Akari® AX12

$129.99

Change your tint in the blink of an eye! Whether you are a daily commuter or a weekend warrior, the Akari® AX12 insert satisfies multiple demands on the road: safety, control, and convenience, all in an instant. The new and improved AX12 insert features,  e-Tint®, the patented liquid crystal technology enabling the rider to instantly change tint in less than 1/100th of a second. This universal model fits most industry-standard faceshields. So ditch the shades and stop carrying extra visors…one visor is all you need!

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One visor is all you need. So toss the sunglasses and tinted accessories.

Blinding sun – every rider has experienced this at least once during a ride. Meet the next generation of eye protection for motorsport enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you’re a daily commuter or a weekend warrior, Akari® is your solution. This state of the art visor insert 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 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, program your desired setting to have the insert switch automatically via the light-sensing photo cell – hands free!

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

AX12 FEATURES:

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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.

REPLACEMENT PARTS:  Akari AX12 Button

 

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

TINT COLORS
Smoke

BORDER COLORS
Black

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

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

OPTICAL HAZE
Less than 1%

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

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

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

STORAGE TEMPERATURE
14 to 113°F (-10 to 45°C)

REPLACEMENT PARTS
AX12 External Button

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

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

AKARI® VISOR INSERTS

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.

ALL E-TINT® PRODUCTS

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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Although e-Tint does not require you to register your Akari product, it is important to keep the following information to obtain warranty service. In the event that you would like to file a claim, e-Tint Customer Service will require:

• Serial Number Found on the back of the packaging card, above the UPC code.
• Model Name
• Original Purchase Receipt
• First & last name
• Telephone number
• Email & Shipping address

RETURN & EXCHANGE POLICY

You may return any new, unopened product for a full refund or exchange within (30) days of purchase. Please see your retailer if you purchased a product in a store or online. Special order returns are at our discretion on a case-by-case basis. The total refund amount is for the cost of your product, excluding shipping. Please contact e-Tint by visiting www.e-tintproducts.com/customersupport for an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number, and specific return and shipping instructions. Products returned for full refund must be in new condition and in original packaging. A purchase receipt must be provided with the return of any product. Products returned to e-Tint without notification will not be eligible for a refund or exchange. The shipping and duty charges for returning a product are the sole responsibility of the customer.

LIMITED WARRANTY ON AKARI® PRODUCTS

e-Tint is 100% committed to creating the best performance products in the industry and we are always interested in receiving input from our valued customers. If you experience a problem with one of our products we want to know about it.

All Akari® products are warranted for a period of ONE year from date of purchase against any defects in materials and workmanship. If you find a defect within one (1) year after purchase, we kindly request you return your product to e-Tint. We will then evaluate your claim and, based on our findings and at our option, repair or replace any Akari® product that does not conform to the Limited Warranty.

In order to obtain limited warranty service, the following procedures must be followed:
Visit our Customer Support section to obtain an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number, and specific return and shipping instructions. The Akari® product must be returned with a purchase receipt for warranty service. Products returned to e-Tint without notification will not be eligible for limited warranty service. If the product does not conform to the Limited Warranty, the shipping and duty charges for returning the product are the responsibility of e-Tint.

Online Auction Purchases: Products purchased through online auctions (this does not apply to purchases made on www.e-tintproducts.com) are not eligible for warranty coverage. Online auction confirmations are not accepted for warranty verification. To obtain warranty service, an original or copy of the sales receipt from the original retailer is required. e-Tint will not replace missing components from any package purchased through an online auction.

EXCLUSIONS

The Limited Warranty set forth above applies only to Akari® products manufactured by or for e-Tint, LLC, and that bear the “Akari” trademark, trade name, or logo. The Limited Warranty does not apply to any non-Akari® products or any helmet visor or face shield, even if packaged or sold with an Akari® product. Manufacturers or suppliers, other than e-Tint, may provide their own warranties to the end user purchaser. Please check the relevant packaging for any relevant third party warranty information.

The Return Policy and Limited Warranty does not apply: (a) to consumable parts, such as batteries, unless damage has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship; (b) to damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, flood, fire, earthquake or other external causes; (c) to damage caused by operating the product outside the permitted or intended uses described by e-Tint; (d) to damage caused by ordinary wear and tear; (e) to damage caused by service, alterations, or repair performed by anyone who is not a representative of e-Tint; or (e) to damage arising from failure to follow instructions relating to the product’s use or installation.

EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN THE LIMITED WARRANTY, ALL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU BY e-Tint ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, e-Tint EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, WITH RESPECT TO ALL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU BY e-Tint. No information or advice obtained through the e-Tint website, or any other affirmation of e-Tint, by words or actions, shall constitute a warranty. IN NO EVENT SHALL e-Tint’s LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU BY e-Tint EXCEED THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU TO e-Tint FOR ANY SUCH PRODUCT OR SERVICE. IN NO EVENT SHALL e-Tint BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE MADE AVAILABLE BY e-Tint. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, THOSE PROVISIONS SET FORTH ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

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