Acebeam K70 Apollo rechargeable LED flashlight. 2600 lumen 1300 metre. Benchmark game-watching torch! Reviews here.
This is it – the torch that all reviewers agree has one of the longest beams of any production torch in the world! That’s what they are saying, and after trying it myself I have no reason to argue.
The highly respected reviewer, Selfbuilt, posted: "The K70 is an outstanding thrower from Acebeam. The XHP35 High Intensity (HI) emitter – with its small footprint – allows for incredibly tight focusing. I haven't seen this level of throw outside of modded dedome lights previously. . . It is a great beam profile, without distortions, color aberrations or beam artifacts."
He also found the K70 easily outperforms its official intensity of 422,000 candela (equivalent to 1,300 ANSI metres) - his sample delivered 508,000 candela, or 1,425 metres! Testing my own copy of the K70 with a lux meter, I get an intensity of 485,000 candela/1,400 metres. Using my "real world" formula (to 2.5 lux) suggests a practical range of 439 metres, if you ignore air pollution.
Another well-known reviewer, "Candlelamp", complimented the "very high build quality" of the K70, saying it had "incredible throw and high-output" and was the "number one throwing stock XHP35 light."
In the real-world, your eyesight will be the limiting factor, not this torch. At those distances, most people can’t see anything smaller than an elephant without binoculars! I’ve also proven that the K70 is a highly effective signalling light, clearly visible to a friend in Simonstown, 41km across False Bay from my previous home in Gordon’s Bay! No, that's not a misprint, and it wasn't a particularly clear night!
One of the most exciting things about this torch is that it doesn’t project a silly dot of light like those “million candlepower” spotlights (which need a couple of minutes to warm up and a car battery for power) but actually provides useful illumination over enormous distances from a truly portable torch. You can see the difference for yourself from 9:54 into this YouTube video.
If you're looking for a big fat beam that lights up everything to a couple of hundred metres, consider the 18,000 lumen Acebeam X45 Eclipse, but if you're a hunter or game-watcher, the tighter hot-spot and paler spill of the K70 will allow you to identify animals as far as you can see, without back-glare from nearby vegetation affecting your night vision.
How do you know there won’t be a torch with an even longer beam next week? Actually, it's highly unlikely. The K70 is one of the first torches to use the very latest high-intensity LED from the world's top manufacturer, the Cree XHP-35 HI – the same chip the other brands will be using as they desperately try to catch up. There is no better emitter on the market for this kind of light, and there isn’t likely to be one for some time.
At the same time Acebeam haven’t cut any corners in their quest to be first off the starting line – the K70 is beautifully made, with a gorgeous 75mm clear reflector and six carefully chosen brightness levels, from idling at one lumen for more than a month, to full throttle for well over an hour. There’s also a devastating dual-frequency strobe, which should probably be licenced as a dangerous weapon.
But it’s not only about horsepower. Apollo is designed and built for the long haul – it's IPX-8 waterproof and impact resistant, supplied with a holster, a lanyard, spare o-rings and tailswitch boot, and backed by a five-year warranty fully supported in South Africa by yours truly.
Note that I now stock an optical-grade red glass filter for guilt-free game viewing, and a white diffusing filter to produce an even floodlight. For more on red light for game viewing see here.
Like all my torches, I supply the K70 with or without batteries and chargers. It takes four industry-standard 18650 lithium ions, which in turn are charged in a standard external charger (much better than an overpriced battery pack and a finicky internal charger).
Note that, if you select the "with batteries" options below, I will supply a set of good quality protected 2,600mAh or 3,400mAh protected batteries, and the charger option includes the great Liitokala Lii-402 four-channel USB charger/powerbank.
If you'd like to save a bundle, please drop me a line and I'll send you an invoice with a fat discount if you pay directly into our account. Delivery anywhere in SA is free on the K70 (or any purchase over R2,000).
To see what my customers have to say about the Apollo, please click here.