Sofirn SF14 V2.0 - Quick Review and Images

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Sofirn SF14 V2.0 - Quick Review and Images

I bought a pair of the SF14’s from Sofirn’s Aliexpress store over the winter. I really like them, and when they released a V2.0, of course I had to buy one of those, too!

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Things I like about the SF14 (as well as the V2.0):

  • Good build quality
  • Three well-spaced modes in order of L – M – H
  • No mode memory (I like memory on larger lights, but prefer that all my small lights come on in Low)
  • Near-neutral LED
  • Inexpensive
  • Work well with my Booster Tails (illuminated tailcaps)

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Things I prefer about the original over the V2.0:

  • Used a 14mm tailcap instead of 12mm (I haven’t found a source for clear 12mm tailcaps)
  • Able to disassemble the head & driver (the V2.0 does not have a retaining ring, nor notches for pliers, and appears to have a weak glue)
  • Light orange peel reflector helps smooth any (minor) tint shifting

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Things I prefer about the V2.0 over the original:

  • Shorter (in length)
  • Other than the tailcap size, the tail is more mod-friendly

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Now for the pictures!

V2.0, left vs Original, right

V2.0, bottom vs Original, top

V2.0, top vs Original, bottom

V2.0, left vs Original, right

Original, left vs V2.0, right (note: the scratches and soldering are from my modifications – the lights did not come this way!)

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AA group shots

(left to right) Klarus Mi7, ThorFire TK05, UltraTac A1, Lumintop Tool AA, Sofirn SF14 V2.0, Sofirn SF14 (original, x2)

can you tell I like my illuminated tailcaps?

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Thanks for the review gchart! I was just about to ask you about the SF14 v2 and you’ve answered all my questions.

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Thanks for the update and photos.

Can you elaborate on the tint, other than the emitter being “near neutral”?

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I’d say it’s around 5500K, which seems pretty typical for Sofirn. The below shot below consists of Sofirn SF14 v2.0 (left), Convoy M1 with XP-L 3(D/B?) tint (center), and Klarus Mi7 with cold (unknown tint bin) XP-L HI (right).

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Thanks.

I have the original SF14, I wonder how the tint compares with the V2.

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My V2 seems slightly cooler, but not significantly. It might even just be reel to reel variation.

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The Sofirn SF14 looks great at first but disappointing after learning about the run times. I assume their SP10 v2 will be similar?

With AA batteries, the run time is very misleading according to this thread. It will only be 28 lumens most of the time.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60037

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Is that run time test on the original SF14 or the new V2?

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That’s gotta be the original. I haven’t tested it yet, but I did a quick test of the V2 last night and it’s a bit different.

I sampled every 5 seconds (overkill!) and ran it for 10 minutes. I think I’ll re-run it with less-frequent sampling and will let it go until the light runs out. I’ll try and post that later. But for now…

You can see that there is indeed still a step-down at 3 minutes, but it goes from (estimated) 178 lumens to 53 lumens. This lines up very closely to Sofirn’s specs of 180 lumens on High and 50 lumens on Medium. The original was spec’ed at 230lm and 33lm.

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Ok, here are runtime/lumen comparison charts on both the original and the V2.0. Note, both of these have a bleeder (300 ohms?) installed, so stock runtimes may be barely longer. Also, please keep in mind that my lumen values are estimates.

Observations:

  • Both lights shut off at around the same time: 11 hours for V2.0 and 11 1/2 hours for the original
  • Resting battery (Eneloop) voltage measured at 0.9V after the auto-shutoff on each
  • Original started at 332 lumens, but dropped to 127 by the first minute. After 3 minutes it stepped down to 37 lumens, where it remained until 10 hours when it finally fell off hard and fast
  • The V2.0 started at 182 lumens, then dropped to 52 after 3 minutes. It stayed around 52 lumens until the 6 1/2 hour mark when it dropped to 3 lumens. From there, it gradually tapered down until it shut off.

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Thank you, gchart!

That’s a huge difference in runtimes. 4 hours! For somebody who needs autonomy, it’s sad.
In pitch dark, I don’t thing the 15 lumens difference is so noticeable.
I wonder why does Sofirn do this to it’s lights? First, the SP10, now the SF14.
Realiability? Cost reduction of the components?

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korkfoto wrote:
Thank you, gchart!

That’s a huge difference in runtimes. 4 hours! For somebody who needs autonomy, it’s sad.
In pitch dark, I don’t thing the 15 lumens difference is so noticeable.
I wonder why does Sofirn do this to it’s lights? First, the SP10, now the SF14.
Realiability? Cost reduction of the components?

37 lm x 10h = 370lm.h (SF14)
52 lm x 6.5h = 338lm.h (SF14 v2)

The total lumen.hours are not that different. There is a 10% reduction, it could be a matter of driving the driver and emitter higher or just the oversimplification of assuming that brightness is constant.

If you need your light to last over 7 hours in a single AA you may want something with more modes or ramping or just set it to low.

50 to 37lm may not make much difference, but it’s the same from 37 to 28, from 28 to 20, from 20 to 15… all the way to 0. At some point you have to set a level for each mode.

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I am a newbie in flashlight domain.
Maybe I am wrong, but let’s put it in another way.
Let’s substitute the light with a small fire.
Case 1: it burns with a smaller flame for 10 hours
Case 2: it burns with a slightly bigger flame for 6 hours.
The user wants the light/heat provided by the fire to last as much as it can.
So, which one would he choose?

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Finally SF14 old version is sold out and SF14 V2 flashlight only is available.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFQ3JJ7

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Barry0892 wrote:
Finally SF14 old version is sold out and SF14 V2 flashlight only is available.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFQ3JJ7

It looks like it’s still available on AliExpress.

https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/tKS6uUg

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Barry0892 wrote:
Finally SF14 old version is sold out and SF14 V2 flashlight only is available.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFQ3JJ7


Sofirn should really clean the shop on Aliexpress. There are too many versions of a light
SP10
newSP10A
SP10A v2
newSP10B
SP10B v2

SP32A
SP32A v2

It is not easy to get the right/newest light Sad

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Recommended if you are looking for a well-priced, AA-size flashlight that uses Eneloops and is small and light enough for pocket-carrying.
Want more power, at the expense of more heat and a shorter run time? Throw in a rechargeable lithium ion battery. You’ll need this to get the rated 550 lumens on high.
The Sofirn SF14 V2.0 has no memory; the operation is a simple low/medium/high using a recessed tail clicky that allows the light to easily tail stand.
NO blinky modes, thank goodness!
The tint is decent — I prefer a more neutral tint but at least it’s NOT an ugly green like so many inexpensive lights.
I first bought the original SF14, a light that flickers badly with Eneloops on high. The V2.0 version solves that problem and eliminates the flickering. The V2.0 is rated at 550 lumens on high, compared to 600 lumens for the original. I prefer the V.20 for the ability to use Eneloops on high.
I have dozens of lights and this is one of the best and simplest AA size models at the price

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joechina wrote:

Sofirn should really clean the shop on Aliexpress. There are too many versions of a light
SP10
newSP10A
SP10A v2
newSP10B
SP10B v2
SP32A
SP32A v2

It is not easy to get the right/newest light Sad 

 

Agreed.. the model numbers plus the "v2.0" can be confusing..

I've been trying to decipher some of their models too, and from what I know:

SF14 = discontinued (not listed anymore), max "600 lumens" rating
SF14 v2.0 = max "550 lumens" rating, body design is slightly changed, but UI of SF14 and SF14 v2.0 is basically similar

new SP10B = this seems to be the older SP10B, but not the first version of SP10, (max "573 lumens rating") so it's called "new SP10B" based on what I understand
SP10A v2 = this uses an OP reflector (max 550 lumens rating)
SP10B v2 = this appears to be the same as the SP10A v2, but uses an SMO reflector (max 550 lumens rating)
* the body design of the SP10B, SP10A v2.0, SP10 v2.0 appear to be very similar to each other (looks very similar), but the UI has changed a bit, also the brightness spacing has been modified a bit; SP10B had a lot of shortcuts modes, has a sub-lumen "moon" (or "firefly") mode; the SP10Av2.0 & SP10v2.0 has made the "low" to not be sub-lumen, also removed some shortcuts
*shortcuts: on the SP10B, it was possible to go to 4 different states from Off, which can be handy if you remember them: single-click turns on at "firefly" mode; long-click turns at at previous (memorized) mode, double-click goes to Turbo, triple-click goes to Strobe, and 4-clicks goes to Lock-out mode (SP10v2 removes some of these shortcuts)

 

SP32A = this is the very high lumens version, but not as well-regulated (max 1550 lumens rating)

*I notice there are some very slight changes in UI for the SP32A, which are not documented:

  the initial SP32A (will call it v1.0) has a slow ramping (about 8 seconds from low-to-high or vice-versa)
  the second SP32A (will call it v1.1) has a faster ramping (about 4-5 seconds from low-to-high or vice-versa), it blinks twice when reaching the bottom ramp or top of ramp; the lowest ramp level is a real Moon mode brightness (maybe 1-2 lumens, just my estimate)
  the third SP32A (I will call it v1.2) has similar faster ramping (about 4-5 seconds), but now it seems quicker because it just blinks once upon reaching the top or bottom of the brightness ramping level; additionally the lowest brightness in ramping is now a bit higher than Moon (my estimate maybe 3-4 lumens or so)

SP32A v2.0 = more regulated model, comes in black/silver/gold, max 1300 lumens rating


SP31 = uses the "wave" brightness mode, ie. goes from low-med-high-turbo-high-med-low, and uses XP-L2
SP31 v2.0 = this is the throwy model, uses XPL-Hi, and now uses the more regular low-med-high-turbo-low brightness sequence

C8F (18650) = side-switch only, groups mode only
C8F v2 (21700) = it doesn't actually indicate "v2" but indicates "21700" version, uses 21700 (or 18650 with adapter), has both tail+side switch, ramping/groups mode

SP33
SP33 v2 (XHP50.2) = actually it doesn't indicate "v2", but indicates LED has been changed, now uses XHP50.2 LED instead of (XPL-Hi?)