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Review of Whelen Ion V Series Lighthead

#1
Title/Name of item - Ion V Series


Manufacturer - Whelen


Link to manufacturer - http://www.whelen.com


How/why you got it - Got the lights from cajunblitz with the intent of installing them on Wife's car


Purpose/Description - This is a new lighthead from Whelen that features 180 degrees of warning light output, a takedown/flood option, as well as a puddle light. I bench tested 1 lighthead and ran it with all options (warning, takedown, puddle) for about 30 minutes. Innovative little lighthead that I feel was a great adaptation of the previous Ion series.


Rating (1-10, 10 is best)


•Durability - 9 - If you have seen an Ion, you know their housing is tough as nails and rock solid. I gave it a 9 because with the greater surface area of lens, I think it may be prone to damage/scratching.


•Performance/Usefulness - Break it into 3 sections, since this is a 3 in 1 lighthead:


Warning - 10 - MUCH brighter than I expected, and a TRUE 180 degrees of BRIGHT warning power


Takedown/Flood - 7 - Great feature, I like it, but more of a supplement flood light rather than a primary. Slightly less effective than an LR-11 with not as much useful range.


Puddle Light - 8 - I personally don't see the point of having this feature, however it does provide a decent amount of downward supplemental lighting. If you have use for a puddle light, it is much brighter than the standard automotive under-mirror puddle lights.


•Innovation - 8 - Gave it an 8 because Sound Off pioneered the 180 degree lighthead, and because Whelen retrofitted it into an existing lighthead - not a whole new platform. I forsee this light being fantastic for certain applications such as Mirror Beams, pushbumper lights, or other uses needing an extremely wide light spread.


•Appearance - 8 - Compact, clean, but the bulbous nature of the lens is a little off-putting.


•Price - 7 - They run about $160 each, which seems steep, however you are getting a W light with 3 function... But for $160 you could get M series and have better warning. I guess the $160 isn't bad if you utilize ALL the features of this light.


Total 8


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#2
I'm stocking these with the intention of installing them in the crossbar of Westin pushbumpers (they have a two and four Ion mounting option). I like the puddle light feature for lighting the ground in front of the unit for "dropped contraband" from frisked suspects at the front of the vehicle.


These Ions are going to change my standard of front warning choices when utilizing a push bumper..especially on a vehicle with no overhead bar or wig-wag capabilities...
 

Eric1249

Veteran Member
#4
Nice write up. I been debating one of these for my running board. I am surprised at the light output that the takedowns actually have.
 
#5
Great write up!


I think these are going to be good for very specific uses. But damn, that's one ugly light!


Throw the Alley or Puddle lights on a flasher maybe?
 

acala91

Veteran Member
#6
Good review. These v-series Ions seem to be a pretty cool addition to the Whelen lineup. I'm thinking that these would be awesome in a Mirrorbeam housing.
 

foxtrot5

Gold Supporter
#7
cajunblitz said:
I'm stocking these with the intention of installing them in the crossbar of Westin pushbumpers (they have a two and four Ion mounting option). I like the puddle light feature for lighting the ground in front of the unit for "dropped contraband" from frisked suspects at the front of the vehicle.
These Ions are going to change my standard of front warning choices when utilizing a push bumper..especially on a vehicle with no overhead bar or wig-wag capabilities...
That right there is an awesome idea that never even crossed my mind. Cajun, my friend, you're an innovator!
 

fleetcomm

Senior Member
#8
Great review, I think you did a very fair job of pointing out good bad and the ugly. Nice light.
 

How2075

Junior Member
#9
cajunblitz said:
I'm stocking these with the intention of installing them in the crossbar of Westin pushbumpers (they have a two and four Ion mounting option). I like the puddle light feature for lighting the ground in front of the unit for "dropped contraband" from frisked suspects at the front of the vehicle.
These Ions are going to change my standard of front warning choices when utilizing a push bumper..especially on a vehicle with no overhead bar or wig-wag capabilities...
As soon as I saw this on Sirennet I had a great idea for this light. I have a Ram 1500 that is lacking in rear warning lighting, so I decided to place the light on the rear of my cab right next to the cargo/3rd light. I figure the puddle light can be used to light up my bed, the take downs to light up the scene and the of course the warning lights will give more lighting in the rear. Currently I only have a dash light but later this fall I'll do my install.
 

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