Field test results:
The headlight uses a rubber-strap
mounting system (there were two in our set) that is tool-free
and secure. It is a bit of a stretch for oversized bars, so we
would keep an eye out for wear—although we didn’t detect
any wear, even after months of use. We recommend removing the light during the day so that UV rays don’t damage
the integrity of the rubber strap.
The battery is big (around 3 inches wide and 3.5 inches
long), so the downtube is the best place to mount it. The
battery is held in place by two rubber straps, and, again, it is
a tool-free process to strap it on or take it off.
Plug the light into the battery and it will emit the coolest
glow to show that the juice is flowing. Two totally sealed
buttons on the top of the light control the brightness of the
beams. You can cycle up or down at will. Holding both buttons simultaneously for a few seconds turns the light off.
On the trail, the little light puts out enough illumination
for a rider to comfortably pedal at pretty much the same
speed he would during the day. A giant plus is that you
cannot accidentally shut off the light or activate the strobe
We got just over two hours of run-time with the MJ-880
at full strength and four hours with the beam in its lowest
mode. There is a battery-life indicator that changes color as
the battery’s charge wanes.
There are more compact lighting systems and there are
brighter systems, but you will be hard-pressed to find such a
powerful, quality light at a more attractive price. The icing
on the cake is that Magicshine sells all the components individually. If you have ever misplaced or damaged a piece of
your lighting system, you already know how helpful this