It’s really hard to type this review because all I can see is a little black circle in the centre of my vision.
You see, being a bloke, and being a bit of a gear junkie I always take things apart to investigate them in the name of a thorough review, and the Cyba-Lite Auro is such a great feeling, chunky and fantastically bright little light that I thought no harm could come from removing the lens, peering at the LED and turning it on.
Now, a few minutes later I can just about make out what I’m typing if I look slightly to the side of each letter like some 1980’s spellchecker not quite keeping pace with the input.
Let me tell you that this little flashlight is a pleasure to be blinded by. The manufacturers state that the LED they use is 7x brighter than a standard LED (and a couple of retailers seem to have rounded that up to 10x, which is generous of them). If you like statistics, it’s a 0.5w Nichia LED, which is the same as those used in bright headtorches and cycle lights by brands like LED Lenser, Varta and Gelert. It casts a slightly blue-white light which isn’t the easiest on the eye for extended periods of use, but is more than adequate for camping, walking in the dark and keeping as part of a toolkit for dark crevaces of engine-bays.
The body of the Auro is made from Aluminium and feels really chunky, weighty and well-made. It’s sculpted into grippy ridges which are easy to hold and comfortable, and it’s not too bad in the cold because of the reduced surface area.
The on/off button is a large rubber affair which is easy to click on, or just press down to temporarily illuminate things. And the single AA battery (a standard Duracell) will give around 6 hours of continuous light at constant brightness. As you’d hope, the battery compartment (and lens) are sealed by a rubber o-ring, which makes the Auro rainproof.
The all-plastic lens of the Auro is designed as a collimator (which I had to look up the meaning of). In essence, what it does is focus the LED’s light in two ways;
– The centre section of the lens has a thin, convex lens which focusses a bright spot at the centre of the beam
– The outer section of the lens is thicker and lens convex, and serves to make a fairly broad, less bright beam.
What you get is a highly usable spread of light, brightest in the middle and gradually dropping off.
At 6ft, the bright beam is about 8 inches wide, and the diffuse beam is 2ft wide, or thereabouts.
The Auro is supplied with a wrist-strap and a belt pouch.
SUMMARY: I’m really fond of the the Auro. It’s a small, rugged and well-made light which is the perfect size for a pocket or pouch, car or camping. The light is really bright, but in a usable spread and with around 6 hours from a single AA battery it isn’t too bad on economy. The inclusion of a wrist-strap and holster are great bonuses. I haven’t found a downside yet.
Price: £13.59 (inc delivery)
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