JetLites Starfire Single Beam Lights

DESCRIPTION

  • 12W Brilliant halogen lamp
  • 13.2V NiMH Water bottle battery
  • Handle bar 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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    [Jul 13, 2008]
    jasjin
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    3 stage light (low, medium, high), easily selected with a pop button on the light head. Fairly lightweight. Excellent battery life and illumination.

    Weakness:

    None.

    Purchased for two police bikes. Illumination is superb, battery life excellent. I like this system so much, if I ever do any dusk/night trail riding, this is the one I will buy. I would probably supplement it with a helmet mounted light as well to balance the shadows. Overall, worth the money and a good value.

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    Nightsun

    [Jun 09, 2008]
    Frs1661
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very bright white light for a Halogen. Handlebar mount has proven durable through numerous crashes. Decent battery life as well.

    Weakness:

    NiMH makes for a bulky and heavy Battery... but IMO a good place to compromise for value. Not int

    I've never been disappointed by the performance of my Jetlite. Great light for the money. However, if you can afford it there are LED and HID lights that offer better performance and lighter weight.

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    [Jul 15, 2003]
    IronMac
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Great customer service
    Very bright
    Fast recharge, very simple recharging system
    Very light (no pun intended)

    Weakness:

    Poor manual...could do almost as well by simply imagining what each part of the bracket did and then putting it on.
    Pricey
    Still not too sure what the runtimes are.

    I have to admit that I used MTBR a LOT when it came to choosing a new light for my late-night (dawn) training rides. And it was very worrisome because the price was so high and because it was from a relatively small (unknown?)company. But, I figured that you can't go wrong with buying quality.
    I emailed JetLites with a couple of questions before purchasing and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Jim actually answered all emails...and subsequent phone calls.
    For those Canadian customers, choose the UPS Expedited option..not Ground...you will save some money this way because you will not be charged brokerage fees!
    Installing the StarFire took about 10 minutes...7 of which was spent trying to decipher and make out the fuzzy pictures. Was really impressed with the quality of the components..especially the wiring and thick rubber switch.
    The light works great...drivers and pedestrians really take notice of you. It burns really bright and very hot. I'd be curious to see how much steam comes off of it during winter rides.
    I'm also glad that I purchased Jim's suggestion of a 20W bulb with a 3-way switch because I can try to stretch out the runtime as much as possible by using the middle or low settings. As I mentioned above, I'm still not sure what the runtimes are, so I may resort to simply recharging after every ride.

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    Cateye

    [Aug 27, 2007]
    John Boudreau
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Solid dependable construction

    Weakness:

    none

    I commute to work 4 days a week. My commute starts at 5am. This is the brightest halogen light I have owned that is rugged enough to take the abuse that an 18.8 mph ave. commute can dish out. The pot holes and broken glass are as easy to see as if it were daylight! Traffic actually waits for me to pass and that is something that none of the other lights I have used would have caused. I have been told that the light is bright enough to be mistaken as motorcycle. My commutes are about 45 minutes so I always have plenty of battery. Crashed at 19 mph in March this year. Broke my neck, broke my wrist, broke my bike, but not my Jetlite. Want a light that is hassle free, dependable, and rugged? This is it. Think the price is to high? How much is your life worth?

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    Cygolite (original bulb lasted 15 minutes and so did the replacement), Cateye (led aa light. I carry it in my pack as a back-up and a flashlight. Haven't had to use it as a back-up)

    [Dec 21, 2006]
    Jeff
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    I love this light! I use it for daily commuting and have never been dissatisfied with its performance. The beam stregnth, spread and adjustability are excellent. I've owned 4 OTHER lights prior to this, found faults with them all and would recommend this light to anyone. Why do I like it? Decent price point; easy on & off quick-release mounting; water bottle battery; great construction and machine work; strong battery-to-light connector; big on/off button that you can find with gloves on; great smart charger that none of my other lights had; looks good on the bike. If I were to use this light for mountain bike night riding, I'd recommend the 20 watt lamp, but the 12 watt is just fine for commuting.

    I'd buy a Jet Lite product again without even looking at the competition first.

    [Feb 13, 2003]
    Kirk Stewart
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Easy setup, light weight,used for the first time in a adventure race and amazed at how bright and how long the battery lasted. bought it from argear.com because the package you buy from them comes with the power saver switch. another strength is the price. NiteRider or whoever else can not touch the price and quality you get with this light. Do not buy anything else.

    Weakness:

    Yet to find one

    Great light and great customer service with both Jet Lite and ARgear.com

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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    Scott Simmons
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    High quality construction, Brillance

    Weakness:

    none that I can think of

    I'm mainly a roadie, commuter & racer I've been using this light for nearly a year and have dodged many a pothole, debris & cars because of it. Motorists really do see you. Yes, at first I had a hard time swallowing the price, but I can think back on many occaisions where motorists simply wouldn't have seen me with lesser AA battery operated lights (sorry, not one of them is sufficient to get motorists attention) thus this light has saved my life many times. Something I'd easily sacrifice $300 for. Enough said.

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    [Jan 23, 2004]
    Jerry
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very bright light and good pattern. The mounting bracket is well made and it tilts to allow for easy aiming of the light. My typical night ride is 2 1/2 hours and this system has plenty of battery. The lamp is easy to mount, easy to turn on and off. The cord that connects lamp and battery is heavy duty and the connections are tight. This is a first class product.

    Weakness:

    No weakness in the product, but I was a little disappointed that a carrying case is not included or even offered as an option.

    A great light. I bought mine based on these online reviews. If I had to do it all over again...I'd buy the same light!

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    I have a helmet mounted Nite Rider Digital Headtrip that I run in conjuction with the Jet Lite. I have to "nurse" the Nite Rider to get about 1hr 45min of run time. That is why I bought the Jet Lite which I turn on at the beginning of my ride and then forget about it. When the Nite Rider craps out I will buy a helmet mount Jet Lite.

    [Dec 14, 2001]
    Frank

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, compact, easy to put on, good light quality, easy to use controls.

    Weakness:

    The bar clamp is a little difficult to make small adjustments on, but it certainly doesn't move after you get it set.

    I ride at least two nights a week after work and when the daylight savings time changed I had to get lights. After looking at several light set I bought the JET lites and am completely satisfied with them. Our after work rides last between 2-3 hours and the burn time is plenty long. I am running the 20 watt light head on my helmet with a 12 watt adjustable on the bar. I like the beam of the bar light to point almost straight out, it keeps you from focusing on the intense part of the light pattern and illuminates low hanging branches. The color of the light allows you to see the contrast of the terrain without any problem. I have ridden with others with HID lites and while they are brighter, the contrast of the ground seems to be gone. We ride some pretty rough terrain at a quick pace and I am able to see the changes in the trail easily. The light stays put and doesn't vibrate, even in the roughest terrain. I would reccommend these lights to everyone.

    [Apr 14, 2004]
    Martin
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Lightweight, quality feel, 20W of light, comes with all the upgrades such as smart switch, batery fuel gauge, battery in a bottle. Set up takes about 35 sec., New bulb is only $25 away.

    Weakness:

    none so far

    I want to compare this light to vistalite Nitestick code 15 (10W and 5W lights) since I used these lights a lot before I purchased this one.

    The main difference is in the light delivery. In Code 15(two lamps), Each light has a narrow, focused,pattern with bright middle, the best way to use them is to direct every one in a slightly different direction. Think of a police flashlight kind of light. The Jetfire on the other hand comes as a one lamp unit that delivers a spreaded light that shines hundred feet ahead and 40 feet accross. Think about a car headlights. Of course, it is also much briter.
    You really do not need two lights on the handlebar with this one. Smart switch is good to have(let's you adjust the intensity), but I like to go full power all the times. My nite rides don't take longer then 2 hrs and the light is always going strong till the end. I am the first one to turn it on, and the last one to turn it off.

    I was a little worried about the mounting bracket, the lite was too easy to angle and I thought it will move while riding, but this was newer an issue. Fast downhils, some smaler jumps and the light did not move a bit. I noticed two smaller screws at the bottom of the bracket that can be tightened to give the aming of the lite more resistance, but so far I did not have to use it.

    All and all, this lite makes a difference in night riding. i can go faster, I see more and better, and I do not worry about my lite getting discharged too soon. I did spend 240 on the light, but when you purchase quality that works, it always feels like a good deal, no matter the cost.

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