RovyVon A3 Pro

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Rovyvon A3 Pro review: EDC flashlight

Rovyvon A3 Pro specifications

Brand/modelRovyvon A3 Pro
LEDCree XP-G3
Max. Lumens700 lm
Max. Beam intensity / distance1,080 cd
Battery config.Built-in
Onboard chargingMicro-USB
Modes4
BlinkiesStrobe
ReflectorOP
WaterproofIP66
Review dateJune 2022

Introduction:

Rovyvon is back at it with another entry in their Aurora series: the A3 Pro. Like most of Rovyvon’s lights, the A3 Pro falls into the keychain or small EDC category featuring a built-in battery, USB charging, and a compact design. Rovyvon seems to have sparked a bit of revolution with their Aurora lights a few years back. Shortly after their introduction, several lights of a very similar form factor began to flood the market: Nitecore TIKI, Jetbeam Mini-One, Astrolux K2, Seeknite S11, etc.  As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Rovyvon must have been onto something.

Package quality.

The Rovyvon A3 Pro arrived in a small, nicely designed, cardboard box. It’s a nice brownish color to match the Desert Tan of the A3 Pro. The front has a window to see the actual flashlight along with a few key specs. The rear features a more in-depth description. Inside the box, the A3 Pro and its accessories are arranged in a sturdy, clear plastic tray. In all, the package contained:

  • Rovyvon A3 Pro
  • Charging cable
  • Pocket clip
  • Keyring
  • Lanyard
  • Manual
  • Warranty card

Flashlight in use

Keychain lights are usually tiny, however, the Rovyvon A3 Pro is particularly tiny. It’s just as short as my shortest AAA light, the Olight i3E EOS, though it is a little bit wider. While the A3 Pro is very smooth, its flattened sides prevent it from rolling around.  There is a single e-switch towards the head of the light. It’s a bit on the small side and appears to be made of metal and is coated in a layer of silicone, presumably for water resistance.

The A3 Pro comes with three accessories which can be used depending on how you plan on using the light: a pocket clip, a keyring, and a lanyard. The lanyard is a pretty standard-issue design, though it is nicely decorated with the Rovyvon name and logo. The keyring is flat and strong and looks pretty nice as far as keyrings go. The clip is my favorite and is how I will likely use the A3 Pro the most. There is a groove on each side of the light that the clip grips, and does so pretty firmly. The clip can be oriented either up or down, so if you want to clip this on your hat, you’re good to go. I also like that it’s fairly deep carry with just a small bit sticking up from your pocket when clipped there.

Being a keychain light, the Rovyvon A3 Pro is best suited for small tasks. Though with a rating of 700 lumens, it’s no slouch either. It’ll work well for navigating to your car or front door, around your house at night, or even a quick walk around the yard.  While this is rated at 700 lumens, keep in mind that it is a small light, so runtime isn’t as long as what you’d get with a larger light, and it isn’t going to maintain 700 lumens for very long. Know your task and get a flashlight to match.

Build Quality, and Warranty

Rovyvon uses a wide array of materials on their Aurora lights: polycarbonate, GITD, aluminum, stainless, titanium, and copper (whew, did I miss anything?). So no matter what body material you’re looking for, Rovyvon has you covered. The A3 Pro is one of the aluminum models. Of course, that’s probably the most common material for a “decent” flashlight these days, but for good reason: aluminum is reasonably tough, resists corrosion once anodized, is inexpensive, easy to machine, and dissipates heat well. But the A3 Pro isn’t made of just any run-of-the-mill aluminum alloy. Like the Rovyvon E3 Pro I’ve reviewed before, the A3 Pro is made of a higher-end 7075 alloy that is even tougher than the alloys we normally see in flashlights. And also like the E3 Pro, the A3 Pro is sporting a handsome desert tan anodizing… which for some reason is etched in the side of the flashlight. I really like the desert tan 7075 aluminum. But do I need to see that info every time I look at my flashlight? No, not really.

Warranty:

  • Within 2 years of purchase, we will replace or repair it as long as the product is not working anymore because of the factory defects. This does not include obvious user wear or extreme damage.
  • After 2 years of purchase, if your product(s) got a defective or issues, we’ll offer a discount for purchasing new product(s) at a same or similar value.

LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

Rovyvon frequently provides emitter choices on their lights. I won’t say they are always my favorite LEDs, but there’s usually a cool-white low-CRI option and a neutral-white high-CRI option. You’re never going to make everyone happy, but I really appreciate the attempt. The version I have on hand is the cool-white option with a Cree XP-G3 LED. The LED sits a bit off-center (at least in mine) in the orange-peel reflector. The OP does an okay job of masking the tint-shift that we usually see with the XP-G3. It’s not great, but it’s not overly bothersome. The LED itself is a cooler temperature than what I would prefer, but that is just my personal preference. 

The measurements from my Opple Light Master say:

  • CCT: 7528K
  • CRI: 74.8 Ra
  • DUV: -0.0008

So… yeah, it’s definitely cold white. But at least the tint is neutral and the DUV actually registered as negative (slightly pinkish) though nearly perfectly on the BBL.

Dimensions and size comparison

Dimensions: 

DimensionMillimetersInches
RovyVon A3 Pro length60.5 mm2.38
Head diameter15.6 mm0.61
Body diameter15.6 mm0.61

Weight

WeightGramsOz.
RovyVon A3 Pro with battery200.71

Flashlight size comparison with its competition

Rovyvon lights, left to right: Rovyvon E3 Pro, Rovyvon A3 Pro,  Rovyvon A11, Rovyvon A8x UV

Rovyvon desert tan “Pro” lights, left to right: Rovyvon E3 Pro, Rovyvon A3 Pro

With AAA keychain lights, left to right: Sofirn C01, Jetbeam Jet-u, Rovyvon A3 Pro, Olight i3E EOS, ThruNite Ti3 V2

 

Driver & User Interface:

Keychain lights with e-switches tend to have UI’s that are a bit out of the ordinary when compared to full-sized flashlights. But that’s for a good reason. The goal is to prevent the light from accidentally turning on, but still keeping it quick and easy to turn on when you want to without needing to lock and unlock it all of the time. I would say that Rovyon did a pretty good job with the UI in the A3 Pro. It’s not exactly how I would design it, but it works.

Available modes: Moonlight, Low, Med, High

From OFF:

  • Press and Hold: momentary High
  • Single click:  nothing
  • Double click:  turn on (mode memory)
  • 3 clicks: Strobe

From ON:

  • Press and Hold: turn off
  • 1 click: cycle through modes
  • Double click: nothing
  • 3 clicks: Strobe

Mode memory:

  • Yes, there is mode memory (not for Strobe)
  • But… it only memorizes a mode when you’ve left it on in that mode for 3+ minutes

Shortcuts:

  • To High: press and hold from Off (momentary High)
  • To Strobe: triple click (from Off or On)

Low voltage warning:

  • The indicator LED under the switch glows red when the battery is running low

Strobe/blinkies

  • Triple click from Off or On

Lock-out mode: 

  • None

PWM

  • Not visible, measured at 23.3 kHz in all modes except High

Additional info on the UI: 

  • I would have really liked a Moonlight shortcut. Other than that, I can live with this for a keychain light

Batteries & Charging

The Rovyvon A3 Pro uses a built-in 330 mAh lithium-polymer (LiPo) battery. It is not user accessible nor serviceable. If you manage to wear out your battery, reach out to Rovyvon if it’s within the warranty period.

Towards the tail end of the light is a small USB cover that hides a Micro-USB port. It charged at 0.35 amps (1.85 watts); finishing a full charge cycle in 1 hour flat. My USB meter showed that 259 mAh were transferred – a bit short of spec. While charging, the indicator LED “breathes” blue. It then switches to solid blue when it is done charging.

You might be asking yourself, “Micro-USB? Really?” Yes.  And I’ve kinda sworn myself off from buying any more lights with Micro-USB because USB-C is clearly the future of charging (for a while, at least). The thing is, it’s not like I don’t still have 100 other devices around my house that are still Micro-USB. And it works just fine, especially for a low charge rate like the A3 Pro.  Rovyvon has commented that they will be moving towards USB-C and some of their newer lights are already using the standard.

Performance test

Lux was measured by a UNI-T UT383 BT at 5 meters. Lumens were measured in a homemade lumen tube using a TSL2591 sensor, calibrated with a Maukka calibration light. The temperature was monitored with a MLX90614 IR temperature sensor.

Lumen measurements (for each mode)

ModeSpecsLumens @turn onLumens @30 secLumens @10 minutes
Moonlight3 lm1.71.7
Low30 lm242423
Med400 lm35627876
High700 lm59030793

Parasitic drain:

  • N/A (can’t measure due to internal battery)

Runtime graph

In general, my measurements are a bit lower than what Rovyvon has them spec’ed at.  And their numbers clearly can’t be the ANSI 30-second ratings, because the brightness starts ramping down immediately.

ModeSpecified runtimeMeasured runtime (ANSI FL1)Time till shut off
Moonlight66 hr
Low10 hr7 hr 8 min7 hr 15 min
Med2 hr 30 min1 hr 41 min2 hr 2 min
High1 hr 30 min1 hr 19 min1 hr 35 min

ANSI FL1 standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turn on). This does not mean that the flashlight is not usable anymore. The last column shows how long the light actually works till it shuts off. If there is a + symbol, it means that the test was stopped at that particular point, but the light was actually still running. This happens on certain occasions, with certain drivers, firmwares, or batteries.

Throw numbers: Peak beam intensity 

Measured at 5 meters after 30 seconds unless otherwise noted

ModeSpecsCandela measured MetersYards
High @ 0 sec3,175113123
High @ 30 sec1,080 cd 2,475 cd99 meters109

Extra info: Peak beam distance according to ANSI FL1 standards: The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produce a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object).

Beamshots

Beam shots of the building are taken at 15 m (16 yd) using a Pixel 6 set to ISO 200 with 1/10 second exposure time.

  • Rovyvon A3 Pro
  • Rovyvon A11
  • Rovyvon A8x UV
  • Rovyvon E3 Pro
  • Wuben G2

Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by RovyVon. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Feels good
  2. Very bright
  3. No PWM

Cons

  1. Charging is Micro-USB
  2. Misses lumen specs
  3. No shortcut to Moonlight mode

Explanation on star ratings:

1: Avoid: my phone flashlight would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended

Reviewer Gabriel
Author: Gabriel

4 stars: ★★★★

I’ve long been a fan of the Rovyvon Aurora series. They made a pretty big splash a few years ago and have been imitated often, but there’s nothing like an original. The Aurora lights are very compact with a decent e-switch UI that makes them good for both pocket and keyring carry. 

Having nearly 600 lumens at your disposal from a light barely bigger than a AA battery?  Impressive. The Micro-USB charging is admittedly a downer, but still commonplace and quite functional. The A3 Pro is a solid entry in Rovyvon’s Aurora keychain-light lineup with its 7075 alloy construction, desert tan anodizing, decent UI, and all-in-one design.

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