With darker days upon us comes light season, which to many of us is an exciting thing. Lupine, a leader in blazing the trail ahead of you sets the bar once again with their new Betty 5000 that will now be available with a Bluetooth switch and *finally* a new easy to use phone app to set it up.
Beam past the break and see Lupine’s new lumen crusher and the app that tames it….
Lupine has always been known for the fit and finish of their products, and though pricey, ALL Lupine systems are backwards and forwards compatible. So if you have an old light, it will work with one of their new batteries and vice versa. The new Betty 5000 is their new flagship beam they recently showed us at Eurobike this year, with the new Bluetooth switch that controls the Betty as well as the Wilma and Piko light systems.
One small but nifty item they showed us was a GoPro compatible mount for the Betty R. If you already have a GoPro mount on your helmet or bars, this keeps you from having to switch things around as well as use the light in other, should we say, creative mounting positions.
One headache of the Lupine systems has always been setting them up, but that is about to soon change. Lupine finally had their phone app in hand to show us, and it was as simple as it was useful. Once the phone and light are talking, you can then start tinkering. You can “manually” adjust the brightness on the fly from the main screen which is nice in case the switch dies or you are using it as a work light….c’mon, who doesn’t use their bike lights as work lights around the house?
From there you can easily set the level of brightness for each setting with the on-screen slider switch while seeing the lights intensity as you adjust it. You then have a monitoring screen that gives you run times and other useful diagnostics.
Not entirely new, but still a must have. The USB One is a simple USB adapter that allows you to use your Lupine battery to charge your phone…. or other USB rechargeable devices. Anytime you’re deep in the woods, in the dark, and have a problem, the last thing you want to stop working is your phone. *what was that?
The Betty R14 5000 will retail for $1,155