The Zoweetek® 69 LED Emergency Road Hazard Safety Warning Flasher Triangle was kindly provided to me by Zoweetek, Ltd free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.
The Zoweetek® 69 LED Emergency Road Hazard Safety Warning Flasher Triangle is available in the UK from Zoweetek, Ltd fulfilled by Amazon at a cost of £19.99 with free P&P. In the US the Triangle is available from Zoweetek fulfilled by Amazon at a cost of $22.99 with free P&P. (Prices correct at time of posting).
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CONTENTS & PACKAGING.
The Zoweetek® 69 LED Emergency LED Road Hazard Safety Warning Flasher Triangle is supplied within a flat cardboard rectangular white box bearing product information and illustrations.
Inside you will find…
The warning triangle held in place by two clear thin plastic inserts. On top you will find and illustrated instruction leaflet in English and located in a recess within one of the clear plastic retainers holding the triangle in place you will find a USB A to Mini B cable. (NOTE I said Mini B not Micro B).
The warning triangle measures 20.5cm high, 23.2cm wide and 2.9cm deep. On the back of the triangle is a kickstand that measures 13.6cm long and 3.5cm wide at its greatest point. Fully deployed the kick stand protrudes at an angle of 35 degrees.
The USB A to Mini B cable measures just short of 57cm long excluding the connectors. The triangle excluding the cable weighs 374g and it is weighted toward the bottom edge.
Firstly, there are a few discrepancies in the specification information that should be addressed.
1. The product listing states the device has a 5200mAh battery. On the instruction leaflet under “technical parameters” it states battery capacity 4400mAh/5200mAh and on the same leaflet under “product introduction” it states the battery is 5200mAh. I can only assume there are different models with different battery sizes and that this is the 5200mAh version.
2. The product listing states that the device has up to 7 hours use when the light is set to be constantly on. If the battery is a 5200mAh 3.7v Lithium battery, then it has a capacity of 19.24 watt hours (mAh / 1000 x volt = watt hours) and the device has a rated output of 5 watts which would imply a run time of just under 4 hours with the light on constantly. Lasting 100% to 150% longer when using the light in flashing mode. (Temperatures have an effect on lithium batteries so you can expect about +5 % to +10% in summer and -5% to -10% in winter).
Lighting source: SMD2835 LEDs (each LED has a 20lm to 22lm brightness rating)
Light power: 5w
Charger power: 5v 1A
Material: Photo diffusion PC (PC = Polycarbonate). This only refers to the semi transparent plastics on the front of the device.
IP rating: IP65
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY.
On the front the red semi transparent plastics measure 3.2mm wide that houses 69 LEDs arranged in two staggered columns. Curiously, when the LEDs are lit, you can in fact see a 3rd column of mounts on the inside, I at first assumed that the two different lighting modes used different sets of lights… but I was wrong. It would appear this 3rd column of mounts actually have no LEDs mounted. Perhaps there’s a different model of this device with more LEDs.
Also on the front in the centre is a 13.7cm x 12cm yellow reflector only triangle that has no lighting.
On the rear is a retractable kickstand, a tiny speaker, a silicone access flap and a teardrop shaped piece of material that feels like suede. The plastics that form the rear are solid red in colour and smooth, given the intended use of the device a plastic with high impact resistance such as ABS plastic would have been welcomed. Sadly, however ordinary polycarbonate plastics have been used instead.
At the top behind the “suede” patch is a magnet of suitable strength to hold the device in place. The material patch is there to prevent the magnet from coming into direct contact with your car ensuring that paintwork doesn’t get scratched.
Underneath the silicone tab / flap is the power button and the USB Mini B charging port. The power button can be operated with the flap closed which is a good thing as while the flap does an excellent job at preventing water ingress it is entirely annoying to open when you want to charge the device.
Honestly, unless you have nail extensions you will likely find you need to use your car key, or a teaspoon if you are at home to gain access. Given the whole point of the flap being there and the fact that you do not need to open it to switch the light on this frustrating point can be largely overlooked.
The device has an IP rating of 65
The first number (6) = No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight).
The second number (5) = Protected against water projected by a nozzle (6.3mm in diameter) against the device from any angle for a duration of at least 3 minutes and a volume no greater than 12.5ltrs per minute.
Normally I very much like to dismantle things that claim to have an IP rating to check on the waterproofing and to take some internal pictures. There were however two problems (Well one is actually a good thing).
First is that none of my precision drivers would fit in the holes or rather the holes were too deep. The second is that the screws holding the two sections of the frame together (but not those holding the kickstand of silicone tab in place) are fitted with waterproof seals. This is a very good sign that if anything instils confidence in what may well be found underneath.
The simple fact is when taking pictures outside it was pouring with rain and the device kept working, once my review was complete I then ran it under a tap which switched on and again it continued to work. Does the device have IP65 rated weatherproofing?, yes it does.
The following charge testing was conducted with a Drok multimeter and a Samsung 2A USB wall charger.
The readings from the multimeter were 4.97v, 2.236w, 0.45A and when the device was left charging for 1 hour and 40 minutes the multimeter indicated a charge of 780mAh.
Lithium batteries charge faster when they are nearly drained and slower when they are nearly full so this is non scientific conclusion, but the test indicates a charge from dead to full of around 11 hours. In truth, it will be less but still nowhere near the claimed 3 to 4 hours stated within the instruction leaflet.
When the battery drops below 20% there is an audible buzzer emitted from the small speaker on the rear of the device. When the device is being charged a single LED flashes red to indicate it is charging, when charged this will turn green(ish).
I have to admit to not understanding the reason for using a Mini B connection on the triangle rather than a Micro B. Everyone, and I mean everyone I know who owns a car has a USB A to Micro B cable in their car and everyone who owns an android phone owns one as well. It is without a shadow of a doubt the single most common cable now in existence.
Not everyone owns a Mini B style cable so it means you will not have a spare to hand and it also means more clutter in the car should you want or need to charge it on the go.
On a final note, sadly the light can NOT be used while it is charging, this is a shame as I was about to advise you keep the bundled cable for use indoors and that you invest in a 5m long cable for use in your car. But this is obviously pointless.
I have to admit that I wrongly had a misgiving about this product at first when I saw its size. I genuinely thought that it was perhaps a little on the small side when compared to my collapsible reflector triangle that I have kept in my boot up to this point.
However, on my second day of testing / experimenting with it, I had an epiphany. As you may well have seen on TV or likely (hopefully) be aware that in the event of an accident or breakdown hanging about in or near your car is not a good idea.
Given the small size of the Zoweetek triangle it actually fits well in the glove box or the map pocket on the back of the front passenger seat. This makes it accessible from the kerb without having to go into the road to obtain it from the boot, thus making it safer to deploy.
Now, while some of the product pictures show the triangle deployed on a car roof there is a slight problem with this. The underside of the triangle is smooth plastic as is the base of the retractable stand and this means it has no grip, especially when placed on a smooth surface such as a car roof.
Quite frankly, in any conditions beyond a calm, still day it isn’t going to take much to blow it over when placed on your car roof. (Thankfully a car driving past at 40mph won’t blow it over, but an HGV at such speed might). A solution to this would be to carry a small quantity of Blu Tack in your car, but some sort of removable suction cup or even a non slip pad on the base would have been most welcomed.
When deployed on the road surface or mounted to the rear of your car using the magnet the triangle proves far more resistant to the winds when compared to the exposed roof of a car. In most situations, these will likely prove the most suitable, although when it is deployed on a car roof the LEDs in the triangle also light up some of the car roof making your car more visible to others with is never a bad thing.
Regardless of where you place the light err on the side of caution. If you see or hear oncoming cars stand on the kerb or verge and hold the light up in the air and wait until there is a clear break in the traffic to safely deploy it. If there is heavy traffic and it is slow moving by all means deploy it, just do so carefully and watch you don’t stick your head into oncoming traffic if you have to bend down.
The yellow reflector triangle only works when light is pointed directly at it. If the light source is to either side, above or below it just reflects the light away from the source. Unless someone has their high beams on this will serve little use if the device is located on your roof, to get the most from the reflector the device is best mounted on the rear of your car with the magnet or on the road.
Now, while the light has two modes (flashing and constant) I would very much stick to using the flashing light. There are two reasons for this, one is that the battery will last longer and the second is that a flashing light draws the attention more than a light that is on constantly (hence the reason hazard lights on a car flash).
While I have no intention of making a video showing this being used at the roadside as that’s just irresponsible I did a quick test with the assistance of a friend and Google maps. I stood at our front door and a friend went to the end of the road, according to Google a distance of 103 meters. When the road was clear, I switched the device on briefly and awaited the return of my would be assistant.
He advised that the triangle was clearly visible and with the lights flashing it even drew the attention of several people that passed him. I specifically asked if it looked like a triangle at that distance to which he said “it did”. I will confess given the size of the device I was slightly concerned that at a distance it would just appear to be a cluster of lights rather than a triangle of light, a fear that was clearly unwarranted.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please post a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.
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