TinyDeal and 2200 Lumens of Cree Lighting Power

Tinydeal Cree Bike Light

The burgeoning Chinese manufacturing industry has been a blessing and a curse to hundreds, even thousands of industries. Their ability to radically shift the supply curve (due to the sheer volume they can produce) has changed the benchmark prices of everything from USB cables to T-Shirts. Of course, that hasn’t been without its headaches.

While many were initially skeptical about the business acumen of these “new players” – we now come to realise that for a communist-ruled country, China really gets capitalism. The key is of course, communicating what you need. There are plenty of items coming out of there that are so cheaply made that they are completely unfit for purpose. Yet the technology they hold enables them to turn out the highest-quality items too, if you’re prepared to pay something much closer to a reasonable price.

TinyDeal.com contacted us in relation to their cycling-specific items, such as the Cree headlight we are testing. The website itself covers many more categories traditional to the “Chinese Manufacturer Outlet” style of business you’ve no doubt seen before. Unlike, say, AliBaba or AliExpress, which only puts you in contact with the manufacturer, TinyDeal actually take responsibility as the seller of the item – even offering warranties of up to 12 months on some items.

In this case, we were testing the waterproof Cree Bicycle Light. It has a rather unflattering name;  Aluminium Alloy Waterproof USA CREE XML-T6 Charging 2200 Lumens 4 Modes Flashlight for Cycling Camping QCA-249645. For me, the big question was “Would I get what I expected?”

The first thing I noticed was that the product looked just like it did in the pictures, so I felt that was a good start. To be honest, I hope one day online retailers will begin putting more detail around their pictures, like high definition pictures from every single angle you can imagine, plus the most important part – something for scale. One thing I hate is when you have no context and the item you buy ends up being much bigger or smaller than you expected. In this case, I expected the light and battery case to be in line with other products I’d seen, and it was.

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2200 Lumen Cree Powerful Bike Light

The second thing I checked was whether it had all of the functions advertised. It did: High/Low/Epileptic’s Nightmare/Off. It had one more too, which is that there is a low-battery indicator (the rear button goes from green to red) which I didn’t read about on the website.

Finally I had to assess whether its performance lived up to expectation. Unfortunately, however, I do not have anything to measure luminous flux, so it’s very hard for me to verify its claim of 2200 lumens. What I can say, is that the performance was up there with that of my car’s headlights and I couldn’t imagine needing more.

On the battery side, we finally came up short (but only a little). The website claims battery life of 2.5hrs on high, however I was only able to obtain just under 2 hrs of continuous light. I wonder if the website gave the light time to “cool down” somewhere in the middle of those 2.5hrs. Likewise on Low, I came up just over half an hour short on the website’s estimation.

I could go into more specifics, such as the fact that the light gets EXTREMELY hot (as you would expect) and that I thought the mounting system was well designed; solid, without being so rigid as to cause the light to “bounce”. TinyDeal wanted us to focus on their service so this is more of a general review of TinyDeal than of this light in particular, and I have to admit an all-round positive experience.

This particular light is a few steps up from the absolute cheapest of the cheap, churn ’em and burn ’em type of product that some of us have experienced. I’m particularly encouraged by TinyDeal’s warranties. With the addition of faster shipping options, it would seem to be a pretty reliable place to go for these kinds of products.

Specification and ordering: 2200 Lumen Cree Light from TinyDeal
Edit: correction to Lux / Lumens reference

Product Details:

Cree 2200 Lumen Bike Light (RRP $ 43.87)


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6 responses to “TinyDeal and 2200 Lumens of Cree Lighting Power”

  1. Andrew says:

    That only uses an XM-L LED, from a T6 colour bin. The T6 colour is pretty good as a trade-off between cool and warm (warm LEDs show the natural things that we see when riding at night better but have a slightly lower output than cool white LEDs). There have been the next generation of that size LED, the XM-L2 available for about a year now. The XM-L2 LEDs are about 20% more efficient for the same usage of electrical power, be that battery or dynamo. You can definitely get battery lights with XM-L2s, but may need to DIY to some extent for dynamo power.

  2. David the Blunt says:

    How is your LBS supposed to charge $219 for them now?!

    I have also have very good experiences buying lights from DealExtreme http://www.dx.com/

    One light arrived with a Chinese plug-type charger, but the voltage range was OK, so I just needed to warm it up with a hair dryer and twist the pins to fit Aussie sockets.

  3. Simon says:

    TinyDeal.com offers a warranty of 6 months for all cell phones and for all other items they only offer 3 months warranty.

    Quoted from their Website:
    “Return Policy

    All the cell phones you bought from Tinydeal.com come with 6-month warranty and all the items we offer have a 3-month warranty. See additional details, please refer to our Shipping & Returns or our FAQ Return Policy.”

  4. Good comments – CREE is a big calling card but there are different LEDs with different ‘uses’.

    On the warranty, it essentially suggests that if it breaks then that’s it. Australian purchased brands will give you 2 years but may also have disclaimers and perculiarities regarding batteries which naturally degrade over time.

  5. matt king says:

    You said: ” a light shining on 1 square metre will have twice the “lumens” as the exact same light shining on 2 square metres”

    I think you’re confusing lumens (the total light output) with lux, the measured intensity over a given area.

    The problem with the lumen rating of many lights is that they just use the LED datasheet ratings to spec them. There will always be losses once the LED warms up, the drive electronics are not 100% efficient, and the optics are not 100% efficient at getting what lumens are produced out the front.

    Also @Andrew – T6 is an efficiency bin, not a colour bin. Usually the high efficiency bins have poor colour rendering.

    @Christopher – do you think this a suitable light for on road use, or only off road? It seems it would be like a high beam headlight – not friendly to other road users.

  6. Danny Beveridge says:

    Right you are, Matt King – I got my lumens and lux confused. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    I would use it on the road, no problems. I’m not saying everyone will be thrilled about it, but I use an angle that’s not pointing up in people’s faces. Remember it has lower settings too!