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Muyshondt Aeon

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  Introduction:
Muyshondt Aeon is cute, small, well designed, strong, single CR2 battery based LED flashlight with two light operating levels. Aeon has premium R2 bin Cree 7090 XR-E LED. Body of Aeon is machined from Aerospace Grade 6061-T6 Aluminium. For environmental protection externally, Aeon has type 3 military grade hard coat anodizing. The black HAIII coating provides superior corrosion resistance and high durability. Internally the light is treated with Chemkote for enhanced corrosion resistance. The chemical gives a distinctive golden color finish to flashlight interiors. The quality of machining for Aeon is very good. There are multiple O-Ring seals at various locations in for water resistance. Reflector is built from solid Aluminium and has Light Orange Peel (LOP) reflective finish. The lens in front is made up of sapphire for enhanced strength, scratch and impact resistance. Battery contact spring installed inside is gold plated ensuring very good connectivity with the battery. Light operates with twist switching mechanisms. A specially designed switch in head actuates based on the level of twist. Muyshondt Aeon uses fully regulated two-state DC-DC converter based drive circuit. Overall the built quality of Aeon is excellent. Muyshondt Aeon comes in nice cylindrical cardboard packaging along with user guide.

Light Features:
  • Cree 7090 XR-E LED, R2 Brightness Bin
  • 3 mode, digitally regulated, Microcontroller (µC) Controlled drive circuit with memory
  • Aerospace Grade 6061-T6 Aluminium body with military grade type III hard anodize coat
  • Sapphire for enhanced strength
  • Solid Aluminium LOP reflector
  • Fully regulated two-state DC-DC converter
  • CR2 battery based
  • Two stage twist switch
  • Can stand on tail
Light Operation & Output:
Light Operation: Muyshondt Aeon is very simple to operate through simple twist switch. Twist the bezel / head clockwise to switch on in low brightness mode. Keep twisting further to switch on achieve high brightness mode. To switch off, turn the head anticlockwise.

Below is the chart showing total output levels* for CR2 battery

Muyshondt Aeon
Level CR2
High 996
Low 87

*The total output levels are based on custom built Integrating Sphere with Gossen Mavolux 5032 Class B USB Light Meter as photometer. To convert total output readings in to approximate Lumen readings, simply divide the total output by 10.
Light Info:
General Info
    ID
56
    Light Model Aeon
    Manufacturer Muyshondt
    Review Page & Image
  
 Aeon
Aeon
    Country  United States
    Review Date 2008-10-29
    Review Update 2008-11-29
Light Vitals
    Length 55 mm
    Width / Bezel Diameter 19 mm
    Width / Tube Diameter 17 mm
    Height (if applicable)  mm
    Weight (without battery) 26 gm
Light Source
    LED Format Power LED
    Number of LEDs 1
    LED Name Cree XR - E
    LED Power 3  Watts
Light Management
    Lens Material Sapphire Crystal
    Lens Coating (if any) None
    Lens Transperency (typical) 85
    Lumen Management Reflector
    Material Aluminium Metal LOP
    Beam Type Mostly Throw with good side spill
Power Management
    Converter Type Step Up
    Properties Regulated
    Features Good Regulation
Batteries Supported, Output & Runtime
    Battery Size
    Chemistry
    Nominal Voltage
    # Used
    Total Output
    Runtime to 75%
    Runtime to 50%
    Runtime to 25%
CR2
LiMnO2  
3
1
966
0
0
0
Switch Options
    Switch Type
    Switch Properties
Two Stage Twist
Specially Designed
Body Material Options
    Material
    Properties
    Color
Aluminium
Type III Hard Anodized
Black
Light Rating
    Looks
85 85
    Build Quality
85 85
    Runtime
70 70
    Output
65 65
    Features
30 30
    Usability
60 60
    Bang for buck
60 60
    Overall Rating
 65
In-Depth Review & Pictures:
Package: Muyshondt Aeon comes packaged in PE bag. The package cylindrical cardboard container and user guide.


Cylindrical container has textured finish. Company name is embossed in golden color.


Here is a size comparison of container with standard AA battery.


Size Comparison: Muyshondt Aeon in center compared with AA Battery on left and CR2 battery on right.


Another size comparison From L to R: CR2 battery, AA battery, Muyshondt Aeon and LiteFlux LF4.


Reflector: Reflector in Muyshondt Aeon is built from solid Aluminium. Cree XR-E LED is aligned and positioned almost perfectly in center. Reflector has Light Orange Peel (LOP) finish. Advantage of LOP reflector is that it allows a combination of throw and side spill and there are no artifacts or rings in the beam pattern.


Closeup of LED in Muyshondt Aeon.


Bezel: Lens protecting reflector is built from artificial Sapphire crystal. There is a O-Ring protecting the Sapphire lens; it also prevents water and dirt entering the lens assembly.


Body: Muyshondt Aeon is machined from Aerospace Grade 6061-T6 Aluminium Alloy. The Machining work with Muyshondt Aeon is near perfect and without any flaws. From the pictures, it is evident that the edges on both ends of Muyshondt Aeon are chamfered. Chamfering makes the edges soft and prevents accidental injury which is usually associated with sharp edges. It also helps in easy pocket carry without worry of torn pocket liners.


Beautiful bands of diamond knurling over the body give a distinctively pleasing look to Aeon. Core of head is built from solid brass. Some of which is exposed golden ring as you can see in the picture below.


Tail end has unique key ring accommodating design. The company name is also laser engraved at the tail end of battery tube.


Components: The body of Muyshondt Aeon consists of 2 main parts; head and battery tube with integrated key ring attachment.


Side view of Aeon components.


Head: Head consist of outer anodized aluminium cap holding lens, reflector and solid brass core light module containing electronics & LED. Should there be a need to replace any of the components such as O-Ring, Sapphire lens and Aluminium reflector the aluminium cap can easily be removed from the head of Muyshondt Aeon. The Aeon can be called as a 'semi' open-source kind of light where, should a need arise, some of the components can be user serviced except the light engine electronics. As you can see from the picture, the threads and O-Ring are well lubricated.

The positive contact spring of head is gold plated and also serves as a part of specially designed switching mechanism. A foam ring surrounds the contact spring. Foam ring serves multiple purposes, firstly it prevents battery rattle; secondly, it protects the contact spring and thirdly, it provides partial reverse polarity protection. Here is a 360° view of Aeon's head.


Battery Tube: Externally, the battery tube has 4 beautiful bands of diamond knurling. Depth of diamond knurling is just right to provide good grip. Overall construction of battery tube of Muyshondt Aeon is fairly strong. Inner side is coated with corrosion resistant Chemkote coating. The inner diameter of battery tube is sufficient to accept standard CR2 battery with ease. The battery rattle is very minimal, almost non existent, the tube inner diameter is such that it will accept multiple brands of CR2 batteries. Foam on head further supports the battery.


Thread cut inside battery tube is one of the best and finest observed so far. Threads are machined to perfection and greatly help in smooth twist action.


Here is a 360 view of battery tube.


One of the best part of battery tube is at the tail end. The integrated folding key ring attachment is simply superb.

Beam Shots:
Beam with excellent hotspot providing combination of throw and side spill. Here Beam shot Matrix shows Muyshondt Aeon on Low and High light levels with standard CR2 battery. All beam shots are taken at f/8 aperture with varying shutter speed.
Low High
1/1000
1/500
1/250
1/100
1/50
1/25
1/10
1/5
1/2.5
1


Extreme Closeup Pictures: Muyshondt Aeon
Here are a few extreme closeup shots. The workmanship of Muyshondt Aeon is good.


Muyshondt Aeon Battery Tube.


Battery tube for Muyshondt Aeon has diamond shaped knurling.


Tail cap.


Super Extreme Closeup of bezel on Muyshondt Aeon.


Super Extreme Closeup battery tube.


Super Extreme Closeup battery tube.


Super Extreme Closeup of battery tube with laser engraving on Muyshondt Aeon.


Runtime: in progress

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