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Among the latest of Magicshine and be-seen lights is the Glint 100. In it’s non-discrete housing and multitude of anodized color options, this product catches ones eye on retail shelves but how about on the road? Let’s take a closer look.
Starting with the most apparent features, the Glint 100 offers a common mix of materials including anodized aluminum, plastics and silicone. The overall fit and finish of this light is quite nice and the esthetics are equally pleasing. Operation of the light is quite easy albeit less than entirely intuitive. Cycling through each light mode is as simple as twisting the aluminum housing to the desired setting. These setting in sequence are High constant, low constant, flash, man/auto and charge. The first question you might ask is: why do you need to put the light into a charge mode? Well, the mechanical action of turning the light to its charge setting ejects a USB port from within the housing—a nifty design feature to keep things sleek. The second function that might not be immediately apparent is how to change the light from auto (automatic on/off) to manual. To do so, a user must quickly switch between flash mode and the auto icon three times. A confirmation of flashes will indicate that the change has been registered. If you think this process sounds overly complicated, I’d have to agree but ultimately it doesn’t present any issues.
Another unique design to the glint is its wrap-over strap. To secure this light to your bike you must extend the silicone strap up and over the light housing. While this seems unnecessary (and may be) I see what Magicshine is after. By securing the strap over the entire light, there is no possible way for the strap to work itself loose and abandon the light. This added bit of security is overkill but it’s hardly more challenging to mount the light in this fashion and therefore it is hard to criticize this design.
Most importantly, the 100lm claimed output of the Glint 100 puts it quite high in the rankings of be-seen lights. Flash fanatics won’t lust after the single flash setting or remaining 2 constant settings. To the naked eye, the claimed output is believable and in the application it was designed for, the beam spread and intensity both seem appropriate. A glowing ring which surrounds the primary emitters is drowned by the constant settings but provides a nice ambient green or red backdrop during the flash mode. Another ring illuminates the edges or circumference of the light and promotes side visibility in any setting/mode.
Though the Glint is not the first automated light from Magicshine, it shares the same principles. By detecting light and motion the Glint can automatically start and stop itself. Just like the previous model I reviewed with this feature, I do not find it helpful. This comes down to personal preference but I’d rather be in control of my safety, not rely on automated assumptions. For those who can appreciate this technology, it does work as described. The lightest taps will trigger this light back to life in a dim or dark setting. As with the previously reviewed product, this also allows the user to override the auto setting in favor of manual rider input.
Since I’ve received this light prior to its release date, the pricing remains unknown. However, I have an educated guess of what it may sell for. If it does fall into the $25 range I would conclude that the Glint 100 is a solid be-seen light with more features than what you’ll find on higher priced brands and models. I’ll reassert that I don’t find the automatic or “smart” feature to be helpful but to each (buyer) their own. That feature aside, the mount is secure and safe while quirky, the beam pattern is exactly what it should be for this output and the operation is simple enough and will be more simple when instructions are finalized for the consumer-ready packaging. The ideal end user for this product would be someone who wants an inexpensive, intense be-seen light without the need for fancy flash settings.