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Astrolux FT03 XHP50.2 4300lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XHP50.2 LED
4300 lm output
133000 cd intensity
1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery

The Astrolux FT03 XHP50.2 flashlight released in 2019. It uses Cree XHP50.2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 4300 lm output, 133000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 729 m.

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Astrolux FT03 XHP50.2 / FT03XHP502

The FT03 XHP50.2 is a powerful and reliable flashlight. It has impressive illumination and durable construction. It is an exceptional lighting tool, it works in many situations and environments. With mode memory, when you turn off the FT03 XHP50.2 and then turn it back on, it will activate the last used mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors. This USB rechargeable flashlight is small and light. It is easy to carry.

Astrolux FT03 XHP50.2 specifications

BrandAstrolux
NameFT03 XHP50.2
TypeFT03XHP502
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1449 user votes.
Launch2019
Formflashlight

A flashlight provides reassurance and confidence. It is helpful in unfamiliar or dangerous places.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight295 g
Length170 mm
Body diameter34.5 mm
Head diameter69.5 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack
blue
green

This 295 g flashlight is not very heavy. But, it is heavier than the average handheld flashlight. A smaller flashlight is easier to carry in a pocket, bag, or pouch. This makes it more convenient for everyday use or when you're on the go. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. The body of FT03 XHP50.2 flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. The FT03 XHP50.2 flashlight comes in many colors. The choice of color can serve different purposes and preferences.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XHP50.2 LED
Color temperature5700 K, 6500 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

Lighting professionals trust Cree LEDs. Cree LEDs have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The FT03 XHP50.2 uses a smooth reflector. A smooth reflector is different from an orange peel reflector. It has a polished, mirror-like surface. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux4300 lm
Intensity133000 cd
Throw729 m
CD/LM factor30.93

The FT03 XHP50.2 flashlight has 4300 lm. It will provide an exceptionally bright and powerful beam of light. The flashlight has 133000 cd. It will provide a strong beam of light. This light can illuminate objects or areas with great brightness and clarity. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

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Software, user interface, modes

FirmwareNarsilM
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeyes
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

NarsilM is an open-source firmware designed for flashlights, it is similar to Anduril. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. The light doesn't have predefined brightness levels or fixed modes. Instead, the ramping mode lets you adjust the light smoothly within a specific range. The FT03 XHP50.2 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at, this makes it hard for them to concentrate. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

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Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portUSB Type-C
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx7
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The FT03 XHP50.2 flashlight utilizes 1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. This flashlight can charge the battery with a built-in charger. It works with a USB power source. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage. The FT03 XHP50.2 has thermal protection feature. These mechanisms track and regulate the flashlight's temperature as it operates. The "7" in the IPx7 rating shows that the flashlight can survive being submerged in water. It can withstand a certain depth for a limited time without getting damaged.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
lanyard

The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the FT03 XHP50.2 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Astrolux flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • aluminium body
  • body color options
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • strong flux
  • super bright
  • NarsilM firmware
  • mode memory
  • ramping mode
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof

Cons

  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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