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Helmet Lights

Post by rocklobstercat » Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:29 am

Any recommendations on helmet lights? Not too heavy or ridiculously expensive?

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:39 am

Exposure Diablo or Joystick. Whether they meet your criteria .........

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Borderer » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:56 am

Is it to see things with or be seen?

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by rocklobstercat » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:02 pm

See things, to use in conjunction with bar mounted lights.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by ssnowman » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:03 pm

Exposure Joystick for me. Not cheap but well worth it.
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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Landslide » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:18 pm

Another vote for the Joystick.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by sean_iow » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:38 pm

Exposure have Mk13 Joysticks in their outlet store for £120

https://exposurelights.com/catalog/prod ... tegory/24/

I don't think it comes with a helmet mount so you'd have to buy one of those as well. Before I got mine I was hesitant to buy one due to he cost but since I've had it I couldn't imaging riding at night without it now.
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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by In Reverse » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:20 pm

Joystick. Try to get a second hand one if budget's tight.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Lazarus » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:35 pm

Nothing can beat a Joystick as a helmet light

if gettng an old one be aware the really old models had failrly low Lumens compared to what you would expect now.
they are expensive but they seem indestrutable and its pretty clear what all users think of it


If you want cheap I would just buy a torch and improvise my own mount

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by jam bo » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:38 pm

I have the axis. A little more grunt than the joystick, enough to use on its own without a bar light.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:42 pm

... and yes, another Joystick user here too. Can't recall how old mine is but it's never let me down and I'll often use it standalone as long as I'm not riding owt too techy or with people armed with a million lumens.
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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by stevewaters » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:43 pm

I have a Mk 14 Joystick and am very impressed. I think they are up to Mk 15 now. I use mine standalone.

On bigger rides I take a spare Joystick which doubles up as a power bank for topping up my Garmin.

You can also get a tiny "Redeye Micro" LED to plug into the charge port. This is surprisingly bright and this provides a great back-up rear light:
https://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/4644/ ... 20QAvD_BwE

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by shutupthepunx » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:06 pm

i use this £7.44 delivered attatched to helmet wiith 2 zip ties. with a powerbank which i uaually have with me anyway. figured it saves me carrying a battery that can just be used for a light.

i just roll up the wire and jam it in a hole int helmet when i dont have the powerbank attatched. when i do have it attatched the powerbank lives in jersey pocket. cheap, effective. reliable? ...well so far so good.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by PaulB2 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:33 pm

Yet another happy Joystick owner here (mk12 or 13). It's set to last 24 hours in low mode and I normally only run a be seen light on the bars for road use.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Mike » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:22 pm

A zerbra light for me on the helmet, similar size n weight to the joystick but has the bonus of more light and a battery that is removable so u can carry a spare incase. The burn times are same as js if jot a little better on lower light settings.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by RIP » Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:30 pm

PaulB2 wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:33 pm
Yet another happy Joystick owner here (mk12 or 13). It's set to last 24 hours in low mode and I normally only run a be seen light on the bars for road use.
You sure you're happy with the 12 Paul? :wink: . The crappy rubber charging port cover on my old 12 wound me up so much I had to go as far as losing the whole light by mistake on the last Winter Event and replacing it....

So don't get a secondhand (or old new) Mk12...
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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by PaulB2 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:07 pm

RIP wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:30 pm
PaulB2 wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:33 pm
Yet another happy Joystick owner here (mk12 or 13). It's set to last 24 hours in low mode and I normally only run a be seen light on the bars for road use.
You sure you're happy with the 12 Paul? :wink: . The crappy rubber charging port cover on my old 12 wound me up so much I had to go as far as losing the whole light by mistake on the last Winter Event and replacing it....

So don't get a secondhand (or old new) Mk12...
You’ve just reminded me of main flaw. The port did annoy me when I got it but I appear to have the knack now, not that I’ve done much riding in the last 6 months.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by RIP » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:35 pm

I'm impressed - must involve some serious finger contortions!
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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Piemonster » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:56 pm

My Exposure Joystick failed on me a couple of years ago

Was a MK1 mind you

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by voodoo_simon » Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:51 pm

MK 7 still working for me :-bd

Just got a Toro (not helmet mounted!) from these chaps https://sdjsports.com/, arrived within several days

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by Charliecres » Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:19 pm

I have a Moon Vortex Pro which was about 30% of the price of the latest Joystick and about 70% as good (a bit heavier, mount not as nice, beam not quite as bright).

I also have a new Joystick and I’d say buy that if it’s in budget.

If you’re on a budget then the Moon is pretty good.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by jay91 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:35 pm

Second hand joystick mk8 from the classified :-bd
Trying to ride bikes.

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by middleagedmadness » Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:54 am

Exposure are very expensive and didn’t expect any issues but mine failed after 14months , called exposure sent it off and had it back in3days f.o.c and they reimbursed the postage so I guess it’s the old adage you pay for the service not just the light, trying convince myself now to get a maxxd (shouldn’t really need convincing as the above post says why they are expensive)

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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by ssnowman » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:01 am

Still using a mk 5 & 6
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Re: Helmet Lights

Post by ScotRoutes » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:06 am

I have an Exposure Equinox as a helmet light. It's stupidly powerful in max mode but only runs for 30 minutes unless I use the Piggyback battery. It's very adjustable though and the remote switch makes it easy to change brightness as required. It also works well as a "get me home" light at this time of year if when the arrival of the dark evenings often catches me out. I use it with a clip-in adapter on the standard Exposure bar mount for this.

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