RovyVon A2 IP Blue and A3 Gun Gray Flashlight Review

I was fortunate to continue the discourse with RovyVon, and they sent two more of these tiny Aurora keychain lights.  This time it’s the A2 and A3.  I’m reviewing them together because they really only differ in body material.  But they’re different from the A5 I already reviewed in that they don’t have secondary emitters.  Read on to see how they act!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s the A2.

Here’s the A3.

Versions

There are a bunch of body colors and finishes of these lights, but the guts of the A2 and A3 are the same.  The A2 is all stainless steel, and is available in PVD Blue (seen here), Sandblasted, Silver, Matte Black, Gold, PVD Space Grey, and a PVD Space Grey Special edition.  The A3, which is aluminum, is available in Gun Metal (seen here) and red.

Price

Prices for these start at around $30 (A3), and $40 (A2) and go up depending on the edition chose.

If you purchase this light on RovyVon’s official site, you may use the coupon code zeroair for 10% off!  Not just this light, but from your whole order on the site!


Short Review

I like these just like I liked the A5.  I’d love to see a better emitter in there, like a Nichia 219c.  The UI could lose the strobe mode, but still, this is a fantastic keychain or hat light!

Long Review

The Big Table

Rovyvon A3 Gun Gray
Emitter: Cree XP-G3 (1A S5)
Price in USD at publication time: $30.00
Cell: Internal
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? ?
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A):
On-Board Charging? Yes
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? ?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 550
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 380 (69.1% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 80
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 87lux @ 4.116m = 1474cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 76.8 (96% of claim)*
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Rovyvon A2 IP Blue
Emitter: Cree XP-G3 (1A S5)
Price in USD at publication time: $40.00
Cell: Internal
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? ?
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A):
On-Board Charging? Yes
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? ?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 550
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 400 (72.7% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 80
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 89lux @ 4.219m = 1584cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 79.6 (99.5% of claim)*
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* Standard measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

The package between the A2 and A3 is the same.  But of course they’re sold separately

  • RovyVon Keychain Flashlight (A2 and A3 seen below)
  • Charge cable
  • Spare charge port cover
  • Lanyard
  • Neck chain
  • Paperwork
  • Pocket clip

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Package and Manual

These RovyVon lights ship in a display-ready package with a window showing the actual product.

The back of the package has specs and info, but is covered with a product specific barcode.

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A fine manual accompanies these lights.

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Build Quality and Disassembly

These tiny lights are very well built and quite sturdy.  Particularly the stainless version, is weightier than you’d expect, and feels very high quality.

The tail-end has some RovyVon branding, including the URL.

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Unfortunately I wouldn’t call this light the least bit disassemblable.  The bezel seems to be glued, and the rest is ‘unibody’ construction, so nothing to take apart.

Size

Officially these are 53.9mm x 14.5mm.  The A2 (stainless) weighs 28g, and the A3 (aluminum) weighs 14g.  As I said, the stainless adds quite a bit of heft!

Here are all 3 RovyVon lights I have, compared.  They’re the same in size.

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Not the smallest keychain light I own, but probably the brightest!!

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Retention

There are a number of ways to carry this keychain light.  First is the pocket clip, and this is one place where these two lights differ.  The A3 has only two connection grooves for the clip, whereas the A2 has five.  This means the A2 can be carried deeper, and in more positions overall.  Still, the carry is generally the same.

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Another option is the chain which connects through the tail loop.  The lanyard attaches here, too.  I’m surprised to say that I like using this light on the chain.  It’s very useful, and carries well this way.

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It’s possible to put the clip on the front or back of the light, but in some orientations it can obstruct the switch or the charge port.

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Power

The battery is built in and not removable.  It is charged via micro-USB, which has a push-in rubber cover.  This cover stays attached.  The plug is a little harder to manipulate than most I’ve used, but it works just fine.

Here’s a runtime on the highest mode with the A2.  I reset the runtime at about 4 minutes, and near-high output was achieved again.  The output drops very quickly, and eventually settles at around 75 lumens (equivalent to Medium mode).  The light never switches off, but does switch to very low.

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The runtime with the A3 looks about the same.  The temperature does seem to stay a little lower on the aluminum version, which is likely a testament to how much better aluminum deals with heat than stainless.

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The charge port is on the tail of the light, and has a pull-out rubber cover (and a spare, in the package).  The cover fits into the port, and should provide reasonable waterproofness.

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It’s a little finicky to get this cover out, and even more so to get it back in, but it works fine once you get the hang of it

Charging on both proceeds at around 0.3-0.35A.  The charge graph looks good, and overall this is good charging.  Also very quick, at only ~ 30 minutes.

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User Interface and Operation

There’s a single side switch for operating the Aurora A5.  It’s a clicky e-switch.

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Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click No Action
Off Hold On
Off Double Click No Action
On Click Mode Advance (L,H,M,Strobe)
On Hold Off

The manual says when the light is on, a triple click will get strobe, but that’s not true.  Or it’s only true from Low, but that’s really the action of three quick single clicks (not a “triple click”).

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens
A2 High 550 38m 398
A2 Med 230 55m 225
A2 Low 22 150m 22
A3 High 550 38m 383
A2 Med 230 55m 282
A2 Low 22 150m 25

LED and Beam

A huge fly in the ointment with this light is the main emitter:  it’s a Cree XP-G3, and rated at 6000-6500K.  That’s much too cool for my tasted.  And the light can’t be disassembled, so it’s not easy to change the LED (I won’t say it’s impossible.)  The emitter is behind a TIR optic, and provides a nice spot with little spill.

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A2 Beamshots:

A3 Beamshots:

Tint vs BLF-348

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A3:
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Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

There’s a glut of 10180 lights I could mention here. I love the many body materials available, and all the finishes available on those materials. The initial output, and the output up to 2 minutes is exceptional, and sets these lights apart!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Great micro-USB charging
  • Over 700 lumens at startup is ridiculous for this tiny light!
  • I like this style TIR better than any other style
  • So many finish options!
  • So many metal options!

What I don’t like

  • Can’t be disassembled
  • Very cool white
  • Low modes aren’t quite low enough for me.
  • Mode order, and inability to avoid strobe is annoying

Up Next

I hope to wrap up a keyboard review for tomorrow (something fairly special and interesting!), and I have lights all week!!

Notes

  • This light was provided by RovyVon for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.org.  Please visit there for the best experience!
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