Magicshine Monteer 6500 and Seemee Lamp Test/ Full Review
Every time I test a Magicshine Monteer 6500 / Seemee level and performance bike light, I become skeptical about the manufacturer's claims and goals. For some reason, all lighting professionals feel the need to add at least one flagship that produces amazing brightness to their palette. It is suspected that there is only hypocrisy behind the state-of-the-art developments, as it is not very tangible for a cyclist to have a blinding light. Furthermore, it is fortunate that the price of light is not the only trump card in the technical arsenal of a given lamp model. In the sea of market offerings, some manufacturers have top models sharpened for quality and good usability, so let's see if Magicshine, based on many years of experience, is one of them!
Magicshine Monteer 6500 and Seemee lamp test
In the first years after the brand was founded, Magicshine set the best possible price/value ratio on its flag and clearly stored in the lower price segment. The former criterion has not worn out of its brand philosophy, but in parallel with its growing popularity, the technical level is constantly rising. Thus, they now offer amazing cycling lamp models at the highest level, and their innovative development team competes with the most renowned lamp brands. The subject of our test-the Magicshine Monteer 6500 and its rear counterpart, the Seemee 60-has amazing technical parameters on paper, the light output is 6500 Lumens, which is also included in the model name, which comes with an amazing 75W of data.
When the packaging is opened, the massive size of the battery pack unit is striking, which at the same time determines the range of applications, undoubtedly sacrificing the indisputable practicality of the integrated battery lamp type. In my experience, this is not such a cut, provided the mass of the system remains acceptable. With such performance, an integrated solution is out of the question. Something for something, but if you have to choose, for me, the exponential brightness and the wide variety of modes are worth a compromise like that.
In terms of design and workmanship, the Magicshine Monteer 6500 is made from high-quality raw materials that have convinced me of quality. Although outstanding in terms of price/value ratio, it does not seem “cheap” at all. The headlight comes with a Garmin system console with a variety of rubber spacers so it can be easily mounted on any type of steering wheel. The accessories are also stable, strong pieces. A solid structure comes at a price because both units have authority data commanding authority.
The most important thing, though, is the light output. On the one hand, it's really “knowing” the lumens, and on the other hand, how much of a plus it provides for practical use. I can't check the former at the lab level, and I'm honestly insecure about the latter. There really is no need for brightness then, neither on public roads nor on paths. According to many, such a flood of light in traffic can even be a source of danger, as the nozzle is not dimmed and more intense, more disturbing than the headlights of most vehicles. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic experience to bring such a beam of light to life! In my opinion, it should be used responsibly and the greatest brightness should be reserved for special situations. What are these? I used maximum power only as a short-term “turbo boost” in a place where I was alone, typically in nature,
in the true wilderness. This experience is unparalleled where total darkness becomes daylight at the touch of a button, but care must be taken not to make it addictive! default.
In practice, I usually set up the Magicshine Monteer 6500 lighting for 3-4 hour night rolls, and I plan to start with this year's 24-hour competition as well. I started testing in the winter, but I only regularly drove with this gear when spring started. I can still say that I have used it in almost all weather and usage conditions, and I have also tried the Monteer 6500 lamps in one or two races.
At first, I was a little scared that I would soon experience overheating at full brightness. This is usually inherent in the amazing brightness. In this case, after 3-4 minutes of peak use, the system will automatically adjust the power, thus preventing the head unit from melting. With an intensity of about 70%, it can be operated for a long time, which is still plenty of brightness for fast-ending descents. It is worth noting that at lower outside temperatures or with intense air movement, the performance is higher and the down-regulation occurs later, after about 5-6 minutes. However, the maximum brightness should really only be used in special situations, if it is unnecessary, rather save battery capacity and take into account the temperature of the lamp! I repeat,
In addition to light output, the shape of the light beam and the color temperature also greatly influence the usability of the lighting. There are those who prefer focused light, there are those who swear by the wide “spread”. I think the perfect combination of the two would be the savior, and achieving that is really a big challenge for the manufacturer. That's why I like to use two lower wattage lamps, one as a point light source and the other for perspective. In the case of the Monteer 6500, I didn't crave another light source, the focus is quite wide, but the intensity also solves the perception of fine detail.
I hardly used the “focus” function, the so-called “hybrid” mode did not give too much plus to my cycling style and needs. I almost always went the “wide” mode, with a predominant 50% force. I think this is enough for a bigger pace, However, I sometimes put it in a “hybrid,” typically when I was driving on the road. There is usually no need for a wide “spread”.
As I alluded to, I rarely turned on full brightness. It was used out of curiosity or for a big descending experience, otherwise even the 2800 Lumens mode proved to be enough, even for faster paces. Dozens of mode options are available, including flashing function, 10%, 25%, 50%, 100% adjustment and other variations.
In fact, I didn't mind being provided with so many options, especially in a 24-hour race in the Sonora Desert, that I was able to accurately adjust performance — battery usage in this context. During the coronavirus, it was the only major cycling race I could start on. It was terribly hot all day, and even after sunset the climate was scorching, so the lamp had to be spared from overheating. The spare battery was waiting in the "box".
During the Sonora race
I also experienced the benefit of leaving more room on the steering wheel in addition to the controls and lighting. In this case, the helmet-mounted lighting is “forgettable” in place, and no addition is required for the Monteer 6500. It is worth noting that the tested model can also be mounted on a helmet, but I also used this only as a test. It weighs a little too much for this, and the amount of light goes far beyond the reasonable limits of helmet lighting.
Speaking of weight, it must be said that a battery pack is also slightly heavier than competing models with more modest performance, so its placement also requires more care. If you pay attention to proper mounting, you probably won't have a problem with stability, even on extremely uneven terrain. I did not have such a problem. A fall on the rocky terrain associated with a collision with another cyclist put the fix to a serious test, which still left the Monteer 6500 “free”. I think this is a well-designed, resistant, durable lighting that we can expect in any situation!
I would also mention my experience in terms of uptime. Not in vain is a “muscular” battery pack included with the Monteer 6500, the increased capacity provides tangible benefits. If we are satisfied with the 10% performance of the “eco” mode, the battery is essentially inexhaustible. If we think this is too much of a compromise, the brightness still doesn't go below 900 Lumens, which many simpler integrated cycling front lights can envy.
I left it at home in an “eco” grade for a full night and there was still plenty of battery in the morning. If you switch cleverly between modes according to the terrain and conditions, you can expect surprisingly long operating times. If, on the other hand, you burn it in a continuous 50% mode, you may not have enough “cocoa” for a longer training lap. However, as I mentioned earlier,
Thanks to several light beam options, the lamp has proven itself both on the road and in the field. The muscular battery is just icing on the cake, so thankfully you don't have to stress about uptime. I don't like having to deal with things while riding that isn't directly related to my physical performance and experience. However, if I only needed a lamp for traffic, road use, I wouldn't necessarily choose this model from the Magicshine palette. Its light output is unreasonably high, its “full” use can lead to potential conflict. On the other hand, if you drive partly in the field, you should consider purchasing it, and it is recommended to use it mostly for months!
During the coronavirus epidemic, so-called “everlasting,” that is, meeting the total altitude of Mount Everest in a single ride, became fashionable. In connection with this, I found that it is worth turning on the flashing mode during the day on a country road. This is also true of Monteer's companion, the Magicshine Seemee tail light. The performance is even more special, and a number of intelligent modes increase safety.
Already the 30 Lumens backlight is an extremely high value, but in flashing mode it goes up to 60 Lumens, which is already really “taking” far. Another interesting feature is the brightness increase that comes with braking. The built-in deceleration sensor “ turbocharges" the light whether you apply the vice brakes or just slow down gently. It reassured me that Seemee knows that too. For mounting, the 60 Lumens and the “brake light” are definitely an exaggeration: there is rarely a vehicle behind us, and the glare can disturb other biceps. In this case, the lower continuous brightness is the appropriate mode, of which no less than three are available.
It is a good idea to read the instructions for use before use.
Unfortunately, I missed this, and during the first test, I ran out of “cocoa” on the fly at maximum performance. Luckily, I was on my gravel bike, so I got off the road and returned home on an earthy farm blow. The lesson is that the built-in battery lasts only 2 hours in “full” mode, the COB LED has power but is not famous for its economy. It's worth either flashing or lowering the brightness if you're going for a long bike ride. Even so, the visibility will be adequate and the light distribution will be 180 degrees, so there is nothing to worry about.
The Seemee can also be said to be a rugged, high-quality construction, but weighs only 30 grams and can be charged with a practical USB port. Its installation is slap-simple, with a rubber ring, so it is advisable to put it on a saddle shaft. I had no problem with stability, it didn't move even in extreme months terrain. However, I lost the chrome trim somewhere.
I also lent the Magicshine lamp set to one or two buddies, and they also reported similar experiences. For daily use, they also say it would be an exaggeration, especially for assembly. One of them told me that they went with the friends in the field with the light of the trail in front of him, and the other four bikers followed the plume in complete safety! This is a really extreme sport!
Before passing the present test, I took part in another important race, the Dachstein Runde 244 km MTB marathon in Upper Austria. The Magicshine combo was on the bag, and I carried a spare battery in the bag as there was no “support” available there. Due to the cold weather and the unknown terrain, the operating time had to be shortened. I replaced the battery at 3 am at a drinking station, followed by a downpour, followed by continuous moderate rainfall until 7 pm It definitely came in handy that you didn't have to think about the modes in those conditions: the front light went on at 50% all the time. I could see everything well, the puddles and the slippery terrain so it didn't cause that much difficulty. At the finish, I wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I found
There are still a few competitions in the bag this season.
There are still a few competitions in the bag this season, and hopefully, the viral situation won't cross these. The Magicshine “combo” will definitely be with me as it is clearly fair pieces. I don't know if the first one actually meets the 6500 Lumens specified in the specification, but I think it's secondary. The point is that it is reliable, the running time of the Monteer 6500 is ample, so I am completely satisfied with it. I would mention that I used a poisonous Lupine lamp that also produced serious brightness in front of it, and I don't feel a significant difference in the quality of the two. For most cyclists, the name Magicshine doesn't sound as good as Lupine, but what's behind it is definitely compelling. The price/value ratio is also very good, so I can't find any reason to choose the product of the more patinated manufacturer.