Jetbeam Jet II MK Review

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Jetbeam Jet II MK Review

Jetbeam Jet II MK Review

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Hey folks today we will be reviewing the Jetbeam Jet II MK these names seems to be getting longer longer!
I really wish they would just name every single flashlight completely different that would take away some of the confusion.

Gearbest sent me the Jet II MK for review. I guess we are kind of on speaking terms again after a little break. They signed me up to there affiliate program so that is good. Thus i got this gear i guess! Maybe I can earn a few extra Pesos! Ha! Who am I kidding I will probably earn like a dollar flat lol.
purchase link here: Jet II MK
I got a really good price on this light PM me if you want the details! The Jet II MK is under MAP!

Firstly a disclaimer i am biased towards Jetbeam and with a flashlight that looks as good as the Jet II MK who wouldn’t be? Also add the fact that 16340/CR123 are my favorite EDC flashlights this a good combo for review. I am yet to find a CR123 for sale in a normal shop here in Australia unless Jaycar can be called a normal shop? Hopefully one day we will catch up when our stores are not so backwards! (Makes me think of Freddy got fingered when he does that backwards man dance I will insert a picture here of that lol!)

Kind of kooks naked with out the clip!
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Now lets start of with the packaging even though I wouldn’t normally bother doing this part the packaging looks almost the same for this whole range now not a bad thing but it can kind of add to the confusion between models? I love the packaging its bright and vibrant its pretty much the same packaging I got my Jet-III pro in last year. This is the 18650 version of these range. So I can see why they have been using this packaging its going on with the family line. Plus maybe its only me that finds the names confusing?

What is included in the package?

  • Jet II MK flashlight
  • Clip anodized stainless steel (why anodize this clip?)
  • Lanyard (It feels so soft and smooth)
  • Instruction manual
  • Spare O-ring
  • Warranty card (now they want to send this card away with the light)
  • Quality control inspection card (I had one of these in a Jet-u pack that came DOA maybe Stevie wonder works at Jetbeam?)

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The Jetbeam Jet II MK is an awesome flashlight with an awesome output it has a lot of pros and a few cons. Maybe we shall run through the pros first?

The Jet II MK runs on a single 16340 which makes this flashlight super tiny which is great for EDC purpose. It also utilizes a twist to activate type switch so no accidentally turning the light on when it is stored. For me the shootout is between the jet II MK and the Jet I MK they are both similar enough so we shall compare them in this review plus I have both in front of me. Looks and style and fit wise it all comes down to personal preference would you rather an EDC that is short and fat or tall and skinny? Actually when I put it in that context i think I prefer the tall and skinny! Looking at the light it appear to be smaller then the Jet I Mk its not actually to much wider but it is a lot shorter.
This is down to the battery being used of course. These two battery types the 16340 and the 14500 clash with each a lot of times. They both give about the same capacity and both have high drain variants so how do you chose? Both these lights offer almost the same features at almost the same price? I am a bit of topic here but I am trying to break down an overall decision of my own hahaha. Sorry just bare with me for a moment please. I personally can not make up my own mind but please let me know what one you prefer?
If you consider both of these lights run of the shelf batteries and are almost identical in looks besides the size difference. Plus the Jet II has a Stainless steel bezel and an anodized stainless steel clip. Its a hard choice between the Jet II MK and the Jet I MK.

The Jet II Mk looks the same as the Jet I MK at the back end with two lanyard holes and a hole for a tripod mount that I will use a magnet hole. The jet Mk II is the same cool color as the rest of the range probably the best looking flashlights on the market currently. It uses the same Type 3 hard anodizing luckily! The Jet II Mk is made out of aircraft grade alloy the usual business you see on a flashlight of this caliper. The Jet II MK has the same knurling pattern as the Jet I this gives you enough grip to change modes single handed. I think these small twist activation flashlight have the easiest one handed operation. The Threads on the Jet II Mk are much better then the Jet I Mk they are thicker and there is more of them!

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The dimensions of the Jet II MK are as follows. The Jet II weights in at a tiny 30 grams with out the battery and about 45 grams with the battery depending on your cells choice. Super light less then half the weight of an S2+. The Jet II overall length is 65mm (6.5cm) the head diameter is 21.8mm (2.18cm) in width and the tail diameter is the same coming in at 21.8mm (2.18cm) so its a symmetrical light the battery tube is a tad smaller in width.

The performance of the Jet II MK is better and it is fitted with better parts . The Jetbeam Jet II MK has a much more premium feel and look then the Jet I MK. You can see why there is a slight price difference but its not even that much it kind of feels like Jetbeam is competing with them selves.

Seems to some sort of rubber boot for protection in the head i will try and get a better picture soon.
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Specs wise I think the Jet II MK does really well. It utilizes a the latest technology Cree XPL-HI alright I will settle down lol. The XPL-HI is not that new but still newer then using a XPG2 or XML2. Which would have been a cheaper option considering this light is still a dedicated flood light. The XPL-HI still cost more then most other emitters besides the multiple core emitters. We also see this design in the Rofis TR20 where a XPLHI is being used in a flood type flashlight. If you want to cut cost usually the emitter will be one of the first parts changed. The Jet II MK gives you a max output of 510 lumen on high mode. It is defiantly brighter then the Jet I MK you can see the difference just by visual inspection
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To help with extra lumens MORE POWERRR!!! The jet II Mk comes with AR coated glass that is also seen on the Jet I Mk but unlike the Jet I MK the Jet II MK is using a textured OP reflector. Where as the Jet I Mk uses a SMO reflector funnily enough its my EDC and I forgot what type of reflector it is using. Between the Jet II MK and the Jet I MK the reflector are similar in length so I should say deepness wise the jet I Mk may just beat by a few millimeters. The Jet II MK defiantly has a wider reflector but once again by only a few millimeters so the throw numbers are similar between the two.
I think the XPG2 and its Smaller die size makes the throw good in the Jet I Mk also helped by the fact that it is using an SMO reflector.

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Naturally the Jet II MK could have made a really good pocket thrower if Jetbeam would have opted to use a SMO reflector. I am guessing that the spill would have been fairly narrow so they opted for this route to use the textured reflector. With the Jet II Mk you get a total of 138 meters throw which is equal to 4800cd so as you could imagine the beam is fairly floody. You mainly get the throw numbers from there choice of emitter using a XPL-HI. No complaints here its probably my favorite emitter well I am currently stuck on the fence between the XPLHI and the XPG3 I love the pricing of the XPG3s.

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The Jetbeam Jet II MK offers 4 modes the highest mode offers an output of 510 lumen. Which is a good choice for an EDC flashlight. It should be more then enough light for most people. There are other options out there if you want more light from a small EDC. Generally this is the mark to be at i personally feel this output offers the best of both worlds. This region means you get a good amount of light and a good amount of run time. The light shouldn’t get to hot to handle or touch this also means Jet II MK shouldn’t step down after a few seconds like other lights do! Yes its great to have big output numbers but what is the point if you can not use it?

High mode
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Jetbeam states that the Jet II MK has a thermal step down well they do not say in those words. That is in my words! They say the light will step down to 65% brightness of high mode when the Jet II gets to hot. Then to get the output back up to high mode you need to twist the head to change modes back to high. Sounds kind of confusing the way Jetbeam explains it hahaha! Obviously if the light is still to hot it will keep on stepping down. It took me 5 minutes on High mode to get the light to step down mind you this is on a 23 degree Celsius night. Unless your from Darwin this is a hot night in Australia. I have a friend from Darwin she once told me she had to wear a jumper when it was 26 degrees I would be sweating balls at that temp!

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Mode selection on the Jetbeam jet MK II is good you get a good choice of modes. Not personally my favorite choice. To me it feels like it is spaced like a mad man in some sense. Let me show you what I mean.

  • High mode: 510 lumen @ 0.75 hours
  • Medium mode: 100 lumen @ 1.5 hours
  • Low mode: 5 lumen @ 3 hours
  • Ultra low/Moon light 0.5 lumen @ 150 hours

As you can see the modes are targeted more towards overall run times on the Jet II MK. I am a bit up in the clouds with this mode selection I wouldn’t mind so much if the Jet II MK had memory mode! Why oh why Jetbeam why take away memory function? The memory mode functions works so good on the Jet I Mk. So I do not understand why you would remove that feature? How useful is 0.5 lumen to me when I want to find my keys? How useful is 5 lumen when I drop some thing in the car under the seat at night? Well probably some what useful actually but I would prefer 30 lumen for that task.

Mode selection is a personal preference and personally I will hardly ever use moonlight mode. This by its self isn’t a deal breaker because 5 lumens is enough for me to open up the front door. If I would like to look around my yard 5 lumens isn’t enough light! So I have to twist the head 3 times to get to the 100 lumen mode. Which I would have to do with other lights either way but I have always said when you have a twisty flashlight it needs to have a memory function. I can not go back on my word! Luckily it is easy enough to twist the Jet II MK with one hand the clip can get in the way if you are using the clip.

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The way Jetbeam designed the clip is silly it is not really to long for the light but it doesn’t as such match the Jet II MK. The clip is probably the right length to hold the light steady so it doesn’t fall of when you are wearing the Jet II MK. But it is sitting against the head of the flashlight and touching the knurling so every time you turn the light on and off and change modes it rubs. How long until the anodizing wears out? This is the real reason why Jetbeam gives you a stainless steel clip and then anodizes it! Lets look at the facts the jet I Mk and the Jet-u both have stainless steel clips that are none anodized! But this clip they had to anodize or else it would instantly scratch your light.
I would of prefer a none anodized clip on the Jet II MK it would have looked so good matching the stainless steel bezel. That would have been the icing on the cake!

This placement of the clip and head could be a problem in the future.
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Other features are the same between these two lights the Jet II Mk offers a IPX8 rating to 2 meters underwater. The Jet II MK has the highest drop proof rating of this ranger from Jetbeam. Coming in at 2 meters drop resistant which makes this light a great choice for EDC purpose. This is also double of the what the Jet-u and Jet I Mk offer!

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Overall the Jet II Mk is a great multipurpose EDC flashlight it is smaller enough for any one to carry and not feel weighted down. You will never feel like the Jet II is to bulky and sticking out of your pocket. The output is more then enough for a light of its size. The no memory mode is a bit of bummer but not a complete deal breaker. It is a flashlight you can show people who are none flashaholics and they will think it looks nice. My mates see this flashlight and as questions because they like the way they look. It stands out as premium light at a none premium price! Plus if you love moon light modes this should defiantly be number one on your list!

Ultra low AKA Moonlight mode
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Low mode 5 lumen about 3 meters from the door. Added help of over exposure!
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Medium mode 100 lumens seems a tad brighter? The tint is a tad cold in this photo! About 10 meters to the tree!
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High mode
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High mode normal angle at the normal position 15 meters to tree!
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High mode 100 meters to the tree.
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Jet II MK left and Jet I MK right
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Jet II MK left and WK21 right
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Jet II MK medium mode left and Jet-u right
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If you got all the way here thank you! This has been an extremely long review coming in at 2500 words but I really enjoyed writing this article I had my fair amount of things to say so it was one of the easier pieces to write. I hope you at least slightly enjoyed reading this review.

Video review here.

Regards Chris

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:02
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Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who found the no memory frustrating Wink

Super beamshots. TFS.

Slow is smooth; smooth is fast.

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yea the no memory is a pain but not a total killer i guess.

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Thanks for the review Chris. I have 2 of these coming. Yeah, I don’t think “no memory” is so bad with these small twisty lights, it doesn’t bother me.

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Thanks mate!

I might do some thing to the clip. Try and see if i can fix it. Maybe even just bend it slightly so it doesn’t rub. They should have gone with a clip like on the Xtar WK21.

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Hey folks i got a really good price on this light PM if you want the details! The Jet II MK is under MAP so i can not post the price here!

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My simple mod! it works well. Doesn’t look the best lol!
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Nice with the magnets! I thought about getting one of the countersunk magnets and using a tapered flat head 1/4-20 to hold it on the tail, but then it is longer… I like your solution, and I have some of them that size already…

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I tried to take the spring out and put a magnet there but it doesn’t work to well to much gap i would prefer for the magnets not to be seen. Plus one magnet is not enough to hold the side ways.

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For 4 modes, I'm think'n mode memory would be better. Not sure why they dropped it, since the MK-I has it with only 3 modes.

Not crazy at all bout the clip - it's not a keeper, to lose, spins, etc.

Magnets are a great idea for the tail! I was think'n of sanding.grinding down the tail end and lose the lanyard holes and mount to get it even smaller, but probably won't do it.

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I was also thinking about sanding it down but i am not sure how it would look. It would make it heaps shorter.

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Sand it down, super glue a 1/16” × 1/2” disk magnet to the back and PlastiDip the rear end and you will have a shorter magnet light. Some good thin cord would make a decent lanyard around the clip groove…

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I was just going to angle grind then whole back end of lol

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A neck lanyard connected to something like this might be useful. Need to find a swivel loop with shorter threads so it would sit flush. Add a drop of blue locktite to secure it. This II MK is light weight enough to wear around your neck.

This particular swivel is made to attach to a camera

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I thought i would update this i got 1.9 amps with a Fandyfire IMR cell on the Jet II MK. Compared to 1.4 amps on the Jet I MK…

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Been more than a few comments regarding lack of " mode memory" on this light as the ui always restarts on low. After a bit of use I find I kinda like it. It's an edc, jack of all trades light and it just works. Running EFest 700 mah V2 and it's replaced my 3 yr old Olight i3s EOS as it is superior in all aspects except size. That isn't a negative for the JII Mk as it uses the added size well. I use the light very often but usually not for extended times on high. After a week the battery still reads 4.06v and I cant find fault in that either. I also have the Jet I Mk and Jet μ but haven't given any pocket time to them as the J II Mk does everything I need. Good edc, should be in everyone's rotation (if they do such things).

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RobertB wrote:
A neck lanyard connected to something like this might be useful. Need to find a swivel loop with shorter threads so it would sit flush. Add a drop of blue locktite to secure it. This II MK is light weight enough to wear around your neck.

This particular swivel is made to attach to a camera

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Rather than shorter threaded swivel, couldn’t a spacer be fab’d? Carbon fiber would look awesome!
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RobertB wrote:
A neck lanyard connected to something like this might be useful. Need to find a swivel loop with shorter threads so it would sit flush. Add a drop of blue locktite to secure it. This II MK is light weight enough to wear around your neck.

This particular swivel is made to attach to a camera

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That’s a great idea, and one I may well borrow. I’ve got a few camera odds and ends knocking about so may give that a go.

The magnet idea sounds like an interesting one but one of the biggest selling points for this light (so far) for me is just how light it is. I wouldn’t really want to mess with that too much; but then I don’t know how heavya strong enough magnet is.

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Also surprised and disappointed that there is no memory function for the JET-II MK!?

 

I have the JET-μ and JET-I MK lights, both have memory function which is extremely useful! It saves having to cycle through brightness modes every time you want to use the light at a specific brightness level.

 

With four brightness levels available on the JET-II MK light, I would have thought memory function would have been almost mandatory. But because there is no memory function, every time you want to run this light at a specific brightness level (apart from the default level), it means having to cycle through brightness modes until the brightness level that is wanted is reached. Not convenient!

 

Was considering getting the JET-II MK light, but as it doesn't have memory function I won't be getting this light.

Flashlights: JETBeam JET-E01R, Klarus Mi1c, 3 x Manker E11 (two faulty), 2 x iTP SA1, JetBeam JET μ (unused), JetBeam JET I MK (sold), Klarus Mi10 (unused) 

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Wow, no mode memory, that is frustrating.... on the other hand, the Olight i3s, which I like a lot, doesn't have it either, so maybe that is not that mandatory for me... the fact that the jet ii mk starts in low mode is a plus, the i3s starts in medium, which is bad if you wants to use moonlight mode and preserve night vision.

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I’m so used to sticking all my multimode lights on low/moonlight/firefly, whatever’s lowest (to keep from getting blinded in the middle of the night), that nothing ever struck me as being amiss. Big Smile

I’m okay with it. My only gripe, if you can even call it that, is that it’s pretty hard to crank. Definitely gotta 2-hand it, unlike most other twisties I have.

And is just mine, or is the pocket-clip free-spinning in orbit around the II? Doesn’t help when trying to grab the base…

Other than that, I quite like the II.

Hey, anyone ever non-destructively take apart one? I definitely want to swap out the emitter, but dunno if it’d go boom if I tried.

No dome, looks like an XP-L HI, so that’s at least good. Big Smile

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