Xeccon Spiker 1206 and Geinea 1 Bicycle Light Review
With its high-tech products which are produced especially for cycling and diving, Chinese bicycle lights manufacturer Xeccon is known to be one of the most remarkable companies in the market. Xeccon seems to be teh star of this season with its new products. Last year, the company had launched “Xeccon Spiker 1206″ which is the first automatic bicycle light in history. Cyclingtr.com, is proud to share this review about “Xeccon Spiker 1206″ and “Geinea 1″ which is a very effective light that can be used both as a tail light and on helmets.
Xeccon Spiker 1206
Spiker 1206 may be the most remarkable bicycle light model that is manufactured by the company. You are going to read about Spiker 1206 in this review. We’ll start with the contents of the box; the product comes well-packed and fastened up in the box. By doing this, the company successfully prevents the potential shipping-related damage.
Along with the light source, comes a battery, a charger, an attachment part for fastening the light to the helmet, a handlebar holder, three rubbers in different sizes to stabilize the light, a brochure including the instructions manual and the certificate of warranty and an extension cable in case you want to carry the battery in your packpack instead of on the handlebar.
Spiker 1206’s most impressing and innovative feature is its being automatic. The Chinese manufacturer is offering the first automatic bicycle light in history to the use of the bicycle enthusiasts. This product has a darkness sensor just like the cars. Thanks to this sensor at the back of the product, it starts to light when its dark.
You can switch between 4 different modes (High – Low – Light Sensor – Strobe) by pressing the quite big button on the device. The first mode is the strongest among all; you can experience an astonishing brightness and power which you can not find in the equivalent light sources in the market.
The light can be fixed to any kind and size of handlebar with a part that is very easy to use. The design of the platform that the light is attached helps absorbing the high vibrations which occur during the ride that the light is fixed to the handlebar. Besides, its solid structure decreases its risk of falling off the handlebar.
One of the biggest concerns of the bicycle users who ride at night is the light’s energy source. On contrary to most bicycle lights in the market, in order to use Spiker 1206, you need the battery which comes along with the light. Using this battery saves you a lot of money, since you don’t need to buy batteries anymore. Plus, the protective bag on the battery protects you from bad surprises and you can attach the battery to the frame easily and securely using the Velcro on it.
How long does the battery last? The information written on the box is 4 hours, which is almost accurate. If you use the device in Low mode, it provides you near 4 hours of continuous light. When used in High mode, Spiker 1206 has a successful performance by providing over 3 hours of continuous light without any loss in its brightness. You can charge the battery with the charger that comes along with it, which looks like the cellphone chargers.
There’s another part which allows you to use the light on your helmet. You fix this part to the product with its durable Velcro and you can reach the battery in your backpack easily.
You can change this platform with the other one which is used to fix the light to the handlebar easily with the help of a screwdriver.
The light itself weighs only 121 grams. The weight of the battery on the other hand is 283 grams including its protective bag.
Another important feature of the product is, of course its waterproof structure. Since it is manufactured exclusively for bicycles, the battery is waterproof as well.
Lastly, when you think that Spiker 1206 has an automatic mode which works with the sensor, at first you might find it unnecessary. However, when you enter a dark tunnel or when the nights are too dark especially in winter, this feature protects you from the accidents and the battery lasts longer since it will switch itself off when not needed.
You can find this model in black, red and grey colours. The technical features of the product are:
LED: CREE XM-L U2 LED
Max Output: 1200 Lumens
Max Output Runtime: 4 hrs
Three Mode: High> Low>Light Sensor>Strobe
Battery: 1 x 8.4v 4400mAh BAK Battery Pack
Waterproof: Accord to IPX-67 standard.
Price: 99 USD
Xeccon Geinea 1
This year, another mighty product of Xeccon is Geinea 1. Just like Spiker 1206, this model can be used as a tail light or on the back or front of the helmet too. Since it is designed as a tail light, its colour is red. Its light is so bright that its almost impossible for you to be noticed in traffic no matter how dark it is.
When compared to Spiker 1206’s box, this model comes in a smaller one, which includes a light source, a battery with a protective bag, a charger, spare Velcro and two different sized strong rubbers that help you fix the on-off button to the handlebar.
Geinea 1 has 4 different modes too. The first one is High, just like in the Spiker 1206, which is the strongest light mode. The second mode, Low, gives a less stronger light. Third mode is Strobe and the forth mode is Fast Strobe.
The product provides you high visibility even at long distances. On contrary to the other bicycle lights, Geinea 1 needs a battery unit to work. Thanks to this feature, it becomesa high performance light source for bicycles.
To activate it, you simply press the button which is connected to the product with a waterproof electronic cable. The cables are long enough to fix the button to the handlebar and the battery. Besides, when you use the light on the back of your helmet or as a tail light, you don’t need to look back to check if it’s on or off, because there’s an indicator on the button which indicates this and this gives you high safety.
The most important feature of Geinea 1 is its size. Though it’s a model that is used with a battery, its diameter which is only 27 mm and its high performance, is enough to surprise you.
To charge the battery of Geinea 1, you simply connect it to the charger wich comes with the product. The charger is the same for these batteries. So even if you lose your charger, (and if you have another Xeccon product) you can easily charge your battery with the other one. Geinea 1 provides you near 6 hours of continuous light in Low mode and near 5 hours in High mode.
Geinea 1 will be your trustworthy friend for your safety at your night rides.
And here are Geinea 1’s technical features:
Max output: 110 lumens
LED: Cree XP-E
Reflector: Optical lens
Surface treatment: Normal-anodized
Four Modes: High > Low > Strobe > Fast Strobe
Geinea I – Battery details:
Power Source: 8.4V 4400mAh battery pack (front light/ Front & Rear combo set)
8.4V 2200mAh battery pack (Rear light only)
Runtime: Over 6 hours for Rear light set only
Price: 140 USD
The light sources’s night performance;
This might be the most important part of our review. We had the opportunity to test both of the models above at a very dark night without any moonlight. The performance of the lights was incredibly surprising. While we were taking photos during our test, an old-model car passed near us. We witnessed that Spiker 1206’s light was much brighter and stronger than the car’s light.
The first time you press the button on the top of the product you get the performance shown at the photo below. This is the High mode performance. With this strong light, even in pitch black you’ll be able to see the road.
The second time you press the button, it switches to Low mode which is shown below. This mode would be appropriate for longer durations of usage.
The bicycle’s visibility from a distance is another very important subject. If the vehicles coming towards you are not able to see you clearly, it’s likely to have accidents. To prevent these situations, you need bright lights when riding a bicycle at night. You’ll see the performance of Spiker 1206 from 30, 20 and 10 meters respectively.
Xeccon’s mighty tail light Geinea 1’s night perfromance is very fascinating. Since its brightness is almost equal to a car’s foglamps’ brightness, it’s almost impossible for the vehicles coming from behind you not to notice you.
The photo below shows how Geinea 1 lightens a big tree at a distance of more than 30 meters.
Both Xeccon Spiker 1206 and Xeccon Geniea 1 offers a very high performance when compared to its rivals. You may find the price a bit high at first thought, but when you consider the price/performance ratio, you’ll find it very reasonable once you start to use them thanks to the performance you experience. Especially if you ride at night often, you can be addcited to Xeccon Spiker 1206 and Xeccon Geniea 1 and you may want to ride at night just because you have them.
The Xeccon company, whose lights provide much higher performance than the other bicycle lights in the market, is getting ready to enter the Turkish market to offer you the light sources beyond your dreams.
For the other products and detailed information, please visit the official website of Xeccon. http://www.cycling-lights.com