Acebeam Pokelit 2AA Flashlight Review

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA Flashlight Review

Acebeam has followed up their popular Pokelit with the Pokelit 2AA flashlight. It includes a 14100 cell and is 5000K and high CRI, too!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight product page.

Versions

There are two body colors available – forest green (seen here) and black. They have the same internals.

Price

The Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight sells for $39.90 on the Acebeam site. Or you can go through my Amazon.com referral link and purchase the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight for $29.95. (There’s even a 10% coupon you can click on Amazon!)


Short Review

I sort of knew what to expect from the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight because I already own (and reviewed) the Acebeam Pokelit. I like it quite a bit! The Pokelit 2AA is great too. I don’t know that I really understand the logic of having such an unusual cell, but at least it’s included, AND the light will run on standard AA cells, too. With great CCT and CRI, this is a solid light!

Long Review

The Big Table

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA Flashlight
Emitter: Nichia 519a (5000K, High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $29.95 on Amazon.com
Cell: 1×14100
High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 600
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 541 (90.2% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.7
Claimed Throw (m) 101
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 104lux @ 4.443m = 2053cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 90.6 (89.7% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 5000
Measured CCT Range (K) 4500-4600 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Acebeam
All my Acebeam reviews!
Acebeam Pokelit 2AA Flashlight
Emitter: Nichia 519a (5000K, High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $29.95 on Amazon.com
Cell: 2xAA
High Runtime Graph
LVP? No
Switch Type: Mechanical
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 300
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 262 (87.3% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.7
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 47lux @ 4.556m = 976cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 62.5
Claimed CCT 5000
Measured CCT Range (K) 4500-4600 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Acebeam
All my Acebeam reviews!

^ 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

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight what's included

  • Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight
  • Acebeam 1600mAh 14100 cell
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight box label

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight lens cover

 

Build Quality and Disassembly

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight

The build quality of the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight is just fine. No issues or concerns to mention.

The head has just a little button for contact. Threads here are unanodized and square cut. They’re fairly smooth for uncoated threads.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight head off showing threads

Inside the cell tube, but barely visible, is a spring on the negative end.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight into cell tube

Size and Comps

Size: 5.7” x 0.72” x 0.68” / 144 x 18.2 x 17 mm.
Weight: 42g (1.5oz) (Excluding battery), 85.5g (3.0oz) (Including battery)

If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If the flashlight will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight in hand

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+.  Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple.  A very nice 18650 light.

Also above is the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light.  I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 formats.

Below you can see the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight alongside the AA version of the Pokelit.

Retention and Carry

Included for carry of the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight is this two-way friction fit pocket clip. The pocket clip has a lanyard hole in the shoulder, too.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight pocket clip

This is acceptable. I’m not the biggest fan of attaching lanyards to friction-fit pocket clips, but it seems to work.

Note that a lanyard is not included.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight pocket clip hug

Power and Runtime

Included with the Acebeam Pokelit AA flashlight is a lithium-ion 14100 cell. That’s a completely unusual cell and appears to be two 14500 cells in parallel (because the voltage is 4.2V at full charge.) The Pokelit will also run on two AA cells, too (that is, two 1.5V cells – primary or NiMH.)

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight 14100 cell (included)

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight 14100 cell (included)

The cell (or two AA cells) are installed in the usual way – positive end toward the head. Only the head comes off.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight 14100 cell (included) installed

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight runtime graphs

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight runtime graphs

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight with 2x AA Amazon basics

I tested the 2xAA levels using these Amazon Basics (referral link). I love those for this type of thing. And nearly all types of things.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight runtime graphs

The Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight does not appear to have low voltage protection when using 2xAA cells. One of the cells was completely discharged all the way to 0V.

Charging

While the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight itself doesn’t have built-in charging, the included cell does. That’s USB-C charging, and the port can be seen below.Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight 14100 charging port

Acebeam includes a short USB to USB-C cable.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight 14100 charging cable

Here a charge cycle with USB-C charging.  Charging looks fine, but is a bit slow at around 0.5C.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight 14100 charging graph

Modes and Currents

14100 levels:

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps (@4.2V)
High 600+360 35s+1h44m 541 3.46
Low 20 23h 15 0.07

2xAA (Amazon Basics) levels:

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps (@3V)
High 300+100+50 35s+3h13m+28m 262 1.24
Low 0.5 12d ~ ~

Pulse Width Modulation

Every mode from both cell types uses PWM. It’s not at all bad PWM though, and I don’t find it the least bit noticeable.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find.  I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light.  Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, with is 50 microseconds (50us).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line.  I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.

User Interface and Operation

A single switch controls the Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight.  While the action is like the Rider RX and Pokelit, the actual switch itself is very much (exactly?) like the Olight i5T Plus (for example), or the Olight i3T Plus Bamboo (for example), but the light as a whole is probably most like the Olight i5R, which I’ve reviewed in the Plum color. Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight tail switch

The switch seems a bit unusual in that it seems to have hard sides with an internal soft-stippled contact point.  The hard sides make the action very smooth, and the stippled center bit makes it easy to grip.  The action is very good.  It’s smooth and direct and also very clicky.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight tail switch profile

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight tail switch actuation

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click Low
Off Tap Momentary On (Mode Memory)
On Click Off
Off Repeated taps Mode advance (Low > High)

LED and Beam

In the Acebeam Pokelit AA flashlight is a single Nichia 519a emitter. Acebeam opted for the 5000K High CRI (90) version.

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight emitter and reflector

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight emitter and reflector

Acebeam Pokelit 2AA flashlight on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

The emitter is rated at 5000K, but I’m reading this one as in the 4500K-4600K range. That’s warmer than the specification – great from my perspective, but if you want a specific 5000K. CRI is very good, at 95 or higher.

Beamshots

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure. As above, the top two are 14100 output levels and the bottom two are 2xAA levels.

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

I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right. As above, the top two are 14100 output levels and the bottom two are 2xAA levels.

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • Can run two AA cells
  • Nichia 519a has great CCT!
  • Very High CRI
  • Simple user interface

What I don’t like

  • Only two modes
  • Weird specific proprietary cell size
  • Uses PWM on both modes (with both power sources)

Notes

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2 thoughts on “Acebeam Pokelit 2AA Flashlight Review”

  1. FYI: Amazon link for the light on the Big Table points to batteries.
    Thanks for the review!

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