Road.cc Pedal Powered Reviewed—Robust road bike specific light with superb beam strength and better than average side visibility
The Magicshine Eagle 600 is a robust, road bike specific, aluminium-bodied led light for cycle with excellent beam strength, a USB charge lead, an easy to use quick release bracket and better than average side visibility.
Magicshine is a specialist in lights for cycling and diving. That might imply that the Eagle 600 Headlight for Bike would be better water-sealed than some of its rivals. It didn’t rain during the test period so we left it it in a bowl of water to find out. It shone on full beam for 100 minutes and recharged without any issues.
The USB charge port plug is noticeably better fitting than average and there’s a lit time display window on top of the light to let you know roughly how much charge is available in both percentage and time. So far it has been accurate to within minutes. The beam function button sits directly behind the display window and is very easy to use with gloved hands.
The ‘600’ in the name refers to the light’s measured 600 lumens, brighter than most USB-charged lights and with a very even beam spread that’s perfect for country lanes riding.
For lit roads the lowest beam is fine. It effectively acts like a dipped headlight, and you’ll get about six hours run time on that. The sales spiel mentions a flash setting too but there was no flash mode on our sample. We got four constant beam settings instead.
The handlebar bracket comes with three straps for different bar widths. They look a bit flimsy but are much tougher than they look. The bracket is easy to fit, using the allen key provided, and it stays tight over rougher surfaces. The light clicks securely into the bracket and is easily released with a small quick release lever on the back, so removing it when parking up is almost instant.
Convenience is the key here. It’s a pocket sized light that’s easy to click on and off the bike. It’s bright enough to light up any road but simple to turn down if you don’t want to dazzle on-comers. Personally I never use the flash mode on a front light so I didn’t miss it, but it was supposed to be there.
The mounting bracket itself is quick and easy to fit and adjustable to almost all bar sizes. All thats needed is an allen key (provided) for a permanent attachment. The light itself then slots securely into the mount in seconds. Thats it. Removal of the light is just as simple and quick.
However when in place, the light can be swivelled (both ways) to aim your beam precisely, away from other road users and it’s ideal for our European customers who ride on the right.
To our knowledge, the Eagle 600 is the first light to offer high beam and dipped beam from separate Cree LEDs. It’s typical of Magicshine’s approach to innovation and there’s a mode switch on the top which can be set to flashing mode if required. The beam itself offers a great spread, loads of distance but power is nothing without control and this beam pattern is well defined but with a soft transition around the edges.
The LED display on top of the unit shows high/low beam information and displays remaining run time, depending on the output selected.
The battery is a single lithium-ion 18650 cell, self contained in the light unit. On maximum power/full beam it runs for around 1.5 hours – much longer on low beam. No wires, no separate battery to mount and the USB charger (supplied) is really convenient.
This is an advanced light system with power to match the original Magicshine MJ-808E, just more convenient. and is a great compliment to the Magicshine range.
USB charging cable
Built-in USB rechargeable battery 3.7V 3100mAh
Velvet drawstring bag
English user manual