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Matt Hortop, Ringmer, England, United Kingdom

Getting an iPhone and a Reactik + to talk.... Story for 'Headtorch, Bluetooth and Smartphone'

When I first unboxed my headtorch, I did what I suspect most people do.  Charge it for a bit, fiddle with the buttons a bit, and then dazzle myself quite badly a few times whilst trying to sus out the settings.

I also attempted to get it and my iPhone to communicate (not really essential, but having paid an extra £20 for ‘Bluetooth connectivity’, I may at as well give it a whirl).

Here was what I tried (the pictogram instructions that came with the torch were not that useful): 

  • activate Bluetooth on phone,
  • activate Bluetooth on torch,
  • wonder why they seem to ignore each other.

Plan B:

  • download the ‘mypetzl light’ app from the Appstore,
  • open the ‘mypetzl light’ app,
  • activate Bluetooth on phone,
  • activate Bluetooth on torch,
  • wonder why they seem to ignore each other.

At this point I gave up temporarily with the Bluetooth (I was at work, and some actual work that required doing cropped up).
 
Since then, I have done a bit of net-trawling to work out what isn't happening and why.  Once I had read enough between the lines, and sussed the operation out, it worked really well.  Should you find yourself having similar trouble, I hope the following helps.

Step 1:
Download App.

Step 2:
Activate Bluetooth on phone and torch

Step 3:
Open app

Step 4 (crucial step…. may be obvious to seasoned appstore users, not obvious to me):
When you first open the app, you get four little informative screens that scroll across the app to whet your appetite over your torch’s capabilities. 

Dab your fingers about these screens all you like, nothing will happen, EXCEPT on the fourth screen, where there is a tiny golden cross up in the top right hand corner….

Tap the cross.  You now leave the 'see what I can do' section of the app, and get the section of the app where you can actually get to alter things.

Step 5:
As no lamp will be available select ‘More’,

and on the next screen, select ‘CHANGE LAMP’.

As long as all the Bluetooths are activated, the name of your lamp should be displayed under ‘Available non-paired lamps’.  Select it.
 

Step 6:
Bask in the glow of being able to monitor your battery status from your phone (not really essential) …. or making your own custom profile that whacks all the settings up to 11 (probably not very wise) ….

or simply by just loading the pre-set ‘Trail running’ profile onto your torch (probably the best idea if you are into trail running).

Step 7:

Coax your wife away from the fireside, so you can celebrate your mastery of the torch by going for a short evening run togther along the dark, dark wooded trails, happy in the knowledge that (according to your phone) you still have a good 2 hours and 30 minutes of burn time available.

Enjoy your night running.

 

Type: 
Run
Workout_type: 
default
Date: 
2016-12-16T18:43:24Z
Avg Pace: 
8:32/km
Elevation: 
31.6
Distance: 
4734
Moving time: 
2425
Activity id: 
803963088
Strava title: 
Headtorch, Bluetooth and Smartphone
Total photo count: 
1
Title: 
Getting an iPhone and a Reactik + to talk.... Story for 'Headtorch, Bluetooth and Smartphone'
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Average speed: 
1.952
Language: 
English
Cover image: 
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Matt Hortop, Ringmer, England, United Kingdom
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