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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?
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    -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?
    Hey,

    The X1 is a calculated 850 lumens OTF, unfortunately the beamshot is not a good representation........

    The light is driven at 2.8A max, with a 95% efficient driver, plus the optics are 90% efficient. As a comparisoin, the X1 is brighter than its closest rival (another 850 single XML light).

    Our calculations are made using www.pct.cree.com. This method was also used for the Gloworm X2, which many discribed as seemingly brighter than 1200 lumens.

    Sorry, mount is not compatible with the Piko.

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    Waiting on the photos. Also, I didn't see the "Light head only", option listed on the website.

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    So the light head only option for the X1 is not included in the pre-sale? There does not seem to be an option for this on your web site.

    Also do you have to purchase the head strap or is it included with the X1? From your site it seems like you need to purchase it for an extra USD $15.

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    Light head only option?

    From the website I don't see the promised option of light head only? Are you going to put that up on the Site? Or is there some other way to order the head only?

    Thanks.
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    I know the preliminary beamshot photo is not the best, but from what I can tell there is a slight green tint in the beamshot. Can you confirm what is the tint of the X1? Thanks.

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    Looks good, but how about a picture of the 2 cell battery?

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    When are we (prospective buyers) going to see some detailed photos ??? Thats going to be the selling point...

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    Hi All

    The 'light head only' option has been added to the site

    @ Colleen - Regarding the tint Colleen, it is 1B the same as the X2 (no green at all), once again the photo has not given a true reflection. This is one of the reasons I will be taking some good beam shots at the end of this week - I have a Canon G9, the same as what Francios uses in his tests. This should produce some beam shots worthy of the light.

    @mdemm - I am receiving the production unit today with the intention of taking some HQ detailed photographs for the website and for here.

    @Maximus - We're still waiting on the first battery off the production line, but basically its half a Gloworm 4 cell battery with slightly thicker housing plastic (to reduce any chance of breakage of the velcro loop).

    @pucked up - The headstrap is an extra accessory. It has now on the site at $10.

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    Bruce,

    Thanks for adding the light head only. I just ordered one. Am I correct to assume this comes with the extension cable like the X2 light only does?

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    Has this been designed for the battery to be attached to the back of the helmet? Or, is the battery supposed to be stored in your backpack. If attached to the helmet, please show pictures of the mounting method when the battery comes in.

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    For the light only option, you guys have a full set option and light only option. What is included with the full set option? Would it be like the light only option for the X2 (both mounts, o-rings, extension cord)? I assume the light only is just the light by itself, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    Has this been designed for the battery to be attached to the back of the helmet? Or, is the battery supposed to be stored in your backpack. If attached to the helmet, please show pictures of the mounting method when the battery comes in.
    It has been designed to have the battery on the back of helmet. Similar methods can be seen with Gemini Xera and Lupine Piko.

    @Texas - the only thing not included in the Light Only Kit is the battery and charger.

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    FYI

    There seems to be an error when trying to purchase the light only set. Your site will automatically add a full set to the cart without the light only. It's not adding the light only.

    Is the price USD $59 or $80? It has $59 on the drop down but $80 when in the cart page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pucked up View Post
    FYI

    There seems to be an error when trying to purchase the light only set. Your site will automatically add a full set to the cart without the light only. It's not adding the light only.

    Is the price USD $59 or $80? It has $59 on the drop down but $80 when in the cart page.
    Hey,

    The site is fine. The light head only price is $80. I have set up the sytem to reduce the set price by $59.

    At the cart, because the main product is the Light Kit, it will only show the kit - but at the reduced price. When we receive the purchase order it indicates the exact details of the order.

    Hope that helps?

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    Ah...I see it now, Thanks.

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    11.1v batteries ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gloworm Manufacture View Post
    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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    Can this light be safely run on a 11.1v battery or does it need a 7.4v. I have several 11.1v lipo RC car batteries.

    Does the "light head only" come with both the helmet mount and bar mount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glader60 View Post
    Can this light be safely run on a 11.1v battery or does it need a 7.4v. I have several 11.1v lipo RC car batteries.

    Does the "light head only" come with both the helmet mount and bar mount?
    I believe he said in above post that the light head only option has everything but the battery and charger

    In regards to the LiPo packs, whether or not they can take the added current, i would be concerned that the power indicator on the light wouldn't be an accurate gauge of how much is left in your battery. Even well into lipo meltdown voltage on a 3s the battery indicator would likely still show a full charge just cause its looking to see a much lower voltage

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    Quote Originally Posted by manbeer View Post
    I believe he said in above post that the light head only option has everything but the battery and charger

    In regards to the LiPo packs, whether or not they can take the added current, i would be concerned that the power indicator on the light wouldn't be an accurate gauge of how much is left in your battery. Even well into lipo meltdown voltage on a 3s the battery indicator would likely still show a full charge just cause its looking to see a much lower voltage
    Hi All

    I will need to check with the engineering team as to the max voltage of the switching regulator. However it has been designed for the 7.4v nominal battery.

    Regarding the 'power indicator on the light' - the X1 does not have one. It will tell you (by emmitting a flicker sequence, but not turning the light off) appx 5min from shutdown that there is minimal voltage being supplied to the light. The regulator will then adjust the current slowly to maintain voltage until it dips below the threshold.

    Once the light 'flickers' (hi-low-hi-low-hi-low-hi-low) you cannot change modes - it basically provides enough time to get out the new battery, stop your bike etc (5min appx).

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    Quote Originally Posted by manbeer View Post
    In regards to the LiPo packs, whether or not they can take the added current, i would be concerned that the power indicator on the light wouldn't be an accurate gauge of how much is left in your battery. Even well into lipo meltdown voltage on a 3s the battery indicator would likely still show a full charge just cause its looking to see a much lower voltage
    I have a voltage settable audible alarm that plugs into the balance plug, so no worries about hitting the lipo meltdown voltage. As well the packs are 8400mah so I'm sure I'll never hear the alarm even on full power for well over 5 hours. Just hope the light can handle the 11.1v battery, if not I do have a old 4000mah 7.4 lipo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdemm View Post
    When are we (prospective buyers) going to see some detailed photos ??? Thats going to be the selling point...
    I present the Production version of the X1.....beam shots this weekend (we promise).

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    Looks real nice!!
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    Nice, but way bigger than I expected!

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    Big? Looks bloody small to me. Look forward to getting my hands on one

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    Big is relative to what you compare it with!
    If these are not extreme smal fingers this single led seems still bigger than the piko, but that's a double led emitter!

    I am looking for a lighthead with a diameter around 2 cm and a big output.

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    Nice looking little light, the endurance race people are going to love it providing the beam pattern is suitable....And speaking of suitable: Are you going to offer a medium optic for people who might think the beam pattern too narrow ( although I see no evidence of that being the case as of yet ).

    * yawn *...sorry, worked late tonight...beam pics....we .......need more beam pics.... damn, where'd that sheep come from...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do View Post
    ....And speaking of suitable: Are you going to offer a medium optic for people who might think the beam pattern too narrow
    :
    I think this is answered in post that starts the thread " The kit will include 3 interchangable optics: Flood, Spot, Super Spot. " .
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    The X1 is looking good Gloworm... From what I can tell, based on the pictures you've posted. Does one need a spanner wrench (remove inner retaining ring) to change / swap the optic's ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    I am looking for a lighthead with a diameter around 2 cm and a big output.
    It would be a nice idea but a light that small will have issues that will stop it from achieving the 'big output'.

    You can't run the emitter as hard in a package that small due to heat so you would never be able to get close to the 850 lumens of the X1 without it's heat protection kicking in all the time.

    Smaller optics are harder to get a tight controlled beam pattern and generally have less efficiency. The bigger the optic the higher the efficiency and the tighter the beam.

    From my perspective the X1 seems to be a great balance between lightweight/small size and power/beam quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloworm Manufacture View Post

    Regarding the 'power indicator on the light' - the X1 does not have one. Cheers

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    How about the battery pack? Does the 2-cell battery pack have LED's showing remaining charge like the 4-cell battery pack on the X2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    How about the battery pack? Does the 2-cell battery pack have LED's showing remaining charge like the 4-cell battery pack on the X2?
    Yes, the battery does have indicators for battery level. Pics to follow early next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdemm View Post
    The X1 is looking good Gloworm... From what I can tell, based on the pictures you've posted. Does one need a spanner wrench (remove inner retaining ring) to change / swap the optic's ???
    Hey, a spanner wrench will work - however we will be providing a small tool to do the job for you.

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    neninja,

    I could live with real 450 lumen if it fitted ;-)

    The heat: In general I don't need a lot of light when I'm standing still, and one moving there will be enough airflow.

    I am also not fond of tight beams anymore, in the low lumen era throw was important but now, any descent flood throws farther than I need to see for mountainbiking, a wide bright flood allows me to see where I need to see!

    The lower efficiency? Why?

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    Any word on what the max input voltage is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    neninja,
    The lower efficiency? Why?
    I'm afraid I'm not an optic designer/optical physicist so I don't know why smaller optics appear to be less efficient. It's just something I've noticed when looking at optic data sheets.

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    It sounds perfect for me - throw is high on the priority list for me as I want to be able to ride at daytime speeds descending at 25mph in the pitch dark needs lots of light on rocky trails !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloworm Manufacture View Post
    Hi All,

    @Nitro - we'll set some aside for you mate! You're going to love the CNC goodness!
    I'd like to get one of the new lights but would also like to piggyback a couple of the new CNC mounts. Is there a way to add them to the order and maybe save a bit on shipping?

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    Neninja,
    If you have a "dirty" lens, a bigger optic will less suffer from these artefacts, if you succeed in producing clean lenses size doesn't matter anymore.
    But clean lenses are expensive.

    In the old days, with bulbs shining all around, a reflector was needed to focus the beam, a bigger reflector becomes less hot so it can be made out of plastics instead of glass and big reflectors allow some small defficiencies.

    So it's more a matter of cost then size!

    About the numbers given by producers about the efficiency?
    I think some tend to exagerate quite a bit ;-)

    M6TTF,
    About more throw: in the beamshot you see the treeline a 70 meters pretty clear, and you'd be able to see big obstackles even a bit further, so at 25 mph (11 meters/ second) it would take you 6 seconds to reach the treeline, time enough i'd say?

    With a tight spot, you see objects further away, but you 'll need to follow them with your tight spot, as your head is verry slow you tend to follow obstacles instead of looking for the way out or looking ahead for new obstackles!

    With a flood on the helmet combined with a flood on the bars you see objects far enough, but you don't need to point you head to follow the obstacle, small eyejumps and periferic vision are enough to follow the object, you can use the light and your eyes to scan for the way around the obstackle and new obstacles far away!

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    Bruce is the beam tight enough to vaporise volcanic ash and if so can I get my hands on one for riding around lake Taupo this friday night?


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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroRC Ed View Post
    I'd like to get one of the new lights but would also like to piggyback a couple of the new CNC mounts. Is there a way to add them to the order and maybe save a bit on shipping?

    Thanks,
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    Hey Ed, we'll see what we can do. We'll perhaps put the QR mounts on presale too soon

    @pucked up - yes 11.1v is fine. The board has a max voltage of 16v. However the efficiency is reduced at higher V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Bruce is the beam tight enough to vaporise volcanic ash and if so can I get my hands on one for riding around lake Taupo this friday night?


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    Thanks for the info chaps, very informative. What is the variation between the 3 supplied optics then? Very focused through to quite floody?

    I'll be ordering one regardless

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    Is the charger for the for the X1 auto volt (100-240volt) or specific for each country.. USA 110v, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtyling View Post
    Is the charger for the for the X1 auto volt (100-240volt) or specific for each country.. USA 110v, etc.
    100-240V according to the UK one. The pins will be specific to region though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    Neninja,
    If you have a "dirty" lens, a bigger optic will less suffer from these artefacts, if you succeed in producing clean lenses size doesn't matter anymore.
    But clean lenses are expensive.
    I'm no optic engineer as well, but this is how it was explained to me.

    A small optic or reflector has a focal point that is a tiny spot. If the light source is equally tiny and positioned at the designed focal point, it will gather all the light and direct it in the manner that the optic was designed. Since the light source is larger than the tiny focal point, some of the light is not gathered and directed perfectly. This light becomes the "spill". The larger reflector or optic can have a larger focal point and gather more of the light and direct it as the designer intended.

    Right or wrong, I don't know for sure. It sounded good anyway.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing's impossible View Post
    With a flood on the helmet combined with a flood on the bars you see objects far enough, but you don't need to point you head to follow the obstacle, small eyejumps and periferic vision are enough to follow the object, you can use the light and your eyes to scan for the way around the obstackle and new obstacles far away!
    For my preference I'll take a spot beam on the helmet and a nearly spot beam on the bars. I find a floody beam to generate weird shadows that my peripheral vision catches. I find those shadows to be distracting so have worked to just light up the trail ahead and not to the sides.

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    Vancbiker, I am not an optical engineer, I even doubt there is such a thing as an optic ingenieer, but I guess it depends on what you define as efficient:

    For me efficiency of the optics is the amount of lumen produced by the source vs the actual OTF output, wheter it is spill or spot has nothing to do with it. No optics at all in high vacuum = 100% efficient.

    Spot or nearly spot or flood is also matter of defintion, some call 22° a spot, some call it already a flood!
    For me 22° is already ok, if there is some spill left!

    To brigth spots tend to dance to much if the fork is working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M6TTF View Post
    Thanks for the info chaps, very informative. What is the variation between the 3 supplied optics then? Very focused through to quite floody?

    I'll be ordering one regardless
    @M6TTF - The range of optics will be Flood, Spot and Super Spot. These will be described better with the beam shots this weekend however here is a brief rundown:

    Flood - smooth diffused beam, quite wide (wall of light).
    Spot - Definitely a spot beam with some spill for peripheral
    Super Spot - Minimal spill, low beam angle (appx 6 deg)

    @Xtyling - The chargers are 'auto volt' and you choose your region when you order your light.

    Cheers All

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    Been trying since yesterday to get onto your website to see about placing a pre-order but i keep getting the dreaded 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage'

    I've tried two different locations and 3 different computers.... Anyone else having issues??

    I was going to try and get an order in as well as see if the new mounts were up for pre-order yet......

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    This light sounds so amazing!!

    Please let there be Black Friday Deals!!!!
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    @Nitro - Just checked the site....all seems to be fine from the back end and from my Internet Explorer........

    QR Mounts will be put up tonight (10hrs time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroRC Ed View Post
    Been trying since yesterday to get onto your website to see about placing a pre-order but i keep getting the dreaded 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage'

    I've tried two different locations and 3 different computers.... Anyone else having issues??

    I was going to try and get an order in as well as see if the new mounts were up for pre-order yet......

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroRC Ed View Post
    Been trying since yesterday to get onto your website to see about placing a pre-order but i keep getting the dreaded 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage'

    I've tried two different locations and 3 different computers.... Anyone else having issues??

    I was going to try and get an order in as well as see if the new mounts were up for pre-order yet......

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    Hello,

    I have the same problem.I don't find where to place a pre-order in your site

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