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    Gloworm X1 - Single LED Light System

    The highly anticipated X1 is the second light by Gloworm, designed 100% in NZ. As the name suggests it is a single LED, XM-L U2 to be exact, driven by a switching regulator that is combined on the same PCB as the LED itself.

    The X1 gives out an astonishing 850 lumens from a unit weighing in at 58g (remote included) and 35mm in diameter. It boasts the same characteristics as the X2 in being waterproof, robust and CNC machined from 6061 Alloy - No plastic parts here!





    The optics are a custom solution designed to provide maximum throw while maintaining a beam pattern that is easy on the eye - no discolouration, round beam and no artifacts. The kit will include 3 interchangable optics: Flood, Spot, Super Spot. (Beam shots to come in the next day or so).

    This tiny unit will utilise the same low profile style mounting solution as the X2 for the helmet, however will not have a bar mount included in the set. Instead our new QR bar mount will be available as an extra accessory. The QR mount will also be compatible with the X2.

    The X1 will be supplied with a 2 cell battery (appx 115g), once again containing high capacity Panasonic cells. Its capacity will be 2900 mAh giving a runtime of 2hr 15min on maximum. The 2 cell battery will be compatible with the X2.

    Controlling the X1 will be managed through a remote switch. It will also present the same selectable programmes as its big brother.

    The Gloworm X1 will retail for $179 USD with a 2 cell battery and can also be ordered with a four cell battery (runtime 4.5hrs).

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    850 Lumen (real, not theoretical)
    IMT technology (selectable programming)
    Light Head Assembly 58 grams
    Waterproof to IP66
    2.9 AH Lithium Ion Hard Case Battery
    1 x Cree U2 XML LEDs
    Interchangable Optics (Spot lens and frosted lens)
    2.25 hr runtime on max power
    Remote switch

    IMT Programmes


    On pressing the button from 'off' the light will start in Normal Operating Mode. Special modes are accessed by holding down the button for 2 sec from any normal mode. This allows the user to conduct any outdoor activity without having to cycle through the special mode and having an interuption of a steady light beam. Additionally, the X2 is shut down by holding the button for appx 5sec. IMT gives you the flexibility of refined programmes and modes without needing to access them every time you go from High mode back to low. Programmes are changed through a sequence of button presses.

    Presales will start pretty soon for a limted number of units - more information will be posted here.


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    Is there a light only option for the X1?

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    Will the optics be interchangeable with the X2?
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    Hello ,

    @pucked up
    Yest the X1 will also come as a light head only option.

    @skullcap
    The X1 optics are bigger than the ones of the X2 thus they can't be interchangeable between the 2 lights. The bigger size is one of the main reasons that we managed to make the X1 a good thrower.

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    How much will the kit be $ with the 4cell option? Availability?

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    What is the light head only price?

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    that's a really pretty little light. Good price too. Might be worth doing a refresher on the selectable modes for those who can't remember what the X2 came with (ahem).

    looking forward to beam shots! Are the optics available separately? I'm always interested in new options for DIY

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    Looks great...what's the weight of the 2 cell battery?

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    Very nice!
    "It looks flexy"

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    Morning All....8am here in NZ!!

    Just updated the post to include programmes and runtimes.

    The lighthead and 4 cell price will be available soon (within a week).

    @allenpg - The 2 cell battery is appx 115g

    Looking forward to showing you guys the beam shots!

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    You guys have the best helmet mount on the market imo. So simple yet everyone just goes with the dam standard bar emulator which is too high profile. Thanks for taking the time to do it right

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    Is it down in the 700 to 850lm range for heat reasons?
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay View Post
    Is it down in the 700 to 850lm range for heat reasons?
    Hello,

    When calculating lumen we have to take into consideration the optics and the board efficiency. We also always run the LED a bit, just a tiny bit, lower than the maximum.

    Also note that we are always a bit conservative with our numbers (lumen, battery runtimes, etc.) so that they cover extreme conditions like using the battery in an extremely cold environment.

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    I understand but was comparing to the Strykr SL system which is about 925lm - not that much different but has a ton of cooling fins. Anyway, fantastic looking light.
    "It looks flexy"

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    This seems to be the one I've been waiting for years. Light weight and super throw.

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    Can't wait to see the beam shots. Hope you have some competitor lamps to compare it to.

    Like others I would like to know what the pre-order price of the lamp head only will be.

    Let us know when you start taking pre-orders. As before, it looks like the Gloworm people have a knack for creating innovating products. Looking forward to seeing how these work out.

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    If the X1 is anything like the X2 it will rock. I am looking for a nice and light helmet light....thinking that the combo of weight and various optics will do the trick.

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    Looks interesting. I would like to see a beam shot comparing it to the X2 with 2 spot lenses (the X2 spot lenses that you currently offer).

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    Can't wait to get one - good job guys

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    is it compatible with the headstrap and if so, how does the small battery pack attach?? I really have no need for a helmet mount. Sign me up for one if I can attach it to a headstrap!!

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    Hi Guys
    love the look of the head unit, looks real quality. Just checking one thing...

    The X1 will be supplied with a 2 cell battery (appx 115g), once again containing high capacity Panasonic cells. Its capacity will be 2900 mAh giving a runtime of 2hr 15min on maximum. The 2 cell battery will be compatible with the X2.

    Is the battery pack 2900 mAh or 2x 2900mAh? Can't see you getting over 800 lumens for over 2 hours from a 2900 mAh battery. I know I can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cagliari View Post
    Hi Guys
    love the look of the head unit, looks real quality. Just checking one thing...

    The X1 will be supplied with a 2 cell battery (appx 115g), once again containing high capacity Panasonic cells. Its capacity will be 2900 mAh giving a runtime of 2hr 15min on maximum. The 2 cell battery will be compatible with the X2.

    Is the battery pack 2900 mAh or 2x 2900mAh? Can't see you getting over 800 lumens for over 2 hours from a 2900 mAh battery. I know I can't.
    Hey, the battery pack is 2900 mAh at 7.4v nominal (2 x 2900mAh cells in series), thus making it compatible with the X2. The X1 only has 1 LED making the Voltage required between 2.9v and 3.4v depending on current. Our switching regulator is 95% efficient (measured). Based on the nominal voltage of the battery (7.4v) we have tested and calculated 2hr 12min. If after more testing this proves to be incorrect we'll adjust the figures, however we're happy with the current levels.

    Hope that goes some way to answer your question?

    LED Runtime Calculator - We use this to determine the approximate levels then back it with tests.

    @smthgfshy - We're redeveloping the current headstrap to make placement of the battery on the headstrap seamless and easy. So yes, it will be compatible

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    Beamshots tonight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Beamshots tonight?
    Hey.....we'll try to get beam shots this weekend! In the meantime, here's a 3D image of the new QR mount that will be compatible with both the X1 and the X2. Pricing to follow

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    Ok, so here it is. The first beam shot of the X1. It is taken using the spot optic where trees in the background are about 70m away. We'll have some comparisons soon



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    could you do some shots of the X1 and X2 combo? interested to see how they work together.

    thanks

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    Gloworm, I really liking your minimalistic designs... The X1 and X2's are sweet !!! We're losing daylight fast over here (US). I've been holding back on purchasing an Xera, patiently awaiting more info on your new X1. Looking forward to seeing more beam shots. Can you give us some in-site as to when these will be available in the US ?

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    A few questions.

    1: Will there be any pre sale special price?

    2: When do you expect to be able to ship out the lights?

    3: Why the re-design on the bar mount. I have an X2 and have had zero issues with the O-ring mount. I can see with heavier lights the O ring not working well, but the X2 the light enough that it stays perfectly with the smaller O ring you guys supplied.
    TEX

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    Nice beam shot but that new mount is awesome - i'll be looking to pick up a couple

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    I love the look of that mount!
    One question, is it reversable? Ie, the way it looks in the pic, you would presumably mount it on the right side of the stem to keep the light centred in front of the stem, however, can you mount it on the left side as I already have my Garmin K-edge mount on the right. Is it as easy as just flipping the mount upside down, or does the actual attachment point of the light head allow it to be screwed in from either side of the bracket?

    X1 is looking good too BTW

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    Hi All,

    We're getting really excited about getting the X1 to you all! Additionally the QR mount is going to make some people very happy.

    The QR mount is an additional accessory and will not replace the o-ring mount, it will be available as an alternative.

    With regards to the mount, we're also looking at options to make a version compatible with other brands of lights: i.e. Magicshine....

    @tb123 - The mount is reversable, i.e flip it over, and because the light can be mounted in any direction it will work perfectly!

    @Nitro - we'll set some aside for you mate! You're going to love the CNC goodness!

    @texas - Yes we will be offering a presale price, this will next week. Shipping should be early December at the latest. The X2 o-ring mount will not be made redundant, instead the QR mount will be an additional accessory if a customer wants that extra rigidity.

    @M6TTF - I'll do some combo shots next week for you, I think you'll like the result Additionally we'll do some comparison shots.

    Keep the questions coming and we'll keep the annuncements rolling in.

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    You guys talked about new optics for the x2 that would have more throw..Will those be coming out soon too? Im thinking a x2 on the bar with a mix of flood and throw and then a x2 on the helmet with uber throw-- ohhhh yeah.. ..

    Also-- if you guys could do a wireless remote like lupine-- id be all over that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SB Trails View Post
    You guys talked about new optics for the x2 that would have more throw..Will those be coming out soon too? Im thinking a x2 on the bar with a mix of flood and throw and then a x2 on the helmet with uber throw-- ohhhh yeah.. ..

    Also-- if you guys could do a wireless remote like lupine-- id be all over that..
    Working on X2 optics as we speak everyone! However as this is the X1 thread, we should tell you that X1 presale pricing will be announced in 24 hrs!! PLus more photos early next week

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    Eagerly waiting the release of the X1's pre-sale price and photo's. Is the X1's light head compatible with Gemini / Magicshine's battery packs ?

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    Ooopsy --actually meant a x2 on the bars with the flood/thrower lens combo and the x1 uber thrower on the helmet.. Will be keeping an eye out for the into price.. The x2 will be arriving tomorrow ..

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    OK, 24hrs is up. Time for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    OK, 24hrs is up. Time for the update.
    As promised......(well actually a little bit late).

    Gloworm X1 LED Light System Presales will commence Monday 19th November 2012 from The Gloworm Website. UK buyers please go through CRG Moto - Danny.

    Presale price will be USD$139 for the full set (2 cell battery) or USD$80 for just the light head

    Presale will be restricted to 100 units only

    Pricing on the QR mount will also be released in the next week or so.......

    We will be posting more beam shots next week with some cool product shots also coming soon!

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    Sign me up. I'm there!!!

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    Can you provide what the shipping cost would be to Ontario Canada?

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    We now have the pre-sale price, and 1 beam shot to go by. :>I

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    Here is the beam shot...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloworm Manufacture View Post
    Hey.....we'll try to get beam shots this weekend! In the meantime, here's a 3D image of the new QR mount that will be compatible with both the X1 and the X2. Pricing to follow

    Cheers

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    Don't know how this got by me. I absolutely love the look of the new mount. For the people who squawked about the O-ring mounts ( which actually works very well ) your squawking is over.

    Now about that beam shot: I really don't know what to think about it. No way to really judge distance as you can't see the lamp. One thing is certain though, this lamp is not supplying the type of beam pattern that I expected ( at least that is what I gathered from the one photo ). From the photo the beam looks very wide. With a beam pattern like that If this lamp is able to clearly highlight objects at 70 meters I would be surprised. In this case I sure hope I'm wrong.

    Presale will be restricted to 100 units only...
    Not sure what you mean. Do you mean 100 units...period...or 100 units to a single person who might want to sell them?

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    Cat,

    I can't tell what your expectations are for this light. Please clarify.

    I think this will be a great option for a helmet mount, as I wouldn't want a battery cord hanging from my head.

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    Hi All

    Cat is right - the current shot, although appearing narrow compared to the X2, is not a fair inidcation of the actual beam of the X1.

    I am waiting to receive a completed 'production unit' so I can get some production beam shots and images of the actual light (not just a prototype).

    To give you an idea - the throw of this unit is superior to other popular lights of its size with a much smoother beam battern. We will have some comparison beam shots soon and come complimentary beam shots with the X2.

    If beam shots are not available in time for presale commencement we will extend presales.

    @Cat - the restriction is the number of X1's that will be available at the presale price.

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    Bruce and Vag,

    Will there be an option for getting the 4 cell battery instead of the 2 cell,and if so what will the price be?
    TEX

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Cat,

    I can't tell what your expectations are for this light. Please clarify.

    I think this will be a great option for a helmet mount, as I wouldn't want a battery cord hanging from my head.
    The X1 has been touted as a thrower. In my opinion a good thrower is able to clearly highlight trail features at the 200ft range or better. In order to stand out from the typical run-of-the-mill helmet lamp, that is what I would like to see. Admittedly, it is very hard to judge something like distance throw just by looking at a photo. Helps a bit if you have more photos using different terrain.

    To make things interesting I'd like to see a direct ( non-bounce ) 5 meter lux read out. The more intense the center spot the higher the reading will be. The higher the reading the more throw you will get.

    Don't get me wrong. I love the design of this lamp. Its small, lite weight and has great mounting options, not to mention the mode menu choices and likely a very good battery. Still, all things considered I expect it to beat out the MagicShine 808E and the vast array of generic clone lamps in a throw shoot out comparison.

    Not saying that won't happen. I hope it does. I will say the smaller version of the photo makes it look better. Just remember sometimes things aren't what they seem to be with just a quick glance. In the mean time I'm still waiting for something to make me jump up and say, "Hey, now that's one hell of a bright light"!

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    When a consumer asks the manufacturer questions (GLOWORM). The prospective consumer expects a response... Sadly, I've yet to get one response (email or my input from this forum back from you). Must admit, this brings to question spending my monies on your product. Consumer support / feedback is key !

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdemm View Post
    Eagerly waiting the release of the X1's pre-sale price and photo's. Is the X1's light head compatible with Gemini / Magicshine's battery packs ?
    Hey mdemm.......didn't mean to miss your post, for this I do apologise

    The light will be compatible with magicshine/gemini batteries etc. It utilises a switching regulator meaning the input voltage can be higher than that required by the LED. Most of the aforementined batteries are a nominal 7.4v, as are our 2 cell and 4 cell battery.

    Once again apologies for the over sight.......

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    Hi All

    I should have the production model of the X1 in my hands tomorrow. I'll start off by taking some detailed HQ photographs, then I should get the beam shots to you by the end of the week.

    In the meantime, PRESALES are open www.glowormlites.com. Presales will be open for 2 weeks with only 100 units being made available for presale.

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    -About the 850 lumen, do you measure the actual output or do you calculate the output?
    The beamshot doesn't make it look like 850 lumen?

    Is the mount compatible with the mount of a lupine piko?

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