Review: Magicshine Eagle 600

Lights Lights Shootout

When I heard Magicshine was sending me a light, I wasn’t overly enthused since there are so many versions of their lights that copycat companies try to send me. Little did I know that they were going to send one of the more innovative lights of the shootout.

They still have the battery of powerful light models in their line-up, but they wanted to feature a small light called the Eagle 600 this year. They poured a bunch of R&D into it and came up with something pretty cool.

The secret sauce of this light is an OLED display that tells you the current battery level and current run time left. It tells you exactly how much battery charge you have left and it will calculate in real-time your runtime based on your current light level. We even noticed that when the light steps down due to high heat conditions, the runtime will increase due to the lower light level.

When charging, the OLED will also tell you how much charge you currently have and you will see the pace at which it is charging. This is actually very efficient since in almost all lights except Lupine, you have no idea how long charging will take. What happens is, you end up leaving the light in the charger for a long period just so you have the confidence that the battery will last during the ride.

With the hottest crop of flashlight lights having only about 1.5 hours of runtime on high, this OLED indicator by Magicshine is a very welcome feature.

And about the light? Oh it’s tiny and it’s dialed. It has two LEDs stacked on top of each other. One is for throw and the other one is refracted for a wider beam, so the beam is actually very useable for commuting or trail riding.

There is side lighting that can’t be turned off and the OLED can’t be turned off as well. On a trail ride, these two can be distracting in a very dark environment. It can be placed on the helmet as well, so the side and top illumination won’t be a distraction. For commuting of course, it’s dialed.

Specifications
  • Price: $160
  • Claimed Lumens: 600 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 650 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 66 Lux
  • Lumens per $: 4.06 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 4.22 Lumens
  • Time on High: 1:30 claimed Hours
  • Charge Time: 4 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 154 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter
Strengths
  • Good innovation and build quality
  • Great front beam pattern with two LEDs and lenses
  • OLED battery display is revolutionary
  • Mount is one of the best
  • Side lighting is great for commuters
  • Excellent heat sinking
  • More powerful than 600 Lumen claims
Weaknesses
  • $160 is near the top of the class in this category
  • No helmet mount included
  • Side lighting cannot be turned off for trail riding
Mounting and charging

This light probably has the best mount in the bike flashlight arena. It is basically a steel band with padding that can be tensioned with a screw to hold it to the bar perfectly. It’s space efficient and secure. To remove the mount, one just has to press an orange lever and tilt the light up. There is none of that sliding through a very stiff rail that is common on most lights.

Charging is done with a micro USB port and it is in the perfect location on the back. Since it is more vulnerable to the elements, Magicshine made a big rubber cap that is secure, yet easy to remove.

Mtbr Light Meter Measurements

This light measured 66 Lux on our ambient light measurement facility. The light output measurement is performed by placing a Lux light meter beside the light. Both are pointed at the ceiling (five feet above) of a dark room. This measurement uses the ambient light produced by the bike light.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 650 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 600 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle.

Compare all Lumen Tests here »

The video below shows the Magicshine Eagle 600 and how it is compared to other 700 lumen lights.

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Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern.

Compare all Beam Patterns here »

Bottom Line

Magicshine has stepped up its game to not only being a contender, but also an innovator in the bike lights category.

For more information visit http://magicshine.com/.

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The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Justin Cider says:

    They may have stepped up their game, but they also stepped up their prices. Their appeal was they were so cheap. I just bought their 1800 lumen light for $100. $160 per 600, dude…

    • Roy v says:

      yes, Maybe 1800lumens, I have a “2000lumens” light before $99 , but I found it was lower than 1600lumens Magicshine light in a night rider with my dude, don’t be cheated by this cheap light …..

  • Doug says:

    What??? I picked up two Cree Ultrafire flashlights with bike mounts, rechargeable batteries and a charger for under sixty total. There were a few quirks at first like shifting between modes when going over bumps but I found a video on Youtube showing how to fix this. Been using them for two years, typically get four early morning rides with the light on for around 45 minutes each ride before needing to recharge.

  • Gustavo says:

    Wrong the display dont work fine the running time is not real at 100% = 1:20 but this is not true, is running for 1:43 thats good but not real. i don`t like something like this wronggggg

  • Pabcor says:

    Good light, powerful and OLED display is clear. I like it.

  • PETER says:

    i think the display is correct, 1.5 hours, it is real. side visibility, very good, cool

  • Lynne says:

    pretty cool! mount is very good.

  • Steve Turner says:

    DO NOT BUY FROM MAGICSHINE. I ordered $350 worth of lighting products nearly 1 month ago from magicshine’s Canadian distributor (www.magicshinecanada.ca) and they did not deliver the product. I have e-mailed the distributor over 10 times and placed several phone calls – and received no response. I also contacted magicshine’s head office in China and they ignored my requests for assistance. I have since filed a claim with PayPal to hopeful get my $ reimbursed. Do not buy from this company – they are a fraud.

    • Steve Turner says:

      As a follow-up to my last post, Magicshine in China has since put me in contact with http://www.action-led-lights.com, who have been very helpful and I was able to re-purchase the same lighting system and it was expedite shipped today (should receive it in 3-4 days).
      I am awaiting reimbursement from PayPal on the Magicshine Canada purchase (fingers crossed) and have since learned others have been burned from this entity as well. So continue to steer clear from Magicshine Canada!

  • Jim Fricker says:

    Hi Steve.

    I truly sorry for the experience you had with MagicshineCANADA. When you ordered your light, I was having personal issues and was unable to ship product for about 6 weeks. We have tried to retifiy things and you money has been refunded. You were already told by your local bike shop that I was out of town. Yet, you purchased a light package hoping for the same deal that I gave to a friend of yours.

    I am not a fraud, I am human. I am not a robot, I have a life. I have never stole anyones money, and have always tried to take care of all Magicshine customers. Even customers that did not purchase lights from me. For nearly five years I have sold Magicshine products. In all that time, there is only a handful of customers that were not happy with my service.

    Your experience with the factory ” I also contacted magicshine’s head office in China and they ignored my requests for assistance ” is fairly common. In the five years of selling Magicshine lights, the factory in China has warrantied Zero product for me. Every warranty issue, every bad battery, every dead light has come out of my own pocket. Thats about 10% of 5,000 lights sold.

    Do you know why I do it ? Because I speak bike. I want people to have fun and enjoy night riding. I live in the PNW and ride alot, just like you. I build trails in Bellingham and voluteer a ton of time to making those trail frick’n rock. I’m glad Jim at ActionLED was able to help you. He is good people and has helped me alot throughout the years.

    Soon, I will be out on the Island right bikes and hitting some of the bike shops. I will track you down and buy you a beer for you troubles.

    Have fun night riding buddy.

    Cheers!

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