Magicshine MJ-880 U2 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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Every time we get a new light from Magicshine, the design and quality seems to step up a notch and the MJ-880 is no exception. The light head looks like a solid piece with some nice, polished surfaces. It has two Cree XML LEDs that claim 2200 Lumens. The battery is huge so the system weight goes up quite a bit to 522 grams.

The construction has definitely gone up but the inflated lumen claims have not gone away. With a claimed output of 2200 Lumens. We measured the lumen output to be 1473 Lumens.

Specifications:

  • Price: $225
  • Claimed Lumens: 2200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1473 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 148 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 119 grams
  • Installed Weight: 522 grams
  • Run Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Category: High End

Strengths:

  • Good construction
  • Good beam pattern
  • Long run time at 2.5 hours
  • Convenient 2-button step switch

Weaknesses:

  • Lumen claims are exaggerated.
  • System is quite heavy for the light output

Mounting:

Mounting is with the traditional rubber strap style on the handlebars.

MTBR Light Meter Measurements: Compare all lights here.

This light measured 148 Lux on our ambient light measurement facility.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens: Compare all lights here.

1473 measured Lumens. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 2200 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle.

Backyard Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern.

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  • John says:

    I thought i read that majic shine went belly up?

  • Trev says:

    On the magicshine lights website, their product details show theoretical lumens, and estimated nominal lumens which compare reasonabley with this sites measurements. To say that they overstate the light output is misrepresenting the companies product data sheet. Good lights & good value & a happy NB-04 owner.

  • Luke Gomer says:

    The SolarStorm X2 CREE XM-L U2 priced at just £25 with 4 cell battery gives a slightly brighter output (but more spot focused) than my 1st gen Magicshine MJ880, and since the Solarstorm has a handy slow on/off strobe function, AND easier to operate switch – my Magicshine has become less used.

  • Pabcor says:

    The new MJ-880 L2 XM-L2 with 2200 lm are very powerful. And EAGLE 600 too. And very easy to operate.

  • PETER says:

    On the magicshine lights website, their product details show theoretical lumens, and estimated nominal lumens which compare reasonabley with this sites measurements. To say that they overstate the light output is misrepresenting the companies product data sheet.

    MJ-880 is very powerful. Good construction

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >> On the magicshine lights website, their product details show theoretical lumens, and estimated nominal lumens which compare reasonabley with this sites measurements. To say that they overstate the light output is misrepresenting the companies product data sheet.

      C’mon now. You buy the product, the box and the manual state the lumens. Who goes to the website to find some other theoretical resource.

      Also, that has been added recently. Magicshine has really stepped up their game in making honest claims. We applaud them for that. And we stand by what we wrote in the past.

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