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Old 09-24-13, 04:05 AM   #1
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Xeccon Geinea II bicycle light (6x18650 pack)

Xeccon have been working hard to improve on earlier cycle light designs and give the rider more features and performance. Xeccon does listen to the feedback from its customers and includes design updates based on this feedback.

Previously I have taken a look at the Xeccon Spiker 1206, Spiker 1207, S14 and S12. From the S12 to the Spiker models, there has been a clear progression in sophistication in these lights, and the Geinea models are yet again moving forward.



What is in the box:

Like the Spiker 1207 model I have reviewed previously, the Geinea II comes with all its components in a zip up carry case.



Everything is neatly packed and has a section for each major component.



The 6x185650 battery pack, and mains charger. The mains cable has a regional adaptor included to suit your location.



The Geinea II's triple light head and switch.



The mounting accessories.





Taking a closer look

Being a relatively simple kit, beyond the previous photos, there are only a couple of other details to look at.

The triple light head has three identical emitters each using a XM-L LED and textured reflector.



The switch unit has two click switches.





Modes and User Interface:

Although the Geinea II has a single light unit, the switch still has two actual buttons in it. One gives access to steady modes, and the other to flashing.

If you are using a stead mode and click the flashing mode button, it will switch directly to the flashing modes and visa versa.

From Off – Steady modes switch selects Max, Medium, Low, Off etc
From Off – Flashing modes switch selects Slow half strobe (centre LED steady on), Fast half strobe (centre LED steady on), Full strobe, SOS, Off etc

Once the Geinea II is activated the switch lights up. If the battery has a good level of charge it shows green, then as the battery gets lower, this turns blue then finally red to indicate low battery.



Batteries and output:

As with all the other Xeccon bicycle lights I have tested, the Geinea I uses a custom battery pack. In this instance it is a 6x 18650 cell pack in 3S2P configuration so runs at 12.6V. This move to the higher voltage means a lack of battery pack compatibility with other Xeccon lights. The 3S2P configuration also makes cell balancing during charging more critical and the negative impact of a single bad cell much more obvious. I would have preferred Xeccon to stick with the 8.4V working voltage.

To measure actual output, I built an integrating sphere. See here for more detail. The sensor registers visible light only (so Infra-Red and Ultra-Violet will not be measured).

Please note, all quoted lumen figures are from a DIY integrating sphere, and according to ANSI standards. Although every effort is made to give as accurate a result as possible, they should be taken as an estimate only. The results can be used to compare outputs in this review and others I have published.

[table]
[tr]
[th]Xeccon Geinea II[/th]
[th]I.S. measured ANSI output Lumens[/th]
[th]PWM frequency (Hz) or Strobe frequency[/th]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]Max[/td]
[td]1156[/td]
[td]105[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]Medium[/td]
[td]563[/td]
[td]105[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]Low[/td]
[td]348[/td]
[td]105[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]Half Strobe slow[/td]
[td]Not Measured[/td]
[td]1.47[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]Half Strobe fast[/td]
[td]Not Measured[/td]
[td]2.77[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]Full Strobe[/td]
[td]Not Measured[/td]
[td]7.1[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]


This light utilises an electronic switch, so there is parasitic drain to consider. As the battery status light is no longer lit when the battery is connected, the drain is significantly lower than previous Xeccon lights, however during attempts to measure the drain, the initial power draw to power up the switch circuit has blown my ammeter so I cannot confirm a reading.

The runtime graph shows the output traces for both the Geinea I and Geinea II.





The beam

With its triple emitter head, the Geinea II's beam is very bright, wide and has a good long range. Even on the unlit trails, I never ran out of range up to speeds of nearing 30mph.



The spill is wide and in all directions, which is fine for the rider, but any oncoming traffic or other people on the trail find this pretty blinding. You will need to turn it down to low when meeting or passing anyone head-on.



What are they really like to use…

The compact size of the Geinea II lights makes it easy to accommodate a very bright light on your bicycle.

Once you get used to which half of the switch controls the steady or flashing modes (it would be nice if there were some indication on the switch), flicking between levels is easy. In testing I have accidentally ended up selecting the flashing modes, but can quickly swap back to steady output.

Shown here with the Geinea II's main beam on (with the Gienea I switched on for the rear only), it is clear though how bright the switch illumination is.



That said I suppose it could be angled away slightly to reduce this effect, but it would be better if the illumination were far less bright.

For the rider, the Geienea II provides a very nice wide bright beam with plenty of light. The easy of access to the switch also makes it easier to turn the brightness down when coming across other road/trail users, and you will need to. Seen head-on the Geinea II is pretty blinding due to the wide spill beam.

Somehow it is very difficult to make yourself use anything other than maximum output as all of that light blazes up the path ahead making for a very comfortable ride.



Test sample provided by Xeccon for review as part of the Global Lighting Exposure.
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reserved for updates...

As an additional note, not being so well known on Bike Forums, I would like to point out that I am a totally independent reviewer, testing products in my spare time (I work in IT for a living) and am not in any way affiliated with Xeccon, I just happen to have previously tested some of their lights amongst many many others.

See here:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...hlight-reviews

and here for a list of my other reviews

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ofer-s-Reviews
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reserved for updates...

As an additional note, not being so well known on Bike Forums, I would like to point out that I am a totally independent reviewer, testing products in my spare time (I work in IT for a living) and am not in any way affiliated with Xeccon, I just happen to have previously tested some of their lights amongst many many others.

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http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...hlight-reviews

and here for a list of my other reviews

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ofer-s-Reviews
Hey buddy!

That bike light is awesome, I loved your review. All I have right now is a beated mountain bike I got off the flea market (I'm a student, I had to save for quite some time just to buy a $50 bike) and what I use is the ArmyTek Viking S (the XP-G model) and use the lanyard to tie it to the handle. I'm going to have to start taking the bike to school now, and was wondering if the bike light you reviewed has quick attach and detach.

Also, how many locks do you normally use?

Thanks for the fantastic review, keep up the good work!

-Alain
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Hey buddy!

That bike light is awesome, I loved your review. All I have right now is a beated mountain bike I got off the flea market (I'm a student, I had to save for quite some time just to buy a $50 bike) and what I use is the ArmyTek Viking S (the XP-G model) and use the lanyard to tie it to the handle. I'm going to have to start taking the bike to school now, and was wondering if the bike light you reviewed has quick attach and detach.

Also, how many locks do you normally use?

Thanks for the fantastic review, keep up the good work!

-Alain
The Geinea II sample I have uses the popular o-ring mount (so is quick detach), but this light is supposed to come with a metal 'camlock' mount. I believe that mount is also quick detach by lifting a lever.

You have to remember to take the battery off as well which uses a velcro strap, and to fit it, you need to thread the strap through a buckle and tighten, and of course this slows down fitting and removal a bit.
EDIT - you could use the extension cable and keep the battery pack in a backpack. This would make fitting and removal of the light much faster.

I hope you have something a bit more than a lanyard holding the Viking S to the handlebar, at least something like the twofish lockblock (or generic cheap copy). That is pretty quick detach with a velcro strap (though you still need to thread the strap through a buckle).

If you do buy this Geinea II, keep the Viking S in a proper mount as a backup. Remember one is none, two is one - you don't want to be left in the dark by relying on a single light.

As I have quick release wheels, I always use two locks to secure my bike. One goes through the rear wheel, frame and around the solid object/bike rack, and the other goes through the frame and front wheel (and bike rack if possible). I then take off everything that doesn't need a screwdriver to remove.
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Nice review. Well done.

What's the price?

Can you blink one of the lights, while the others are steady?

The light looks good for trail riding at night. It might be overkill, with all the spill, for commuting.

6x18650 — that's a pile of batteries!

Thanks for the careful and thoughtful review.
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Nice review. Well done.

What's the price?

Can you blink one of the lights, while the others are steady?

The light looks good for trail riding at night. It might be overkill, with all the spill, for commuting.

6x18650 — that's a pile of batteries!

Thanks for the careful and thoughtful review.
It is currently selling on mtbRevolution for $186.

At least one of the flashing modes (don't have it with me right now) keep one steady while the other two flash.

This light on full beam if too bright for urban roads - you would cause accidents and dazzle drivers unless you turn it to low. Out of town on unlit trails blaze away!

6x18650 is a lot, but when on maximum, all those lumens suck them dry after around 3 hours.
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