Convoy C8+ New look for an old favorite

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patmurris wrote:
One thing i’d like Simon to think about is BETTER PACKAGING! I would be willing to pay extra for some decent packaging i would not be ashamed to gift out.

Hmm, I noticed when I ordered from GB, any Convoy lights came in the usual nondescript beat-up white thin-cardboard boxes. But when I ordered hosts and maybe some complete lights from FT, they all came in nice gift-boxes.

If anyone has a Zanflare F1, that kind of box for S2+ hosts. Glossy thick cardboard, nice print/logo on it, the worx.

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DB Custom wrote:
I got my first C8+ day before yesterday (Thanks JDub, for making that happen! Big Smile ) , added some chips (5) and it’s still just not a nice color for me. (3000K is it? What’s that, 4C?) That’s gotta go….

Naw, 4C is about 4300K-4500K. Quite nice, but downright beautiful through a TIR lens.

3000K is in the 7s.

But reflectors invariably give fried-egg beams, so the hotspot (yolk) will look lots yellower, and the spill (white) will look lots bluer.

TIRs scramble that egg quite nicely.

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I think he’s got a point regarding the C8. The S2+ comes in a nice package with sturdy cardboard and Styrofoam cutouts, which has the added bonus of looking classy if you are giving it as a gift. But the C8 comes in a flimsy box and a thin layer of bubble wrap. Mine arrived ok, but considering how beat up some of my other international packages have been, I would pay an extra couple bucks for the peace of mind that it’ll get here in one piece.

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Yes i dont get the packaging either, my only s2+ came in a nice box but all the c8s came in a pretty beat up white box even tho lights had no damage etc its weird why not use similar for those?

But either way the reason is probably to save money.

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Iirr, my L2s came in a nice box, too.

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The moral of the story? If/when gifting, don’t cheap out. Wink

Buy a nice varnished wooden box from AliExpress to put your gift in. Big Smile

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DB Custom wrote:
Buy a nice varnished wooden box from AliExpress to put your gift in. Big Smile

Whoa… I feel like burying some dubloons in that.

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The cheap, grey S2+‘s with CW emitters I’ve purchased from GearBest come in cheap, crummy boxes. The red ones, and the S9 I’ve purchased from them came with the white gift box. The L2 I got from Banggood was also in a nice white gift box. I don’t have any convoy C8s.

Most of the time, the gift boxes are of no use to me, and my understanding is that they aren’t exactly cheap, probably the better part of a $1.

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The clear, sand, and red, green, blue s2+, BD06, L2 came with gift box to me. Black and grey S2+, C8, C8+ came in thine wgite boxes. L6 has a hard brown big box.

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Not sure if the tint of the Convoy C8+ are the same as the one in the Convoy C8 Clear/Silver (Biscotti), but here are some beamshots I made with them:

(in the videos, the building across is around 160 meters distant from the flashlight)

Convoy C8 Clear/Silver (XPL-Hi, U6-3A neutral-white)

Convoy C8 Clear/Silver (XPL-Hi, U3-7A very warm white)

and for comparison:

Astrolux C8 (XPL-Hi, 1A cool-white)

Astrolux C8 (XPL-Hi, 3B neutral-white)

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Hey guys, if the Desert Sand color wasn’t quite your type, Simon has now listed the C8+ in Black.

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[quote=DB Custom]Richard puts LEDSeal on it after he slices it, which is why it’s “smooth as glass” ;)[/quote

Have you a link to that stuff? It sounds expensive Smile

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I’ve heard of LED Seal used for quite a while but I’ve never known where it comes from or what it costs. I for one can’t see removing a cover to gain throw only to add a cover back onto it. That’s just me though. Richard had a lot of de-domed emitters get damaged by folks trying to put them in lights and then want to return them so he started protecting the bond wires…

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d_t_a wrote:
Not sure if the tint of the Convoy C8+ are the same as the one in the Convoy C8 Clear/Silver (Biscotti), but here are some beamshots I made with them:

(in the videos, the building across is around 160 meters distant from the flashlight)

Convoy C8 Clear/Silver (XPL-Hi, U6-3A neutral-white)

Convoy C8 Clear/Silver (XPL-Hi, U3-7A very warm white)

and for comparison:

Astrolux C8 (XPL-Hi, 1A cool-white)

Astrolux C8 (XPL-Hi, 3B neutral-white)

thanks for the videos, i must say of all c8s the new c8+ in ww is my new fav for sure, even if it throws less then cw or neutral i dont care.

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I received my sand C8+ and although I thought I would like it once I got it, especially since I never liked the classic C8 design, this is not my style either, way too pointy, and I do not like how it feels in my hand.

The build quality is perfect though, and the ano is beautiful.

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Have you ever owned a C8 before this one?  When I first got mine I wasn't too excited but now it is one my most used flashlights.  It can grow on  you.  I then got a clear C8 and love it.

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klrman wrote:

Have you ever owned a C8 before this one?  When I first got mine I wasn’t too excited but now it is one my most used flashlights.  It can grow on  you.  I then got a clear C8 and love it.



Sure I own a few, and did nice mods to them. Thing is that the form factor (1×18650,40mm reflector) is about ideal for me, but as a moddable budget host every manufacturer that made one also copied that same styling that I do not like. Simon is the first to abandon it which I appreciate a lot. But again it is not my cup of tea unfortunately.
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Nice side by side pics thanks.  OK, I see what you mean now.  Standing next to the clear it is really angular, I don't like it either.  Not going to order it now.

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Well, I got the host version and I like the light very much. Here’s mine in the following post:

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1334765#comment-1334765

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Led seal is sold here but you need to be careful not to plug the nozzle. You do get a spare just in case.

If you don’t like what it looks like on the wall, take it outside.

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klrman wrote:

Have you ever owned a C8 before this one?  When I first got mine I wasn’t too excited but now it is one my most used flashlights.  It can grow on  you.  I then got a clear C8 and love it.

I’ve got three C8’s, and they’re great for dedicated throw, but awful for everything else. Okay, they can also make for a nice ceiling-bounce light.

I often carry a C8 if I’m going somewhere that I know I’ll need it, but it’s never my main light. I need something far more floody for near-to-moderate distances. The C8’s only job is for brief looks at something in the distance.

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I keep my c8 on low when walking around after dark and it's ok.  Even use the dollar store flashlights for that and they work too, but I really like the throw when I want it for such a small light.

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Very nice host for a dedicated gunlight. I put in Osram KW CSLPM1.TG – 2mm2 and 4A driver.
Only 100% mode and remote switch.
Remote cable although is totally useless in wintertime, I have to replace it with silicone wire.
Modded 12300lux and original 6800lux @ 3m

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