Sofirn C8 Quick Review

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That Thorfire C8S sure looks lot like Sofirn C8S:

What size is the driver in that Thorfire C8S, anybody?
In Sofirn it’s that 20mm (20.8mm plate).

Edit: That driver Barkuti showed is from Sofirn AE shop. It is 18.8mm size.

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Is the Sofirn (not host) that you have called C8F? I would be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts on that model, with it’s triple reflector.

I should be getting the ‘F by next week, acto the email notifications from the Post Orifice.

I doubt it’d have the throw of a single big-reflector C8, but the idea of trip XP-Gs is intriguing! Wonder if it’d be floody or throwy. Best of both worlds, or worst? Big Smile

Never had a multi-reflector light, so this should definitely be interesting!

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My Sofirn C8F arrived today, what picture do you like to see?
I will try to post pictures tomorrow but I can’t do a full review like everyone here Facepalm .

These are pictures of Sofirn C8F with stainless steel bezel for Convoy C8

Have fun …

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Lightbringer wrote:

I should be getting the ‘F by next week

If you take your new flashlight outdoors, you'll be...

getting the 'F out!  })

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Sssssssssssssss. Big Smile

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What the @#$%? I'm also getting the F soon FFS!

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Original posting date: Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:28. Content fixup.

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Barkuti wrote:
What the @#$%? I’m also getting the F soon FFS!

I knew I should’ve picked the XP-L HI… Big Smile

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Lightbringer wrote:
Barkuti wrote:
What the @#$%? I’m also getting the F soon FFS!

I knew I should’ve picked the XP-L HI… Big Smile

I know I should have picked XP-L HI. XP-L2 is domed so it’s not really a thrower in my opinion. Of course if it would be dedomed but why bother, I have gray Convoy C8 with XP-L HI led and that has also stainless bezel Smile Edit: I have Sofirn C8A, that has XP-L2 led.

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0K, don't blame on me Facepalm much my pals, I just rechecked my conversation with Tracy Wan from Sofirn and I'm getting the C8T. Really sorry for this, it happened because I asked someone about and he told me “the C8F because of its uniqueness” or sort of. Got a bit messed up in my mind but now, in retrospect, I'm looking at it with better eyes. At least I know how to get a proper candela figure with my smartphone. 

kotobuki, what's the MCPCB size for that C8F? The very reason I just noticed I'm getting a C8Turbo is because I was wondering how could it be that Tracy told me the MCPCB was 16.8mm on the C8T… 

 

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Some more pictures of Sofirn C8F:

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Factory bypassed springs? Nice!

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Thanks for the review Jouna!

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Thanks for the pictures, kotobuki! Looks interesting.

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Massive triple MCPCB, looks to be ∅≈28mm, don't you think?
Emitters are XP-G3, they're listed as XP-G2 in their AliExpress ad. Custom request, kotobuki?

 

I can see the new driver Tracy  Wan told me about. The 8-pin SOIC thing and the small 3-pin stuff look like the MOSFET switches. Then there's the usual 10-pin microcontroller this OEM likes to use and an also unknown to me 5-pin whatever chunk of silicon at its left.

 

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kotobuki wrote:
My Sofirn C8F arrived today, what picture do you like to see?

Any chance you could measure the spacing of the reflector? I’d like to know if it is compatible with any Noctigon triple MCPCBs. Also, would the triple reflector work in a Convoy C8 host?

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For the photos, they’re too dark to see anything meaningful- just use one of your other flashlights to provide some better illumination during the shots.

Very funny. I did update some photos, is there anything else you would need Jason?

Nope, much better… I can actually see what you are referring to now. Thanks.

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To Barkuti:

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Massive triple MCPCB, looks to be ∅≈28mm, don’t you think?

I crushed my LEDs when re-assembled C8F!!! Angry Facepalm . Will post pictures tomorrow ….

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Emitters are XP-G3, they’re listed as XP-G2 in their AliExpress ad (link is external). Custom request, kotobuki?

No, I didn’t request anything special, just paid and it came like that.

To What_are_birds”:

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Any chance you could measure the spacing of the reflector? I’d like to know if it is compatible with any Noctigon triple MCPCBs. Also, would the triple reflector work in a Convoy C8 host?

Will try my best and post pictures tomorrow.

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Just by looking at the picture of the triple MCPCB, I'd say the distance from the emitter centers to the MCPCB center is ≈8.75mm. With this in mind, the emitters would be at ≈12.3744mm from each other center to center (equilateral triangle side lenght). 

 

kotobuki, Facepalm ouch!

Well, if you're daring it may be a nice oportunity to reflow some more to your liking emitters. Do some math if choosing low Vf ones. If not, I'm pretty sure Sofirn/ThorFire can provide you with a new triple board for cheap.

Take care. 

 

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Thanks Barkuti,
But I have only few XPG2 LEDs around here, I may reflow them into MPCB to get Sofirn C8F alive !
Will buy some XPL2 for next mod … Big Smile

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Barkuti wrote:

Just by looking at the picture of the triple MCPCB, I’d say the distance from the emitter centers to the MCPCB center is ≈8.75mm. With this in mind, the emitters would be at ≈12.3744mm from each other center to center (equilateral triangle side lenght). 


 


kotobuki, Facepalm ouch!


Well, if you’re daring it may be a nice oportunity to reflow some more to your liking emitters. Do some math if choosing low Vf ones. If not, I’m pretty sure Sofirn/ThorFire can provide you with a new triple board for cheap.


Take care. 


 


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Barkuti: So am I right to say Thorfire C8S is made by Sofirn? Sure seems like it.

If so are other Thorfires too?

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I add some photos of C8A also. It had also spring bypass in driver but like always I over react and made my own thicker too Wink I don’t remember seeing it in switch spring. BTW: Also in host comes screws to attach led board in place.

C8A Driver

C8A Driver in place

C8A Switch

C8A Led attach with screws

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Jouna wrote:
JasonJ wrote:
For the photos, they’re too dark to see anything meaningful- just use one of your other flashlights to provide some better illumination during the shots.

Very funny. I did update some photos, is there anything else you would need Jason?

Nope, much better… I can actually see what you are referring to now. Thanks.

You’re welcome Jason Smile Thanks vestureofblood Smile

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Jouna, I believe both ThorFire and Sofirn are products from the same OEM with minor aesthetic differences. Examples: Sofirn SF30 and ThorFire TA13, Sofirn SF31 and ThorFire VG15S, etc.

kotobuki, if you are to reflow XP-L2 emitters on that triple you may aswell stack solder another 8-pin SOIC MOSFET on the driver and cream the Emisar D4's output records with the help of a Sony VTC5A or the newer Vapcell INR18650 2000mAh. LoL! Big Smile

 

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Barkuti wrote:

Jouna, I believe both ThorFire and Sofirn are products from the same OEM with minor aesthetic differences. Examples: Sofirn SF30 and ThorFire TA13, Sofirn SF31 and ThorFire VG15S, etc.

Ok, thanks Barkuti. Sofirn has a factory and CNC machines and Cissy has given me info that they do all of their ledlights by them selves. Maybe they do for Thorfire also. Doesn’t matter to me but knowledge is power LOL Wink

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Some more pictures (I did reflow new XPG2 on MPCB):

Sofirn C8F vs Convoy C8:

Swap reflector:

Sofirn C8F spacer:

Test with XP-G2:

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kotobuki, if you are to reflow XP-L2 emitters on that triple you may aswell stack solder another 8-pin SOIC MOSFET on the driver and cream the Emisar D4’s output records with the help of a Sony VTC5A or the newer Vapcell INR18650 2000mAh. LoL! Big Smile

That’s a pretty good idea, thanks. Thumbs Up

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Yeah but lets avoid dropping another clanger kotobuki, you recently had some  that's enough. Lets first make sure what is the lettering over that 8-pin chip and go Google it, can you help? I'll do it anyway once I get my C8T.

 

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As your service, sir:

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Thanks for all the in-depth info and pics! One thing I was wondering, does a Convoy C8 battery tube screw into the C8F head?

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Thanks for your idea:

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