Astrolux is a very famous brand of flashlights. At the same time, you won’t be able to buy Astrolux flashlights offline, with all the advantages of the brand. I’m talking about stores, of course, and not about options for buying from hand. The reason is simple — Astrolux is a «pocket» brand under which Banggood sells flashlights, which are made for it by the manufacturer Mateminco, well-known in narrow circles. Accordingly, Banggood takes care of all marketing and logistics, giving the manufacturer itself interest in the form of order volume.
Why are Astrolux flashlights good? For the average buyer, they are more likely to be even worse for having to deal with the choice of LEDs, with the choice of color temperature, with (in most cases) overly flexible controls. But for an experienced user, all of the above will be an undeniable advantage.
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Accordingly, for the vast majority of Astrolux models there is a full-fledged analogue in the form of Mateminco, with a difference only in the logo. For example, I talked about an amazing search light Mateminco MT70, which is sold in banggood under the name Astrolux MF02S. And the flashlight from this review has already appeared on ixbt under the name Mateminco T02. The version was different on the inside, but virtually identical on the outside.
FT03, by the way, is also sold on Aliexpress under its own name, but at a rather uninteresting price tag, see for yourself.
In general, if you want to buy a long-range flashlight on Aliexpress, and don’t want to buy into Banggood, then you can safely take its full-fledged analogue with the original name. The price, however, will be higher — banggood gives a discount code with which the price tag will be very, very good.
The assortment of the store is not limited to these two models. There is a short version of the FT03mini, a case, a diffuser, a tactical impact bezel, a spare glass and a copper case in general. For a complete list of everything related to this model, see here
Battery: 1x 26650 ( 21700/18650).
Driver: Texas Avenger FET Driver with charger
Reflector: high quality smooth reflector
Glasswith anti-reflective coating
Frame: Type III hard anodized aluminum alloy
Button: silicone rubber
Moisture protection: IPX7 equivalent, do not submerge in liquids
impact resistance: up to 1.5 meters
Weight: about 295g
Dimensions: 170mm * 69.5mm * 34.5 (length * head diameter * body diameter)
SST40-W: 6500K; 5000K; 5700k
2400 lumen and 190000 candela
Claimed range:875 meters
XHP50.2: 6000-6500K; 5700K
4300 lumens and 133000 candela
Claimed range: 735 meters
Packaging and appearance
The packaging is exactly the same as in the MT70 mentioned at the beginning of the review. Namely, a white thick cardboard box with the outlines of a flashlight.
This is far from the top of the design, but not a frank basement box either. And since I am sincerely sure that Astrolux buyers are still people who know what they are getting and know the difference between HD and HI LED, this modesty should not scare anyone away. This is the case when the flashlights inside speak for themselves and do not hide behind the colorfulness of the box.
Inside, in thick foam rubber, there is a modest set of the flashlight itself, a bag with a lanyard and an o-ring, an adapter 18650-26650.
So, well, here is the flashlight itself. It is significantly larger than one of the most popular budget long-range flashlights from Aliexpress, namely Sofirn C8G.The difference in size, of course, will also appear in the light (there will be a comparison in the review).
If the first fits in your pocket without any problems, then the second, nevertheless, should be taken in a case. The point here is not the length, but the diameter of the head. 400g is a pretty solid weight, it will be where to remove heat. At the same time, the flashlight is still far from some oversized models of flashlights like Convoy 4X18A Thrunite TN42 and others like them.
I don’t see any design frills here, but the FT03 still looks quite decent, obviously not like some kind of super-budget deshman. If desired, it can be taken in other colors.
The tail is flat — if it stops, the flashlight stands as a candle. If you wish, I remind you, you can buy a diffuser.
The springs on both the head and the tail are double, very thick.
If desired, the driver can be easily removed.
There are zero complaints about the lathe, everything is neat. The thread is large enough, well missed, everything turns easily. The lamp is disassembled into 3 parts. In the photo, the middle part is located with the anodized side to the head, it should be the other way around, I did not pay attention when I took the photo.
The knurling is unpretentious, but quite tenacious. Due to the diameter of the case, there is no clip. The grip is quite comfortable without it. The weight distribution is comfortable.
The head is quite massive.
Next, traditionally, the button goes in order. The button is medium in size, the move is of medium depth with a noticeable click. I liked its location in the recess, machined exactly to the size of the thumb, which instantly hits the button. Traditionally, there is an indication of discharge / charging. You can turn on/off the backlight.
The button is quite a bit, but protrudes beyond the surface of this hollow, but I tried to press the flashlight against a flat surface — there are no accidental clicks.
Traditionally and expectedly, the charging connector is located on the opposite side. It’s nice to see Type-C replacing the original micro-USB. The lid is very thick, it comes in tight, everything is really in order here. The charging current is about 1.7A. It is worth considering that charging does not see batteries with a voltage above 4v. Here, either external charging, or drive 7-10 minutes into the turbo to take it below 4 volts.
Cooling fins for this size are quite decent both in number and depth. I saw finning and better, of course, but in single models, for example, in Nitewatch Ni40 Stalker.
Glass, as usual, with enlightenment.
The reflector is, of course, smooth.
The bezel rotates freely.
Here, on the copper, the ancestral Mateminkovsky tamga is perfectly visible. You see, there is no smell of any astrolux here, just in the spirit of import substitution at the level of stickers on monitors. In fairness, there is no secret in this and it does not affect the end consumer in any way.
Let me remind you that in the original version there was a dedominated XHP35 LED that was remarkably suitable for a long-range flashlight. It is a pity that now on the bang there is no this version. 2 models present in the review, of course, grow in range and, in part, in side illumination due to greater brightness. But also additional heating with a large battery consumption, too.
The flashlight has a good, but no more appearance. Neat, with a discreet but pleasant design. I really liked the practical idea of deepening under the button. Replacing micro-USB with type-C is also a definite plus.
management And detailed guide. they are from a different model but match.
Exactly the same as in a number of other flashlights, for example, a colossal heavy-duty and ultra-long-range Lumintop BLF GT70
Namely, the interface Narsil. Unlike the super-flexible Andurilinterface, it is closer to the average user. It remains possible to switch from stepless brightness control to modes, as well as to choose a convenient spread of the latter. Well, you can turn off the backlight of the button.
Nuances and tips
➤ Once the tailcap is screwed on (do not overtighten), the flashlight will blink twice to confirm contact.
➤ All functions are performed using the side button.
➤ Moonlight is present by default. So when you select a group of modes, it can be confusing. It seems to be 4 levels by default, and you count 5. This is because moonlight is being added.
➤Advanced operations: to enter the configuration settings, press and hold the button for about 16 s (3 in MODE-SET) until a double flash followed by a single flash. This blinking is a prompt for the first setting. Aftercorresponding to the flashing menu item, press the button for as long as necessary for this parameter, or leave the setting and wait for another double flash, this time followed by two flashes, indicating that we are now in setting No. 2, etc.
The GT confirms the setting with a click followed by a flash. Press and hold the button to move to the next setting. Long press -> exit the setup menu. Four blinks means -> setting completed.
In the settings you can access the menu temperature stepdown settings. It is configured as follows. You hold a flashlight and when you feel that the temperature is already uncomfortable, you press the button. This temperature is set as the thermal cutoff threshold.
If you entered there by accident, exit the settings by simply releasing the button and then holding it for about 4 seconds until the flashing stops.
Stepless dimming (ramping)
By default, the flashlight is configured RAMPING UI(smooth increase / decrease in brightness):
Off-Onon click (mode memory turns off turns on)
From OFF, press and hold the side button. The brightness will increase from the minimum to 50%.
When the desired brightness is reached, release the button.
If you release the button while increasing the brightness and hold it down again, the brightness will begin to decrease.
Instant TURBO — 2 clicks
MOONlight: from OFF quick click and release the button
GATES: 2x clicks to enter turbo, then 2x clicks again. Strobes are disabled by default. There are several strobes here, moving through them is a quick click. But here you have to be quick, if you keep the strobe on for more than 1.2 seconds, then it will block and the next click will turn off the flashlight.
Charge check: 3 clicks from OFF (e.g. 3 blinks, pause, 7 blinks = 3.7)
Lock and unlock.: 4 clicks.
MOMENTARY(turbo as long as you hold the button): five clicks (loosen and re-tighten the tailcap to exit this mode)
Reset to default settings: 3 clicks -> 2 clicks -> 2 clicks -> press and hold the button for about 2 seconds until you see four flashes, which confirm a successful reset.
Mode with brightness levels (Mode set)
— Turn on/offon click
— next mode: One click before the current mode «closes» (1.2s)
— Previous mode(from ON): press + hold the button
— instant turbo(from off) press and hold the button
— Charge indicator: From OFF one click, then press and hold (3 blinks, short pause, then 3 blinks = 3.3V to battery)
— Lock and unlock(from OFF): 2x clicks -> press and hold
— Reset to factory settings: from OFF one click -> then press and hold -> double click -> double click again -> then press and hold for about 2 seconds. Four flashes confirm a successful reset.
Personally, I find Ramp UI much more user friendly.with its access to minimum and maximum brightness.
In general, the controls are flexible, but if there is a need for something other than the default settings, you will have to spend time. Having mastered it once, there will be no problems later, everything is really logical here.
How Astrolux FT03 shines
There are different options for both LEDs and color temperature. As for the latter, it is logical to choose 4000K for long-range combat. Quite acceptable and 5000K. Well, the colder the light, the more it will illuminate all the dust and moisture scattered in the air. And with FT03, alas, there is not much to choose from, for the same XHP50 you will not get warmer than 5700K …
Strangely, in this photo, the SST40 shows a wild blockage in purple. I don’t live that close. But the XHP50 turns green live.
Otherwise, the pure SST40 has a long-range light distribution with a bright center and dim side illumination. XHP50.2, due to the size of the LED, will give a larger center and better side illumination. Accordingly, it will be less long-range. This is not a minus — if you do not need to nail as far as possible, then this option just might come up due to the bonus in the form of a side fill. Keep in mind that more heat and increased battery consumption will be added as a bonus.
What about work schedules?
So high is of the order of 50% off turbothat is, it is quite close to the default 38% mode when switching to preset brightness modes.
Unfortunately, there will be no stabilization at higher brightnesses. Fet driver — which means that as the discharge progresses, the brightness will decrease. Be that as it may, the duration of the work, even as it is quite good. Well, obviously — a spare battery will not take up much space, but it will give a huge increase in autonomy.
Cooling has a pronounced effect in the SST40 version, and, judging by third-party reviews, a good effect in the more powerful and hot XHP50. Why by outsiders? In my version, the temperature sensor showed 20 degrees more, so the brightness dropped Very fast. The graph below shows the run time for cooling + thermal stepdown disabled. Again, judging by third-party reviews, the only difference will be that without cooling, with a temperature sensor showing the correct temperature, you will get 2 minutes of turbo. Pictures with cooling must match.
a) you can set the thermal cutoff threshold at any temperature, set it by time or turn it off — the duration of work will change accordingly.
b) in my case, the SST40 version heated up normally. XHP50.2 barely warmed up at the threshold of the stepdown. Even when I manually tuned it to a high enough threshold, it still worked long before it. As a result, it turned out that the sensor was poorly calibrated and showed 20 degrees higher, so I turned off the thermal cutoff altogether
To summarize, the XHP50.2 version turns out to be a sort of compact searchlight, with good side illumination and the ability to somehow work at a medium distance. If desired, you can give a good light up to 400m exactly. And within a couple of hundred meters you will have a real headlight in your hands.
With a lower brightness, the SST40 will give you more range and in cold or windy weather, squeeze the maximum possible if not from the turbo, then from the half High mode for sure. In this version, the flashlight will obviously have a longer range than the Sofirn C8G.
And then personal preferences come into play and the user himself determines what is more important for him: give up the operating time and range, the price of good side illumination or spit on it and remove the maximum penetration from a relatively low brightness. In the latter case, it would be interesting to see a version with a super-long-range Osram LED. But what is, is.
Video review Astrolux FT03 contains a lot of examples of how this flashlight shines. So if it’s interesting to compare them head-to-head live, you are welcome. I would be grateful if you support the work on creating a review, just not rewinding the video to live footage
The flashlight in both versions turned out to be peculiar. With its pros and cons. Personally, I was not pleased with the lack of stabilization. But, live, the eye will not notice this smooth decrease in brightness, and the abundance of orders for this model is a confirmation of this. And let me remind you — the main buyer of Astrolux products is understanding user. And in a number of models, the same $5 camping lamp (see review) This fall does not bother me at all. So, in many ways, this attitude is a consequence of the fact that in the first version there was stabilization, but it disappeared from the subsequent ones.
Do I like it? No. Can be used as is.
The second disadvantage is the limitation of color temperature. 5700K is still too much. 5000K is fine, but a long-range flashlight would perform much better with a 4000K version.
The third minus concerns the XHP50.2 version that fell into my hands, which in my case had a problem with a temperature sensor showing 20 degrees more. There are other similar reviews on BLF. So there is some chance to run into the same. But this is more likely, however, a statistical error.
No. 2 and 3 are the main disadvantages of the model. At the same time, it is far from a fact that the buyer will face the third personally.
Then begins the abundance of its merits.
- The most convenient, not overloaded with settings management
- Easy-to-access backlit button
- Type-C built-in charger with good current
- Powered by a large 26650 battery
- Good appearance
- Exclusively affordable price, which allows you to close your eyes to the two above minuses
- Excellent brightness and range
- Possibility to choose a model that suits your needs
- Choice of case color and even material (there are versions in copper)
The result is a uniquely interesting model. Any of the major manufacturers with a big name would have slapped for such functionality in the region of hundreds of bucks, cutting down control along the way. And, what is worth noting separately — the fact that there are not some ultra-long-range white flat LEDs from Osram here makes these models not frankly useless on relative close range. Already XHP50 for sure. In this respect, he reminded me Lumintop X9L. That one, of course, costs twice as much, but if you need a real pocket photon gun, then this is it. Already that way from 10 meters it will be quite good, but at 30-50 it’s just really good.
As a result, in my opinion, it turns out that if you need something relatively compact, with good penetration power, stabilization and duration of work, you should look at the proven one from an exceptionally good side Sofirn C8G, which will close for you the maximum of all household needs in the high beam. And if you are ready to symbolically add money to seriously add to the side illumination (with XHP50) or range (SST40), then it is quite possible to try your luck with the Astrolux FT03. The flashlight will no longer be a pocket flashlight, you will lose stabilization, but you will gain a lot of the above advantages.
As a result, the flashlight turned out to be interesting and good in terms of light. A frankly small price tag makes it quite possible to buy it at least for the sake of interest. It is also quite suitable for a gift, the control here is quite accessible for the average user, if he bothers to take 5-7 minutes to read the instructions. On the product page on banggood there is just a mountain of reviews and if there is an interest in buying, you can find out first-hand impressions.
Where can I buy
You can buy Astrolux FT03 on aliexpress
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