RovyVon Aurora A8 USB-C Keychain Flashlight with sidelight review – EDC perfection?

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REVIEW – How do you create a perfect EDC flashlight?  The list of items I would want include a decently bright main light, several other intensity levels, small size, light weight, and durability.  If we could throw in rechargeability rather than needing batteries and good battery life, that would be a big plus.  And, besides being a traditional flashlight, if it could also double as a wide-angle task light, that would be great.  Well, the new Aurora A8 EDC flashlight from RovyVon has all those things plus a UV light as a bonus.  Is it the perfect EDC flashlight?  Let’s see!

What is it?

The RovyVon Aurora A8 is an everyday carry (EDC) flashlight.  It has a main light as well as a sidelight and offers multiple lighting intensities, two color temperatures, and UV lighting in a small UCB-C rechargeable, IPX6 waterproof package.

What’s in the box?

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  • RovyVon Aurora A8 flashlight
  • EDC Organizer box  – this was also the packaging
  • Magnetic pocket clip
  • Magnetic tail base
  • Keyring (two different sizes)
  • Extra USB-C port cover
  • User manual
  • Warranty card
  • Lock/unlock instructions card

Hardware specs

  • Material: Polycarbonate (body), stainless steel (bezel)
  • Dimensions: 60.5mm (length) x 15.6mm (diameter)
  • Weight: 17.6g
  • Battery capacity: 330mAh lithium polymer
  • Charging: USB-C, 5V/0.35A, 1 hour
  • Operating modes:
    • Main momentary (high-only)
    • Main on (four intensities)
    • Sidelight on (two intensities)
    • Sidelight flash
    • Sidelight ultraviolet
  • Main light: SST-20 LED, 6500K cool white – moonlight 0.5lm, low 25lm, medium 200lm; high 650lm
  • Sidelight: 4000K warm white – low 0.1lm, high 20lm, flash 20lm; 365nm ultraviolet
  • Indicator LEDs: LED #1 – low battery: red; LED #2 – charging, breathing blue; charged, green
  • Water resistance: IPX6 – able to withstand powerful jets of water for at least 3 minutes
  • Impact resistance: 1.5m
  • Runtimes:
    • Main high 650lm: 1 minute + 1.5 hours (stepped down to 80lm)
    • Main medium 200lm: 1 minute + 2 hours (stepped down to 80lm)
    • Main low 25lm: 8 hours
    • Main moonlight 1lm: 72 hours
    • Sidelight low 1lm: 12 hours
    • Sidelight high 20lm: 3 hours
    • Sidelight UV: 100 minutes

Design and features

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The RovyVon Aurora A8 (A8 for short) has a body made of translucent polycarbonate, giving it a neat, high-tech look.  The single push button is located on the top of the body near the stainless steel bezel.

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The single SST-20 LED sits in the middle of a polished reflector.

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The USB-C charging port sits on the right side of the body.

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The rubber cover pulls out easily.  RovyVon thoughtfully included a second cover in case this one wears out.

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The rear of the RovyVon Aurora A8 flashlight has a tab where one of the two included keyrings can be installed.

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RovyVon also includes a snap-on magnet that clips over the rear end. You can see in installed on the left.

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The agent is strong enough to hold the light securely from an overhead magnetic surface. The RovyVon Aurora A8 flashlight is so light that the small magnet will also hold it horizontally.  I didn’t install the pocket clip.  The magnet on the clip is much stronger.

The bottom of the case is printed with the usual logos and warnings.

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When charging, a status LED lights “breathing” blue – meaning a slow fade-up/fade-down flash.  The LED glows green when the light completes charging.  If you try to turn the light on when the battery is below acceptable voltage, the LED lights red.

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I did try charging with both a USB-A to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-C cable.  Both charged the light perfectly.  That three-LED circuit board you can see in the photo above is the sidelight.  This can provide two levels of diffused, wide, warm-white light as well as ultraviolet (UV) light.  The 365nm wavelength is generally considered to be the generic blacklight wavelength. UV light can be used to help identify legitimate currency and find “eww” things like bodily fluids or fingerprint residue, and make fluorescent things glow.  Groovy, man.


The setup involves charging the RovyVon Aurora A8 flashlight until the indicator LED turns green.  The other step is to unlock the light.  It ships in a locked mode so the light cannot be accidentally turned on. Five quick presses of the button unlocks the light and flashes the main light three times to confirm.  When unlocked, five more quick presses of the button locks the light and flashes the main light twice to confirm.


Before we get into the performance, let’s go over how this thing works.  Remember, it has a main light with four intensity levels, a sidelight with two intensity levels and flashing, and a UV mode, also on the sidelight.  All of this is operated with a single push button.


  • Lock: with the light switched off, rapidly click 5 times, and the front light blinks twice
  • Unlock: with the light switched off, rapidly click 5 times when the light is locked, and the front light blinks 3 times

Primary Light

  • Momentary on: with the light switched off, press and hold for High mode, and release to turn off
  • Constant on: rapidly double click to turn on from the memorized mode – to memorize a mode, turn on that mode and leave it on for three minutes – this part is cumbersome
    • click to cycle through Moon-Low-Med-High modes
    • press for 0.5s to turn off


  • White: rapidly triple click to turn on from Low mode,
    • click to cycle through Low-High-Flash
    • Turn off: press for 0.5s
  • UV: rapidly click five times to turn on, then click or press for 0.5s to turn off

To quickly summarize:

  • Hold while off gets you momentary high mode
  • Two clicks to turn on the main light and single clicks to change intensities
  • Three clicks to turn on the sidelight and single clicks to change intensities
  • Four clicks to turn on the UV sidelight
  • Five clicks to lock/unlock


Let’s take a look at the relative differences in light intensity between the different modes.  From upper left, left to right, moonlight, low, medium, high.

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Moonlight is great for a nightlight.  Low is plenty bright to see a menu in a dark restaurant.  Medium is a good, general-purpose flashlight.  High is surprisingly bright for such a little flashlight. The beam is well-focused and can shine a long way at its brightest.

Here is a look at the RovyVon Aurora A8’s sidelight. The sidelight is more diffused and wide.  It is designed to illuminate an area rather than just a spot.

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Unlike the cool white main light, the sidelight in the top photo shines warm white.  The lower image shows the UV mode. Here is the sidelight in low, high, and UV.

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I charged up the RovyVon Aurora A8 and turned it on in high mode.  After about a minute, it started dimming as expected but still remained plenty bright for general use.  The bezel gets a little warm but not uncomfortable.  I set the timer and went about doing other things.  The documentation said I should get one minute at high plus another 90 minutes at reduced brightness.  After about 75 minutes, the red LED came on indicating that the light’s internal voltage was low.

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A couple of minutes later, the light shut off.  That’s not exactly the 90-minute total expected runtime, but it is close enough for me.  They claimed a one-hour charge would completely recharge the light.  I plugged in the light and in only 45 minutes, the charging LED went from breathing blue to green.  Nice!

Next up, I tested the UV output.  Just because it looks purple-blue doesn’t mean it is actually UV.  First, I grabbed a Benjamin.  Sure enough, the security strip showed up plain as day.  This was also done in daylight.  The UV is bright enough that you don’t need a darkened room to use it.

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Next up was my Florida driver’s license. All of the UV security features showed up clearly.  The green “FL” diagonal stripes in the upper left and lower right, green and blue FL with state outlines, the blue UV rendering of my face (looks like Brad Pitt, right?), and the blue GK59 above the small portrait.  Again, this was taken at 10:15 AM in my dining room with the north and west-facing windows wide open on a cloudless central Florida day.  There was plenty of ambient light in the room.  The RovyVon Aurora A8 flashlight put out more than enough UV to make the features jump right out.

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One thing I noted was that the multi-function button didn’t have much “feel” to it.  It worked just fine but there was no positive feel when I clicked the button.  I’d like a little more tactile feedback to know that my clicks are working.

What I like

  • Nice, high-tech design
  • Great selection of operating modes
  • Excellent light output
  • Solid construction
  • A lot of options in a little package
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast USB-C charging

What I’d change

  • I would like a faster way to save a favorite mode
  • A button with a more tactile feel would be nice

Final thoughts

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There is a lot to like about this little light.  Small in size, big light, lots of lighting options, all in the palm of your hand, clipped to your pocket, or on your keychain.  Its magnet base option and magnetic pocket clip add mounting options. Couple all that with the fact that it has geeky good looks, recharges quickly via USB-C, is water-resistant, can take a 1.5m drop, and has a handy bright UV light and we might possibly have the perfect EDC flashlight in the RovyVon Aurora A8. It now has a permanent home on my golf cart keychain.

Price: $46.95
Where to buy: Amazon; RovyVon
Source: The sample of this product was provided by RovyVon.

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  2. Pretty cool! I bought one of their earlier models a few years ago. It had Mini-USB charging but similar functionality. Still one of my favorite gadgets. I attached mine to neon paracord and wear it as a necklace when camping. The lanyard keeps me from losing it as well.

    Mine was made with a glow-in-the dark plastic that would make it easier to find. The UV light works great to charge the glow plastic.

    1. Having used both UV bodies, the glow plastic absorbs a lot of the UV. If you want a UV light primarily then avoid the glow body.

      In addition to the change to USB-C, they also improved the flap cover. Not sure if you had an issue, but the tab broke off my Mini-USB cover so I need a pin to open it. The new model recesses the plastic slightly and no longer needs a tab.

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