December 12, 2018
This App is a great idea and when the developer gets it and the user instructions right I’m sure it will be wonderful.
I recently purchased the new top of the line Bontrager Ion 1300 and FlareRT combo light system. I have installed the Bontrager light control App on my Garmin Edge 1030 and paired it with the lights. The user instructions for the app are completely inadequate, if not nonexistent. There is nothing useful in the combo light packaging.
The numbered instructions on the Garmin connect IQ store (this site) are impossible to understand completely without more explanation and without screen shots. The 5 tiny images available at the bottom of the App info area are so small that they cannot be read, or even enlarged to help. I searched the web and the Trek/Bontrager site and cannot find a user guide or useful video.
There appear to be 5 available screens showing on those tiny screen shots on the App download page. But I have only been able to find 2 when I have the App up on my Garmin 1030. And it is very difficult to push the button that gets me to the second page.
My Trek dealer did not know how to expertly use the app and was as befuddled as I am.
The little back button on the options screen is almost impossible to see. I somehow got stuck on that screen and it took me forever to figure out how to go back to the main page. The back button needs to be bigger.
The Off buttons to manually turn off the lights on the main screen do not consistently work. There must be a bug. I want to be able to reliably turn off the lights from the App when I make a rest stop in the middle of a ride. As it is, the lights just stay on unless those stop buttons on the App screen happen to work that day. If the off buttons are frozen, you have to manually turn off the lights themselves and on again when you return to your ride.
My lights turn on when I plug in my Garmin 1030 in to charge it. The Garmin for some reason turns itself on automatically sometimes when I plug it into my
November 26, 2018
It works correctly in Edge 820. Remember to follow all instructions, including adding new sensor step
November 24, 2018
En garmin 820, con 10.0 no funciona
November 22, 2018
In theory it’s a good idea. Having control of the lights from the unit is very handy but when I set my lights to come on upon my Garmin timer starting this app stops them from doing so. Is there any way to allow my lights to come on at start up whilst retaining control via the app. It doesn’t appear so.
November 19, 2018
Downloaded this app to my Garmin 820 but don't seems to see the app on the unit when i try to search for it. I do however see it on my computer when i try to manage apps. I'll give my final rating once i get around actually using them. Any idea to figure it out?
Ángel Granado Jaldo
October 22, 2018
No funciona bien la aplicación con la version 10.0.0.0. Se queda colgada creando la red.
October 21, 2018
With 820 version 10.00 with flare rt 2018 only: it works the first time I install the field in a screen. But if I change the light mode from auto to individual or vice versa in Garmin light network settings, the bontrager field screen does not show anymore: either it says 'identifying lights' or 'network forming' forever (when in fact the light is already identified and the network formed according to the Garmin device) or a small circle with the letters IQ appears. But the field buttons do not appear anymore. I must re-install the field in order to get (only sometimes) its buttons. Thanks.
Update: it seems as the data field losses the connection with the light (but the Garmin device does not! --because I am still able to control the light using Garmin controls)
October 13, 2018
Can you please invert the screen on day time to black text on white background?
It works great with an Garmin RTL 510.
October 6, 2018
Lo mismo con la última actualización no funciona con carmín edgen 820 arreglen lo porfa
October 4, 2018
con la ultima actualizacion (version 10.0) del Garmin 820 edge, no funciona la aplicacion.
Raymond A. Cook
September 20, 2018
The app seems to be running perfectly with my ion 200 RT and my flare RT. The only reason for four stars instead of five is that it's a bit slow to form it's network each time and the app is not all that intuitive to get up and running. Be sure to swipe down to get more options from the widget.
How many lights can it control at one time? Winter's coming on and I might like to add the ion pro RT. 'Doesn't look like there's room in the app screen for a third column.
September 9, 2018
As others have said, this is a great idea but a bit disappointing. My edge 1030 has so much spare space but I can only set 2 modes. Why not allow to set all 5 modes (off,day flash,all day flash, night flash,high,low). Yes I know know auto is controlled by Garmin, but as far as I can tell that sets day flash in bright conditions and night flash in dark conditions. We need to be able to set all the other modes. There is plenty of room
August 13, 2018
So much potential but doesn't quite make it.
The auto mode for the light is terrible as others have mentioned. Going to full brightness when traveling under trees burns the battery too quickly and makes the light useless for anything but the shortest rides.
While it's nice the light turns on when my Garmin starts recording the ride, it doesn't automatically turn off the lights when I am paused for a lengthy period. There isn't a button to turn off the lights and have them auto-start when I move again.
Lots of common sense features just not there.
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles
The auto mode is controlled by Garmin in the light network mode. The light control app does not have the ability to control auto, only take the lights out of auto and put them into a specific mode.
The 'Light Beam Activated' feature can be accessed also under the Network Mode and is controlled by Garmin. Changing that to 'Timer Start' should do what you are asking.
I can help relay your feedback to Garmin if you would like.
August 8, 2018
I downloaded Bontranger Light Control to my Garmin Edge 1000. I was hoping to be able to control the modes of the Ion 800 RT. The only modes in the app are “Auto, Hight, Low, Off”. Using “Auto” during the day has a problem in that if there is any shade the light stops flashing and stays on (not sure if it is in “High” or “Low” mode). The battery does not last very long using this approach. I found that if one uses the tool box icon on the Edge 1000 then selects “Sensors” then “Lights” then “Network Options” then “Light Mode” then select “Individual”. Go back to the “Network Options” screen and select “Headlight” then “Light Mode”. I then select “Day Flash” which increases the battery life. I have removed the Light Control app as I do not find it very useful to allow me to have enough charge for a multi-hour ride.
August 14, 2018, TrekBicycles
In the upper right corner of the light control you will see a button that will take you to the settings menu. In here, you can change the override buttons (the two middle buttons) so that they reflect the modes you want to be able to go to.
Auto is controlled by Garmin, and the app only has the ability to take the lights out of auto and set them to a specific mode.