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Brand: Magicshine



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  • cavedweller
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    I highly recommend this light. I bought the cheap version from China on Amazon for 20 bucks, loved it, bought 5 more. Great little light. I have one mounted on my helmet, and one one my bars. I have the wide ange lens on both and I upgraded to the bigger 2x battery for 20bucks which gives me about 4hours light. You cant beat it.

    Pros
    Cheap, Bright, Durable

    Cons
    Battery life...2hrs max

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  • rsb201
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    You cant go wrong for the money. I continue you use mine through the winter months for the last 3 years. I would buy another

    Pros
    Cheap
    good battery life

    Cons
    a tad heavy on the head

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  • DanK_NoCo   ✓ supporter
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    I bought 2 of these for $89 each - one for the bars and another for the helmet. The helmet attachment is dumb, but I figured out how to make it work. One of the batteries crapped out after a season, but I was able to pickup a replacement for $35 - I'm still ahead on the $$.

    Pros
    Inexpensive. These things produce great light, for the price.

    Cons
    One of my batteries conked out after 1 season. Warranty - forget about it.

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  • Jeff Barber
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    This light works well as a helmet mount, not so great on the bars. I've been riding with mine for a year or two and the battery still holds a charge well.

    Pros
    Compact, lightweight, and easy to mount. Decent battery life and light output.

    Cons
    Sketchy origins (warranty questions, etc.).

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  • dozzerboy
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    Even with the wiring issue this is still a great little light. I've heard about people having issues with durability but I havent run into that issue yet.

    Pros
    Cheap. Decent light output and lower output mode saves battery life.

    Cons
    Poor wire routing. Need to buy and extending wire to run the light on top of your helmet. No included helmet mount.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    This light works exceedingly well for its sub-$100 price tag. 900 lumens for $89? That's pretty awesome. But you can definitely tell that it doesn't have the quality construction of a more expensive light. But if you're shopping on a budget, I recommend it.

    Pros
    Price, light.

    Cons
    Cord design. Why is it routed out of the front?

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  • GoldenGoose
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    So far, so good with this little light. Have heard issues of some of the battery packs dieing too quickly after multiple charges but have not had that issue yet. Decently light, bright, and run time is good. For $89, I echo other posters and say go for it.

    Pros
    Decently bright beam. Very good throw down trail and decent peripheral spread as well. Smaller than it looks from the picture.

    Cons
    A little aggravating to attach to your helmet. The version I purchased required you to buy an extra connector cord and strap if you wanted to use it as a helmet light rather than simply a bar mount.

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  • saminguz
    *****

    Make sure you get the updated battery version or weather proof it like maddslacker did. Two of these can make you king of the trails at night for a fraction of the cost of other brands.

    Pros
    the price is outstanding for the ability of the light. Doesn't weigh a ton! versatile on either bars or helmet. Battery life is good for a couple of hours night ride with no noticable dip in performance.

    Cons
    First iteration of battery was poor with very bad weather proofing. Mine got wet and shorted out.

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  • Corey Maddocks
    *****

    I paid $68, with shipping, for this light from an eBay retailer in Hong Kong. It took about 3 weeks to arrive, and it was marketed with a 'headlamp' mount rather than a helmet mount.

    When I got the unit, it was smaller and lighter than I expected, and the 'headlamp' mount is actually the plastic part of the helmet mount, but with stretchy head straps sewn onto it.

    I removed the stretchy straps and installed a pair of sleeping bag straps I had on hand from backpacking...it now mounts to my helmet in a manner very similar to the NiteRider strap mount. It is snug and doesn't move at all while riding, but can be released quickly.

    Next I bought a can of PlastiDip for $6 at the hardware store and rubber dipped the battery to weather proof it. Two coats sealed it nicely and it still (barely) fits into the cordura and velcro pouch that it came with.

    On the trail, this light is noticeably brighter than my friend's Amoeba, and as bright as a Light & Motion Seca 700. However the Seca maintains those lumens over a substantially wider beam.

    The bottom line is that this light, for under $100, will totally enable your night riding, and two of them would be suitable for 24 hour racing. There is no need at all to drop $500 on the name brand stuff.

    Pros
    Smaller than expected.
    Insanely bright.
    Good beam pattern.
    Good battery life.
    Easy to adjust while wearing it.
    Easy to turn on/off while wearing it. (Mine is the older 3-way switch model)
    Good build quality. (light head unit)
    Can be mounted on either bars or helmet.
    Battery cable length is about right.
    Battery plugs in firmly and stays plugged in.
    Cordura pouch with velcro strap makes it easy to mount the battery on your frame.
    Rubber O-ring mounting is simple and secure.

    Cons
    Battery comes wrapped in a single piece of plastic film, it really should be rubber dipped.
    Can be hard to find for sale.
    Advertised as 900 lumens but is really 700.
    Your friends who paid $500-$600 for brand name lights will hate you.

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  • Syd Patricio
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    Good light for those who are on a budget but need a powerful light. This is good enough for those who want to hit any trail at any time at night. There is plenty of light and a good pattern to boot.

    Pros
    For $89.00 it works well. Everything you need to mount it on the bars. Light pattern works well

    Cons
    Too many modes to choose from...A high, low, and flash. Or a High, medium, low would be better.

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