UPDATE! "REVIEW" & Mods: Sofirn SP32A [It is now a TRIPLE :D ] (Pic Heavy)

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UPDATE! "REVIEW" & Mods: Sofirn SP32A [It is now a TRIPLE :D ] (Pic Heavy)

||| THIS REVIEW IS DIVIDED IN 2 POSTS ON THIS THREAD

||| Post 1: general overview of the flashlight

||| Post 2: functioning and beamshots

EDITS:
POST 7 – Video with ramping mode
POST 8 – 18350 version
POST 14 – TIR Lens and GITD tape
POST 18 – Triple Mod
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Hi BLF

This is my review of the Sofirn SP32A!
Sofirn sent me the flashlight for review, after communication with Tracy Wan and Cissy (AliExpress). I have no other compensation than the flashlight itself.

Thanks Sofirn and in particular Cissy for sending the light for review!!

This light can be found on (non-affiliate links):
AliExpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sofirn-New-SP32A-Powerful-LED-Flashlight...
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-Professional-Flashlight-Stepdown-Rechargea...

There are other ongoing reviews of the SP32A from other BLF members:
264: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/57601
Rusty Joe: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/57811

As some may have noticed, I am a bit of a “Sofirn” enthusiast, not only because they make nice flashlights at good/budget prices, but also because they really “listen” their costumers and implement some of the suggested things on their lights! For me, this is an example, that should be followed by others manufacturers!

This said, I’ll start the review!

[CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO GET LARGER IMAGES]
[All photos were taken with a smartphone, so sorry for some “not-so-good quality”]
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GENERAL SPECS (Items marked with (*) are manufacturer’s information, specs not tested by me)
Body Material: Aircraft 6061 grade-aluminum alloy, Premium type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish, anti-crash and better heat exchange
Body Colour: Black
Reflector: Smooth (SMO)
Lens: AR coated (19.8mm x 2.0mm)
LED: CREE XPL-L2 V6 (5350-5700K) / Neutral White
Batteries used: 18650 protected or unprotected (*unprotected is suggested by manufacturer to achieve max brightness output – )
Working voltage: 2.8 – 4.3 Volts
Reverse Polarity Protection: Yes
Beam intensity: 11400 candela (*)
Distance throw of luminosity: 200m (*)
Impact resistance: 1 meter (*)
Waterproofness: 2m underwater (*)

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PACKAGE & ACCESSORIES
The Sofirn SP32A flashlight arrived inside a generic Sofirn box. No flashlight model is associated to the box, nor the box to the model inside. Yet, it arrived in good conditions and well packed inside paper/plastic bubble envelope.

Box:

Inside the package I found the flashlight, a generic lanyard, 2 o-rings, the user manual, a store card.
Inside the Package:

The user manual is written in English and Deutsch languages. English part is well written and explains how to operate the flashlight in questions like safety, maintenance and user interface. (These will be mentioned later in this review!)

User Manual:

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THE FLASHLIGHT
The SP32A is similar, in look, to the former SP32 model. Sofirn performed this evolution mainly on the user interface. And on the lens, as the SP32A has AR coated glass lens. Well and on the “bezel”, as the SP32A doesn’t have the “HOT” symbol ( despite it gets hotter than the SP32 ).

It is a nice looking flashlight; it feels nice to the touch, even if the anodization is not so “smooth” as their smaller lights (SF14, or SP10A/B).
It is well machined with no visible imperfections. The knurling is nicely done as well.

The flashlight has 3 parts: Head, Battery Tube and Tailcap.

Look:

Size:
Somehow my measurements are a bit different from those on the manual, but I admit my calliper may have caused this. Just for reference, from manufacturer: 122.7mm (length) x 22.6mm (diameter) x 23.6mm (head).
Length x Head x Switch x Tailcap

Weight (without battery):

THE PARTS:

Head:
The head is composed by the bezel, an AR coated lens, an o-ring that fits the edge of the reflector (SMO) under the lens, a LED gasket to sit the reflector, the XPL-L2 V6 LED, the driver and a retaining ring.

Unlike the SP32, the SP32A let us access to the LED easily as it is not glued. Nice one!


The button of the switch protrudes a bit what is helpful to find it when rotating the flashlight! This is a different feature, if compared with the SP32, which button stays lower , making it harder to find.

Lens:
As mentioned, it is AR coated “toughned glass.

Reflector
Nice and smooth (SMO). The upper edge of the reflector holds the thin o-ring, under the glass lens.

Led:
Perfectly centred, and clean! Surrounded by a white gasket, to sit the reflector and “protect” the LED.

This is how the LED looks like on Moonlight mode, in a closer look. As you can see, it has lots of blueish/purpleish things, that I guess will confer it a bit of green that the beam has… Maybe just a guess, though!?

MCPCB (?)
It seems to be a DTP MCPCB, maybe 1.6mm, made of copper. Makes sense as it needs to sustain more than 1500 lumens on Turbo.
There is a good amount of gray thermal paste under the plate, and the wires are thick.
The MCPCB is secured by a black metal screw, and its shape would allow different soldering points.

Battery tube:
The battery tube came slightly lubricated. It has 2 o-rings, one in each extremity. The edges are not anodized. It allows to switch OFF the light if a little unscrew is done, on the tail or on the head.

Reversible tube
Unlike the SP32, the battery tube of the SP32A is reversible what allows to use it with the pocket clip towards the head and towards the tail.
For me, this is a plus comparing to the older model, as it allows different uses. (I wish we could do the same with the SP10A/B and the SF14… :FACEPALM:)

Tail:
The tail is also equal to the one of the SP32. It has a lanyard whole outside. Note that the base isn’t covered with metal.

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BATTERIES
The Sofirn SP32A takes protected and unprotected 18650 batteries. Just for reference, I tested the flashlight to fit 3 batteries, 2 protected and 1 unprotected.
However, in the user manual, the manufacturer specifically mentions that “Turbo requires 18650 battery of current high than 6 Amps. And Turbo cannot supports CR123A or RCR123A.

This means that it is better to use an unprotected high drain cell to get the advertised 1550 lumens that Turbo produces. I currently carry it with a Sony VTC6.


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COMPARISON WITH SOFIRN SP32
Just a small comparison between the SP32A and the SP32 (already “modded” in the outside :D).


Moonlight >>>>>>Under UV light
Please note that despite that both flashlights use the same type of LED, the SP32A has more of a Cool White look that can be seen not only on the beam, but also under the UV light. The more “orange” (right) is the SP32 while the “yellowish”(left) is the SP32A.
The first time I noticed these differences was in my Convoy lights, in which the NW and WW had a more “orangish” look under the UV and the CW has a “yellowish” look.

So, despite using identical LEDs, they have different tints!

END OF PART 1 Big Smile

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REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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" 

 

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PART 2 Wink

FUNCTIONING

Low battery indication & Low Voltage Protection
Flashlight blinks 3 times when voltage is below 3V.
If the voltage is lower than 2.8V, the light blinks during 1 minute and then shuts off.

Over-heat protection
After 2 minutes on Turbo, the light steps down to High Mode.
After 3 minutes on High, the light adjusts to Medium.

According to manufacturer, High and Turbo can still be used after the stepdown, but they have to be chosen manually (clicking).

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TINT
As I mentioned above, the tint from the Sofirn SP32A is somehow different from its older model, SP32.

The SP32A has some:
1) white and “yellowish” on the hostpot,
2) “yellowish” and “greenish” on the corona,
3) white, “yellowish” and “purpleish”/rosy on the spill
4) white, rosy, and “greenish”/ “yellowish” on the outer spill

Yeah! I know, so many “ish” here but that’s what my eyes seem to see! The beam is not uniform, at all!

Perhaps one of the major “issues” with this flashlight is the “greenish” look it has, contrary to the more white / rosy beam the SP32 has.

I tried the SP32A without lens and with a clear lens (not AR coated) but the green remains there. I guess it is the LED itself that maybe is more close to the 5700K than the 5350K.

For outside environment is nice, no problem at all (despite I can feel the differences when pointing the light at the grass), but in a white wall…not so good.

The following beamshots cannot show completely how it looks on the reality, but you can have a slight perception of how it may look!

SP23A vs SP32

SP32A vs Zanflare F1

SP32A vs Nitefox UT20

SP32A vs SP32 vs Zanflare F1 vs Nitefox UT20

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USER INTERFACE

Memory: except for Strobe and Turbo, all the modes/levels have memory, so the light will turn ON in the last used mode/level.

The Sofirn SP32A has Electronic lockout, 2 Special Modes and 2 mode groups.

|| CHANGING GROUPS

|| To change from the “Regular modes” to Ramping, we must press and hold:

|| 1) Ramping > Regular = 9 seconds. (manufacturer = 3 seconds… Flat Stare ) . 3 blinks > ON in High.

|| 2) Regular > Ramping = 3 seconds. (manufacturer = 3 seconds Big Smile ) . 3 blinks > ON in the Highest output level from Ramping.

OPERATION
While on “Regular modes” = TURN ON: single click > single click to change modes > TURN OFF: Press and hold

While on “Ramping” = TURN ON: single click > press and hold to ramp up/down > TURN OFF: single click
[Ramp up/down: press and hold; Ramp up and down/down and up: press and hold + release + quick press and hold again; Ramp up or down/stop/ramp up or down: press and hold + release 0.5 seconds + press and hold]

A) Electronic lockout
*From OFF, 4 clicks to activate and deactivate lockout and *. The light blinks 2 times to inform that it is locked. Whenever the button is pressed during lockout, the light blinks 2 times.
When the lockout is deactivated, the light turns ON in the last used mode or level (if on Ramping).

WARNING: taking the battery out of the flashlight will deactivate the electronic lockout.

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B) Special Modes (Can be used both with the “Regular” and “Ramping” modes).
Turbo: double click from ON or OFF. 1550 lumen >>> 34 min
Strobe: triple click from ON or OFF. 900 lumen >>> 2h

WARNING: the special modes cannot be used if the flashlight is locked out electronically.

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C) “Regular” modes:
Moonlight 4 lumen >>> 200h
Low 43 lumen >>> 20h55m
Medium 160 lumen >>> 5h37m
High 900 lumen >>> 1h

MY OPINION:
Well, the first 3 modes are very well balanced and spaced, and are really nice for indoor use.
From Medium to High there is a huge jump, making it ideal for outside environment where more light is needed.
From High to Turbo the difference can be felt in terms of luminosity, at least with a “not empty” battery. I didn’t try it yet with more depleted batteries so I can’t be sure how it performs.

Comparing the SP32 with the SP32A:
a) the SP32 moonlight level is lower (and is a special mode on that flashlight)
b) the last “regular” mode of both flashlights has almost the same luminosity level

BEAMSHOTS FROM THE REGULAR MODES:
A) SP32A vs SP32

B) Comparison side by side, from Moonlight to Turbo/Highest Output:

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D) Ramping
From 1 lumen to 1067 lumen
Light blinks 2 times when reaching the top and the bottom levels.

It takes +/- 7 seconds to got from the highest to the lowest levels and vice-versa. (As example, the Emisar D4 takes +/- 3.5 seconds to reach the bottom/top).

MY OPINION:
Ramping mode starts in a very nice Moonlight mode, lower than the same level on the “Regular” modes.
The highest output of the ramping is higher than the highest output of the “regular” modes.

This ramping mode is not smooth as the Emisar D4 – my EDC flashlight lately – so some differences are noted, namely that:
a) When ramping down, the light dims steadily until about 40% luminosity, then it stabilizes even when pressing the button, and then decreases again and on the last +/- 5 to10%, it drops abruptly.
b) When ramping up, the first 5% increases abruptly, it doesn’t seem to have many “steps”, so it has a big leap, and then it stabilizes (maybe at the same 40%…) and the increases rapidly again reaching the max level.

BEAMSHOTS FROM MOONLIGHT AND HIGHEST OUTPUT (SP32A vs SP32)

SP32A (Moonlight from Ramping vs Turbo)

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MORE BEAMSHOTS

INDOOR
Regular modes + turbo

Ramping levels + turbo

OUTDOOR
Regular modes vs Ramping (High and Turbo, only) (@25 meters)

From Moonlight to Turbo (regular modes) (@70meters)

_Comparison with other lights at Max Output (Outdoor @ 70 meters)
SP32A vs «Nitefox UT20 / Zanflare F1 / Emisar D4 / Amutorch AM30»

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EXTRAS
With Diffuser from Convoy:

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OVERALL APPRECIATION (goods and bads, all mixed up :D):
1 – I like this flashlight, it is well built and the implementation of 2 group modes shows how Sofirn wants to expand and grow in this flashaholic world.

2 – Despite it has a Ramping mode, I guess I will prefer the “Regular Modes”, except if I need the Moonlight level. The ramping mode takes a while to go to top or bottom and that is a small “drawback” for me, especially being used to the Emisar D4.

3 – The tint on this flashlight is also not so good on the other 4 or 5 Sofirn flashlights I have! The greenish look is not so pleasant as the more yellowish/rosy/white that the other flashlights have. Maybe it was a “bad” batch of LEDs?

4 – On the same point, having the opportunity to change the LED is a plus, that we didn’t have on the SP32 model. So, for me this is an improvement from this brand.

5 – Despite some points I mentioned earlier, this is a very good flashlight and a really great output, that can (and will) be used in outside environment.

6 – The shortcut to Turbo with double click is a plus for me, as well as the strobe being hidden with triple click. Also, having lockout with 4 clicks is a very nice feature!

7 – I am not fan of “memory” in the flashlights and this one has it. I will have to learn to live with it, but I would prefer to always start on the Moonlight mode. Or, at least, have a shortcut to access to it, as the SP32 has.

8 – I would implement a lower Moonlight (similar to the one on the Ramping) on the “Regular” modes.

9 – I don’t know if mine has a “bug” while changing groups, but…9 seconds is a bit too much to change from one group to the other… If this is a bug, ok, no problem. If this is standard, Sofirn, please correct this!!

Once again, thanks Sofirn for the nice work on this and for sending the light for review!

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment or leave questions!

Best regards! Thumbs Up

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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" 

 

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looks like a light impossible to get to the driver without ruining it

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Lexel wrote:
looks like a light impossible to get to the driver without ruining it

Hum, I confess that due to questions of time I opted not to get to the driver, but I guess this has the same shape as the SP10A/B (with a shelf) so unscrewing the screw on the MCPCB and the retaining ring below the driver, I guess it is be easy to access it.
I can try to show it meanwhile Wink

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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" 

 

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Thanks for the review. I have one on order from Ali Express, it’s nice to read what I’m waiting for.

This Sofirn Company is hitting a lot of hot spots.

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MascaratumB wrote:
Lexel wrote:
looks like a light impossible to get to the driver without ruining it

Hum, I confess that due to questions of time I opted not to get to the driver, but I guess this has the same shape as the SP10A/B (with a shelf) so unscrewing the screw on the MCPCB and the retaining ring below the driver, I guess it is be easy to access it.
I can try to show it meanwhile Wink

Well…after all, maybe I won’t be able to show it Flat Stare
First the MCPCB screw cannot be easily unscrewed, and I guess I would damage the LED to force the screw to get out.

Despite that, I tried to unsolder the wires from the driver to the emitter. I don’t know if I’m not trying hard enough, or if my soldering iron is not powerful enough, but I’ve been unsuccessful to unsolder it.

And I didn’t want to risk damaging any component of the driver by heating it too much as I did with the SP10A driver Facepalm
So I stopped! Sorry for not being able or brave enough to show you the driver Oops

I also noticed that the spring bypass is only on the driver, and does not seem to pass through it, but I couldn’t verify this situation more deeply! Facepalm

JasH wrote:
Thanks for the review. I have one on order from Ali Express, it’s nice to read what I’m waiting for.

This Sofirn Company is hitting a lot of hot spots.

Thanks JasH!! Yup, they are getting better and improving in some aspects lately, and I guess the inputs from their flashlights’ users are an important point!
I hope you like the flashlight when you get it Wink

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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" 

 

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I’ve uploaded a video with a comparison between the SP32A and the Emisar D4 while ramping up and down. There are differences in timing, as can be seen.
The Emisar D4 was set for 71ºC.

Both started to go up and down at the same time!

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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" 

 

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So, I decided to try one thing with this flashlight that I had already tried with the SP32 version! A little “Lego” Big Smile
I used the Convoy S2+ short tube, in reversed position (anodized threads with not anodized edge upwards and clear threads with anodized edge downwards). Guess what? It worked!

MORE: the Convoy clip works pretty fine as well (at least in the position the photos show) Big Smile

So, here are some pictures Wink From the full size to the small size Big Smile

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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" 

 

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Hi,

You say “no PWM” but the picture suggests otherwise.

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Jerommel, from what I’ve recently “learned”, those traces seem to be from the Constant Current driver.
It can only be seen with the camera really on the top of the Led. If used on filming of photography , they wil not appear.
I’ve compared some lights with PWM and others that don’t have it. Examples:
Sofirn SF10 (PWM) > Lumintop Tool AA (PWM, Low and Mid) > Sofirn SF14 (No PWM)

Please note the differences in the lines in the left and middle. Those are PWM.

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

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Well, i have a SP32, and it has PWM too, but the frequency is very high, like >20kHz
Regulated current will not produce lines.

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Well, i have a SP32, and it has PWM too, but the frequency is very high, like >20kHz Regulated current will not produce lines.

Maybe you’re right! I don’t know what to think on this anymore Facepalm
I thought the “rainbow colours” produced in some levels were not PWM, but apparently they are ! But in a higher frequency…

I’ll change what’s written…

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Nice beam shots and good review sir. Beer

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Nice beam shots and good review sir. Beer

Thanks 264 Wink

BTW, after the “shorty” version mode last night, I decided to try something different: change the reflector and put a TIR lens on it Wink
As I mentioned on the review, the tint is not the one I like the most, specially because I expected it to have a more Neutral White look.
So, I gave it a try Wink [glass lens + o-ring + TIR + original gasket]

BEFORE TIR (Reflector)

AFTER TIR

Lens vs Reflector

I also added some Glow-in-the-dark tape over the MCPCB and around the TIR Lens! Just because Cool
GITD tape Big Smile

EDIT (30 December):

I took some beamshots with the TIR lens installed!! The range of illumination doesn’t seem to be much affected with the TIR vs Reflector!
40m >>> 70m

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Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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I’ve uploaded a video with a comparison between the SP32A and the Emisar D4 while ramping up and down. There are differences in timing, as can be seen.
The Emisar D4 was set for 71ºC.

Both started to go up and down at the same time!

After seeing this video, the Sofirn engineer (through Tracy Wan) said that the stop on/“slow” ramping “may be due to the driver have not debugged to the best condition”. So I don’t know if the other drivers of this light will behave the same way, or if it was a “issue” of all the lights. On further models, the ramping will be improved.

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MascaratumB,

Well done on a very thorough review and sharing with us.

Just got one of these myself.

Could the Obvious pause in the middle of the Ramping Mode be some sort of indication to do with Driver efficiency?

Just a thought as TK mentioned that the Emissar D4 powers up at the Max Regulated point after a Battery Change or Physical Lock Out.

Anyway, really loving this light, and lots of it’s Sofirn siblings, SP35 Heat-Sinking Doubts excepted, (smells Very Hot inside when changing batteries, even on lower modes!).

They do seem to be trying really hard to please.

Wouldn’t be surprised if they build a BLF project for us in the future!

Many Thanks for your Hard Work reviewing this.
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Thanks for your words and reading Splott-Light! Wink

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[…]Could the Obvious pause in the middle of the Ramping Mode be some sort of indication to do with Driver efficiency?

Just a thought as TK mentioned that the Emissar D4 powers up at the Max Regulated point after a Battery Change or Physical Lock Out.

Well, I’m not sure about this, but it may have something to do with the driver (the channels?) used. Tracy from Sofirn said that their engineer said that the issue on ramping ““may be due to the driver have not debugged to the best condition”. I don’t know what does this mean, but maybe it was some technical issue on the driver, and maybe not extensive to all the units.
Does yours have this?

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Anyway, really loving this light, and lots of it’s Sofirn siblings, SP35 Heat-Sinking Doubts excepted, (smells Very Hot inside when changing batteries, even on lower modes!).

They do seem to be trying really hard to please.

Wouldn’t be surprised if they build a BLF project for us in the future!

Many Thanks for your Hard Work reviewing this.
S-L Smile

Hum, the SP35 seemed a solid model… Maybe some heatsink issues, then?
Aside from the SP32A, I only have the SP32 and their smaller lights (SP10A, SP10B, SF14 and a dismantled SF10).
But yes, they are working well and they are asking for some contributions to one of their new models (named K6, you can see in my signature).

If they keep up with this work, quality and good “relationship” with their buyers, I see them working with a BLF team for sure Wink

BTW, currently I’m using the SP32A in the short + TIR version and I like it a looot Big Smile

Thanks for reading and enjoy your flaslight Cool

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So, I decided to disassemble and mod my SP32A!
I turned it into a triple!

Here are some photos of the original components, and of the mod!

DRIVER

MCPCB

TRIPLE mod

“Pill” – I bought a piece of brass, as I didn’t find copper in the adequate diameter; later it was cut in some pieces, tall enough for the height need for a pill to sit over the in-built shelf. I filled it and made a hole in the middle. The rest you see below Wink

The MCPCB used is from Jaxman Store and this is the CW XP-G2, and the TIR optics was also from Jaxman.
I soldered new wires to the driver and re-done the spring bypass as the original was not in place anymore.
I added glow-in-the-dark tape all over the fins and other places, including arount the TIR, on the inside Wink

ORIGINAL > SHORTY > TIR LENS > TRIPLE

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Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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Very cool. What is the max run time?

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264 wrote:
Very cool. What is the max run time?

Thanks 264 Wink
Hum…I can’t tell the runtime as I don’t have ways to measure the battery drain Facepalm
I don’t have DMM or clampmeter (yet) to measure that, I’m sorry! I’ll post it as soon as I get one Thumbs Up

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Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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I bought all the XP-L2 Sofirns including the SP31, SP32, SP32A. SP32 had the warmest tint but not red/peach enough compared to my better tinted XPL lights such as the Emisar D4 and BLF A6. The SP31 and SP32A is too cool white for me. The SP32A had the best UI though. I also bought the SF36W, which to me has the best rear clicky I have ever seen but it is too warm. I haven’t found a really good Sofirn that I liked.

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I bought all the XP-L2 Sofirns including the SP31, SP32, SP32A. SP32 had the warmest tint but not red/peach enough compared to my better tinted XPL lights such as the Emisar D4 and BLF A6. The SP31 and SP32A is too cool white for me. The SP32 had the best UI though. I also bought the SF36W, which to me has the best rear clicky I have ever seen but it is too warm. I haven’t found a really good Sofirn that I liked.

Hum, from those lights I only have the SP32 and SP32A, and I totally agree with you on the tint! SP32A is too much Cool White, and the XP-L2 has a big tint shift, with a greenish look!

The SP32 has a better tint, more Neutral to Warm, but still it does not render those colours so good! This is my bedside flashlight with a Convoy diffuser to use it like a “go-to-sleep” light Wink Used on Moonlight or Low levels it is nice!
About the UI, I prefer the SP32A on the quick access to turbo, though I miss the quick access to (a) moonlight level like the SP32.
Both are solid lights, tough!!

The SF36W I don’t know, but I guess Lightbringer has it and likes it a lot!
I guess they are learning and improving with time! And they are really wanting to “hear” us, their customers, to know what is best to manufacture! I guess in the future we will continue to have better Sofirn lights and still on the budget side! Maybe you’ll find one you really like meanwhile Wink

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Sorry I meant to say SP32A had the best UI not SP32. I edited my post above.

SP31 UI is horrible. You need to untwist it to turn it off. Unless I’m missing something.

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Some beamshots after the triple mod!!

I must say that the tint and beam with these LEDs and triple TIR are not the best on close range and white walls. But, at a distance and with other non-whit environments, it has a nice beam and even being CW emitters, they look nice!


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Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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SP31 UI is horrible. You need to untwist it to turn it off. Unless I’m missing something.


Button in tailcap. You miss a button Wink
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MascaratumB wrote:

………………I decided to try something different: change the reflector and put a TIR lens on it Wink
As I mentioned on the review, the tint is not the one I like the most, specially because I expected it to have a more Neutral White look.
So, I gave it a try Wink [glass lens + o-ring + TIR + original gasket]

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…………BEFORE TIR (Reflector)……………………………….AFTER TIR………………..

Lens vs Reflector

Great review, thanks for posting plus all the tips and mods, I really learned a lot from this, I especially like how the convoy 350 tube fits. I’m planning to order one of these.

In the beam shots above it appears the tint is more neutral with the TIR, (at least it doesn’t appear to have the bluish tint shift in the spill anymore) Are you seeing that improvement in reality or is it just the camera playing tricks?

Also what is the degrees of TIR you used and where did you get it? Please post a link if possible. Thanks.

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beam0 wrote:
Great review, thanks for posting plus all the tips and mods, I really learned a lot from this, I especially like how the convoy 350 tube fits. I’m planning to order one of these.

In the beam shots above it appears the tint is more neutral with the TIR, (at least it doesn’t appear to have the bluish tint shift in the spill anymore) Are you seeing that improvement in reality or is it just the camera playing tricks?

Also what is the degrees of TIR you used and where did you get it? Please post a link if possible. Thanks.

Thanks for reading beam0!!
Yup, with that lens the tint indeed tended to more NW, there wasn’t “greenish” tint shift and it didn’t look, indeed, so CW.
The camera picked it but in reality was even better! The cellphone tends to distort the reality a little bit!

Unfortunately I am not able to post a link for that lens because it was from another flashlight I have, so I borrowed it! About the degrees, I can only say that it was a bit narrow (making the hotspot more dense), despite the spill was pretty nice and with a good amount of light!! I’m not sure if I’ve seen those for sale, but I’ll check it and let you know if I find it Wink

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 / 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 / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior   

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7     Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI     Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3    Triple TIR & XP-G2                   MY GIVEAWAY (FW3A) = ACTIVE

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beam0 wrote:
Great review, thanks for posting plus all the tips and mods, I really learned a lot from this, I especially like how the convoy 350 tube fits. I’m planning to order one of these.

In the beam shots above it appears the tint is more neutral with the TIR, (at least it doesn’t appear to have the bluish tint shift in the spill anymore) Are you seeing that improvement in reality or is it just the camera playing tricks?

Also what is the degrees of TIR you used and where did you get it? Please post a link if possible. Thanks.

Thanks for reading beam0!!
Yup, with that lens the tint indeed tended to more NW, there wasn’t “greenish” tint shift and it didn’t look, indeed, so CW.
The camera picked it but in reality was even better! The cellphone tends to distort the reality a little bit!

Unfortunately I am not able to post a link for that lens because it was from another flashlight I have, so I borrowed it! About the degrees, I can only say that it was a bit narrow (making the hotspot more dense), despite the spill was pretty nice and with a good amount of light!! I’m not sure if I’ve seen those for sale, but I’ll check it and let you know if I find it Wink

Thanks, I’m curious what flashlight was the TIR from? (if it was the stock lens it came with?)

Also do you happen to recall the size of it? Height & Dia.(If you measured it)

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SKV89 wrote:

SP31 UI is horrible. You need to untwist it to turn it off. Unless I’m missing something.


Button in tailcap. You miss a button Wink

OMG you are right! I just took a look at their Aliexpress webpage and realize it’s supposed to have a button in the tail cap. The one they sent me didn’t have a tail cap button. No wonder I can’t turn it off! I bought mine from Amazon.com

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Thanks, I’m curious what flashlight was the TIR from? (if it was the stock lens it came with?)

Also do you happen to recall the size of it? Height & Dia.(If you measured it)

Well, this was the light from where I took the TIR lens Wink
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Stainless-Shell-300Lm-CREE-Q5-LED-Torch-...

It is a Stainless Steel (3xAAA / 18650) light, and I modded it with a brass pill, biscotti driver and a Convoy S2+ reflector and lens. I had to dismantle it later but will put it to work again soon!

About the TIR, please check this thread, as I experimented XML2 LED with TIR lenses and that was the first one: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/56424 .
I also tried it with XPL-HI here: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1203818#comment-1203818 . Also the first one.

Hope this helps in some way Wink

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