Convoy C8+ Review

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Convoy C8+ Review

Convoy C8+ is a successor of Convoy C8, utilises a XPL-HI  LED with 2800 mA output from single 18650 battery and has many improvements on host/body design.

I got a Convoy C8+ from DD4 in sand brown colour for reviewing purpose about three weeks ago and here’s my report after using either in urban or jungle environment.

 

Convoy C8+ Overview

Convoy C8+ can be easily distinguished from its previous version (C8, without “+” sign) by its entire appearance.

Convoy C8+ hands on

The newer version has full of fins on the head for better heat dissipation, aggressive knurlings for better grip, and new U-shape design on its tail cap for easier clicky operation.

The dimension is not very different with previous version and still using reverse click switch. I have replaced the switch board with the lighted one (blue) and using transparent rubber switch.

This sample product has XPL-HI V2-1A 6500K for the emitter with AR coated lens and smooth reflector.

For the engine, Convoy puts a Biscotti driver with 8 x AMC7135 and secure it with brass retaining ring.

What I like from Convoy brand is they don’t glue any part of the flashlight. Disassembling C8+ host is hassle-free and can be done with very minimal tools.

With or without knowledge in electronic, anyone can modify Convoy C8+ to fit their needs.

At Convoy’s online store, we can purchase stainless steel bezel, short body tube to accept 18350 battery, easy to install switch board with LED to create lighted switch, and also replace the reflector with orange peel one.

 

Operating Convoy C8+

With newer firmware, we can customize how we will use Convoy C8+ by selecting a group from 12 pre-defined group modes.

To choose a group mode, we must enter the programming mode first. To enter into programming mode, turn on the flashlight by fully press the switch and tap several times until the light start to blink.

In this programming mode, we can select the desired group mode and turn on or off the memory feature.

My choice is group mode number six where the flashlight has 3 different brightness mode (100%, 20%, 1%) and disable the memory feature.

 

Convoy C8+ Beamshots

Convoy C8+ is a true thrower flashlight, period. The beam is very focused and very little spill around the hotspot.

1 percent output:

20 percents output:

100 percents output:

 

Summary

Convoy C8+ is good and affordable thrower flashlight with four different tint colours offered. Because of its beam profile, this is a good flashlight for long distance illumination like search (SAR) mission. It’s not ideal for EDC and close range illumination.

It’s available in black and dark brown body colour and is highly customisable.

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Affordable
  • High output
  • Long distance
  • Customisable (easy to mod)

Cons:

  • OEM packaging
  • Not ideal for close range illumination because the beam is very focused with very little spill
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Great review mate! Thanks

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cool review, thanks.

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Nice review, thanks!

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Not seeing much practical reason to get this model over modding my C8 to Biscotti, but still really cool. Good review, only disagree that I’d put mine on mode group 10 with memory Silly

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Nice review!

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Why is it called C8+ while it’s a totally different design than the C8?

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S2 vs S2+?

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Jerommel wrote:
Why is it called C8+ while it’s a totally different design than the C8?

C8 plus cooling fins?
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Hmm… So the Revtronic F30B is a C8 too?
I think the 3 lateral ridges on the head and the tail cap make a flashlight a C8.

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Does it LEGO with the C8?

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All I want is L6 in this color.

Nice review Thumbs Up

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Jerommel wrote:
Does it LEGO with the C8?

I don’t have C8 at this moment but I will let you know once I find it out.

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If so, maybe i can get a black battery tube from Simon, for my Sofirn C8 triple head with Convoy tailcap and tube.
We’ll see. Smile

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Jerommel wrote:
Does it LEGO with the C8?

It does with my Convoy C8.

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Nice review! Just ordered one from Simon but I am getting an OP reflector with mine and I can’t change my order…. Oops :-\

Do the older or regular C8 reflectors work with the C8+? I’ve never owned a Convoy C8, this is my first.

I have Thorfire C8S that I THINK I might have an extra SMO reflector laying around.

Anyone know if older Convoy or Thorfire reflectors work with this C8+ light?

Mike

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They should work no problem.

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BlueSwordM wrote:
They should work no problem.

Thanks! What would the OP do with the HI LED in there? Just smooth out the beam pretty much with bigger hot spot area?

Mike

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Mikeadoo wrote:
BlueSwordM wrote:
They should work no problem.

Thanks! What would the OP do with the HI LED in there? Just smooth out the beam pretty much with bigger hot spot area?

It’ll only give a bit more corona and smooth out the beam section transitions. Beam intensity loss should be minimal. I have a C8 with OP reflector, and in lower modes it’s a treat to use at closer ranges.

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Thanks guys Jack. I have a Thorfire C8s with OP but it has a dome on the LED (not sure what LED, but I know it’s not the HI).

Nice neutral tint. I really like it. It is modded by fellow BLFer but gets kinda hot on turbo…. to be expected. Stock on high got very hot everywhere.

I figured I’d give it a shot since it looks like it might have better cooling than the Thorfire C8s… dunno.

Also the Biscotti seems pretty awesome.

Beer

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Oh and do the Convoy lights have that delay when switching modes like the Thorfire C8s? Not a huge deal, just annoying sometimes.

Mike

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By coincidence, I just received a sphere-calibrated C8+ from BLF member maukka. This C8+ will help me check the accuracy of my Texas Ace Calibrated Lumens Tube. This was with the 4000K CRI90 Nichia 219C. 7135x6

Here's the reports maukka sent me - as an added reference point - which gives an idea of actual output.

 

 

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Mikeadoo wrote:
Oh and do the Convoy lights have that delay when switching modes like the Thorfire C8s? Not a huge deal, just annoying sometimes.

On mine (Convoy S2 & C8+) there’s no delay on the switching.