Astrolux EP05 Flashlight Review: Another Top Budget Brand?

Astrolux EP05 Review

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I reviewed the Astrolux EP05. This is the first Astrolux light I’ve reviewed, though I’ve been curious about this brand for a while now. Is this another great budget brand worth considering? Find out in this video.

Astrolux provided me with a free sample of the EP05 for this review. I was not paid to make this video, nor have I held back any negative opinions of this light.

General thoughts after a week of usage/size comparison/practicality/interesting things:
• So this is my first Astrolux flashlight – they’re a brand created by, reportedly manufactured by several other companies including the company behind Sofirn/Wurkkos and Mateminco. The EP05 is a floody 21700 light with a 5x LH351B configuration. It’s a competitively priced budget light that comes with everything you need.
• What’s in the box.
• Comparisons: IF25a, TS21.

Overall Construction, LED, lens, bezel and reflector
• Overall construction and design remind me of some Sofirn lights. Build quality is good for this price point but isn’t something that’s gonna wow you. No rough spots or inconsistencies in the machining. Anodized threads. The anodizing is smooth and glossy, similar to most smaller Sofirn/Wurkkos lights. It’s slippery, but thankfully the knurling helps provide extra grip.
• Side switch that doubles as battery indicator. Takes 21700 or 18650 cells with an included adapter. Double-sided clip.
• The head is larger in diameter than the body to accommodate the lens. The 5x LH351B LEDs are housed behind a 5x TIR lens. No protective glass. The bezel is glued on.

UI – modes
• Press once to go into the last remembered mode. H, M, L, Strobe, SOS – press and hold to switch off. Fairly simple UI.

Performance – total output, beam profile, longevity, practicality
• Ceiling bounce test, CRI, CCT
• Floody beam with decent throw due to the sheer amount of light.

• Wish they didn’t include strobe/SOS in their UI. Even if they separated it through a triple click, would have been much better. It makes changing modes annoying.
• Quality/construction is acceptable for this price point, but there are small things that could be improved such as using a beefier tail-spring and putting a glass lens on the front for protection.
• Fast step down.
• No moonlight/lock mode.

While the EP05 doesn’t offer anything unique or groundbreaking, it’s a great budget-friendly flashlight that you can easily fit in your pocket or backpack. It pumps out a huge amount of light for its size, and is perfect for walks, and general use around the house or outside. It comes with everything you need in the box which makes it easy to use option for beginners.

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