JetLites Starfire IF Dual Beam Lights

DESCRIPTION

  • 12W Brilliant halogen lamp
  • 20W Brilliant halogen lamp
  • 13.2V NiMH Water bottle battery
  • Handle bar Mount
  • Run times:
    4.2 hrs @6W
    3.0 hrs @9W
    2.2 hrs @12W
    1.3 hrs @20W
    0.9 hrs @32W
  • Beam Pattern:
    (12W) 30 ft wide x 200ft
    (20W) 55 ft wide x 200ft

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Feb 10, 2007]
    Jim Solve
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    I'm posting this follow-up review (see below) cause I think that owner satisfaction is important both at time of purchase and after the product has been used after a period of time. I am very happy with this product. Very bright light with selectable settings. I've used the light almost daily for over two years and it is still as bright as ever. I use the 6 watt setting most of the time to better my night vision. Off-trail the 20 watt setting works best. Up at Yosemite (where it really gets dark) I go 20 or 32 watts to illuminate the road for 2 or 3 other friends on bikes who do not have lights and there is plenty of bright light to share. Great smart-charging system. Jim and the staff at Jet Lites answere the phone and are willing to give you technical advise.

    Weakness:

    I have encountered none.

    If you ride at night get the best light you can afford. This is the best light that I know of.

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    [Jan 30, 2006]
    Lars Kjetil
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Smooth, even lighting with superb(!) brightness without washing out contours
    Very good battery capacity
    Easy-to-use secure mounting
    Reliable, waterproof cable connectors
    Smart-charger with top-off charging ability
    Light heads that both look and feel sturdy

    Weakness:

    None so far

    After having used several lights that didn't match these dark, wet, nordic roads, I spent quite a lot of time reading reviews of different bike-lights. I finally decided on the JetLites Starfire Dual Beam and after three months I must say that I am really impressed!
    They are not cheap but you get a first class product for your bucks.
    I mainly use the 20W when riding as this gives a perfect wide, smooth light that is very bright and suitable for almost all conditions. The 12W comes in handy as an addition on rougher parts (and on the road when oncoming cars forget to dim) or by itself when I want to be seen in the traffic.
    I love the smart-charger that allows me to leave it plugged in without worring about "burned-out" batteries or external timers.
    The run-times seem to be accurate too: I have used the light down to -12 Celsius (10 Fahrenheit) and the 20W still went after nearly 2 hours (then the trip ended but the battery still had more juice...)
    Finally, I have to mention Jim who was very helpful on the phone when I called them with my questions!
    All in all: A superb light setup worth every buck!

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    [Dec 29, 2003]
    Phillip Fitzwater
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    These lights are the best. Just go buy them and get out of the dark. The folks at Jet actually understand their products and are incredibly helpful. This is the best of real people running their own quality business. Go Jet.

    Weakness:

    None. I just wish that everything in life worked this well.

    These lights do what you want. They light up the world in rain, mud and everything else. I bought a set up for myself (handlebar lights plus helmet light too). The lights are expensive, but well worth it. So good that I bought an identical set for my son so that we can do father son bonding after work.

    Thanks Jet for your good work.

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    [Feb 04, 2003]
    Don Carriere
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Design and Quality

    Weakness:

    None noted thus far.

    Jet Lites is a company that you can buy from with confidence. After I received the light, I had a question about setup... I called the 800 # and spoke directly with Jim Taylor, the owner, who was extremely helpful. I've contacted him since then and received the same helpful treatment. I'm confident if I ever have trouble with these lights, that I'm in good hands.

    ABOUT THE LIGHTS

    The 12/20/32 watt options are awesome. The light is extremely bright and natural. The contrast on the ground is excellent... just perfect to allow me to see the contours of the terrain I'm about to face...which is crucial during fast pace night riding.

    The battery times seem accurate. I've never run out during a ride, and if you don't run the full 32 watts for the entire ride, you should get plenty of time. I use the 20 watt for most of the ride and never run short on battery power. If you do "epic" night rides, you'll have to go to a longer lasting battery... but for most of us, this is plenty.

    The smart charger works perfectly. It's simple and does its job. It allows you to charge and forget... I like that.

    Bar setup is secure. After you figure out the way the lights are mounted... which wasn't too tough, it's a breeze to take them on and off. I must say that it wasn't entirely intuitive. The manual could be improved upon in this area.

    The lights can be adjusted by rotating the bar mount. This isn't convenient...but for my purposes, I've never had to move it once I had the angle "dialed in". I just remove the lights from the mount for day rides. It takes only seconds.

    I've crashed a few times, (nothing major), and the lights didn't miss a beat. They handle fast , rough terrain without blinking or doing anything else they shouldn't do. They just WORK!

    Since I've purchased these lights ( I own a JetLite helmet light too), I've averaged 2 night rides a week. These lights do everything I've asked of them. They're turning out to have been a wise investment. Thanks, Jim and the rest of the guys at Jet Lites.

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    [Sep 30, 2003]
    Larry P

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    This light set-up just kicks major butt!! The different settings from 8W to 32W make riding at night in any condition a breeze. The battery lasts longer than JET advertises. (At least mine does)!

    Weakness:

    Absolutly NONE! Well....if there is a weakness, it would have to be the fuel gauge on the battery. I have had to send it back to get it fixed. It just quit working. The Jet Lite people got it back to me in a timely manner, so it was just a minor nuisance

    I promise you, you won't be sorry you purchased this light set-up! It is flat amazing! I work nights, and have been using my JET Lite for the last 6 months, have had 7 different cars flash their bright lights at me, asking me to dim my light....can you believe that? It's TRUE! On the trails you won't miss seeing a thing! Don't buy anything else!

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    [May 18, 2005]
    Iain Rathie
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    excellent beam spread for spot and spread beams. sturdy (my mate borrowed em - and of course stacked straight onto them - no damage so far) good battery life (as advertised)low beam setting still has useable light output

    Weakness:

    cannot horizontally adjust beams (no biggy as spread of beams make up for it)

    This is a review of the 05 version without fuel gauge.

    Really like having the smart fuel guage (different from stated previous light) I do combine this light set with a 15 watt medium/spot helmet light.

    Provides excellent light coverage and strength for bombing down fast technical singletrack.

    No issues to date - the legend remains intact.

    p.s. would really like to try HID - scared of price i'll have to pay if i love em.

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    [Dec 12, 2002]
    Matt
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    bright! cool, accurate fuel gauge. good mix of power settings. simple mount. pretty light.

    Weakness:

    is the light-to-light connect point strong enough?

    My first serious light setup (beats the hell out of riding with a Petzl climbing headlamp!), so I can't compare to other brands, but... the jet light system has definitely met my expectations so far. It was recommended to me by a totally hardcore endurance racer (La Ruta, Ididasport, etc..) as the setup to get... he's tried many diferent designs. I have the dual-beam handlebar mount, and find it gives great light throw, even for technical singletrack descents. Ideally, I think I would like a head-mount as well, but for now I'm pretty dialed. Customer service is great- Jim Taylor and his gang have a lot of passion about what they do, and to talk directly to the desinger/inventor/business guy when you call in is a rarity. I wanted the new fuel gauge option, which wasn't shipping yet due to a sticker not being in production yet, and Jim set me up with a "custom" cut sticker so I wouldn't have to wait. Another plus is the various power settings... plenty of granularity to easily switch power for decents, climbing fireroad, etc.

    The light-to-light rubber mounting connecter gave me a little trouble at first (didn't think it would fit together with the cables attached), but it appears to hold OK. I would recommend Jet figure out a more solid-feeling connection between the dual lights, but I have no basis to say it doesn't do its job well... hasn't failed yet.

    Maybe the light can help me spell better...

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    [Jan 09, 2005]
    Jim Solve
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This is a review of the 2005 model dual beam with Fuel Gauge. 6/12/20/32 Watts of brilliant white light. Additional switch on top of each light to disable it (from the switching sequence). Fuel Gauge is integrated into the battery so the current charge level is not lost when transporting the unit (unlike the NightRider where it is lost). Supports "riser bars". Each light head can be individually aimed. Easy to master switch. Great customer service at JetLite (you can actually talk to an engineer!)

    Weakness:

    More cables to deal with than the similar NightRider product (however since there are more individual components, a failure would be easier to service). A "reserve" battery mode would be a nice addition (NightRider has a 20 minute reserve mode which automatically switches it to 6 watts -- with the JetLite when the lights yellow you have a 5 minutes before you must turn it off).

    Whichever product you decide on, buy it from BikerBob.com (he's a righteous dude). I like the JetLite a lot and are happy with purchase.

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    [Aug 29, 2002]
    CE Picone

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    1) True color, nice very bright white light, not yellow unless using 9 or 6 watt. 2) Superior battery life never came close to running out even on my 2nd night lap of 24 hours of Tahoe. 3) Renting a second battery didn't need it but it was nice to know it was there if I did.

    Weakness:

    None.

    If you mountain ride/race at night you need a Starfire dual beam JET Lite. The setup is fantastic; the quick release is strong and releases easily. Great options with 12/20/32 watts of bright light and great battery life. The Starfire works great, I highly recommend it as your bar mounted light for all levels of riders.

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