Astrolux EA01, EA01S, FT02S Video Review, Runtime, Beamshots

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Astrolux EA01, EA01S, FT02S Video Review, Runtime, Beamshots

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Excellent review! Does the FT02S SST40 really look that bad? Wow. I’m still waiting to order the EA01S but in the meantime I’m pretty happy with my EA01 XHP50.2

I feel sorry for people who don't have a hobby or interest to escape to.

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Notmyrealname wrote:
Excellent review! Does the FT02S SST40 really look that bad?

Yes, it’s truly horrible . Wish someone would have told me instead of continuously hearing “it’s not too bad, the XHP50.2 is worse”. Yeah, right. The FT02S SST40 is the worst of the lot. With an OP reflector it could have been a great light

I’ll be stocking

EA01 – SST40. Love the extended run on Turbo as a great pocket thrower
EA01S – XHP50.2. Awesome power for something so small. Super wide beam, perfect for walking
FT02S – XHP50.2

Those 21700 inserts are great for other flashlight models. I’ll grab a good lot of them since the 26650 is becoming obsolete

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Fascinating. Despite the disturbing artifacts of FT02S, I was pretty impressed with the performance of the SST40 versions. The lack of external light pollution really illustrates the definition of the beam characteristics and throw capabilities. Nice work. Liked the background music, too. Wink

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Thank you! The charts are great and useful!

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Funtastic wrote:
Notmyrealname wrote:
Excellent review! Does the FT02S SST40 really look that bad?

Yes, it’s truly horrible . Wish someone would have told me instead of continuously hearing “it’s not too bad, the XHP50.2 is worse”. Yeah, right. The FT02S SST40 is the worst of the lot. With an OP reflector it could have been a great light


Could you show us or elaborate how it is horrible? Is it the tint shift? Shape of the beam? I have SST 5000k FT02S and I would say they are acceptable at higher levels. But then I do not have other versions to compare.
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I love the big TIR? optic in the EA01, it really focusses that xhp50.2 led. One of my favourite little lights. I’m undecided on which emitter to go with when buying the MT04/EA01s in Funtastic’s beam shot review the sst really did well hitting the sheds in the distance while giving off a decent spill. The xhp just blasted out lumens everywhere which is also pretty fun for such a small light. Would have been interesting to see the small battery setups & how they performed but it was a great ‘beamshot’ video with plenty of the good stuff an none of the bs counting Orings and discussing the quality of the box it came in lol.

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I love the big TIR? optic in the EA01, it really focusses that xhp50.2 led. One of my favourite little lights. I’m undecided on which emitter to go with when buying the MT04/EA01s in Funtastic’s beam shot review the sst really did well hitting the sheds in the distance while giving off a decent spill. The xhp just blasted out lumens everywhere which is also pretty fun for such a small light. Would have been interesting to see the small battery setups & how they performed but it was a great ‘beamshot’ video with plenty of the good stuff an none of the bs counting Orings and discussing the quality of the box it came in lol.

Yeah, I’m really impressed with both versions of the EA01. The SST40 is a nice thrower though.

Since I’m a store and lumens sell better than anything else, the EA01S XHP50.2 version is what I’m going for. Great walking light as well, it just lights up everything around you like daylight.

The biggest issue is that a high drain 26350 battery is very hard to find. Flashaholic (Matt Gill) used a 20350 for this very reason. I can’t get either in New Zealand otherwise I would have done something. I do have a Keeppower 18350 which fits, but the spacer shakes around a lot.

Imalent sell a 15A 26350, but it’s protected making it too long. I couldn’t find anything else apart from the Vapcell 6A

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Limsup wrote:
Funtastic wrote:
Notmyrealname wrote:
Excellent review! Does the FT02S SST40 really look that bad?

Yes, it’s truly horrible . Wish someone would have told me instead of continuously hearing “it’s not too bad, the XHP50.2 is worse”. Yeah, right. The FT02S SST40 is the worst of the lot. With an OP reflector it could have been a great light


Could you show us or elaborate how it is horrible? Is it the tint shift? Shape of the beam? I have SST 5000k FT02S and I would say they are acceptable at higher levels. But then I do not have other versions to compare.

Everyone has their own definition of what a bad beam profile looks like. I absolutely hate the FT02S SST40, it hurts to look at, but glad you’re finding it okay.

The rings of light and dark throughout the beam is an eye sore. The Sofirn SP36 Pro is similar, but the FT02S is worse.

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CR888 wrote:
… it was a great ‘beamshot’ video with plenty of the good stuff an none of the bs counting Orings and discussing the quality of the box it came in lol.

Totally agree with that! Very nice review, thank you. You helped me decide which model to choose. (EA01 with XHP)

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I got the FT02S XHP50.2. Was thinking of modding it with SFT-40's because the reflector is so unique - never saw a multi-reflector with such wide cups, LED's so tight together - this thing should really throw! But... those major artifacts of the SST-40's in the vid. I'm thinking they might even be amplified worse with a flat LED. 

It seems like a trade-off of overlap vs. the less walls of separation. In general I'm thinking the overlap and wide cups should throw better, but now wonder if the artifacts are a result of this radical overlap design. What's strange is even with the XHP50.2, the hot spot is small and tight - looks very throwy compared to other triple XHP50.2 reflector lights I got, like the Amutorch X9 and EC03.

If the FT02S had a conventional quad reflector design like the HK4S or even a Q8 but to scale, the SST-40's would probably look much better.