Budget LED Mini Bars

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I am looking for a sub $300 lightbar. The models I have noticed so far are the Speed tech Raptor, Soundoff mini pinnacle, SVP starbeam M-tech, Code 3 Frontier, and Whelen Responder LP. These range in price from about $150 to $300. Whats the good and bad on these bars? I would also take any suggestions for other bars as well.
 
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The Code3 Frontier is a knock off of the Axixtech Falcon.


The Frontier uses a touch system on top of the lense to change the pattern.


The Falcon and I believe every other bar you mentioned have the pattern control on the Cig plug.
 
The SVP bar is not very bright or efffective. I personally do not like the style of the Whelen Responders. I would go with the SoundOff bars, both models are very bright & effective & have good styling.
 
Squad-6 said:
The SVP bar is not very bright or efffective. I personally do not like the style of the Whelen Responders. I would go with the SoundOff bars, both models are very bright & effective & have good styling.


I beg to differ Entirely. THe M-tech starbeam (Star SVP) is tied almost tooth to tooth with the Highlighter for brightness, The Canadian Starbeam has more fancy features and a optic filter, with makes it even better. I just posted a review, hoping its approved.


Best bang for the buck, the SWS 16310 Intelligent parabolic LED bar or the Star SVP 9016 starbeam. If you can get a Canadian ($337.00 cheapest ive seen) go for it, if not, get the Star SVP, I have both, theyre both half the cost of the highlighter, but dont get sun wash out like the HL.
 
Go for the Frontier.


very very bright and I havent had a single problem with em
 
I used to have a blue mini Pinnacle, and I would highly recommend them. Very bright, low profile, good warranty, good patterns, and relatively inexpensive.
 
Jared @ 911Lights said:
We sell a ton of the SVP Starbeams, I believe they are the only ones that come standard with the vacuum magnets which are truly scratch-proof and have 250 lbs of pull.

-Jared

Jared, I was not aware of the vacuum magnets, but that definitely sounds like a nice feature. This search started out with just the Mini Pinnacle and Starbeam, and I think it will likely be one of them. My concern over the Starbeam is if it will be bright enough in the day time? I have concerns over the LEDs not being directly visible. I also have concerns about how well the pinnacle will perform head on, since it only has corner modules.
 
blaster668 said:
Jared, I was not aware of the vacuum magnets, but that definitely sounds like a nice feature. This search started out with just the Mini Pinnacle and Starbeam, and I think it will likely be one of them. My concern over the Starbeam is if it will be bright enough in the day time? I have concerns over the LEDs not being directly visible. I also have concerns about how well the pinnacle will perform head on, since it only has corner modules.


You will not be dissapointed with the Star/SVP Starbeam, its got quite a snap. The SWS version of the bar has a very slight amount less snap but a much larger foot print, with either one youll be VERY happy. I got the Star SVP starbeam from jared for under $300 shipped to Canada, The SWS version is just around $300
 
Lets throw the Falcon Mini in from Axixtech, a vendor on here offered the bar to me at $215, $230, and $250 for the 30, 40, and 60 diode versions respectively. This is looking like it may be my best bet, especially if they will custom configure the heads for me. It would be nice to have one clear head to the front, one amber to the rear, and the rest red.
 
Newberry13 said:
I used to have a blue mini Pinnacle, and I would highly recommend them. Very bright, low profile, good warranty, good patterns, and relatively inexpensive.

Same here, this bar also loses no light around it because of the led angles. Very very nice lightbar. Would reccommend it to anyone, three people have it that I know and love them.
 
Ok, I've narrowed it down to the Mini Pinnacle in all red for $225 shipped or the 60 diode Falcon for in red, except one clear lighthead to the front and one amber head to the rear for $259 shipped. Which would you go with? Is the Falcon with custom color options worth $24 more in your opinion than the soundoff?
 
The starbeam uses the same Gen3 LEDs that Whelen uses and Federal signal. It essentially the same as the highlighter, same brightness, and it gets zero sun wash out. The star beam is the best bet, its bright not matter what angle, and the starbeam has a section of parabolic mirror just for intersection, but with the reflector, the front/side have the same brightness as the angled intersection part since the LEDs face up to the mirror, its the same brightness all around.


Star Starbeam:

 

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