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Anyone know what this S11 is? Don’t think it’s made by Sofirn but now selling in their store

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Looks interesting. I was after a small twisty zoomy. A shame there is not more details.

 

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Check out the brightness levels, super odd selection. 10%, 3%, 100%, 50%, 25%

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I find it funny that this light has “Astigmatism” Big Smile
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It seems flasholics don’t like flashlight with zoomable beam but many common users really like flashlight with zoomable beam. You can twist the part above the switch to adjust the beam for flood or throw.

If Sofirn made a decent UI in any of the 4 group modes, it could be a good light… But I guess I’m a flashaholic, so this light ain’t for me Silly

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MascaratumB wrote:
I find it funny that this light has “Astigmatism” Big Smile
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It seems flasholics don’t like flashlight with zoomable beam but many common users really like flashlight with zoomable beam. You can twist the part above the switch to adjust the beam for flood or throw.

If Sofirn made a decent UI in any of the 4 group modes, it could be a good light… But I guess I’m a flashaholic, so this light ain’t for me Silly

I thought that was amusing, myself.

Might be okay on ramping group or those that like a single mode on group 5.

I’m hoping there’ll be enough interest from the public to change the UI. I’m getting 2pcs so I’ll do a mini review once it arrives. Getting a bulk order through EMS so shouldn’t take too long

Texas Ace Lumen Tube calibrated with maukka lights

New Zealand store – https://www.piercingthedarkness.co.nz (NZ customers only)

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Funtastic wrote:
I thought that was amusing, myself.

Might be okay on ramping group or those that like a single mode on group 5.

I’m hoping there’ll be enough interest from the public to change the UI. I’m getting 2pcs so I’ll do a mini review once it arrives. Getting a bulk order through EMS so shouldn’t take too long


With the “astigamtism” I suppose they mean “stroboscopic”, as many other brands say! But I already started thinking that I have to use my glasses to correct the flashlight beam Big Smile

Mode 5 is probably the only option I would choose, as the others seem pretty “unpractical” at least for my tastes.

There is also another thing that act like a draw-back for me, that is the twisty zoom! I like zoomies, but I do prefere push-pull zoomies.

When your samples arrived, please let us know what you think and how the light behaves/is built Wink
Appreciate it, in advance! Thumbs Up

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How do I test for PWM? How do I know if it’s bad? It’s one thing I’ve never seen with any light when others reported it being there quite badly, guess it depends what type of lighting you’re around. I live out on a farm so maybe that’s why.

It’s meant to be along the lines of flood since above in focused form it says “spotlight”

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5 different UI sets. The 5th is simply high mode - that's it!

I dunno - I like the commentary: it's the same stuff we are saying.

I do like zoomies. This one is interesting because it's a compact 18650 that's a twisty - don't think I've seen that in this size, plus it appears to be Convoy quality, though can't tell for sure. Even at Sofirn quality, it's unusual. Haven't seen one like this since the SupFire A2.

The SupFire A2 is here, the A2-S (26650 version w/SST-40) is here.

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Funtastic wrote:
How do I test for PWM? How do I know if it’s bad? It’s one thing I’ve never seen with any light when others reported it being there quite badly, guess it depends what type of lighting you’re around. I live out on a farm so maybe that’s why.

Move a finger very quickly in the beam. If you see several then there are noticeable PWMs – like a strobe effect. You can also run the shower and shine the light at the falling droplets. Another method is to shoot a short movie with your phone using your light as illumination. PWM usually show as banding or flickering.

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Funtastic wrote:
How do I test for PWM? How do I know if it’s bad? It’s one thing I’ve never seen with any light when others reported it being there quite badly, guess it depends what type of lighting you’re around. I live out on a farm so maybe that’s why.

It’s meant to be along the lines of flood since above in focused form it says “spotlight”

The easiest way to test for bad PWM is to sit in a full dark place, and turn the light onto the various modes.
Then wave your fingers, or a pencil, white stick, etc. as fast as you can through the beam.

Good PWM or no PWM you’ll see, the stick waving in the beam.

Crappy PWM will show the stick looking like an old time movie, jerky movements, with sharp moments and blur.
If you can see this, usually the PWM is poor enough to be bothersome.

Also videoing the beam shining in a dark room will show – some – PWM. The PWM frequency will interact with the shutter of the camera and the video will show the light pulsing.

Or use a camera, open the shutter for a half second, and swing the light through the frame as fast as you can.
And example. Nitecore TUBE 500Hz PWM.

So you are capturing a light that is flashing on for a brief time 500 times a second.

Looking at the PWM on a scope shows

The light is on for only a very short period during the 1/500 of a second cycle.

A light with slow PWM will show as a series of pulses instead of a steady beam.
You can detect PWM up to around 4K with this method (If you can wave your arm fast enough).

I describe how to measure PWM using a sound card in this thread.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67371

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Nice, I've been looking an 18650 zoomie, ordered one also Smile

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Funtastic wrote:
How do I test for PWM? How do I know if it's bad? It's one thing I've never seen with any light when others reported it being there quite badly, guess it depends what type of lighting you're around. I live out on a farm so maybe that's why.

It's meant to be along the lines of flood since above in focused form it says "spotlight"

I use a small portable fan, shine the flashlight through it and look at the fan blades.
I'm not sure what's the rpm (revolutions per minute speed) of the small portable fan I'm using, but it's so far able to show "slower PWM" and "faster PWM" by visually looking at the light passing thru (reflecting thru?) the blades.

For instance, I made a simple video.
one uses Biscotti (faster PWM, not so visible to most people in normal situations)
one uses Convoy 5/3-mode group driver (PWM is a bit more visible)

 

Left side shows the faster PWM on Biscotti, right side shows the slower PWM on the Convoy 5/3-mode driver

   

 

 

 

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Well, it arrived to today, and to be honest I'm a bit dissapointed,

https://imgrpost.com/album/hm3h

It's not like my other Sofirn lights in any way (Q8, SP33, SP32A, SP10S, SP10A, C01S) hard to explain, it just not a Sofirn light, Funtastic is right.

The beam shots in the album are not what I wanted from a zoom light, I was approx 6ft from wall when photos taken, camera was in manual mode so no auto exposure correction going on.

When in wide there is a halo, zoom and you just fill the halo, not really a zoom if you ask me, the area filled is about the same as my Convoy S2+

There is no lens just a frosted dome over the led, the USB charging port cover feels like it's going to rip off first time it get shoved in my pocket, the red light is the charging light, I was hoping it would slowly fill up as battery charges but after 2 hours it's still the same, I'll report back when fully charged.

I also own this https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32951612021.html yes it's cheap no name probably fake XHP led, but I it's super bright and the zoom is excellent.

 

 

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HenrysCat wrote:

Well, it arrived to today, and to be honest I’m a bit dissapointed,


https://imgrpost.com/album/hm3h


It’s not like my other Sofirn lights in any way (Q8, SP33, SP32A, SP10S, SP10A, C01S) hard to explain, it just not a Sofirn light, Funtastic is right.

That is really bad. Took one for the team this time.

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Thanks for taking the bullet for me, I was about to add this light to my Sofirn order to hit the $100 mark (10% off at Sofirn.com). I decided I need another IF25a, lantern and C8G… just a few bucks over $100– so NOW it’s $91!

Damn… I’m addicted Facepalm

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I would rather call it S11B, because it is not made by sofirn. S11B and D25/D25S are made by the same factory. If you have any D25/D25S headlamp, you know the quality.

Furthermore, I am upgrading S11B to be S11C: LH351D LED, simple UI:

click to turn on/off, press and hold to choose brightness from Low-Med-High. Press and hold to Moonlight from off.

Triple clicks to Strobe from off; 4 clicks to lock-out from off.

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The first thing with a zoomie is getting the lens type right, the focus, and the zoom mechanism. We know you are capable to build the rest.

Don’t waste your effort fixing up the UI or LED if you don’t address the most important parts first.

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I also own this https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32951612021.html yes it’s cheap no name probably fake XHP led, but I it’s super bright and the zoom is excellent.

Hey HC… thanks for the referral. That’s a spiffy little zoomer I’d like to have myself Wink

BTW: which one do you have; the 50, or 70.2?

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I really like the sound of that UI. I’d like it if it also had double-click for turbo, the same as the Olight Baton UI.

Replacing the strobe with a battery check would make it perfect, but I understand that may not be possible and some people want a strobe mode.

I’d be happy to have the Olight Baton UI in pretty much any of Sofirn’s lights that aren’t running Anduril. In fact I’ve been meaning to suggest it for the SP10.

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Zappaman wrote:
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I also own this https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32951612021.html yes it's cheap no name probably fake XHP led, but I it's super bright and the zoom is excellent.
Hey HC... thanks for the referral. That's a spiffy little zoomer I'd like to have myself Wink BTW: which one do you have; the 50, or 70.2?

 

I have the 70.2, I actually buy a few 'cheepies' here and there and this is definitly my favourite.

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Thanks, I’ll try one!

Update: I ordered one today and it looks to be just what I was after- a good, VERY cheap zoomy! It’s cool to get good referrals to BUDGET lights like this one. I seem to get stuck on the same stuff (Sofirn for one… and good stuff it is), but it’s nice to get out of the box an find deals in the corners like this one. I am not expecting anything but a $12 light here BTW. But it’s the $12 lights that are decent that “turn me on” for sure!

I’d like to see MORE posts like yours where we all can share the decent “el cheapo’s” out there. One never knows until someone takes a chance and posts it— thanks man! Beer

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HenrysCat wrote:

I also own this https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32951612021.html yes it's cheap no name probably fake XHP led, but I it's super bright and the zoom is excellent.

 

Thanks for sharing.

I like what I see in the first picture, a proper and more or less flat emitter retaining ring. The emitter should sit very close to the lens when in flood, doesn't it HenrysCat? I wonder what driver size does it uses.

Bad points, imho, are single hole at the  tail for lanyard, and only ∅42mm head for such a long flashlight.

But hey! It's nice to see they are listing the correct capacity and weight for the red UltraTurd batteries. Big Smile 

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Yes the LED is right under the lens in wide, below I'm about 2ft from wall, if I step back to about 6-7ft it covers a good 3-4ft of floor and ceiling, so it's very wide.

 

Here zoomed in fully again about 2ft from wall,

And corrected, this is what you actually see, the pattern of the led itself.

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I got one a few days ago. It’s cool!
This one has zoomie, magnetic tail, usb charging and ramping for cheapy.
does anduril is ok for this?

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Kobina wrote:
I got one a few days ago. It's cool! This one has zoomie, magnetic tail, usb charging and ramping for cheapy. does anduril is ok for this?

 

There is no ramping, it steps between modes.

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so is it a steping mode or smooth ramping?

Nico -.-

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If anyone wants to try, found the stuff cheaper somewhere else: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000294614311.html

Also, nice sale price with the following link besides an (awful) different version: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32960591645.html

 

Or maybe it is 0K?

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Nicolicous wrote:
so is it a steping mode or smooth ramping?

Stepping modes.

 

Barkuti wrote:

Also, nice sale price with the following link besides an (awful) different version: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32960591645.html

Or maybe it is OK?

 

I also have that one, not as good.

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Oh man…so glad I only purchased 2 for $10.58 nzd each. I’ll just gift them

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Thanks HenrysCat

Ill skip this light Smile

Nico -.-

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Hi, this is from sofirn s11-b.
https://gfycat.com/idolizedglitteringboutu
I’m just a new, so I don’t know this is called ramping or not.

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