Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out a new LED torch for use as a helmet light. Courtesy of Dave, who’s managed to unearth the TrustFire TR-801 LED torch from DealExtreme I’ve been running a Cree Q5 LED equipped light for a genuine ‘twenny dollah!’
Kicking out a claimed 230 whatever-they-are-lumens in a tight beam, this is a very powerful torch with a neat aluminium body that feels very tough. I’ve attached it to my helmet using some simple velcro (sorry, hook and eye) straps, using the helmet vents as a guide. The torch is just over 4 inches long but just 24mm in diameter so it fits in well enough that it points exactly where I want it. If you wanted a bit more control, some compressed foam under one end would probably suffice to angle it just so.
In use, this is a truly awesome product. It’s range is in the realms of more than sufficient, with a tight beam that makes it perfect for helmet use as it lights exactly where you are looking. Burn times from the rechargeable Li-ion 18650 battery are such that I managed a 2½ hour night ride on Wednesday with ease. Carry a spare battery and you’d be sorted for every eventuality.
With a floody front light on the handlebars using this light as a helmet light makes the perfect combination. It has a big, easy to find switch on the end that works with gloves so you can turn it off when chatting to mates (don’t underestimate how useful this is!) and even comes with a wrist lanyard so you can use it as a proper torch if needed. It is very low profile when nestled into a helmet vent too so dodging under trees and undergrowth presents no problems.
Having tried it, I’m getting one myself so I’ll have wire free lighting on both my bike and my head. The best bit is that having got my new Exposure MaXx-D from Wiggle (finally – review soon) plus a spare bracket so I can swap it between my Orange and my On-one, I’ve found that the TrustFire torch actually fits the Exposure Joystick adaptor (as you can see in the pictures of the TrustFire TR-801 on Flickr), so I can even attach it to either of my bikes too. Ironically, the Exposure mount costs more than the torch!!
Highly recommended and I don’t often say that. One other thing — there’s two versions of this lamp, one with a simple on/off switch and one that offers 5 light modes (Hi > Mid> Lo > Strobe and SOS). I’ve been trialling the simple on/off version but having control of different output settings seems to be the way to go.
See beam shots of the TrustFire TR-801 Cree Q5 LED torch in our MTB LED Night Light Test and Beam Shots article.