Convoy S2+ measurements (7135*8, 3B)

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Convoy S2+ measurements (7135*8, 3B)

The Convoy S2+ is a cheap 18650 light which is often recommended to new members on forums and reddit and for a good reason. For about 15 euros / dollars, it offers exceptional finish and good performance. The machining is excellent and threads feel very smooth.

Manufacturer specifications

Battery type: 1× 18650 (protected or unprotected)
LED: Cree XM-L2 (5 options for tint)
Body material: Aluminum
Waterproof: Yes
Lens: Glass
Reflector: Orange peel
Protection: Low voltage warning (2.9-3.1 V), reverse polarity
Mode memory: Yes
Length: 118 mm
Width: 24,1 mm
Price: 15-20 euros/dollars


When ordered from a trusted source (I got mine from Convoy’s Aliexpress shop), it comes in a sturdy white cardboard box with foam cutouts for the light and a lanyard with a keyring attachment. Unfortunately there’s no pocket clip included but it is available as an optional extra for under 1 dollar in Convoy’s shop (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/universal-clip-suitable-for-S2-S...). The clip also fits on the S2, M1 and C8 flashlights.

The S2+ accepts both protected and unprotected 18650 batteries, button tops or flat. All of my batteries except for a 18,97 mm thick Keeppower 3500 mAh fit in to the tube just fine and there was no rattle. There’s also a 18350 battery tube available for a couple of bucks.

The light is customizable in a couple of ways during the order process. In addition to several colors (black, grey, red, green, blue) you can choose the 7135 driver current between 1050, 1400, 2100 and 2800 mA. There is also a choice between five different tints for the Cree XM-L2 emitter:

U2-1A (6500-7000 K)
T6-3B (5000-5200 K)
T6-4C (4300-4500 K)
T5-5B (4000-4200 K)
T4-7A (3000-3200 K)

The modes are also customizable and the manufacturer offers four choices:

5% low – 30% mid – 100% high – SOS – strobe
5% low – 30% mid – 100% high
10% low – 100% high
10% low – 100% high – strobe

If you choose a driver with the special SOS or strobe modes, you can switch between two groups of modes, one of which doesn’t have the special modes and one with them. The switch between groups is done by switching the light to low and switching it off after 5 seconds when you see the flashlight blink.

The steel tail switch has a sturdy feel and a reassuring click to it. Changing between modes is done by a tap on the tail switch. Full press turns the light on and off.

The light tested here is the 7135*8 (2800 mA) driver variant with 3 modes (5/30/100 %) and a Cree XM-L2 T6 3B emitter. 3B is supposed to be 5000-5200 K, but my sample was quite far off at 4540 K (maybe a 4C by accident?).

The tint is skewed towards green, but it’s not that bad without having an actual neutral white to compare it to. Color temperature doesn’t vary too much in different modes. Color rendering is average with a CRI of 72.

Some retailers claim 1000 lumens for the S2+. This is not accurate and I measured just shy of 700 out the front in my diy integrating sphere. There’s also no moonlight mode and 40 lumens on the lowest level might be too bright to use in absolute darkness. If you want more range in the output and a direct drive turbo, I recommend checking the Astrolux S1 (http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44446#node-44446), which is about double the price of the Convoy S2+.


18650 battery, Convoy S2+, Astrolux S1, Eagletac D25LC2, Zebralight H600Fd III

Measurements
Please note: lumen measurements are only rough estimates
My diy 30 cm integrating styrofoam sphere has been calibrated using a Fenix E05 on high with manufacturer’s claim of 85 lumens. Verified with an Olight S10 that has been measured with a Labsphere FS2 integrating sphere by valostore.fi. Results may be more inaccurate with especially throwy or floody lights.

For spectral information and CRI calculations I have an X-rite i1Pro spectrophotometer with HCFR for the plot and ArgyllCMS spotread.exe for the data. For runtime tests I use spotread.exe with a custom script and a i1Display Pro because it doesn’t require calibration every 30 minutes like the i1Pro.

Explanation of abbreviations
CCT = correlated color temperature, higher temperature means cooler (bluish)
CRI (Ra) = color rendering index consisting of 8 different colors (R1-R8), max value 100
CRI (R9) = color rendering index with deep red, usually difficult for led based light sources, max value 100
TLCI = television lighting consistency index, max value 100
CQS (Qa) = Proposed replacement for CRI, RMS average of 15 color samples
CRI2012 (Ra,2012) = Another proposed replacement for CRI, consists of 17 color samples
MCRI = Color rendering index based on the memory of colors or 9 familiar objects
x,y = coordinates on a CIE 1931 chart

Spectral distribution

Color rendering (High)
Read more on color rendering indices here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44570#node-44570

Tint

Different brightness modes

Tint towards the edge of the spill

Beam and beam angles


The beam angle is 69° with a hotspot of 19°. The hotspot has a greenish tint while the spill is neutral cool white.

PWM
PWM is used on all modes other than high. The high switching frequency (4540 Hz) and low amplitude makes it only visible on camera, not to the naked eye. There is slight audible whine on medium when your ear is less than a foot away from the light. Not a deal breaker.


Low

Medium

High, no PWM

Runtime (High and Medium)

The light is regulated on high until about 30 minutes after which the output starts to decline. With an Eagtac 3500 mAh battery I was able to get a runtime of 1 hour 28 minutes on high and 5 hours 27 minutes on medium until the low voltage protection of the light kicked in. I measured the tailcap current at 2,7 amps on high, 0,8 on medium and 0,1 on low with a fully charged battery. There is no stepdown on high.

Temperature
In room temperature and on high the S2+ with the most powerful driver (7135*8) gets uncomfortable to hold after about 6 minutes when the battery tube reaches 50°C. Of course the temps will be lower if you hold it because your hand acts as a heat sink. The head reaches 65°C at 7 minutes.


Thermal image @ 7 minutes.

Edited by: maukka on 02/05/2016 - 10:28
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Thank you for this !

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Very good test report where we see many more interesting numbers thanks to your instrument park (and knowledge how to use it). Looking forward to more of this.

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Another great review with a lot of complementary information. Thank you Maukka for your contributions here, looking forward to more of them…

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Nice review. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

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Ok, so I’m way late to the game here but this was just pointed out to me and is quite a nice review. Thumbs Up

More colors or lack thereof are coming soon as well as a driver update which will include the oh-so-important moonlight mode. Cheers!

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Thanks for the review. Ordered and waiting for the shipment to arrive Smile