Nanlite PavoTube II 15X and 30X

Nanlite’s version of everyone’s favourite LED tube lights prove to be powerful tools for creatives.

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First Impressions

When I first opened the box for the PavoTube II 15X and PavoTube II 30X I was surprised at how long they both were. I knew the dimensions but seeing them physically in front of you, you realize their true sizes. Their sleek look, high build-quality, and hefty weight make these LED tube lights a solid offering amongst the crowd.

What’s in the Bag

  • PavoTube II X
  • Power adaptor
  • Power cable
  • Clear bracket attachment
  • 1/4″-20 Eye bolts X 2
  • Stretch band for power adaptor
  • Padded Case
  • Instruction manual (not shown)


The Nanlite PavoTube II 15X and 30X provide flexibility and power in a compact footprint making these very versatile. These RGBWW lights also offer pixel-based special effects for more creative uses.

PavoTubes X IIs are available in two sizes:

  • 2 foot (PavoTube II 15X)
  • 4 foot (PavoTube II 30X)
  • 8 foot (PavoTube II 60X)

These are each available in various kit sizes:

  • 1-Tube (Not available for the 60X)
  • 2-Tube Kit
  • 4-Tube Kit
  • 8-Tube Kit

According to Nanlite’s website, these are the specs:

PavoTube II 15XPavoTube II 30XPavoTube II 60X
CRIAverage 97Average 97Average 97
TLCIAverage 98Average 98Average 98
Colour Temperature2700K-12000K2700K-12000K2700K-12000K
Lumen Output (3200K)11871188N/A
Lumen Output (5600K)12781278N/A
Dimmable0-100% in 1% increments0-100% in 1% increments0-100% in 1% increments
Interface2.4GHz*, Bluetooth, DMX/RDM; WS-RC-C2 remote control
*with Nanlink WS-TB-1 Transmitter box
2.4GHz*, Bluetooth, DMX/RDM; WS-RC-C2 remote control
*with Nanlink WS-TB-1 Transmitter box
2.4GHz*, Bluetooth, DMX/RDM; WS-RC-C2 remote control
*with Nanlink WS-TB-1 Transmitter box
Battery Capacity2200mAh4400mAh8800mAh
Charge Time (to full)~3 hours~3 hours 30 mins~5 hours 30 mins
Runtime100% Brightness (Hours): 1h 26mins
50% Brightness (Hours): 2h 41mins
10% Brightness (Hours): 9h 40mins
100% Brightness (Hours): 1h 36mins
50% Brightness (Hours): 3h 7mins
10% Brightness (Hours): 11h 45mins
100% Brightness (Hours): 1h 57mins
Max. Power Consumption18W36W106W
Weight2.1 lbs3.4 lbs13.2 lbs


Despite the narrow footprint, these PavoTube IIs can get fairly bright. The brightness is measured in Lux, a unit of illuminance defined as equal to one lumen per square meter.

PavotTube II 15XPavoTube II 30XPavoTube II 60X
2700K at 1m343686900
2700K at 2m86174336
2700K at 3m3878180
5600K at 1m377746991
5600K at 2m94189369
5600K at 3m4274194
6500K at 1m3867701024
6500K at 2m97194380
6500K at 3m4387201
12000K at 1m333671934
12000K at 2m83171347
12000K at 3m3777186
Red at 1m150272332
Red at 2m3969131
Red at 3m173068
Green at 1m308586783
Green at 2m77144295
Green at 3m3464153
Blue at 1m63123143
Blue at 2m153155
Blue at 3m71428


The PavoTube II 15X, 30X, and 60X are made with metal housings that can withstand an accidental bump. This not only makes for a robust light that can withstand some abuse on the field, but it’s what no doubt weighs down the fixtures as well.

The front of the LED tube is a hard plastic but from what I can see, does a great job of evenly distributing the individual LED lights that it covers. This creates for a more pleasing source of light that actually looks like one long source of light.

The end caps are hexagonal so you can easily place it on a flat surface with the light facing a specific direction and not have to worry about the light rolling off the surface.

With three ¼-20″ mounting options there are several ways to incorporate these lights in your own workflow.

The control on the unit is recessed so you won’t have to worry about accidentally pressing buttons when you lay it down. The buttons on the control are basic but do the job. Similarly with the display unit; it is basic but shows us what we need to know. The fonts are also in Serif typeface making it a little harder to read on a small screen.

The padded case that comes with the 15X and 30X are also well made to ensure the protection of the LED tube lights during transport. The padded case for the 15X can hold two lights while the case for the 30X can hold three lights. If you opt for a kit with four or more lights, they come with a hard case with foam interior to protect your investment. The padded cases are great, but if you get the 60X I would still be cautious about them in the case during transport. Having such a long item can still be quite tricky to move around.

The menu system is very similar to their other lights. Press the Mode button to change between the following modes:

  • CCT
  • HSI
  • Effects
  • Pixel FX

CCT mode allows you to change the colour temperature, as well as the Green/Magenta fine tuning.

HSI mode lets you change the Hue, Saturation, and Intensity of the light. Use this mode to change to your favourite colour.

PavoTube II 15X, 30X, and 60X come with 15 pre-installed effects that are the same as those found in the Forza 60C light. Any one of these practical effects can be used as-is or you can fine-tune them to your liking:

  • Hue loop
  • CCT loop
  • INT loop
  • CCT flash
  • Hue flash
  • CCT pulse
  • Hue pulse
  • Storm
  • Police car
  • TV
  • Paparazzi
  • Candle
  • Fire
  • Disco
  • Bad bulb
  • Firework
  • Explosion
  • Welding

The Pixel FX mode lets you get a little more creative with how the lights display on the tube. This mode lets you control the pixels along the tube in different ways, making this one of the more unique features to use compared to the Forza 60C which can only change the one light. There are 10 presets that you can also customize to your liking:

  • Hue loop
  • CCT loop
  • INT loop
  • Multi-color
  • Gradient
  • Scrolling
  • Marching
  • Flame
  • Rainbow
  • Driving

Nanlink App

The PavoTube II 15X, 30X, and 60X have built-in Bluetooth connections so it can wirelessly connect to the Nanlink App. If you wanted to connect to the PavoTube via WIFI, you will need the Nanlink WS-TB-1 Transmitter box which is a separate purchase.

When the Nanlink app connects to the PavoTube, it works great. You can change modes with ease, change settings within those modes, create and save new Presets, create groups of PavoTubes to control, and more.

Lost Connections

As mentioned in my review of the Forza 60C, I seem to always have difficulties connecting to all of my lights during a new session. With my lights on, I open the Nanlink app and it is not able to connect to the existing lights that I had already connected to in a previous Scene.

If I reset the Bluetooth connection through the Menu on each device, the app is then able to find the light. But having to do this on every single device can be problematic, especially if you have them placed in unreachable areas or if you have several lights in your production.

The only other way I have found to work is to delete the Fixtures in the Scene on the app, and re-add all of the fixtures that I want to use.

These are workarounds for a problem that should not exist in the first place. I hope Nanlite will improve their wireless connection capabilities in future iterations.


DMX stands for Digital Multiplex. It’s a control system that allows multiple lighting devices to be controlled by a single main console. With the addition of a DMX adaptor cable (available from Nanlite or other manufacturers), you can connect the Nanlite PavoTube II 15X, 30X, and 60X to your other lights and have them controlled by a central console. It’s a great way to add programmed lighting to your set as well. I did not test the DMX capabilities.

Note that Nanlite also has their PavoTube XR line of lights that have all the features of the Pavotube X IIs and also adds on the ability to wirelessly connect via CRMX, which is essentially a wireless DMX system.


The Nanlite PavoTube II 15X, 30X, and 60X tube lights have a multitude of uses. Their slim form factor allows you to place them in discreet areas, hang them down from ceilings, or use them in more creative ways. Here are some ideas for you to use your PavoTube II lights. If you have other suggestions please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

  • Coloured Accent Lighting
  • Side Lighting Portraits
  • Product Photography
  • Motivated Lighting
  • Pixel Effects
1. One PavoTube II 15X (on left of image) to provide colour in a dark area; 2. One PavoTube II 30X (on right of image) on the floor to provide separation of table from wall. 3. I am being lit with one Nanlite FS-300B light from camera left.

Coloured Accent Lighting

One of the more popular ways that creators on YouTube are using LED tube lighting is for background accent lighting. They add more interest to otherwise dark areas on the screen, making it a little more pleasing to view. You can use shorter ones to place them on desks or behind objects, and use the longer ones to place them on the floor to light up the base of the wall.

Use an effect light Hue or CCT loop and the pleasing colours will loop through the entire range (or a pre-defined range of colours) behind you as you talk in front of the camera.

One PavoTube on either side of the subject will provide added colour accents to your subject depending on strength and closeness of light.

Side Lighting

Side lighting a subject means just that: lighting your subject from the side. As these PavoTubes IIs are slim and portable, you can move them all around your subject with ease. Place one on one side of your subject just outside of the photo and light up your subject with a colour. This one-sided portrait can be dramatic as the colour fades to darkness on the other side.

To add more creative looks to your subject, add a second PavoTube to the other side of the subject. Use a contrasting colour from the other side and you have yourself a creative portrait. A contrasting colour can be found by looking at the opposite side of a colour wheel from your original colour.

*I may not be the best of models to illustrate this but you get the gist of it, right? 😉

Product Photography

Just like I used the Forza 60C in product photography, you can use PavoTube IIs for smaller product photography. You can swap out the Forza 60C in my example, or use them both in conjunction with each other.

Since these PavoTubes IIs are long, you will get light wrapping around so if you don’t want light spilling out to certain areas then you will need to cover parts of the PavoTube until you get the desired look.

Motivated Lighting

Motivated light in film/video accentuates existing light sources within or just outside of the scene. For example if you take a talking head scene with a lamp behind the subject, additional lighting can be place in discrete areas to accentuate the light coming from that lamp. Extra light is used to naturally light the scene in pleasing ways.

Motivated light can be thought of light that is motivated/brought out by a light source within your scene. In this example above, the lamp behind me acts as a light source in the frame (called a practical in the film industry). Just to the right of this frame is a PavoTube that I leaned against the wall to bring in more warmth to the side of my face. This makes it look as if the warm light shown behind me is casting that warm glow on my face.

Pixel Effects

The Pixel Effects I believe are what make these tubes lights so useful. You can change the pixel effects of each tube via the Nanlink app. Or, if you connect multiple PavoTubes via a DMX cable, you can control the pixel movement from one tube to the next. I didn’t have the DMX cable so I couldn’t test this out, but I can see this being useful in stage settings, concerts, or in performance lighting.

Final Thoughts

The PavoTube II 15X and 30X are robust lights that can be used in multiple creative ways. While there are some quirks with the lights themselves—like in their ability to connect to the Nanlink app—I still find them useful in many ways. For my own use which primarily would be indoors, I find the build quality sufficient and battery runtime decent.

If you’re looking for a solidly built LED tube lighting that is both flexible in use and is relatively portable, I would recommend you take a closer look at the PavoTube II line of lights. If you want more connectivity options such as CRMX capabilities then you can look at the PavoTube II XR line of lights.

Do you have experience with Nanlite PavoTube IIs? Let me know what you like or don’t like about them in the comments below!

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