A while back Simon and I had a conversation about the Convoy C8.
It’s an older design as we all know. Most of us here on BLF have owned one (or several) for years. It’s very mod friendly and a great compact thrower in the tried and true single 18650 format favored by so many.
From the start Convoy has in my opinion been making one of the best versions of the C8 that money can buy.
Still, I thought the C8 could use a bit of a makeover to bring it some new life. With that new life of course… it must have a new look. That’s where clear anodizing comes in. This essentially brings the look of bare aluminum with the benefits of anodizing.
If you’ve seen pictures of the new clear anodized L6 you have an idea what to expect.
The clear anodizing is beautiful in my opinion, but why not go a couple steps further?
In addition to its stunning new looks, here is what the new clear anodized C8 is bringing to the table:
- AR coated glass comes standard.
- A Cree XPL-HI emitter in your choice of tint is standard.
- A DTP copper MCPCB for the XPL-HI to rest on comes standard.
Let’s pause to have a look before at this thing we talk about the driver…
Now, onto the driver:
To help keep the C8 comfortably in the budget range we are still using a 2.8A Nanjg based driver but this is where it breaks away from the crowd…
Several months ago I asked a programmer friend what we could do to improve the main line of Convoy drivers without a big cost increase. I mentioned what my goals were and we went back and forth on the details. I am quite happy with the end result. I think you will be too.
Who is this programmer you ask? Why that would be our very own ToyKeeper of course.
Here is a bit of what the new UI designed by ToyKeeper for Convoy is bringing to the table:
- A total of 12 user selectable mode groups.
- Modes with and without Moonlight mode
- Modes with and without blinkies (not just strobe but SOS, biking flasher and battery-check)
- Modes than run lo to high and modes that run high to low
- Mode memory that can be toggled on or off
- 2 Low power/low heat modes that max out at 50% output.
The new clear anodized Convoy C8 will be the first to incorporate this new driver but certainly not the last…
A small cost increase of around $3-4 is necessary to cover all these upgrades.
Note: Simon will give BLF members the same 15% discount he does on most Convoy flashlights. All you have to do is ask him through the Aliexpress message system when placing your order to adjust the price for BLF 15% discount.
The clear C8 is available now in the Convoy store!
Direct link: Purchase the Clear Convoy C8 HERE
Simon created a nice diagram for the UI too. That will be added to post #2 along with the driver details.
I added a note about the 15% BLF discount above and updated post #2 for clarification.