Part 1- Sofirn SP32a Flashlight.

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Part 1- Sofirn SP32a Flashlight.

Sofirn 32a Flashlight

Cree XP-L2 emitter. 5350-5700k Neutral white tint.
6 basic modes: (Group 1)

(1) Moonlight 4 lumens-200 hours .

(2) Low 43 lumens-20 hours-55minutes.

(3) Medium 160 lumens-5 hours-37 minutes.

(4) High 900 lumens-1 hour.

(5) Turbo 1550 lumens-34 minutes.

(6) Strobe 900 lumens-2 hours.

Ramping Mode: (Group 2) 1-1067 lumens 60% output of max. PWM is used.

To change from group 1 when on hold power button 3 seconds. Flashlight will blink 3 time to confirm change. To change from group 2 to group 1 when on hold power button 2 seconds. Flashlight will then blink 2 times to confirm change. Please read post #2.

Beam Distance: 200 meters/ 656 feet.

Beam Intensity Max: 11400cd.

Impact Resistance: 1 meter.

Water Resistance: 2 meters submerged under water for 30 minutes max.

Mode Memory: Yes.

Lock out feature: Yes. 4 fast clicks to lock and then 4 fast clicks to unlock flashlight.

Reverse Polarity Protection: Yes.

Over Heat Protection. Yes. Turbo 2 minutes/ High 3 minutes / Medium mode remainder of run time. Just chance back to turbo if needed.

Low Voltage Protection: Yes. >3 volts flashlight blinks 3 times continuously. >2.8 volts flashlight blinks for 1 minute then turns off.

Powered by (1) 18650 battery. Protected or Unprotected.

Full Flashlight Kit includes:

(1) SP32a Flashlight.

(1) 18650 3000mah battery-6 amp max.

(1) Single cell USP 18650 battery charger.

(1) Pocket Clip

(2) Spare O-Rings

(1) User manual.

This is not an all inclusive listing of features. BLF’s please add to the list of features I left out that you think are important. Take the link below for more information regarding my review.

#http://budgetlightforum.com/node/57600

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You’ll find this out when you get it but Sofirn’s instructions are wrong.

Changing from group 2 to group 1

Hold switch and it’ll ramp either up to High or ML, it’ll blink twice letting you know it’s at the highest or lowest, hold for a further 3 sec and it’ll blink twice again to change mode group.

You can’t accidentally change mode groups while ramping.

You’ve missed the function in ramping where two clicks get you into Turbo.

One thing i dislike about this torch is that while ramping it’ll pause for 1-2 seconds at 30%

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Funtastic wrote:
You’ll find this out when you get it but Sofirn’s instructions are wrong.

Changing from group 2 to group 1

Hold switch and it’ll ramp either up to High or ML, it’ll blink twice letting you know it’s at the highest or lowest, hold for a further 3 sec and it’ll blink twice again to change mode group.

You can’t accidentally change mode groups while ramping.

You’ve missed the function in ramping where two clicks get you into Turbo.

Thanks Funtastic for the heads up. Have a great day.

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Funtastic wrote:
You’ll find this out when you get it but Sofirn’s instructions are wrong.

Changing from group 2 to group 1

Hold switch and it’ll ramp either up to High or ML, it’ll blink twice letting you know it’s at the highest or lowest, hold for a further 3 sec and it’ll blink twice again to change mode group.

You can’t accidentally change mode groups while ramping.

You’ve missed the function in ramping where two clicks get you into Turbo.

One thing i dislike about this torch is that while ramping it’ll pause for 1-2 seconds at 30%

Thanks for your feedback. We have checked our instructions and checked our flashlight in the factory.

There was something wrong when we print the instruction and we have fixed it.

Thank you very much for your feedback again.

Have a good time in BLF Smile

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A few questions:
1) Forward clicky or reverse?
2) Whats the step down time on high and turbo?
3) Is the strobe single or two frequency?
Thanks.

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1) Not sure if it’s either when it’s an electronic switch. Same as the SP32
2) Step down from Turbo is 2 min, from High is 3 min. Wouldn’t want it any longer
3) Two frequency strobe

Another thing to mention is only the driver spring is bypassed. Not sure if it matters since there’s no tail switch and it’s a thick spring. I’m new to bypassed springs.

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Unfortunately the SP32A isn’t any brighter than a stock BLF A6 (3D Tint) at 1250 Lumens. I used a freshly charged Sanyo NCR18650GA.

My camera settings were ISO 400, F5.0, 2s

Turbo step down timer is too long at 2 minutes. Needs to be around 40 seconds otherwise it gets far too hot.

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How does the step down work in ramping mode? If it’s at its full brightness, does it still step down after a couple of minutes? And to what level does it step down?

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Please tell me if you need more of the manual posted for your answer. Thanks.
Click on the manual to see the three pages larger.

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Thanks for posting that. It only mentions Turbo and High being reduced; I don’t see anything about what happens in ramping mode. Can I assume that when it is ramped up to those levels, it will also be reduced automatically?

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rickw12 wrote:
Thanks for posting that. It only mentions Turbo and High being reduced; I don’t see anything about what happens in ramping mode. Can I assume that when it is ramped up to those levels, it will also be reduced automatically?

I will give it a try later and post results.

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When ramping high is about 1000 lumens and low is Moonlight mode which is about 1 lumen. After three minutes it looks like medium mode. Double click for turbo. After three minutes it goes down to medium mode but stays at 900 lumens for about a minute. Does this answer your question?

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Does this SP32A have this bug (I think it’s a bug)?

3 quick-clicks to get to Strobe mode
then do 4 quick-clicks to Lock-out.

Now, the flashlight is locked-out in Strobe mode.

Pressing the buttons does nothing, except doing 4 quick-clicks which unlocks the lock-out, then flashlight is back to normal.

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Thanks, 264. That does help. Since medium is 160 lumens, that’s what I’d have to work with most of the time. My Coast polysteel 250 will serve me better.

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d_t_a wrote:
Does this SP32A have this bug (I think it’s a bug)?

3 quick-clicks to get to Strobe mode
then do 4 quick-clicks to Lock-out.

Now, the flashlight is locked-out in Strobe mode.

Pressing the buttons does nothing, except doing 4 quick-clicks which unlocks the lock-out, then flashlight is back to normal.

Yup, I got that on mine too! Never noticed before Facepalm

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d_t_a wrote:
Does this SP32A have this bug (I think it’s a bug)?

3 quick-clicks to get to Strobe mode
then do 4 quick-clicks to Lock-out.

Now, the flashlight is locked-out in Strobe mode.

Pressing the buttons does nothing, except doing 4 quick-clicks which unlocks the lock-out, then flashlight is back to normal.

After 4 clicks my flashlight blinks twice signifying flashlight is locked out. Everytime you press the button the flashlight blinks twice till you repeat the 4 fast clicks to unlock the light.

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264 wrote:
d_t_a wrote:
Does this SP32A have this bug (I think it’s a bug)?

3 quick-clicks to get to Strobe mode
then do 4 quick-clicks to Lock-out.

Now, the flashlight is locked-out in Strobe mode.

Pressing the buttons does nothing, except doing 4 quick-clicks which unlocks the lock-out, then flashlight is back to normal.

After 4 clicks my flashlight blinks twice signifying flashlight is locked out. Everytime you press the button the flashlight blinks twice till you repeat the 4 fast clicks to unlock the light.

Hum, d_t_a was mentioning to activate lockout while the strobe is ON! Wink
When the light is OFF, mine behaves like you described Wink
But when the strobe is ON, if the lockout is activated, it remains like that, the light gets locked and then you cant turn Strobe OFF.
Unless with 4 clicks to lock-out or unscrewing the threads !

DB Custom said: "Hide your billfold, cut up your credit cards... you're a perfect candidate for full blown flashaholism and will soon need dedicated flashlight cabinets. [...] Have fun! Modding is next... :P" 

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 - XPG3-S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 - XHP70.2 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A / Sofirn SP32A / Sofirn SP10B / Odepro KL52 / Acebeam H20 / SS AAA / Wuben TO10R / BlitzWolf BW-ET1 / Odepro B018 / DQG Slim Ti / XTAR PB2 Charger 

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I cannot get mine to lockout while the strobe flashes.

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264 wrote:
I cannot get mine to lockout while the strobe flashes.

So the Strobe doesn’t get locked if you click 4 times while it is “strobing”?

There must be some bug in my light and d_t_a’s, then Facepalm

DB Custom said: "Hide your billfold, cut up your credit cards... you're a perfect candidate for full blown flashaholism and will soon need dedicated flashlight cabinets. [...] Have fun! Modding is next... :P" 

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 - XPG3-S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 - XHP70.2 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A / Sofirn SP32A / Sofirn SP10B / Odepro KL52 / Acebeam H20 / SS AAA / Wuben TO10R / BlitzWolf BW-ET1 / Odepro B018 / DQG Slim Ti / XTAR PB2 Charger 

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7                         Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses on: XML2 / XPL-HI                             Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)

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I cannot get mine to lockout while the strobe flashes.

So the Strobe doesn’t get locked if you click 4 times while it is “strobing”?

There must be some bug in my light and d_t_a’s, then Facepalm

Oh, just managed to lock the light in strobe mode. Mine is just like the others. Buggy.

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264 wrote:
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264 wrote:
I cannot get mine to lockout while the strobe flashes.

So the Strobe doesn’t get locked if you click 4 times while it is “strobing”?

There must be some bug in my light and d_t_a’s, then Facepalm

Oh, just managed to lock the light in strobe mode. Mine is just like the others. Buggy.

Hum, that may be a bug of all of them!
Maybe some other users can give input on this to see if it is a “random” bug of a “unexpected” bug!
Thanks for confirming 264 Wink

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REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 - XPG3-S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 - XHP70.2 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A / Sofirn SP32A / Sofirn SP10B / Odepro KL52 / Acebeam H20 / SS AAA / Wuben TO10R / BlitzWolf BW-ET1 / Odepro B018 / DQG Slim Ti / XTAR PB2 Charger 

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7                         Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses on: XML2 / XPL-HI                             Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)

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I do think wanting to lockout the flashlight while it was in strobe mode was unforeseen.

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The SP32a is a fun and useful flashlight. Not surprising us flashlight nuts find quirky things about different flashlights.

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Reported the issue to Sofirn..

Update: just got a reply from Sofirn, which doesn’t seem to be helpful since they don’t acknowledge there is a bug…

this is the reply from Sofirn:

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1. When in strobe modes, it shouldn’t be lock-out by 4 quick-clicks, the lock-out function only work in Off
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264 wrote:

I do think wanting to lockout the flashlight while it was in strobe mode was unforeseen.

Yeah. The issue is very trivial. It’s nothing to fret about.

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I just realized you got sent a protected battery. They now bundle an unprotected battery with these that are capable of a lot high amp draw.

Quote:

Does this SP32A have this bug (I think it’s a bug)?

3 quick-clicks to get to Strobe mode
then do 4 quick-clicks to Lock-out.

Now, the flashlight is locked-out in Strobe mode.

Pressing the buttons does nothing, except doing 4 quick-clicks which unlocks the lock-out, then flashlight is back to normal.

I don’t really see it as a bug because I’d never perform a lock out with the flashlight on in any mode. Only for traveling or putting in my bag.

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Thanks, 264. That does help. Since medium is 160 lumens, that’s what I’d have to work with most of the time. My Coast polysteel 250 will serve me better.

Use the flashlight in Ramping mode so you can choose the lumen output you need from 1 – 1067 Lumens. Set it to what you are needing 90% of the time and then two clicks to Turbo when you need it.

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Funtastic wrote:
I just realized you got sent a protected battery. They now bundle an unprotected battery with these that are capable of a lot high amp draw.

Quote:

Does this SP32A have this bug (I think it’s a bug)?

3 quick-clicks to get to Strobe mode
then do 4 quick-clicks to Lock-out.

Now, the flashlight is locked-out in Strobe mode.

Pressing the buttons does nothing, except doing 4 quick-clicks which unlocks the lock-out, then flashlight is back to normal.

I don’t really see it as a bug because I’d never perform a lock out with the flashlight on in any mode. Only for traveling or putting in my bag.

Well, I wasn’t trying to perform a lock-out, was sort of testing (or playing around with) the SP32A and I accidentally locked it out in strobe mode, and it does appear to be a bug, anyway it’s easily solved by either unlocking it, or just unscrewing the tailcap.

Re: protected battery — I ordered the SP32A twice (as the “kit” version with battery and charger). The first time, I got an unprotected 18650 (wrapper is the red “UltraFire”-like wrapping, labeled 3000mAh). The second time I ordered, they sent a protected battery (it is much longer, labeled “Sofirn 2800mAh”; and I verified that it’s protected since this protected battery shuts down when I tried it on the Astrolux S41S — shuts off when set to Turbo mode; I would presume the trigger is around 6A for the protected Sofirn 2800mAh 18650 bundled with the SP32A).

Both the “Ultrafire-type” wrapper Sofirn “3000mAh” 18650 and the protected Sofirn 2800mAh 18650 tested just around 2700+ mAh capacity (at 0.50A discharge rate, discharged to 2.75v on MC3000).

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Ramping time appears to have improved in the new batch of SP32A (ordered during the special sale last end of March 2018 and arrived a few days ago; the “handled by AliExpress” ships really fast…).
(whereas in the original older batch, from Low-to-High or vice-versa, it takes about 7 seconds; in the new batch, the ramping takes around 3.5-4 seconds; there is still a very slight pause somewhere in the middle of the ramping — I’m not sure what’s the pause for…)

(testing ramping speed on new & old SP32A; new on the left, old on the right)
(sorry the stopwatch is not exactly the time, since I don’t have 3 hands to simultaneously start the testing..)

(ramping on the old batch SP32A ~ 7 seconds)

(ramping on the new batch SP32A ~ 3.5 seconds)

Checking the new batch SP32A, I also noticed these:

- it still has the “lock-out possible in strobe mode” bug

- changing modes group is also now faster in the new batch SP32A (in older batch, while in “ramping” mode, one needs to hold the button for around 7-8 seconds to change to “groups” mode; in the new batch, only need to hold for around 3-4 seconds to switch from “ramping” to “groups” mode)

- I measured a slightly higher tailcap current on Turbo mode on the new batch (UT210E ammeter w/ bare copper wire: I got around 6.5-7A on previous SP32A, on the newer one, I got momentary peak 8.+ A reading on freshly-charged VTC6 — I can’t be sure if this may just be a contact issue specific to my one sample each of the old and new SP32A though)..

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