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Whelen Responder vs. Soundoff Pinnacle

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by cti531, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Alright I know that I posted last night that I was dead set on either the Whelen Justice or the Sho Me Luminator. Well today I seen the Sho Me in person and the place also had a Soundoff Pinnacle. I must say that for the price the Pinnacle sure was nice!!! It is nearly half the price too. I hear people say you get what you pay for when buying mini bars so what am I missing?

    I have decided that the Whelen Justice is just too much for me right now but did find another Whelen (Responder R2LP - Linear) that fits my budget.

    So now I am really torn between the Pinnacle and Responder.

    Here is a comparison video of the two. If you have a chance take a look...let me know what you guys think because I am really 50/50 here. Would love some feedback!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-JFbWpkWkk&feature=related
     
  2. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I don't want to throw another wrench in your juggling act. But I've got a SoundOff LED3 Mini and it absolutely rocks.

    http://www.soundoffsignal.com/warnamber/lightbars/lb_LED3mini.htm

    Price is a bit more than the Pinnacle but the quality, visibility, and flash patterns are much better in my opinion. It has been strapped to the top of my truck since before last winter. Shows no sign of fading, no moisture in the casing etc. Works like the day I unpacked it. I think it has something like 24 flash patterns. Below is a video in demo mode where all 24 flash patterns run through in a single cycle.

    You'll be very happy with a soundoff. Brighter than Whelen In my opinion.

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    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  3. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Dang that does look pretty cool!!! On the website it says the Pinnacle has the new "Fusion Technology Optics". I don't know what that means but do you know why they don't mention that for the LED3?
     
  4. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    The fusion technology refers to soundoff's proprietary lens design that, for lack of a better term, organizes/intensifies the light output of each LED. Similar to a lighthouse fesnel lens. The effect is especially apparent during daylight operation. The LED3 mini light bar does not use the fusion style optics over each led. But it is still highly effective during daytime hours. If your doing a lot of daytime operations and want the added security of having a super bright daytime LED go with the fusion. If you want a bundle of flash patterns that are fun to mess with and a larger total count of LEDs go with the LED3 mini.

    Here's a diagram of the effect.
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    Think simplified version of this
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  5. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    That is awesome info!!! I really appriciate that. Not sure which way I'm going to go on this yet. Would really like to see the LED3 in person. I will have to check into that tomorrow.
     
  6. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    I love the Whelen's but I'd honestly have to say the Pinnicle has the bang for the buck!