Marwi Nightpro Kamikaze Lights

Marwi Nightpro Kamikaze Lights 

DESCRIPTION

A high powered 32 watt dual headlamp, handlebar mounted light system that offers multiple outputs based on your needs. Use the 12 watt for extended commuting or a combination of the 12 and 20 watts for those challenging single tracks. The remote switch on the high beam is within easy reach for those "emergency" situations. The water bottle style NiMH battery provides a strain relief for adjusting cord length. CNC machined alloy headlamp housings and quick release handlebar mount provides vertical and horizontal adjustment of light beams to adapt to all handlebar configurations. Plug & forget overnight charger provided.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 22, 2008]
Albinus
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Sleek looking black housing, reminiscent of Ay-Ups. Nice bright halogen beam. Technologically very simple so easy to repair (see below)

Weakness:

Wiring quality is pathetic. One light DOA, on investigation the wiring loom had sheered off one of the halogen bulb holders. Battery pack split in two on arrival, not entirely a shipping fault as crusty old glue was holding everything in. Long charging time. Mediocre battery life.

Nice light beam and looks the goods. Can put up with the battery life as they are just 1.2V NiMH C cells and easily upgraded to better models if you're handy with a soldering iron. The wiring really is pathetic though, I've seen children make better quality wiring joins! The battery pack should have been better supported from within.

The choice of 6V over 12V is questionable (double the amperage coursing over thin wiring), as there are just 10x 1.2V cells = easy to make 12V out of that setup! The 20W spotlight is by default controlled by the hard-to-press switch mounted on the rear of the assembly, I strongly suggest you switch the bulbs around to take advantage of the thumb control for the spotlight - will make it easier to engage on the trail!

Overall not a bad setup for the money, but it's inexcusable that a new light set should have so many faults. Redeeming point is that it's easy to fix!

Similar Products Used:

Small 1W LED commuting light

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2005]
Tommy Goggia
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Nice looking metal dual beam light.

Weakness:

2 battery failures within 1 year. Only adquate light output from both lights that seem to project the same yellowish beam. Less than 2 hour run time. Flimsy handle bar mount and the light tends to droop forward. Switch on mounted light difficult to turn on.


I purchased this system thinking that nickel metal hydride battery would be immune to memory problems. If you run the battery to completely empty Marwi claims it can fail. Thats for sure. Prior to the second battery failure, I turned the lights off before the battery ran completely down but it failed to recharge, inexcusable. Furthermore, I do not like a light system that your are supposed to leave plugged in all the time.The charger is a cheap import unit that always runs quite warm. There are better choices.

Similar Products Used:

Night Rider, Fox Fury

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Mar 23, 2004]
Ben Poss
Racer

Strength:

Great light for the price, as others have stated. Fairly light weight, very simple non-digital design. Some simple modifications really can improve the functionality - see below.

Weakness:

Long charge time, but usaully given the long run time, the battery is not completely deplated anyway so I usually can get away with less than the reccomended time. The high-low beam switch setup is akward, with the low beam being controlled by the bar mounted switch and the high beam by a switch on the light itself. Kind of silly, because when you really need the extra light, you don't want to be changing your hand position to operate a the switch. I resolved this issue by switching the bulbs, and using the bar mounted switch to activate the high beam. This works out much better, since you most likely leave the low beam on all the time and you can easy thumb the high beam when you need it. The only other issue I had was the mounting bolts for the lights were PLASTIC!! To get them tight enough to prevent the lights from vibrating to a nose-down position of course stripped the threads. I got an equivalent diameter stainless steel machine screw from ACE and some washers and nylock nuts and in about 10 minutes cured that problem forever.

Overall, a tremendous value for the money. 2.0-2.5 hour actual run time with the 12W low beam and intermitent use of the high beam for 145$ is a steal. Also, simple construction makes them easy to repair and harder to break. Value = 5, Overall = 4 because of the plastic mounting bolts.

Similar Products Used:

Older Marwi Torch, Niterider Digital Headtrip

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 02, 2003]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Great product for price. No other comparable lighting system available for as reasonable a cost. Excellent mfr. support.Easy on-off. Use it every day for commuting and have to remove light at work and reinstall for ride home. Easy as pie!

Weakness:

Had a problem with the light. Mfr. swapped for complete new unit immediately.

Don't buy another until you check out price of Marwi. Check out Bill Larson (blarson@aol.com). He has the best prices and handled the return and replacement for me.He has lots of other good stuff too.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 06, 2003]
Vance Sachs
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

The construction of the entire assembly are worthy to be compared with high-end models. I like the easy-off mounting clamp; you don't have to fiddle with rubber spacers as it has them built in, and you unscrew the latch to adjust for the diameter of your handle bar. The water bottle shaped battery makes for easy removal, and the power cord can be adjusted for length. The remote ON/OFF switch can be mounted anyway with its velcro strap. The lamps can be adjusted to shine at seperate angles for your lighting needs.

Weakness:

I have to say the 15-hour charging time for me...I wish it came with the 1-hour rapid charger. The ON/OFF switch for the second lamp is on the lamp itself! Try reaching for that while riding; it should be once you turn on the second lamp, it can be controlled by the remote switch.

Although it doesn't have the greatest burn time specs', I say for the money it puts out a good beam of light. Especially for those who want to get a lighting system, but don't want to drop some heavy cash for those
$200-plus systems.

Similar Products Used:

CatEye

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 22, 2003]
Mafoo
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Dual lights definitely add to the illumination of landscape. Far dimmer than the higher end lighting systems, but would certainly do the trick on a group lit ride, or taking it slow. Nice long burn when using the lower power light only.

Weakness:

Handlebar clamp is pathetic. Cheap plastic clamp that will crack (trust me) if screwed down too tight. Long charge time. Battery cable will unplug itself if terrain gets rough enough (nothing a little duct tape won't fix).

Good light for a good leisurely night ride, but there are certainly better for a little more money. Check out the Extreme made be Marwi.

Similar Products Used:

Vistalight, Cateye

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 13, 2002]
Robby Crawford
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Not too expencive yet it has many of the same great features as some of the higher-end lighting systems. the 32watt system is bright enough for most situations

Weakness:

I am not too imperssed with the reflectors on the 20watt high beem it does not seem to be that much brighter then the 12 watt and is not worth turning on most of the time

I like this light, It is well built and well siuted for the road. It might not be quite as wonderful in the mountians because the 20 watt light is a little weak, but for the price this is one sweet light.

Similar Products Used:

miscellaneous small lights mostly Cateye

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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