A very powerful cycle light from a company called Spanninga, who are based in the Netherlands, [the home of recreational cycling].
A little more about Spanninga, they started out in 1918 and are a family run business, and the rest they say is "History" read the full story here on the link below, it is a very interesting story. http://www.spanninga.com/company/values/
Before I start this review I would like to Thank Spanninga, for the chance to do this review on a great "no Frills cycle light", one that does exactly what it is designed to do, and that is "Light up the path in front"
A quote from a cyclist in front of me whilst out on a night ride " with your light on I might as well turn my light off and save my battery!"
The Thor Light is "Bright" ! yes very "Bright"!
Whats in the Box!
Whats in the Case.Light source: CREE XM-1 L2® LED 1100 Lumen
Power source: Samsung Lithium Ion 8.4V 5200 m A/h rechargeable battery, in water resistant neoprene sleeve
1A wall socket charger
120cm extension cable
2x O-ring brackets (Ø 40mm & Ø 50mm)
Velcro® cable tie
The Thor Light
It is shock resistant and waterproof as well.
Spanninga say on their website that the Thor has a IPX-8 and is suitable for continuous immersion under water at 2m!
(Foot note See details at bottom of review blog re the IPX test)
How Good Is The Bulb?
If you are expecting the Thor to have a "Bulb" think again!
this light is fitted with the latest breakthrough in LED's, the output from the CREE® XM-L2® LED is the Highest performing available on the market today!
The XM-L2 LED offers the unique combination of high efficacy and high lumen output at high drive currents.
Plus it will give you 20% more power than the older Cree Lamp.
That explains why it is so Bright!
How Bright Is The Thor By Spanninga.In simple words it is "Bright"
It has no gimmicks of pulsating flashes, just a two second hold down on the Power button, and it's turned on, the two second hold is a great idea if you have the light packed away in your pocket or a bag, personally I would disconnect the light from the battery pack when keeping it in the Transportation Case.
As soon as the light was charged up I went out into the garden and connected the Thor to the Battery pack, it has a square connector and is fool proof to connect up to.
The light was surprising in Low setting.
You can see how the high beam has completely lit up the wall
Out on a Ride
Simply mount the Thor light where you want it, this could be on the handle bars, cycle helmet or head strap. The Thor is held on to the handle bars by one of the "O" rings, remember the Thor comes with 2 x O-ring brackets (Ø 40mm & Ø 50mm) so ideal for thinner bars and the thicker ones mountain bike riders use, simply place the "O" ring with the tab at the back and place it on your handle bars!
Now you are ready to head out on the trail!
Dark and not well lit.
Nice wide beam, which shows the path ahead, making riding safer.
The Photos really does not do this light justice for it's brightness.
My Verdict on the Thor.
Push the setting button to high and the road is lit up, in fact a bit too much for the cars coming towards you, so it's good to be able to just adjust from high to low when needed. Ideal for group road riders amongst you.
Will be adding updates so watch out for the Tweet's vie @TDF79
UPDATE 23/12/2015A Photo on the Thor out at night with Patrick Lamarre (Phot used with permission)
|A Great photo from Parick|
Test Level Definitions
IPX-0 No special protection
IPX-1 Protected against falling water Equivalent to 3-5mm rainfall per minute for a duration of 10 minutes.
Unit is placed in its normal operating position.
IPX-2 Protected against falling water when tilted up to 15 degrees - Same as IPX-1 but unit is tested in 4 fixed positions -
tilted 15 degrees in each direction from normal operating position.
IPX-3 Protected against spraying water - Water spraying up to 60 degrees from vertical at 10 liters/min at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2 for 5 min.
IPX-4 Protected against splashing water - Same as IPX-3 but water is sprayed at all angles.
IPX-5 Protected against water jets - Water projected at all angles through a 6.3mm nozzle at a flow rate of 12.5 liters/min at
a pressure of 30kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters.
IPX-6 Protected against heavy seas - Water projected at all angles through a 12.5mm nozzle at a flow rate of 100 liters/min at
a pressure of 100kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters.
IPX-7 Protected against water immersion - Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.
IPX-8 Protected against water submersion - The equipment is suitable for continual submersion in water under conditions which are identified by the manufacturer.
THOR IS IPX-8 RATED!
Look out for the THOR
Dunwich Dynamo 120 Mile unsupported night ride 16/17th July 2015
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