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    Default Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - Longevity & repair help

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Dean View Post
    Well, I've been using the Ixon IQ Premium for my daily commute home from work for well over a year
    Hi, is yours still going strong? I've had mine for about 9 months and it decided to die. It doesn't illuminate except for the status light.
    Does anybody have any experience in opening the unit up? It seems to be plastic welded quite tight.
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    Default Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - Longevity & repair help

    Quote Originally Posted by octagonalman View Post
    Hi, is yours still going strong? I've had mine for about 9 months and it decided to die. It doesn't illuminate except for the status light.
    Does anybody have any experience in opening the unit up? It seems to be plastic welded quite tight.
    Any reason to not return it to the dealer for replacement? Even if the warranty is expired, it would be worth a shot.

    back to your actual question: my guess is that the plastic housing is ultrasonically welded and unlikely to be opened without damage.
    You might be able to epoxy it back together afterwards, though (using JB Weld or something similar)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve K View Post
    Any reason to not return it to the dealer for replacement? Even if the warranty is expired, it would be worth a shot.

    back to your actual question: my guess is that the plastic housing is ultrasonically welded and unlikely to be opened without damage.
    You might be able to epoxy it back together afterwards, though (using JB Weld or something similar)
    I bought it from Bike24 and haven't heard a response from them yet, but return postage will be one-third of the purchase price.
    I've bought a Chinese light with their attempt at the cut-off/anti-dazzle beam and it's not bad at one-quarter of the B&M Ixon IQ Premium.
    I'm thinking with the B&M that I might try to remove the pin for the hinge and then attack the cover surrounding the battery terminals - unless anybody else has better suggestions.

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    Default Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - Longevity & repair help

    hmmm.... I've bought a few things from the UK, but hadn't thought about potential warranty issues. That would certainly eat into the savings from the lower price (and for the record, I'm located in the USA).

    I've sent a small package to a buddy in the UK, and was rather shocked to learn that the cheapest package would still cost $15 or so in postage. Crazy!

    My only suggestion in regards to disassembly is to try to reverse the assembly process. You'll need to look at the various seams in the plastic housing to get an idea of how it was assembled. If luck is smiling on you, you'll find a few screws that hold it together. More likely, it is all glued or ultrasonically welded, and disassembly will require a dremel tool & cutoff wheel, or some brute force.
    Take some pictures of the process.... I'm always curious about how these are put together.

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    Default Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - Longevity & repair help

    Howdy, I just saw this post...... and I'm sorry you had an issue with your light. Mine gets used 3-5 nights a week and is still going strong, through all kinds of weather too. I still haven't seen anybody produce a light with as nice a beam as this one. I never did try to take this one apart because it's mostly plastic, but it sure has been a great little light. I got mine directly from Germany for about $85 shipped. I knew it was risky, with the cost of return postage, but it's turned out to be a good deal for me. Good luck with getting yours fixed, or finding a suitable new one.

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    Lightbulb Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - open unit

    Quote Originally Posted by octagonalman View Post
    I've had mine for about 9 months and it decided to die.
    Does anybody have any experience in opening the unit up?
    Sorry to hear your light died. My copies are working fine since six/five/three years.


    Here you find some pictures on how to open the unit and to fix loose contacts by soldering:
    mtb-news.de/forum/t/ixon-iq-tuning-wie-gehaeuse-oeffnen.328993/
    mtb-news.de/forum/t/erfahrungsbericht-ixon-iq.305708/page-5#post-5394596
    taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/kurzreview-busch-m%C3%BCller-ixon-iq-premium.44669/#post-602427


    And here a guy did mod the Ixon IQ two times - 2014 with an Cree MK-R (20W) and 2015 with the XHP70 (30W) (but got some serious heat problems):
    mtb-news.de/forum/t/die-selbstbaulampen-der-ibcler-teil-1.434819/page-188#post-11788663
    photobucket.com/user/ballermon/slideshow/IXON IQ Cree Project
    photobucket.com/user/ballermon/library/IXON%20IQ%20PowerUp

    mtb-news.de/forum/t/die-selbstbaulampen-der-ibcler-teil-1.434819/page-205#post-13325391
    photobucket.com/user/ballermon/library/IXON Cree XHP Project


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    Default Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - open unit

    Many thanks for the links and traversing the language barrier for me. I definitely didn't come across those webpages using the keywords I've been using.

    In the meantime, the imitation stvzo lights on Banggood have been getting better and more affordable under the Xanes brand.

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    Default Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - open unit

    After smashing out the pin with the help of a drill bit and hammer, I had a bit of trouble getting the circuit board out. I thought that since it's busted anyway, it doesn't matter too much.

    https://imgur.com/a/iIrgB

    Anyway, the indicator LED is visibly darkened at one side. Perhaps there was a surge somehow. I've only been using rechargable NiMH and taking them out to recharge.

    The main LED is still fine so I can proceed with replacing the circuitry - maybe not increasing the power output though!

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    Lightbulb Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - open unit

    You could also switch from 4x AA to 2x 18650.
    With use of an Keystone 1042 battery holder they would still be replaceable later without soldering.
    alliedelec.com/m/d/344947296ef899fb2a2f7378189b2cd1.pdf
    shoptronica.com/images/KEYS104-SMD.pdf
    Last edited by angerdan; 11-12-2017 at 05:57 AM.

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    Default Re: Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Premium - open unit

    Quote Originally Posted by octagonalman View Post
    After smashing out the pin with the help of a drill bit and hammer, I had a bit of trouble getting the circuit board out. I thought that since it's busted anyway, it doesn't matter too much.

    https://imgur.com/a/iIrgB

    Anyway, the indicator LED is visibly darkened at one side. Perhaps there was a surge somehow. I've only been using rechargable NiMH and taking them out to recharge.

    The main LED is still fine so I can proceed with replacing the circuitry - maybe not increasing the power output though!
    thanks for sharing the photo! It's always fun (for me, at least) to see what is inside of these lights. The inductor, i.e. the donut shaped device with the coils of wire, is much larger than what I usually see in small bike lights.

    The burn mark on the LED does indeed suggest that it died due to excess current. Hard to guess why it failed, but I'd guess that there was another part that failed that allowed excess current to be delivered to the LED. I could keep myself entertained for quite a while staring at the board with a magnifying lens, trying to find other damaged components, but that's just me.

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