CREE LED Based Bicycle Lights and Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries

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My first time up at bat was a CREE Q5 bike light: 5 mode, rated at 345 lumens = $17.50 w/shipping
Mini review: just charged up the batteries and tried the new Q5 345Lm torch… it’s pretty flippin nice for <$25!… very intense center spotlight, but also a lot of wide spread to light up a full trail in the dark… looks like a winner!

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[Update 09 Mar 2011]
CREE T6 seems to be latest/greatest , 750Lm T6 = ~$30 w/shipping
CREE R5 *might* be a slightly better bang/buck bargain, 600Lm R5 = ~$20 w/shipping

** careful, there appears to be a regularly advertised bogus 800Lm R5 that is actually a Q5 (which might still be pretty good 🙂 many of the auctions of these mention Q5 in the package contents image
image According to Torchy’s 18650 battery tests, at 1A load, *everything* drops off well before 3000mAH.

  • SenyBor, Panasonic, Sanyo & Samsung rated the best… unfortunately they’re much less prevalent on eBay and are more like $10+ per battery rather than ~$5 like all the UltraFire fodder out there
  • Apparently UltraFire’s *never* perform up to their advertised rating… bummer, UltraFire’s cheap & prevalent 3000 & 4000mAh were particularly lousy
  • Another top end brand is “AW”, Protected “true” 2600mAh = ~$17 per (ouch)

Before I knew this, I got a simple charger combo with 3600mAh UltraFire’s 18650 x 2 = $19 w/shipping, so far so good

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Another big battery test rundown… RediLast appear to be top notch… $17 per 2900mAh cell (ouchy) + $6 USPS Priority shipping … I ordered 4 of these… we shall see…
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Another 18650 Shootout:… The UltraFire 3000 Protected (Red/Silver) does uncharacteristically well on his test???
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Untitled-4 I picked up a couple of these 360 degree Handlebar mounts for $5.25 ea w/shipping… found some more for $2.43 w/ship… they’re worth every penny

Mini review: The ones like this with 360 rotating feature are harder to find, very necessary for aiming the light from my “long horn” beach cruiser style handlebars.  This item feels real good in actual usage, definitely recommended… made of a very flexible rubbery plastic, soft enough that I added a washer to both ends of the tightening bolt so that the bolt heads didn’t just cut right through… the good thing is, after several trips in ~5C German weather, I can tell that this material will never shatter like so many others.

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