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I am looking for the best and brightest light for road riding that can be mounted to the bars and that does not use a separate battery pack and wires. Right now I am looking at the Cateye Single Shot Plus and the Light and Motion Vega. I have no idea which one is better or brighter. Any thoughts on these two lights and/or other options for a wireless/battery packless handlebar light that is as bright as possible?
 

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Don't be to quick to rule out some lights with the battery packs. A lot of them are made so that they can be mounted to the stem. The ones that are Li-Ion are really light to. I don't have a Li-Ion battery. I have a NiMH L&M Stella 180 and honestly I don't even remotely feel the pack on my rides and it stays out of the way being on the stem. A velcro strap keeps the wire from the light head to the battery pack bundled tightly and in place where I put it.
 
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Any of the exposure lights range will be great but expensive and on the road you'll not need full power to often so you will get very long run times.
 

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This:
https://www.fenix-store.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_65&products_id=333
or:
https://www.fenix-store.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_76&products_id=315
and this:
https://www.fenix-store.com/product_info.php?cPath=25_66&products_id=273

Compared to the Vega, these lights are more than twice as bright for less than half the cost. Plus they are more versatile.
The output is roughly comparable to a Dinotte 200L. The beam has a very bright central spot surrounded by a wide useful spill or corona.
The strobe mode is very useful for dawn or dusk riding, or full daylight for that matter. It really draws attention.
It will make all the reflective street signs flash for several blocks. The mount is a rubber block and velcro strap device that is effective if not elegant.
 
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