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There are a lot of great budget lights out there to use for primary light or even just a backup. Then there are some complete duds, totally not worth buying. Unfortunately the company and the names of theses lights vary so much that the reviews are scattered, some are even listed only by the emitter.

I thought it was a good idea to put them all in one place and make it easier to get reviews. Post your best budget light or budget setup. Maybe include some pictures, beam shots, the link to the store, a plus and minus of the light, whatever.
 

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I like that idea, but we need to define our rules - template, e.g.:
the name of the light
where did you buy it
what did it cost
shots with defined aperture/time/ISO/distance
current measurement
etc ...
 

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I like that idea, but we need to define our rules - template, e.g.:
the name of the light
where did you buy it
what did it cost
shots with defined aperture/time/ISO/distance
current measurement
etc ...
Include

The name of the light
The store you bought it (preferably the link to the item)
The price paid
Any pictures of the light
Type/shape of beam
beam shots , if possible, using the MTBR settings
Lumens
Battery used
how long you have used it
A review with pros and cons
recommendations
 

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Here are 10 lights (most of them Chinesse budget lights) being tested

pre-Magicshine MJ808 P7
Magicshine MJ808e XML T6
Magicshine MJ872 4xXPG
Magicshine MJ880 2xXML
SolarstormX2 2xXML U2
Yinding YD 2xU2 2xXML U2
Singfire SF530 3xXML T6
MJ880 clone 2xXML U2
Lupine Tesla 4 P7
Cree 3x Clone 3xXML T6

Lights weigh-in









Size comparison (left-the lightest...right-the heaviest)


Wall beamshots (1m away from the wall)








Camera settings
ISO200
EXP. 1/50
APERTURE F4.0
W/B Daylight

Outside beam shots coming soon
 

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Trail beam shots
The rock is cca 20m away, first bike cca 25m and second bike cca 40+m away

Camera settings:
ISO200
EXP. 1,6s
APERTURE F4.0
W/B Daylight







Two handlebar-helmet combos:

First one with MJ872 on the handlebar and MJ880 on the helmet
Price over 300€


second one with budget 3xXML T6 clone on the handlebar and Yinding on the helmet
Price less than 100€


*Solarstorm X2 and MJ808 P7 have very bluish beam color giving the most discolored view. Although, I have another MJ808 P7 giving very greenish beam color.
 

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Trail beam shots
The rock is cca 20m away, first bike cca 25m and second bike cca 40+m away

Camera settings:
ISO200
EXP. 1,6s
APERTURE F4.0
W/B Daylight







Two handlebar-helmet combos:

First one with MJ872 on the handlebar and MJ880 on the helmet
Price over 300€


second one with budget 3xXML T6 clone on the handlebar and Yinding on the helmet
Price less than 100€


*Solarstorm X2 and MJ808 P7 have very bluish beam color giving the most discolored view. Although, I have another MJ808 P7 giving very greenish beam color.
Awesome job! Your posts are becoming some of my favorite ones around here.
 

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Thanks! Member Snakes helped me taking trail beamshots.
Another thing about SolarStorm X2. Had two of them for testing, and both had occasional light twiching. Maybe a bad soldering or something weird with the driver.
 

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Great posts bhocewar. We needed something like that for a long time.

It looks like the Magicshine 880 is the brightest, followed by the 3xml.

The double led lights lights all look very similar, but I favor the less blue light of the Yinding. Is that a trick of the camera, or does it really look like that in person?

Well done!
 

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Great posts Gharddog03. We needed something like that for a long time.

It looks like the Magicshine 880 is the brightest, followed by the 3xml.

The double led lights lights all look very similar, but I favor the less blue light of the Yinding. Is that a trick of the camera, or does it really look like that in person?

Well done!
These are BHOCEWAR's pics. I just put a few side by side. He did a great job.
 

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Only thing missing for the clones in the above comparo is the particulars on the exactly model and where you got them. Great job!
 

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The double led lights lights all look very similar, but I favor the less blue light of the Yinding. Is that a trick of the camera, or does it really look like that in person?
No tricks :) SSX2 has quite bluish side spil

Only thing missing for the clones in the above comparo is the particulars on the exactly model and where you got them. Great job!
I can post the links, but the thing with the links is, that they tend to disappear.
 
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