RovyVon Aurora A5 Keychain Flashlight Review

RovyVon Aurora A5 Keychain Flashlight Review

The RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight is another in the long line of Auroras, but it offers USB-C charging and more! Read on for testing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the RovyVon Aurora A5 Keychain flashlight product page.

Versions

There are so many Aurora lights!  Specifically, the RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight comes in some emitter option versions. The front emitter is available as Nichia 219c (seen here) in 5000K with 90CRI, but also a higher-output Luminus SST-20 at 6500K. The side emitters can be UV/warm white (as seen here), or white/red.

Price

The RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight is selling for $27.71 right now at RovyVon.com.


Short Review

It’s no secret that I love these little Aurora keychain lights. If you need UV, this is a fine option. UV is really only for charging the GITD body, but not limited to that. USB-C charging is a great update, too.

Long Review

The Big Table

RovyVon Aurora A5 Keychain flashlight 
Emitter: Nichia 219c (90CRI + White+UV)
Price in USD at publication time: $27.71 (on sale right now)
Cell: Internal
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port  
Claimed Lumens (lm) 420
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 258 (61.4% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 4.8
Claimed Throw (m) 70
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 77lux @ 4.134m = 1316cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 72.6 (103.7% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 5000
Measured CCT Range (K) 4900-5100 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: RovyVon
All my RovyVon 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

  • RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight
  • Tailcap magnet attachment
  • Pocket clip (with magnet)
  • Charge port cover spare
  • Split rings (two types)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

The RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight is nicely built.  The body is fully plastic aside from the bezel, which appears to be stainless steel.

The body is also clear and glow in the dark, which means the internals may be viewed through the body.  Seen below is the pouch cell.  It’s not coin/button cells!  (I think that’s a solid decision.)

Size and Comps

60.5mm x 15.6mm and 17g.

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).

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.

Retention and Carry

As with other Auroras, the RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight has a pocket clip. This does not ship attached to the light, and it has a new magnetic side feature! The magnet is perfectly strong for holding the light in any orientation.

RovyVon includes a couple of split rings of various sizes.

Not just the pocket clip, but the tailcap also has an attachment and that attachment also has a magnet!

This magnet too is strong enough to hold the light.

Power and Runtime

The battery is built-in and not removable or replaceable.

The light shuts off when the cell voltage is low, but I’m not able to test at what voltage it shuts off. RovyVon has confirmed that the shutoff voltage is 2.8V.

Charging

The RovyVon Aurora A5 keychain flashlight is charged via USB-C, 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.

C to C charging works on my other similar models, but I haven’t tested it on the A5. Here’s a graph from testing of the A8!

charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens
High 420 1m+90m 258
Medium 150 1m+2h 147
Low 20 8h  
Moon 0.5 72h  
White Side Low 1 12h  
White Side High 20 3h 50
UV / 100m  

Pulse Width Modulation

The order below is as follows: Four front white modes then two side white modes (low then high), then UV.  That’ll be the order for the rest of the images in sequence, too. Many of the modes use PWM. Most of the PWM is so fast that you’ll never be able to notice it.

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

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

The UI is fairly versatile. Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click No action
Off Hold No action
Off Double Click Front (main) light on in memorized mode
Front Light On Click Mode Advance (L, M, H, Moon)
On Hold Off
Off Triple Click Side White On
Side White On Click Side white mode advance (Side white low, side white high, side white blink)
Off Click 4x UV On
Side UV on Click Off

^ After a certain amount of time being “on” the next click turns the side light off.

LED and Beam

The main emitter here is a Nichia 219c with 5000K and 90CRI. That’s great! The tiny optic makes the beam very usable, too.

These side emitters are completely floody. There are two – Warm White and UV. UV is mainly for activating the GITD body.

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

The order is as above. It’s nice to note that RovyVon gives accurate data on the 5000K emitter, and the CRI (at 92) is a bit better than the specification!

Beamshots

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)

I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • USB-C charging is a nice update
  • C to C charging works!
  • Nichia 219c emitter at 5000K and 90CRI is a great choice
  • Side emitter options are robust
  • User interface makes UV fairly easy to avoid
  • Magnets on pocket clip and tailcap are useful

What I don’t like

  • Output falls below specification

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