Convoy C8 (1x18650, XM-L U2)
Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Reviewer's Mod Host Rating: ★★★★★
G1: H 100%, M 30%, L 5%, Strobe, SOS, with memory
G2: H 100%, M 30%, L 5%, with memory
|LED Type:||Cree XM-L U2 flux bin, 1B tint bin|
Mar 4, 2013, , shipped mar 7, 2013, received Mar 14 2013.
- Compact format, comfortable to hold, good grip
- Excellent finish, immaculate
- Excellent machining, great threads
- Excellent workmanship, attention to detail
- Good heatsinking
- Nice pill, great retention ring for driver
- Excellent reflector, aluminum OP
- Perfectly centered emitter
- Works with flat-top, raised top, and protected cells
- Excellent mod host, not that it needs any real changes
- Head is a bit bulky for a pocket EDC, jacket pocket OK
Features / Value: ★★★★★
Design / Build Quality: ★★★★★
Battery Life: ★★★★☆
Light Output: ★★★★☆
Fasttech introduced the Convoy line of lights and gave us flashaholics tons of options to choose from. Essentially you can pick your host, emitter, and driver current. It's up to you; even a host only if you like. Everything from the familiar tubular EDC right up to a 2x26650 thrower. I introduced myself to Convoy with one of the lowest priced models; the trusty C8. I have owned three of these before, with mixed quality. This gives me a good basis to evaluate them. Hands-down, this is the best built C8 I have ever seen. (Note: I haven't seen the famous XinTD C8, which is reported to have excellent build quality too; at almost twice the price).
The machining and finish on the entire light is immaculate. I could not find a ding, scratch, sharp edge, or machine mark anywhere. The anodize is great, it may be HA-III; it looks as good as my EA4W's finish.
This review is mostly pictures; there's not much to say really. It speaks for itself.
As a 1x18650 side-by-side light, the handling is fine. It fits in the hand well, maybe a bit thin for larger hands. There is enough of a groove near the tailcap to provide for an OK cigar grip. The knurling is light and provide a little bit of extra grip.
The light comes apart at the tailcap, and between the body and head.
Unlike many of the other models in the COnvoy line, this does not include brass inserts on the body tube ends. Understandable, as the lowest priced model in the line-up.
The laser etching is even and sharp.
The threads are nicely cut, smooth, were adequately lubed (I didn't need to add more), not anodized (no lockout), trapezoidal, and large enough to stand up to lots of battery changing.
The tailcap has a large plunger with lots of travel. Protected and unprotected cells should work fine.
Digging into the tailcap, we find a nice aluminum retaining ring and the usual items; plunger gasket, switch with a long but heavy spring, switch holder, and a GITD switch boot.
Moving on to the head, I found something new to me; a C8 pill with a driver retaining ring. And a very nice one at that (more in a bit).
In here, we find the head components. This is the typical C8 head design, and it is well executed. The pill is removed through the reflector end. The reflector seats onto the star with a plastic emitter centering gasket. The lens O-ring is slightly smaller than is needed, so when reinstalling, I had to stretch it slightly to get it to stay in the bezel groove. other than that it works well, as do all of the O-rings on this light.
The pill itself was not easy to open. The driver retaining ring was fixed with thermal adhesive. I needed to use a rubber glove, needle-nose pliers, and a lot of force to break the bond. What I like about this design is how the driver is firmly pressed into the pill and makes very good electrical contact.
On the other end of the pill sits the emitter which is attached with thermal adhesive. The workmanship and attention to detail in this area is quite nice.
Smooth as butter. Coming Soon.
- Overall Length: 150mm
- Bezel Diameter: 44.5mm
- Neck Heat Sink Diameter: 33.5mm
- Body Diameter: 25.3mm
- Tail Diameter: 29.5mm
- Reflector Inner Diameter: 37.6mm
- Reflector Outer Diameter: 41.5mm
- Reflector Depth: 31.7mm
- Reflector Emitter hole Diameter: 7mm
- Lens Diameter: 41.7mm
- Lens Thickness: 1.9mm
- Emitter star diameter: 16mm
- Driver diameter: 17mm
Weights (without battery):
- Overall: 148g
- Head: 84g
- Body Tube: 32g
- Tailcap: 32g
Performance (stock, 4.2V supply, uncalibrated measurement equipment):
- Light Output: ~725 lumens
- Beam Intensity: ~21.2kcd
Power Source Options: 1x18650, unprotected or protected cells, flat or raised positive caps.
Switch type: tailcap, reverse-clicky
Modes: High (2.8A), Medium (1.39A), Low (0.16A), Strobe*, SOS* (* in group 2 only)
Mode Memory: Yes
The Convoy C8 is an excellent example of the classic pocket light. I like just about everything about it. The only mods I did; add copper braid to the tailcap spring and thermal compound on the pill threads. Both of these are entirely optional; it's just part of my standard routine.
Relic Recommended, for anyone looking for a well built light at an excellent price.
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