PSA: Sofirn SP32a v2 available in Black, Silver and "light gold" in their AliExpress shop

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PSA: Sofirn SP32a v2 available in Black, Silver and "light gold" in their AliExpress shop

I haven’t seen it mentioned here, but I noticed that the Sofirn SP32a v2 is now available in Sofirn’s AE shop. Check the listings carefully, because one is much cheaper than the others.

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Very curious to see how these perform. The pale gold looks very nice!

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ordered silver and Champagne colour Smile

will let u guys know when i get them

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Cool. I’ve been waiting for this to appear before deciding on it, or an S2+, as my next light. The non-black options look good.

Aside from the obvious updates, I’m curious as to what’s changed with the reflector, as mentioned in another post.

I see 250 lumens have gone missing as well. Smile

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That pale gold looks gorgeous! I didn’t need another 1× 18650 light but I may have to buy this just for the color. Is it just a color change or did some internals change as well?

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Yohan110 wrote:
That pale gold looks gorgeous! I didn’t need another 1× 18650 light but I may have to buy this just for the color. Is it just a color change or did some internals change as well?

Amen!

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Is it just a color change or did some internals change as well?

I subscribe to that question.

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@ eas,
Just ordered a champagne gold one, look forward to getting it.
Torn between that and the silver!
Noted in the pictures, seemed to have a grey version, but probably an underexposed silver one as shot with the black.
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The internals have changed. I think someone else may have posted a review. I think they may have done something about the ramping speed, added a battery indicator to the switch, and added thermal regulation. Beyond that, I don’t know.

I was interested in the silver, but didn’t really want to chance it without knowing how it compares to something like the silver Convoy S2+.

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The changes, from the Father’s Day thread. Some are obvious, some aren’t.

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New Features of SP32A 2.0 version:

1, advanced temperature regulation (ATR) technology
2, power indicator
3, updated reflector
4, Better COMPONENT

The product listings also note “smarter and more stable,” along with a loss of 250 lumens in turbo mode (1300 vs 1550).

I’ve sought clarification on what some of the more nebulous items are, and will report back if I hear anything substantive.

I’m assuming that the changes in the driver are responsible for the different output levels, and will also incorporate the improved ramping speed already found in the later batches of the “1.0” model.

I was ready to order an S2+, but have decided to put it further down the queue, even if the v2.0 isn’t largely different, and performs similarly to the 1.0.

I’ve never been in love with the Convoy’s beam pattern in stock form, and the beamshots from ZozzV6’s helpful compilation only reinforce my preferences.

SP32A

S2+

The new colors helped seal the deal.

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To be fair, a TIR isn't much more money and you can probably ask simon to replace it.

 

I agree that the S2+ isn't as attractive anymore, its got new colors but its not different, its just a nice older moddable light now. Its got nothing that special about it, its a bit big for a 18650 too now. The jaxman e2l is much better for a triple, and sofirn is making side switch flashlights with ramping for not that much more. 

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Got a black v2, was/am wowed, ordered 2 pale gold. Them’s keepers.

Ramping is nice, log not linear, so brightness changes more linearly to the eye. No more pause in the middle like the v1. It’s a bit on the slow side, not as fast as the Q8 but less painful than the TK18.

Doubleclick to turbo, whether in ramping or stepped mode. Awesome…

I’ll always like the S2+, but even if it came in rainbow pvd, with just the tail-clicky, it couldn’t compete with the v2. Sorry.

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How many lights do you have lightbringer? I saw you in the SP10B thread and you keep getting more lights!

 

Do you have a favorite? Can you make a video or point to one showing the ramping speed?

 

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Lick wrote:
How many lights do you have lightbringer? I saw you in the SP10B thread and you keep getting more lights!
You don’t wanna know.

For that matter, I don’t think I wanna know, either.

Lick wrote:
Do you have a favorite?
Most lights seem to have one or more things which just bug me. Could be something in the UI, it could be a greenish beam, whatever. My old standby EDC was a 1-mode simple on/off ’502b.

Right now I’m EDCing a UT20. No ramping, but hella bright, forward-clicky rear switch, side-switch for mode-changes and power-indicator, but perfectly fits the deep-carry clip from an S2+ (available at Fasttech). Some lardass sat on my holstered ’502 ripping the holster at the seam.

Also am pocket-carrying an SP10B. I’d rather firefly mode actually be moonlight (ie, a little brighter), but it’s still a nice easy carry with hella bright light from a 14500.

But I have plenty of lights I really like but don’t (or can’t) carry. Lots are special-purpose, like C8 throwers, or huge, like Q8s, L2s, or most 26650 lights, etc. Each has its purpose, but not for everyday carry.

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Can you make a video or point to one showing the ramping speed?
No way to fix the exposure on my phone’s video that I know of (not that I played with it too much), but you’d probably just see the background getting darker than the light getting brighter.

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Do you mod at all? Maybe you can flash the driver. I also have the UT20 and am testing it, but I don't know if I can stand the tint on the thing as an EDC, I like the holster that was included but it isn't quite 'there' for me since I can't go backwards on the brightness settings. Its a very nice light though and I would recommend it for sure as a first light, but maybe I just got too picky.

 

Its a little long too. I think if it had a flat tail (so it would be just be a physical lockout, a warmer tint, and a way to go backwards I would like it a lot more. I can be picky and complain about the side switch but its not a big deal.

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Lick wrote:
Do you mod at all? Maybe you can flash the driver.

Huh? Which (light’s) driver? I like the UT20’s and the v2’s. The v1 had the pause in the middle, but I just stick with stepped modes. I’m not about to hack’n‘slash a driver unseen.

If I brick a cheapie 105C/105D driver, I can stick in a new one for 2bux or so, but not a light that has a proprietary driver.

Lick wrote:
I also have the UT20 and am testing it, but I don’t know if I can stand the tint on the thing as an EDC,

Strangely, that’s one light that I like as-is, both the design and UI. The beam’s a bit fried-eggy, but not too bad. In practice (vs white-wall hunting) it’s not bad at all.

Lick wrote:
I like the holster that was included but it isn’t quite ‘there’ for me since I can’t go backwards on the brightness settings.

Ohhhh yeah, it comes with a holster… have it, but haven’t used it.

Ugh, I hate high→low modes. Even those lights like the original SP32/31(??) that had the l/m/h/m/l/m/h/… up’n‘down steps, I tried getting used to it, but it just drove me buggy. I still need low→high, preferably with shortcuts to high/turbo if possible, so I can reset the light to lowest, and then be able to select lowest with a simple turn-on, else high/turbo with, say, a doubleclick.

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Its a very nice light though and I would recommend it for sure as a first light, but maybe I just got too picky.

I like it quite a bit, enough to get a 2nd one as a backup. My only concern is that it doesn’t get “too hot, too fast”, so it either doesn’t cook (lower max current) or the thermal path isn’t as good as it should be. My Folomov D4 gets hella hot in a very short time (and has high→low modes if yer interested), so I know it wicks away heat from the LED very well.

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Its a little long too. I think if it had a flat tail (so it would be just be a physical lockout, a warmer tint, and a way to go backwards I would like it a lot more. I can be picky and complain about the side switch but its not a big deal.

The feature which endears it to me as an EDC is the forward-clicky tailswitch. Lets me do a quick flash’n‘dash when I need to, without annoying full-clicks, and without worrying about mode-changes, or doing the press’n‘hold to turn it on and/or off.

So… reflector, charger, battery, tailswitch… yeah, it’s long for a reason. I don’t mind, though.

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On July 3rd (two days ago) I received a sample SP32A V2 from Sofirn. I’m excited to test it, but was slightly saddened to see that it was the black one. I was really hoping for one of those good lookin silver/gold ones. Oh well – can’t complain about a free light! I’m anxious to put this one through it’s paces.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Got a black v2, was/am wowed, ordered 2 pale gold. Them’s keepers.

Ramping is nice, log not linear, so brightness changes more linearly to the eye. No more pause in the middle like the v1. It’s a bit on the slow side, not as fast as the Q8 but less painful than the TK18.

Doubleclick to turbo, whether in ramping or stepped mode. Awesome…

I’ll always like the S2+, but even if it came in rainbow pvd, with just the tail-clicky, it couldn’t compete with the v2. Sorry.

Can you compare the beams between v1 and v2 and notice any improvements?

I’ve been told that was the objective, but the differences may be small.

An S2+ is still on my list, but perhaps as a host first instead of a finished product.

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Too busy dying of heat-stroke here to do much of anything, but yeah, that’s definitely on my to-do list.

I try to always keep my lights in their original boxes when not actively using them (also lets me be sure there’s no cell still inside), but all these Sofirn boxes are unlabeled, so I sometimes gotta grubble through a bunch of same-sized boxes before I find what I’m looking for.

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I just played around with mine for a minute. The instructions with mine are for V1. Some things aren’t apparent without the correct instructions, so I’ll need to hunt those down.

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I didn’t even look at any instructions (rarely do), and still managed to get ramping going, back to stepped, 2click for turbo, etc. Quite intuitive.

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Yeah. But lockout said 4 clicks and I couldn’t get that working. And the “power indicator”? Everything else though… pretty straightforward.

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electronic lockout was removed

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Makes sense, as I never use it.

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I am very excited about Sofirn finally release new products after half a year. just paid one SP32A V2.0 pale gold color in Sofirn AE store, I am in Singapore, so this is the best way to buy. And Cissy gave me a coupon, she told me could share it here, maybe someone need it?Expiration time is 15th, July

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Yohan110 wrote:
That pale gold looks gorgeous! I didn’t need another 1× 18650 light but I may have to buy this just for the color. Is it just a color change or did some internals change as well?

It seems that some changes have been made in function. however i am still waiting my pale gold V2..I hope that the color of the V2 does not look too different from the LCD screen. You know that the color difference is there common..
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Unless it’s internal-organ pink, it’s gonna look great! Big Smile

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Lightbringer wrote:
Too busy dying of heat-stroke here to do much of anything, but yeah, that’s definitely on my to-do list.

I try to always keep my lights in their original boxes when not actively using them (also lets me be sure there’s no cell still inside), but all these Sofirn boxes are unlabeled, so I sometimes gotta grubble through a bunch of same-sized boxes before I find what I’m looking for.

(Stay) Cool.

For the uninitiated, is the only way to redeem the coupon above is by using the Aliexpress app? Or can the seller (Cissy?) be messaged, Convoy style?

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For the uninitiated, is the only way to redeem the coupon above is by using the Aliexpress app? Or can the seller (Cissy?) be messaged, Convoy style?

If you go to the listing on AX, right around the price there’s a… “pulldown”(??)… which says something like “Seller’s coupons”.

Force of habit, I just go and grab everything, and on checkout it automatically applies whichever is the biggest value.

Eg, if you grab “1buk off for orders over 15”, and “2bux off orders over 20”, and you order something for 22bux, it’ll pick the latter. Pretty kewl.

Also, if you have identical coupons, but different expiration dates, it’ll pick the one that expires sooner, letting you keep the other one for longer.

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Lightbringer wrote:
TheIntruder wrote:
For the uninitiated, is the only way to redeem the coupon above is by using the Aliexpress app? Or can the seller (Cissy?) be messaged, Convoy style?

If you go to the listing on AX, right around the price there’s a… “pulldown”(??)… which says something like “Seller’s coupons”.

Force of habit, I just go and grab everything, and on checkout it automatically applies whichever is the biggest value.

Eg, if you grab “1buk off for orders over 15”, and “2bux off orders over 20”, and you order something for 22bux, it’ll pick the latter. Pretty kewl.

Also, if you have identical coupons, but different expiration dates, it’ll pick the one that expires sooner, letting you keep the other one for longer.

Thanks. There are currently a couple seller coupons available that way ($1 off 15/$2 off 25), but the one posted by Jackie above (thanks!) hits the sweet spot LOL .

I got a reply from the store through the message system, and they can adjust the price, like Convoy does for BLF, for those who want to order with a computer and not the app.

That’s much more preferable to me, and as noted in a past thread, one should choose the “Other Payment Methods” option to allow the order to be submitted without paying, get an order number, and then provide that to the seller for the adjustment, before finally making payment.

I don’t need another light, but the pale gold was hard to resist. And, FYI, I’ve been told that the stock going to Amazon will be black, so AX is the only option for the other colors.

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I like mine, the ramping is pretty good now, and it really is an s2+ alternative. Maybe the side switch could be a bit bigger to make it easier to locate.

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