B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby squeaker » 30 Apr 2019, 10:21am

Sweep wrote:Any views on whether the battery cover opening system is prone to damage?
FWIW the catch failed on my original IQ after a few years use so I fitted some Eneloops and glued the thing shut. Now charging via the port provided (an old Trelock charger does the business). Has worked for a few years but now use the latest 50 Lux Lidl as I don't need the longer run times very often.
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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby Sweep » 30 Apr 2019, 10:30am

squeaker wrote:
Sweep wrote:Any views on whether the battery cover opening system is prone to damage?
FWIW the catch failed on my original IQ after a few years use so I fitted some Eneloops and glued the thing shut. Now charging via the port provided (an old Trelock charger does the business). Has worked for a few years but now use the latest 50 Lux Lidl as I don't need the longer run times very often.


"nice" solution - until the eneloops exhaust - and it does also mean that you can't easily bung in more power on tour with new batteries.

When I have a mo will check the lux on my Lidl AA and USB lights - if Lidl they hadn't gone barmy with the latest light (brake light {FFE - family-friendly edit }!) I wouldn't be surprised if they would soon have matched the B&M.

And as for the "catch", what's wrong with the good old system of a screw/snap on front?

Sad thing is, I would have thought(folks feel free to encourage me) that they won't improve the design/the line - just scrap it in favour of USB chuckaways.

edit - which is the Lidl light you refer to - do you use it on unlit country lane nightrides?
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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby squeaker » 30 Apr 2019, 1:44pm

Sweep wrote:edit - which is the Lidl light you refer to - do you use it on unlit country lane nightrides?
the 'usb chuckaway' with the auto light level. (I do have the earlier 40Lux model too.) Yes, I use it on unlit roads, although having lived here for 40 years I tend to know most of the cycle friendly ones, so am aware of any awkward sections ;) 80Lux would be a definite improvement, though 8)
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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby Sweep » 30 Apr 2019, 3:01pm

Well I weakened :)

have ordered one.

On the basis that.

@ The lux rating is a fair bit above my two Lidl lights

@ That mount is the same as many lights I use - 2 lidls and some Smart lights

@ Because of above point hopefully I can avoid busting the battery closure thing too soon as I won't plan to be swapping batteries on the road - will just slot one of the lidls or in extremis a Smart onto the same mount. Battery changing by ham-fisted me will be done under caution at home.

@ Re possible deficiency in close-to-front-wheel lighting I will point an extra lightweight light downwards using another mount of same type - either a smart light or the pretty light Lidl USB Light.

@ That should get me through a night ride and I can always swap the batteries in the tougher Lidl if need be.

@ If all else fails, put my Hope Vision 1 on the bars - good light if pig of a separate mount.

I should be doing an all night ride within the next few weeks so will be able to test it.
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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby freeflow » 30 Apr 2019, 5:00pm

If you're having a problem with them, freeflow, then I suggest either it hasn't been fitted correctly or yours is faulty.


The way in which the light wobbles even when correctly mounted is unsettling. After the escape which broke the closing latch I bought a second mount from B&M. The latching knob was certainly designed to be more prominent on the replacement, but the wobble wan't cured.

After a bit of destructive maintenance this after noon I managed to remove the retaining washer for the bolt that holds the second half of the mount to the light. I was then able to easily fit an old exposure light mount. No wobble at all with that arrangement.

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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby toontra » 30 Apr 2019, 6:39pm

freeflow wrote:The way in which the light wobbles even when correctly mounted is unsettling. After the escape which broke the closing latch I bought a second mount from B&M. The latching knob was certainly designed to be more prominent on the replacement, but the wobble wan't cured.

After a bit of destructive maintenance this after noon I managed to remove the retaining washer for the bolt that holds the second half of the mount to the light. I was then able to easily fit an old exposure light mount. No wobble at all with that arrangement.


It's certainly true that there are several variations of these mounts shipped with different lights (or bought separately), and some are more robust than others. Never had one fail, though, and even the flimsier ones have worked well and not rattled or felt insecure. You do have to push the light in firmly so it is properly engaged otherwise it will definitely rattle loose.

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Re: B&M Ixon IQ Premium 80lux

Postby Sweep » 11 May 2019, 2:27pm

Mine arrived.

First impressions.

That battery enclosure is a pig - I can't think why anyone designed something like that - strikes me as the sort of thing a student might produce in order to seem different. A pig to open as well, Will definitely have to be careful with that and can't see me changing batteries on the road.

The polarity markings are indeed confusing - buried deep inside the recess of the battery slots.

Trying to figure out some sense in its system and the Garman lidl light I have come to the initial conclusion that the germans intend you to put the appropriate end of the battery up against the marks - ie - the Lidl light's markings face outwards/upwards, so you put the batteries in with those polarities outwards - the B&M markings are right at the bottom of the holes so you put the batteries in with the matching polarity inwards.

Have taken a note of the battery insertion pattern as no way would I be able to figure that out on the road. In the dark.

Despite all this the light has a nice feel to it - I look forward to testing the light with a sneak into my local park after hours sometime soon.

Oh - it sits very positively on my Smart light mount and clicks onto the tab/lever.

In fact strangely I have found that some non smart lights snap onto those mounts more positively than my Smart lights. Same applies to the Lidls.
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