JetLites Phantom Single Beam Lights

DESCRIPTION

  • 12W Brilliant halogen lamp
  • 13.2V NiMH Flat pack battery
  • Helmet Mount
  • Run times: 2.2hrs
  • 12W single beam is ideal for most riding conditions
  • Beam Pattern: 30 ft wide x 200ft

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jun 27, 2009]
    trailin
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    This was a great light when it was running. I had no issues going fast at night on rough singletrack and that is a major determining factor in my decision making.

    Weakness:

    New connections on revised product required me to spend a little less than the cost of a new light to get it running again after the battery would no longer hold a charge...Lame! This was after probably 3 to 4 years of owning the light. I probably used/re-charged this light only a couple dozen times in the 4 years I used it and there's the rub.....it's not just how many times you charge the battery that kills it, it's shelf life will deteriorate whether you use it or not. That's just not good enough for me. My buddy has a 10 year old nightrider light and the battery just recently went on him....both NiMH.
    Weight....on the heavey side.

    The bottom line is, as much as I liked this light I couldn't justify spending close to $300 dollars to convert the connections over. There are better lights for the price and lighter as well.
    Jet has got a great reputation and an excellent light pattern out on the trail but battery didn't last long enough for me and replacement cost are STEEP.

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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    OSnap
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Bright - batter last for over 2 hrs

    Weakness:

    this is really nit picking...but the battery seems a little heavy but you won't notice it in a back pack

    I got this light after trying other HID systems. In my opinion the HID is too bright and seems to wash trail features out when riding. The Halogen has just enough yellow tint to it that gives you better vision at night. Plus the 20W is just as bright as the HIDs

    The price is close to $300, which is kind of steep but you really get what you pay for and flying through the woods at night seeing is a good thing!!

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    HID

    [Jul 13, 2003]
    A Rider
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super bright even witht he 12W! And pretty light. runs FOREVER!

    Weakness:

    When i got them.. i I charged the battery, then tried to run it out of juice. (emphasize on tried). It never ran out! i did it while watching a movie, and watched some TV afterwords! After about 3.5 hours it was still running strong with bright white light!

    These are fantastic lights, I have nothing to compair them to, but, ive seen over lights, with higher watts, and they arent nearly as bright. These lights also run for-frikin-ever. My opinion is the 20w isnt neccesary, i run the 12w, and i get plenty of power. I dont have a handlebar light, just the single helmet light, and it lights up the forest, i can see fine with just that. Its a bit pricey, but worth it.

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    [Jul 08, 2003]
    JJ
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Durable light, excellent lighting with the 20 watt bulb. Charger and intelligent charger easy to use without having to worry about heat build up during charging

    Weakness:

    Battery pack a little heavy but who cares. Cord is a little on the short side but still works good in a camel back.

    Great light for the money. 13.2 volts and a twenty watt bulb makes for a run time over two hours. Would recommend the intelligent switch so that run time can be extended when higher light levels are not needed. I am impressed with quality and performance of this light. With a 12 watt bulb it runs for 3hours 20 mins. I will be purchasing a 6 volt system bar mounted to give a daytime quality to my nite rides. I commute to work and enjoy the way cars notice me and give me room when travelling on busy roads at night. Highly recommend.

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    [Jan 12, 2004]
    Tim
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super White/Bright, Excellent Long Range, Awesome Light Weight Helmet Mount, Battery Has Great Weight For Power/Duration Balance, Adjustable Aim off the Helmet Mount, Power Output Control... I Could Go On!

    Weakness:

    NONE!!

    I have yet to outride my JetLite while firing down winding hills like my old light, and so it has already saved me repairs and probably a hospital bill!! Power options let me conserve battery when riding with friends and i'm not in the lead - or just when you don't need that much light...
    I've seen many lights, and tried a few - hands down this is the best!
    Only things i could possibly ask for - a store in my area that carries them (thus parts), and maybe a belt type waist holster designed for the battery when i'm nt carrying a pack.. as i hate being tied to my bike ... just incase!
    I'm already upgrading to the new Gen 3 helmet mount, looks outstanding!!
    My Jet Lite has stood up to -30°C weather, hail (better than i did), freezing rain, and +30°C weather... it can take anything!
    The ability to light up whatever you want to see - right in front or down the trail, even rounding a corner - makes the helmet mount my only choice.

    After 1 year - not a single problem!
    Highly Recommended To All - from commuters that need cars to see them, to trail riders of all levels!

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    [Jan 19, 2007]
    andrew khody
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Powerfull flood light, very reliable.

    Weakness:

    Cant see far ahead for fast downhill riding. You will need an extra backpack for the battery.... its huge and heavy.

    This is a great light for the price but dont count on riding fast downhill. The light is mostly flood and you cant see much down the track. Also as I said again the battery for this light is BIG and Heavy. Battery lasts about 2 hours on high output which is ok. The wiring connection is excellent screw-in type.

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    [Jan 08, 2007]
    Andy

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    No nonsense, solid construction and connections. Use on both trails and road - 20w bulb provides outstanding illumination. Great value.

    Weakness:

    None what so ever

    My Niterider died and I didn't want to spend $$$ on a similiar replacement system. Tried the Light and Motion Vega - compact and simple but not powerful enough, particularly on trails. The Jet is fantastic and a great value!

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    [Dec 23, 2003]
    Eddie
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Bright, bright, bright.

    Weakness:

    Battery is somewhat heavy and bulky.

    I have an older 12W Jet Starfire which I used to use for commuting. I've recently started riding the trails at night and decided that my 12W light, though adequate, was not as much as I would like. So I bought a 20W Phantom light to complement the bar light and... WOW! I can fly down the trails at night now nearly as fast as I could during the day. And the bar/helmet combo of the two Jet lights is a great combination.

    The new light obliterates the old one, though I think my old Starfire battery may have worn out some over time, since the old light is also brighter when hooked up to the new battery. The 20W light is substantially brighter than any of the Niterider hallogen lights my buddies are riding with. Even my older 12W Jet light with the worn out battery was a little brighter than their Niterider lights. And the 20W light is nearly as bright as a Niterider HID (not quite, though).

    Anyway, I'm REALLY happy with the 20W Phantom light. I didn't pay extra to get the 3 light levels or battery guage, because I didn't need them for my purposes. I'm absolutely convinced that a 20W Jet is the most light you can get for $200.

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    [Dec 17, 2001]
    Tim Olson

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Bright light, adjustability, smooth wide beam pattern, long burn time, modular system, light weight

    Weakness:

    none

    I've been using Jet Lights for years now, and the Phantom (Helmet Light) is definitely the one I get the most comments about. While many lights are adequate for trail riding, it seems like I am always hearing, "wow, I wish I had that" from people I ride with. It really helps on the twisty singletrack where even at slower speeds you can outrun a handlebar mounted light. I've had some crashes where I slammed my light headfirst into the ground, rocks, bushes, and trees, and while my helmet has taken a beating, the light keeps going strong. Using the lower settings on the intelligent light head really conserves the battery. I've taken some pretty long solo night rides and I've never had a dead battery yet. The beam pattern is great, especially once you adjust it upward a little so that the center spot is near the horizon. You can really see a long way down the trail and you don't fixate on whatever's four feet in front of you. But you can aim it wherever you want, because that's personal preference. If you want a light that takes a beating and is very bright and long lasting, look no further.

    [Jan 27, 2006]
    Jason
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    very light, easy to adjust on the fly, and plenty bright.

    Weakness:

    for the price not really any. The intruction manual kind of stinks (most do) but it is so simple to use and set up you really can't go wrong.

    MUCH lighter than my old Storm and plenty bright for riding singletrack. Also, this light mounts to your helmet easily and can be adjusted as you ride (coudln't do that with the Storm - it weighed down the front of my helmet)and the pivots points feel tight and durable. The light charges up quickly and is easy to use. Jet didn't over-do it with this light, they just did it right! Truly does deserve 5 chilis in each category.

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