Review Sofirn SP10B + 3 lights Giveaway - Winners Posted

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Review Sofirn SP10B + 3 lights Giveaway - Winners Posted

Received the Sofirn SP10B a few days ago and wanted to share my findings, and run a giveaway for a couple lights courtesy of Sofirn.

They can be purchase at Amazon and at Amazon.UK. (non-affiliate link)

Discount codes:
(Black) 10% off code 54R4YCM9
(Red)10% off code 5VZ6XSX8
(Blue)10% off code V2GHV5GX

Giveaway is posted on the second post of this thread.

The SP10B is a SP10A with some UI refinements best I can tell. With a generic box, it comes with the standard things like a clip, spare o-rings, lanyard and a fairly well written manual, and a choice of three colors.


Nice anodizing, square threads, and beefy o-rings. Nice clicky steel side button, solid with not much slop. Sofirn claims IPX8, but I didn’t do a water dunk test. But will say, the o-rings are in the right places, and would be a good idea to grease them.


SP10B utilizes a neutral white XP-G2 emitter behind an orange peel reflector. Nothing is glued so it can be easily modified. I may re-flow a Nichia 219C on mine.

The light is a touch under 3.5 inches (88cm) long, and .75inch (1.9cm) in diameter at the head. Here it is next to the 18650 Sofirn SP31. It’s basically a shrunk down SP32. (the one with no tail cap button)

The UI: To turn the light on, is sort of “long” press. What I mean by “sort of” is, it’s like a .2 or .3 second press. More like a longer or slow click. So, long click to turn it on, subsequent clicks through the modes. To get to high or “turbo”, double quick clicks from any mode. The two stage strobe is 3 quick clicks.

Turbo (high) can be accessed directly from off by double clicking. Same with strobe.

The light does have a lockout mode which is 4 quick clicks. However, I found it fiddly if not difficult to get it in and out of lockout. Much easier to give the tail cap a slight twist. The light does have memory even after being locked and unlocked with the tail cap.

The beam is very slightly ringy with a slight bit of tint shift, but nothing bad or noticeable outdoors, or indoors for that matter. I think this could benefit with a light diffuser film on the lens.

My camera is normally sensitive to PWM, didn’t detect it here. https://youtu.be/Q7SCPdl17bc



The specs Sofirn lists are:
14500 battery – Moon 2lm, Low 60lm, Medium 234 lm, High (turbo) 573 lm. Roughly half that using an AA alkaline or NiMH.

I ran some runtimes (using Zak Wilson’s ceiling bounce app) with an Efest 650mAh 14500 .
Also ran a runtime with a 2000mAh NiMH.

Wanted to see where the step-down would occur if any. Appears to step-down from High (turbo) to medium after about 3.4 minutes. Then would go on until the battery would drain to 2.8v where the low voltage warning will start to blink. (LVW only with 14500 none with AA)

This test was on Medium (224 lm). The light gradually ramped down. I stopped the test after 1:45 minutes, it was still at around 25 lumens. The battery voltage was at 2.9v at this point.

Here is a test with a 2000mAh NiMH. Starting 1.44v. Appears to do roughly the same thing as the 14500, except it regulates through the Medium mode after a stepdown from 3 minutes on high. The medium mode lasted about 87 minutes, goes out of regulation, then ramps down to low where the light shuts off in about 18 minutes.

I think the initial drop was me messing with the app trying to zero it.

Over all, I like this SP10B. It’s a good bang for the buck and wouldn’t be concerned if I lost one. Also a good safe light to give to non flashlight savvy people using NiMH rechargeables.

Edited by: RobertB on 12/20/2017 - 12:54
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Giveaway Ended. Winners chosen by Random.org

US Winner #1 legopacific #21

US Winner #2 Dusty #46

Outside US Winner mustig #55

PM’s, have been sent, and you have 48 hours to claim your light, or another name will be drawn (Dec 22 at noon est. time US)

All light have been claimed.

Thanks to all who entered, was a lot of fun!

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I will be giving away the Black and Red Sofirn SP10’s pictured in the review to folks from the US, and Sofirn will be giving away one to anywhere else in the world. They will ship from either Amazon.uk or ship one directly from China.

Since I will be paying for shipping these two lights to the US winners, Sofirn agreed to ship one as well (your color choice), so it wasn’t just a US only giveaway.

Rules are simple. Starting today, running to 12pm Est (US) Dec 20th.
Have to had been a member since Dec-1-17

If you live the US, post “I’m in the US”

If you are from outside the US, post “I’m in, but not in the US”

I will keep two lists, and use Random.org to pick 2 winners from the US, and 1 winner from the rest of the world.

Please set your PM’s to notify you via email. If a winner doesn’t respond in 48hrs, we’ll run the randomizer again and pick a new one.

Since everyone else seems to think #1 is unlucky, we’ll start both lists at #2

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2. Streamer
3. alphazeta
4. mkett39
5. Snoballz
6. litenutz
7. mrmatt
8. pennzy
9. Gea2427
10. JasH
11. Firelight2
12. jf_smm
13. Paul321
14. vwpieces
15. Lightbringer
16. bimmernut318
17. matg
18. WillyD
19. gchart
20. raccoon city
21. legopacific
22. keltex78
23. Jaded
24. Blackbeard
25. SIGShooter
26. BT100
27. bigtrav261
28. Dwantink
29. contigo
30. MtnDon
31. validum
32. slate
33. M78
34. shirnask
35. Mkduffer
36. gregfortune
37. Beachlogger
38. jamesearljonesi…
39. candor
40. bikenber73
41. Smittymojo
42. CJ Avlis
43. bigm
44. bobkido
45. JakeDjanitor
46. Dusty
47. Man Without Shadow
48. zzhawk
49. aginthelaw
50. Majoroverkill
51. southland
52. JasonJ
53. kotobuki
54. mikeyx
55. Andybibbville
56. Klotski
57. Nitetime
58. wle
59. Edness
60. Caleb
61. red72vw

Everywhere else list

2. Agro
3. zipelgas
4. DeJaVu
5. ifratos
6. FPV
7. desmondkun
8. XXX-Man
9. Lexel
10. RPI
11. X0R
12. bmwsancho
13. G0OSE
14. MILSPEC
15. voip
16. malamask
17. tech
18. Vaping
19. NikolaS
20. skinny_tie
21. antilop65
22. Truck
23. Sivy
24. d_t_a
25. an0nemus
26. Vladimir
27. Satan@103TFS
28. owleye
29. MascaratumB
30. Bort
31. tkd15
32. DoubleA
33. akoposilester
34. lionheart_2281
35. Kozy
36. i42dk
37. abhinit90
38. askj
39. Ragsy
40. noetik
41. Henk4U2
42. Macka17
43. dekozn
44. g_damian
45. FlashIight
46. ledoman
47. Serp
48. Persechini
49. zelee
50. Lim_Wee_Huat
51. titobustillo
52. nofearek9
53. erik
54. cera@1967
55. mustig
56. A_M_K
57. happy33
58. mikobiker
59. tigerton
60. LG
61. mizou51
62. Dutcheee

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Looks like another good light to gift out. Thanks for the nice review Thumbs Up

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alphazeta wrote:
Looks like another good light to gift out. Thanks for the nice review Thumbs Up

Thanks, let me know if you want in on the giveaway. I was posting it at the same time you posted.

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Thanks for the review Robert, Thumbs Up Nice light. Gotta love single AA sized lights. And thanks for a shot at the giveaway!

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RobertB wrote:
alphazeta wrote:
Looks like another good light to gift out. Thanks for the nice review Thumbs Up

Thanks, let me know if you want in on the giveaway. I was posting it at the same time you posted.

Yep I’m in (pls) the US.

Red seems to be my most purchased gift light color. My gift lights also tends to be in the $10 to $20 range so this light will be perfect.

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