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Hope vision 1 LED, enough?

Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
edited November 2009 in MTB buying advice
Just looking at getting into some night riding so probably won't be going to fast to start with and will probably be doing more evening into night than going out in darkness. (Hope that made sense :lol: ) So will a Hope vision 1 LED be powerful enough and has anyone had experience of one?

Thanks a lot,

Matt
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Not really. 200 lumens or so in a fairly narrow beam won't do it for most.
  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    bother, sought of all i can afford!
    If calsberg made bikes... they'd probably be the best bikes in the world

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Have you read the What Lights thread?

    Many cheaper and better lights than that.
  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    Ye its a bit long but i'll give it a go
    If calsberg made bikes... they'd probably be the best bikes in the world

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Most relevant stuff is in the first post ;-)
  • canada16canada16 Posts: 2,360
    P7 emitter.. Is that how you spell it..?

    Anyway, you can get about 500 proper lumin from what I read, even though it claims 900, .. Maybe 900 for 5 min.

    But anyway, super cheap and super bright.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    a P7 torch produces well over 1000 lux at 5 meters - according to my light meter. Awesome stuff!
  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    Sound good but what is the run time and is it rechargeable- talking about the light below by the way


    MTE SSC P7 C-Bin 900-Lumen 2-Mode LED Flashlight (1*18650)
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  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    And another thing... can you buy second batteries for it
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Yes - it is all on the first page in that thread. The batteries are 18650 cells, which you can recharge. The torch on max lasts about an 1hour, and 3 hours on medium.

    Or for £50 buy the MagicShine lamp.
  • afcbianafcbian Posts: 424
    The Hope 1 is a great light which I use on night rides but to get the best from it you will need a helmet light too.
    I came from a set of halogen Cateye lights so the Hope is noticably better.
    I have one but I am looking at a pair of P7's with a C1 on the helmet.
    I ride therefore I am
  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    Witht the P 7 do you get a rechargable battery with it
    If calsberg made bikes... they'd probably be the best bikes in the world

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    The torch is a bare unit, so needs some additions like the mounts, cells, charger.

    Or get it all in one with a bigger battery pack:

    http://dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.25149
  • robertpbrobertpb Posts: 1,866
    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. :roll:
    Now where's that "Get Out of Crash Free Card"
  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    The bight light looks great, one last thing- can you open up the holder to change the cells in inside halfway through a ride?
    If calsberg made bikes... they'd probably be the best bikes in the world

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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    supersonic wrote:
    Yes - it is all on the first page in that thread. The batteries are 18650 cells, which you can recharge. The torch on max lasts about an 1hour, and 3 hours on medium.

    Or for £50 buy the MagicShine lamp.
    I've noticed my torch will start to run down, but is still useable after about 90 minutes.
    However, the batteries are so small that you can carry plenty of spares.
  • Matt N wrote:
    The bight light looks great, one last thing- can you open up the holder to change the cells in inside halfway through a ride?

    Unscrew end cap,replace battery.Ride.Takes less than 1 min.
    2006 Giant XTC
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  • Matt NMatt N Posts: 160
    Right, that seals it i'm getting one. Sorry for all the uselessness- on my part that is!
    If calsberg made bikes... they'd probably be the best bikes in the world

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  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    The Vision 1 is a good light but wildly overpriced esp. this time of year. It's not a torch but you pay a premium for the fixings and bling casing which you can't actually see at night :)

    With some decent fully-charged 2500mAh+ batteries it's enough for 10-15mph on easy trails on a moonless, cloudy night. I use mine a lot in late Spring/early Autumn when the twilight hours are longer.
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