Stupidly cheap bike lights!

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Sheffield_Tiger, 10 May 2010.

  1. OK, I am under no impression that these will be anything like even my small BLT. I am hoping the LED's are white, not green - don't see why not since I did get a white 5xLED head torch for an emergency spare from poundland.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320433266045

    Even got a combined postage discount for ordering two!

    Can't wait to see if (a) they ever arrive and (;) what they are like for such silly money! Only for keeping in the bottom of a bag etc as a "just in case" spare etc
     
  2. TheCyclingRooster

    TheCyclingRooster Über Member

    Hi to you all,I bought one of these,they are white,5 LED's,all on or flashing (but it also had the rear light with 5 LED's & multi function choice,with it),it came from a different seller in Hong Kong.The total cost(batteries not included) including P&P was less than the P&P on an identical Front And Rear set from Ireland.I cannot fault either purchases.They will run on continual, 5 LED's flashing for 24/7 for best part of 4 days,they are still very bright up to the end of the third day.When first switched on with fresh batteries the beam on constant is quite impressive, THE DOWNSIDE,28 days for delivery(THANK GOD IT'S SPRING/SUMMER).Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride are the best to use.Also look out for eneloop batteries by (I think Sanyo),FANTASTIC,I have them in my Fuji FinePix S5700 Digital Camera.They come ready charged and will cope with long periods of no use without loosing their initial charge,but trickle down slowly.Happy & Safe Riding to You All.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Sheffield_Tiger

    Sheffield_Tiger Guru

    To be honest I expect that, and since postage is 32p from China, well, I don't expect FedEx International Priority!! :smile:

    On non-urgent things sometimes the slow delivery is great, because I will completely forget I ordered something, so when it arrives, it's like an unexpected mystery parcel!
     
  4. Archie

    Archie Errrr.....

    That's absolutely insane! :smile: I've just spent £1.97 for front + rear lights from the same seller. If it goes wrong then I'm not going to cry about it at that price. :smile:
     
  5. dav1d

    dav1d Senior Member

    I bought a couple of headtorches for approx £3.50 each (half price) from Wilkos a while ago as back up and emergency lights, a little dearer, but they are rechargable - and you can recharge them wherever you are - just twist the handle round a few times.
     
  6. Hacienda71

    Hacienda71 Mancunian in self imposed exile in leafy Cheshire

    Location:
    Wilmslow, Cheshire
    I have the same light as part of a set in silver. Works fine but did jump off its mount once and cracked the case, so would suggest you check the light is secure on the mount when riding. I put a elastic band around mine to just as a safety measure.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Sheffield_Tiger

    Sheffield_Tiger Guru

    Well,they arrived!

    They are bright! and they have a good "ring" around the head giving sideways visibility. Unsurprisingly the plastic feels cheap but...they are! Might not be too watertight in heavy rain either.

    Flashing mode a little slow but what do you want for a few pence?

    Will give them a proper test soon
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Sheffield_Tiger

    Sheffield_Tiger Guru

    Heads up to bargain hunters...the very same lights (but with a naff silver finish) are now in Poundland under their "mycycle" brand
     
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Bought a few, just to see for the kids bikes, and they are pants. Soon fell to bits. I wouldn't use them on the roads.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Sheffield_Tiger

    Sheffield_Tiger Guru

    Hmm..update

    The Poundland ones ARE pants - don't touch them with a bargepole.

    They look the same as the ones in my original post
    They are branded the same

    However...to the touch they feel just a little tackier though I originally put that down to the silver finish.

    They don't click into their mounting brackets, or the brackets that I got with the Chinese ones (the Chinese eBay ones click in OK..just..but OK nontheless). The casing is slightly different and the lug for locating is almost non-existant (poor quality moulding)

    Not even bothered putting batteries in them..but on closer inspection the lens is not quite the same shape either...only subtly different in width of lip but different nontheless

    I can't believe there seem to be cheap chinese copies of cheap chinese bottom-line items now!! Anyway, for cheap lights, stick to the eBay ones it seems...only a few pennies (and weeks) more


    EDIT:

    Avoid the silver ones it seems!
     
  11. stupidly cheap bike lights

    Hi dont worry you will get them, i bought a set of front and rear light's from the same seller for £1.97 had to wait about 2 weeks but they arrived, tbh the front light is not all that good but that's my opinion the rear one is quite good and has different modes from on constant to flashing i think about 5 settings on it, the headlight would do to carry in the bag as a spare, as for the price they are dirt cheap and i have seen the same ones sold on ebay for a lot more.
     
  12. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
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