CREE XML T6 LED Review
My Choice was the CREE XML with the 1600LM T6 LED & 6400mAh Battery
See “Getting the CREE XM-L T6 LED Bike Light You Need“ for the complete article on finding the best bike lights.
Let me start by stating that I am both an Ebay seller & buyer as well as an Amazon Affiliate & user. It should come as no surprise then, that I know the good and the bad about both of these web-sites. I rarely make a purchase for anything with out checking both of them coupled with a Google search. Most of the time any NEW product of any complexity over $50 would be purchased through Amazon.com. If I make a purchase such as this through Ebay however it will always be through a US Seller. This is strictly due to delivery times & cost & language barriers.
That said, this purchase was made through Ebay because I couldn’t find a similar package on Amazon. My search started as “Bicycle headlight” with the “located in US” filter selected. This gave me 247 active listings versus 5,394 active listings for a general world-wide search. I started looking for a bicycle headlight only but after seeing many combo packages with taillights I quickly added ” taillight” to my list of requirements. The light I purchased was advertised as 1600 LM although by now I had learned that lumen’s as a measurement of light was indiscriminately used in many of the advertisements of this type. Instead I just made sure that every light I was comparing was at the least using the same CREE XM-L T6 LED.
After about an hour of searching Amazon, Ebay & Google I had a pretty good idea of what was was what. Since Amazon did not have a package that included the tail light I went back to Ebay to make my purchase. I settled on the Ebay Seller fzbuyhuge. I purchased the “NEW 6400mAh Battery 1600LM CREE XML XM-L T6 LED bike Bicycle Light HeadLight” It was $39.99 with free shipping. The purchase was a simple two step Paypal check-out with the option to print a receipt. The order was immediately confirmed with an email from Paypal & a second email from the vendor the following day. It arrived in 3 days exactly as ordered. I have gotten quite used to new products that arrive with no manuals & or no instructions & this was no exception. Note: Although the contents listing did not list any instructions or manual the photograph in the ad clearly showed one.
It arrived quickly, well packaged and with no damage. The battery appeared to have a good charge but I plugged it into the charger anyway. It took over 4 hours for the light to go from amber to green so It probably had just had a shallow surface charge. The headlight itself is a good-looking unit with a solid feel. the charger, battery pack, battery holder & headband are all of acceptable quality. The O-Rings that are used to mount the light on the bike or on the headband where the much nicer molded rubber-rings as opposed to a standard O-Ring. (In this case the picture showed standard O-Rings NOT the better molded ones) The taillight seemed to be on par with most of the other inexpensive taillights I have owned but it is nothing great. I actually broke the end of the flexible mounting clip playing around with it while still in my office. Fortunately it was the very end of the clip & it did not render the light useless. Another complaint is the 7 flash settings that you must go through in order to turn it off. Having choices is nice but does anyone really need to have 7 modes of flash? I’m sure 2 ot 3 would be sufficient. At this point I only have about one hour of riding time on this but I’m absolutely blown away by the amount of light this thing puts out. I’m sure it’s as bright or brighter than the motorcycles I grew up riding in the 70′s & early 80′s. All in All I could not be more pleased with my purchase. Everything about this bike head light is more than satisfactory. It looks great, it works great and it arrived quickly and complete. Had someone showed me this light six months ago and told me it cost $184.00 I would not have blinked. To think you can buy these just about anywhere for less than $50.00 is just amazing. I’m thrilled.
If you need a Bicycle Headlight you simply have to check out any Bikelights being sold with CREE XM-L T6 as part of their name. If your fortunate enough to have a local bike shop selling these by all means check there first. Next to the local bike shop is Amazon.com’s Bike Commuter Store. They have an incredible selection of anything related to cycling.
Finally, Their are a few things you need to know in order to get the light you want. After about an hour of searching for “Bike Lights” & reading reviews you would think that placing my order should have been quick & easy. Sadly, it wasn’t. These are GREAT LIGHTS but the CREE XML T6 LED is just the little bulb (see picture on the left) inside these lights. All of these lights can be VERY DIFFERENT. Please read the “Steps for getting the Bike Light You Need & Want” & maybe the rest of the article I pulled this review from.
I also included an Amazon Search Box below for bicycle stuff. Cut & Paste any Bike Light related key words into the search box & find out what’s available through Amazon.com. NEED IT? Buy IT. It’s Amazon.com so your purchase is Guaranteed.
CUSTOMERS REVIEWS ON CREE XML-T6 LED BIKE LIGHTS
REE XML T6 vs. MagicShine MJ-808E, October 25, 2012ByBrian M. LambertzAmazon Verified PurchaseThis review is from: CREE XML T6 Bicycle Headlight LED 3 Files 1200 Lumens
After a few months of running both lights side by side. I decided to write a comparison review between my MagicShine MJ-808E 1000 lumen bike light and the CREE T6 1200 lumen bike light. Most of the field testing was conducted on Minnesota single-track trails with both lights being operated at the same time...Continue
popcorn: Review of Ebay: 1800 Lumen CREE XML T6 LED Bicycle HeadLight Lamp. My first light review:
The kit came in a small box which contained the lamp, battery/charge, 2-Orings, Helmet strap/adapter, battery holder. At first sight the body was machined well with matt black anodizing. I was actually surprised with the quality of the workmanship. No burs, machine marks nor blotchy finishing. The threads were smooth and fitting was tight.The Aluminium reflector had a smooth finish instead of the Orange peel texture that was pictured in the ad. The LED was mounted on the board with a large heat-sink which threaded into the body. There was plenty of room in the housing for heat dissipation. The crowned Bezel has 6-points with a nice satin brushed finish. Under the glass lens there is a GITD (Glow in the Dark) silicon O-ring and silicon rubber tail cap. The tailcap switch is a reverse clicky with a LED battery indicator behind it... Continued
- I‘m very pleased with quality and brightness of this bike light. ”Ryszard Sytnik | 6 reviewers made a similar statement
- Thank you for reading this, I hope it helps with your considerations! ”Brian M. Lambertz | 3 reviewers made a similar statement
- I did purchase the Wide Angle Lens for MagicShine, Gemini, and many other Bike Lights / Headlight with it as well to get a wider beam. ”Nienke Splint | 7 reviewers made a similar statement
- Hello, This is the real deal… super bright light with three settings: high, medium and low (no flash setting). ”Charles Thomas Polk | 3 reviewers made a similar statement
- Summary: I like this light. ”JPilot | 2 reviewers made a similar statement
- I thought the rubber band mounts were mickey mouse but they work fine and are easy to remove for day riding. ”Jammin’ Jim | 1 reviewer made a similar statement.