Review: LED Flashlight – JETBeam BA10 XPG

In the world of flashlights, Jetbeam has made a name for itself by manufacturing torches which place it in the former category. With its budget line, which includes the Jetbeam BA10 reviewed here, it now has a series of inexpensive products aimed at the more price-conscious customer. This review will attempt to analyse whether ‘budget’ means inferior, value for money or somewhere in between.

Pros:
+ Inexpensive
+ Ease of use
+ Very sturdy clip
+ Proven winter and waterproof qualities

Cons:
– Slightly longer than other AA lights

Specifications/Features (taken from the Jetbeam website)

The JETBeam BA10 is powered by a single AA battery or rechargeable cell. I emailed Jetbeam asking if the flashlight could also be powered by a 14500 lithium battery. They replied that this was certainly possible, but it could cause the light to become hot.

More:

The Jetbeam BA10 has the following dimensions:

  • Length: 10.5cm (4.13inches)
  • Width: 2.3cm (0.91inches)
  • Weight (without battery): 60g (2.11oz)

The light also has the following features:

  • LED: XP-G R5
  • Lens: scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • Material: aero-grade aluminium
  • Finish: type III hard anodised
  • Water-resistance: IPX-8 (submersible to 2 meters)
  • Impact resistance: 1.5 meters

First Impressions

The JETBeam BA10 came in a cardboard packaging and included a lanyard, a rubber switch cap, two spare o-rings and a manual. [Read more…]