Jetbeam Jet-III Pro IBS CONSOLIDATED reviews

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Jetbeam Jet-III Pro IBS review

Hi All. This will be my first attempt at a review AND beamshots. I'm doing this because I want to pay back for some of the great reviews and beamshots I've seen here! Feel free to critique. I hope this gets moved to the review section!

Here goes:

First, I'm going to link you to a recent thread full of close up photos of the box and the light. No need to duplicate that good work here. That and my current camera is old and feature-less!

The box looks good but it's basically paper. It has a cute little magnet that holds it closed but if you're a box lover, you won't think much of it. They did include a plastic card (just like a credit card) with warranty info, model and serial number. The instruction manual seems adequate and the translation is only slightly flawed - still very readable.

The threads feel a little gritty, getting only slightly better after wiping and applying some Deoxit. My AW protected 18650 fit tight but I had no trouble pulling it out after getting a good grip. The Tenery protected fit in perfectly. I only noticed only one O ring on both the head and tail. This surprised me as most lights with the IPX-8 standard seem to have two. I'm new, so please forgive me if that's not a big deal. The reflector appears to be the same depth and "peel" texture of my OP CL1H. The clip is a bezel up clip extremely similar to a Surefire clip, specifically the A2's clip. There is a lanyard hole in the tailcap. It came with a lanyard but I did not install it. Weight with battery is 5.4 oz compared to 6 oz for the CL1H. Fit and finish seems very good with excellent and subtle logo printing. It appears that this light will easily take some abuse. The knurling seems to fit right between the smoothness of my CL1H and the roughness of my A2. It felt good in the hand . . . I can see some people EDC'ing this with cargo pants or a jacket. It's a bit much for a shirt pocket. I don't feel qualified enough yet to rate clickies but this one (reverse) seemed fine. I did have a problem accidentally putting it into the "hidden" mode a couple of times but I'm sure I'll get used to that. Once I get used to forward clickies or G2 type momentaries, it takes me a little time to adjust to reverse clickies!

I love the UI. It's similar to the Novatac 120P in that you have 3 "slots" that you can program any way you like. You can program it come on with any intensity and/or add any of the many strobe options. The default is high first, then low then a beacon type strobe. Strobe/sos haters can simply program that out if they like, or never see it by keeping it in the third slot and avoiding cycling through the third slot. I thought I read where this has a memory to come on to the same mode in use when you last turned it off. This is not the case. It always comes on with slot A then a light press (or rapid on/off cycle if you're thumb heavy) will cycle to slot B then C. Turn it off for at least 2 seconds and you are back to slot A. Perhaps what they meant by memory was when you program the intensity of a slot from the programming mode, then shut it off, it memorizes that intensity. In normal, non-programming use, after 2 seconds, it always comes on to whatever you set in the first slot.

On my white wall the beam had the typical Cree ringy-ness with a slight purple tint when compared to the CL1H. Not bad at all but I'm easy to please when it comes to beams.

Current draw was 1 amp on high and barely moved the meter on whatever they set the default low to (looks like 10 or 20 percent?) so it looks like they got the efficiency circuits right on this one. For comparison, my Simpson meter read 1.1 amps for the CL1H (1S pill). I can do more tests if someone wants to know what 50% reads.

Here are some beamshots followed by a pic of the light next to a CL1H. Comments will be below each photo:

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The JetBeam III is on the left, Dereelight CL1H on right - 100 feet.


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Jetbeam 100'


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Deree 100'


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Jet on left, 6 feet, normal exposure


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Jet on left, 6 feet, under exposure


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Surprisingly small for an 18650 light!

Conclusions. I may edit this but for right now, I'm very glad I bought this and it's definitely a keeper! It seems just as bright as my CL1H only with a little less spill and slightly smaller hotspot with a sharper transition hotspot to spill. I'll even dare to say it seems slightly brighter than the CL1H in the outdoor shots but that could be tint thowing me off. The feel in the hand is nice, construction seems nice and the UI is as good as they promised.

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Nice review. Looks like the CREE ringiness does not matter much outside. I am still waiting on my Jet III from BOG. I was hoping it would arrive today but no such luck; maybe Monday.
 

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I just got my Jet-III today too. It's a really nice light ... solid construction, definitely look like it could take a beating. From physical look, it has some similarities as the Surefire E series (I guess that what drew me to this light in the first place).

The UI is quite intuitive ... no twisting and turning the bezel. I've been playing with the UI for a few hours, and I haven't encountered any issues yet. I've set my Mode A as Max (225 lms), Mode B as Min (2 lms), and Mode C as about 20 lms.

The only thing that I don't really like is the pocket clip ... it seem too springy and hence doesn't clip onto my belt as secure as I would like. Other than that, it's a good buy.
 

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Great review!
Can´t wait to get mine, should arrive end of this week or begining of next.
 

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Nice review/pics and I like the idea of a consolidated review for lights that many of us are going to buy. (hopefully mine will be here mon-wed) I think it will be nice to have a small light that runs on a 18650. I also like the options of having both high levels of output and lonnggg levels of runtime if desired. Thanks again!
 

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Thanks for the review!

I've been waiting for a while for a small 18650 light, and I think I'm not alone :wave: But, as always, I'll be waiting for more reviews...

It seems like most JB lights have a purplish tint. I wonder if they just aren't consistent and this is luck, or for some reason (expense?) they pick a purplish bin LED?
 

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I think it's less greenish (not purplish). Besides it's brighter. Dereelight uses emitters with WF color bin, Jetbeam WC.
I've had two Jetbeams (Jet-I Pro R2 and Jet-I Mk IBS) and they were pure white, no other tint.
 
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Maybe I'm a little blinded after spending so many hours playing with flashlights :grin2:, but the beam from my Jet-III looks pretty white to me.

This is day two of the flashlight, and I still haven't encountered any problems with the UI ... I've been messing around with it, programming the modes in various output.
 

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The beam is very white. However, when scrutinized against the CL1H on a white wall, it appears to have a very slight purple tinge. You can even see that in my photo above. I double checked with an LOD and an L1 and there is definitely a tiny bit of purple. I had TWO Jet III's to test and they were both identical. I noticed also the Dereelight has a slight green hue to it. Alone, they all look white to me! I tried to stick with just the facts for my review . . . but I liked the shape and spill of the CL1H beam better, and the tint of the Jet III better. I chose the CL1H for comparison because I feel it's the closest to the Jet III in size, design and rated output. Well okay, that and I don't have a whole lot of lights just yet!!
 

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So I guess it is just luck.

btw, my impression keeps shifting depending on which shot I look at: does the JET-III have more throw than the CL1H? That would be quite a feat, as the CL1H was the previous champion of throw in tactical-sized lights. And, the JET-III is smaller...

Wattnot, any chance of a runtime? I know you can't make us a graph, but we can assume flat regulation from selfbuilt's reviews, so could you just get the time until it shuts off? That would be very helpful :)
 

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Thanks for the review!

I've been waiting for a while for a small 18650 light, and I think I'm not alone :wave: But, as always, I'll be waiting for more reviews...

Me too. Unfortunately, Jetbeam seems like more interested in throw more than flood. It has less spill than Dereelight, let alone L4. I have high hope on this one to replace L4 due to its small foot print:-( I guess P7 might be the ultimate solution.

Alan
 
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Both lights look really nice. A bit tighter hotspot with Jet-III, and possibly more throw, whereas the CL1H might have a bit more flood. Choices, choices. What I would really like to see is the JetBeam against the CL1H 3SD, which is 1.2A. The Jet-III sure looks to be of good quality.
 

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I received mine today from B.O.G. Nice little light! I was quickly to set up three custom levels. (full,40lm,2lm) and I am happy with that. Its beam is a little more purple (not bad...just slightly) than my T1, but it is better ballanced and is FREE to run. I might give my T1 away to a local policeman after taking a comparison beamshot or too.

I really like the Idea of customizable levels. I also like the 2lumen-18650 combination. It would be great for finding the light in a power failure or when spending the night somewhere new. You could simply leave the light on that level all night and still have plenty of juice.

I like how these lights just keep getting better and better.
 

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Which brand of 18650's are people using? My 18650 protected Tenergy's are too tight and I don't have any protected AW's to try.
 

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Which brand of 18650's are people using? My 18650 protected Tenergy's are too tight and I don't have any protected AW's to try.

The Tenergy cells are too tight to fit. Both of my AW protected 18650's work, although one is tighter than the other. I find the tight one fits better if loaded from the front, as it is wider at the positive end. Of course, use caution when inserting your batteries if they are borderline in size, so that you don't run the risk of damage to the light or the cells.

The bodies seem to be very consistent in size; of the three that I have tried my AW cells in, the fit was identical in all.

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Eric
 

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Both lights look really nice. A bit tighter hotspot with Jet-III, and possibly more throw, whereas the CL1H might have a bit more flood. Choices, choices. What I would really like to see is the JetBeam against the CL1H 3SD, which is 1.2A. The Jet-III sure looks to be of good quality.

The CL1H I used is as bright as the 3SD. I have the 1S pill which is their 1.2amp pill, same rating as the 3SD. A 3SD will be NO brighter than what I used in my test. You might have my pill confused with the 1SM which is a 1 amp pill.

And that's funny that folks have found the exact opposite with the battery fit. My AW was very tight but usuable and my Tenergy was fine. Both protected.

I will do a runtime test soon.

Oh, and I forgot to mention about the only criticism of the light . . . the lanyard ring was poorly done. I forgot about it because I took it off immediately. It is simply a metal ring that rattles around in the space above the tailcap.
 
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The CL1H I used is as bright as the 3SD. I have the 1S pill which is their 1.2amp pill, same rating as the 3SD. A 3SD will be NO brighter than what I used in my test. You might have my pill confused with the 1SM which is a 1 amp pill.

My apologies. I did exactly what you stated and confused the two. So many pills to choose from, which brings up a good point. With Dereelight, you have the solid upgrade path to new emitters. Does JetBeam have anything similar?
 

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I have not played with my Jet-III Pro enough to post a decent review but I did want to point out that the AW protected black cells barely fit. I tried two and only one of them can be squeezed in without forcing. I do not know about the blue AW's but ernsanada just posted his review and he had no problem with blues. The Jet-III Pro can benefit from an extra .01" (0.25mm) clearance for the AW blacks.

Wattnot: Were your AW's the black or blue version?

Overall the light has very nice fit and finish. It is quite bright on highest setting and puts out very usable light on its lowest 2 lumen setting. Clickie action is smooth and size is comfortable to hold and use. It is a good looking light too.

At very short range (less than 2ft) there is a greenish ring surrounding the beam. This disappears at greater than 2ft. I have not yet attempted to figure out the reason for the greenish halo (maybe the bezel ring) but it is not an issue in regular use so does not bother me at all. My Pro III uses a light OP reflector not a smooth one. I have not taken beam photos to post. If I have time this weekend I might try a runtime test on high/medium. Maybe even take a picture or two.

Cheers.
 

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