Review: Avea Flare from Elgato is a Source of Light and Fun

 Avea Flare from Elgato is a Source of Light and Fun

When the Avea Flare ($99.95) smart light arrived from Elgato, a note inside said "Happy Testing" and that's exactly what testing was like. In fact, my daughter practically grabbed the oversized-egg-shaped smart light fixture from my hands, in a scene that could be straight out of Willy Wonka, except this was not a golden egg. The Avea Flare is an egg-shaped wirelessly charged smart light source that can be tuned to millions of colors using the free companion Avea app. You can select scenic color schemes to match your mood or set it to wake up to a particular scene. There's even an Apple Watch extension so you can control it from your wrist.

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Elgato makes smart light bulbs as well that can also be controlled by the Avea app. The smart bulbs are even more affordable, at about $40. While the Flare is pricier, it does have a few features that make it worth the extra cost. First, it's wireless, with an eight-hour battery life. It charges using a special disc; you just set it down and it starts charging. The power and mood buttons are hidden on the bottom, and there's also a fold-away handle the makes it useful for spelunking in style or hanging on a hook or rope on your deck or in a tent. 

Avea in tent

I liked just how well-designed and well-built the Avea Flare is. It's even IP65 water resistant. The free Avea app is easy to use and the Apple Watch component is a great addition. However, I would like to see integration with HomeKit and other systems like Wink or IFTT so it could be a part of a home-automation system. For example, it could turn red when my garage door opens or green when my kids come home or set the mood when I start watching a movie on Apple TV. To be fair, if you have multiple Avea smart lights, they can coordinate with each other to create what Elgato calls an "immersive atmosphere."

Pros

  • Well designed and built
  • Elegant wireless charging system with eight-hour battery
  • Colorful light source and app
  • Apple Watch compatible
  • IP65 water resistance

Cons

  • Needs integration with HomeKit and other systems
  • Pricey, but worth it

Final Verdict

If you want to light up your life, the Avea Flare from Elgato is a well-made offering that works indoors and out. 

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.