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

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Aputure AL-M9 Amaran Pocket-Sized Daylight-Balanced LED Light
Key Features
  • 5500K ± 200K
  • 9-Step Brightness Adjustment
  • Integrated Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
  • 1.75-Hour Runtime at Max Brightness
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.
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Aputure AL-M9 Overview

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

Aputure AL-M9 Specs

Light Fixture
Item Type1 x LED Light Panel
Included FiltersDiffusion, Color
Included Storage Case1 x Case
PhotometricsNot Specified by Manufacturer
Color Temperature5500K +/- 200K
Color Temperature with Included Filter3400K
8800K
Color Accuracy StandardCRI 95
TLCI 95
DimmingYes, Built-In Dimmer
Umbrella MountNo
Connectivity
App CompatibleNo
Power & I/O
Power SourceBattery (Built-In)
Inputs/Outputs1 x Micro-USB Power Input
Battery1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.7 VDC (Built-In)
Battery ChargingCharging Cable (Included)
DC Input Power5 VDC at 1 A
Included Adapter / Cable1 x Micro-USB Male to USB-A Male Cable
Power Consumption5 W (Maximum)
Mounting
Included Adapter1 x Non-Swivel Mount: 1/4"-20 Male Screw to Proprietary
1 x Non-Swivel Mount: Accessory Foot to 1/4"-20 Female Thread
General
Dimensions3.4 x 2.2 x 0.4" / 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.1 cm
Weight0.31 lb / 140 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.2 x 3.6 x 2"

Aputure AL-M9 Reviews

Great price, great little light

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-13

Use this on camera when I need just a little help in a run & gun situation, but it can also be used on it's own and hidden on set. Great little light for the price and quite powerful considering.

Awesome product

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-28

Excellent small light for adding mood to any night scene

Very small light good color

By Bruce
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-10

So small I can use this on my Ronin gimbal. Good for subtle fill in contrasty locations.

muy practica

By Jose Luis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-05

tienes que estarla usando porque si no de secompone la bateria

Works well but...

By Jay
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-22

the on/off switch is tiny and clumsy and battery doesn't last a long time.

Compact, affordable

By Carolyn
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-17

Provides more balanced lighting for Zoom calls, especially in the evening. I do wish the lowest light setting was a bit less. I have to set it further away when I don't need as much light.

I was expected better quality

By Yonatan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-11

I know Amaran is the low-budget brand from Apture but the build quality is bad. The light itself is okay but not much more than that.

3rd one

By Micheal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-10

These little guys are just sooo handy. I ended up buying 3.

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