After I managed to lose my Fenix HL50, I spent quite a lot time searching for a new headlight. The requirement was simple – a wide angle of the light stream and compact design. This was the absolute minimum. The solution came in a form of ArmyTek Wizard Pro v3 XHP50 flashlight, which has what’s necessary and much, much, more.
Armytek Wizard Pro arrives in a simple cardboard box in which you may find:
- the flashlight
- additional O-rings
- belt clip
The surface of ArmyTek Wizard is covered in white markings which inform about the model, the power source, voltage range, etc. Needless to say, they are quite ugly. Nevertheless, it isn’t a real issue – Armytek Wizard is an example of a heavy duty equipment, it doesn’t have to be pretty.
ArmyTek Wizard has a length of 11 cm. It was made of the aircraft grade aluminum, which, like in a previously reviewed Prime A1, was covered with a very durable coating (after the tests it has only one serious scratch, caused by a contact with a multitool). The layer itself is matt and has anti-slippery and anti-abrasive properties.
On the body there are also two grooves for mounting the flashlight in a silicone headband or attaching it to the clip. the design of Armytek Wizard design also features a set of flat surfaces on the top and bottom which allow placing it on flat objects. This characteristic is especially useful if you want to use Armytek Wizard to light a certain area for a longer time.
One of the methods of carrying the Armytek Wizard that I used most frequently was obviously the one on forehead. The mount consists of a silicone element into which the torch is inserted. Everything locks safely on the two groves in torches body.
The unquestionable advantage of this solution is its durability and simplicity. Moreover, changing carrying method from the clip to the headband and vice versa is just a moment. The disadvantage of this type of attachment, however, is the lack of position locking (the so-called ‘clicks’) in the regulation of the angle flashlight’s light stream. Well, I don’t see a way of combining both functionalities in one model. Nonetheless, Armytek Wizard is held firmly by the mount and there is no risk of accidental change of the angle.
Needless to say, the set includes a set of head straps, with one running through the middle of the head, stabilizing the flashlight and making the carry safer.
Exceptionally comfortable, and probably just as often used by me method of carrying Armytek Wizard. Definitely, it is the more urban method of carrying the torch. The clip itself has a perfect flexibility and depth. The silver coloured stainless steel very nicely contrasts with the rest of the flashlight, and the force required to attach it is large enough to ensure that it won’t detach itself.
It isn’t exactly a method of carrying, but certainly of a way of installation. A magnet placed at the bottom of the flashlight under a separate cap is a nice and useful feature which can be used during some more sedentary activities. At the same time, if someone decides to, it can be easily removed. During the tests, I had several opportunities of using the magnet – its strength is adequate to the flashlight’s weight and it works fine. I do not consider this solution to be a necessity, but sometimes it comes in handy.
The switch was made of the yellow silicone which contrasts with the rest of the flashlight. Switching between modes of operation is signaled by a clear and pleasant sound of “click”. Its hardness is very good – the flashlight doesn’t turn on itself in a pocket of trousers and there is no problem with pressing the button.
- A feature that has to be mentioned is a diode located under the switch which acts as a warning sensor:
- Switching between modes is accompanied by a red Flash (regardless of the battery level).
- When the flashlight is working, it emits a flash every 5 seconds. The colour changes, depending on the level of battery, from green, through yellow, to red.
- The same blinking can be used to indicate the location of ArmyTek Wizard when the flashlight is turned off. A convenient solution if the flashlight is left in a place other than pockets.
- If the torch overheats while working in the highest mode, the switch also begins to flash in a characteristic way.
Modes of Operation
ArmyTek Wizard has two modes of operation torch and 11 brightness levels. There are quite many of them, so that an appropriate can be found for any situation. What I must point out is that efficient use of the flashlight will be nearly impossible without reading the manual first.
The two modes of operation are:
Regular – in which Armytek Wizard is simply switched on and it just shines
Tactical – torch lights up only when you hold the button
Armytek Wizard provides: 3 fireflies (0.25 lm, 2lm, 7lm), 3 main (40lm, 210lm, 500lm), 2 Max (1250lm, 2300lm) and 3 strobes. The variety of modes allows for optimal manipulation of power, depending on the situation. Yes, it’s true. 2300 lumens shine brighter than a daylight! It is also worth mentioning that Wizard was equipped with a full brightness stabilization system, thanks to which the it will maintain a fixed amount of lumens for up to 5% of the battery charge.
At this point I must, however, note the really strong heating of the flashlight during operation in the highest mode. The temperature can be so large that you can burn yourself a bit. Of course, it’s simple physics and a normal thing, but as a user who felt it on his own skin I have to point it out. When it comes to the Armytek Wizard itself, the overheating isn’t a threat, because everything is protected with appropriate electronic sensors.
The beam of Armytek Wizard has a white colour and thanks to the diffuser it shines over a very wide angle. This is a convenient solution, which is perfect for a headlight – there is no need to rotate the head to light something that is next to us.
Armytek Wizard can be powered using CR123 batteries or a single 18650 cell, which I chose because of recharging possibilities.
Interestingly, Armytek Wizard is equipped with a battery over-discharge protection circuit, which prevents excessive battery consumption (totally discharged lithium cell can lose a large part of its capacity). This way I could use cheaper 3400 mAh cells from Panasonic. Everything worked and works as it should. The battery’s capacity has allowed a long use of the torch – at least one week of usage for every evening (with varying intensity and using all modes) was a normal performance.
Threads work smoothly and are carefully folded. In addition, both threads and O rings have been covered with a layer of NyoGel 760 g.
Wizard can easily withstand any threats of normal use. More difficult challenges won’t be a problem too – we have shown what can withstand an Armytek flashlight when testing the Prime A1 model. The manufacturer guarantees that the torch will survive a fall (10 m) and immersion to a depth of 10 m.
Our thoughts on ArmyTek Wizard Pro v3 XHP50
In my case Armytek Wizard was used both as an EDC light source and as a main flashlight for travelling and other excursions. What was particularly useful was the amount of modes that allowed me to adjust the level of lumens just right for the situation. I’ve mostly used the main modes, but it is nice to have a bit more light just in case. Or not, sometimes, when entering the tent where slept some of my friends, I would use one of fireflies, so that they don’t wake up. The overall convenience and versatility of the flashlight were the reasons that made me enjoy using the Armytek Wizard so much.
After the period of intense testing I can say that using this flashlight is a pure pleasure. Its thought-through and well designed features and functions make Armytek Wizard suitable for virtually every situation.
I must note, however, that it isn’t a beautiful headlight, but first of all, it is a very useful tool.
At the end there is no way to not mention the price, which in Polish distribution equals 450 PLN (~112 USD). Is it worth it, given that the set doesn’t contain neither a power source nor a suitable charger?
I’d say yes, but before you think about buying it you should know is this what you need and whether you will be able to make full use of Armytek Wizard’s features. 11 levels of brightness and tactical mode aren’t capabilities, which will be used by an ordinary user. However, if you decide to give it a try I should also mention a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. A headlamp for 10 years? It sounds really good.
+ Variety of modes
+ It’s freakin’ awesome!
– Can heat up on higher modes
For me there’s nothing else left than to thank the Armytek Poland, for providing us with a possibility of testing and reviewing the Armytek Wizard Pro v 3 XHP 50 headlight.