This is a review of the RovyVon Aurora A8 UV. You can find the Aurora A8 for sale on RovyVon’s page (non-affiliate): https://www.rovyvon.com/collections/keychain-flashlight/products/a8 .
I bought this light with a 20% discount on their site, between 18-20th January, and it arrived today to my home! Nice shipping/transportation time (took about 13-14 days)!
In December I reviewed 2 similar lights from RovyVon, the Aurora A2 and Aurora A5. Review can be found here: “REVIEW”: RovyVon Aurora A2 & A5R – Keychain Lights – 550 Lumens [PIC HEAVY]
NOTE: The RovyVon Aurora A8 also results from the fact that RovyVon is listening to their costumers recommendations/suggestions in order to improve their products. So, in this pretty little light, they opted to do some changes in Specs and UI. Let’s see them in the review…
Model: Aurora A8 UV (*)
Material: Polycarbonate + Stainless Steel bezel
Main Emitter: Nichia 219C R9050 (
4500K 5000K, 90+ CRI)
Side emitters: UV + RED + White
Lens: TIR Optic
Battery: 130mAh Li-polymer - 4.2V
In-built charger: Micro-USB
Charging Time: 45 minutes (350mA / 5V)
Max Output: 350 lm
Candela: 780 cd
Max Beam Distance: 60m
Max Runtime: 2.5 hours
Impact resistance: 1,5m
Low Battery Indicator: RED switch - 2.8V
Low Voltage Cut-off: 2.4V
(+) Besides this A8 UV version there is an Amber / RED / BLUE version.
According to manufacturer, there is also mention to a “built-in temperature controller”, what makes sense due to the high output and (of course :person_facepalming: ) temperature that these small lights reach!
PACKAGE: THE FLASHLIGHTS & ACCESSORIES
The package/box for the Aurora A8 is no different from the ones of the Aurora A2 and A5. The RovyVon branded box contains the identification of the model (front) and overview of the specifications of the flashlight (back).
[NOTE: this time I opened the box through the bottom :innocent: ]
As for the flashlight itself, I won’t present “glamour shots” as I’m without “my” phone currently and the one I have is not so good! Here’s the RovyVon Aurora A8!!
As for all the RovyVon lights I already own, the A8 has a nice “finishing”, with no flaws in terms of construction. Also, I think this particular model has an excellent “functional finishing” due to its UI and illumination characteristics, as I’ll point below!
A little comparison with its siblings A2 and A5. Please note the differences between the A8 and the A5. Despite the same shape, the A8 has the 3 side emitters at sight, and its body is not luminous, doesn’t glow in the dark.
The side emitters are (from bezel to tail): UV > RED > WHITE
Inside the flashlight box, besides the Aurora A8 we find the following accessories:
1 Nylon Lanyard + 1 Beaded Chain (“neck lanyard”) + 1 Stainless Steel Clip + 1 USB port cover (rubber) + 1 USB/Micro USB cable + 1 User Manual + 1 Warranty Card.
I won’t get into detail on these, but they in this pack we find all that is necessary to use this flashlight (well, apart from a charger!!!), from the lanyards, to the cover, to the cable and the documentation! I guess we can’t ask for more!
Only the User Manual deserves a reference as it contains the information about the flashlight’s functioning and specifications. Despite the Aurora Series are
somehow similar, RovyVon created specific manuals to embrace and reflect that variation, what is a positive thing for he buyers/users, to avoid mistakes in the lights use.
About the weight and size, the Aurora A8 is similar to the Aurora A5. Meaning that it is small and very lightweight
USER INTERFACE, OUTPUT, RUNTIME & CHARGING
The User Interface of this flashlight is one of the things that makes me love it on the first day :heart_eyes:
So, simply put these are the modes this flashlight has:
- Press & Hold from OFF – Momentary High
+ Double click + clicks to advance – Moonlight > Low > Medium > High > Low > Medium > High > …
a) Moonlight mode is not in the L-M-H cycle.
b) If the light is turned ON for more than 3 minutes, a single click will turn it OFF.
- Triple click + clicks to advance – UV > Constant RED > Blinking RED > UV…
+ 4 clicks – White LED (reading light)
About the Output vs Runtime, here’s a close up from the User Manual!
Also, from the “runtime vs output” graphic in the user manual, it can be inferred that the max output of this light decreases from above 450 lumens (at turn ON) to around 60 lumens in about 120 seconds.
This is consistent to what’s on RovyVon site about the Aurora A5R:
This said, it is obvious that this flashlight will not be able to keep the highest output at its max for a more than some seconds, both due to the battery, the body construction and other factors!
It must be said that the RED led of this Aurora A8 is much brighter (12lm) than the one from the Aurora A5R (0.8 lm), but it’s expected runtime will also be for a shorter period of time.
As for Charging, this light has a charging ratio of 350 mA / 5V. It will charge in 45 minutes according to specs.
When the flashlight is charging, a RED is ON. When charged, a BLUE Light turns ON.
The charging is done through a micro-USB cable. The silicone cover needs to be pulled to uncover the USB port and to plug in the cable.
SPECIAL MENTION: SIDE EMITTERS
One of the reasons that guided me to buy this flashlight was the side UV emitter, that another model (Aurora A5U, in glowing body) also uses.
This is a comparison of the A5R under the my Lumintop Tool AA with Nichia UV 365nm + ZWB2 lens (left) and under the Aurora A8 UV 365nm (right). As you can see, there is a significant bigger amount of light coming from the A8.
As I mentioned above, my phone is not the best to take photos, so I’ll stick to some close range beamshots from the front LED, and compare it with other lights, and some photos of the side LEDs illumination. I may add some other photos later in outdoor environment to capture how good it looks due to the high CRI beam
Some information I can give is about the range of illumination, specially on the lowest modes: Moonlight reaches the 2-3 (max. 4m) meters with good visibility, and Low goes well above 5-6 meters (maybe 10m max).
Also, about the side WHITE emitter it has an range a illumination range a bit bigger than moonlight, maybe reaching 4-5 meters with good visibility (not much more than that).
All levels have PWM. For me it is not visible at naked eye, but my phone and also my computer cameras capture it pretty well. From Moonlight (left) to High (right). As you will see in some photos below, it is very visible even in the comparison with other lights.
Some beamshots now!
SIDE EMITTERS: [the UV and White can’t be seen in the second row, due to the awesome lack of quality of the my phone. Still, in real the light CAN be seen against the white wall]
From Moonlight (left) to High (right).
Please note that the photos were not “calibrated”! If I can, I will replace them later to a better view of the beam and tint of the Aurora A8
What I liked:
There isn’t a single thing I didn’t like about this flashlight! Yeah, I can say that the PWM is a bit boring but I will not use the Aurora A8 for photography, so it will not bother me at all, as I am not sensible to it!
Explaining my points for that “Everything!!!”:
1) The things I “disliked” in the A2 and A5 that I have were changed, namely:
- the introduction of a *LED that has awesome tint and produces a beam without shifts or artifacts!
- the removal of Strobe (at all!!!) from the flashlight
- the introduction of a Moonlight mode and removal of the L-H-M sequence (of the A2)
- the introduction of a NW side emitter instead of CW emitters
2) The things I liked in the A2 and A5 remained:
- the quick access to turbo
- the extra options of the side emitters (RED & White)
- the overall construction, the design, the reliability and the output
- the size/weight
- the accessories
For all this, I have no motives to say a bad thing about this flashlight! I guess it was a very very good improvement that RovyVon made by taking some steps and gathering users perspectives/suggestions. :+1:
As I mentioned before, this is another manufacturer that must to be recognized by the community, at least for the “innovative” or fresh input in flashlights’ world and their “friendliness”! And, there was an easy and friendly communication with Kay! Which is big a plus for me!
This said, feel free to comment or ask things folks :+1:
P.S.: This Aurora A8 UV will now be on my neck, while the Aurora A5R will be my keychain light and the Aurora A2 will be on my backpack together with my tools! :sunglasses: