- Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches ; 9.6 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- ASIN: B00E1NPYQM
- Item model number: Expilion 680 USB
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,839 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
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Cygolite Expilion 680 USB Bicycle Headlight
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- Super bright 680 lumens, integrating Cree's 2nd generation XM-L LED with custom TIR optics for wider beam spread and greater throw
- Swappable Li-ion battery stick swaps on-the-fly for extended run times, charging and low battery indicators on top of the headlight for easy reference
- 8 versatile lighting modes: Med > High > Boost > Low > Steady Pulse > Day Flash > Walking > SOS; Lasts up to 22 hours on a single charge
- Compact (140 g), water resistant and USB rechargeable with internal Li-Ion battery to eliminate cable clutter
- Includes headlight, internal Li-Ion battery stick, USB charger and Lock-tite handlebar mount
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|Battery Average Life||9 Hours|
|Item Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Package Height||2.1 x 5.1 x 7.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.65 pounds|
The one piece design that started it all is brighter than ever for 2014, with up to 680 lumens of powerful brightness. Featuring a powerful 2nd generation Cree XM-L LED and custom TIR optics the Expilion 680 lights up any road or trail. Its convenient swappable battery stick can be switched on-the-fly when your ride goes longer. Stay safe on the road with Steady Pulse illumination that alerts motorists with flashes while constantly lighting your path. Powerful illumination, convenient USB charging and run time flexibility with swappable batteries makes the Expilion 680 the choice for any avid rider seeking an all around light.
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When you first receive the headlight you will need to charge the battery, which may take up to five hours. The battery is easily removable, therefore you could carry an extra fully-charged battery in case the original runs out of juice in the middle of your ride. However, batteries cannot be charged except when installed in the headlight, which is somewhat inconvenient if you normally leave the headlight in its bracket after a ride. Extra batteries are a bit pricey at forty dollars. What I've done is to buy a "backup" Planet Bike Beamer 3 headlight for just twenty dollars. It doesn't provide nearly as much light as the Expilion, but it's certainly enough to get me home in case the Expilion malfunctions or its battery dies. Plus the Beamer takes 2 AA batteries, meaning I can use my Eneloop rechargeables.
Here are the approximate run times in hours for the Expilion's various lighting modes:
Medium = 3, High = 2-1/4, Boost = 1-1/4, Low = 9, Steady Pulse = 4, Day Flash = 22, Walking = 38, SOS = 38
When you first turn the headlight on it's in "medium" mode. Repeatedly pressing the illuminated power button steps you through the first five modes. Pressing the button for two seconds turns the headlight off. Once it's off, pressing the power button for two seconds brings up the three "special" modes. A flashing power button means the battery is getting low.
The handlebar bracket that is supplied is entirely adequate although not as versatile or convenient as the Planet Bike bracket. The Expilion bracket comes with shims for installation on smaller diameter handlebars but if yours are 22mm diameter you will need different or additional shims to enable the bracket to fasten securely. Rubber strips are best (cut up an old inner tube perhaps) and work much better than the supplied plastic shims. The headlight itself can be removed by firmly pressing down on a tab on the bracket and sliding the headlight forward.
The instruction booklet states that you should not operate the headlight for more than ten minutes if the bike is stationary, due to the heat given off. I think this is much more likely to be true for bright mode on a hot summer night. I use medium mode and currently the air temps hover around 65 degrees, and the headlight never even seems to get warm even though I ride slowly and the headlight doesn't get much airflow.
I am very satisfied with my purchase and I would recommend this headlight to anyone who wants a lot more than just an "adequate" lighting capacity.
Whoever came up with the rubber cover and the placement of the USB charging port is obviously dim witted. The cover is a pain to put back (which I don't mind), but guess what, it comes out by itself frequently. If you bike in wet weather then forget about this light. Liquid can easily get in and render the light useless.
The handle bar mount is horrible and is compatible with 22 to 32mm handle bar only. My handle bar (31.8mm) barely fits. The knob thingy that secures the mount to your bar will unscrews itself over time. So you gotta keep tightening it to make sure it stays tight and not fall off during your ride. Plus, the release lever is fragile as a toothpick. It will surely break fast and you gotta spend money on another clamp.
Comes with lifetime limited warranty for housing. 1 Year for electronic parts and 6 Months for battery. (Good luck claiming the warranty)
I use only three of the settings:
1. Day flash when cycling in the day, the light pulses at max 680 lumens, to let drivers know I'm are there.
2. Steady pulse when cycling at night on the roads next to other vehicles. Light is constantly on at medium, with intermittent pulses of light to alert drivers of my presence.
3. Medium setting in the night, when I am on bike paths, or the pavement, as the steady pulse is rather distracting to other cyclists and pedestrians.
The button is easily accessible, lights up when it's on and large enough so I don't have to turn my head to look down in order to find it to change the settings.
Some other reviewers commented that the charging cover comes out easily, but I personally do not encounter the same problems they mentioned (of accidentally rubbing the light when cycling and thus exposing the usb charging port), as I do not have that many accessories attached to the handlebars. This might be something to consider if waterproof-ness is of importance.
Overall, best and most useful purchase of all my other biking accessories! The Expilion 680 is really good bang for the buck!