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APRIL 2013 MODEL
, April 16, 2013
This review is from: CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch w/ Holster and Bike Holder Super BRIGHT!!!! (Misc.)
After reading the reviews a few weeks ago I decided to buy another light, but when the price dropped to $8.95 I took a chance. It arrived today and I can only imagine that the one I received is an improved model. It has none of the problems other reviewers mentioned such as a loose beam adjusting bezel, cheap, easily broken handlebar mount. The beam adjusting bezel is tight, requiring two hands to move, bumps on the road will not change the setting, collision with a semi might. The mount is obviously different from the one pictured. This mount is not adjustable from side to side, but it is sturdy. I do not anticipate anything but severe abuse will damage it. It is one piece molded and both screws threading into steel nuts. One screw secures the light to the mount so it will not fall out as some reviews said. There are two ways to install the mount to the handlebars, one leaves the light far out front and liable to vibration, but if you attach the mount with the adjusting screw towards the rider, it will center the light on the handlebars and minimize vibrations and the tendency for the mount to turn on the handlebars. That way it will not have to be overly tightened - which might lead to breakage. The tail cap switch has two modes, if you push it fully once it turns on, but then you can cycle through the three actual light modes (HIGH, LOW, and FLASH) by slightly pushing the tail cap button WITHOUT switching the light off. Pushing it fully will switch off the light. From the reviews of people complaining that switching between the three light modes is a hassle, either they don't know this, or their lights have different switches. This one is NOT a hassle to change light modes when riding.
All in all I am surprised at the quality of the light and the mount, given the many poor reviews. Evidently there are variations of this light, some with quality control and design problems. The one I received is an excellent light.
The beam is bright, brighter than a light I paid 12X as much for years ago, and the beam is very even and white from center to edge. O-ring seals should make it totally waterproof for the road. And no expensive special order batteries needed. I use rechargeable AAA batteries, so with new alkaline batteries it should be brighter yet. There are two rubber inserts to accommodate two handlebar sizes. And a belt holster was included.
I ride rural roads in pitch darkness. I need the light to avoid collisions with deer and smaller animals. Given the bike light I am accustomed to, I expect that half power with this light will be adequate. Full power will likely annoy the occasional oncoming traffic.
If any problems arise, I will revise this.
*** NOTE: I added a photo showing the differences with the advertized mount, and showing how to attach the light correctly to the mount to avoid problems by balancing the light over the handlebars. If installed backwards ahead of the handlebars, it is much more liable to vibrate, droop and fall off - problems other reviewers mentioned.
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