Built with a tough grade aluminum casing that’s lightweight and portable, along with an “ultra bright” LED that shines at 5,000 lux, the Atomic Beam tactical flashlight claims to be up to 40X brighter than the competition and to be “one of the most powerful flashlights on earth.”
Along with these features, we’re told that Atomic Beam comes with 5 adjustable modes (high, medium, low, strobe, and S.O.S. functions), 2,000X zoom for a spotlight effect, an easy push switch, and a powerful strobe to stun intruders. We also watched as Atomic Beam was boiled in oil, frozen in ice, smashed between concrete blocks, and even dropped from a helicopter in the commercial, which the company claims is because it’s “built to withstand extreme conditions.”
Whether you spend a lot of time outdoors or not, having a few tough, reliable flashlights around is never a bad idea. Is Atomic Beam worth the money—and the space in your cabinet—or should you focus on other options?
What Makes a Good Tactical Flashlight?
According to Police Magazine, the primary defining characteristic of any tactical flashlight is the amount of light it puts out. While 80 lumens are considered the minimum to qualify as “tactical,” thanks to modern LED technology, many of these flashlights are putting out 500 lumens or more. Keep all of this in mind, because we’ll come back to it in a second.
Other key features of tactical flashlights include small size, higher quality construction and materials, an aircraft aluminum casing, as well as waterproof and shockproof design.
Despite these solid features, Police advises that tactical flashlights aren’t always an ideal solution in every situation. For example, because these flashlights feature such powerful beams, they’re not recommended in reflective scenarios, such as around metal or even fog. Tactical flashlights are also known to create dense, dark shadows, which is always where trouble hides.
Based on what we’re told in the commercial, Atomic Beam seems to meet most of the key criteria for a tactical flashlight—or does it?
Is Atomic Beam 40X Brighter than Other Tactical Flashlights?
There are a lot of different claims made in the Atomic Beam commercial, although there are 2 that probably perked your ears: 1) It features an ultra bright LED that shines up to 5,000 lux, and 2) it’s up to 40X brighter than the competition.
To gauge the accuracy of claims like this, most flashlight manufacturers list their light output in terms of lumens, which is literally the measurement of brightness. Instead, Atomic Beam’s manufacturer tells us the light output in lux, which is equal to one lumen per square meter.
Now, based on this information, it’s easy to imagine that the amount of lux a light source outputs can change depending on where it’s located (less area + the same light output = more lux). To this extent, we can’t know precisely how many lumens Atomic Beam generates, or if it really is 40X brighter than other tactical flashlights.
Let’s continue talking about Atomic Beam’s other features.
Can You Really Smash Atomic Beam Between Concrete Blocks?
ASOTV commercials and infomercials are masters at putting products in their best light (no pun intended), so you might have been impressed when Hunter Ellis smashed Atomic Beam between two cinder blocks using a sledgehammer.
However, keep in mind that the upper cinder block absorbed most of the impact from the hammer, so this doesn’t seem to be especially impressive. What about when Atomic Beam was frozen in ice or left in boiling oil?
It’s positive that Atomic Beam can temporarily withstand extreme abuse like this, but we’re not sure how it would realistically stand up to repeated demonstrations—or even how long the flashlights would continue functioning afterwards.
Out of all the demonstrations, perhaps the most revealing one was when Atomic Beam was dropped from a helicopter onto concrete, which continued working flawlessly. This is called impact resistance, and you’ll probably want a tactical flashlight that’s warrantied for at least 1 meter of impact resistance.
Will Atomic Beam Protect You From an Attacker or Intruder?
Once again, we come back around to the brightness discussion.
A 500 lumen light is definitely powerful enough to cause temporary blindness and to disorient an attacker. But neither of the scenarios shown in the Atomic Beam commercial seems very realistic. Why?
First—unless you hit them square in the eyes with your beam—simply shining a light at someone who’s approaching you (in a parking garage, for example) probably won’t cause them to put up their hands and cower away.
The second example showing a woman attacked when placing groceries in her car might be a little more realistic (since the attacker would have been in close proximity). However, in order for her to react so quickly, she would have needed to have had her thumb directly on Atomic Beam’s button—and what if the attacker would have grabbed her from behind, instead of from the side?
In short (assuming it puts out enough lumens), Atomic Beam could probably stun an attacker. Although we don’t think the scenarios shown in the commercial are necessarily realistic.
Let’s move on from Atomic Beam’s features and talk about its price.
How Much Will You Pay for Atomic Beam USA?
The Atomic Beam flashlight is available through two different offers:
One Atomic Beam flashlight for $19.99, plus free shipping. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second flashlight for an additional $9.99 fee.
Everything found in the main offer, in addition to a rechargeable battery and charger, a hands-free tactical headband, and a reinforced nylon carrying case. Get 1 offer for $39.98, or 2 offers for $59.97.
Atomic Beam Accessories
If you don’t want the full Deluxe Offer, you can choose which accessories you’d like individually:
- Rechargeable Battery & Charger: $12.99
- Reinforced Nylon Carrying Case: $9.99
- Hands-Free Tactical Headband: $7.99
All Atomic Beam flashlights come with a standard 30-day refund policy, less S&H. It’s also supposed to come with a lifetime replacement guarantee, although you’ll likely be responsible for S&H charges.
To request a refund, BulbHead’s customer service department can be reached at 855-668-1655.
Should You Choose Atomic Beam Instead of the Competition?
Ultimately, it’s your choice what to do with your hard-earned money, and we’re certainly not here to tell you how to spend it. You shouldn’t even let Hunter Ellis’ endorsement of Atomic Beam sway your decision.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to get the most value, it’s difficult to assess exactly how Atomic Beam’s features stack up against other tactical flashlights—especially since we’re not told how much light it outputs.
Do we think Atomic Beam really is “one of the most powerful flashlights on earth”? To provide an informed answer to this question, we’ll have to wait and see what customers are saying as the reviews roll in. In the mean time, BulbHead (a division of ASOTV giant Telebrands) appears to stand behind Atomic Beam with a 30-day refund policy.
Just keep in mind that you’ll be out a few bucks in S&H (even more if you purchased the BOGO offer).