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Akari® AX12 Arai


Custom made to fit Arai® brow vented shields, the AX12 ARAI operates with a USB rechargeable battery and installs easily onto your faceshield in minutes. Complete control over your tint lies in a small button that mounts to the outside of your shield. Switch between light and dark tint instantly with the quick touch of a button, or automatically via the built-in light sensor. So focus on what’s important…you and the road!

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Custom made for Arai® Helmets! Meet the AX12 Arai….

Specifically designed to fit Arai brow-vented faceshields, the new & improved AX12 Arai features e-Tint®, the patented liquid crystal technology enabling the rider to change tint from light to dark in less than 1/100th of a second. The Akari® AX12 Arai operates with a USB rechargeable battery and installs easily onto your faceshield in minutes – no tools necessary. The adhesive mesh liner offers additional light filtration around the insert and offers easy transfer to other shields. Complete control over your tint lies in a small button that mounts to the outside of your faceshield. Switch between light and dark instantly with the quick touch a button, or automatically via the built-in light sensor.

Would you like to check if the AX12-Arai will fit your helmet & faceshield? Download our Sizing Template above to print and cut-out!


  • NEW!  Improved transmission for better UVA/UVB protection
  • NEW!  Enhanced optics exceeds ANSI Z87.1 haze standards
  • NEW!  Now made with polycarbonate for stronger durability
  • NEW! Improved electronics with over 40 hours of battery life. The e-Tint® system is voltage driven and uses very little current. A fully charged battery offers at least forty (40) hours of tinted operation. Leave a fully charged AX12 on the shelf and you will still have tinting power after 3 weeks. The AX12 Arai is powered by a lithium polymer battery, and is rechargeable via a supplied micro-USB cable.
  • Superior anti-fog. Exceptional vision. Akari® inserts includes a permanent anti-fog coating eliminating the need for re-application, like most wipe or spray anti-fog solutions. This feature is further enhanced by the double lens system.
  • Liquid crystals. From the lab to the road. e-Tint® technology is based primarily on a liquid crystal system. A customized mixture of proprietary dyes, in a liquid crystal host, is sandwiched between two flexible plastic substrates coated with transparent electrodes. By applying voltage to the substrates, the electro-optic response of the liquid crystal is used to control the orientation of dyes, and consequently the tint of the insert.
  • Durable Design. The AX12 Arai is produced with a high-quality and distortion-free polycarbonate plastic offering stronger durability and quality vision. The electronics are housed in a sleek and aerodynamic button that is mounted to the outer, left-hand side of the faceshield
    with an automotive grade, pressure-sensitive adhesive.
  • Automatic/Manual option. You’re in control. The AX12 Arai can operate in a traditional manual mode (on/off) by a simple press of a button, or in a automatic, light-sensing mode. A light-sensitive photo cell is adapted into the external button, enabling the insert to change tint automatically. The AX12 electronics are also easily programmable to automatically change tint in the lighting condition of your choosing.
  • Enhanced UV protection. While most faceshields provide 98% UV protection, the Akari insert offers additional UV protection through the liquid crystal system, and double lens.
  • Easy install. No tools. No hassle. Install the AX12 Arai onto your faceshield in minutes – no tools necessary. This insert is equipped with an thin, adhesive vinyl border so you can simply peel, center, and stick into place! Installation templates are provided with the insert to assure a centered and correct position on your faceshield. Scratch or ding your faceshield? No problem. The AX12 Arai can easily peel off the shield and transfer to new one.
  • Power fails. You don’t. The Akari® system is equipped with a “fail-safe mechanism” to ensure your safety on the road. In the event of a power failure, the insert will automatically default to clear.



1 review for Akari® AX12 Arai

  1. Richard McDonald (verified owner)

    I’m surprised that I’m the first reviewer. I’ve only managed to install it in my helmet. I didn’t realize that it doesn’t work with a pin-lock visor and had to order a new visor. Hence the delay in writing this.

    The visor installs easily enough. The template is mandatory to install it. That was a good idea. I was worried that it would be dark even when not set to shade. It isn’t clear but it’s fine. When set to shade, it makes a good difference. And it certainly has a “cool factor”.

    Thanks to AMI Powersports customer service for very nicely and expeditiously handling a minor problem. Well done.

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Universal (Standard): 12.85” x 4.57” x 0.02″



The Akari® AX12 is not compatible with all faceshields and helmets, specifically the HJC® RPS-10, Shark® Evoline,and some dual-sport helmets.

Average 40% swing (20% ON | 60% OFF)

Less than 1%

Lithium Polymer (with charge protection)
USB Rechargeable, 50 mAh, 3.7 V

Storage time: about 3 weeks
Usage time: > 40 hours (typical usage ON 8 hrs. / OFF 8 hrs.)
500 charge cycles (retain 80% + capacity)

Operating: 14 to 113°F (-10 to 45°C)
Charging: 32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)

14 to 113°F (-10 to 45°C)

AX12 External Button

Includes: AX12 Insert, AX12 External Button, Micro USB cable, Installation Template, and Owner’s Manual

Akari® products are backed by a limited warranty that covers material and craftsmanship defects for one (1) year from the date of purchase.


Is there a way I can check to see if an Akari® insert will fit my helmet face shield before I buy one?
Yes. There is a sizing template for each model available for download on the website. Visit the ‘Sizing Template’ tab on the Akari® product page at www.e-tintproducts.com (underneath the ‘Add to Cart’ button). Download, print, and cut out the sizing template. With your helmet face shield down and fully closed, center the sizing template on the outside surface of the face shield. Align the template within the perimeter of the helmet portal to see if it fits within the opening. The Akari® AX12 insert is not compatible with all face shields and helmets, specifically the HJC® RPS-10, Shark® Evoline, Arai®, and dual-sport helmets. If you have an Arai® helmet, please explore our AX12 ARAI insert, custom fit for Arai® helmets.

Is the Akari® insert removable? Can I transfer my insert to another face shield?
Yes! The AX12 insert may be removed and transferred to a new face shield, BUT the AX12 button is not transferable – it is removable but will be damaged in the process. You may purchase a replacement AX12 button by visiting your local dealer or www.e-tintprouducts.com. After removing the face shield from your helmet, gently pull the AX12 off from the face shield by the tab located on the upper corner of the insert. If you set the insert down on a surface before re-installing it on a new face shield, be sure to set it down adhesive side up. Then, follow the standard installation instructions in the AX12 Owner’s Manual.

The flexible ribbon on the external button wraps underneath my face shield. Will this allow rain and extra wind noise to get in? Will it keep my visor from fully closing?
After rigorous testing, we have not found helmet face shield to leak moisture or extra noise. The flex is extremely thin and durable, measuring only 0.15mm in thickness. Therefore, it will not affect the ability of the face shield to fully close.

What if my face shield has pins? Will I still be able to install my Akari® insert?
If you have a face shield with pins, you may install the insert following our standard installation instructions. Then, simply trim the mesh around the pins using normal household scissors.

When my face shield is closed, does the insert cover the entire face shield, or is there a gap around the edges?
There is a very small gap between the perimeter of the AX12 border and the edge of the helmet portal. Since different helmets have a different size “field of view”, the insert was designed to fit nearly all helmet portals. The insert covers an average of 96-98% of the helmet portal.


What happens if the seal of the liquid crystal cell breaks?
e-Tint® products utilize a very tiny amount of a non-toxic dyed liquid crystal mixture and because of its minute amount and how the cell is kept together, it is very unlikely for any of it to come out even if the seal breaks. This liquid will leak only if the seal has been broken by excessive force. If it comes in contact with the skin, just wipe off and wash the area with soap and water. Contact with eyes: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. The dye in the liquid crystal mixture will stain clothing.

Should I let the battery fully charge before using it the first time?
Yes. It is good practice with any rechargeable system to fully charge the battery before its first use. Then, let it fully drain and recharge it again. This establishes the battery recharging system.

Can I change the battery in my e-Tint® product?
No. All e-Tint products are equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery permanently integrated into the unit.

How long does the battery last?
e-Tint® technology relies on a very small applied voltage to keep the product in a tinted state In the clear state (off), the battery will remain charged for approximately three (3) weeks. A fully charged pair of CTRL® eyewear may have up to seventy (70) hours of tinted use, depending on usage. An Akari® AX12 insert may have up to forty (40) hours of tinted use, depending on usage. Like any electronic product (i.e. a cellphone, mp-3 player, etc.) the battery will chemically age and eventually die, and this will constitute what we describe as “reaching the end of its life”. The rechargeable lithium ion battery can withstand, on average, 500 full charge cycles (meaning a full recharge) and retain up to 30 hours of tinted “usage” time. After 500 charge cycles, the amount of charge the battery can hold diminishes, resulting in shorter amounts of time before it needs to be recharged. Ultimately, the “usage” time (or life of the battery) depends on the owner’s frequency of use. A fully depleted battery will take at least 2 hours to fully charge. A fully charged battery will stay charged for use for up to three weeks.

How do I know when my e-Tint® product is fully charged?
The product will turn off (clear state). This indicates that the battery is fully charged and ready for use.

What happens if the battery loses power while I am using my e-Tint® product?
The “fail safe” position of any e-Tint® product is the clear state (off). If the battery loses power while you are actively using your product, the lens will instantly turn clear.

Will my e-Tint® product be damaged if I leave it plugged into my computer or an outlet for days on end?
It is not recommended to leave any e-Tint® product connected to a charging source for long periods of time, as it may cause the battery to expand. If you are planning on storing your product for a prolonged period of time, we recommend fully charging the battery every 2-3 months.

Is there anything special to do before storing an e-Tint® product for a prolonged period of time?
If your product will be stored for a prolonged period of time, we recommend fully recharging the battery every 2-3 months. Doing so will prolong and protect the capacity of the battery. The environmental temperature also affects the storage life of any battery. Cool environments are best.

Can I unplug it while it is charging?
Yes, you may unplug the e-Tint® product from its charging source while charging. There is no special way to ‘eject’ the product from its charging source; simply unplug it.

At what minimum and maximum temperature am I able to charge, operate or store my e-Tint® product?
You may use or store your e-Tint® product in temperatures no lower than 14°F (-10°C) and no higher than 113°F (45°C).
You may charge your e-Tint® product in temperatures no lower than 32°F (0°C) and no higher than 113°F (45°C).

What is meant by “auto” or “hands-free”? Does it have a light detector?
All e-Tint® products have a small, built-in light sensor. When put in the Automatic or “Hands-free” mode, the product will automatically turn on and off when activated by light. To turn the product into Automatic mode, simply press and hold the button for three (3) seconds until it flashes, indicating that the product has switched to hands-free (auto) mode. You can adjust the light threshold or sensitivity of the product in Automatic mode (see below).

Can I adjust the tint level of my e-Tint® product?
No. At this time, our products only switch from a single clear (light) state to a single tinted (dark) state.

What is a light threshold or light sensitivity?
The light sensitivity (or ‘threshold’) is the light level at which the e-Tint product will turn on or off. This can only be adjusted for use in hands-free (auto) mode. See manual for how to adjust the light sensitivity (threshold).

When I go outside, my e-Tint® product rarely turns on while in auto mode. What does this mean and how do I fix it?
The light sensitivity (threshold) is not properly set for your lighting condition. If the product is rarely turning on and is usually off, then your threshold is set too high. To adjust the light sensitivity to your desired setting, see the Directions of Use in the Owner’s Manual or the FAQ:“What is the proper way to change the light sensitivity (threshold)?” . DO NOT attempt to operate a vehicle without first setting the light sensitivity to your desired lighting condition. If the problem persists after changing the light sensitivity, please use manual mode only and contact Customer Support.

What is the proper way to change the light sensitivity (threshold)?
Take your e-Tint® product into an area that has the lighting you feel you would want the tint to switch. Then, follow the light sensitivity adjustment procedure in the Owner’s Manual (in Directions Of Use). DO NOT attempt to operate a vehicle without first setting the light sensitivity to your desired lighting condition.
For example: if you are in bright sunlight outside and you adjust the threshold standing in the bright sun, the product will turn on (tint) when you expose it to the same level of bright sunlight, but not in light that is less bright. If you want your product to turn on in a less bright environment (e.g. on a cloudy day), you will have to find somewhere with that level of lighting (e.g. with the sun hidden under a cloud) and adjust the threshold there. In this way, exposure to a level of lighting equal to the less-bright sun under a cloud will turn the tint on.

Can I download the owner’s guide for my e-Tint product?
Yes, go to the product page for the product you own and download the Manual from the ‘Product Documents’ section.

What is the return/warranty policy for e-Tint® products?
You may return your unopened product for refund or exchange within thirty (30) days from the date of purchase from an authorized dealer or directly from us. All e-Tint® products are backed by a limited warranty that covers material and craftsmanship defects for six (6) months from the date of purchase. See Returns and Warranties on the website: http://www.e-tintproducts.com/returns-warranties/

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