Review: Solarforce L2T

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The Solarforce L2T , the latest version in the L2 series offered by Solarforce . The L2 series has gained a following among-st flashaholics seeking value for money hosts , either for custom , self built or 3rd party P60 drop ins , allowing for semi custom lights to be assembled that better meet user requirements . 


  And the latest is the L2T , it is fully compatible with the other hosts in the L2 series and swapping parts should not be a problem , I was able to replace the bezel , tailcap , and head with those from a stock L2 , making the L2T fully LEGO compatible [ LEGO = Parts interchange allowing for customizing the host ] 


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Pictured L2T body with stock L2 head and tailcap .


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L2T with stainless steel L2 bezel .


One of the greatest selling points of the L2 series has to be the LEGO-ability of the lights , allowing people to customize there lights to make them more personal , one should never under estimate the need of people to customize . 


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L2T as it arrived .. Perhaps a little lightly packaged , but came relatively quickly - not waiting to long is nice . 


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Very well machined threads .


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Left to Right =  Stock L2 with SS bezel , L2P  and then the L2T 

 

The finish on the L2T is very mat , and it feels almost dry to the touch , and that seems to offer just a little bit more of a secure feel , as the stock L2 and even the L2P are more slick [ slippery feeling - if I can say that ] , this mat finish just feels warm and secure . The knurling and surface finish are just great , and the anodizing is just so well done , and the internal machining is really good as are the threads . The O rings are nice and tight giving one confidence to get this light wet , and thanks to the O rings , the tailcap and head screw on ever so smoothly and the light locks up drum tight .


  The L2T tailcap continues to impress , the clicky is very mechanical and firm [ I like it ] and is of the forward clicky configuration , which should help to endear the L2T with all those who demand tactical features in there lights . I did put in a older XR-E single mode drop in to just test the clicky , and it worked really well , there are no glitches of any kind as the switch is clicked on [ some forward clickies have a small glitch that cause mode changes as you go from momentary on to being clicked on ] .   

 


 Overall I was very impressed with the L2T , and I'm very much looking forward to building a U2 XM-L drop in for it , should make for a very nice flashlight . Bottom line , for the money paid , this is an excellent P60 host , offering serious value for your money , I can find nothing to fault with this one , and if anything , it has simply impressed me all to heck !  

 

If your looking for a P60 host , I can highly recommend the L2T from Solarforce .

Surface finish is Type-11 - I wasnt sure - but Solarforce has confirmed it .  

 


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Very nice review, I've been

Very nice review, I've been interested to read about this light. I like the looks of the head quite a lot. Not so much the rest of the body.

Thanks again for the review! Frontpage'd and Sticky'd.

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Great review! Is there a difference between the diameter of the reflector between the L2T and L2,L2P? The L2T looks to have a deeper reflector. How about the "tactical" grip , is it rubber or aluminum? Removable? Since it has a matte finish, time will tell if it will be durable. 

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Grip ring

Grip ring is rubber .. Being rubber it should be removable , but this one fits my hands well .  

Takes a standard P60 drop in . 

The head is the same length as the L2P , but the bezel makes it look deeper , in one of the pictures , I have it less the bezel ring [pic9]

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old4570 wrote:Grip ring is

old4570 wrote:

Grip ring is rubber .. Being rubber it should be removable

Ah.. that changes things. I would like it a lot more without the grip. I thought it was machined aluminum.

I like the idea of a forward clicky, but I don't like the protruding switch boot. That was the standard switch?

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The story here has to be the

The story here has to be the fwd clicky w/ mode dropins. Must select mode first before turning on.

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Grip ring

Yes sorry folks , the grip ring is very well color matched , the clicky on the L2T is standard forward switch .

A normal L2 is reverse clicky .. Im not sure if you can buy the L2T with anything else but the forward clicky , you may need to mod it if you want reverse . 

Though using a forward clicky is no real issue , except changing modes takes a little more work .  

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Can you check if the switch

Can you check if the switch circuit in the tail is the same as the l2? SF will sell you one for $2, I found out because I burned one by putting the battery backwards.

Also, is the coating HA-2/3? Ie, is it scratchproof?

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I have been waiting for
I have been waiting for someone to get their hands on one of these. I think it looks real nice. I have to find a good holster, it doesn't look like it will fit in the open holsters I use.
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Hmmm

Anodizing ?   Feels more like it were parkarised , anyhow , Solarforce description . 

L2T

The L2 Series has been becoming more and more popular in the public market since it first production. In view of this, Solarforce now provides users with our newest model of the L2 Series �V L2T. In addition to the remarkable features of flexibility and wide-application of the L2 Series, the design of L2T is a combination of style and practical nature. The L2T bodies are mainly constructed of precisely CNC-ed aluminum alloy and consisted of head, battery tube and tail-cap switch as its major parts. Users may install various high-efficiency bulb modules and / or accessories to the L2T depending on their needs.

 

Specifications and Features:

-             Consisted of head assembly, battery tube and tail-cap switch (bulb modules are not included), which are replaceable and compatible with Solarforce accessories designed for the L-Series

-             Body constructed mainly of T6061 T6 aluminum alloy

-             Compatible with various Solarforce LED and xenon bulb modules

-             Forward click tail-cap switch

-             Colour: black

-             Uses two CR123A or 16340, or one 18650 battery by default

-             Standard tail-cap click switch

-             Water-proof design

-             Size (length x head diameter x battery tube diameter): 136 x 32 x 25.4mm

-             Weight: 87g (excluding drop-in modules and batteries)

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Looks good, mine came also

Looks good, mine came also today, but I wasn't around....so need to wait till tomorrow morning to collect it from the post office.

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I love the look of that new

I love the look of that new head more than any of the others as well as that awesome matte finish it has! If the body was knurled like the others but with that matte finish it would be so pimp. I think it would make me consider getting my first SolarForce light.

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A Solarforce review not made

A Solarforce review not made by Foy?? Ok, the world is changing...

Good review old4570!

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agenthex wrote:Also, is the

agenthex wrote:

Also, is the coating HA-2/3? Ie, is it scratchproof?

I asked the same question a few days ago on facebook and tehy wrote HA-2.

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Great review old4570, swaying me more towards the order button every second! Love the look of that head! 

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Excellent review, Matt I

Excellent review, Matt Wink I like this new model. Waiting tailstand version Tongue

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My L2 are pretty much scratch

My L2 are pretty much scratch proof.  Unless you put them in your pocket for weeks and run around with keys beside them.  So not too much worries.

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Nice review, Old4570.  I like

Nice review, Old4570.  I like this one in particular because they've done away with that awful hex-nut anti-roll ring on the head.  May have to try one.

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2100 wrote:My L2 are pretty

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My L2 are pretty much scratch proof.  Unless you put them in your pocket for weeks and run around with keys beside them.  So not too much worries.

You mean the surface material? Mine gets worn down, not a huge deal but ha-iii is obviously "better".

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Yeah

Type-2 it is , I just got a reply from Solarforce ... 

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you made me buy it!

you made me buy it!

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agenthex wrote:2100

agenthex wrote:

2100 wrote:

My L2 are pretty much scratch proof.  Unless you put them in your pocket for weeks and run around with keys beside them.  So not too much worries.

You mean the surface material? Mine gets worn down, not a huge deal but ha-iii is obviously "better".

My HA stuff flakes....even for Dereelight quality, but its really a very minor flake, usually its at the edges.    Sealed

The guys at CPF says that only the top few lights have HA that are good enough not to flake, their Fenix etc all flake to a certain degree with hard usage.

But seriously, this type II surface really has a confidence inspiring surface, more so than my L2P / L2X.

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2100 wrote:... their Fenix

2100 wrote:

... their Fenix etc all flake to a certain degree with hard usage.

My Fenix L2D did less than 2 months after I bought it while being under my pillow.

I Probably had a dream and bit my flashlight. It is the only explanation valid at CPF.

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heat transfer ?

nice pics btw

looks like this will do the job - little pricey for the accessories at SF but seems to be higher quality host ...

and i can t believe they made such a nice host with the switch boot hanging out - looks as awkward as a Baboons ass IMO. should have made it red lol. seriously something protected would have been nice. 

... does this have any better contact than say Sky*Ray S-R5 body in your experience or anyone else's experience? i am a bit worried about the MF 3 mode xml getting to hot and to warm for holding 


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Well

1st , wrap the pill with al-foil to improve heatsinking ..  Nice firm fit into the host ..

2nd , all P60 hosts are about the same size [ physically speaking ] 

So as long as the pill is wrapped and fitted to the host , they will heatsink about the same . 

Most hosts are a little over size , to make sure they accept the pills .  Which is why it has become standard practice to wrap the pills with Al-foil to make a tight fit that transfers heat . 

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linterno wrote: 2100

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2100 wrote:

... their Fenix etc all flake to a certain degree with hard usage.

My Fenix L2D did less than 2 months after I bought it while being under my pillow.

I Probably had a dream and bit my flashlight. It is the only explanation valid at CPF.

What da... even under the pillow?   Probably the plating process or some...."too hard can't stick".  LOL!  Hmm....seriously Type II is fine for me but high quality pls.  Like L2 (good), Xeno E03 (well done), L2T (seriously crazy good!!!!)

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old4570 wrote:1st , wrap the

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1st , wrap the pill with al-foil to improve heatsinking ..  Nice firm fit into the host ..

I find wrapping it in alu foil, make it a bit thicker, and then screw it into the host as opposed to just pushing it in, coz when you screw it in the foil will be tucked nicely inside (push it in and it bunches up).  It becomes so tight that it won't pop out.   If one is anal you can apply a bit of thermal compound.  But don't take it out once it's inside, you'd have to re-do it again.   The reflector won't be too hot vs the host part holding the drop-in - decent heat transfer even for XM-L.

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L2T switch limitation

 I rec'd the L2T and tried the KD U2 XM-L 5 mode drop-in in it and found that the switch apparently does not handle the higher current. Mode changes are erratic, you never know what you're going to get (like a box of chocolates? not so sweet). The drop-in works fine in my L2. I presume the UF and Manafont multimode drop-ins are working well in the L2T?

 Hello to all, I'm rather new in town - nice neighbohood you have here.

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Hmmm

2pts1scn wrote:

 I rec'd the L2T and tried the KD U2 XM-L 5 mode drop-in in it and found that the switch apparently does not handle the higher current. Mode changes are erratic, you never know what you're going to get (like a box of chocolates? not so sweet). The drop-in works fine in my L2. I presume the UF and Manafont multimode drop-ins are working well in the L2T?

 Hello to all, I'm rather new in town - nice neighbohood you have here.

Could be the switch - I dont think its the current , mine handles XM-L just fine .

The forward clicky switch can sometimes have a slight contact issue when it clicks on , there is a momentary on and of - and depending on the drop in - can change modes on you as you click it on - most annoying with a 5 mode - you may wish to use a less sensitive drop in / driver . 

Or swap out the switch to a normal revers clicky , unfortunately - thats the way it goes some times  .

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Thanks cabfrank and old 4570

 I'll leave this drop-in with the L2 and get a different one for the L2T and see how that goes.

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