[Review] Airpro DC7

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[Review] Airpro DC7

Review copy was sent in by Airpro to me here in the Philippines, whom I thank for the confidence afforded to me.

Preface:
This is a new and upcoming brand in the flashlight industry. The DC7 is Airpro's first self owned brand of light. They chose to go with the multi-emitter soda can light that we all love already.

Sure it looks familiar to all of us since it is closely similar to existing lights in the market. However, during the latter part of this review, after using the light for about a week already, I was quite surprised that such improvements have been made. Read on and see for yourselves.


Packaging:
It comes very well packaged in bubble wrap on a brown carton box. The packaging of the light itself comes in a matte black and blue retail packaging box with some pictures of the light printed on the box itself alongside some information on the light specifications.

 

Inclusions:
1x Airpro DC7
1x Manual in English,German and French
1x Lanyard
1x Keyholder ring
1x Type C - USB nylon braided fast charging cable

 

Quick Features:
-Compact and lightweight 5000 lumens flashlight
-Dedomed XPL-HI LEDS
-LED Lifespan 50000 hours CREE XPL-HI in Cool White.
-Uses four 18650 batteries for maximum runtime up to 1500hours
-High transmittance glass
-Advanced Temperature Regulation technology
-Automatic stepdown
-Low voltage warning
-Low voltage protection
-Battery capacity indicator
-Stepless dimming and mode spacing operation with Narsil driver.
-The light can be run by one, 2, 3 or 4 18650 batteries in parallel
-Tail stand capability
-Easy to operate. Modes are: stepless dimming(default setting), 1lm,10lm-300lm-1000lm-2500lm-5000lm, strobe (5 selections)
-Has mode memory.
-Quick access to TURBO from any mode.
-Compressed and strenghthened design and IP7 waterproof. DC7 can work in heavy rain or in water (1 meter max)
-Flashing LED location function button breathing LED help you to find flashlight in the night easily.
-Electronic and mechanical Lock/unlock feature to prevent any accidental operation when flashlight is in your bag.
power indicator(green-blue-red),Advanced temperature regulation technology, automatic brightness stepdown, low voltage warning, battery reverse protection.
-1 Year Warranty.

Manufacturer Specifications:
LEDs: XPL-HI dedomed LED's 6500k
Weight: 404.5 grams(without battery)
Item dimensions: 133mm length * 59mm head
Material: Aluminum
Waterproof: IPX-7

Mode: Turbo High Medium Low Moonlight
Brightness: 5000LM 2500LM 1000LM 10LM 1LM
Run Time: 81 min 3.3hrs 8.6hrs 65h 95Days
Beam Distance: 550m 373m 243m 133m
Beam Intensity: 75625cd 34833cd 14683cd 4400cd

Operation:

*Light is in stepless dimming by default. To switch between stepless dimming and mode spacing, from OFF, click the button quickly 3 times.

From OFF:
-1 click to turn the light ON
-2 quick clicks to go to TURBO
-3 quick clicks changes Lighting modes (stepless dimming to mode spacing or vice versa) followed by 3 light flashes and leaves the light ON.
-4 quick clicks electronically locks the light, followed by 4 flashes.

from ON:

Stepless dimming mode:
-1 click and hold, changes the light brightness.
-1 click would turn the light OFF.
-2 clicks goes to instant TURBO.
-3 clicks would change modes to mode spacing.
-while on TURBO, 2 clicks would go to STROBE, 1 click would change between the 4 STROBE modes (STROBE -> STROBE with Flash -> Bike STROBE -> 2 Flash STROBE), another click would turn the light OFF.

Mode spacing mode:
-1 click , would let you change between modes , it is always going up from lowest to highest mode. I must say that you should be quick to click if you want to change modes because it will turn the light OFF, if you click more than 2 seconds.
-1 click and hold to go to the lower mode (example you are on HIGH, 1 click and hold would bring it down to MED).
-2 clicks goes to instant TURBO.
-3 clicks would change modes to mode spacing.
-while on TURBO, 2 clicks would go to STROBE, 1 click would change between the 4 STROBE modes (STROBE -> STROBE with Flash -> Bike STROBE -> 2 Flash STROBE), another click would turn the light OFF.

Electronic Lockout: 4 quick clicks from OFF (followed by 4 quick flashes, indicating the light is LOCKED/UNLOCKED).
Mechanical Lockout: 1/4th turn on the barrel would LOCKOUT the light.

Form Factor:
The machining on this light is very good. The Aluminum used is thick and well-machined. The writings on the light is visible and can be clearly read. Powder coating is thick. No peeling or flaking. Fits very well in hand, one of the most compact soda cans I held. A little heavy with the 4 batteries. And most importantly, it does what is says it does.

Head:
It has a very subtle strike bezel. Has a high transmittance glass housing the LED's underneath with 4 individual deep, smooth, polished reflectors.

 

On MOONLIGHT, you will notice the LED's are de-domed.



There are deepset cooling fins ample enough for heat dissipation all around the light head.


The main switch is a dotted rubber boot encased in an aluminum ring, slightly lifted so you can easily locate the switch button by touch.

Illuminated main switch button.


On right side of the main switch is the USB charging port covered very well by a rubber boot to help with the waterproofness and prevent dust from coming in.


And on the opposite side of the switch is the keyring holder hole or a screw hole for a mount if you choose.


The contacts on the head are beefy, the positive being a large brass ring, making direct contact with the button tops.

Barrel: There is a huge diamond pattern knurling on the entirety of the barrel that provides very good grip even with gloves.


The threads appear to be square cut, and anodized.

Tail:The tail side of the light has thick gold dual coiled springs which are sturdy. Needless to say, the this light can tail stand very pretty well. However, there are no holes at the tail for if you prefer to put a lanyard there instead of at the head part.



Beam shots:

Control shot

TURBO

TURBO

Control shot

MOONLIGHT mode

LOW

MEDIUM

HIGH

TURBO

 

Control shot

MOONLIGHT

LOW

MEDIUM

HIGH

TURBO

 

 

Creative shots:

 

Conclusion:
To sum up, I believe that the most important part of any review is if given the chance to purchase the same light for my own EDC, would I still purchase it?
For this light, it is a definite YES. I already love the other similar soda can lights like the BLFQ8. Specially if you are looking for a complete light with complete functions. This light is well worth the price, for the excellent UI, and nice build quality.
Scrutinizing the light over throughout the review, I am hard pressed to find any flaws at this price point. Trully a good introductory light for an upcoming flashlight company, Airpro did a good job on this light.

Here's a promo code if you plan to get one - https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A3EBGDL0QC7IDI

As with all gears, two is one and one is none.

Light on brothers!

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A Q8 knock-off with USB-C charging!! I see a few familiar looking parts, is Airpro manufactured by Sofirn?? I love to see a picture of the driver?

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Thanks for the review and the good video showing the UI. What does it cost and where can you buy it?

edit: found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZ2GZYK/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_qmbzCbBWNSH3W

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Thanks for the review!

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Nice review. Just snagged one … Smile

Many Thanks.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZ2GZYK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_...

Item(s) Subtotal: $57.99
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
25OPCCHA: -$14.50 ——-
Total before tax: $43.49
Estimated tax to be collected: $0.00 ——-
Grand Total: $43.49

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Any chance you could check whether the manual includes information about how to get the source code? If it’s using Narsil, that’s required to be in there somewhere.

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maukka wrote:
Thanks for the review and the good video showing the UI. What does it cost and where can you buy it?

edit: found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZ2GZYK/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_qmbzCbBWNSH3W

sorry for the late reply, here’s a promo code if you plan to:

https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A3EBGDL0QC7IDI

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Any chance you could check whether the manual includes information about how to get the source code? If it’s using Narsil, that’s required to be in there somewhere.

I did check, unfortunately it’s not there, however I asked Airpro and they said it is Narsil, however it is different from the Narsil on the BLF-Q8. Maybe a different version perhaps.

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weklund wrote:
Nice review. Just snagged one … Smile

Many Thanks.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZ2GZYK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_...

Item(s) Subtotal: $57.99
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
25OPCCHA: -$14.50 ——-
Total before tax: $43.49
Estimated tax to be collected: $0.00 ——-
Grand Total: $43.49

Sorry I just read this, if you can cancel, maybe you can still get the promo – https://www.amazon.com/promocode/A3EBGDL0QC7IDI

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FPV wrote:
Thanks for the review!

My pleasure, thank you for watching/reading.

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sacrileizei wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:
Any chance you could check whether the manual includes information about how to get the source code? If it’s using Narsil, that’s required to be in there somewhere.

I did check, unfortunately it’s not there, however I asked Airpro and they said it is Narsil, however it is different from the Narsil on the BLF-Q8. Maybe a different version perhaps.

Thanks.

It sounds like they’re not following the license, so I should go bother them about it.

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Great deal for a Q8 with usb charging! Thumbs Up

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Like I don’t have enough Q8s… I hate you guys.

Yeah, I got one, even with evil usb-c instead of micro. Silly

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Lightbringer wrote:
Like I don’t have enough Q8s… I hate you guys.

Yeah, I got one, even with evil usb-c instead of micro. Silly

I had it in my cart, but didn’t pull the trigger. Already have Q8 and a Mini TN30, and would miss the exercise of pulling the cells and charging the old fashioned way.

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I prefer the BLF Q8. It was clear that some knock-offs will hit the market if you see what a sucsessfull light it is. I think the main reason why there are not more knock-offs is, the low price of the Q8.
Not much margin if you want to deliver the same quality.

Not nice if they use Toms/TKs code without mentioning it! The two are so kind to let everybody use their work without getting money for it. So they sure can expect that its mentioned in the description!

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I would not buy this IMO.

They aren’t following the GPL, will probably cut corners somewhere at some time, which I do not like.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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Hey, where would someone get one of those “key ring holders” for a Sofirn Q8? The Q8 has the same threaded hole. I like that!

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BlueSwordM wrote:
I would not buy this IMO.

They aren’t following the GPL, will probably cut corners somewhere at some time, which I do not like.

I’m pretty sure companies we all know that worked with TK had the same problem before being told how to comply. They might still be crap though..

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Yeah I know.

That’s why we are here to straighten them out a bit.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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It can be a weird thing for companies to wrap their heads around. It’s a “share and share alike” license but, by default, companies usually seem to want to do the exact opposite of sharing. They often want to set the lock bits too, to prevent “theft of the program”… not realizing that people are supposed to be able to copy it, and anti-theft measures are forbidden by the license which gives them permission to use it.

Anyway, I sent a message… but it’s the weekend so I’m not expecting a response right away.

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Gebe wrote:
Hey, where would someone get one of those “key ring holders” for a Sofirn Q8? The Q8 has the same threaded hole. I like that!

Here you go :

https://www.amazon.com/Yosoo-D-Ring-Camera-Monopod-Release/dp/B01D5RFA22...

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weklund wrote:
Gebe wrote:
Hey, where would someone get one of those “key ring holders” for a Sofirn Q8? The Q8 has the same threaded hole. I like that!

Here you go :

https://www.amazon.com/Yosoo-D-Ring-Camera-Monopod-Release/dp/B01D5RFA22...

Thank you very much! People here are so helpful!

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My Airpro DC7 arrived and I am very pleased to say the least. I just ordered a second one from Amazon Promo.

I love the Type-C charging.

Excellent deal IMHO.

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Yes, a real Q8 knock-off. The Amazon seller who seemed quite knowledgeable about this light responded to my question about it being like a Q8. He pretty much admitted it's a Q8 knockoff, and I suppose, we should take it as a complement, at least I do. I doubt it's using NarsilM, though it's possible they used it and modified to their needs. He said they wanted a simpler UI for the more average customer.

 

The OP author posted a review on Facebook, group he admins, couple days ago and I commented on it there. Strange he does not even care to mention the Q8 similarities??

 

If anyone is capable who owns one, cares to take a peek at the driver, we would be very interested in pics. Love to see if it's our driver design as well, but wouldn't be the first time. I really like what they did with the styling and USB-C charging, though the SP36 might be a better option. Was considering getting one, if only for curiosity.

Any owner know if the bezel is SS like the real Q8? Can't tell from the pics or specs.

Edit: Price went up and promo code no longer is working frown. Wow! That was fast!

 

Ohhh - just saw they suggest putting the manual in the tailcap. That was definitely a joechina original idea...

Hhmmm. I would just like to see a little mention that we (BLF) were behind the idea of this one, just a weee bit... winksmile

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sacrileizei wrote:
LEDs: XPL-HI dedomed LED’s 6500k

I guess I’m being picky here, but the above is incorrect. The XPL-HI are not dedomed, they are domeless. Dedomed implies they originally had a dome which now has been removed, usually resulting in horrible tint shift.
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Sorry, should have mentioned - nice review! Thanks!

 

Couple minor issues/questions:

  • you mention the light is powder coated. That would be pretty bad if it is. Pretty much all these lights are anodized, not painted. Anodizing bonds into the metal, resulting in a strengthening of the surface.
  • as Mike C says, we call these type of LED's "factory dedomed" sometimes, or simply XPL HI's, by their true name - domeless
  • you did mention the BLFQ8 - could you take a side by side pic of the two?
  • could you take a pic of what the driver contact side looks like? You should get easy access to it.
  • is the bezel true Stainless steel like the Q8?
  • you mentioned the ring around the switch is aluminum. The Q8's is SS - are you sure of the aluminum?
  • compared to the BLF Q8, do you have pros/cons?

Thanks!!

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Tom E wrote:

Yes, a real Q8 knock-off. The Amazon seller who seemed quite knowledgeable about this light responded to my question about it being like a Q8. He pretty much admitted it’s a Q8 knockoff, and I suppose, we should take it as a complement, at least I do. I doubt it’s using NarsilM, though it’s possible they used it and modified to their needs. He said they wanted a simpler UI for the more average customer.


 


The OP author posted a review on Facebook, group he admins, couple days ago and I commented on it there. Strange he does not even care to mention the Q8 similarities??


 


If anyone is capable who owns one, cares to take a peek at the driver, we would be very interested in pics. Love to see if it’s our driver design as well, but wouldn’t be the first time. I really like what they did with the styling and USB-C charging, though the SP36 might be a better option. Was considering getting one, if only for curiosity.


Any owner know if the bezel is SS like the real Q8? Can’t tell from the pics or specs.


Edit: Price went up and promo code no longer is working frown. Wow! That was fast!


 


Ohhh – just saw they suggest putting the manual in the tailcap. That was definitely a joechina original idea…


Hhmmm. I would just like to see a little mention that we (BLF) were behind the idea of this one, just a weee bit… winksmile

Any owner know if the bezel is SS like the real Q8? Can’t tell from the pics or specs.

Yes … The bezel ring is SS. I am not equipped to dissect my light but I must say the build is top notch in my opinion, I own three O8’s to which I base my comparison. All in all a very nice homage to the Q8 “King of Can lights”.

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Interesting knockoff that looks nice. Surprised the promo period already ended especially considering the Q8 is still on sale for $45. Nevertheless the slight update over the Q8 with the usb charging is demanded by many but IMO the silicon flappers they use to seal them never, ever work as intended and the IPX7 rating is really IPX6. I’d never purposefully submerge a silicone flapper light. Watched a video of a guy who destroys his Olight X9 testing it’s water resistance in a 1m pool. Flashlight filled with water and I expect the same result from any light with a silicone flapper.

Other than that, it’s a nice light and hopefully a compliment to the Q8

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weklund - thanks for the info! Could you take a pic of the contact ring, driver side facing the batteries? Wondering if it's screwed down, glued, etc.

For under $45, I'd buy one, but at $75 - little pricey... Ohh wait. I see a $25 coupon right on the page, interesting.... So $50

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Tom E wrote:
The Amazon seller … responded to my question about it being like a Q8. He pretty much admitted it’s a Q8 knockoff …

I didn’t get an answer on Facebook yet, though it says the question was seen 3 days ago. So I asked on Amazon. Amazon’s question system is awkward at best for this kind of thing, but maybe it’ll work? If not, I can try some other method.

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Yea, searching I can't find anything on the brand name, not yet, but funny this DC7 model was listed back in January so it's been on Amazon for a while.

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