J5 V1 PRO Flashlight Review

J5 V1 PRO Flashlight Review

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In early 2016, I bought the J5 V1 Pro for use around the house and my property. After about a year and a half of usage, I put this flashlight through the ringer. Now it’s time for my J5 V1 Pro Review.

  • 82%

    Size/Weight

  • 60%

    Battery/Features

  • 76%

    Light Output

  • 73%

    Overall


Anatomy of the J5 V1 Pro

The V1 Pro is on the lower on the spectrum of flashlight sizes. It’s total length is 4 inches (4.25 inches when extended) which is shorter than the average of 5.5 inches discovered during our other reviews. The diameter is about 3/4 inches around the grip and 1 inch around the lens.

Weighing in at 3.4 ounces with a AA battery installed, the V1 Pro is lighter than most tactical flashlights but that’s what I expected considering the small size. The average weight of the flashlights we have tested so far similar to this is one is about 8 ounces, so you save about 30% in weight, but then again 3 ounces is that dramatic.

The body of the J5 V1 Pro is made of durable metal and coated with one of a few colors. I selected the camo coloring because I’ve never owned a camo flashlight! In a year of usage there is some wear to the paint but nothing really noticeable and the flashlight still performs great.

This flashlight is powered by a single AA battery or 14500 rechargeable battery. I’ve used both and prefer the rechargeable variety if you have one available. I used a multimeter to test the amperage draw of the light on high which resulted in an average of .8 amphour draw. Based on the normal amps in a AA battery, you should get a bit shy of 1.5 hours of use per battery (low was only .25 amps, and should last about 6 hours). A 2000 mAh rechargeable battery should last about an 6 hours on high, before needing to be recharged. The first AA battery lasted me about 3 months of normal usage before needing to be replaced because it wasn’t left on constantly and used only when I needed it.

J5 V1 Battery Life
It is operated with a tail push button switch which includes three brightness modes. High, Low, strobe – in that order. You can save some battery life using the low mode but but you sacrifice a good bit of light. I stuck solely to the high mode over the last year or so. It does not have any other features like SOS.

It has a belt clip for easy carrying which proved useful. The less items you can carry in your pockets the better. If you do carry it in your pocket however, the belt clip can keep it near your waistband for easy access. The clip is also metal and very durable. Didn’t lose any spring or shape with normal use.

The Light Tests

The J5 V1 Pro faired about average during our normal lighting tests. This includes the distance and walking path tests. This flashlight does have a built in slide for focusing the beam which allows for longer distance usage. The box said about 100m of visible light but I’d guess it was closer to 80m before objects were unrecognizable in the light. I tested the V1 Pro in my backyard which is heavily wooded and was able to see a good distance between trees but at full focus the beam pattern is small.

The light output during the walking path test was OK. For a normal user, probably all you need but didn’t knock my pants off. I am 6′ 2″ tall and held this flashlight at waist height pointed approximately 45 degrees at the ground in front of me. The diameter of the beam was 4 feet in width and 6 feet in length. Good for most situations but a bit less than our average review.
J5 V1 Pro Light
The LED bulb used with the J5 V1 Pro emits a slight blue light, which made it look brighter than it probably is. Similar to some high end cars you see on the road. Considering this flashlight only uses 1 AA battery, the output is actually pretty good. The picture I took below shows a tree about 40 yards away. The beam pattern is a bit smaller than other flashlights and I struggle to see this flashlight being effective at the 100m range listed on the box. I’d say it’s good for about 50 meters.
J5 V1 Pro Light

The Final Conclusion

This is a good flashlight for the average user. Not the best we’ve seen but also not the worst. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the J5 V1 Pro between a 7 and 8, and would recommend it for anyone who needs a cheap, less versatile, but reliable flashlight. Perfect for home usage.

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