Better for Throw: Stock Convoy L2(SMO), L6(OP), or L6(SMO)?

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Better for Throw: Stock Convoy L2(SMO), L6(OP), or L6(SMO)?

I intend to buy an L2(SMO), L6(OP), or L6(SMO) with these requirements in priority order:
1. Stock Convoy
2. Clean center spot (minimum artifacts)
3. Longest throw distance
4. Minimum spill

I think the answer is the L2, but would welcome some of your guidance please.

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Convoy L2 would be your best bet.

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Now I see that Convoy L2 is newly available with the XHP50.2 emitter at over 2x the lumens of the earlier XPL Hi version. Any comments about how the two compare in terms of throw?

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I believe the XPL-HI will still beat it. Throw is about the emitter's light intensity, meaning the total lumens emitted divided by the area over which they're emitted. The XPL-HI still wins that.


Now, if you were able to mod, the L6 SMO has more potential, but the XHP70.2 that comes stock is even worse for throw. 

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The XHP50.2 will have 2/3 the throw of the sst-40.(edited)

At least those are the result in the FT 03 which has a similar size SMO reflector.

Xpl Hi has even more throw than sst-40.

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Assuming budget isn’t a big concern, if you were looking at lights as large as the Convoy L6, you’re better off just getting a Maxtoch ProX.

If you wanted to go with something smaller, then the L2 stock is a good thrower.

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Here's my ranking from most throw to less:

L2 (White-Flat , modded) > L2 (XP-L HI) > L2 (XPH50.2) > L6 (XHP70.2) > L6 (XHP70)

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There is also the L21A, a 21700 version of the L2 that accepts a 22mm driver so should allow for easy to find XHP35 boost drivers. Right now you would need to put this together yourself but IIRC Convoy/Simon are planning an XHP35 HI L21A variant which might be worth considering over the L2 variants.

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For minimum spill (as in near-zero), ever consider a zoomie like a Jaxman Z1? Great quality, and I think it has a stop when zooming to keep you from projecting a Bat Signal (image of the LED die), or you can always add an O-ring to do that.

Even if at 1000lm from the LED, only 300lm gets on the target, that’s about as good as a reflector, where only what light comes off the sides and hits the reflector gets put on the target (ie, the hotspot), vs the majority of light from the middle which becomes spill.

If the “ratio” of the reflector is about 1:1 (diameter:depth), then every bit of light from 0° to 45° will be wasted as spill, and from 45° to 180° hits the reflector and gets focused on the target.

Brynite and others make similar zoomies, some with huge lenses, that’ll fry an ant a half-mile away.

I’m not a zoomie lover, but I do have a few Cometas (Z1 knockoffs) which are hella nice. Crappier plastic lenses, though, vs real glass ones in the Z1.

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