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Test series by David Wilkes

MAXXEON 

WorkStar 800 CYCLOPS LED Light

Initial Report - August 3 2018
Field Report - October 22 2018
Long Term Report - December 17 2018

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
E-Mail: amatbrewer@yahoo.com
Age: 52
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 210 lb (90.7 kg)

Biography:

I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions the Northwest has to offer.  I prefer trips on rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me. I have finally managed to get my basic cold weather pack weight, not including consumables, to under 30 lb (14 kg).

Product Information

Manufacturer:

MAXXEON

Year of Manufacture:

2018

Manufacturer’s Website:

www.maxxeon.com

MSRP:

$31.14 USD

Dimensions:

Length 3 1/2 inches (9 cm), with handle 4 1/4 (11 cm)
Width 2 3/8 inches (6 cm), with handle 3 (7.5 cm)
Thickness 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Weight:

Listed: 7 ounces (200 grams)
Measured: 6.8 ounces (192 grams)

Run Time:

High: 2 hours, Low: 5 hours

Battery:

3.7V 1800mAh LiPo (Li-ion Polymer) rechargeable battery; USB recharging cord included

Water Resistance

IP64 = water resistant, i.e., protection from rain, sprays and splashing of water in all directions. But not waterproof, do not immerse in liquids.

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Product Description:

The MAXXEON WorkStar 800 CYCLOPS is a rechargeable LED work light with 2 brightness settings, wide round beam, 360 rotating handle (12 positions) with integrated magnet.

Initial Report

August 3 2018

Side viewThe MAXXEON CYCLOPS work light is a rechargeable LED work light with an adjustable handle that can pivot 365 degrees (12 positions) that can act as a handle or stand. In the base of the handle is a powerful magnet protected by a thin strip of rubber. The light consists of a square 3X3 array of very bright white LED's. On the back of the light, protected by a rubber cover, is an USB port and red/green LED charging indicator.

The light arrived with at least a partial charge on the battery. The construction of the light is substantial and give the feel of quality and durability. The case and handle are constructed of what feels like a rather strong and durable plastic. The single switch and USB recharging port are each protected by a rubber cover (the USB cover can be opened to access the port. On the bottom of the handle the strong magnet is also covered by a thin rubber sheet.

The light is operated by way of a single switch which allows me to cycle it through the 3 settings: Low/High/OFF. The handle connected to either side of the light housing pivots around a full 360 degrees in 12 increments. The handle moment is stiff enough to suggest it will stay in position reliably while not excessively difficult to move (it does take me two hands to position the handle). The magnet in the handle is quite strong and seem more than adequate to hold the light to any magnetic surface. The light it bright...really bright! Even on the low setting the light is far too bright to look directly at and I would not even consider trying with the bright setting. I would note that the brightness of this light is reflected in the relatively short run times (2hrs for high and 5hrs for low) despite its size and weight.

View of backBased on the size/weight/run times, while I doubt I would be willing to carry this light for an overnight backpacking trip, I can already see uses for this light around my home, in my vehicle, my camper, and even at my office.

Likes:
  • Bright light
  • Easy one button operation
  • Durable construction
Room for Improvement:
  • None at this time

Field Report

October 22 2018

  • 3 day camping trip, Western Washington -intermittent rain
  • 3 day camping trip, Bend Oregon, ~3600’ (1100m) -hot and dry
  • 3 day camping trip, Prosser Washington (Beer and Whisky Festival), 720' (220m) warm and dry
  • 3 day camping trip Ellensburg Washington (KOA camp ground), 1500' (500m) cool days and frost overnight
  • Occasional use around the house and garage
SORRYThis light really came in handy while camping. On one trip we had our primary light source, a propane lantern on a stand, malfunction (we are talking high flames and melting plastic, it was kind of exciting) just as we started playing games. After a bit of scrambling to find alternate light sources I pulled out the WorkStar 800 CYCLOPS adjusted the handle so it would light the board and turned it on. It worked great! Plenty of light, stable enough that it did not fall over if bumped and being rechargeable, no worry about dead batteries tomorrow night. And I did plug it during the day to recharge and used     it again the following night. On our most recent trip with nighttime temperatures around freezing a friends heater failed. I went to his camper to find him lying on the ground with a flashlight in his teeth trying to figure out what was wrong. The CYCLOPS to the rescue. It provides far more light that the small flashlight he had and the magnetic base allowed me to place it exactly where it was needed. I also realized that since there is no metal on the exterior of the light there was no worry about it possibly coming into contact with any of the exposed electrical connectors.

Likes:
  • Bright light
  • Easy one button operation
  • Durable construction
  • All non-conductive exterior
Room for Improvement:
  • None at this time

Long Term Report

December 17 2018
USE:
  • Light for my outdoor grill 2-3 times (Multiple times per meal, about 30 seconds per use)
  • Extra light to better see the details of my tropical Bonsai (Maybe 8-10 times, 30sec to 5min each)

Since the field report I have had no further opportunities to use this light outside of my home. However I have gotten some in home use out of it. I have used this 2-3 times for light when cooking on my outdoor grill after dark, and I have used it a number of times to get better light on some of my tropical Bonsai plants that are currently in a small makeshift greenhouse I assembled in my laundry room. The very bright and wide spectrum light from the LED's are very effective at seeing the true color of plants and food, which is quite useful for both checking on how my food is cooking on the grill as well as evaluating the health of my plants in fine detail. When not in use I have been using the built in magnet to stick the light to a mettle calendar/note board in our laundry room which keeps it quite handy for both uses (my plants which are quite close and my grill which is located on the patio not far from the laundry room door).

Overall I would not recommend (nor have the intent to use) this light for hiking or backpacking. Its large size and limited run time per charge simply don't work for me in regards to hiking and backpacking. It is useful for camping and can be handy to have in my vehicle (though keeping it charged in my vehicle is not very convenient. I prefer non rechargeable batteries for that due to their long storage life). I suspect moving forward most of my use for this light will be around my home and shop, as well as for our family camping trips. I really like how bright it is, and how the broad spectrum light allows me to see true colors, as well as its ease of use and the size plus handle make it stable and easy to use hands free.

This concludes my report. I would like to thank the folks at MAXXEON and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this product.

 



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