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Public Forum => Tech Talk - Public => Topic started by: Scrivo on 18, September, 2016, 10:44:02 PM

Title: Good Night Lights
Post by: Scrivo on 18, September, 2016, 10:44:02 PM
I had a set of MagicShines years ago and I couldn't really fault them. Yeah, the battery looked a bit lashed together and the head unit (I had the Micky Mouse setup) was a bit heavy but I couldn't really complain for 90.
I've been searching for a higher quality setup but haven't been able to find anything that represents a big jump from the MagicShine. The Exposures are great in that the unit is self contained but I like a single lamp helmet setup and anything in the Exposure range that can do this is too heavy. Oh- they're 300+ which is a bit mad for a torch too.


Anyway, I decided to give the new generation of MagicShine from magicshine.co.uk a go and I am blown away by the quality. I got this 2000lumen one with rear light included: http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/featured-products/magicshine-mj-902-2000-lumen-bike-light-combo.html


First thing that struck me is the quality of everything. It's all properly sealed and could easily have a HOPE logo laser cut into it and I would believe it. The head unit is tiny and weighs barely anything. 2000l is more than I could ever want and the fact that the unit is so light (pun intended) is great for helmet use. The wireless remote is a cool extra too.


Fantastic customer service from Magicshine.co.uk and a first class light. Now to put it to the test over the long winter :-)
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Muddy-Fox on 19, September, 2016, 09:17:35 PM
Nice one Scriv for the review, have to purchase a new light this Season and was definitely going Magicshine

Wait a minute, are you now a factory rider giving them reviews for a freebie...????

Who done that one year, someone in the club........


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Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Scrivo on 19, September, 2016, 09:50:21 PM
Hahaha I think that might have been the Bomba Boydell :-D :-D
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: MaddogIRL on 26, September, 2016, 05:40:56 PM
Hey Scrivo, lookin at these myself. Have you had to use them yet? Good review btw.


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Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Scrivo on 26, September, 2016, 10:37:19 PM
Yep I used them the other night in Ballinastoe. Absolutely fantastic. I'm not a fan of having two lights to mess with and I'm happy to report that there is no need for anything else than this on your helmet. Great purchase!


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Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: MaddogIRL on 27, September, 2016, 02:52:40 PM
Thanks. I have them ordered.
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: sikelly on 12, October, 2016, 01:09:49 AM
Cheers for the review Scrivo. My two 2yr old cheapo chinese batteries died an hour and a half into a spin tonight after a full charge. Time for new lights. Very tempted by your recommendation here. Especially by the fact that only one light is required. One question, I normally put my helmet light battery pack into my backpack. The battery on this looks pretty big. How big is it roughly? What way are you running it? I would have thought mounting it on the bike, top tube or wherever, would mean major hassles with the cables to prevent straggling and snagging potential.


Thanks, Simon.
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Stephen McMullan on 12, October, 2016, 12:16:49 PM
Hi Simon,

Might just be a battery upgrade required rather than going the full monty on a complete new lightset.

That lightset that Scrivo posted has a 5.2Ah 7.4V lithium ion battery included which chances are is significantly more than what you had last night.

You can buy individual batteries here: http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/batteries.html (http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/batteries.html)

Longer lasting batteries are bigger. They're all based on standard lithium cells. The more cells packed in, the more duration you get so it results in a bigger battery pack. No getting around that at the moment.

You can stash the battery in a backpack or in a pocket and use an extension lead if necessary. (http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/bike-lights/accessories.html (http://www.magicshineuk.co.uk/bike-lights/accessories.html))

My own headlight blinked out last night on the second last trail - I still had a bar light (bigger battery mounted on the top tube) so it was ok-ish. I had the headlight on full power for a lot of the spin and the inevitable happened - should have reduced it more when appropriate to save power.
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: MaddogIRL on 12, October, 2016, 01:01:43 PM
Lights arrived today. Just tested them at home and DEAR GOD I think I'm blind! Can't wait to give them a proper test. Quality is great. I'll give a further review when I'm properly tested them.


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Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: edson on 13, October, 2016, 12:02:03 PM
I ordered those as well and they arrived yesterday. Time to test them out tonight in Ticknock!
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: dom17 on 14, October, 2016, 08:18:24 PM
How did the lights go Finbar ?
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: David D on 14, October, 2016, 08:40:54 PM
How did the lights go Finbar ?
They didn't come with GPS


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Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: edson on 15, October, 2016, 11:19:54 AM
How did the lights go Finbar ?
They didn't come with GPS


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Haha! I had the front light on my handlebar, which wasn't the best place for it really, need to figure out how to attach it to my helmet and where to carry the battery pack (rear light attaches to same battery). But the light itself is plenty bright, no complaints there! Worth the buy alright.


Finbar.

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Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Scrivo on 15, October, 2016, 01:49:53 PM
I bought the velcro helmet mount that they sell. Nothing fancy but does the job. I don't think there's any need for a bar light with this beast on your helmet
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Hywel on 25, October, 2020, 11:22:01 AM
As we are heading into winter and this question comes up from time to time, thought I'd share this article I came across for bike lights on bike radar (updated for 2020):

https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-mountain-bike-lights/
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: saccades on 27, October, 2020, 03:36:58 PM
8000 lumans....   :o


You'll be cooking the squirrels in their beds. It's an interesting article though.


My choice would be a decent flood on the bars and a decent spot on the helmet. I much prefer no cables, but millions of people are not fussed.


Two lights means you have a "get out of jail free" card if something does happen to one of them.


I have a 2.2K luman light on the bars and I normally run it at about 1.6k so as to not swamp anyone else I'm riding with lights, if I'm doing a long spin it's down at 1.2K for a long burn time.


I'm struggling to comprehend having 8K tbh, it would be overkill in rain, mist or snow as you'd blind yourself with reflected light.






 
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Stephen McMullan on 27, October, 2020, 03:52:54 PM
8000 lumans....   :o
I still want one!
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: Hywel on 27, October, 2020, 04:57:18 PM
yeah it's overkill alright! Anything from 1000 lumens for each light is enough... and won't drain the batteries in one hour.
Title: Re: Good Night Lights
Post by: feed on 06, November, 2020, 09:52:51 AM
The advantage of 8000 lumens is that any rider in front of you with a less powerful light will end up riding in their own shadow (effectively in the dark).
This will obviously cause them to crash allowing you to cycle over their broken body and achieve the ultimate goal of being first down the hill   :D [size=78%]    [/size]