[Review] Sofirn SP10B AA/14500 EDC

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[Review] Sofirn SP10B AA/14500 EDC

The light was supplied by Beamax Lighting Store, no compensation other than the light itself was received for this review

The light is availible in black, blue and red
https://de.aliexpress.com/store/product/Sofirn-SP10A-Mini-Led-flashlight...

Manufactory specification:

※ Use CREE XP-G2 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
※ CCT Range: 5350K-5700K, NW(Neutral White)
※ Battery Supported: Powered by one Ni-mh AA battery or 14500 Battery ( battery not included, suggest non-protection 14*50mm battery )
※ Dimension: 88mm(length)× 19mm(diameter) × 20mm(head)
※ Net Weight: 42 gram (no batteries included)
※ Mode Memory : Yes!
※ Lock-out: Yes! When it is off, 4 continuous clicks to lock-up.
※Made by Aircraft 6061 grade-aluminum alloy, used CNC machines, Premium type Ⅲ hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish to get solid built body, anti-crash and better heat exchange
※ Orange Peel Reflector
※ Toughened glass lens
※ The waterproof level is IPX7, can be used in rainstorm.
※ Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation

Sofirn SP10B is a AA tube-light with 4+1 modes.
SP10B is a lightweight but super bright AA flashlight. Please click the side switch to light up or change modes by different clicks. Using brand new and premium 14500 battery to get the maximum illumination as following:
Moonlight(2 lumens)→Low(60 lumens)→Medium(224 lumens)→High(573 lumens)→ Strobe (573 Lumens)
Moreover, SP10B adopts XP-G2 LED Neutral White, to give a great light efficiency. uniform spot, long throwing, Amazing brightness makes the flashlight outstanding in home usage or outdoor activities, such as bedside as nightlight, coach side as backup power; camping, hiking, searching, fishing, cycling, night-walking, backpacking, BBQ fill-in light, hunting etc.
Different color to choose: red, blue

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The parcel arrived after 11 days shipping with to Germany which is very fast from China.

Package and content:

The light comes in a small box


In the box is a plastic inlay with the light

It comes with 2 spare o-rings, lanyard and manual

Photos of the light

Comparism and teardown:

Size compared to other 14500 lights the SP10B is a little bigger than twisty or UT01, but smaller than tail clicky like Lumintop Tool AA

Beam color is neutral around 5500K with a Cree XG-G2 almost no tint pure white,
the beam is typical for ECDs a mix of flood with some throw without artifacts

left 4000K UT01, 5000K Nichia, 5500K Sofirn SP10B, CW 6500 Jetbeam Jet-1 MK

The LED is very good reflowed and the MCPCB is perfectly flat, but not polished or gold plated

The heat paste is applied in a good amount and squeezed in an uniform thin layer

The light is not glued and can be taken apart

The light has a tail cap with a hole for a lanyard
The light stands on the tail

The lens is small and not coated

The light can be run by one NiMh, Alkali line or 14500 Lithium battery

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The Head


There was visible dirt on my LED, they should clean the LED after soldering

The reflector has a centering ring, the LED is pretty deep in the reflector and the base is very narrow

The MCPCB is s relatively thin and aluminum
The MCPCBs back is perfectly flat

The light is waterproof, the tail cap and bezel threads are lubed, but the amount is pretty low
Tube and Tail

The tail cap is solid

the tube is build for 14500 battery size

The tube threads are square cut and fit nicely, but are a little thin

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Driver and Battery


no visible PWM

The light is build for protected and unprotected button top batteries and has physical reverse protection

The mode spacing is OK, the moonlight is below 1 lumen

Modding:

Emitter swap to Nichia high CRI is possible, but the XPG2 has a nice tint

User Interface

The light has 4 modes and hidden strobe
double click goes to turbo
triple click to Strobe
long press >0.3s from Off to last mode
long press for off

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Conclusion

A nice EDC for its price, good UI

Positive:

- mechanical very good production and engineering
- good hotspot and spill
- proper LVP and low battery warnings
- good UI

Neutral:
- aluminum MCPCB and not AR coated lens
- QC should make sure no dirt on the LED

Negative:
nothing negative

Edited by: Lexel on 01/23/2018 - 05:06
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Nice review Lexel. I agree, there really are no negatives. The UI takes a bit to get used to, mainly long click on/off, but after carrying it for a while it becomes natural. I also took mine apart to inspect the driver/ E-switch. Unbelievably short LED wires! I struggled putting it back together. Ended up soldering extensions tip to tip, to feed them back threw. I did notice after it was back together, that my LED is not flat. It’s obvious sitting in the reflector, but I’m not gonna mess with it for now. I don’t notice it in the beam profile with the op reflector. Nice little pocket light, that has replaced my TG06 for now.

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Nice review Lexel Thumbs Up
I wouldn’t point nothing “negative” but would make a small in the UI taking memory out, and introducing a mode between Moonlight and Low modes! The red and blue hosts are indeed very nice too Cool

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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MascaratumB wrote:
Nice review Lexel Thumbs Up I wouldn’t point nothing “negative” but would make a small in the UI taking memory out, and introducing a mode between Moonlight and Low modes! The red and blue hosts are indeed very nice too Cool

Did you see the updated description of the SP10A at Sofirn’s AliExpress store?

Quote:

SP10A will have update version from 15th, Dec,2017, 4 modes change to 5 modes, max 573lm

Operation Instruction:

The side switch to control all function:

On/ Off: press the switch for 0.5 second to activate or turn off

Change Modes: click the switch to cycle through Moonlight→Low→Medium→Moonlight→Low;

Memory Fuction: from Off, press 1 second to turn on the previous used mode.

High Mode: 2 continuous clicks to activate High Mode except in the status of lock-up, 1 click to return back to original mode.

Does that mean the default is now to operate without memory? Direct access to moonlight from off? Memory any time that you want to use it? That would make this light near perfect. Agree it could also use an additional level between moonlight and “low”.

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How’s the LVP for 14500 cell? If unprotected 14500 battery is suggested for this light because typical protected ones won’t fit, I think LVP becomes important for mainstream use.

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Swampus wrote:
Did you see the updated description of the SP10A at Sofirn’s AliExpress store?

Yes, Swampus, I did, and it still has memory!
The “New SP10A” version has the same UI as the black SP10B (not being sold currently) that I have, and the same UI of the Red and Blue SP10B versions. Both have the same UI! With memory!
Also, they still have the same 3 regular + High + Strobe modes. I have the SP10B and what I said is that I would take memory out of it, so it could always start in Firefly, and I would add another mode bewteen the current ML and Low modes. That hasn’t changed in the “New SP10A” version!

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

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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Hedy wrote:
SP10A all the same with SP10B, all with the same function 4+1 modes, just the black color called SP10A, the blue and red color called SP10B. And this is the link for Sofirn SP10A/B on Aliexpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Sofirn-SP10A-Mini-Led-flashligh...

@ Hedy : I guess that if you are a seller and can give discounts, that is nice, members here appreciate discounts for sure! But I think that you should indicate that you are a seller and make you also make own thread of discounts for the products you offer, instead of these “disguised as Sofirn” links.

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

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)

Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3                                Triple TIR Lenses & XP-G2 

 

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MascaratumB wrote:
Swampus wrote:
Did you see the updated description of the SP10A at Sofirn’s AliExpress store?

Yes, Swampus, I did, and it still has memory!
The “New SP10A” version has the same UI as the black SP10B (not being sold currently) that I have, and the same UI of the Red and Blue SP10B versions. Both have the same UI! With memory!…..

Oh, that’s a bummer. Sofirn, if you’re reading this, that’s a little misleading. I’m sure it was an accident as text from the SP10B was copy/pasted without removing all of the previous SP10A text, but these two things can lead one to believe that it’s possible to activate without memory:

Quote:
On/ Off: press the switch for 0.5 second to activate… Memory Fuction: from Off, press 1 second to turn on the previous used mode.