Note: Updates will be listed at the bottom of this post.
If you’ve been following the L2 thread you’ve probably heard me mention the L2’s upcoming big brother.
There was so much feedback when the re-release of the Convoy L2 was announced that there was no way to accommodate all of our wishes in one design.
The original intent was to take input from the BLF community for the next revision of the L2. After seeing how awesome the L2 design was, it was obvious that the L2 should not be replaced, but a new light developed based on the same basic design… thus the L6 concept was born.
We took the most common requests from BLF into consideration (there were a lot!) . I held off creating a thread for the L6 until most of the details were finalized but I think we are close enough now. I don’t have a confirmed production date yet but we are getting close.
The L6 will be available as a complete light and in host form for those who want to take it further but the preliminary stock specs are impressive.
More detailed information will be added and/or adjusted as it becomes available.
Here are some preliminary details from Simon on the complete stock L6:
• Cree XHP70 emitter
• OP reflector to reduce the crosshair pattern that plagues quad-die emitters
• Reflector diameter 65.48mm
• Head diameter 72mm
• AR coated glass
• Runs on two 26650 cells
• Rear switch (on/off/lockout)
• Side switch to control mode function
• Driver output current
• Approximate lumen output
3500 ? Lots!
• Stock spring bypasses at driver and tail switch
• 4 modes plus hidden strobe
• Current controlled driver – No PWM
Meet the Convoy L6.
Here’s a nice section view to give you a better idea of the internal design.
This one looks amazing IMHO…
What do you think?
The price for this beast has been set at $64.43.
Simon is again offering a 15% discount to BLF members.
The hosts are ready and waiting. A few final adjustments are being made to the driver then the L6 will hit the streets!
If all goes well it should be listed for sale in the next few weeks.
Updates will be posted here.
This is what the finished product looks like.
Look the beast in the eye:
This is the best update I’ve announced in a long time! The drivers are done and man can they run!
- The driver is putting out 5.25A! Not bad for a stock driver. I cannot quote exact lumens but 4000 seems quite likely.
- Simon is putting spring bypasses at the driver and at the switch! That one really impressed me. When the last time you bought a light that came stock with bypassed springs? Personally I’ve never seen it on a stock light.
- We should see the listing in less than 1 week. The lights are being assembled now. I can’t wait to get mine!
- The only tint option available at first will be N4-1C (Cool White) but Simon is trying to get some neutral emitters.
- The L2 tube variations do fit the L6 if desired for modding purposes.
- Simon did a runtime test last night. The L6 in turbo ran for 80 minutes on two KeepPower 5200mAh cells at which point he describes it as very very very hot. This of course was indoors with no air circulation so in actual outdoor use the heat should be much more manageable.
The driver setup is as follows:
- 4 modes plus a hidden strobe.
- Last mode memory.
- Current controlled modes…No PWM.
Mode settings are:
- Low – 50mA
- Med – 200mA
- High – 1700mA
- Turbo – 5000mA
- Hidden strobe – activate by a quick double tap on the side switch.
Early tests show turbo might hit a bit higher than the “official” numbers
Simon has sourced some 5000K (aka Neutral) XHP70 emitters from Hong Kong.
He will be purchasing them after May Day comes to an end so yes, it looks like we will have our neutral! As soon as he confirms exactly which emitter it is I’ll post the tint and bin.
It’s FINALLY here!
Here is the link to purchase the L6:
Same day edit
Received unfortunate news that the initial release does not have a DTP emitter board. Simon is working on resolving this ASAP. I will update here as soon as information is available.
Simon has confirmed all new L6 orders will now have a DTP copper MCPCB. Most shipped in the last few days will as well. The neutral (5000k) emitters will be available in approximately
2 weeks soon.
The 5000K emitters promised by the Cree rep are suddenly “unavailable”. More info as soon as I have any.
All L6 lights ordered will have the DTP copper MCPCB except the first 3 shipped. One is mine and the other two know who they are.
Mixed message today. The positive is I received my L6 today and I love it.
The negative is that it seems the recommended 5200mAh protected cells are too long. It’s my understanding that cells over 70mm will not fit this light. That still leaves several cell options, just not the recommended cell. The Convoy store listing will be updated once this is officially confirmed. Please order cells that are no longer than 70mm for the L6.
Simon should be receiving the neutral emitters tomorrow so we should see the listing very soon.
The new neutral (5000K) emitter is an XHP70 N2-3A.
Good news on the recommended battery too. Apparently the new Keeppower 5200mAh protected cells are indeed under 70mm so it was not a mistake. Simon added a note to the L6 listing to help clarify this. If that is your cell of choice just confirm with the seller that it is the new version. The older version of that cell is too long at 71.1mm. Stick to cells under 70mm.
Simon does it again! The new emitter choices are listed. Not just one additional choice but FIVE choices of XHP70 emitters from warm to cool. I understand some of these have higher output than others so do a little research before making your selection. The price now ranges from $65.09 to $70.09 depending which emitter you choose.
These are the emitter choices now available:
Most tints are temporarily sold out in the Convoy store but Simon does have some 3A and 1C left and more are on the way.
News on the release of the L6 host coming soon.
The L6 host will be ready for sale around the end of the month. There will be a limited quantity of L6 smooth reflectors available for those wanting to turn the L6 into a throw monster. Links to purchase will be added when they are available.
I asked Neal at Banggood if he could source the recommended KP cells for the L6. He hooked us up with a deal and a special listing specifically for the new shorter KeepPower 5200mAh protected cells. The preorder price is just $11.50 per cell with free shipping. I believe this is good until July 25 when the cells arrive at their warehouse. Even when that deal ends we now have a verified source of these cells. This listing actually says “fit for Convoy L6”
Here is the link to purchase these cells:
New link and better price as of Nov.2016 – see below.
The L6 driver with side switch is now available separately for purchase in the Convoy store at a ridiculously low price.
This is the FX-30 driver with our changes to the firmware which improved mode spacing and eliminated the step-down timer.
Link to purchase the Convoy L6 version of the FX-30
This is the coolest update I’ve announced in a long time!
The clear anodized L6 is HERE!
Note the Convoy logo is now proudly (yet subtly) displayed beneath the side switch.
Link to purchase:
Here she is…
In the spirit of continuous improvement the newest L6 will begin shipping with a few extras. At this time these extras will only be shipped with the new clear anodized L6 ordered directly from Simon’s Aliexpress site. The extras will eventually be part of the standard L6 package but right now we just don’t have enough of these extras to go around.
Clear L6 extras:
1 translucent tail switch boot
1 translucent side switch boot
2 spare O-rings
1 quality lanyard
1 spare tail switch
The L6 is now available as a host. The smooth reflector is also available in the Convoy store.
The L6 host can be purchased HERE.
The L6 smooth reflector can be purchased HERE
NOTE: There are a limited amount of smooth reflectors available. At this time I believe we’re already down to less than 30 so if you want one, now is the time. If sales go well and the demand is there more will be made. The faster they sell out the more likely a second run will be so buy them up people!
Update 2016-11-03 Rev. A
Seeing how big the original L2 and L6 threads have gotten I decided it was time to create a dedicated modding thread for both lights.
Since they are “brothers-in-brilliance” and share some parts, a combined thread seemed fitting.
If you have experience to share please check it out.
If you’re looking for L2/L6 build/modding info, this should be a valuable resource.
The modding thread is Here
New link from BG and a better price on the new shorter Keeppower 5200mAh protected cells:
Old dead link and code removed. See update below
The L6 smooth reflector is available once again.
Purchase link here:
L6 SMO reflector.
There is a new link and an even better discount for the new KeepPower protected cells!
Here is the new link:
KP5200 Protected 26650
Here is the new code for 50% off:
Note: This deal is only good through the end of February.