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Cree lights
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:52:40 AM »
Maybe this could spark another long discussion like the magicshine lights, but when the trail status is red, what else do we have to do.
I was told about CREE lights last night as a cheap commuting light.  When I looked on ebay, I'm finding 1000 lumen lights for $20, waterproof & aluminum...ha ha.   I'm thinking of picking one up for commuting in the winter to/from work.  Anyone else messed with these before?  I do have a magicshine on my head for mtbiking, and would like a ~200 l filler bar light, this is making me wonder if they will work as long as I have a dependable-ish backup.
I won't suggest the 1800 lumen light - it's only $50 bucks.  ;)
Let the 'buy american, buy quality discussions begin', but anyone have first-hand experiences with these shannanigans? 


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Re: Cree lights
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 12:34:13 PM »
watch the shipping costs and overcharge protection on Chinese lithium batteries exploding or burning down your garage. otherwise for $20 how could you go wrong?


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Re: Cree lights
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 12:34:30 PM »
You might want to include a link.

Cree makes LEDs used by many light manufacturers. As far as I know, Cree does not make lights, unless some Chinese maker has ripped off their name.


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Re: Cree lights
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 12:38:32 PM »
For El Cheapo ...complete XML LED light and battery




and this one has a user added picture showing that there is actually a circuit board for the battery (first two unknown)


Have not tried either.  Doubt the ability of any entry level light to be waterproof.  Maybe you could buy a few and report  back.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 02:54:57 PM »
I have the Cree XLM 1000 Lumen light and it is outstanding. I would pay the 99.00 and buy the one from Geomangear.com with a much better battery. There is alot of discussion on the Magicshine lights on the light forum on mtbr.com. There are also aftermarket lenses available for them, so that you can fine tune the beam pattern just about any way you want it. I have 3 different types of lenses for them.
I have to think $20.00 is not a complete light, but just the LED. If it is, I would buy it and then buy a better battery and you will still probably be money ahead. I have ridden mine for a couple of hours straight in a downpour and it held up fine, but others have had problems. I can also tell you that I have taken mine apart and made sure that I greased the O-ring and made sure it was seated properly. I am betting some waterproofing problems have stemmed from an incorrectly seated dry O-ring. It only takes a couple of minutes to do, but is worthwhile to do.
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Re: Cree lights
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 08:57:37 PM »
I have 3 Dealextreme MC-E torches which they claim are 900lm but in real life are more like 350.  I use 2 on the bars and one on the helmet and while they are fairly wide flood patterns, they work well and just 2 is plenty of light for the tight singletrack around Louisville.

6 batteries with protection, 3 torches, charger, bar mounts and my total was dead on $100. 

They are handy to use around the house also.


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Re: Cree lights
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 09:06:10 PM »
Check it out Fett, for $30 (including shipping), includes:
CREE XM-L T6 LED 1300Lm High Power Torch
+Bicycle Light Holder + 5 Leds Rear Light
+2 x 2400mAh 18650 Battery + Charger   :o

I think I'll get it, just for the heck of it.  There are some nerdy people who are all about it.  I started reading what they were saying but quickly got bored.
I'll use it for commuting and who knows, might follow me in the woods if it doesn't melt, explode, catch my house on fire, electicute my cat, give me SARS....etc.


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