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Review: Jet-Beam BA20

Jet-Beam BA20

Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Summary:

Battery: 2 x AA
Switch: Forward clickie
Modes: 2 (High, Low)
LED Type: CREE xp-g R5
Lens: Coated glass lens
Tailstands: Yes
Price Payed: 38$
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Date Ordered: October 2011

 

Pros:

  • Imprehesive output with just 2x AA batteries
  • No epileptic modes
  • Robust, quality finish
  • Competitive price taking into account quality/performance
  • Trully regulated (constant) until batteries die

Cons:

  • Does not include holster
  • Lubricated with "vaseline". I hate vaseline
  • Some dirty (dust) in the external part of the head (the rest perfect)

 

Features / Value:  ★★★★★

First of all, this light belongs to the "B" (backup) series of Jet-Beam, meaning that it belongs to the "budget" range from Jet-Beam. You will not see the very high quality of the most expensive products from Jet-Beam, but you will not see the typical things from cheap chinese manufacturers (i.e. Romisen, TrustFire, etc)

 

This light seems to be designed to compete with the Fenix LD20. It is very similar in "desing" and seems to be in the same segment than the LD20.

However, it has less functions than the LD20, but of course, for less price. It is about 12 dollar less than the Fenix and the only "things" missing are the very low, high, SOS and strobe modes.

As positive aspect, is that it delivers more output than the Fenix (270 ANSI lumens vs 180 ANSI lumens), with a bit less runtime obviously (half an hour less, but more output)

As negative aspect, is 5mm longer, 3mm wider than the LD20, plus it weights a bit more. Also has not strike bezel.

One thing I want to highlight: if this lights belongs to the "cheap" line of Jet-Beam, I dont want to imagine how good will be the most expensive lights from Jet-Beam. I mean: despite it´s price range, I was amazed by the quality.

 

One last thing: the user interface is very simple. Low (33 lumens) and High (270 lumen).

 

 

 

Design / Build Quality: ★★★★★

The light is received in a nice blue box, having inside, the flashlight (with clip already installed), the user manual, warranty card, nice lanyard, 2 spare o-rings and a brown lanyard.

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The quality impress you if you are used to "play" with cheap chinese lights (ie, TrustFire, ultrafire, etc). It appears very well designed, very robust and feels very good in the hand. It weights more than a 1xAA light, of course, but way less than a P60 host....

The clip can be mounted near to the head, or near to the tailcap, as you want. The clip is very robust, and a bit difficult to remove. When installing or un-installing the clip, no "marks" are left in the surface of the light, meaning it should be really HAIII as claimed.

It measures about 15,5 cm lenght and 2,3 cm width. The clip acts as "anti roll". It can tailstand, but sometimes it is a bit unstable.

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The switch is a "fordward" type, allowing to signaling. The travel is long and very smooth.

The head is completely smooth, and has not "strike bezel"

The threads in the tail, are anodized and they are veeery smooth. Due to they are anodized, if you unscrew the tailcap 1/4 turn the light will not work (it becomes a twist switch light!). Good at least for me.

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The threads in the head, are not anodized because of the "change mode" funtion. They must be not anodized. Also they are not as smooth as the tailcap ones. And shorter...

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O-rings present in both ends of the battery tube. The battery tube is very thick.

The tailcap is one of the "drawbacks" of the light. I dont know if the assembly will last long (it seems to be weak), but, all late JetBeam lights have this switch desing. The time will say.........

One last point about quality: it arrived lubed with simple "vaseline". This is a bit deceptive, at least for me. Other lights as itp A3 (which cost the half than this) arrives with some fancy product, which seems to be a chinese copy of "superlube"...

I had to remove all the vaseline and apply my favourite lube product: silicone based lubrican (the one used for diving.)

 

The light has reverse polarity protection as you can see in the photos. Also if you look carefully you will see two "gold" contacts to allow the "change mode" function. Other lights have these contacts "hidden".

 

 

 

Battery Life:  ★★★★

Despite I dont give 5 full stars, I consider very good the chance to have 270 lumens during 1 hour and 45 minutes on High, and 30 lumens during 33 hours on Low.

That is what manufacturer claims.

 

I still have not done runtime tests. But I have measured the current draw:

 

Fresh charged BTone 2500mAh batteries:

High 1.09A

Low 250mA

 

Not fresh GP1300mAh batteries (used to test the light when arrived, about 10 minutes used):

High 2.30A

Low 216mA

 

Yeah, with used/bad batteries it draws a lot more of current than with fresh/good batteries, proving that is has a fully regulated desing. The typical: as voltage decreases, amperaje increases. Good

 

 

 

Light Output: ★★★★★

 

As I have said, I am impressed by the fact that just with 2xAA you get more light than, i.e. a TrustFire F20 (Q5) with 14500. Imprehesive. That was what I was searching, a light which can produce the maximun amount of light with easy available AA batteries.

Manufacturer claims 270 Ansi lumens on high and 30 Ansi lumens on low. I trust that. Is imprehesive.

It has a big hotspot, not very well defined, and the flood and throw is more than adecuate for the size of the reflector.

The tint is..... nor neutral, nor cool. Definetively not very cool and not warm at all. More near to "neutral" but with a "bit" of cool

Beamshot on HIGH at 3 meters:

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 Beamshot on LOW at 3 meters:

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I still have not checked how far reaches the beam.... but manufacturers claims to reach 133 meters...

For comparison:

First photo, JetBeam Ba20 at 10-15 meters.

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 Second photo: TrustFire F20 (xr-e q5) with 14500

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As you can see (difficult) the BA20 floods more, has a not well defined hotspot, gives more lumens and has a semi-neutral tint. The F20, with cool-blueish tint, has a defined smaller hotspot, floods less and has less lumens

 

Summary: ★★★★★

 

Is a very good light with a very affordable price. In this price range, I dont know about any other flashlights which gives more light output than the JetBeam BA20/Fenix LD20 for less price (the only one I know to be in this output is the the Klarus p2A with it´s 245 lumens)

The quality is what you would espect from a reputable manufacturer as Jet-Beam, despite being the "low end" class of this manufacturer.

 

If you are searching a 2xAA light, this is a light which have to be considered, but of course, only has 2 modes.

 

 

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Review finished. I have added some photos, but maybe I will do more...

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Thanks for the great review , fran82 .

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Nah, you are welcome.

I have to go outside home and try to take photos in very dark areas at long distances (+50 meters).

I will update.


And sorry for my mobile phone camera. Is impossible to see the real amount of light and differences with other lights.... XP

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I like the output on high, but I wish it had a 3rd brightness level.

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Yes, but if you read CPF, they have measured the low mode at 55 lumens the first minutes until the batteries drop and full regulation starts. When regulation starts it has 30 lumens constantly.

Yes, more modes will be better, but "as is" is very good

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Nice review!  I would like to have one of those. 

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It is a very nice light at a great price.  I have the Klarus P2A and the Jetbeam BA20.  These lights are very similar.  You can switch the tail caps and they work just fine.  Just a very little difference in the body shape.  They cost the same.  I know the Jetbeam says it has 270 lumens and the Klarus is rated at 245 but I'm not sure how accurate these ratings are.  To my eye the Klarus is slightly brighter and throws just slightly farther than the Jtebeam.  I like the feel of the clicky of the Klarus just slightly better than the Jetbeam.  

Both of these lights are so similar that it's almost not fair to choose one over the other.  Great lights for the money.  

BTW:  I like both of these lights better than my Quark AA2 Tactical that cost me 1/3 more.

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Thanks for the review, fran!

If you want this light and are brave enough to order from DD:

http://www.dinodirect.com/led-flashlight-cree-xpg-r5-led-30lm270lm-2mode.html

Kokopelli wrote it is indeed the BA20 (see first review).

It's 30.69 US$ BEFORE coupon, if you add "oneworldweshare" it gets down to 25.69!

I would order myself but having the Klarus P2A it doesn't make sense (or does it?)

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Huny74 wrote:

Kokopelli wrote it is indeed the BA20 (see first review).

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I would order myself but having the Klarus P2A it doesn't make sense (or does it?)

what are the clear differences between the Klarus and the Jetbeam?

thanks for the review fran!!

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I think they are made in the same factory, they share electronics, switch, etc...

The main differences are:

- Klarus declares 245 vs the jetbeam declares 270 (in real life, people say they give the same output)

- Klarus has cool tint and jetbeam has some neutral-cool tint

- Klarus throws a bit more than the jetbeam (however both have exactly the same reflector. Difference should be due to the tint)

- Machining of the outside of the body. Different clearly.

 

They are almost the same, but I have had BOTH on my hands and I prefer the JetBeam because it is nicer and the CLIP is reversible. The klarus NOT.

I have tested both and as many people say, the klarus has a cooler tint while the jetbeam has a more neutral tint. Both seems to throw to the same distance and they seem to produce the same lumens output, but without measuring equipment... difficult to say

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gracias por lo todo jeje.

fran, can you detect any greenish-ness on any of the 4 modes (JB: Hi-Lo, Klarus: Hi-Lo)?

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Difficult to say. Mis ojos no son muy de fiar... pero...

On Hi mode, no greenish-ness nor in the jetbeam nor in the klarus.

On Low mode, no greenish-ness nor in the jetbeam nor in the klarus.

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thanks for the links and your personal ojojaja Wink

i've triggered the pull on the P1A clarus .. and i am eager to see it shipped (pre-ship photo by DD).

excelente resena ¡¡

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Buen bicho! Y más barato que la JetBeam. Yo me sigo quedando con la JB, sin embargo si necesitara una con las mismas caracteristicas, me iba a la klarus de calle, por ser más barata y rendir mas o menos igual

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I have the Jetbeam BC20 and it runs on 2 CR123 batteries and it supposedly puts out 305 lumens on high and 20 lumens on low.  It is said to throw out to 136 meters, and have a max runtime of 36hrs.  I really like it.  I paid $35 shipped for it.

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fran82 wrote:
más barato

ma barato??

ej qué va ¡¡

y que nadie me odie por eso *gg*

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Ahahaha you used the coupon and dinopoints yeah!!!! looks like that DinoDirect is going to sell many flashlights with this "policy". Very good DinoDirect! let´s see if DealExtreme learns to this.

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kreisler wrote:

Sorry, I don't understand spanish. But how in hell did you manage to buy a P1A for $ 6.39??? (And why did you only order one?)

 

edit: Ok, fran was quicker (as usual)

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Huny74 wrote:
But how in hell did you manage to buy a P1A for $ 6.39??? (And why did you only order one?)
i guess i am driving boardies crazy with my bragging about the achieved DD deals.. Anyway, i used 400 dinopoints, 5$ off coupon, and DD giftcard. The remaining amount payable thru paypal.

well, let's be patient. my order is "Paid Order" but not yet "Order Accepted" or shipped.

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kreisler wrote:

i guess i am driving boardies crazy with my bragging about the achieved DD deals.. Anyway, i used 400 dinopoints, 5$ off coupon, and DD giftcard. The remaining amount payable thru paypal.

I see, thanks for the explanation (for a moment I thought I had already missed the deal of the year 2012... Wink  )

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Very detailed review Fran! Thanks very much. Frontpage’d and Sticky’d.

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I am new to the world of bright flashlights. I have been reading online in the forums etc. and the amount of info out there is astounding.

So far all I own is UltraFire. I have an UltraFire WF 501B XP-G (R5) with another 501B on the way, with XM-L ($10.00). I also have an UltraFire that zooms and also runs on 18650. I like it more than I thought I would. The Saik, I payed $7.50 for delivered. It has an extension in the middle, and will run on (2) AA’s or (1) Cr123A

I have a Klarus P2A on the way, which I ordered before I saw this forum. And an UltraFire C8 w/ XM-L. The Klarus will probably get here tomorrow.

Thanks for the review. I almost bought the Jetbeam BA 20, but found a better deal on the Klarus.

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Both lights will perform more like the same…

The only differences are:

1) The BA20 has a more warmer tint than the P2A
2) The machinning of the body different (IMO the jetbeam is nicer than the p2a), but both have same quailty
3) The clip in the jetbeam is reversible (in the klarus not)
4) Late units of the klarus p2a are coming with square threads, which are more robust, smoothier and longer than the triangular shape of the jetbeam (however I dont know if the late units of the jetbeam are coming with square threads too)

Basically both lights are made in the same factory with the same led, same reflector, same electronics, same switch… only differences are the “shape” of the body an another minimal aspects…

And they have about the same light output, same runtime, same amount of light on each mode, etc…….

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Welcome to this nice place, RichLee!

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LOL. A different Rich Lee. I wish I could draw like that. Smile

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came this week.

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I’m not going to buy anything else until I can get something with an XP-G2 in it.

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