Magicshine SEEMEE 60 Smart LED Bike Tail Light Review

Magicshine SEEMEE 60 Smart LED Bike Tail Light Review


Thanks for tuning in this is The Sweet Cyclists and today we’re going to be doing a full product review for the Magicshine Seemee 60 LED taillight. This is a part of the new exciting urban cycling products and it’s a all-in-one bicycle taillight. If we go over the specs you can see it’s a $34.99 dollar taillight, so not too cheap not too expensive. It is IPX6 waterproof so that means you can do wet weather commuting with no issues and it’s composed of a grid of COB LEDs with up to 60 lumens of output. Now you can see here it’s a pretty bright light, it also features a smart sensor which has a couple nice features. It has auto idle detection, vibration detection and acceleration to throw the light in a panic mode or automatically turn off. The light also has up to 5 hours of battery life on lower settings and can do a steady mode and two blinking modes. One constant and a one less constant so it’s a pretty competitive package especially for the taillight market. With that let’s now go over what comes in the box. I’ve everything laid out here, you get the slick packaging. Having bought Magicshine products over the years it’s a big step up in terms of industrial design and product design. You see it’s really good packaging, and they look great on a shelf. You get a user manual which is obviously not too useful. You get a micro USB to USB cable for charging and a great thing about this is you should have plenty of these already so you can leave these on the office at home. One interesting part is that you get multiple mounting options, so if we go here we can see we get a clip style mount for a backpack and both of these mounts you can see it has a 90 degree locking mechanism. It’s threaded so you drop it in, rotate and then clicks in. It’s great for mounting on backpacks or saddlebags. The cool thing is it also comes with a standard seatpost mount. This is a rubber mount and features the same 90-degree locking mechanism here and a flexible rubber mount that uses a ubiquitous rubber straps. This requires no tools and is easy to install and remove. With the rubber strap design you can use the different mounting points to either go larger or smaller, depending on your seat post. What’s really cool about this is that it also features two options. You can see I already have the one of the adhesive attached to the mount. It’s a little adhesive backed rubber piece you attach to the back of the seatpost mount. You can see it has two profiles, one is designed for a standard round seatpost and the other one is designed for an aero seatpost. You can see with the aero seatpost it’s more aggressive to wrap around the trailing edge of an aerodynamic seatpost which have a sharper trailing edge. What is great about this is that when you typically buy a light for your aero bike I’ll flop around so if you were to put this one on there it would kind of pivot around and not be very secure. This one is more aggressive and should hold it better. Both of them are very easy to install you just place it on the rear of the mount. Now lets go over the fit and finish of the Seemee 60 Magicshine taillight. This is a all-in-one design with a built-in non-removable USB rechargeable. It has a compact design, if we bring out the ruler you can see the dimensions. This is about one and a half inches in each direction where the thickness is about 3/4 of an inch. I wish it was thinner but with all-in-one design it’s a nice design and you won’t really notice the thickness. You can see it’s a grid of LEDs, if I turn on the light you can see the uniform light distribution. You can also see that the beveled edge on the tail light portion. With it turned on, you can see you have more than 180 degree visibility which is what they advertise so the light reflects off the beveled edges. This gives you better visibility. In terms of interaction you get one basic button on the side, and this button actually lights up when you’re charging too. It will go green or red to indicate that it’s fully charged or charging there’s no battery indicator. Unfortunately you can’t tell otherwise. To switch the modes it’s simply a long press to turn it on or off, and short press to change brightness and a double press to change the mode. You have low, medium, and a high brightnesses and double click to into the different modes. You can see this is the panic mode when I shake it. If I double click again to switch modes there are three total modes: a constant, double blinking, and then a constant blink. I’ll turn it off again, the USB port is on the back so you have to remove from the bike and it has a nice waterproof cover. So the fit and finish I think feels pretty good. It feels like a nice product, and the seams are really tight. I’m not a big fan of the chrome finish, it’d be great if they offered different colors options or maybe a rubberized anodized finish. Now if we compare this to a Plane Bike taillight which has the more typical tall and narrow form factor and a similar rubber mount you can see this is quite a bit smaller but a wider. If we look at the Planet Bike light it has a more common design that you would have had before. You can see this is quite a bit smaller and one nice thing is with the built in battery although it’s not removable it allows for a cleaner design. Compared to traditional taillights that have AAA batteries you can just pop the cover off and replace, they add a lot of bulk to it. You can see it is almost half the size here because there’s no batteries to remove but overall I think design wise it’s a nice more modern take on the tail light. With the compactness and the brightness it’s a good great option. Additionally Magicshine has another taillight they sell with their wired headlights combos. I believe this is a 1 watt while this is it 2 watt. This is a wired version so you get a lot of wire bulk and have to route. You can see they’ve improved it quite a bit, this is the older rubber band this is a rubber band that comes with the Seemee 60 so you can see a lot more durable more options on mounting by adding more in spots in between. It is a great product improvement and compared to their own products you can see this one while smaller didn’t provide 180 degree visibility because the edges are blocked. This is actually more compact as it doesn’t have a battery built in you’d you’d actually tie that into your external battery pack but otherwise same size which is a surprise. Let’s first look at the idle feature which automatically puts the light into a hibernate mode if there are no vibration or acceleration. You can see after about one minute the light goes into a hibernate mode a light tap turns the light back on to the previous setting. That’s a great feature to conserve battery at stop signs or when you park the bike. The other feature is what I call the panic mode which puts the light into a temporary high output flicker mode when it detects vibration or acceleration. This mode is designed to attract attention to you but as you can see is very sensitive. Now we’re gonna look at the light output of the taillight. There are three modes: constant a blinking and a non constant blinking. For each of these modes there is a low, medium, and high setting. On the left you’ll see the rear view and on the right you’ll see the side view. As we cycle through the different modes, and at the end of this I’ll show you a comparison for each of the low, medium and high for each of the modes side-by-side. All right now that we’ve gone over the design, mounting and the output let’s do the final score. For the pros and cons, I think as a pro the small form factor of the all-in-one design is really great and what I don’t like about that is that unfortunately means you have no battery indicator or replaceable battery. The mounting options I think are great you don’t typically see mounts for aero seatposts, as well as the round seatpost options. The simple adhesive design and the rubber band design are really durable with no tool removal and installation on a bike. I don’t like the stylized kind of chrome surround, but I really wish they offered different colors. It would be a great way to earn a little more profit with detachable versions or different colors you could purchase directly. Another pro I think is the output, with maximum 60 lumens this is a really bright light can be used both during the day or night. As a con I think the smart sensor is a little too sensitive as you can see when you move it around it’s really easy to trigger so typically you won’t get the advertised five hour battery life because even on low you’ll end up in panic mode quite a bit. Now that we’ve done the pros and cons, it’s time to give this thing a rating. With the Magicshine Seemee 60, I’m gonna give it an 8 out of 10 and I think they’re a really solid all on one taillight. It’s great not to have the bulky wires or external battery packs. I don’t I’m not gonna give it a 10 out of 10, because I think it has a couple flaws that could improve if it were a little thinner and the design was a little bit better. A battery indicator would be really great because with USB lights they tend to just die on you to and go from 100% to 0% which is a little frustrating. Overall I think it’s a great showing from Magicshine and a perfect light for commuting daytime or riding at night. 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