Aputure AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light

Aputure AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light

Aputure AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light

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Product Highlights

  • 5500K ± 200K
  • 9-Step Brightness Adjustment
  • Integrated Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
  • 1.75-Hour Runtime at Max Brightness
  • Diffusion, CTO, and CTB Filters Included
  • 1/4"-20 and Cold Shoe Adapter
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Aputure AL-M9 overview

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The AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light from Aputure is an extremely portable yet surprisingly bright battery-powered LED fixture. Easily fitting in your pocket, the fixture is daylight balanced and sports a color temperature of 5500K with a CRI and TLCI rating of over 95. It includes a removable sheet of diffusion and 9 steps of dimming.

The Amaran integrates an 1800mAh lithium polymer battery with a nearly 2-hour runtime at full brightness when fully charged. You can charge the fixture using the included USB charging cable and a readily available USB charger (not included). Included with the fixture are magnetically attached diffusion, CTO, and CTB filters. The light slips into an adapter, so you can mount it to the cold shoe or threaded female 1/4"-20 accessory port of your camera.

1.75 hours of battery life at maximum brightness when fully charged
13 hours of battery life at minimum brightness when fully charged
An integrated 1800mAh lithium polymer battery that charges from virtually any 5V USB charger
Dimmable in 9 steps
Magnetically attached diffusion filter
CTO filter to lower the color temperature of the light output to approximately 3400K
CTB filter to raise the color temperature of the light output to approximately 8800K
Mount adapter for mounting the light to an accessory cold shoe, or remove cold shoe foot and mount light to a 1/4"-20 accessory mounting point
In the Box
Aputure AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light
  • Diffusion Filter
  • CTO Filter
  • CTB Filter
  • Universal Cold Shoe Adapter
  • USB Charging Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Aputure AL-M9 specs

    Light Fixture
    Color Temperature 5500K ± 200K
    Color Accuracy Standard CRI 95
    TLCI 95
    Integrated Battery
    Capacity (mAh) 1800 mAh
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Operating Voltage 3.7 VDC
    DC Input Power 5 VDC at 1 A
    Max Power Consumption 5 W
    Power Source Integrated Battery
    Mount Type 1/4"-20 Female Thread, Cold Shoe
    Dimensions 3.4 x 2.2 x 0.4"  / 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.1 cm
    Weight 4.9 oz / 140 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 3.7 x 1.9"

    Aputure AL-M9 reviews

    AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 51.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent little light For the price, you can't beat it. The tiny size won't get in your way and the built in battery means you don't have to worry about cabling to it. The battery lasted the full 90 minutes as advertised, and the light is very pleasing, plenty bright. I like that the beam pattern is very wide and doesn't give the spotlight/flashlight effect I feared it would. The filters included are simple gels and feel very flimsy when attached. I ended up throwing them away. The mounting bracket feels like cheap plastic and I'm worried about breaking it. I would be happy to pay two or three times more for a little better build quality, but I'm very pleased with this overall.
    Date published: 2017-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take it everywhere What I measured: - 5100K no green or magenta cast - 1:30 hours of use before it dims - 1:45 hours before it cuts off - 3:21 hours to charge If you want to see what it is like on skin tones (not bad) check out my video by searching Dave Dugdale AL-M9.
    Date published: 2016-11-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent little light You get a lot of nice, soft light for the price. I do detect some color cast from it, though. The battery doesn't last a crazy long time if it's always on, but in bursts it can last a long time. But it's USB powered, so that's easy to mitigate. The diffusion paper is flimsy and the lack of a proper mounting system makes it look silly. Not a fan of the overall adjustment knob or shoe adapter. It does get pretty bright and can be very useful in certain situations.
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good light, good price Good light for a good price. The build quality is really good and the light is very bright for it's size. cosmetically it could look better but that's neither here nor there. it's not terrible. the dimmer feature is awesome and the magnetic cover is solid. I did a lot of research before buying this. its really bright without being something heavy or clunky to go on top of your DSLR (or whatever you use). I use it with a gimbal/stabilizer so it didn't drastically change the weight and me having to adjust. the pouch it comes with is nice too. really dope item. buy it.
    Date published: 2018-01-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love these miniature monsters! What an amazing light. I bought 4 of them and I thought they were decent when I watched the Aputure videos but I was pleasantly surprised that the lights are even brighter than I thought they'd be. I throw them all around my scene to bring contrast in places where bigger light fixtures can't venture and the size of these things are so surprising given the light they emit. The filters, diffusion and on camera shoe make it a complete lighting solution for run 'n' gun shooting and even for interviews if you know how to control light. Buy it!!!
    Date published: 2016-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great flash alternative I bought this little gem to use for macro photography mostly. I searched for a little bright LED unit that had a dim adjustment and was well rated. This LED is perfect for what I do. Mounted to a flexible bracket it lights evenly and� include two filter sheets that stick on.
    Date published: 2018-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small, effective light for a lot of applications I've been using this light mostly as an on camera light (attached to a hot shoe mount) to bring out some detail in subjects. Given that use case I've been really happy. The range of brightness gives me a good amount of control and the supplied diffuser softens the light enough to make an appreciable difference. Battery life is good and I love that it comes with a little carrying pouch. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2018-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice little fill light for still photography I am trying to lighten the load of equipment I carry around. The pop up flashes on my d-800 and fz 1000 do not behave as I would like when using any of the automatic modes. This little LED does a great job of filling in shadows and creating a nice catchlight in the subjects eyes.Very nice features include a 10 click power adjustment,USB plugin recharging and compact size.
    Date published: 2016-11-29
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