Magicshine MJ-808 Bike Light Pro Review

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Magicshine MJ-808 – $85.00

Light Price Claimed Lux Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lux per gram Lux per dollar
Majicshine
MJ-808
$85 900 3:00 Hours Lithium 110 grams 202 g 312 g .12 .44

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

The Magicshine MJ-808 is a virtual copy of our favorite light last year, the Lupine Tesla 4.  It features the Seoul P7 emmitter with a large reflector mounted on the bar or the helmet with a rubber loop band. It has a small battery that can power the system for three hours and it all comes in a convenient box.

Light Head close ups:

Mounting:

Mounting to the handlebar is done with a simple rubber loop band. Two sizes are included for regular and oversized bars. This type of mount cannot be aimed left/right. On the helmet, an optional mount that simulates a handlebar pipe is installed on the vents with straps

Light Meter Measurements:

On our Lux meter, this measured in at 37 Lux.  It’s a bright light but this indicates that the brightness claims of 900 lumens is exaggerated.

Strengths:

  • cheap price of $85
  • good design and beam pattern based on the Lupine Tesla
  • good lightweight package and bright beam pattern

Weaknesses:

  • construction can be inconsistent
  • light output and color can vary
  • 5 light modes are unnecessary and the 6th mode which is off should not be there
  • Indicator light on switch is on all the time when battery is plugged in

Bottom Line:

The bottom line here is the price.  It’s got a few warts here and there but for $85, all is forgiven and this light will have many fans.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Magicshine MJ-808

Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

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  • cartucho r4i says:

    Small…simple and perfect one. My friend gift me on my last birthday.very impressive product and too happy to have it.

  • Scott says:

    I got mine from thesingletrackstore.com, brighter than my HID, way cheaper. For the amount I ride at night, it can’t be beat.

  • I actually like the fact that I can turn it off at the button instead of having unhook a wire. That way if I am riding at dusk I don’t have to stop and fiddle with something, just push a button!

  • Rich says:

    Francis,

    I measured the current drain of the green LED while plugged in and it’s about 6 mA. Compare that to 1300 mA when the light is on in high mode. Leaving the light plugged in for a couple days is not going to significantly drain the battery.

  • Francois says:

    >>I actually like the fact that I can turn it off at the button instead of having unhook a wire. That way if I am riding at dusk I don’t have to stop and fiddle with something, just push a button!

    To turn it off, all you need it to do is press the button for two seconds. This light functions that way like most other lights. So the Off Mode while switching light levels is unnecessary.

  • Dave says:

    I really hate having to cycle through both the SOS mode and the off setting in order to change intensities. If you’re running on low power to save battery and want to switch to high power for a descent, you need to turn off your light for a few seconds while you fiddle with the button. Still an awesome product for the price, but I could do without that little quirk.

  • Eric says:

    Great for the money! Would buy this light again or a second if I needed it!
    4-rides – no issues.
    Con: having to go through modes from low to high for descents /technical (includes off!). (who slows down to go to high mode?) Dangerous. But – forgiven for price!

  • Chad says:

    Hows this thing work as a helmet only light? Is having one as a bar light still a good idea, or not really necessary?

  • david bishop says:

    like the 2010 shootout videos on youtube, better than beamshoots,

    can you consider getting a lumicycle led sys3 or led sys4 or both uses cree r2

    clamed lumen output 850lm sys3 1120lm sys4 beams come in 6 degree & 13 degree

    i am interested to find out how honest they are, and what the lux is,

    i have led sys3 with 6.6 li-ion battery, it is the biggest one, i have the spot,

    so far i am very happy and pleased with it good wight, strong well made design

    have used in rain -3 snow bissard, and has been reliable, run time very good,

    did i mention no, output compared to others, seems very good for 850lm but have heard this light is more like, 750lm – 800lm

    company is in uk,

    and have only made lights, been going for over 10yr, have made halogen, hid, how led,

    http://www.lumicycle.com

    http://www.lumicycle.co.uk

    http://www.bikelighting.com.au/ for reveiw,

    http://www.muddymoles.org.uk

    thanks,

    david,

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  • Dave says:

    Can’t agree more with what that guy said, it will ultimately bring more people into MTBing and that can only be good for the industry as a whole.
    Its just like anything else not many people can start off with the best kit you have to work your way up there.
    I to have had a few different lights edison 5 tesla they have all broken down and its expensive when they cost £500,00 or £250,00 so i may just buy one of these as a back up light as i have already said there are some issues with reliability with lupine lights so the more expensive is not always the best.

  • Paul says:

    Curious how this light will work on a road bike. I ride abound a city lake early morning in Dallas and this seems like it would work great. Anything that makes it only good for mountain bikes?

  • ClarkinHawaii says:

    I have one of these with the additional magicshine taillight running off a “Y” cable from one battery pack. It’s actually better in city than woodsy trails since city doesn’t need as much light. it’s plenty bright. About 4 hours between charges with headlight on max and taillight in blinking mode.

  • Kris says:

    What about the light from http://www.mklites.com? 900 Lumen bike light – similar to the magic shine…

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  • HayHuCorp says:

    Are you dolbo? 900 Lumens but not Lux!

  • blue says:

    I was told that mj808/816/836 after Dec. 2010 are not affected by the recall, since they swithed to a much better UL/CE certified battery supplier.

  • the bald rider says:

    Which battery should I buy for my 900 lumen magice shine? the Default battery or the 828 LCD battery?

  • Joel says:

    Last Year I participate in a 12 hrs. race and won First at te Master 40 and thanks to my magicshine 808 ligth every rider tend to stop a follow me to get a better trail view. Thanks

  • Oivind Haavik says:

    I just brought Magicshine MJ 880 bike light from Os-bridge and it is unexpectedly the best that i have had ever for my mountain bike.

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