Review Details

Acebeam X80 25,000 Lumen 4 x 18650 CREE XHP50 Multi-Color LED Flashlight

Product Review (submitted on September 14, 2017):
The Acebeam X80 is truly a wonder. With 12 Cree XHP50.2 leds it out powers the discontinued Foursevens XM 18 (with 18 leds) by 10,000 lumens. While not the brightest production flashlight on the market it sure is small and powerful.

That said this is a gimmicky light. The main area of the light (where memory states reside) has to cycle through 7 states to get back to the state you were originally in. It’s really annoying if all you wanted was to get the the previous state that it was in before the state you’re currently in. At least the turbo and super turbo are double clicks and the strobe is a triple clicks away. The double clicks are also very difficult to engage. Half the time it works, other times it just shuts off. It’s like the button was not electronically de-bounced properly so a slight error in rhythm or pressure on the button causes incorrect modes to occur. I still haven’t got the hang of it yet. Takes practice.

The other issues are the actually using the light in it’s turbo modes and the manufacturer’s design/build thinking. Turbo and turbo S CANNOT be used w/o wearing high-temp (leather or Nomex) gloves. The surface temperature rises so quickly it becomes way too hot to hold let alone touch to turn off or reset the control button to a lower level. It’s like you’re touching the electric stove heating element and seeing how long you can keep your hand there when you first turn it on.

I’m not trying to second guess what Acebeam was thinking but in making the lightest and brightest light on the market they also made it almost unusable in turbo modes. The flashlight slightly shorter than the Olight X7R, with the same weight and a lot less aluminum mass. The less mass made the heat lag to the outside occur faster than it should (the Olight X7R having more aluminum along with the lower heat and light output allowing the user to hold the flashlight a lot longer) not allowing bare-handed holding of the flashlight. I actually gave my index finger a 1st degree burn.

One last minor issue was the battery holder. You need to be very careful about positioning the IMR batteries in the holder otherwise it won’t fit in the flashlight. You get used to setting the correct positions of the batteries after a few tries. Again, like the double and triple clicks it takes practice.

With all that I still like the light. Maybe Imalent or Olight will be better alternatives but for now it’s the king of the hill.