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Acebeam E70-AL mini-review

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I received this Acebeam E70-AL yesterday.

It took about 2 weeks to get here from China, which is not bad at all.

I got this light at a discount (that I cannot disclose.)

I was asked to do a mini-review, but it was not required of me.

Although this review is pretty short, it a completely honest review.

(I wouldn't have it any other way.)  :BEER:

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I really like this flashlight, and it has become my EDC.

The flashlight is just the right size for my shorts pocket--if it were 15% bigger, it would be too big.

The tint is very nice, though I prefer warm white over neutral white.

The flashlight is quite bright on high.

The front of the flashlight heats up quickly on turbo, so I won't be using turbo very much.

The flashlight is made very well--the fit and finish are top notch.

I like that it takes a double click to turn the flashlight on, which avoids accidental activation.

(I wish my Lumintop FW3A had that feature.)

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Some ideas for improvement:

Stepless ramping, like Andúril, would be nice.

A warm white option (around 2700K) would also be appreciated.

This last one isn't too important, but if the flashlight came in black and green (in addition to black and blue), I would like that.

Here's an example that I put together in a few seconds, though, of course, there are better shades of green available:

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And... that's it!

This is the first review of a flashlight that I have done, so I hope you enjoyed my mini-review.  :-)

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Nice review and nice light. I have it in SS and is probably the coolest looking light that I have.

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zoulas wrote:

Nice review and nice light. I have it in SS and is probably the coolest looking light that I have.

Thanks!

I guess I forgot to mention that I love the way this light looks.

It is a very handsome flashlight.  :LOVE:

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I also forgot to mention that I like the UI of the flashlight.

It's not very complicated, but it gets the job done.

Plus, this flashlight will accept unprotected 21700 cells.

I put a Molicel INR-21700-P42A in there, and it works fine.

That cell is 70mm +/- 0.15mm long.

There is some misinformation on the internet claiming that this flashlight only works with protected 21700 cells, so I wanted to dispel that myth.

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Hi RC
I can’t see the images,

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Images look fine.

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Okay now Silly

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Paul321 wrote:

Hi RC
I can’t see the images,

They're all hosted on abload.de, a German image hosting site.

Do you have that site blocked somehow?

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raccoon city wrote:

Paul321 wrote:

Hi RC
I can’t see the images,


They’re all hosted on abload.de, a German image hosting site.

Yeah, I reloaded the page- and bingo

I likes your review,- not overly wordy and straight to the point.

Paul-

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Paul321 wrote:

I likes your review,- not overly wordy and straight to the point.

Thanks!

My biggest problem in high school and college was writing multi-page papers.

I still have nightmares over having to write long papers for school.

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Awesome review. I agree on almost everything you mentioned. I’d like to see a 2700k – 3500k high cri temp version as well.

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Thanks for the review. There is a GT-FC40 4500k version coming soon. Not keen on double clicking to turn on – a single click has usually sufficed since flashlights were invented! Anything that decreases the chance of the light actually turning on is a minus point in my opinion.

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stephenk wrote:

Not keen on double clicking to turn on

Yeah, I understand, and that's a common complaint.

I got used to the "double click for on" almost immediately, and because the flashlight has an electronic switch, the double click makes it so that the flashlight doesn't accidentally turn on in my pocket like my FW3A does.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Agreed, I like the double-click for on when there’s an e-switch. I wish this was an option on more lights.

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Reminds me of this old joke...

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Quick question – what is the angle of the spill beam?

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Nice review RC, good to hear your opinion on this light, I believe most of us either bought one or is thinking about it (I’m definitely thinking), I think they have one of the most beautiful design on the market, I too would like to see it in green and other colors but this shade of blue sure is beautiful in pictures.
Please update us after some time of EDC, it would be great to know how it handles daily use
Thanks again

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RC, how do you find the beam profile outdoors? For me, the XHP70 is extremely floody. I have a ZL SC700d, which uses a larger reflector with its XHP70. For me, that seems about as floody as I would want the beam profile in order for it to be useful outdoors.

Aesthetically, the light is super appealing. If it were me, though, I’d do the Ti version, but with 14500 and something more reasonable for the LED (SFT40 or SST20) or aluminum in 18650 with, again, something a lot throwier than XHP70. The reason I suggest Ti in 14500 is both cost and heat – Titanium lights generally can’t even handle 18650-tier heat outputs, I don’t know who they’re kidding driving an XHP70 hard in a Ti light.

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Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights. Holly molly, Amazon wants 95 bucks. No thanks.

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pennzy wrote:
Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights. Holly molly, Amazon wants 95 bucks. No thanks.

Acebeam wants 75ish and if you poke around BLF there’s 10% codes to be had.
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stephenk wrote:

Quick question - what is the angle of the spill beam?

I'm not sure, but it seems pretty floody.  :THUMBS-UP:

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pennzy wrote:
Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights.

Sorry, newb question here.
Is regulated simply the opposite of direct drive?
Or would regulated refer to a number of different methods that arent direct drive?

Edit: Is regulated synonymous with current controlled?

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Nice review, thanks.

For some reason this light seems too big in my opinion.

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netprince wrote:

Nice review, thanks.

For some reason this light seems too big in my opinion.

I think it's a reasonably compact 21700 flashlight.

If that's too big, and maybe it is, then stick to compact 18650 flashlights.  :BEER:

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Scallywag wrote:
pennzy wrote:
Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights. Holly molly, Amazon wants 95 bucks. No thanks.

Acebeam wants 75ish and if you poke around BLF there’s 10% codes to be had.

.. and a blatant affiliate link to Acebeam Wink
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raccoon city wrote:

stephenk wrote:

Quick question – what is the angle of the spill beam?


I’m not sure, but it seems pretty floody.  alt=:" />


Can you put it up against a wall and measure the angle please?
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stephenk wrote:

Can you put it up against a wall and measure the angle please?

I'm not going to do that, but maybe someone else will.  :-)

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CRC wrote:
pennzy wrote:
Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights.

Sorry, newb question here.
Is regulated simply the opposite of direct drive?
Or would regulated refer to a number of different methods that arent direct drive?

Edit: Is regulated synonymous with current controlled?


FET drivers have high initial output, heat and battery drain. Brightness drops steadily as the battery drains. Regulated lights put out a constant brightness until the battery voltage drops to about 3.7 volts on high and then usually steps down to a constant medium level until about 2.8 or 3 volts.
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pennzy wrote:
CRC wrote:
pennzy wrote:
Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights.

Sorry, newb question here.
Is regulated simply the opposite of direct drive?
Or would regulated refer to a number of different methods that arent direct drive?

Edit: Is regulated synonymous with current controlled?


FET drivers have high initial output, heat and battery drain. Brightness drops steadily as the battery drains. Regulated lights put out a constant brightness until the battery voltage drops to about 3.7 volts on high and then usually steps down to a constant medium level until about 2.8 or 3 volts.

Thank you very much

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pennzy wrote:
CRC wrote:
pennzy wrote:
Is it regulated? Got enough DD lights.

Sorry, newb question here.
Is regulated simply the opposite of direct drive?
Or would regulated refer to a number of different methods that arent direct drive?

Edit: Is regulated synonymous with current controlled?


FET drivers have high initial output, heat and battery drain. Brightness drops steadily as the battery drains. Regulated lights put out a constant brightness until the battery voltage drops to about 3.7 volts on high and then usually steps down to a constant medium level until about 2.8 or 3 volts.

Most regulated lights will still have thermal regulation though, so only put out a constant brightness after thermal regulation has balanced.
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This is a nice light. It’s like 20x better than a convoy. Worth the money IMHO.

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zoulas wrote:
This is a nice light. It’s like 20x better than a convoy. Worth the money IMHO.

I think I’ll get one. Similar performance to the Convoy M21C/D, more compact, and looks amazing.

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