Geomangear is voluntarily recalling the Magicshine batteries. We received the following e-mail:
To Our Valued Geomangear Customers,
Geomangear temporarily has stopped selling Magicshine lightsets due to our concerns regarding the safety, quality, and performance of Magicshine’s lithium-ion battery packs sold by Geomangear between July 2009 and November 2010. We have determined that these Magicshine battery packs do not meet Geomangear’s high expectations regarding product safety, quality, and performance. We have notified both the manufacturer of Magicshine lightsets and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission that Geomangear intends to voluntarily recall all Magicshine battery packs sold by Geomangear.
We are actively working with the Safety Commission, outside engineering consultants, and a new battery pack supplier to evaluate product recall options for our customers. Geomangear will provide recall information and instructions directly to our affected customers after our final corrective action plan has been approved by the Safety Commission.
If you bought a Magicshine lightset from us between June 2009 and November 2010, please discontinue using your lightset until we are able to provide you with an upgraded replacement battery pack. Despite our best efforts, this process will take some time, and we ask for your patience. You can rest assured that Geomangear has taken, and will continue to take, appropriate steps to protect the safety of our customers, and we will stand behind our products. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your continued loyalty and support during this unprecedented situation our company is facing.
I’m glad they’ll be replacing the battery packs, but I’m going to continue using my light. I bought it because I needed a good light. That still holds true, and it seems like a lot of people have not had any problems with their batteries, so I’ll take my chances until I receive the replacement batteries. I’ll bring backup lights with me, of course (I always carry at least one backup anyway).
My ride home should be interesting. I’m expecting 40s, rain, and darkness. I think I’m well-prepared, but I don’t have a good pair of rain pants, so we’ll see how it goes.