JetLites Starfire Single Beam w- Smart Switch Lights

3.6/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $199.00


Product Description

Features:
3-light level electronic smart switch, 12w light is ideal for most riding conditions or commuting, 20w light is ideal for technical off road terrain or for those users who want HID brightness at a more affordable price, 13.2v 3800 mah NiMH canister battery with IP-68 rated thread lock connector, aim-as-you-ride helmet mount with safety breakaway, and 5 hr fast charger.
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne Beach, FL

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2007

Strengths:    Customer support (absolutely the best), quality of construction.

Weaknesses:    Understanding how to interpret the fual guage and ensure accuracy are a little tricky at first. Also, adjusting the aim up/down on the light is easy but there is no obvious way to adjust aim left/right. Not a problem on my bike, but maybe an issue for riders that have a lot of other bar mouunted stuff like computers, etc.

Bottom Line:   
Really well made product with excellent customer support. I got same-day answers to all of my email questions. Light pattern is terrific (I have a 14W model) for biking on paths. Battery delivers burn times advertized by manufacturer. I was tempted to get a Li-Ion battery, but I really liked the water bottle battery which was only available in Ni-MH.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $290.00

Purchased At:   Biker Bob

Similar Products Used:   Several Cat Eye battery powered LED lights

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher X-Caliber, Schwalbe Big Apple Tires, Thudbuster ST seat post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jimbob a Racer from san francisco

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2006

Strengths:    Customer support and service are top notch - see below. Durability - the lights get knocked around a great deal while being stored in my pannier with my tools, U-lock, etc. Reliability - the light system has held up incredibly well during 1 1/2 very rainy seasons of heavy usage. Ease of use - the light and batter are incredibly easy to mount and dismount, and the mechanism is easily interchangeable with the handlebars on my commuter, mountain, and road bikes.

Weaknesses:    None that have been identified.

Bottom Line:   
This is a followup to a previous posting. I was amazed to receive an email from Jim of Jet Lites one day after posting a review expressing some dissatisfaction with the fuel gauge on my battery. I was provided with a loaner system while my battery was serviced. I have used the battery for a handful of cycles after getting it back from Jet with no residual problems with the fuel gauge whatsoever. I am very satisfied with the service and customer support.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   direct

Similar Products Used:   JET Lites Phantom Single Beam (helmet mounted)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Norman Black a Weekend Warrior from Thousand Oaks, CA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2006

Strengths:    Quality of light beam. On the fly light head aiming. Robust connections. Very smart charger.

Weaknesses:    Price.

Bottom Line:   
I have the 20W beam with smart switch (15 and 10W settings). The beam pattern is nice and wide and smooth and not harsh (over bright). The 15W setting is very useful. The 10W setting is a bit dingy but good for slow climbs to conserve battery power. The ability to aim the light head on the fly is a nice feature you may not consider until you can do so. The friction does hold the light head on rough trails. You may have to tighten the friction adjustment from the factory delivered setting. Value is down one due to price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $265.00

Purchased At:   Dierct from Jet

Similar Products Used:   Jet HID


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jimbob a Racer from san francisco

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2006

Strengths:    light is well constructed, bright, waterproof, easy to mount

Weaknesses:    fuel gauge never worked, discussed this with jim in nov 2006, and he never got back to me regarding this faulty product (see separate review for phantom w/smart switch submitted by another user who had the exact same problem)

Bottom Line:   
buy only if they can guarantee that the smart switch works. otherwise, save your money and purchase the basic setup.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   direct

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   several

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brent a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2006

Strengths:    Light pattern is really good.

Weaknesses:    Connectors suck.
Handlebar mount isn't very good.


Bottom Line:   
I've had this light for over a year and never did manage to use it that much. That didn't stop it from completely dying. As it stands right now, not one part of this light set is working. The crappy connectors have taken out the electronics and the cam on the handlebar mount is trying to seize up.

The big problem is the damn connectors (I really hope they changed these). The connector on the light itself shorted out. I'm not sure if it damaged the battery or not. The charger shares the same style connector as the light and it is fried as well. The LED comes on, but the battery does not charge. Opening it up revealed fried electronics.

When it did work, the light output was great. Nice, bright, uniform light to get you were you are going.

With 0 out of 3 parts working and 1 questionable part, I wouldn't recommend this light. I'm going to piece it back together with some parts laying around the house and use it until it dies again. If the bulb or battery die, I'll be buying a Light and Motion to replace it.

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Favorite Trail:   I have to pick one?

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Night Rider, Light and Motion

Bike Setup:   Various

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