Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review - Atom A0 with Red LED

The Atom A0 is a
great keychain light.
I reviewed the Preon P0 last March. Since then, I have had almost a full year's worth of experience with the flashlight and am still very impressed by it. I still keep it on my keys and it has come in handy a number of times. If you would like to read more about the flashlight, please click HERE to read my blog post about it.

FOURSEVENS has listened to customer requests and now makes a Preon P0 (now called Atom A0) with a Red LED, and that is what we'll look in this review.

The Atom A0 comes in the exact same form factor as the Preon P0. It is 2.2" long, 0.5" in diameter and weighs only 0.8 oz with the included AAA battery. This size is only slightly larger than the AAA battery that it uses.

The A0 has an integrated magnet in the tail.
The body of the light is made out of stainless steel and comes with an integrated magnet in the tail. This allows you to stick the light to any ferrous surface for hands-free lighting. For attaching to a keychain the A0 comes with a small keyring.

The difference between the P0 and A0 is that the A0 comes with a CREE XP-E Red LED. This LED also has two modes, just like the P0. The first mode is low, and emits 0.5 lumens. Turning the flashlight off and on quickly by twisting the head changes the mode to high, which emits 15 lumens. This is less bright than the P0, which has a maximum brightness of 25 lumens.

Why a Red LED?

The Atom A0 comes with a Red LED, as can be seen here.
A red LED makes a lot of sense for a flashlight. Red light preserves night vision better than white light. This makes a red light ideal for star gazing or tasks where you need brief illumination, but still need to see in the dark. I have tested this and found it to be true myself.

The red LED isn't as bright as the white LED that the P0 normally comes with, but it's still adequately bright on high for seeing things in the dark. In fact, the red light gives a very interesting effect and is a neat flashlight to have, especially if you're a flashlight enthusiast.

The Atom A0 by FOURSEVENS is a great flashlight on its own, and with a red LED becomes even better for select applications. If you enjoy flashlights, this is definitely a light to check out.

Do any of you have any experience with the Atom A0? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Review - FOURSEVENS Maelstrom MMU-X3

The Maelstrom MMU-X3 -
An insane amount of light
in a reasonably small package.
FOURSEVENS is really cranking out some new lights for 2014. Perhaps their most impressive new flashlight is the Maelstrom MMU-X3.

At first, the MMU-X3 looks just like the standard MMU that has been out for several years now. The original light was great, but this one is even better. When you look at the emitter, right away you notice that there are 3 LEDs instead of just one. Apart from the XM18, this is FOURSEVENS' first production flashlight with multiple LEDs.

These multiple XM-L2 LEDs output a screaming 1600 lumens out of a flashlight that easily fits into the palm of your hand. The MMU-X3 is 5.4" long, has a 1.3" body diameter and a 1.8" head diameter. It's a good size for hand-held light. It's not great for pocket carry, but because of that, it comes with a holster that can be carried on a belt.

The flashlight has excellent texturing all around and is beautifully anodized in black. The head has vented heat-sinks to cool down the light, as it can get hot with extended use.

The MMU-X3 has
3 XM-L2 LEDs.
Using the light couldn't be any simpler. You turn the light on by twisting the tailcap. When slightly loosened, you can also put the tailcap to get a momentary on. When the light is first turned on, it defaults to High (1600 lumens). If turned off and turned on within 1 second, the light will then switch to Low (200 lumens). If turned off and on again, it will go back to High. There are only 2 modes with this light, but they are the two most practical.

As with all FOURSEVENS lights, this flashlight is also waterproof. Now I wouldn't go scuba diving with it, but if you go down a few feet, it should be fine.

The run time on the MMU-X3 is also impressive. You get 11 hours on Low and 2.5 Hours on High. You also won't have to worry about this light eating up batteries, since it uses a rechargeable 26650 Lithium-Ion Battery (sold separately). This battery has 4,000 mAh of stored energy, which is actually a heck of a lot. This lets you use the light to your heart's content, show it off to friends, and then pop the battery in the charger when it finally runs dry.

The Maelstrom MMU-X3 from FOURSEVENS is a crazy-bright flashlight in a small and portable package. It's a great tool for anyone who needs a lot of light, but can't spare the extra space that comparable flashlights take up. Retailing for around $100, it's also affordable, considering what alternative flashlights with similar performance would cost. All, in all, this is a great flashlight to have in your inventory, especially if you're a flashaholic.

Do any of you have experience with the Maelstrom MMU-X3? If so, let us know in the comments below.