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cateye HL-EL300 $22.50 + shipping(6 posts)

cateye HL-EL300 $22.50 + shippingJS Haiku Shop
Apr 8, 2003 7:11 AM
last week purchased 2 of these from same seller at $22.50 "buy it now" each plus shipping ($51 delivered). lights were delivered in about four days via USPS. he now has another 20 in black and 10 in white listed at auction.

these are $27-$37 at nashbar/performance/other places. btw, i'm not affiliated with the seller in any way, but it's an awesome price! these were purchased after reading recommendations on this board and the randon & ultra mailing lists.

the units are powered by 5 LEDs and cast a bluish light almost as bright as the 2.4 watt microhalogen cateye headlamps powered by 4aa batteries. the runtime for EL300s is stated as 30 hours on 4 standard AAs.
I'm trying those out too...Lon Norder
Apr 8, 2003 8:03 AM
On the long brevets coming up I'm going to try two of those mounted on the bars along with a 5W helmet-mounted NiteRider to be used while descending, reading the route sheet, and reading road signs. I can get 7+ hours on a charge with the NiteRider so it should last all night if I don't use it all the time.

If you look on the box that the EL 300 comes in they have a plot of light intensity vs burn time, which falls off rather rapidly. I wonder if lithium batteries might keep the light intensity more constant.
helmet light etc.JS Haiku Shop
Apr 8, 2003 8:18 AM
I have a borrowed 12 watt (12 or 15, can't remember) that i used on long rides last year. battery pack is relatively small and flat (about the size of 8 AA batteries). it only has a runtime of a couple/few hours, but i used it as you mention, for descents, reading street signs, and tricky intersections. it will be nice to have in case it's needed, but holding up another few grams for hours on end isn't doing my neck any favors.

a guy i rode most of the last brevet with used a mini-LED mounted on his helmet to read the map/cue. the bulb was orange or red. i'm not sure which model, but i'm going to order one. here's a link:

aside from that, i was happy to have a mini-maglite (AA) tucked into my carradice for roadside repairs and emergencies--it was happily utilized.
I was disappointed.Andy M-S
Apr 8, 2003 8:16 AM
When the white LED lights first hit the market, I bought an HL-EL100, the first Cateye model, which uses 3 LEDS. I was very impressed with the light.

So when the 300 came out, I bought one, and was immediately disappointed. The 300 uses lenses that 100 does not, and the impact is to focus the light into a very narrow beam--so narrow that I would need two of these lights at a minimum--one to see the road, and one to see approaching riders and vehicles.

I sold the 300 and went back to the 100, and I've been very happy with it.
He is a great Ebay Seller Have bought many computers(nm)abicirider
Apr 8, 2003 9:46 AM
Don't get the white one.PseuZQ
Apr 8, 2003 10:36 AM
The one with the white case, that is. I did for DVD, and there was a lot of light pollution coming out of the unit. I finally covered it with duct tape and that helped.

This has been written about elsewhere, but of course I completely forgot about it until it was time to ride.