Gloworms’ night riding lights are among our favorites for their long run times, customizable beam patterns, and light weight. Now, their remote control options get better, with a new Bluetooth remote switch for your handlebar, and an app to customize each setting.
The Gloworm G2.0 range also gets minor updates to the optics and tech for better performance, but big improvements to the cable and battery systems. Here’s all the details…
Gloworm Bluetooth remote control
Their handlebar-mounted remote switches to Bluetooth connectivity, but remains a simple two-button controller. Cycle up and down through modes, or turn the lights off and on.
Gloworm Link App
Perhaps the coolest and most functional upgrade to the G2.0 series is the ability to quickly and easily customize the output for each mode via their Gloworm Link smartphone app. No more pressing and holding buttons in certain patterns, now you just use a slider and select the mode you want to change.
Improved battery and cable connections
Virtually every night riding light from every brand has had a proprietary cable and connection system, which means those batteries are basically useless outside of their specific light set.
Gloworm changes the game with a new USB-C connection, which lets you use their batteries as spare battery banks for recharging anything from phones to GPS to tablets…possibly even your laptop.
They say the new USB-C connections also improve waterproofness up to IP67, and their “EasyRelease” attachment lets it pull free easily to avoid damage during a wreck.
The battery pack is sleeker than before. It has an OLED display that shows remaining power percentage and an estimate of remaining run time in the current mode. Optional fast charging lets you top it off at the last minute (getting up to two hours of ride time on a 90-minute charge with the X2 Adventure model).
They come with two different length cables, letting you easily run it on the handlebar or your helmet, snaking the cable deep into a hydration pack.
Gloworm G2.0 models & specs
There will be five packages offered with the Gloworm G2.0 series. Two use their 2-bulb X2 head unit, which pumps out 2,000 lumens and weighs just 79g.
The X2 Adventure gets a 5000mAh Li-ion fast charge battery that’s good for 2 hours of run time on maximum brightness. Total system weight is 290g.
The X2 Lightset upgrades to a larger 10,000mAh battery for twice the run time (4hrs on max). System weight is 456g. Both are a 300-lumen increase from the G1.0 models we tested.
The larger 3-bulb head unit comes in two varieties – XS with 2,800 lumens and XSV with 3600 lumens. Both are a slight bump from G1 models, too.
The XS Adventure kit gets the 5,000mAh battery for 1.5 hours on max, and the standard XS kit gets their 10,000mAh battery for 3 hours on max. The XSV bundle gets the 10,000mAh battery, but will drain it in 2 hours on max output.
All models are available for pre-order now, shipping May 1, 2021. We’ll update with US retail pricing as soon as we get it.
Check our full review to see how they work and closeups of their swappable lens elements that let you customize the beam pattern.