Topeak Moonshine 3H Lights

2/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $23.00


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Product Description

The Moonshine 3H offers features you won't find on other lighting systems. It uses a super lightweight and compact Lithium Ion battery packTo power a halogen headlamp capable of outputting 6, 10, or 20 Watts. Includes helmet and handlebar mount Power “reserveTank” provides upTo 20 minutes of additional burnTime at 6W for emergencies 350 grams Runs for 2-3 hours (depends on wattage selection)
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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by goplacia a Racer from Sandpoint, Idaho, USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2009

Strengths:    Hi Beam vs low Beam feature. Light.

Weaknesses:    Reliability was my issue. Does not have good mounting brackets for the helmet, bars, or in mounting of the battery to the bike. Brackets broke when riding. No support for product. Switch on cable of light problematic, impossible to use while riding, switch broke.

Bottom Line:   
Paid 275, sold parts on ebay at throw away prices. Owning this light for me was a frustrating experience.

Every once in a while you buy something and it fails to live up to expectations. This was mine with this light.

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Favorite Trail:   New England's Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Night Rider (awesome lights), Specialized, Blackburn, Cateye

Bike Setup:   used on road bike and hard tail mountain bike.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Johnson City, TN, USA

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2007

Strengths:    None worth mentioning.

Weaknesses:    Poor connection design. Helmet cord pulls helmet backward during riding. The on/off switch is just plain sily. Battery sucks. Customer service is a JOKE. Shall I go on???

Bottom Line:   
Gave this light a shot since I got a decent deal on it a couple of years back. Used this light a grand total of 3 times before the battery crapped out on me during a 12-hr race. Called Topeak customer support and got a "who gives a crap" attitude. They basically told me it would be $135 for a new battery...paid $150 for the whole damn system...no thanks.

At the 20W setting, the beam is fairly decent for a halogen bulb, but the light has a hard yellow tint and is not wide enough for any technical rides.

The accordian style battery cord gets tight in cold weather and pulls the helmet mounted light back and unless your helmet is strapped on stupid tight, it pulls you all over the place. The on/off switch is a separate cord that velcros on top of your helmet and makes little sense to me. Why not put the switch on the light?

Bottom line is this a cheap light and it shows. To offset that you would think that the customer support should be excellent, but no. Maybe Topeak needs to stick with tools and Joe Blow floor pumps?

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Drew a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, NC.

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2007

Strengths:    Compact battery, multiple intensity levels, many mounting options.

Weaknesses:    snap link connectors on battery cable are WEAK bro. I had to splice the connection using wire nuts and electrical tape.

Bottom Line:   
This light gave me no problems until just a few weeks ago when it blacked out on me at 20mph in the woods one night. Lucky to be alive I finally realized the problem was in the provided extension cord, the connector finally gave out so I cut the wires and re connected them MacGeyver style. The beam is very much a spot beam and has limited my speed on the trail at times even at the 20w level. When the battery gets low the light starts blinking which will suprise the hell out of you when you're riding. The stem mount for the battery is entirely usless unless you stick to the road because it will bounce right off. MTB guys and gals are limited to the helmet mount. But its bright and otherwise durable so I have no need to replace it yet.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz, Asheville NC.

Bike Setup:   Intense Uzzi SLX (Mile high BB but Sick ride)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dennis Sebranek from Lubbock, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2007

Strengths:    Excellent mounting accessories. A good helmet mount that stays put.

Weaknesses:    It does not light the trail! Or anything else!

Bottom Line:   
This would be a beautiful setup- If it worked. I saw it on Amazon.com for $121 and free shipping and couldn't pass it up. I have seen it elsewhere for over $200. I figured this one light would be perfect for both my mountain and road bikes. Upon receipt I started charging the battery and attaching the mounts to my 2 bikes and helmet. Enough accessories come in the box for me to do this since my MTB has standard bars and road bike has oversized bars. Mounts for both are included as well as a good helmet mount. Also included is a battery stem cap mount and a regular stem battery mount. A beautiful setup. But, the light came on for about 30 minutes, then went out. I tried again and again, it would only stay on for 30 seconds now. I recharged the battery and tried again, 30 seconds, and now the battery was getting too hot to handle. I called Amazon and they were very helpful, sent me another one next day delivery. The light doesn't come on at all on the second one. Amazon will be crediting my account and now I have to decide between a Dinotte or a Fenix. If you are thinking of buying this Topeak, believe the bad reviews, they are true.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $121.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   Cygolite Night Rover Extra ni-cad. 4+ years old and going strong.

Bike Setup:   Plain old Trek 4500.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lester Ramey a Weekend Warrior from Clayton, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2007

Strengths:    It has a good appearance and a wide beam. Initially, one would think "what a deal". So to make matters worse, I purchased the heavy duty battery also.

Weaknesses:    When problems arise, the company is slow to respond. Unpredictable charging and battery life.

Bottom Line:   
The small group I ride with all bought these lights. We have ten or more lights and at least 16 batteries. All were purchased approximately one year ago. We are all disappointed with the product (the batteries) and the way the company is working with us. Most have had at least one battery replaced more than once at their expense.
Just to keep going, I just ordered a replacement battery at REI for $199, plus S/H. I hope this is not more money wasted.

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Favorite Trail:   Stonewall Falls Trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $329.00

Purchased At:   bike dealer

Similar Products Used:   Nite Rider,

Bike Setup:   Mountain and road

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MTB Art a Weekend Warrior from ALL OVER

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2007

Strengths:    This product is light and compact. The battery size is very nicely sized with a versatile mount. The cord extensions gives you flexibility in mounting possibilities. Emits a good amount of light.

Weaknesses:    The switch on/off is a bit delayed but to different light levels are okay. Need a bit more flood beam.

Bottom Line:   
This bike light has all the makings of a fanatastic all around system. However, the high prices I've seen it selling at does not justify the light levels that it provides. Overall, good battery, good setup options, nice and lightly weighted, and decent light emission. No comparison with HIDs, however, no halogens are.

Good light if you can find it for cheap.

A similar product would be the Niterider Evolution Smart.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Niterider HIDs, BLT Halogens.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by CGK from Acton, California

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    Many mounting options, small size , lightweight, customer service

Weaknesses:    Poor light output, Inadequate battery capacity, unreliable

Bottom Line:   
I bought this light for my road bike because of its small size and light weight. However I was never happy with it performance. On the the 6w and 10w settings, the system only put out enought light for slow, uphill riding. Anything over 15 mph required the 20w setting, but this limited my rides to under 1 hour. Several months after I bought this light the battery gave out. This was promptly replaced by topeak (excellent customer service), but recently, the power controller started to malfunction causing the light to switch between the different settings without me touching the button. This was the last straw. I have abandoned this light and am in the market for a non-smart halogen system to replace this light. At best, this light is adequate for commuters who only need to be seen and are riding on well-lit city streets. If you ride dark rural roads or mountain bike, you should consider other systems.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   Bicyclebuys

Similar Products Used:   Nite rider


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Denis a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, comrehensive accesories, compact size of battery.

Weaknesses:    I thought this light would suit my needs well, I soon found out I had similar problems to other people who have posted here. I wasted my money as the lights don't charge properly. The shop where I bought them don't even stock these lights anymore because they have had so many returns from unsatisfied customers.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy these lights.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Cecil Walker

Similar Products Used:   BLT, Cateye

Bike Setup:   KHS Hard tail.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gordon a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2006

Strengths:    Very light only 385 grams. The beam is wide and has a good consistant spread of light.

Weaknesses:    Charger did not charge the lithium battery. The replacement had the same fault. The highest output of 20w was not very bright, quite yellowish and the 6W was dim.

Bottom Line:   
I got the first unit and charged battery as per manual but the battery would not charge so I returned it to where I bought it and got an entirely new unit. Charged the battery of the 2nd unit but the charger would not charge at first, but after trying several times it started charging but stopped 30mins into the charge cycle showing a green led meaning fully charged. Turned the light on to check that it works (thinking its fully charged). The beam was yellowish but gave a good spread of light. I turned the light off, got ready for a ride and the light would not start again. Tried charging several times and it would not charge. Returned to shop for refund in the end. This is a CRAP PRODUCT !!! ... I expected better quality and reliability for my $309 AUD. One faulty product, and you think that you might be unlucky, and give it another try, but the second unit (replacement) does not work either... then as a result, a total loss in confidence with the product... Everything looks so good on paper, Lithium ION battery, weight, and quality of manuals is top notch... but the product is just unreliable.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $236.00

Purchased At:   Store in Melbourne

Similar Products Used:   Marwi Titan

Bike Setup:   Avanti Hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2005

Strengths:    Ease of use, brightness of light, runtime, and the price.
You get the helmet and handlebar mount included. It is a very light product.


Weaknesses:    none so far.

Bottom Line:   
This was the only halfway affordable lights my lbs could get. So I took a chance and have been impressed. I've used them in two 24 hr races the past summer and a lot of night riding. I've found that the listed run times were accurate and it charges very quickly. I haven't had any problems so far. I am very happy with this product. I am definitely buying another set before they discontinue this model. I think the guy who posted before me must have got a lemon because I've had no problems whatsoever.

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Favorite Trail:   bellvue valley

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   this is my first set of lights.

Bike Setup:   Waltworks 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, Md.

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2005

Strengths:    Light weight, nice battery mounting choice for bar mounting, wide flood beam pattern

Weaknesses:    SHORT RUN TIME - poor helmet mount - unpredictable run time

Bottom Line:   
DONT BUY THIS LIGHT- I bought this light because it was affordable and I thought the 20W halogen/ Li-Ion battery combo would rock...Word...it did not rock. The absolutely worst helmet mounting I have ever seen. The elastic strap bounces all over the place..(elastic..they must be kidding!)Not to mention trying to use the separate on/off switch on a helmet...it just doesn't work.>> The bar mount for the light worked much better, proving that the light was designed more for bar-mounting than for helmet mounting. Nevertheless, I never got anywhere near the advertised run times...I think 45 min. on the 20W setting. The other lower settings were very dim and very yellow making them very undesirable. The thing I hated most (other than poor run time ) was how the light would power down automatically sometimes. The light is suppose to blink before powering down (off) but I never noticed any blinking while on the trails...just the sudden darkness! (Yikes!) Fortunately, REI took the light back, no questions asked. I just wrote to another user of this product and they too seemed to have the same problem. I can't believe ****peak is still selling these lights.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Jet lights 13W halogen- helmet mount, Niterider 10w Halogen- helmet mount, Marwi Nightpro Elite 12W Halogen- bar mount

Bike Setup:   Trek cross country hard tail, Kona F/S

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from rogers

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2005

Strengths:    LIght weight , bright ,ease of use

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I dont know why this lite gets no respect!! This thing is so light and so bright, and its not a HID to much money for replacement bulbs $100 for HID $12 for this one. This thing comes with helmet attachment or it mounts rite to your center of your bars. it clips rite on & off neat little thumb switch 3 levels of brightness on the med. setting it will run for a couple hours and battery recharged in 4 hours. plenty of light at med the high is super bright.. the battery clips rite to stem top as is half the size of a deck of cards..........

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Maple grove Cycle

Similar Products Used:   noe

Bike Setup:   trek 5500

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