Atomic Beam Review: Does This Tactical Light Work?

Atomic Beam Review: Does This Tactical Light Work?
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Atomic Beam USA is an ultra-bright, tactical flashlight. Read our Atomic Beam review plus additional product information.

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About Atomic Beam USA

Atomic Beam USA is a flashlight which is said to be highly durable while offering a 5000 LUX light, about 40 times brighter than regular flashlights.

The official product website is atomicbeam.com, although buyatomicbeam.com has also been used in advertising. The screen capture below shows the official website as it appeared at the time of this writing in June 2016.

Atomic Beam USA

Claims and Features

  • Completely portable and easy to use
  • Shines up to 5000 LUX
  • Adjustable beam focus
  • Built-in strobe feature for self-defense
  • Can withstand extreme conditions
  • Aluminum case
  • Adjustable wrist strap


  • Single Offer: 1 Flashlight for $19.99 + free S&H
  • Double Offer: 2 Flashlights for $29.98 + free S&H
  • Deluxe Offer: 2 Flashlights, 2 Rechargeable Batteries + Chargers, 2 Carrying Cases, & 2 Headbands for $59.97 + free S&H

You can also purchase the battery pack, headband, and carrying case separately.

Shipping is expected to take 3 – 6 weeks.

You can now find this item in stores. We spotted Atomic Beam at a local Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99.

Atomic Beam Review

Tactical flashlights are hot in 2016, and we’re seeing more and more vendors jump on the bandwagon. The idea of a tactical flashlight is that it provides a significantly brighter light than a standard flashlight, while also being more lightweight and durable.

Atomic Beam (aka “Atomic Beam USA”) also offers a number of features not found in ordinary flashlights (but which are commonly found in tactical lights) such as a zoom function, strobe for self defense, SOS mode, etc.

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The light comes standard with three AAA batteries, or you can upgrade to the “Deluxe” version which comes with a single lithium ion battery. Although the website currently states that the light is “5000 lux,” it was originally listed as “1200 lumens.” The reason for this change is unclear.

A review of Atomic Beam would be different by a person who had never used a tac light before versus someone familiar with this type of product. If you have never owned a tactical light before, you may be impressed by Atomic Beam’s brightness and durability. It certainly out-performs a standard flashlight in brightness, features, and durability. In that respect, it does live up to some of the advertising hype.

Those who are well-versed with tac lights, however, may not be as impressed. While Atomic Beam’s durability may live up to the rigors of everyday use, the light itself is only a moderate entry in this category. Using Atomic Beam in its “high” brightness mode will also consume batteries rather quickly. Thus, while there is nothing particularly wrong with Atomic Beam, there isn’t much unique about it to make this a superior choice than other tac lights which cost the same or less.

Overall, Atomic Light is a moderate entry in the tactical light category, although its features aren’t compelling enough to make it worth the cost or shipping delays over similar items. Now that Atomic Beam is available in stores, you may want to pick it up locally to avoid shipping costs and delays. If you prefer to order online, you can find a comparable inexpensive tactical light on Amazon or eBay for under $20 (or even under $10) that will ship within a day or two.


There are dozens of highly-rated tactical lights on the market, and hundreds of others which are cheaply made and offer moderate reviews. An Amazon Best Seller is the $12 Outlite A100 which offers 900 lumens.

You may have also seen the Bell & Howell Tac Light advertised in recent months. You can find our review plus consumer comments on that product here. Another recent addition to advertised tac lights is the Mile Light, which sports a design very familiar to Atomic Beam.

If cost is less of a concern, you may want to move up to the big leagues and check out something like the Streamlight TLR-1, which runs about $130 and is among the finest – and highest rated – in its class.

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Updated July 2016 to include Atomic Beam’s availability in stores.