Meet our good friend Willem Toet. Willem loves his bikes and loves bike lights almost as much; in fact he's fanatical about them. Willem has been a customer of Magicshine UK for 2 years now and has tried most of our products. He lives in Switzerland, works in F1 and uses studded tyres on his MTB to get to work each day. Here's what he has to say about both our Magicshine and MyTinySun lights:

MJ – 808 900 lumens.

These are really good lights and fantastic value for money. I’ve used them as off road MTB lights but with better lights available now I’ve relegated them to the commuters (I have a few bikes!). Being a bit of a fanatic I always have two lights and two batteries (I don’t ever want to be caught short) so in town I don’t even run these at full power. The lights and batteries have survived the worst that English and Swiss weather can throw at them (I commute on the bike in sun, cloud, rain, snow and ice). Best value for money lights around for pure commuting. If you sometimes want to go off road, these are OK but I’d get at least one of Magicshine’s more powerful models like the MJ-872.

MJ-872 – 1600 lumens.

I’ve not endurance tested these yet but I’ve given them (bought two) some functional back to backs with other lights. This light is virtually equivalent in performance (a bit lighter weight and a LOT lower cost) than my, now slightly old, Lupine Betty which is rated about the same performance. Pretty good considering what you need to pay to get a Betty. Good beam and really nice to have the power level feedback from the back of the light. For reasonably serious off road riding I’d suggest one on the bars and one on the head. The light on the bars helps you to see the profile of the terrain you’re approaching (roots, rocks, holes etc.) while the light on the head allows you to see into these shadows. The combination gives you good perception of depth. The bike will benefit from some sort of crud catcher on the forks to stop the dirt that flies up off the front tyre when it is wet distracting you at night. The helmet light has less problems with this. Helmet light is also really good for looking around you (e.g. for switchbacks or to light up the trail ahead for your friends who may not have such good lights). Nice light! Has survived a number of wet / icy rides very well. Good one Magicshine!

MJ-818 Rear Light

This is pretty serious for a rear light. I use one on my commuter bikes in addition to low cost low power LED lights. I use them (two lights for two commuter bikes) mainly for backup and if there’s fog. With one of these on the back of the bike you WILL BE SEEN! The battery lasts for ages and the combination has survived one year in England and now most of a Swiss winter (we’ve only seen -8 degrees so far) without problems.

My Tiny Sun Sport 2700X 2700 lumens

OK now you’re talking! After years with half this level of light thinking that was amazing this comes along and re-sets the bar! Honestly I’d run this one on the bars and have something else on the helmet. The reason for that suggestion is that if you accidentally look at your mates when you have a break during a night ride they won’t thank you!!!!!! Beautiful balanced beam shape and as much light as you need. This is the off road king. It knocks spots off my (now old) Lupine Betty which cost about 3 times as much. If you want the ultimate light – this is probably it.

Willem Toet

F1 Aero bod. Born in the Netherlands and grew up in Australia. Worked all over the world but mainly in Australia, UK and mainland Europe. Bit of a sports extremist (car hillclimbing in the UK, downhill mountain biking day and night in Switzerland). Presently living in Switzerland. Life is short – extract lots out of it!