.Posted 8 years ago
This one is experimental for when the new leds come out.and the round optics are not what I want .
output on paper 420 lumens in real life about 350 .
runs from a 7.2 volt li ion so 3 hours is from a 2200mah pack
when the new XPG leds come out it could be upgraded to 650 lumens on paper
probably £60 plus postage then you need a battery should be doable for under £35.
it is so light that it only needs some velcro to fit it to the helmet
here is a beamshot with the round optics . a bit narrow in my opinion.
as the trees on the right are 75 metres away
Posted 8 years agoz1ppyMember
What helmet light? was thinking a minewt USB or l&m stella. <£100 and NOT a dealextreme p7 torch!!
did wonder why you wouldn’t want a p7 but then saw this line:
to complement the exposure race maxx on the bars?
obvious a P7 would just overpower that and not complement it.Posted 8 years ago
sure will work with a 14.4volt pack
Sorry I was quoting the minimum battery it would need as a 2 cell li ion is the maximum I would want to strap to the helmet
Even better would be a little triple I am working on also sort of half a Trout lightPosted 8 years ago
here is a beam shot taken when I did the earlier one last night.
Looks amazing, I was going to buy a P7 for the helmet but now I have seen that one, it looks like I might be able to do that at a similar price and use my current battery. It’s heavy but will be better than the P7 and I would be ok with the spot too. When will these be in production? No rush obviously.Posted 8 years ago
RR, why not a dealextreme torch? Lighter than the minewt or Stella you mentioned, self contained, cheap, and far brighter. The only real downside is the burn time, but you still get over an hour on full whack, and on low power on the 2-mode ones the output isn’t much less than the minewt…Posted 8 years agotopangariderMember
How much light do people need?!?!
Trout – very nice looking light and I like what you’re doing , but bloody hell – it’s like riding in the day! Would be ok for fast downhill, but otherwise – just wait a few hours and ride when the sun comes up.
I’ve got an ay-up on the bars and a fenix on me lid and its just about right I reckon.Posted 8 years ago
Tesco? Nah. To get any worthwhile amount of light and spread you need several (I had 3 at one point, one with the collimator out) which means carrying loads of extra batteries too. Total pain. And not even all that cheap- it’s cheap for one but one is pointless.Posted 8 years ago
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