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*Update*Review Convoy X3 XP-L High Coupon code included

 

Review of Convoy X3 XP-L HI LD-25 1100LM 4modes LED Flashlight 26650/18650.

This light was provided to me by BangGood.com for my fair and honest review.

 

First you get to choose the bin for the emitter you prefer, the one I am testing here I requested the U6-3A which is around 500 to 5200K, your choices are V2-1A/U6-3A/U6-4B/U4-7A.

 

Manufacturer specs.

Brand:Convoy

Model: X3

Emitter Type: XP-L HI

Emitter BIN:V2-1A/U6-3A/U6-4B/U4-7A

Light temperature:6500-7000K,5000-5200K,4300-4500K,3000-3200K

Light ColorWhite Light, Sun Light, Yellow Light, Deep Yellow Light

Driver:LD-25

Output current:3000 mA

Material:Aluminum Alloy

Mode: Low 80mA, Mid 700mA, High 3000mA,Strobe

Battery Configurations:1 x 26650/18650/3xAA Battery (not included)

Switch Type: clicky

Switch Location:tail of the flashlight

Max Output:1100Lumens

Reflector:Smooth Reflector

Waterproof:IPX-8 waterproof up to 2 meters

Color: Light Grey

Weight:270g (without battery)

Size:155mm x 37.8mm x 54.8mm(length x body x head diameter)

 

 

What’s in the package

Package included:

1 x Convoy X3 XP-L HI LD-25 1100LM LED Flashlight

1 x AA Battery Tube

1 x 18650 battery Tube

1 x 26650 O-ring

 

Normally here is where I would show you everything that comes in the box but my sample only came with the light itself. I was able to get the 18650-battery tube from someone locally and the O-rings that you need to use a 26650 are I believe the same size as the ones on each end of the 18650 battery tube so just to be sure a 26650 would work without any problems I use those and it worked without any problems. I also machined a tube out of PVC in case I decide to use a 26650 for long extended periods of time and a battery change would be necessary. It is just easier to change with a tube verses O-rings.

Personally, I see no need or reason to use this light with a standard AA battery so I did not bother trying to make a tube for that.  I am sure that is was just my sample that got shipped without the tubes and O-rings. If you purchase one there should be no problem with those items being included.

 

Very well machined. 

 

Testing.

For my testing, I used an 18650 30q and current reading at the tail cap are as follows

Low 6mA

Medium 900mA

High 3.07A

Just for the purposes of this review I also took readings using a 26650 and they were almost identical. And pretty much any good quality 18650 that I tried gave me a reading of between 3.01A to 3.09A. So, the board seems to be set up to get you equal power to the emitter provided it is charged and ready to use. I even tried a couple of really poor quality 18650 cells and still got at least 3.00A. As always though you will want to use a good quality battery regardless of which size you decide.

 

Lumen testing- I had no problems at all getting the claimed 1100 lumen from this light. Do remember that if you decide to test it in your own integrating sphere that this light has a very tight narrow beam and that can cause some strange readings depending on what yours may be made of or how it is designed.  This light loves to throw.

 

Here you can see the O-rings from the 18650 tube worked very well for the 26650.

 

And here is the ugly little tube I machined from PVC. It fit just tight enough but not too tight.

 

Taking the light out for a spin.

I have to be totally honest. I really was not sure what this light was designed to do best when I received it. At that time, I could find very little information at all about it and no reviews. So, I just kept the light with me most of the time for a couple of weeks and finally one night a need came up to give it a really good workout.

I had turned it on and moved through the levels several times usually only for a couple of minutes and each time was inside.

This particular night the lighting outside of the building I work in was all out because of some expanding so anyone outside the building in the shipping and receiving area would be in total darkness.

Part of my job is overseeing our production employees and they will go out back of the building sometimes to have a smoke or just get some fresh air. Normally the place has lighting everywhere so seeing is not a problem but because of the power on that side all being locked out it was total darkness.

I turned the Convoy on in its lowest setting and was completely shocked. ON the lowest setting the beam threw from one corner of the building to the other. That is almost exactly 200 yards.

Now on low of course it did not light up a lot at that distance but it made me very curious so I stepped it up to medium. Big difference, the beam shined well past the end of the building and into a wooded area another 60 yards or so. That is the far edge of the property.

By now I was all fired up so naturally I kicked it up to high. I have no idea how far this thing will throw but it really brightened that wooded area up nicely. I walked all around the outside of the building until I could see the smoking area. By this time, I was outside the fence at the end of the drive. I have never measured that distance so I do not know how far it was but, the people all outside in that dark smoking area started yelling for me to turn off the spot light.

I can tell you for sure that 200 yards is no problem at all. Set to high it is almost easy for the X3.

This light can easily be one of the lightest and easy to carry search lights I have seen. It is not a small light yet it is not large either. For its size and the option of using a 26650 battery for much longer run times. This is a perfect light to keep around the house and/or car to use as your own personal search light.

I am going to order 3 more just for that reason. I want to keep one on my job, one in my truck and one at home. That will leave me one extra that I can keep out in the shop.

There is no adjustment like a zoomie, just a very nice tight even beam. Just enough spill to light up enough width.

I have 2 videos of the beam shots, I will try and get some still shots at measured distances in a few days. I am curious just how far it will throw.  I am sorry about having 2 separate videos but for some odd reason my camera wanted to just stop recording whenever it got ready to.

Of course, it is not a mega thrower and yes there are better throwers out there. But, the normal retail on this light is only around $40.00. I will have several of these around very soon.

The U.I is very simple. Tail clicky, a full click turns it on or off. You start off in low first time on, forward from there, half click to medium, another half click to high. Two quick double half clicks gets you strobe and another single half click goes back to normal lighting.

It does have a memory function that seems to work no matter how fast you turn it off after stepping up or down in levels. It will turn on at the last level it was turned off.

You can’t go wrong with this one. Without any modifications, right out of the box it’s a great light, perfect for using at home. I would take this one on any camping or hiking trip.

Machining is very good, tail and head are very smooth when removing and, it is almost hard to drop. The knurling and cut lines just make it very easy to hang on to even in the rain.

This is one of those lights that you really should have around because it does exactly what it is supposed to do every time you turn it on, the price is very reasonable and, the U.I. is simple for anyone to get use to.

I recommend a lot of lights but I only “Highly” recommend 2 or 3 a year. This Convoy I very highly recommend,

Thanks for reading.

 

Update for you. I heard from BangGood today and if you are interested in purchasing this light here is the URL https://goo.gl/D5skxi and enter coupon code 31aec3 at checkout for a 20% discount.

Enjoy

 

Videos of beam footage....

 

 

Terry White

Edited by: Terry White on 05/23/2017 - 03:17
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I almost bought one of these, the 17mm driver held me back though, I really wish it had a 22mm driver so we could run XHP35-HI with the H2-C boost driver in there.

17mm I think are going to begin to get phased out as the low Vf emitters gain popularity as they work best with buck or boost drivers, and buck or boost drivers tend to need more space. Also with the 21700 batteries coming I think a 22mm driver will make more sense for the scaled up lights those will require.

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What a looker!
Thanks for showing us!

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 Debating on possible mods... Throws very well stock... 

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 This light is the same with XinTD X3 , except the Led and the driver ( led was a xml2 and the driver Qlite with 8x7135) .Good thrower , nice quality !

I got one (XinTD) few years ago , with a warm tint led , in fact I do think that it was about 2500-3000K , and after I added 4 more 7135 (380 mA) chips, and changed the wires and the springs ,  the current bumped to 4.5 amps.Dedomed led made the beam more focused , and the tint shifted on the yellow side a little bit , but this light is a beast when is foggy or rainy !

The one piece head , with a good heat dissipation , is allowing to push the current up , but I do not know what driver is inside of this Convoy X3 ,it doesn't seem to be the same Qlite , because this one has the 7135 on both sides , and the one in your picture ,doesn't...Also , on XinTD , the tail switch has a piece of brass over the spring ant the driver was protected by a plastic ring , under the retaining , brass ring . But these are only construction variations and does not affect the performances...

FYI , the space under the driver is very small , with 4 more chips stacked on the existing ones and the thicker wires , was hard to put back the driver !!!

I'll be curious to see what driver they use on this one , could be an upgrade for the older XinTD, with better efficiency...

Thanks for sharing...

Adrian

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I fully intend to push the power up. I do want to take my time though. This light has grown on me. I normally gift lights that I am sent for a review but, I think I am going to hang on to this one if for no other reason than to see just how hard I van push it. I know that the XPL High has been known to kick out better numbers than this is stock. 

Just need to think on it for awhile.

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I really like the form factor of the X3. Shame that yours didn’t include the AA adapter to confirm function. I like the idea of the potential flexibility of 3 different battery types (AA, 18650 & 26650). Unfortunately, a few people have stated that their included AA adapter didn’t seem to work properly anyway.

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I just got my convoy X3 in xpl hi 5000k emitter.. I love this light.. I have many 18650, so I am using Samsung 30q.. threading are smooth.. good throw.. overall, this light is great..

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Newlumen wrote:
I just got my convoy X3 in xpl hi 5000k emitter.. I love this light.. I have many 18650, so I am using Samsung 30q.. threading are smooth.. good throw.. overall, this light is great..

 

I debated for days on how to present this light. The one thing it can do and do very well is throw very well.

I plan to test it even more as soon as time permits...

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SoCalTiger wrote:
I really like the form factor of the X3. Shame that yours didn't include the AA adapter to confirm function. I like the idea of the potential flexibility of 3 different battery types (AA, 18650 & 26650). Unfortunately, a few people have stated that their included AA adapter didn't seem to work properly anyway.

 

I have checked and re-checked and honestly I can't tell you anything at all about it being powered by AA. 

I can tell you that it draws a 3+ current so standard AA would leave you with very low performance for this light. A good 18650 or 25560 and it really reaches out there.

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Thanks for the nice review Terry.
It made me ordered mine just now with the code you provided. Good price for a nice light!

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sesgum wrote:
Thanks for the nice review Terry. It made me ordered mine just now with the code you provided. Good price for a nice light!

 

It is well worth the regular price... This discounted price is a nice bonus... 

 

 

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Nice. I paid $40.95 from banggood. Shipping take 14 days to united States which I think is pretty quick..

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Newlumen wrote:
Nice. I paid $40.95 from banggood. Shipping take 14 days to united States which I think is pretty quick..

 

I am in the U.S. as well and shipping from BangGood is almost exactly 14 days every time....

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I am not a reviewer.. I do recommend 18650 for this light.. they are easy to find and Abit lighter than 26650.. you can get at least 1 hour runtime on high mode with 3500 mAh battery..

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lol... I tried a cheap 26650 I got on clearance at Radio Shack and still pulled the same current at the tail cap that I did with 30q 18650... 

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This light works fine with aa’s but depending on the included adapter you may need to add a spring to it in order to make good contact. The adapter I was given was too short to make contact 3 out of four orders. (Two of these three were branded xintd)