[Review] Acebeam L19 (Thrower, 1x21700, TIR, Double Electronic Switch)

Budda

Enlightened
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
564
Location
Italy
I received the Acebeam L19 through the review program. At the end of the review you will find the link for purchasing the Acebeam L19, or any other Acebeam flashlight or accessory.

The Acebeam L19 is a compact throwing light, built for hunting application. It features a TIR optic and is powered by a 21700 battery. The L19 is controlled by 2 electronic switches. It is available with 2 emitters, a green LED (NM-1), and a cool white one (PM-1). I got the latter version.

The L19 comes in this box
Acebeam_L19_07.jpg

Acebeam_L19_08.jpg


Inside the box: L19, manual, warranty card, USB-C charging cable, lanyard, spare O-rings, sheath and 21700 Acebeam 5100mAh battery rechargeable via USB-C.
Acebeam_L19_09.jpg

Acebeam_L19_35.jpg

Acebeam_L19_10.jpg

Acebeam_L19_21.jpg

Acebeam_L19_22.jpg


The L19
Acebeam_L19_11.jpg

Acebeam_L19_12.jpg

Acebeam_L19_27.jpg


The head of the L19 is bigger then average, to host the peculiar TIR optic that focuses the beam of the PM-1 emitter; however, it still maintains a design compact enough (60 mm wide at the head, 164 mm in length and 25 mm width at the body). The TIR optic is covered by glass lens with anti-reflective coating.

Never seen in many years of flashlight addiction such an optic in person. Please note that there’s a protective sticker on the optic when you receive the light, remember to remove it before turning the light on.
Acebeam_L19_19.jpg

Acebeam_L19_15.jpg

Acebeam_L19_16.jpg

Acebeam_L19_26.jpg



The tailcap allows for tailstand and an easy access to the tailcap electronic switch (that has the feeling of a traditional mechanical switch).
Acebeam_L19_13.jpg

Acebeam_L19_14.jpg

Acebeam_L19_28.jpg


The body has a wide squared milling, and a metallic round cigar grip ring is present (also has a lanyard hole).
Acebeam_L19_18.jpg


The threads at the tailcap are square cut and anodized, allowing for physical lockout
Acebeam_L19_23.jpg


The body is glued to the head, and the point of contact at the head is a golden spring.
Acebeam_L19_24.jpg


At the head there is the second electronic switch, under a metallic switch cover. It is round and is located on a flat milled portion of the head. It has a nice tactile feedback.
Acebeam_L19_17.jpg

Acebeam_L19_29.jpg


At the left of the head switch, there’s a battery LED indicator.
Acebeam_L19_19.jpg

Acebeam_L19_20.jpg


Note the 2 different contact points inside the tailcap, for carrying the signal necessary to make the 2 electronic switches run.
Acebeam_L19_25.jpg


The bezel of the head definitely has an aggressive profile.
Acebeam_L19_30.jpg


The sheath is made in cordura. It is MOLLE compatible and has a plastic D-ring.
Acebeam_L19_31.jpg

Acebeam_L19_32.jpg

Acebeam_L19_33.jpg

Acebeam_L19_34.jpg


UI
There are 2 electronic switches that control the light.
The one at the head works like your typical electronic switch: turns the light on and off at the last mode with a single click; turns the light on at the lowest mode if you keep it pressed when the light is off; scrolls through the modes if you keep it pressed while the light is on; and goes to turbo mode with a double click.
The one at the tailcap turn the light on and off at turbo mode. If the light was already on at a different level, it goes directly to turbo mode. Once the turbo mode is activated via the tailcap switch, the one at the head is not working until you turn the light on. To turn the light off, you need to press the tailcap switch again.
Only then the head switch will return responsive.

The LED indicator for the battery will turn on when using the light, and will be green when the battery is above 30%, red when between 30 and 10%, red flashing when under 10%.

Beamshots, 100 meters at the tree.
Acebeam_L19_05.jpg

Acebeam_L19_06.jpg

Keep in mind that these pics are underexposed, and the L19 in real life is brighter.

Output and runtime
All tested with the included Acebeam 21700 5100mAh battery.
Acebeam_L19_01.png

Acebeam_L19_02.png

Acebeam_L19_03.png

Acebeam_L19_04.png


My thoughts
The light is well built and finished
I like the interface. I like the fact that you have on one switch all your “regular” functions, with the access to lowest, highest and last used mode; and with the other switch, you can overrule the previous settings and go straight to turbo. I guess this feature comes in handy when you need to set the light at turbo mode and don't want an accidental change of level (both for hunting and tactical applications). The levels are well spaced.
The output is a bit under the specs, the regulation is impressive. I like that the light has a continuous output of around 900 lumens for the entire runtime of the battery.
The light has a beautifully focused beam, as you can see from the Beamshots, but it also has enough light in the spill to be able to see the ground when you walk.
So, the L19 is a really good thrower, without necessarily being a one trick pony - laser.
I like the battery indicator position.

I would like the LED battery indicator to have more modes and spaces (something like: green>60%, yellow>40%, red<20%, red flashing<10%), the cigar ring to have a squared shape (to act partly as an anti-rolling device).

And here's the affiliated Link, for your consideration:
http://www.acebeam.com/?affiliate=Budda

Thanks to: AntoLed, Won, Zampa.
 
Last edited:

knucklegary

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Feb 11, 2017
Messages
1,680
Location
NorCal
Did you say head is (or not?) glued onto body?

..and does tail switch have momentary (1/2 press) Turbo function?

Thx for review!
 
Top