RovyVon Aurora A3 Pro Keychain Flashlight Review

RovyVon released a “Pro” version of the Aurora A3.  I reviewed a similarly sized light – the Aurora A8x but this light differs notably in that it’s a reflector light and not a TIR light.  Read on for thoughts and testing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are simply too many lights in the Aurora series to mention.  The most similar to this light is the already mentioned A8x (or A-x) series (which includes the A2x, A3x, A5x, A7x, and A8x – possibly more).

The Pro version of the Aurora line has this light (the A3 Pro) and a UV-C A8x Pro.

Price

The A3 Pro goes for $34.95.


Short Review

This is another good entry into the Aurora series.  There are so many options in this line you’d be very unlikely to be unable to find one that suits your needs.

Long Review

The Big Table

RovyVon Aurora A3Pro
Emitter: Cree XP-G3 (5000K)
Price in USD at publication time: $34.95
Cell: Internal (330mAh LiPO)
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Switch warning
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Micro-USB
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 500
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 277 (55.4% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 5.3
Claimed Throw (m) 34.95
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 133lux @ 3.264m = 1417cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 75.3 (215.5% of claim)*
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  • 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

  • RovyVon Aurora A3 Pro Flashlight
  • Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
  • Lanyard
  • Split ring
  • Pocket clip
  • Manual etc

Package and Manual

Not the clearest manual, but I’m fairly sure the two lines on the top of page 2 are for the separate temperatures of emitters.

Build Quality and Disassembly

The body of the A3 Pro says it’s “7075 Aerospace Aluminum.”  That’s a just fine metal but I think just about any aluminum flashlight could claim that too.  The build is good.

Here’s the reflector, which again separates that from the other Auroras.

The bezel is a much darker color than the body.  In person it’s not nearly as noticeable as in the photos here.

This light would be great in brass!

The bezel does not simply unscrew.  It may be threaded, however…. but seems to be threadlocked in place.  The head/bezel is clearly the access point, so it’s probably possible to mod this light if you wish to break the threadlock (probably with heat).  I did not attempt this (past just trying to unscrew the bezel.)

Size and Comps

Length:  60.5mm / 2.38”
Diameter: 15.6mm / 0.61”
Weight: 20g/0.71oz

Here are a few RovyVon lights.  Let’s call this “my collection” but I think I have a few elsewhere…    To be honest I still grab the A29 an A23 when I’m just making some random short trip out.  I really dig those!

Retention and Carry

A clip is included.  It’s a friction fit clip that will fit on the “front” or “back” and also can be oriented up or down.

 

The clip fits right in the middle of the body.

I’ll throw this in here because why not – the light will technically tailstand on the tail loop but it’s not the least bit stable this way.

The tail loop also supports the large split ring (included) and/or the lanyard (included).  This package doesn’t include a chain, which others in the Aurora series did.  (This is fine with me, I did not find the chain compelling.)

Power and Runtime

The A3 Pro is powered by a single 330mAh LiPO pouch cell, which is not interchangeable and not user replaceable.

Here are a couple of runtimes.  The light runs heavily downward from startup, despite having a claimed timed stepdown at 1.5 minutes.

Overall the aggressiveness of the stepdown is quite frustrating, barely giving the light time to heat up.  This also makes the 30s measurement of High be below the 30s measurement of Medium!

In both cases, the switch exhibits low voltage warning.  In one test (High) the light did eventually shut off.  The manual states the cutoff voltage is 2.4V.

The A3 Pro also has on-board charging.  The charge port is micro-USB, and has a push-in silicone cover.  I found this cover to be exceptionally frustrating, and only with the help of a tool (straight pin) could I get the cover firmly back in place.

A cable is included – USB to micro-USB.

The charging looks fairly good.  Charge current is 1C, and charging consistently takes less than 55 minutes.  This graph (and all future charge graphs like it) includes more data than before, which I hope you enjoy.

During charging, the switch is “breathing blue.”  When charge is complete, the switch will be solid blue.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 500 1.5m/90m 277
Medium 260 1.5m/120m 278
Low 15 10h
Moonlight 2 40h

PWM

There is PWM, but you’ll have to be very adept at spotting PWM to see it.  I could convince myself that I see it on Moonlight, but definitely not on the higher modes.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

There’s a single side switch for operating the Aurora A3 Pro.  It’s a clicky indicating side e-switch.  It’s a silicone switch cover.

That’s different from the original too, which had a much bigger and fairly prouder switch.  I have no complaints about the upgrade, except I wish they’d thrown a metal (or at least hard) switch cover on there.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Hold Momentary High
Any Double Click Moonlight (technically the manually memorized mode*)
On Click Mode Cycle (Moon > Low > Med > High)
On Hold Off
On >3m Click Off
Any Click 3x Strobe
Strobe Click Off
  • It’s possible to memorize any of the 4 modes with this UI.  Just leave the light on for around 3 minutes, and that mode is memorized (except for secondary emitters).  Your light will likely ship with this mode set to High!

The UI is not complicated!

LED and Beam

The emitter of choice is a Cree XP-G3.  That’s never my favorite emitter, but RovyVon is offering two temperatures, 6500K and 5000K (seen here).  The 5000K version is really not bad for temp and tint shift (in my opinion).

There’s a reflector, which has a light texture of orange peel, and is fairly shallow.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the left!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Good build quality
  • Glad 5000K is offered
  • Very simple UI

What I don’t like

  • Charge port cover is hard to get back in
  • Bezel color doesn’t match body
  • Would like a hard metal button instead of the soft cover

Notes

  • This light was provided by RovyVon for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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