Jet Lites F-1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 71 lux ont the MTBR Lux setup. This is really impressive as it is on par with many lights that claim 800-1000 lumens. This makes it one of the most powerful self contained lights today.

The Exposure Toro retails for $400 and claims 975 lumens but only measures 66 Mtbr lux in our setup. Other lights that are around the same  brightness are:

Light Price Measured Lux
Hope R4 $391.00 70 lux
Gemini Xera $$200 71 lux
Jet Lites F-1 $179.00 71 lux
Jet Lites X-51 $200.00 72 lux
Baja Designs Strykr II $300.00 74 lux
BikeRay III $159.00 74 lux

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  • Impressive construction
  • Very good cooling with heatsinking, and heat transmission from the LED throughout the case
  • Beam pattern has a big halo with a very bright hotspot
  • Run time is better than most self-contained lights
  • Good value at $179
  • Battery is field replaceable
  • Helmet mount is secure, well-made and detaches on a crash
  • Dual action switch is convenient


  • No USB charging and battery has to be removed to be charged.
  • Center spot of beam pattern could be a little bigger.

Bottom Line:

At $179, this light really holds it’s own against the best that Germany and the UK have to offer.

Beam Pattern Photos:

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Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Jeff says:

    that is still way too much money, you are much better off getting the magic shine from amazon, now at 85$, it is damn near 1000 lumens and has three output levels. I use the 30% for the slow climbs up the mountain the bomb down with the 70% or100% depending my my familiarity with the trail. At that price, I can easily have and either run one as back up or put one on helmet and one on handlebars. If you don’t mind a separate batt pack, it is nice light output for your $$

  • oriel says:

    question to MTBR: you reveiwed the light with 550 lumens, Jet Lites advertises 750 on their site. Can you confirm if this discrepancy is due to an update by Jet lites or a type-o/misunderstanding during the review process? Thanks!

    If Jet’s updated the light output w/o upping the price, that’s just perfect!

  • Brian says:

    Francis, did you do a lumen hour test on this, as you did with a few of the other lights in the shootout? I see where the Serfas 500 did so much better than the Lezyne superdrive and was wondering how the F-1 holds up for the duration of the battery life.

    • Walt says:

      Magicshines are fine. You however get what you pay for. I have a jetlights halogen that has never failed does what was claimed, and they have awesome customer service. I know alot of people here in Boulder CO, who have Magicshines and they are super bright for the dollar price but they have had multiple issues. First off there was the battery issue that was handle by Geomangear and not magicshine. Second there is the cord problem ( they are not durable). Third cheap lights use inferior parts and don’t last long( think more wasted garbage). The third point I guess could be a plus as light technology is still evolving at a very quick pace.
      All I can say is you get what you pay for.

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