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Well, I received mine also. Didn't work right away and then was intermittent.
Turns out the cable connector on the light side was broken inside.
I just spliced on a spare with extra cable and all is good.
I wanted a longer cable anyway.

Brief review. Looks to be about 30% brighter than my single xml magicshine. So maybe around 1000 real lumens.
Beam is definitely spotty which is good. I'll be using it on the lid.
Battery seems strong off the charger, measured 8.45v. Nothing lost over night.
Not sure when I'll actually use it so run time won't be available for a while.
It weighs almost exactly the same as my single xml MS.
The 3 modes are a decent spread and the press and hold for the strobe is nice.
And the good news! The strobe is not a strobe but a slow flash, perfect for on the road.
Cycling through the modes could be problem as you have to go through the off mode to go from hi to low.
Not impressed with the wire gauge, seems way to thin to me as evident with the broken wire in my unit.
Overall seems to be pretty good value for under 50 bux delivered.
 

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Beam Shot Indoor

I don't have a backyard and I haven't been able to take a night right yet, so indoor beam shots will have to do for now.

The first set is using the MTBR standard of
"camera settings: full manual, ISO-100, Exposure-6 seconds, Aperture-F4.0, Focus-Manual, White Balance-Daylight".

In the garage this was too bright so I took a second set where I changed the exposure to 1 second to get a better reference on how bright the light is. I compare it to my MJ808E (with the wide angle lens from ActionLED). With the 6 second exposure the MJ808E looks much brighter in the picture, this is not really the case, I think the wall is bouncing back too much ligh

X2 - High - 6s

IMGP6071 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
808E (WA) - High - 6s

IMGP6075 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
X2 - Med - 6s

IMGP6070 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
X2 - Low - 6s

IMGP6069 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
X2 - High - 1s

IMGP6082 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr

808E (WA) - High - 1s

IMGP6077 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
X2 - Medium - 1s

IMGP6081 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
X2 - Low - 1s

IMGP6080 by kfunfsinn, on Flickr
 

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I think the MTBR settings are generally used for outdoor beam shots. With distance photos not as much light is reflected back thus the need for longer exposure.

The photos you gave are really only useful for gauging beam pattern. Only an outdoor photo will show others how intense the beam pattern is and how far it will throw. If you do an outdoor shot try to bring something along to use as distance markers. Markers at 50, 75, 100, 150 ft are a good place to start...thanks for the effort.
 

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Detailed measurements of the reflectors on that thread. The DIY guys will be able to tells us which reflectors have similar dimensions. That would be useful if you want a more flood type beam. It currently looks very spotty to me.
 

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I bought the black SolarStorm version from FastTech. What can I say, red isn't my thing, and Li stuff with Fire in the name is just scary, and hopefully not profetic.

Ordered 10 PM MST April 4. Used the cupon code "TENOFF" and got 5% off the order. Shipped April 7th (Happy Birthday to Me!)

When it shipped, my my order page showed a picture of my package and label. I hadn't run across that before. It was mildly comforting (Yes we really did ship your order - See!)

HK Post showed that the package finally made it out of Hongkong on April 13. Canada Post never showed anything with the tracking number. Received at my door April 19.

I'm quite pleased with the service from FastTech, and will order from them again.

I like to mode spacing on the light. While I haven't taken it out on the bike yet (heck haven't even taken the bike out yet), Low seems bright enough for road/pathway biking.

The lighthead is 93 grams as advertised.

Out of the box lighthead showed three dots. You know, a boy and his new toy -- I had to start playing without topping up the charge. Probably shone it around for 1/2 hr or more in all the various modes. Then left it on in low to see how long it would go. Not a real timed test. With the out-of-box charge, it ran on low for more than 6 hours plus whatever extra time I spent playing. I meant to turn it off before bed, but forgot about it. It was on one dot before I went to brush my teeth. The instruction sheet says that when the runtime is <30 minutes the last dot will flash. I didn't see it, so I can't vouch for that. The battery took about four hours to charge the next day (again not really timed.)

Battery connector seems well thought out. I have garden lighting with a simillar screw together connector. That stands up to all kinds of weather. The connector mates well with our standard batteries. It you look at the pictures, the orange O-ring goes inside the barrel of the standard connector, so it may even be more watertight than with my other light. It feels secure and snug as a bug in a rug.

Bar mounting O-rings appear to be silicone (or some other plastic) rather than rubber. I read somewhere on here that the silicone rings are more grippy than rubber ones. Time will tell.

My only critisism would be about the flash mode (not that I'm likely to use it.) SOP is that we should almost never use the highest mode on the road. The flash mode is a slow strobe between High and off. I wish it used to power level you were on when you did the "press & hold" to activate stobe mode.

It's nice to see that FastTech updated the listing by adding the disassembled picture (including measurments). It had originally been posted to the modding thread on their forum, in answer to Khrystyan27's question.

So far I'm pleased with this little guy. At least as of now, the battery seems ok, and better than some those E-water offerings. If you Need a less than $50 light, this seems like a good one to try.
 

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I'v had the SolarStorm out on three rides so far, and I'm still very pleased with it.

I still haven't done official runtime tests, but from my casual observations the battery seems like it's decent quality.

As I've said before, it ran for more than six hours on low in the house.

Last night was my longest ride so far at 2:20. Ran it on medium the whole time. By the end it was down to the last of the three power level LEDs, but it wasn't flashing yet (which is supposed to indicate <30 minutes left). My ride was at -5 C (23 F). The chill would have taken some umph out of the power pack.

In building an extension to the expressway/ring road, the city is chopping a good chunk out of my playground. I figure if they're going to be so rude, I'm gonna rub it in their face, and sully their virgin tarmac by riding my bike down it. Part of this thing is complete with pavement, street lights (not on), and road signs. The overpasses are built, but not their associated connector roads and ramps. Once they finish the railway overpass, I'll have several more kilometers on which to spew my mountain bike contamination all over their motorway monstrosity. (Cue the evil laugh! :devil:)

The point of the story is that the road signs were lit up as if by car headlights. Both the SolarStorm and the Xeccon S12 (XM-L U2 version) had the same effect. I know they're bright from much further away, but I only thought to start measuring at 1.25 Km (.77 miles) out. I sure knew I was approaching dirt exit ramp to the non-existant connector road. I'll try and see how much further they pop, the next time I'm on there after dark.

The SolarStorm has a nice broad beam pattern for the bars. The city is pushing a lot of dirt around during the construciton. Each trip I have to pick out a new line across giant earth mover, four lane corduroy, to where my trail picks up on the other side. On medium, and paired with the X-12 I've certainly felt I had enough light to do that.

I've found a place for that may be a good spot for "Tunnel of Trees" beem shots. For the moment I'd rather get some more rides in, before I lug the camera, tripod, dollar store traffic cones and measuring tape out there. It's an uphill spot, so I have to wait for a clear skies night. City lights bouncing off the clouds would give too much of an orange background.

If you decide to purchase it from FastTech, don't forget the "TENOFF" cupon code (which ironically only give 5% off). That takes the light down to $44.21 USD, shipping included, with what seems to be a fiarly good battery. For those that can't afford the name brands, definatly a worthwhile contender.

And yes, I do carry a AA Planet Bike Blaze 2 as backup (currently using as my bliky), just in case both the both the SolarStorm and X-12 quit.
 

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I bought a couple SolarStorm's from FastTech. The lighthead seems pretty nice and the beam is decent. I like the fact that the strobe mode is hidden, although I wish it were completely gone. I'd rather the light cycled through L/M/H and repeated without the off. Then, a long press would turn off. I have no use for the strobe, but I understand others do.

I have done 3 discharge tests on my hobby charger and the reported capacities were 3333mah, 3404mah, and 3751mah. Not exactly high capacity packs, but what do you expect for $47 including the lighthead and charger...

I need to get out for some real night rides and report back. The around the yard messing about and comparing to other lights is promising.
 

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Just did a quick bit of twisty singletrack (as well as a fast dirt road descent / slow climb). The beam pattern seems a bit too floody for the helmet and a bit too spotty for the bars. So, that should make it the 650b of light patterns. Tons of light for <$100. The smaller o-ring is a bit sloppy for a 25.4 bar. Not terrible, but I'll probably use another tighter one I have laying around.

I took off the plastic mount for the helmet light and used my preferred method of 3M Dual Lock. Removing the mount leaves a threaded hole that does not penetrate the body of the light. Perfecto.


SolarStorm by bbaker22, on Flickr
 

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Just did a quick bit of twisty singletrack (as well as a fast dirt road descent / slow climb). The beam pattern seems a bit too floody for the helmet and a bit too spotty for the bars. So, that should make it the 650b of light patterns. Tons of light for <$100. The smaller o-ring is a bit sloppy for a 25.4 bar. Not terrible, but I'll probably use another tighter one I have laying around.
I was afraid that it would be too spotty for bar-mount. Thanks for clearing that up. Nice helmet mount!

It's bad design that it turns off after high. That could be semi-dangerous.

Has anyone successfully swapped out the reflectors for a different type?
 

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I was afraid that it would be too spotty for bar-mount
I would have to disagree. I use mine on the bars, and I think it's a great bar light. The spot is large and lights the full width of a two lane (under construction) highway. The throw is quite decent, and brihtens the trail well ahead of me.

My Xeccon S12 U2 thows further, and has a tighter spot. But then again, that's what it is designed to do. The non-spot beam of the S-12 is a bit wider, but the Solostorm gives plenty of light for the trail.

I did a 3:45 ride with the Solostorm last week. First 20 min on road = low. Then ran on medium for most of the rest of the ride. At hour 3, the third dot started flashing, and I returned to low. It lasted another 30 minutes before shuting down.

I want to take some Shoot-out style trail pix, but hauling all that gear is gonna be a pain. Just got to have a day when I'm motivated enough to do it.
 

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I would have to disagree. I use mine on the bars, and I think it's a great bar light. The spot is large and lights the full width of a two lane (under construction) highway. The throw is quite decent, and brihtens the trail well ahead of me.

My Xeccon S12 U2 thows further, and has a tighter spot. But then again, that's what it is designed to do. The non-spot beam of the S-12 is a bit wider, but the Solostorm gives plenty of light for the trail.

I did a 3:45 ride with the Solostorm last week. First 20 min on road = low. Then ran on medium for most of the rest of the ride. At hour 3, the third dot started flashing, and I returned to low. It lasted another 30 minutes before shuting down.

I want to take some Shoot-out style trail pix, but hauling all that gear is gonna be a pain. Just got to have a day when I'm motivated enough to do it.
Thanks Ian. Two lanes seems very broad to me, more of a flood type light.

I think that the amount of light outside the hot spot is also what makes it bar-worthy. You need some light on the ground between the front tire and the beginning of the hot spot 15 or 20 ft away.

The Magicshine 808E is not that great in that regard. The D99 is better, but doesn't have a true hot spot. The solarstorm is probably also better ( I wish I had one). I also have a magicshine 872 clone and that thing is a super flooder.

Beam shots would be awesome. I want to do a shoot-out also, but I don't have a dslr.
 
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