September 13, 2015
FLO Cycling - Illumiseen Product Review
I was recently contacted by Illumiseen - a company that produces LED safety belts and dog collars/leads. They asked me to review one of their safety belts and I gladly obliged. I've been using the product for a while and I wanted to share my thoughts.
Let's start with a look at the product. The belt has an adjustable stretch band, a plastic buckle, and the LED material/controller. The stitching and fit and finish of the product is excellent.
The product is controlled via a small controller on the belt. The controller has a three position switch giving you three modes, off, blinking, and solid. The controller also features a Micro USB port for charging the device.
As I stated above, the battery is USB rechargeable and Illumiseen claims this model will hold it's charge for up to 36hrs! That's pretty amazing. I haven't used it that long yet, but have still haven't needed to charge my unit. Here's a picture of the unit charging.
I put together a quick video showing you what the modes look like at night.
Every once in a while you come across a product that simply makes sense, and the Illumiseen is one of those products. I really like this product and have no complaints whatsoever. I feel that the designers at Illumiseen focussed on creating a product that was both incredibly simple and effective and they did a great job. The goal of the product is to increase your visibility at night and it does this extremely well. On top of that, they added some really nice features like a USB rechargeable battery that lasts up to 36hrs, and an easily adjustable and comfortable waist band. The only thing I cannot comment on is long term durability, but at first glance I don't see this being an issue.
I personally hike and mountain bike with my dog up to 60 miles per week. Keeping her visibible is very important early in the mornings or near sunset. I've tried several different dog collar lights and I've been disappointed with all of them. Illumiseen also makes a dog collar version of this belt that holds a charge up to 10hrs and features the same USB rechargeable battery pack. Like the safety belt, the dog collar is one of those products that is both simple and effective. I'll be ordering one for sure!
If you are looking to increase both your visibility and your safety out there on the road/trails, be sure to pick up this product. It won't disappoint.