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Flashlight Reviews / Review Acebeam L16 /// XHP35 HI 2000 Lumens
« Last post by robo819 on July 27, 2017, 07:29:35 PM »
This is the Acebeam L16 tactical flashlight , sent for my review from Acebeam and NO other compensation other than keeping the light that I am reviewing.

The L16 can be found at the main Acebeam site (non affiliated)………. is external)
Or on Amazon site (non affiliated)……….. is external)

This is my first Acebeam product and I would like to mention that I was impressed with the actual packaging and care taken with this light. Although the light was shipped in a DHL plastic envelope , extra care was taken to make sure there was sufficent padding (bubble wrap) to assure there was no damage to the box or light inside that envelope.
Kudos to Acebeam for that little extra detail that many times we do not see from other companies.
The actual box from the company is also padded inside and everything was well packaged inside that box.
The Box included the L16 itself , the 3100mAh Acebeam branded cell inside the light (with the plastic insulator to prevent cell from making contact) , a nice nylon holster , charging cord , lanyard , extra o-rings , rubber switch boot , user manual and warranty card (5 year).

The L16 is done with a very nice , what I would call a semi matte finish , as it is not real shiny , but not really as dull as the true matte finish either , it does have a nice appearance and feel to it though.
The Knurling is a pretty agressive one but not so much that it is too rough. When you grab the L16 it just has a good grippy feeling on the knurling.
There is also a clip for head down carry of this light. Personally it is just a touch big for jeans pocket but something like cargo pants or a jacket it will pocket fine.
The Bezel is a silvery matte finish and it is hard for me to tell if it is stainless or aluminum , but it looks good on the light either way.

The L16 has a built in USB charger with indicator light , so the included 18650 cell can be charged from that , or you can remove the cell and charge it on an external charger if desired. Unlike many of the proprietary cells , the Acebeam cell is interchangeable with other High Drain cells , meaning you can use something like the LG HE4 , Efest , Sony , or other quality cells in this light and they will charge with the built in charging system , as well as operate the light just fine.
The L16 can also operate on 2 x CR123A or it is also listed as working with the protected cells. When using either the protected 18650 or the CR123A cells it should be noted the output will be less.
DO NOT try to charge the CR123A cells inside this light , as the charger is only made to charge the 18650 cells.

The L16 has an AR coated lens with a very nice , smooth reflector sitting under it. The lens and reflector cover a XHP 35 HI emitter on copper MCPCB that make a very nice , smooth and bright beam.

At the tail end of the light is the tactical or “cigar” grip ring that gives that extra little bit to assure there is no slippage when operating the light from the tail end.
The L16 has both the tail switch and the side switch, The tail switch is used for tactical purposes as it is a momentary on for the Turbo mode with a half press, or it will fully activate the Turbo mode when fully clicked. Once the Turbo mode is activated from the tail switch the side switch becomes inoperable so there is no chance of accidental mode changes.
The side switch controls the rest of the modes (Firefly / Low / Medium / High / Strobe and the “Lock Out” function) Lock out is achieved by holding the side switch down from “OFF” for 3 seconds and to reverse or deactivate lockout , simply press and hold the side switch 3 seconds again.

The L16 is turned on by a quick press of the side switch. Regular modes are cycled by holding the side switch down 3/4 of a second to 1 second and releasing , or once the light is turned on , you can simply hold the side switch down and cycle through the firefly / low / medium / and high modes and let go of the switch at the desired mode. Turn the light back off with a quick single click of the side switch.
You can also activate the Turbo mode with the side switch if desired , with a quick double click and a quick triple click gets you into the strobe function.
The strobe can be accessed from any mode with the side switch (including off) as can the Turbo mode from the side switch or tail switch from any mode.
The L16 also has mode memory , memorizing the last used mode , other than Turbo or strobe.

The turbo mode DOES NOT have a timer or a step down so the L16 can be turned on in Turbo and the light ran until cell depletion (until the Low Voltage Warning) which is 3 quick blinks a long pause and 3 quick blinks in cycles. The lumens will drop about mid-way to the end of the cell depletion , but the light does hold fairly high lumens for about half of the turbo cycle.
Just on a personal note , I would not run this light in turbo mode for extended periods , without some kind of cooling going on , other than just a slight breeze , as it WILL get very hot. On a cold night or with adequate air flow over the light though , it does handle the entire time in Turbo fairly well , without getting blistering hot. I used a small 6 inch fan with decent airflow when testing and sat the light about 12 inches away. (see below charts for run times , lumens and tail amperage)

Overall I have NO complaints about this light for my personal use. The overall fit , finish , feel and functionality of the L16 are all of very high standards in my opinion.
Also I might mention the L16 IS NOT glued together any where (at least on the sample I got) so for the modders out there , it would make a good candidate if you did decide it needed modding.

For those who don’t want to watch the whole video……the still shots , teardown and beamshots start at 8:22 in the timeline and the live outdoor footage comparing the Convoy L4 and modded XinTD C8 start at 14:05 of the timeline.

Video followed by listed specs………..

LED: Cree XHP35 Hi Max 2000 lumens output using 1*18650
 Firefly: 1lms, 500hours;
 Low: 150lms, 9 hours;
 Mid: 550lms, 2.2hours;
 High: 1000lms, 1.2 hours;
 Turbo: 2000lms, 1.1hours;
 Strobe: 2000lms, 2.2 hours;
 Working voltage: 3V to 6V
 Max runtime: 500 hour
 Max beam distance: 603 meters.
 Peak beam intensity: 90800cd
 Impact resistant under water: 1.2 meters.
 Waterproof to IPX8 standard,2M
 Size:155mm(length)x40mm(head dia)x25.4mm(body dia.)
 Weight: 128g without battery.
 Aircraft grade aluminum body structure.
 Premium type III hard anodized anti-abrasive finish.
 Ultra-clear tempered glass lens with anti-reflective coating.
 Strobe mode for tactical and emergency use
 Smooth reflector for max light output
 Tactical knurling for firm grip.
 Streamlined body design.
 Intelligent highly efficient circuit board design for max per-formance and long run time;
 Specially designed for military, Law Enforcement, Self-defense, Hunting ,Search & Rescue and Outdoor activities.
 Intelligent temperature controlled light output for user safety

 Side Switch:
 Click the side switch to ON/OFF,
 When flashlight is ON, press and hold the side switch to cycle from Firefly-Low-Mid-High modes,
 loosen then at your selected mode. Next ON will memorize the last mode you selected without replace battery.
 Double click the side switch access Turbo mode and triple click access Strobe mode regardless the flashlight is ON or OFF.
 Tactical Tail Switch:
 Click the tactical tail switch for momentary on and constant activation at Turbo mode regardless what the status of flashlight is.
 Please note if click the tactical tail switch at first, any side switch operation is useless.
Lock Out:
When flashlight is OFF, press and hold the side switch for 3 seconds, the flashlight will Lock Out after 3 seconds’
Firefly output. It is useless for side switch operation now but click the tactical tail switch still can access Turbo mode.
When flashlight is Locked Out, press and hold the side switch for 3 seconds, the flashlight will Unlock and light at Firefly mode.
The built-in charging function charges 18650 Li-ion battery through a micro USB port.( Note: To forbid charging in 2 X CR123 batteries.)The built-in power indicator RED means in charging status,indicator GREEN means fully charged.
Notice: Only when using ACEBEAM ARC18650H-310A 3100mAh battery or the same batteries of the other brand, the Max output could be up to 2000LM; When using the normal 18650 battery with PCB protection or 2 x CR123A batteries, the Max output could be only up to 1400LM
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Looks for professional flashlight~~
« Last post by cathyli9 on July 25, 2017, 12:33:48 PM »
In my opinion, pro led flashlight means industrially led should be portable and powerful!I shop one on the brand of Cosmo before.likes it's introduced: Safety & High-efficiency circuit design, Gold plating spring never rust, high-efficiency reflector, a high-end hot releasing system
Deal Alerts! / Re: 2 great deals on a great thrower & a great edc
« Last post by cathyli9 on July 25, 2017, 05:37:12 AM »
I always believe that the great one won't be cheap.maybe mini led flashlight would be cheaper, but the pro one likes industrially led flashlight may upon $40, have a look here.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Looks for professional flashlight~~
« Last post by david57strat on July 24, 2017, 11:08:49 PM »
i think fenix are worthy of buying even though it is expensive ,
you will get what you pay for ,if you want to buy some better price ,
you can go to  kingsbuying, which offer free shippment online ,i often
bought my flashlights and other electronics there .maybe you can check
to confirm

I have a number of Fenix lights, and have found them to be very well built, and dependable lights. 

The PD40 pictured above (fourth light from the left) is the only light of theirs, with a neutral tint, in the form of an MT-G2 emitter.  Very solid light.  That's one light of theirs that I use (among others), very regularly, at work.

I've also purchased a number of Convoy lights, in the past year, because they were so well spoken of, in numerous forums, and I think they're hard to beat, in terms of quality at a budget price.  They have the added advantage of offering up many of their models in a wide variety of tints. 

I tend to favor neutral and warmer tints, for most of my uses, and the Convoys really fit the bill, nicely, without breaking the bank.

Left to Right: S3 with XM-L2 T6 4C, S2+ Blue with XM-L2 T6 4C, also in Green, but with XM-L2 T6 3B, M1 with XM-L2 T6 4C, C8, with XM-L2 U2 1A De-ndomed with Guppydrive firmware- a little bit on the greenish side, tint-wise, for me; and finally a pair of C8s, with clear finish, and XP-L U3 7A, with Biscotti firmware (currently programmed for 5-modes, from moonlight to blasting).  These are among the warmest LED lights I own, tint-wise.

All of the Convoys are 7135 x 8 (except for the Green S2+, which is a 7135 x 6.
you should look around and chose the one you need most.the rechargeable led flashlight also have mini one now, it's have a look here.
Flashlight Collections / Re: The Bykfixer collection
« Last post by cathyli9 on July 24, 2017, 09:19:13 AM »
awesome!!both of collection is classes, so would you buy some new version outdoor led flashlight??some of then belongs to the mini led flashlight.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Looks for professional flashlight~~
« Last post by cathyli9 on July 24, 2017, 09:06:24 AM »
hey, maybe you should check some industrial flashlight online which more professional!!it's suitable for outdoor, campaign & more.also, have the mini led flashlight.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Collecting a series of flashlights
« Last post by zeddd on July 23, 2017, 04:49:13 PM »
Did you have USB Charging High-performance Flashlight B60
,this brand is very good.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Looks for professional flashlight~~
« Last post by zeddd on July 23, 2017, 04:43:28 PM »
Maybe you can check USB Charging High-performance Flashlight B60
Deal Alerts! / Up-to-date Flashlight Coupon List on
« Last post by r3crac on July 23, 2017, 09:01:52 AM »
I've created self-updating (once per hour) list of flashlight coupons! There is pretty useful "Lowest price ever before" column (according to my database).
There are 285 deals ATM!

Enjoy! ;)
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