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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #135 - Aug 11th, 2016 at 11:18pm
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Those bicycle lights from Aliexpress are cheap 'cause the battery packs are very poorly constructed. I've got 4, 2 Maxtoch (no longer made) and 2 clones. They look like the WalE character. The lights themselves throw fantasticallyn (for such tiny lights) as they have reasonably decent reflectors built into them. The buttons are not robust, so be careful with them. One has collapsed, and its only been used 4 times. One has had the 4 x 18650 battery pack fail completely (charger no longer recognises the battery pack) and that light has only been used 5 times. Mind you they only cost $25, so what do you expect.
Finally, they are a very noisy light electronically. They emit heaps of interference, for GoPro's, hand held radios and the battery FM radio in the shed.

But for shear output from such a tiny light they are hard to beat. Just have to permanently wire them up to the motor bike now. That's going to require rectifiers,capacitors and voltage converters Shocked Should be worth it in the end
  
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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #136 - Apr 17th, 2017 at 7:16pm
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what is the latest battery we are supposed to buy now.
I need to buy some new ones.
  

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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #137 - Apr 20th, 2017 at 8:34am
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hi all, time for my first post.
i "inherited" the repairs of all things electrical from a major sporting goods chain and repair mountains of torches and spotlights for them. from halogen, led thru h.i.d i've seen and repaired 100's of them along with electronic decoys, noise cancelling earmuffs etc. to be honest maxtoch is the way to go as far as led torches go. i was blown away by them and they made my led lenser look like a yellow candle.
  
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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #138 - May 21st, 2017 at 10:08pm
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Yep the Maxtoch 2X is the best all-purpose hunter light in the world at the moment. Will do both scope mounting or handheld roles, and combines both long distance spot (1200m) with beam spill for paddock scanning. Also has good CRI (colour rendition) whereas many light models still using cool white leds which wash out colour. There are some more powerful lights but they are much bigger and heavier - from 800gms to 1.5gms with batts in. 2X is a lightweight racehorse at 400gms loaded. Brian and I haven't seen any new leds/setups that would cause us to alter the present 2X, or the slightly lighter M24 which is also amazing.
  
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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #139 - Jul 4th, 2017 at 4:02pm
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This headtorch might be worth adding to the list in the first post:

Non zooming, but a good, cheap, general purpose head torch with the interesting motion sensing feature where waving your hand in front of the torch turns it on and off. Smiley

No low voltage warnings so beware if you use unprotected cells.

There is some good discussion about it over on Budget Light Forums here.

As with most Chinese headtorches I have tried, the elastic straps could do with being a bit longer.

  

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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #140 - Jul 6th, 2017 at 10:20am
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Good to see - let us know how it tests out in the field. We are fortunate with the smaller headlamps at the moment - some good brands about including zebralight, nitecore, black diamond etc. Add to that the new maxtoch HO1 which should appear any day. Good range of lights so guys can pick one to suit their specific task.
  
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Re: LED torches: purchase suggestions
Reply #141 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 10:09am
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Any idea when the Maxtoch H01 will be available again?
  
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