What Is Atomic Beam SunBlast?

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Sep 8, 2018

The solar-powered Atomic Beam SunBlast claims to use industrial-strength adhesive to stick to just about every surface, including stucco, stone, wood, and siding, making it easy to install wherever you need super-bright light—without hassling with wires or pliers.

Additional features advertised on the website include a state of the art 120-degree motion sensor that picks up movement from 25 feet away, with a wide-angle design that covers much more ground, including the sides and in the front.

We’re also told that its heavy-duty construction delivers weatherproof ability in the rain and snow, and that its built-in Lithium-Ion battery quickly recharges, even on a cloudy day, so you won't have to worry about replacing batteries or high electricity bills. Then, this battery powers two LED flat panels that the manufacturer reports are super bright and can last a lifetime without burning out.

Based on what we learned from the website and commercial, Atomic Beam SunBlast certainly seems to come with a lot of features. But is there any competition? And if so, how do they compare? From there, how can you choose the best option for your needs?

We’ll deliver all the relevant details in this quick article, starting with the price.

How Much Does Atomic Beam SunBlast Cost?

One SunBlast solar powered light is priced at $19.99, plus $7.99 S&H. During checkout, you can purchase a second unit for an additional $19.99 fee, as well as an Atomic Beam Flashlight for the same price.

Expedited handling is an extra $9.99. Note: The website emphasizes that since the product contains a Lithium-ion battery, it can’t be shipped to P.O. boxes.

The ordering page also offers the opportunity to purchase a Deluxe SunBlast version for an additional $5 per unit, which claims to “shine brighter, illuminating a larger area in front of your door or side of your house.”

We contacted multiple service representatives at 855-668-1655 looking for specifics (How much brighter does it shine? How much larger of an area will it illuminate?), although none were able to provide additional details.

All Atomic Beam SunBlast orders come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H, along with any fees associated with the additional products offered during checkout.

What Do We Know About the Company Behind Atomic Beam SunBlast?

As the largest company in the As Seen on TV industry, Telebrands (as well as their BulbHead retail division) has released hundreds of products over their more than 30 years in business. In addition to Flashlight and SunBlast, other popular models in the Atomic lineup include Headlight, Glove, and Lighter, to name just a few.

Fairfield, NJ-based Telebrands held a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, as of 8/9/18. This was based on 27 customer reviews and more than 280 closed complaints, most of which revolved around ordering problems, lower quality than expected, and less-than-stellar customer service. A company representative responded in each instance.

Are There Other Stick-Up Solar Powered Lights Like Atomic Beam SunBlast?

After browsing popular online marketplaces like Amazon and Google Shopping, we didn’t encounter anything designed exactly like Atomic Beam SunBlast.

However, we did come across a handful of models promising many of the same core features, including stick-up installation, motion sensors with at least 25-foot sensing ranges, heavy-duty weatherproof construction, Lithium-ion batteries, LED chips built into panels, and super-bright illumination. Here were some of the more popular choices:

Brand Price Special Features
Atomic Beam SunBlast $27.98; $19.99 each additional light 270° wide-angle sensor, 25 ft detection range
Swiftly Done Bright Solar Power Outdoor LED Light $15, Amazon Dim light remains on when no motion, which activates once detected
SolarBlaze Super Bright LED Security Lighting $19, Amazon Includes optional mounting screws
Zookki 82 LED Outdoor Solar Motion Sensor Light $41 (two-pack), Amazon Up to 1640 lumens (20 LEDs on each side), off switch in back, extra large solar panel, IP65 waterproof capability, 125° detection angle, 270° lighting angle
LITOM 24 LED Outdoor Solar Light $32.99 (two-pack), Amazon 24 LEDs, 200 sq. ft. illumination range, remains on for 20 seconds once activated

Because this is just a small sampling of the potential competition, how can you choose which of these options will best meet your needs, before handing over your hard-earned money?

Houzz (writing as a contributor for Forbes) emphasizes that—ideally—you’ll want to use solar powered spotlights and floodlights near doors, in the driveway, and even in the garden. But, because of the weaker illumination, these lights tend to put out (about that of a 40-watt incandescent bulb), you might want to double or triple-up on them to provide sufficient illumination for your needs.

Along these same lines, they recommend at least eight hours of direct sun per day in any location where you're considering a solar-powered light. Otherwise, the cells might not fully charge the batteries, resulting in weak, short-lived illumination after the sun goes down.

As with any other product, the price is usually a factor when choosing an outdoor solar light. And we can see from the table above that, at about $30 for one unit, Atomic Beam SunBlast is the most expensive close competitor in our list. On the other hand, customers can purchase two of the LITOM versions for about $16.50, each.

Finally, make sure that any company you do business with comes with a mostly positive customer reputation, and stands behind their products with at least a 30-day refund policy.

Is Atomic Beam SunBlast the Right Solar Powered Outdoor Security Light for You?

The fact of the matter is that Atomic Beam SunBlast comes with a meaningfully higher price than many competitors, and customer support wasn’t able to provide additional insight into its essential specs (e.g., the number of lumens it emits, how long the light remains on after activation, the total square footage it will illuminate, etc.)

However, it also comes from a manufacturer with decades in the business and who has a mostly positive online customer reputation, as well as who offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on all purchases.

Just remember that if you’re not pleased with its lighting performance, you’ll immediately lose your original $7.99 shipping charge, as well as any fees associated with the BOGO or additional product offers—plus whatever it’ll cost you to ship your light(s) back to Telebrands.

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4 Consumer Reviews for Atomic Beam SunBlast

Average Consumer Rating: 1.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 0 4 star: 1 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 25% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    They only work once or twice

    • Maine,
    • Oct 27, 2018
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    The light only lit once. I called customer service and they asked where and how it was installed, was the switch on, was the unit clean, and was it in the sunlight. They sent me another light; I did not have to send the first light back. I got the second light and this light worked twice. I think (this is my opinion) the lights have dead batteries.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware

    • North Carolina,
    • Oct 18, 2018
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    I bought one to see how good it works. It worked for one night. So I took it down and brought it in the house to see if it still worked. It did, so I put it back up. I bought two more and put them on my garage with the other one. I came home the next night and neither one worked. I think it's the on/off button on the back. It turned off when I put them up. They came on in the house. So maybe the button shouldn't be in the back. Either on the side or bottom. I'm taking them back for a refund.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Defective product, poor quality.

    • Florida,
    • Oct 17, 2018
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    My email to their Customer Service Manager:

    Sir, Madam.

    On July 17, 2018 I paid $44.98 on my credit card for two (2) Atomic Beam Atomic Beam SunBlast Motion Sensor Lights. You took 2 days to mail it out and it took 7 days in the mail to get to me. I received my package on July 27, 2018 and installed one in my back yard the July 29, 2018. I installed the other in my front yard during the next week.

    The one in my back yard stopped working three and a half weeks later. I called and explained to your representative what had happened and they said they could not do anything because it was over 30 days from my order. I asked to speak to a customer service manager and explained it again to him; he reluctantly agreed to send another one and the replace it.

    I put that one up and one week later that stopped working. I called again and talked to a manager who said that they could not keep sending replacements and that this would be the last time they would help me.

    I put that one up and that one lasted less than 2 weeks. Now the one in my front yard has stopped working to. That makes a total of 4 of these devices, 100% failure within a few weeks.

    This product you are selling to the public is defective and is not of mercantile quality and it not fit for the purpose intended. To last just a few weeks and 100% failure is not acceptable.

    I therefore demand a full refund of money to my credit card, I have instructed my credit card company to recharge this transaction and recover my money.

    Their response:

    Thanks for contacting the BulbHead Support Team!

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused. The Atomic Beam SunBlast comes with the 30-day money back guarantee/replacement warranty. A refund cannot be provided for the defective merchandise as the product is out of warranty.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Good customer service

    • New Castle, PA,
    • Oct 8, 2018
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    I received the two solar lights and the flashlight. That night I noticed the light on the west side didn't work. I put it in direct sunlight the next day and it worked for a second. I called them and they replaced it with no questions or problems. The new one came and works fine. All is good now.

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

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