[4K Review] Sofirn SP36 BLF Anduril - 5650 Lumens - USB Type C

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[4K Review] Sofirn SP36 BLF Anduril - 5650 Lumens - USB Type C

Think this one will sell well!!!

My 4K Lumen Whore Reviews (MS18, X70, MS12, DX80, X80-GT, X45vn etc) - http://www.youtube.com/c/FLASHAHOLIC_TV

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I just got this light and color me impressed. More Anduril! Thanks TK. The tint and output is very nice and I may swap this as my nightly edc. I’ll try and do some comparison shots with the SP70, my current edc. Thinking about it, it should be changed to enc, every night carry. Btw, another great vid, love the comparison shots to similarly sized lights. I got my D4S last week and that will be my nightly pocket carry, bumping the FW3A already.

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Any creative ideas for adding a lanyard? I might go with a Haikelite style braid.

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I’d feel very self-conscious using a lanyard on a flashlight.

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Nice video!

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Nice video comparisons! Thank you!

I wonder how it compares to a BLF Q8.

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My Q8 was 1000 lumens brighter but the tint and beam profile wasn’t as nice.

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Flashaholics wrote:
I’d feel very self-conscious using a lanyard on a flashlight.

Lol, you’d lose that feeling after dropping one from a moving vehicle.

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Flashaholics wrote:
My Q8 was 1000 lumens brighter but the tint and beam profile wasn’t as nice.

Really? I much prefer the BLF Q8’s CT/tint (warmer) and profile (floodier) vs the Sofirn Q8 and Airpro DC7.

I’ve been slinging the DC7 because of the built-in charger, ‘though I’m not too much of a fan of the CW/throwierness of the beam, though.

I was holding back about getting the SP36, because how many big donks do I “need”, but…

Unno, if it used ~4000K instead of bluer, it’d be a done-deal.

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Thanks for the review, that looks good.
Nice to add the tiny 3rd 26650 to the comparison because that one pre-dated the other sub-popcan size lights by 2 years and still is really compact and a great performer.

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Okay I have an embarrassingly stoopid question. What is the quickest method of charging supported by this flashlight — is it compatible with either QC 3.0 or USB PD chargers? TIA

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Well it doesn’t support charging using a USB C to C cable so no PD. You are stuck using a USB A to C cable. I don’t think it support QuickCharge either.

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With the deal Sofirn just posted, this light is a deal! The light with batteries for $50 shipped!

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Is there a factory reset with this version?

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Nice review as always. Love the tint comparison with the ROT66.

 

I also took some measurements at 2 seconds. I ordered my SP36 during November 2019 and I'm surprised the LH351D 5000K in this batch does not have green tint like the other LH351D I've seen. On turbo, the DUV is pretty much 0 so spot on the BBL. It's interesting because the LH351D used in the Sofirn LT1 is tested to be above the BBL by Maukka. Must be two different batches.

Sofirn SP36 w/ XPL2 Turbo 5,172 lumens 7103K -0.0142 DUV 74.9 CRI   19.9 R9 51.0 R12 64 Rf 102 Rg VTC6
Sofirn SP36 w/ XPL2 Turbo 5,095 lumens                 Sanyo NCR18650GA
Sofirn SP36S w/ LH351D Turbo 4,009 lumens 5745K 0.0002 DUV 91.5 CRI   54.9 R9 76.3 R12 89 Rf 101 Rg VTC6
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Modded one SP36 with two layers of d-c-fix and an external reflector shield. Smoothed out the cloverleaf pattern/donut hole. Comparison to/combination with factory set up here:

https://forums.mtbr.com/lights-diy-do-yourself/diy-reflector-shields-mag...

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Don’t use one then.

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Don’t use one then.

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anonymous_user wrote:
Well it doesn’t support charging using a USB C to C cable so no PD. You are stuck using a USB A to C cable. I don’t think it support QuickCharge either.

The Sofirn SP36 series (or other Sofirn flashlights with USB-C charging port) don’t support USB-C PD charging (I wonder if there are any USB-C port flashlights that really support PD charging, at this time).

With regards to QuickCharge, I’ve checked that the SP36 (XP-L2) and the SP36 BLF Anduril (LH351D) can only charge at 5v.
But the other SP36S model (LH351D) does support QuickCharge 2.0 9v and 12v. I haven’t done complete charging time tests so I’m not sure if charging at QC2.0-9v/12v will result in significantly faster charging time or not.

(Looks like only the SP36S has this QC2.0 charging capability, Sofirn didn’t appear retroactively fit their SP36/SP36-BLF Anduril with the QC2.0-compatible charging circuitry used on their SP36S model).

SP36S uses the same LH351D LEDs as the SP36 BLF Anduril, but has their own proprietary Sofirn firmware (somewhat similar but not exactly the same as the “groups+ramping” mode UI as used in the SP32Av2.0/C8F-21700/C8G/SP70/SP33v3)