Aputure Amaran AL528W AL528S AL528C LED Video Light Tests

Here's an unboxing of the new Aputure Amaran 528 LED Video lights along with a few tests to show the difference in spread (diffusion) and light output. [Note: The readings on the C-500 Light Meter may not be accurate with the full spectrum of LED lighting, but should provide a baseline for comparison between the lights. Do not accept my readings as an accurate source for each manufacturers specifications]

The lights are about the size of an iPad (not as thin), so carrying around a three piece lighting kit should be an easy task. For a very portable solution, these ultra portable Light Stands are a great combination (found here). The three different Amaran LED Video lights share mostly the same features which include a Digital brightness display, Double power supply system (battery or AC), the ability to charge batteries from the unit while being powered by AC, a Battery power indicator, and all come with a nice Carrying case.

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The AL-528W is an all daylight color temp rated at 5500K and throws a 75 degree beam angle.
The AL-528S is an all daylight color temp rated at 5500K but throws only at a 25 degree beam angle (spotlight type effect).
The AL-528C throws at the 75 degree beam angle, but can adjust color between 3200K-5500K using two sets of different color LED bulbs.

Batteries can be charged in the LED Light Unit

The unit DOES NOT come with batteries. You will have to purchase a set of Sony NPF style batteries, but you don't need to purchase a charger, since the Amaran LED light allows you to charge the batteries while mounted to the LED light (I haven't tested how long to charge a battery). I have to admit, the digital display does come in handy when you're monitoring power from a glance. Why doesn't all LED lights have this?

The Digital display shows you Kelvin temp and Power output. I don't know how accurate this is, but I can see this being very useful if you're trying to match the color or the brightness between three (or more) different lights. I have more tests to do, but for more information on the Aputure Amaran AL528W, AL528S, and AL528C, they can be found at eBay (click here).

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59 thoughts on “Aputure Amaran AL528W AL528S AL528C LED Video Light Tests

  1. RG

    I purchased mine in 2013 and the lights no longer appear to be charging the batteries. Anyone else experienced this?

  2. Emm

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    @Elias - I haven't tinkered with a battery pack, because the connector to the light is not so common. I didn't bother digging around to find one.

  3. Hey Emm,
    great work as always!
    any suggestions for a battery bank for al-508w?
    14v or 18v (as the power supply indicates as 18v)
    what adapter will need for connect the battery bank with the light.

  4. steve

    Hey Emm,

    I managed to lose the power supply for my light. Would you have any idea where I could get a replacement?

  5. Emm

    Post author

    @Matthew - The AirBox is pretty generic and can fit different sizes. I would contact them to find out which would work best.

  6. Matthew

    First, I love what you do. I purchased the Aputure Amaran lights that you reviewed. They are great lights. I would how ever like to find a way to soften the light. I was looking for a softbox approach like an airbox, but I do not think any of their airboxes fit the Amaran. Do you have any suggestions?

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