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.

FIT and FUNCTION

1. Is there a way I can check to see if an Akari® insert will fit my helmet faceshield before I buy one?
Yes. There is a sizing template for each model available for download on this website. Click the ‘Sizing Template’ tab above (underneath the ‘Add to Cart’ button) to download, print, and cut out the sizing template. With your helmet faceshield down and fully closed, center the sizing template on the outside surface of the faceshield. 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 facheshields 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.

2. Is the Akari® insert removable? Can I transfer my insert to another faceshield?
Yes! The AX12 insert may be removed and transferred to a new faceshield, although the AX12 button is not transferrable. You may purchase a replacement AX12 button here online or by visiting your local dealer. After removing the faceshield from your helmet, gently pull the AX12 off of the faceshield by the tab located on the upper corner of the insert. If you set the insert down before re-installing it on a new faceshield, be sure to set it down adhesive side up. Then, follow the standard installation instructions in the AX12 Owner’s Manual.

3. What happens if the seal on the insert breaks?
The AX12 utilizes a tiny amount of a dyed liquid crystal mixture. This liquid will leak if the seal is broken. If it comes in contact with the skin: Remove the excess of material and wash with soap and water. Contact with eyes: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Liquid crystal mixture will stain clothing.

4. The flexible ribbon on the external button wraps underneath my faceshield. 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 faceshields to leak moisture or extra noise. The ribbon is extremely thin and durable, measuring only .15mm in thickness. Therefore, it will not affect the ability of the faceshield to fully close.

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

6. When my faceshield is closed, does the insert cover the entire faceshield, or is there a gap around the edges?
There is a very small gap between the perimeter of the adhesive liner and the edge of the helmet portal. Since all 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.

7. What is the operational temperature of the insert?
You should not operate your Akari® insert in temperatures lower than 14°F (-10°C) or higher than 113°F (45°C).

8. Can I use my Akari® insert at night?
Akari® inserts that are deactivated (clear state) are safe to use at night. Although, an activated (tinted) insert is intended for DAYTIME USE ONLY in Countries using ECE 22.05 helmet standards.

BATTERY and CHARGING
9. What happens if the battery loses power while I am riding?
The “fail safe” position of the visor is the light state (off). If the battery loses power while you are riding, the visor insert will instantly turn off.

10. Should I let my insert 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.

11. How long does the battery last?
The AX12’s e-Tint® technology relies on an applied voltage to orient the liquid crystals. It uses very little current. In the light state (off), the AX12 battery will remain charged for approximately three (3) weeks. A fully charged AX12 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 eventually die and this will constitute what we describe as “reaching the end of its life”. The AX12 battery is able to withstand, on average, 600 full charge cycles (meaning a full re-charge and then die) and retain up to 30 hours of tinted “usage” time. Ultimately, the “usage” time (or life of the battery) depends on the rider’s frequency of use. A fully depleted battery will take at least 2 hours to fully charge. A fully charged AX12 will stay charged for use for up to three weeks.

12. Will the insert be damaged if I leave it plugged into my computer or an outlet for days on end? Can I unplug it while it is charging?
It is not recommended to leave the AX12 connected to a charging source for long periods of time as it may cause the battery to expand. Yes, you may unplug the AX12 from its charging source while charging. There is no special way to ‘eject’ the insert from its charging source; simply unplug it.

13. I lost my charging cord. Where do I get a new one?
The Akari® insert uses a micro USB charging port. You can order a new one at amipowersports.com or purchase one at most stores that carry electronic products or accessories.

14. How do I know when the device is done charging?
During charging, the insert be activated (tinted). When the insert is fully charged it will deactivate (turn clear).

15. What kind of wall adapter can I use with my micro USB cable? Where can I purchase one?
Any standard, universal USB wall adapter can be used with the supplied micro USB cable. Most cell phones now
include a wall adapter for charging – this adapter works fine. You may purchase a universal wall adapter here on our website or
at any store that carry electronic products and accessories.

16. At what minimum and maximum temperature am I able to charge the insert?
You may charge your Akari® insert in temperatures no lower that 32°F (0°C) and no higher than 113°F (45°C).

TINT, LIGHT and THRESHOLD

17. Can I adjust the tint level of the insert?
No. At this time, AMI Powersports only offers an insert changes between two levels of tint (on or off). These tint levels are fixed and cannot be adjusted by the user.

18. What is the light transmission of the Akari® insert?
The AX12 has a transmission swing of about 40%, with an average of 20% transmission in the tinted state and 60% transmission in the clear state.

19. What is meant by “auto”? Does it have a light detector?
The Akari® AX12 button has a small light sensor (photo cell) built into the top of the electronics button. The button is simply pushed once to turn the insert either on or off, or the button is held in for three (3) seconds until it flashes, indicating that it has switched to automatic mode. The insert will now automatically change tint when exposed to brighter light.

20. What is a light threshold?
The light threshold is the light level at which the insert will turn on or off. This can only be adjusted for use in automatic mode.

21. If I hold the button (while in manual mode) between 6 and 12 seconds, will the insert activate in automatic mode AND change the light threshold at the same time?
No. The cell will flash three (3) times to indicate the mode change, but the button must be released before performing another action (e.g. changing the light threshold).

22. When I go outside, the insert rarely switches on while in automatic mode. What does this mean and how do I fix it?
The light threshold is not properly set for your lighting condition. If the insert is rarely turning on and is usually off, then your threshold is set too high. See the Directions of Use in the Owner’s Manual to adjust the light threshold to your desired setting. DO NOT attempt to operate a vehicle without first setting the light threshold to your desired lighting condition. If the problem persists after changing the light threshold please use manual mode only and contact Customer Support.

23. While in automatic mode, the insert switches on/off, but I would still like to change the light threshold. What is the proper way to do this?
Take the insert into an area that has the lighting condition you feel you would want the cell to be active in. Then, follow the light threshold adjustment procedure in the Owner’s Guide (in Directions Of Use). DO NOT attempt to operate a vehicle without first setting the light threshold to your desired lighting condition. If the problem persists after changing the light threshold please use manual mode only and contact Customer Support.

24. The insert does not switch on/off when I push the button, regardless of what mode I’m in. What is happening?
More than likely the battery needs to be charged. Please use the supplied USB cable to charge the device. If this problem persists, please contact Customer Support.

CLEANING and STORAGE
25. How do I clean the Akari® insert?
Clean with warm water, mild detergent, and a micro-fiber cloth. For stubborn residues clean with a household glass cleaner. Do not use cleaners which contain moisturizers, abrasives, strong acids, or caustics. Do not immerse the insert or electronics in liquids as this may impact the function of the insert. Do not leave this product in direct sunlight when not in use. Doing so will degrade the longevity of your insert.

26. What is the storage temperature of an Akari® insert?
Store the insert in temperatures no lower than 14°F (-10°C) or higher than 113°F (45°C).

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

27. Can I download the owner’s guide for the Akari® AX12?
Yes, it can be downloaded from the Product Documents’ on the Akari® AX12 product page at www.amipowersports.com. If you have questions regarding the owner’s guide, please Customer Support.

28. What is the return/warranty policy for the Akari® AX12?
You may return your unopened or *malfunctioning insert for refund or exchange within thirty (30) days from the date of purchase. All Akari® products are backed by a limited warranty that covers material and craftsmanship defects for one (1) year from the date of purchase.
*Under normal use and conditions. Malfunctioning products are subject to evaluation to qualify for a refund/exchange.

29. How do I dispose of the insert?
Your Akari® AX12 must be disposed of properly according to local laws and regulations. Because this product contains a battery, it must be disposed of separately from household waste. When your insert reaches the end of its life, contact local authorities to learn about recycling options.

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• Serial Number Found on the back of the packaging card, above the UPC code.
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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.

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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.

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