[REVIEW] Acebeam W10. 1KM of throw, in your front pocket. 21700/18650, USB-C charging.

I think there is some misunderstanding here. Agro is not saying you can increase the throw by using multi-emitters. He is saying you can theoretically get (very close to) equal throw as a single emitter, for a given head diameter, but this is not usually done because of wasted head area and not driving the emitters hard enough. A potential advantage of multi-emitters is that the head can be shorter due to the small reflectors.

I personally like to use multi-emitters so I can have a larger hotspot (more lumens) while still maintaining high beam intensity.

In case anyone is curious, I had short discussion about luminous efficacy with kaybi elsewhere, and he shared the raw data from his runtime test with me. Based on 5100mah from an average 3.7V battery, I made two calculations, depending whether you use Acebeam’s spec of 250 lumens, or kaybi’s measurement of 185 lumens.

Using 250 lumens yields 19.7 lumens/W
Using 185 lumens yields 14.5 lumens/W

This is very low compared to LED’s, but we’re talking about a fairly new technology, and downright crazy Candela/lumen numbers. It’s ridiculous to look at those beamshots and see that, while the BLF GT obviously provides further throw, that’s due to it’s significantly higher lumen output. The W10 appears to actually have a tighter beam, despite being far smaller.

Lumens have no effect on pure throw. The BLF GT throws further because its reflector has a much, much larger diameter compared to that of the lens in the Acebeam.

EDIT: not my pictures, source.

Did you use a fog machine to take those shots?
That looks sick.
I want a flashlight some day that looks like that but without any smoke/fog :stuck_out_tongue: (hand held obviously, my syniosbeam already does that without smoke or fog :smiley: )

This pic is useless without threads.

For max throw, aspheric lens lights are usually focused such that the lens projects a focused image of the die/light emitting surface. From what I’ve seen of the LEP it looks like there is non-emitting rectangle in the middle (used to block direct laser emission I’ve read), but I don’t see that in the beam. So what’s going on here? How is the lens focused?

Perhaps a combination of a recoil mirror and projecting lens?

The lens is probably out of focus and doesn’t project the image of the phosphor die.

EDIT : “High luminance at the laser light source provides valuable optical system advantages including narrow beam angle, sharp beam cut-off and smaller optical systems. Enabling beam angles smaller than 8 to 10 degrees from 25 to 50 mm optic diameter has been challenging with conventional light sources.
Utilizing laser light sources, beam angles of 2 degrees or lower have been demonstrated with total internal reflection optics of less than 30 mm in diameter, well within convenient lighting system form factor.”


From the same source : “In each of the two configurations, up to 500 lumens is emitted from a light emitting area only 300 microns in diameter resulting in luminance levels in excess of 1 billion cd/m²”.

= 1000 cd/mm²

Yes, LEP goes up to 3000cd/mm^2 (that is the highest value I have found). But not in a flashlight…

All you LEP experts, where is the light emitting surface in this picture?

It would be interesting if someone could take a picture of it through welding or eclipse-viewing glasses.

The absorption block is not at the light emitting surface, it is at the lens, which is significantly farther in front.
As the light rays spread out from the lens they cover up any hole that was created by the block.
You can only see the hole in the middle if the light is pointed up close, like a meter or less away.

If you eliminate the green triangle by blocking the center, the rest of the light will fill up the center hole after enough distance.

The entire yellow thing is the phosphor plate, but the laser is behind it and only the point at the very center emits light.

I think I see now, thanks. So could you use a hemispherical reflecting collar to increase efficiency and luminance?

Also, it seems like this LEP could be used in a traditional reflector, if the laser blocker was positioned correctly. Is this correct?

Yes and yes.
You would still need the blocking device attached to the regular lens on a reflector flashlight.
Also I’m not sure about how well it would perform with a reflector, the polar distribution may or may not be the same as a domeless LED.
There is no published data on the polar intensity distribution yet.

Try to focus that collar on a 0.1 mm² emitter….

It’s actually not as hard as it seems if you have a high contrast, because ambient light causes the collar to project an inverted image.
For example, a tiny black dot on a piece of paper.
The collar will project a shadow identical to the dot.
You know it is in perfect z-height focus when the shadow is as sharp as the original dot, and you know it’s in the right x/y position when the shadow is on top of the original dot.

We need more practical use beam shots.

But at only 185 lumens and no regulation, this is REALLY hard to justify!

I see a lot of doubts about aspherics giving good throw, too be fare this and the weltool Lep fire the laser into the phosphor and intoa reflector that then sends it through the aspheric.

For a long long time I’ve been asking for a double aspheric lens flashlight to do what this is doing, a ridiculously tight beam in a narrow package. This does it even smaller.

Double aspheric lens had been the king of throw with led’s from 8 or 9 years ago. The setup was the a little bigger than an arm. It was a pencil beam with no spill.

I believe illum (illumination supply) had a code Spooky for Halloween for a discount.

Is this a double aspheric flashlight? I thought the optics is just a single lens projecting the laser-excited die ?