[short review] Niteye/Jetbeam Jet-II Pro 12th Anniversary edition

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[short review] Niteye/Jetbeam Jet-II Pro 12th Anniversary edition

I bought the Jet-II from BG with a code nicely provided by M4D M4X. The light arrived without battery. Not Jetbeams fault I suppose since the package has been opened. I understand BG refuses to ship batteries to certain countries, but they should state that they will do so. I filed a complaint and will not buy again from BG until it is resolved in a way that I somehow will receive a free battery.

N.B.: Images show a light with a custom LED. The Jet-II comes with a CW XP-L Hi.

First impressions:

Not having the battery was disapointing, much worser and a real annoyance is the the clip not seated tight between tube and tailcap.

OTOH, the clip is only needed to help finding the side switch. The “attack head” will in either position ruin you clothes. The bezel is full of sharp edges. Taking it off improves things, but the thread still has a keen edge.

Edit:

I was missing an important detail: Below the clip there’s actually a replacement bezel that can be taken off! It doesn’t help the clip problem, but does not make it worser at least.

After inserting my battery, the flashlingt came to life not before trying double click for moon (sic). It seems that when the battery was removed some time ago, the flashlight starts in lockout mode. Amazing. So, preesing the side switch for five seconds or so brings it to life.

Next, going from mid to low and from low to high goes with a noticable flicker.

Material and construction:

Body, head, bezel, tailcap, replacement bezel: Titanium alloy

Clip: Likely stainless steel

MCPCB on shelf, driver with piggyback pcb for the button. Plus contact is a button, tailcap contact is a spring

Four tritium slots in the tailcap.

UI:

Double click for moon, then hold to switch between moon and high.

Single press for on, hold to switch H-M-L, H on double click.

Long press for lockout (moon/high still available) on double click.

Strobe on triple click.

Beam:

Moon is dark enough. Could be less, but can be used to preserve night vision.

The OPR is the true highlight.

I’ve never had a flashlight with such a great reflector. Texturing is very nice, producing a soft spot without artifacts even after implanting a LED with a dome (the original XP-L Hi is domeless). Of course, the LED is in focus.

The beam ist the second best (after tearing trousers) argument for not using the bezel.

Heat:

Lots of. Only 500 something lumes, but you cannot hold the light after less than a minute. Since head and battery tunbe aren’t seperated, the heat will distribute over the whole light.

Appearance:

The engravings are nicely done. They read “12 Years”, “Classic” and “Jet-II Pro personal defense”. There are some ornaments. Nice. The sideswitch carries the Niteye logo.

Someone said, this light would look like a chess piece. True, it could be the king, but never the king of industrial design. There’s not much beauty. Clip is likewise ugly, but at least not sharp.

Technical Data:

Nobody cares, I suppose. This is really only a collectors item. You cannot use it because the sharp thread is covered by a sharp bezel. Yeah, of course to can take it out of the showcase, make light, then shelve it back.

Modding:

No glue, do what you want. I did an emitter swap, I have in mind…

(1) to shorten the battery tube thread to have the tailcap pinching the clip

(2) cutting off the jags of that … bezel

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How wide is the Jet-II head? Is it possible threads are similar to any other standalone bezels available separately...

Is it an 18350 tube or 16340 only? If 18mm, possibility the slightly wider head ring might be able to use Lumintop's Stainless Bezel (made for FW3A/FW1A)

 

Not sure if this Bezel would lego with this Jetbeam - I'm also interested in it for an Astrolux or BLF A6/S2+. (Posted on a different thread)

FW3A - SS Bezel head ringFW3A - SS Bezel individual

Maybe worth a few quid to buy a few bezels and experiment. Got the same Ti Jet-II flashlight on the way (also thanks to M4DM4X groupbuy), so will likely find myself in a similar conundrum soon!

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Must not exceed few millimeters, else it becomes an aperture for the spill. Threads are a problem. D4V2 bezel doesn’t fit D4, early Sp32V2 don’t lego with later ones and so on.

I wonder if Jet2 Pro bezels fit. Those lights come with an extra bezel.

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judging by your pictures the machining looks identical to my jet ii pro titanium, even the tailcaps are the same exact design with just different finishing im, very certain the bezels will fit yours just perfectly

the clip isnt an issue… you just have to find the tiny little indentation around its diameter and line up perfectly with the clip’s ring protrusion in order to fully tighten down its tailcap

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The tailcap is fully tighten down in that image. That’s the problem.

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would you mind taking off the clip and take a picture of it?

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Keron wrote:
would you mind taking off the clip and take a picture of it?

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please check around its diameter carefully if you dont mind, there really should be a indentation like on mine circled in red on the right which you suppose to line up perfectly with the clip’s pointy area on the left

if not, that is one hell of a serious manufacturer defect jetbeam had just manage to fuck up…

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Keron wrote:
please check around its diameter carefully if you dont mind, there really should be a indentation like on mine circled in red on the right which you suppose to line up perfectly with the clip’s pointy area on the left

if not, that is one hell of a serious manufacturer defect jetbeam had just manage to fuck up…


Believe me, there is none. Even if there were a notch, it wouldn’t work as there’s 1.5mm space between tailcap and tube. I can rotate the clip around.

I wonder what ahershy’s findings will be.

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sorry to hear that, but i am too disappointed with jetbeam’s hit-or-miss quality control

think the last bit you could save it is by cutting or filing down the protrusion on the clip until its flat to work along the ring diameter

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Why? The clip can only be in a fixed position if is sits tight between tailcap and tube. Therefore the tube has to be filed down by about 1.2mm. I need to find someone being able to do this without ruining the thread. I think I cannot do it myself.

Edit: Oh, next problem would probably be space. Maybe the battery won’t fit anymore after shortening the tube Tired . A washer maybe?

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Keron wrote:
judging by your pictures the machining looks identical to my jet ii pro titanium, even the tailcaps are the same exact design with just different finishing im, very certain the bezels will fit yours just perfectly

So now all we need to do is find someone with a spare Bezel that came with their Pro who is willing to sell or give away! If I remember correctly the Jet II Pro editions all had round buttons. Except the limited copper version which was styled exactly like this Anniversary edition with square button. That particular one also didn’t some with a replacement smooth bezel!

Do Jetbeam have these components available to purchase separately, or a contact to purchase spares?

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I wonder what ahershy’s findings will be.

I will definitely let you know once it is received. Got a spate of lights coming (something to keep busy during lockdown); this particular one was an impulse purchase, very usually for me, made on the very last day of Martin’s groupbuy that I didn’t want to miss out on the deal. So hope it works out.

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ahirshy wrote:
Do Jetbeam have these components available to purchase separately, or a contact to purchase spares?

I wrote them a letter (info@jetbeamlight.com). Will let you know if I get an answer.

The more I’m toying with this light, the more I wish I can fix the various flaws. The beam is incredibly nice.

There are four shafts below the head. They look like they’re there for taking trit vials, but I don’t know of any short, fat vials. Must be 3×6mm or so. Any sources?

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Unheard wrote:
ahirshy wrote:
Do Jetbeam have these components available to purchase separately, or a contact to purchase spares?

I wrote them a letter (info@jetbeamlight.com). Will let you know if I get an answer.

The more I’m toying with this light, the more I wish I can fix the various flaws. The beam is incredibly nice.

There are four shafts below the head. They look like they’re there for taking trit vials, but I don’t know of any short, fat vials. Must be 3×6mm or so. Any sources?

15×6mm actually, at least on mine and it has space for 4 of them, the middle section is blocked off not allowing a 3×6mm vial to go through

i ordered from here, that is if you dont mind long waiting time
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33042028115.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.1...

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Yes, the tailcap slots appear to take 1.5mm. I meant the large slots up where the switch is. But thanks for the link Thumbs Up

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Look carefully: From where have I taken this bezel? Facepalm

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no idea

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There’s a replacement bezel below the clip. I’ve edited the OP. That explains why there’s no notch for the clip.

I’ve asked Jetbeam if this part can be ordered seperately.

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Are you sure it’s a replacement bezel?

Try this, put your “replacement bezel” back where it was, tighten it all the way down towards the head. Replace clip and tail cap.

Is there a gap?

Unscrew “bezel” away from the head and towards the tail, until gap is gone.

Gap problem solved. But we still gotta do something about that horrid piece on the front.

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NotSoBright wrote:
Are you sure it’s a replacement bezel?

Yes. It is shown in the manual. I did just not understand it.
NotSoBright wrote:
Try this, put your “replacement bezel” back where it was, tighten it all the way down towards the head. Replace clip and tail cap.
Is there a gap?

Yes, I’ve already shown pictures showing that gap.
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Unscrew “bezel” away from the head and towards the tail, until gap is gone.

Yes, tried this and it works quite well.
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Gap problem solved. But we still gotta do something about that horrid piece on the front.

Order another one of those rings. They are $2 or so. What hurts is shipping Facepalm Tired .

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Wasn’t there a 12 year anniversary JETBeam light doing the rounds 3 years ago?

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One other observation:

The crenelated bezel is reversible. Don’t want the crenelations? … just reverse the bezel. Or install the alternate smooth bezel from the box.

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The crenelated bezel will scratch the hell out of the knurling if reversed, just tried it, had to back off.

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Flashaholics wrote:
The crenelated bezel will scratch the hell out of the knurling if reversed, just tried it, had to back off.

Interesting.

I don’t have this 12th anniversary edition by I do have the Titanium Jet II Pro from 2 years ago, which the anniversary edition is based on.

The Jet II Pro seems to be a little better engineered.

  • The crenelated bezel does not touch the head even in the reverse position. It’s very close … a fraction of a milimeter, but doesn’t actually touch so there is no grinding.
  • Comes with the completely smooth alternate bezel in the box
  • Rear body tube has 3 notches allowing you to choose the position the clip locks into. Quite a nice system for locking the clip actually… much better than the simple o-ring used in the FW3A.

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And finally – the demilitarized, clip-fixed, light-beautyfied version of the Jet-II Pro Anni:

Firelight2 wrote:

The Jet II Pro seems to be a little better engineered.
  • The crenelated bezel does not touch the head even in the reverse position. It’s very close … a fraction of a milimeter, but doesn’t actually touch so there is no grinding.
  • Comes with the completely smooth alternate bezel in the box
  • Rear body tube has 3 notches allowing you to choose the position the clip locks into. Quite a nice system for locking the clip actually… much better than the simple o-ring used in the FW3A.

I’m sure it is, but the reversed “defense-bezel” doen’t touch the body on my light also. And the replacement bezel is part of the light. But yes, another ring should be part of the package to have the clip pinched.

For what M4DM4X offered it plus cost of a replacement bezel it is still inexpensive.

Edit: BTW, this unconventional ring determines the position of the tailcap. E.g., you can align the trit slots perfectly. Just use loctide to fix the height of the ring.

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