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AE Light AEL280PI-HL 280lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L T6 LED
280 lm output
2900 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The AE Light AEL280PI-HL (AEL280PI-HL) released in 2016. It uses Cree XM-L T6 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 280 lm output, 2900 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 108 m.

The AEL280PI-HL flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In situations like natural disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight becomes crucial for navigating dark areas, locating supplies, or signaling for help. This light has 2 modes of lighting. Without mode memory, this flashlight always starts in the default mode.

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AE Light AEL280PI-HL (AEL280PI-HL) specifications

BrandAE Light
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The presence of a flashlight can provide a sense of reassurance and confidence in unfamiliar or potentially dangerous environments.


Weight150 g
Length148 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter38 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The 150 g flashlight is generally comfortable to hold for extended periods and easy to carry in pockets or bags. They are suitable for various applications such as camping, hiking, or emergency situations. A 120-gram flashlight strikes a good balance between functionality, convenience, and weight. It's important to consider the length of the flashlight to ensure it fits comfortably in your desired carrying method.

The aluminium bodies can be anodized, providing a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. Anodizing enhances the corrosion resistance, hardness, and scratch resistance of the aluminum, while also allowing for a variety of attractive finishes. The HAIII process produces a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum, making it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. This improves the overall durability of the flashlight body. This flashlight features a captivating black color.


EmitterCree XM-L T6 LED
Color temperature6000 K
LensAR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear

Cree LEDs are commonly used in a wide range of lighting applications. Their products are trusted by lighting professionals and have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The choice of color temperature depends on the specific lighting application and personal preferences. The AEL280PI-HL uses a smooth reflector. Unlike the textured surface of an orange peel reflector, a smooth reflector has a polished, mirror-like surface.

The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission, making the flashlight more effective in darker environments. The AEL280PI-HL has mechanical switch. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback, allowing users to feel a distinct click or resistance when the switch is pressed. This feedback helps users confirm that the switch has been activated or deactivated, providing a reassuring sense of control and awareness. The AEL280PI-HL uses a reear switch. Rear switches are commonly found on tactical flashlights designed for law enforcement, military, and self-defense purposes. The rear switch allows for quick and easy momentary activation or constant-on activation, enabling rapid response and tactical maneuvering.


Flux280 lm
Intensity2900 cd
Throw108 m
CD/LM factor10.36

If you mainly need a flashlight for basic tasks like finding keys, navigating in dimly lit areas, or occasional use around the house, 280 lm can be adequate. With 2900 cd, the AEL280PI-HL flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. It can illuminate objects or areas with greater clarity and visibility, even at longer distances. The throw distance refers to the maximum distance at which the flashlight can effectively illuminate an object or target. The stated throw distance typically indicates the point at which the brightness falls below a specified threshold, such as 0.25 lux. Flashlights with a higher cd/lm ratio typically excel in long-range throw and focused beam applications, while flashlights with a lower cd/lm ratio may provide a wider and more evenly distributed beam for closer-range illumination or general-purpose use.


Modes2 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences.


Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationno

The AEL280PI-HL flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The AEL280PI-HL doesn't have charger port. A charger port is a designated connection point or interface where you can plug in a charger to recharge the flashlight's battery. The AEL280PI-HL flashlight doesn't have built-in LVP, it is recommended to use a protected battery to prevent over-discharging. The protective circuit of battery helps safeguard the battery from various potential risks and ensures safe and reliable operation.

This flashlight doesn't have built-in temperature control. Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements for heat dissipation, such as heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The AEL280PI-HL flashlight with IPx8 rating can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period, typically specified by the manufacturer.


Package contentsclip
extra body ring
nylon holster
spare rubber cover

The flashlight package is thoughtfully equipped with a holster, offering you a practical and secure storage solution for your flashlight. The clip allows you to attach this flashlight to a belt, pocket, backpack, or other items, enabling convenient hands-free carry. This is especially helpful when you need quick access to your flashlight while keeping your hands available for other tasks. Attaching a lanyard to your AEL280PI-HL flashlight provides an additional layer of security, reducing the risk of accidental drops or loss.

The performance of the AE Light AEL280PI-HL flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

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