Front light recommendations - £60 budget

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Shaun, 18 May 2010.

  1. jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

    + for the hope vision 1. Well worth the money. I picked up (4) Energizer 2450mAh rechargeables for £14.99 from Argos. 1 charge is enough for me to cycle to work and back all week (i work nights, so always cycling in the dark.)
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Another vote for Hope
  3. jig-sore

    jig-sore Formerly the anorak

    get a hope vision one, you won't regret it :angry:
  4. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    If you haven't got the message yet, get a Hope. :angry:
  5. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    The Hope is a great light but it eats batteries. You need the best recharable batteries you can get hold of. I got caught out a few times on my commute with the batteries dying. I also struggled to get the high capacity batteries recharged overnight ready for the next morning.

    I now use this..
    Far, far brighter than the Hope.
  6. dav1d

    dav1d Senior Member

    Is it pencil batteries it uses? If so, you can get rechargable batteries from Home Bargains for around £5 for 4 which also come with a charger (they seem to be decent enough batteries, around1500mah I think), or if they've sold out of those (they often do), they do a 2 pack with a charger for £2.99.
  7. OP

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    Fairly universal in your recommendation boys and girls ... I'll have a shop around for a Hope 1 then ... thanks. ;)
  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    I've been using 2500 and 2600 ones. Don't know what the numbers mean but Mr Summerdays told me to use those ones out of our collection of batteries with different numbers on.
  9. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    Definitely need to be using over 2000ma - the higher the figure the better as it's in reference to capacity - I use 2800ma rechargeables for the fenix torch and they last very well indeed (for ref. I think standard duracells are about 3200ma).

    One thing worth pointing out is that decent quality, high capacity rechargeables need to be looked after properly with a 'smart' charger - don't just get the cheapest plug in available as it just charges the batteries on a set cycle, smart chargers measure the remaining charge and time accordingly so they don't get over-charged which can reduce battery life. It means £15 instead of a fiver but it's well worth it.
  10. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

  11. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    I'll second that.

    Tesco, would you believe, sell a "1 hour" charger for £20 which measures the battery temperature.
    It pushes 2 A through 2100 mAhr NiMh AA cells until the cell's temperature has reached the limit, and then swithes down to a trickle.
    It takes AA and AAA ( 850 mA charging current ) so is good for the AAA cells in the P7 lenser.

    My digital camera is the ultimate battery tester.
    Duracell Ultra Alkalines last 25 minutes.
    2500 mAhr NiMh last about 45 minutes.
    Any other batteries, Carbon cells and half charged NiMh last about 10 seconds.
    I blame the 2Gb microdrive and its motors..;)
  12. OP

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    Thanks for the recommendations.

    Hope Vision 1 from for £66.95 with free delivery.

    Sorted ... :tongue:
  13. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    Get 2 Hope's. :blush:
  14. That's what I and a few others on here have done,looks good too with 'twin' headlights:biggrin:
  15. :bravo:Good decision CoG,just make sure to get decent batteries 2450's or better and you'll get decent time out of them.
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