Tumble & Fall Halo 2000

6
£99.99

VERDICT:

6
10
Good functionality, but taking everything into account there's definite room for improvement
Weight: 
465g

The Tumble & Fall Halo 2000 is a decent winter light with a few frustrating issues on the side. The two-part design, with double barrelled light unit and separate rechargeable lithium battery unit, meets the needs for both road and off-road riding with four simple modes to choose from and the addition of halo rings for extra attention.

The modes include a low, medium, high beam and flashing, although strangely there was no description of the exact strength of the modes other than the maximum 2000 lumens. Rarely should you ever need that strength on the road, but it was perfect for your late evening 'cross ride through the woods. The low and medium beams were plenty on both well-lit and unlit roads respectively.

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The halo rings have two settings, with on or flashing allowing you to have, for example, medium main beam as well as flashing outer halo. As someone who tends not to use flashing modes, it was a nice touch and helped me feel a little more visible on the road.

In terms of construction, the aluminium light unit, weighing in at 100g, is light and well designed with an inbuilt heat sink to aid with cooling – much needed for such a powerful light. The base has a curved handlebar mount attachment screwed on, with protective foam in an attempt to prevent scratching. However, the plastic around the outer edge is harsh and does indeed scratch when in use, so you'll probably want to add something of your own.

A simple silicone ring is used to secure the light to your bar, which makes it easy for removal but does mean the light tends to rotate when used on bumpy roads or trails, which is particularly frustrating. The same occurs on the helmet mount, another area needing improvement.

The helmet mount has long Velcro straps, making for a fiddly attaching process and plenty of excess flapping around unless secured carefully. The mount uses the same silicone ring to attach the light, so you have to fasten it prior to securing it to the helmet, again adding to the difficulty. A neat addition to the package was a head strap to use the light as a head torch for walking, but then you have to find somewhere to store the battery pack...

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It's safe to say the battery unit is on the large side. Maybe the six lithium batteries providing the 2000 lumens was a few too many, weighing in at over 300g alone. You will be struggling to fit this in your average saddle bag or mounting it on your frame without it getting in the way of your legs. The option I went with was getting rid of the saddlebag and attaching it to my seatpost, which wasn't ideal in winter weather.

The single length cable means attaching the battery at the front of the bike leads to plenty of cable wrapping around your frame. I found the best option was to use the head mount and store the battery in a rucksack, but then you have to go through the pain of attaching the light to your helmet.

It's not all bad, though, if you can deal with the niggling annoyances. Battery life on full power lasts up to 2.5 hours and 5 hours on medium power, making for plenty of riding between charges. Charge from empty was a little under 4 hours for me using the included wall plug charger. Unfortunately, no USB charging, which is annoying if you usually charge at work during the day.

Technically, the light warns you when the battery is running low, with the power LEDs turning red, but it doesn't last long. I only managed 20 minutes on low battery before the light cut off abruptly. Thankfully, I was near home, but worrying if you were still out in the dark. Ideally it would have automatically switched to a low power mode, but no such luck.

Overall, at £90 and with the functionality it offers, yes you are getting a lot of light for your money, but to my mind there are just too many frustrations to deal with on a daily basis.

Verdict

Good functionality, but taking everything into account there's definite room for improvement

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Tumble & Fall Halo 2000

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the light is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Tumble & Fall is said to have been 'born out of the desire to control the ride, to control what you see and where you see, in the suburbs, in the trees and into the darkness'.

In simple terms it does indeed achieve that and works well both on and off road. Plenty of mode options to choose from to fit your need.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?

Voltage 8.4v dc

Dual Beam

Halo Ring Modes - ON - FLASHING - OFF

Halo 2000 Lumen Modes - LOW - MEDIUM - HIGH - FLASHING - OFF

Halo Rings Press red Button

Halo 2000 Lumen Press Green Button

OFF Long Press Of Green Button

Fuel Time 2.5hrs High, 5hrs Low and 25hrs flashing

Fuel Gauge Green LED Turns Red

4hrs charge time

Max Lumens 2000

6 Cell Rechargeable Lithium Battery 5200mAh (6 month Warranty)

Neoprene Battery Pack Holder

Helmet Mount

Head Torch strap and mount for walking

UK Lithium Charger

Bracket & O Rings

Rate the light for quality of construction:
 
7/10

In general it is a very well made aluminium light unit. Only negative was the sharp edges to the handlebar mount which scratched fairly easily.

Rate the light for design and ease of use. How simple was the light to use?
 
6/10

Well designed unit with heat-sink built in to help cooling. Battery pack is too large, though, making it difficult to attach to your frame without getting in the way. The helmet mount is a pain to attach too.

Rate the light for the design and usability of the clamping system/s
 
6/10

Easy to use, which was a big plus, making it quick to take on and off. However, the silicone ring used wasn't strong enough to stop it from sliding round when on bumpy roads or off road. Same with the helmet mount. Maybe needs a grippier material on the underside of the light for mounting.

Rate the light for waterproofing. How did it stand up to the elements?
 
8/10

No noticeable problems with waterproofing. Only worry was having to mount the battery pack under the saddle, which got very wet in bad weather. The water would get inside the outer protective rubber cover, but not into the battery pack itself.

Rate the light for battery life. How long did it last? How long did it take to recharge?
 
7/10

Lasts around 2.5 hours on full beam and 5 hours on medium, which is good. However the warning time of low battery was minimally low and it didn't automatically swap to a lower power setting, meaning it ran out within 20 minutes of the first warning. Charging time is reasonable at 4 hours from flat.

Rate the light for performance:
 
6/10

Performs well at the basic functions of a light, but lacking in the fine detail! Quite a few things could be made better.

Rate the light for durability:
 
9/10

Both parts of the unit still going strong have a tough month of weather. My worry would be the silicone ring breaking, but it comes with a spare.

Rate the light for weight:
 
6/10

The light unit itself is great, even when on your head, but the battery pack is large and heavy. It's not hugely noticeable when on your frame or backpack, but still oversized.

Rate the light for value:
 
7/10

As far as value for money goes, £90 for a very powerful light with useful modes is pretty impressive. But you can tell why it's cheaper when you start to use it.

Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The light worked well both on and off road, with plenty of modes to suit the situation.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the light

I liked the addition of the halo rings, allowing you to have a flashing light while maintaining a constant beam.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light

Frustrations with not being able to find a spot on the frame for the large battery pack easily, plus the light would rotate round the handlebar a little on bumpy roads. And, petty though it might sound, that the product brochure is riddled with spelling errors and mistakes.

Did you enjoy using the light? No

Would you consider buying the light? No

Would you recommend the light to a friend? No

Use this box to explain your score

The light does its job, with a range of modes to select from to suit your ride, but loses points on poor finer details and the size of the battery pack. Taking this all into account, although it deserves maybe an 8 for brightness alone, the overall score has to be lower.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 22  Height: 5ft 8in  Weight: 62kg

I usually ride: Cannondale Cadx  My best bike is: Scott CR1 Pro

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives

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