The Swiss Army Light: Introducing Aputure's New Credit Card Size LED

If you need an LED that is versatile and can fit virtually anywhere, take a look at Aputure's newest light.

It's called the Amaran M9 and though it's Aputure's smallest light yet, it manages to pack in plenty of desirable features. This thing is basically the size of a credit card and less than half an inch thick, affords you 90 minutes of use with every battery charge, is daylight balanced, and only costs $45.

Key Features

  • TLCI 99
  • 350 lux at 0.5M
  • 5V USB rechargeable even while in use
  • Built in lithium ion battery that lasts 90 min at 100%
  • 120° beam angle
  • Includes 2 magnetic diffusion filters
  • Weight: 5oz

Probably the most impressive feature of the Amaran M9 is its size, because it makes it incredibly versatile. It's essentially, as Aputure puts it, a "swiss army light" that can be used in as many ways as you can think up. Because you can mount this thing to just about anything using the M9 wall mount, 1/4-20" screw hole, and cold shoe, you can put it almost anywhere to replace practicals, including inside a fridge, on a dashboard, or on a computer to replicate the glow of a computer screen.

The Amaran M9 is shipping now for $45 on Amazon and, according to Aputure, it will be available at B&H, Adorama, and more retailers later on.     

Your Comment


They should provide a CTO filter. I have a similar Chinese led light from amazon for 20$ and I am very happy of it, although I realize that in real life I don't use it very much. If it die I'll get the aputure one.

July 18, 2016 at 2:14AM, Edited July 18, 2:16AM


yeah, the AL-M9 package include both CTO and CTB filters.

July 24, 2016 at 7:42PM


Where can I buy that Conan 24-105mm?

July 18, 2016 at 6:34AM

Richard L
Camera assistant, DIT, DOP

The Amazon link does not work, nor does searching for this light on the amazon page. Is there another link available?

July 18, 2016 at 6:35AM, Edited July 18, 6:35AM

Dominique Girouard
Lighting tech.

I like that it has the build in battery and would love to see an updated version of their ring light with that technology

July 18, 2016 at 8:20AM

Valentin F
Cinematographer, Director,

The only downside to that is no swapping batteries if it starts to die. Yeah, USB power, but still, being able to also swap with an lp or sony battery would be nice.
Still, though, that much juice in a package that size??

July 18, 2016 at 10:18AM, Edited July 18, 10:18AM

christopher cox
NEXT Media Specialist