JetLites Dual Beam Older Lights

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JET Lites Dual Beam

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[Jan 17, 2002]
Doug
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright, white light. Fuel Guage. Quick Charge Time. Very easy to set up and to switch between the 5 light levels.

Weakness:

The little metal part that you need to insert into the battery to charge it. ( unless you leave the lights attached, then you don't need it )

The Starfire "I" is by far the best value in dual lights out there, because you get a long running light with 5 light levels, remote switch, white light, durable casings and upgrade options. All of this for a lot less cash than other comparable systems. Plus, the guys at Jet lights are extremely helpful and very customer service oriented.

I'm buying their M6 helmet mount light next.

Similar Products Used:

Nightrider

[Nov 13, 1998]
PJ
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

First ride last night with the dual beam 12W/20W system (waterbottle) and went down an unfamiliar fireroad (JET do not recommend going down a new track the first time out , but with these lights it is not a problem). Could see almost aswell as in daylight. It is as though you are constantly chasing a circle of light ahead of you. The battery lasted for approx. 1.5 hours switching between single and dual beam. Easy to set-up, feel solid, and the four-way handlebar switch is handy. Bought them from JET Designs directly and they paid for shipping. Would strongly recommend them even after only one ride.

[Mar 15, 2001]
Jay Rapson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright white light, interchangeable components and customer service.

Weakness:

Connections in the water bottle battery shook loose a couple times but Jim fixed them up and shipped back quick. The dual handlebar attachment needs to be reinforced to hold both lights (I use a heavy duty elastic and haven't had any problems), the optimum solution though is to have a separate mount for each light.

My last review of these lights was a little harsh and considering how much weight these reviews carry with bikers (I bought the JET lights because of these reviews and some of you did too) I thought it only fair to set the record straight.

I have not seen another light on the trail, or at any of the 24 hour races I've done, that has a brighter or better quality of light.

I've had less problems with my lights than the guys I know who ride the NiteRider stuff.

Jim provides great customer service and is a great source of information. Everytime I've spoken with him he's been professional and responsive to my questions. He cares about the product and it shows in the way he builds his lights and treats his customers.

So the question is, would I buy these lights again? The answer, Yes, in a second.


[Apr 08, 1999]
Scott
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Lightweight, bulletproof, bright as hell (it will freeze deer in their tracks), light battery pack

Weakness:

attaching both lights together doesn't work on a riser handlebar. Had to get the excess access from Sidetrak to mount both lights on the bike. Battery loses its charge while stored faster than my old lead acid battery.

If I am going out and only need my light for the end of my ride, I generally just take the helmet mounted 12 Watt. For a full-on night ride on technical terrian, I use the Jet light on my helmet and my Vistalight 430's on the bars. I can blaze nearly as fast at night with that setup as I can in daylight. Beware while using the Jet light not to blind women and children-- these are take no prisoner lights!!! Four stars only because of the inability to mount both lights on a riser bar.

Similar Products Used:

Vistalight 430's

[Dec 22, 2000]
John
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Copious quantities of white light for my failing eyes. The ability to run both on separate brackets with the 12 watt set near and the 20 watt set into the distance really helps the downhills. Great handlebar mounted switch which can be zip tied next to the gear shifter. Supply lead is long enough to locate on the back bottle holder without interfering with the steering. Solid well molded light units.

Weakness:

Brackets are a bit fiddly and it is much better to have 2 rather than rely on a slightly suspect single bracket holding 2 expensive light, this also gives differing angles. Can be difficult to set at the right angle as tightening the screw alters the angle. Takes a while to charge and I always seem to forget and charge for several days which may be a BAD THING. Battery bottle is hard and can rattle on bumps. have to admit that sometimes I am not sure which lamp is on and have to hold a hand in the beam, a little red LED would be super. Sometimes a little short on time for longer rides.

I am being very picky, these lights give me a brighter, whiter cocoon of version than nearly any other I have come across, well done Jet Designs, great XC design

[Dec 22, 2000]
scott
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

sexy,svelte, and strong white light with excellent beam patterns

Weakness:

None that weren't quickly and courteously remedied; a faulty cable. Big deal. Cable can loosten out of the battery( I've the flat one) depending on how its transported. Nothing a rubber band wasn't able to remedy.

Hear it again, Jim's a pleasure to deal with. He really took the time to educate me on the relative battery technologies. He created a fine looking light that works very very well. I purchased a set for myself as well as for my then time girlfriend. Unfortunately, that second set left when she did.( Guess thats the nature of a gift.)It came in handy( no lonely guy pun intended...doin' fine in that department again, thanks)for any of a number of "less enlightened" friends of mine who wanted to join me for that occasional 2:00 AMer up in Delavieaga ( where the ROOTS and rocks and gullys will EAT you if you're not "ENLIGHTENED".

Similar Products Used:

Nothing of this calibre,but nothing I've seen around town matches it.

[Jan 07, 2000]
Mike
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

BRIGHT!!!

Weakness:

None

I use the system primarily for commuting. Since I started using it cars no longer make left turns in front of me and I can see all the crap on the road. The light is so bright I keep thinking there's a car behind me. The system has a well thought out design. It has both great form and functionality.To paraphrase Captain James T. Kirk, JetLights on stun.

Similar Products Used:

Treefrog
Zefal

[Jan 12, 2001]
John
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very powerful and bright white light. Very durable. (See note below on how to make easier adjustments)

Weakness:

The mounting bracket is poorly designed. To adjust your lights, you need a screwdriver (a pain in the ars at night). I bought a 2.5" long thumb screw and a few washers at the hardware store to replace the regular machine bolt. This makes night time trail adjustments easy as pie. The added screw length acts as a lever allowing for easier adjustments. Give your lights a screw, you'll love it.

These are a high quality light that can be great with a few minor adjustments.

[Jan 03, 2001]
Jay Rapson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Bright white light, interchangeable components and customer service.

Weakness:

Connections in the water bottle battery shook loose forcing me to send the battery back to Jet Designs to be fixed, twice. Cheap plastic handlebar attachment needs to be reinforced to hold the lights. Blown light bulb was $31 to replace! And now after only 1 year and 50 - 60 night rides the batteries are not holding a charge and are fading after only 1 hour of riding, which makes them basically worthless.

I bought these lights because of the reviews on this web site and have been generally diappointed. When they work right they kick ass but I've had to many problems with them to think they are a great product. A good friend bought the much cheaper Performance brand lights at the same time and he's had no problems in the past year. If I had it to do over agin I'd probably buy the Performance brand lights or look seriously at the Nightrider stuff.

[Dec 05, 2000]
David
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Weight, quality of light

Weakness:

Handlebar mounting bracket not adjustable for pitch, bag for holding battery for helmet mounted light not very well designed.

I decided to buy a system of double Starfire and double Phantom lights with the IR switch/gauge. At the time the IR switch was not in stock but was supposed to be coming in in days. I am still waiting 3 months later. I am disappointed with the service from Jet Lites.
To get me going temporarily Jet sent me a single Phantom and Starfire and I have some comments on them.

Good
Light brightness, weight and quality of light units. Can adjust angle on helmet mountil clamp.

Bad
Helmet mounting starp stitching was ripped when I received the unit, I had to stitch it up myself. The strap material seems a bit light weight.
The battery bag has to be unzipped to get the cable through (it would of been better if the bag had a weather resistant flap like Camelbaks do). I am a bit worried about water getting onto the battery connection.
The handlebar bracket does not allow you to adjust the angle of the beam.

I have only used it in complete darkness a couple of times, and I am happy with the beam, especially the helmet mounting. I would recommend that anyone considering buying a light system definitely get a helmet mount light before a bar mount one.

Summary - Good light, could be really good with some minor changes. Disappointed with availability and non-delivery of my gauge and switch. I really wanted this and would not have bought Jet lites without this feature. Price seems competitive with other systems out there. Buy it if you want a basic light, be careful if you want the IR controls.

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