About Atomic Beam USA

The Atomic Beam USA tactical flashlight uses ultra bright LEDs to shine up to 40X brighter than ordinary flashlights, and features a tough-grade aluminum casing that claims to withstand extreme conditions.

At just a little over 5” long and less than 1.5 pounds, Atomic Beam promises to implement the same tactical technology used by U.S. Special Forces, plus a beam that can be adjusted between high medium, low, strobe, and S.O.S.

And since it shines up to 5,000 lux and features a 2,000X zoom function, the manufacturer tells us that Atomic Beam is “one of the most powerful flashlights on earth.”

Let’s cut to the chase: You don’t have time or extra money to purchase something that won’t deliver value, so let’s find out if Atomic Beam will be your next tactical flashlight.

Does Atomic Beam USA Feature U.S. Special Forces Tactical Technology?

Compared to their civilian brethren, tactical flashlights are generally much brighter. Why?

Instead of just illuminating an area, they’re also supposed to temporarily stun/blind a person at the receiving end. In addition, tactical flashlights feature strong, yet lightweight, construction, with the on/off switch situated in the tailcap and the ability to be mounted to a firearm.

Based on these characteristics, except for this last bit, it seems like Atomic Beam matches the broad definition of a tactical flashlight. Before moving on though, we need to explain why not all tactical flashlights are created equal.

How Bright Is Atomic Beam?

There isn’t a standard light output for tactical flashlights, but there is a standard unit of measure to convey this output, which is something known as lumens (tactical flashlights can range anywhere between 60 and 1,000+ lumens).

However, the manufacturer only tells us that Atomic Beam outputs 5,000 lux—and, without knowing the square footage of the area where this measurement was taken, we can’t convert this number into lumens.

Ultimately, the company doesn’t really provide any useful numbers we can use to gauge Atomic Beam’s real-world power and compare it to the competition (or confirm that it’s 40X brighter).

How Tough Is Atomic Beam?

In the Atomic Beam commercial, we see the flashlight dropped from dozens of feet in the air, after which the spokesperson picks it up and finds that it works just fine. This is known as impact resistance, which measures how well a flashlight can withstand a drop to concrete from a specific distance.

While there’s no standard impact resistance that a flashlight must meet in order to earn the “tactical” distinction, most are warrantied between 1 and 3 meters (about 3-9 feet).

What about those demonstrations where Atomic Beam was enclosed in ice or pulled from boiling oil? Again, neither of these are requirements for a tactical flashlight designation, but it’s a demonstration we’ve seen more than once, and doesn’t seem to be unique to Atomic Beam.

Either way, we wouldn’t expect any tactical flashlight to work for very long when exposed to similar repeated abuse.

Now, let’s talk about Atomic Beam’s price.

How Much Does Atomic Beam Cost?

When checking out on the Atomic Beam website, you’ll be presented with two options:

  • Main Offer: $19.99 plus free shipping for the first Atomic Beam. Get a second for an additional $9.99 fee.
  • Deluxe Offer: Includes one Atomic Beam tactical flashlight, plus a rechargeable battery and charger, hands-free tactical headband, and reinforced nylon carrying case: One for $39.98, two for $59.97.
  • Atomic Bundle: One Atomic Beam USA Flashlight, Lantern, and Headlight: $$59.99 plus free S&H.

Regardless of which option you choose, you can add an Atomic Beam Lantern and an Atomic Beam Headlight for an additional $19.99 each.

You can also purchase the accessories found in the Deluxe package individually:

  • Expedited Handling: $9.99
  • Rechargeable Battery & Charger: $12.99
  • Reinforced Nylon Carrying Case: $9.99
  • Hands-Free Tactical Headband: $7.99

Regardless of which option you choose, all orders come with free shipping, as well as a 30-day refund policy, less S&H.

Pro tip: Keep in mind that the $9.99 fee for the second Atomic Beam in the Main Offer technically counts as shipping, so you’ll immediately lose it when requesting a refund. You’ll also be required to pay return S&H.

All Atomic Flashlights come with a lifetime replacement guarantee. Here’s how the company puts it in their commercial: “If it ever breaks, for any reason, you get your money back.”

In order to request a refund or cash in on your replacement guarantee, you’ll need to call BulbHead (a division of Telebrands) customer service at 855-668-1655.

How does this price compare to the competition?

Are There Other Tactical Flashlights Like Atomic Beam?

Since you’re reading this review, you probably already know there are literally hundreds of other tactical flashlights like Atomic Beam.

If not, you can quickly find out by searching for the term on your favorite search engine. We’ve even reviewed other ASOTV versions like TacLight by Bell + Howell and Stonehawk X800.

When you search online or read our other investigations, you’ll find that in many instances, these tactical flashlights are almost indistinguishable from Atomic Beam.

In other words, they’ll generally share the same important features, like high lumens (usually between 600 and 1,000), rechargeable batteries (that you don’t have to pay extra for), sturdy construction, and multiple modes/zoom features.

One area most of these other options can’t compete, though, is price. Whereas one Atomic Beam flashlight comes in at about $20, some models from the competition can reach $80 or more.

But just because it’s less expensive, does this mean that Atomic Beam will provide a better value? Let’s find out what we learned during our testing.

We Put Atomic Beam USA to the Test

Initial Impressions & Functionality: When we received Atomic Beam, we found it packaged well with a sturdy aluminum case, although it arrived with some very minor scratches on the black aluminum, as well as around the LED light bulb.

We thoroughly tested the claims of the Atomic Beam USA. To find out what we experienced, be sure to watch the video below:

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After unboxing, we installed three AAA batteries (not included) by unscrewing the endcap and inserting them into the cradle. Atomic Beam’s on/off button is located on this same endcap, which also allows you to scroll through the different beam modes.

Note: The manufacturer makes a fairly big deal out of the fact that Atomic Beam is made in the USA, although we learned that only some critical internal components meet this claim, while the flashlight is assembled in China.

Testing Atomic Beam’s Claims

Brightness: We found that all of Atomic Beam’s modes worked as advertised. To zoom in and out, we pulled both ends of the flashlight away from each other. Atomic Beam covered quite a large area when fully zoomed out.

With the exception of button colors and brand markings, TacLight (which we also tested) and Atomic Beam looked and felt identical. Performance-wise, however, TacLight was a great deal brighter.

In fact, in one test where TacLight fared well, we found that Atomic Beam was barely visible.

Waterproof Capability: We turned on Atomic Beam and submerged it in room temperature water for about five minutes. After removal, we found a small amount of water had seeped in through the bezel and into the lens, although it was completely dry inside the battery casing.

In the end, Atomic Beam is only water resistant (although the manufacturer doesn’t claim otherwise) and shouldn’t be left in the water for an extended time.

Extreme Temperature: To simulate the grease test, we held Atomic Beam over a gas burner for a few minutes, after which point it stopped working. The on/off button’s rubber became so soft that it fell into flashlight and was no longer functional.

After allowing time for it to cool off, we took Atomic Beam apart and found that the heat melted the battery cradle and damaged the batteries themselves. We had also melted part of the lens and caused small bubbles to develop.

Because it was ruined, we couldn’t simulate the ice test in Atomic Beam’s commercial.

Granted, some of these tests were pretty extreme and likely wouldn’t occur in many real-world scenarios, so be sure to factor that into your decision.

Given everything we’ve learned here, what’s the bottom line about Atomic Beam?

Is Atomic Beam a Good fit?

Telebrands (including their Bulbhead division) is the largest company in the ASOTV industry, so they’re definitely not a scam (although based on a 2014 lawsuit by the NJ Attorney General’s office, they might not always operate in the best interests of their customers).

However, in order to keep your expectations realistic about Atomic Beam, we think there are a couple more important facts you should consider:

Is Atomic Beam Useful for Self Defense?

In the Atomic Beam commercial, we saw a woman quickly hold up Atomic Beam’s strobe mode to fend off a would-be attacker, who immediately runs off. How realistic is this?

As we outlined above, since there’s no way to measure Atomic Beam’s lumens, we can’t know how well it would blind an attacker.

However, assuming it features the same number of lumens as other tactical flashlights, it might be possible to temporarily stun an attacker—just remember that you’d have to keep your hand on the flashlight’s button at all times in order to react so quickly.

Also, our Atomic Beam flashlight was meaningfully dimmer than a competing model, so we think it would have been much less likely to stun an attacker.

Given this, unless you’re using a tactical flashlight like Atomic Beam alongside a firearm, with think it’s doubtful that an attacker would react so strongly to a simple flashlight.

Who is Hunter Ellis?

Hunter Ellis is a former Navy aviator and FedEx pilot, who also appeared on the reality TV program Survivor: Marqueses during 2001-2002. Since that time, Hunter has worked as a news anchor, television host, and general on-screen personality.

While Mr. Ellis might have some star power, remember that just because a celebrity endorses a product, this doesn’t mean they use the product—or that it’s necessarily any good.

What Are Customers Saying?

Since writing our original article, 60 HighYa readers have provided their feedback about Atomic Beam USA, giving the flashlight an average rating of 2 stars.

Most compliments appeared to reference competitive price, good value for the money, and solid customer support. On the other hand, common complaints related to less-than-stellar quality (more than one claimed they didn’t work out of the box) and long shipping times (2+ months in some instances).

The Bottom Line About Atomic Beam

Based on its feature set and price, it’s admittedly difficult not to immediately hand over your money for Atomic Beam. After all, it seems to have all the key features you’ll need for a tactical flashlight, including rugged construction (although there’s no formal definition for “tough grade”), a bright light (although we can’t know how bright), and multiple settings.

Given the reputation of ASOTV products however, this low price might not ultimately translate into a solid value. After all, you’d probably be willingly pay a little more for something that could potentially last years longer, right?

From this perspective, there’s little doubt that other Bulbhead products (a division of Telebrands) have provided tens of thousands of customers with the value they were seeking. Will you achieve the same will Atomic Beam?

The only way to know for sure is by placing an order or visiting a local retailer with a dedicated ASOTV section.

At minimum though, we think you should check out this tactical flashlight buyer’s guide before making a final decision.

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44 Customer Reviews for Atomic Beam USA

Average Customer Rating: 2.1
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 6 4 star: 5 3 star: 2 2 star: 5 1 star:  26
Bottom Line: 30% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Piece of crap!

    • Talladega, Alabama,
    • Jul 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the Atomic Beam at Walmart as it shows on the ad that it is indestructible. Well, I call B.S. on that. I dropped it in ankle deep water, and it worked for less than an hour, and then I decided to run over it with my truck. As in the commercial, the man ran over it and it didn't break. I would have to say it was fake because mine shattered to bits. I would never let one of my friends or family buy this piece of crap product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Not worth the money

    I bought this at Walmart. I had it less than two weeks, and the switch button stopped working. I took it back and got another. A week later the same problem. Not even worth the money. I took the switch apart but could not find why it stopped working. When the switch was pushed in, it wouldn't even click.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Bad switch mechanism

    • Liveland, CO,
    • May 16, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Very first time I put a battery in it, the switch fell out. Every time I go to put batteries in it, the switch mechanism falls apart. Unless they fix this problem, I don't think this is the greatest light there is. Other than that, when it works, it is a great light. Listen to me and fix the switch problem please!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Pure crap!

    • Sayre, PA,
    • Mar 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This piece of Chinese-made junk is a scam, and nothing more. The mini mag light puts out a brighter beam. I have both. The supposed tactical light puts out a wider beam, NOT brighter. It too sucks. They are all cheesy and fall apart quickly. I dropped atomic beam from waist-high, and it fell apart several times. This is purely false advertising. Go ahead waste $20. The mini mag light holds up better. Unless you only use it one time a month. Then it may be fine.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Best tactical flashlight

    • Feb 28, 2017
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    I use many flashlights, and I love my present flashlight, which is the best tactical flashlight for me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Terrible product

    • New Yoek,
    • Feb 26, 2017
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    The button on the bottom (which turns the flashlight on and off) pushed inside and the spring holding it all was useless. I made several attempts to put it back together to no avail. It is cheaply made.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Everything it said it as

    This little flashlight is amazing. I was absolutely impressed with the light it put off. Once, when I accidentally put it on strobe, it actually scared my dog away. I take this little flashlight everywhere I go. I give it a thumbs up, a 10 and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    I purchased my Atomic Beam at Walmart, and within one week had an infuriating experience.

    The clicker on the end of the handle that turns in off and on collapsed into the cylinder. I took it apart and put it back together, and the very next time I used it, the exact same thing happened. Again I repaired it, and with the next use, the same thing happened again.

    The beam is bright enough, but as for being a tough flashlight, this simply is not the case. Maybe the one I bought was the one they dropped out of the helicopter!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Works good, I'm really happy

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Feb 13, 2017
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    My Atomic Beam is awesome. I'm super happy with it, and it's pretty cheap (only 20 bucks). It beats my LED lender in every way. The one thing I would like to know is how much better is it with the better battery pack I plan on getting it. It's already the brightest light that I've owned, and the brightest on all the job sites I go to.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Chews through the batteries.

    • Western Australia,
    • Feb 4, 2017
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    As a light it's quite good, nearly on a par with my Led Lenser, but the batteries don't last long.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy! Bad on/off selector switch.

    • Rockford, AL,
    • Jan 30, 2017
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    My wife's Atomic Beam USA has never worked as the switch broke the first time she pushed it to turn on. Mine worked for awhile before breaking. I have just contacted them via a message on their site, so I don't know it they will respond and send me new switches or refund my money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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