Lighting is a big part of my HomeKit home, in fact I have over 40 smart light devices. But all my current lighting requires the devices to be connected to power. So, when Eve sent over the Flare, I could not wait to try it out and see how this portable HomeKit light worked. So in this Eve Flare review, I will look at the design, performance, battery life and how it works with HomeKit.
Just so I am fully transparent, Eve provided the Flare FOC for the review, but this will not affect my opinion wherever it is positive or critical of the device. You can read more on our review promise and ethics statement.
Key features & In the box
- Price: €99 / $99
- Built-in 90 lm LED
- IP65 Water Resistance
- HomeKit Support
- Built-in Battery: 6+ hours
- Wireless Charging Input: AC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
- Bluetooth Low Energy
- Size: 25cm sphere
In the box
- Eve Flare
- Wireless Charging Base
- Power Supply (EU Type C plug)
- Quick start guide
Eve Flare Review in video
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Eve Flare Design
The Eve Flare is a sphere-shaped LED lamp that is 25cm in diameter. It features a flat base that allows it to sit flat on a surface and charge on its charging base, you can also use the Flare while it’s on its base.
The flat base also has two physical buttons, one is a power button to turn the light on or off, and the other is a mode button to cycle through common colours. You will also find the wireless charging contact points which are a pair of circles. Finally, the base also features a handle that you can use to carry the Eve Flare or hang it.
Eve has built the Flare with a IP65 water resistance rating, which means it can withstand jets of water for up to 15 minutes. That means its fine being exposed to some rain, but I would not advise leaving it out overnight in a heavy downpour.
Eve Flare Setup
Before I set up the Eve Flare, I gave it a full charge, with this taking around 2 hours. I then switched it on with the power button on the base. The Flare communicates with your phone using Bluetooth; it requires no hub.
Then Connecting it to the Eve App and HomeKit was a matter of opening up the Eve app and then scanning the code. The connection was quick. I then completed the standard HomeKit setup like naming the device and adding it to the room I would use it in.
Using Eve Flare
You can control Eve Flare using the onboard controls, the Eve App and Apple Home App via HomeKit. This means you have a different options of control over the smart light, depending on your circumstances.
Using the buttons on the Flare allows you to turn the device on or off. But note that if you turn it off, then the device will not connect to the Eve App or HomeKit. So you need to switch back on before you can control it again. The other button is the mode button that cycles between some pre-selected colours.
To get the most out of the Flare, then you need to jump into the Eve app. In here you find controls for turning the device on or off, adjusting the brightness, or changing the colour.
There are some simple pre-set colours that can be adjusted, and there’s an easy access colour wheel for choosing whatever colour you like. You can also create a presets for your favorite colours so you don’t have to spin the colour wheel each time.
In the settings within the Eve App you can check the battery level, change the icon and the and several other settings. Including adding it to an Eve Extend to improve the range of the device.
Using the Home app you can adjust the Flare’s brightness, change the colour. You can also use the colour picker or for more precise control use the colour wheel.
Siri can also turn the Flare on and off, adjust the brightness, colour and even check the battery percentage. You can also integrate it with HomeKit scenes, like a good morning and good night scene. Plus, you can use HomeKit automations and have the Flare turn on and off based on a particular trigger.
Jumping into the settings within the Home App you can check the battery level, change the icon and the room I assigned the Eve Flare to.
Battery life & Performance
Charging the Flare is straightforward, which involves plugging in the charging base, then resting the Flare on that. I found it took about 2 hours to gain a full charge from flat.
Eve quotes up to six hours of usage between charges, but I managed just over 11 hours on a single charge. Thinking this was just a fluke, I have tested the Flare at full brightness, including cycling through colours multiple times. Which following over 3 weeks of extensive testing, I constantly achieved easily over 6 hours use on a single charge.
In terms of light performance at 90 lumens brightness. I found it is not bright enough to light up a room on its own. So i found using this as mood lighting in the garden or at my desk when I was working late in the evening.
Eve Flare can replicate most colours accurately, especially purple, green, and red shades. As already mentioned this is not the brightest light, but in a dark environment the colours are vivid and provide a nice ambience.
Eve Flare Review Conclusion
I really love the Eve Flare and like the fact of how portable it is. Which gives you lots of scope of where you can use it. I have found that I have been using it in the living room for some mood light or in the garden to provide ambient lighting.
I like the fact I can use it with the Eve App and save my favorite colours, but also using HomeKit and Siri to turn it on or set a colour of choice. However, it would be nice if Homekit had the function to save colour presets, although this is not a limitation of Eve.
The battery life is incredible and getting on average 11 hours out of a single charge is outstanding. I also like the included handle to carry the device or hang it from a hook or something similar.
Although the Eve Flare is an impressive device and offers great features. It would have been good if Eve had included light changing option that transitioned between colours. But better still, a feature that reacted to sound and changing the lighting accordingly.
But the bottom line, the Eve Flare, is an excellent choice if you want a portable HomeKit smart light.
Price and availability
The Eve Flare is available for $99 in the US and in Europe for €89. Although at the time of this review it’s not available in the UK, you can use a converter plug. So you could buy this from a seller on Amazon that ships international to the UK.
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