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Quick review: HA-III Cree SSC P7-C 900 Lumen LED bike light

8 Comments 09 November 2010

It comes with two O-rings for easy attachment

Just look at the gargantuan name of the lamp. It’s amazing. Anyway, I finally got my “Chinese wonder” lamp from DealExtreme, which allows me to see during the dark night rides (and soon dark morning rides as well) here in Finland. This particular LED bike light has been in high regards in the Finnish bike scene, especially with the hardcore mountain bike riders loving those dark single tracks.

The light has five modes (High, Medium, Low, Epilepsy-inducing and Annoying-blinker). It comes in its own package, which is surprisingly high-quality with its foam inset and magnetic sealing. Within you will find the LED light itself, the battery pack, two o-rings, UK power adapter (100-240V, so it’ll work globally). No manual, although it’s quite simple to operate. The light will turn on as soon as you connect the battery pack so don’t point the light towards someone before connecting the battery. I managed to blind a colleague with mine.

I have a few friends that have the same unit, and I’ve been impressed about the battery life and brightness of the lamp. We’ll give you examples in our up-and-coming bike light test, where we show the power of different kinds of lamps. The P7-C is a small lamp, but is very powerful with its (supposedly) 900 lumen brightness. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery pack giving the light a life of 3 (900 lumen max power) to 12 hours (25% power). It’s also good to know that the battery not permanently connected to the lamp so you can change it should it break or you want a backup.

Our verdict: ★★★★½

Usually LED bike lamps of this power cost over 300 euros, making this a bargain with its cheap price of $78 including shipping and handling. Customs fees and taxes might be added to the price, depending on where you are ordering. It’s still worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Holy crap… $78!?!?! That’s craziness!

    With that said, how would the output compare to an HID lamp? Also wondering how heavy is the battery? I know my HID battery weighs a freakin’ ton…

  • The battery weighs around a 150 grams, so barely anything. It’s the size of four AA batteries and weighs about the same as well.

    HID lights usually are about 500 lumen, so this lamp is close to two of them in terms of brightness. The biggest difference is the lamp life, LED having 30 thousand hours and HIDs having closer to 5000.

    And it’s under 80 bucks delivered! FFS :)

  • Tzed250

    I bought a pair of those lights under the name MagicShine and so far they’re fantastic! I have one on my helmet and one on my handlebars for mountain biking. They’re so bright I’ve even started using the ‘low’ setting at slower speeds. I haven’t ridden them longer than two hours yet so I don’t know how long the batteries last.

  • That’s a point worth mentioning – These lights come in many, many different “brand names” and their prices go from $80 to $300 depending on who’s selling it and where.

    There seemed to be some issues with the earlier generations of the lights, but so far it’s been all positive with my friends.

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  • Lennart Gabrielsson

    I have got the very same lamp w. battery-pack.
    The battery-pack did however quit on me in the middle of a night ride.
    I have tested the voltage on each cell 2x(2×3.5)) Volts OK.
    So the problem seems to be in the little electronic circuit between the batteries and the lamp.
    Where can I buy components for replacement ?

  • Tadhgoconail

    me and a buddy got two of these for caving – recently discovered that the  battery pack is not waterproof, on either. The charger of one stopped working nearly immediately. The light is good though.

  • I wouldn’t think anything electric from China is waterproof, but tough plastic bags and rubber bands are a great way to waterproof stuff!


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