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Nachtfeuerzeug wrote:

Tendou, The SP32A has a slightly deeper reflector while the cooler temp of the SC31 pro  6500K is visible a little further than the 5000K but have the same reflector. 


In my signature items, there’s a link where I modified an sp32A v.1 with an SST40, 5000K. The driver has higher amp draw than the SP32A v.2 so I really fought  and held off for a sale to buy an SC31 pro because I already had a super badbutt EDC. Anduril had a slight influence in my decision to buy the SC31. Wink

Nice modification. I’m selling my 5000k and getting the 6500k. Sc31pro stills a good light

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Anyone have both the 6500 and 5000 temperature sc31pro? I already have the 5000k version. Would the 6500k increase throw and lumen much? And is it really cold or neutral white?

Yep, got both and have used them side x side several times. I would not buy the 5k (or 4K version of the IF25a) for outdoor use where I live.

If you have woods out back the lower tints are probably preferred. But here in Kansas I need to see out there a ways… and I personally felt the 5k tint just didn’t get out there like the 6.5k. On turbo both threw nicely, but the 6.5 was clearly the better thrower.

AND, as this light gets SO hot (SO quickly), I set my ramp limit to about 70% on the SC31 Pro 6.5k and I’m happy with it (also using a 50g at 10A/5000mAhs so it doesn’t overheat so fast when I do run turbo- rarely).

The beam tint of the 6.5 is a real winner too- NO blue and little yellow. I nice white beam at closer to maybe 6k (guess). Compared to my SP33V3’s 6.5k color (on the white wall), I can easily see a warmer beam from the SC31 Pro (which matches the IF25a’s beam color too. Both have great tints).

Sorry to ask you again. I read your post and understand that for if25a the 4000k really lost much the throw and brightness compared to 6000k version.

But for31pro, how much did you think the throw and brightness differ between the colour temperature when both are on high and both are on turbo?
Thanks again.

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Nachtfeuerzeug wrote:

Tendou, The SP32A has a slightly deeper reflector while the cooler temp of the SC31 pro  6500K is visible a little further than the 5000K but have the same reflector. 


In my signature items, there’s a link where I modified an sp32A v.1 with an SST40, 5000K. The driver has higher amp draw than the SP32A v.2 so I really fought  and held off for a sale to buy an SC31 pro because I already had a super badbutt EDC. Anduril had a slight influence in my decision to buy the SC31. Wink

You bought the 5000k? How badass it was compared to your sp32av2?

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Tendou, not the 5000K SC31. I just modified an older SP32A v1.

I bought a champagne v2 for the wife but I like v1, better.

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FW3A, SST20 4000K || S21A, Crescendo Mtn20DD, LH351D 4000K || SP32A, SST40 5000K

Recent/ongoing Mods:

S2+, TexAven 17mm, LH351D | S21A, Crescendo 20mm, XPL HI 5000K | L2 w/Mtn17DD Zener Guppydrv, XHP-50 | C8+ OP, DD XHP-50

SP32A w/SST40 5000K | TIR Upgrades | EagleTac clip | Ultrafire C2 w/6A 20mm & LH351D | S2+, Biscotti, Nichia 219C 2700K |

Reviews:

Sofirn SP31 v2.0 Tactical Flashlight (Cree XPL HI) || Sofirn SD05 Scuba Diving Flashlight || Sofirn SC31 USB Rechargeable (XP-G3) || Sofirn SC31 Pro 5000K

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Nachtfeuerzeug wrote:

Tendou, not the 5000K SC31. I just modified an older SP32A v1.


I bought a champagne v2 for the wife but I like v1, better.


Ah, I understand. The original sp31v2 without modification already do have greater power than the v2. How do you think the sc31pro 5000k stacks to those sp32av2 and v1?
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Tendou wrote:

Sorry to ask you again. I read your post and understand that for if25a the 4000k really lost much the throw and brightness compared to 6000k version.

But for31pro, how much did you think the throw and brightness differ between the colour temperature when both are on high and both are on turbo?
Thanks again.

The frustration with these lights is that they ALL get hot fast. The SC31 Pro 5k is closer to the 6.5k but it doesn’t keep up on throw (as expected). But it does ok on turbo for short bursts (better than I expected).

But again, these are all really cool lights and IF I lived in the thicker woods back east, I’d maybe prefer the 4K IF25a for its super natural tint (as I’d not need the throw). Indoors, the IF25a in 4K would be the favorite. It’s really all about what I am using it for.

For Kansas and seeing across the corn/bean field (several hundred yards) its going to be a 6.5k’ish light every time. If I am checking a trap line (over an hour in the field), I’d maybe take my SP32aV2 (in the 5.5k tint range) for better run time at higher lumens than the SC31 Pro Big Smile

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Zappaman wrote:
Tendou wrote:

Sorry to ask you again. I read your post and understand that for if25a the 4000k really lost much the throw and brightness compared to 6000k version.

But for31pro, how much did you think the throw and brightness differ between the colour temperature when both are on high and both are on turbo?
Thanks again.

The frustration with these lights is that they ALL get hot fast. The SC31 Pro 5k is closer to the 6.5k but it doesn’t keep up on throw (as expected). But it does ok on turbo for short bursts (better than I expected).

But again, these are all really cool lights and IF I lived in the thicker woods back east, I’d maybe prefer the 4K IF25a for its super natural tint (as I’d not need the throw). Indoors, the IF25a in 4K would be the favorite. It’s really all about what I am using it for.

For Kansas and seeing across the corn/bean field (several hundred yards) its going to be a 6.5k’ish light every time. If I am checking a trap line (over an hour in the field), I’d maybe take my SP32aV2 (in the 5.5k tint range) for better run time at higher lumens than the SC31 Pro Big Smile

Thank you. I’m sure to get the If25A 6000k this time. And you just make me not wanting to sell my SP32AV2.

It’s also interesting that I saw sp35 21700 are on sale again. With buck driver.

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Anyone used unprotected flat top battery with this?

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Yes, it comes with one in the kit.

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Yes, it comes with one in the kit.

I have sold mine so cannot confirm bit I think it comes with button top batteries.
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All my ‘pros came with BTs.

In fact, I can’t recall even a single Sofirn cell that was a FT, as all the ones I’m looking at are BTs.

(I always pull any come-with cells from the lights and store ‘em separately.)

Seems to be true not just of the all-black 3000s but also the older black-with-silver 2800s as well.

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SammysHP wrote:
Yes, it comes with one in the kit.

Mine certainly did not, it was an unprotected button-top!

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I been thinking of getting this light as filler to get used some AE coupons. Dont like that led though, so has anyone swapped it? What size mcpcb is used in these and what led would work best with it stock driver? Maybe some 3535-led or Osram flats.

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Yeah, you’re right. Just checked and it’s button top. Sorry.

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So the question still remains. Anyone used flat top with sc31pro?

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Yes. Not a problem at all ... flat top GAs, 30Qs, 35Es, 25Rs...

I have an MJ in mine today. 

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FW3A, SST20 4000K || S21A, Crescendo Mtn20DD, LH351D 4000K || SP32A, SST40 5000K

Recent/ongoing Mods:

S2+, TexAven 17mm, LH351D | S21A, Crescendo 20mm, XPL HI 5000K | L2 w/Mtn17DD Zener Guppydrv, XHP-50 | C8+ OP, DD XHP-50

SP32A w/SST40 5000K | TIR Upgrades | EagleTac clip | Ultrafire C2 w/6A 20mm & LH351D | S2+, Biscotti, Nichia 219C 2700K |

Reviews:

Sofirn SP31 v2.0 Tactical Flashlight (Cree XPL HI) || Sofirn SD05 Scuba Diving Flashlight || Sofirn SC31 USB Rechargeable (XP-G3) || Sofirn SC31 Pro 5000K

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Have a flat top 30Q in mine today.

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Tendou wrote:
So the question still remains. Anyone used flat top with sc31pro?

Works fine, has a spring at both ends.

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Thank you eveyone for the confirmation. Big Smile

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There is way to mod this light with triple leds?

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Sari33 wrote:
There is way to mod this light with triple leds?

Probably. Here's an example of modifying a similar light: https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1268266#comment-1268266

I think it might be easier with the SC31 pro because the same copper pill for an S2+ may fit this light. You'll need to extend the wire leads.

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FW3A, SST20 4000K || S21A, Crescendo Mtn20DD, LH351D 4000K || SP32A, SST40 5000K

Recent/ongoing Mods:

S2+, TexAven 17mm, LH351D | S21A, Crescendo 20mm, XPL HI 5000K | L2 w/Mtn17DD Zener Guppydrv, XHP-50 | C8+ OP, DD XHP-50

SP32A w/SST40 5000K | TIR Upgrades | EagleTac clip | Ultrafire C2 w/6A 20mm & LH351D | S2+, Biscotti, Nichia 219C 2700K |

Reviews:

Sofirn SP31 v2.0 Tactical Flashlight (Cree XPL HI) || Sofirn SD05 Scuba Diving Flashlight || Sofirn SC31 USB Rechargeable (XP-G3) || Sofirn SC31 Pro 5000K

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What a nightmare. My SOC8 clip wouldn’t fit in because of the switch wires and an odd component that was sticking out of the driver board so I had to solder six wires to the attiny to flash the light.

How did you guys end up securing the driver board at the end? I could use some glue but it seems like the fit is pretty snug without any adhesive

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I keep the driver board loose. The battery tube keeps it in place

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Tom E wrote:

I keep the driver board loose. The battery tube keeps it in place

Fair enough, I think that’s what I did for my EC03 as well but I wanted to double check. Thanks!

ps. your photos have been helpful for me in getting several lights open. Thanks a bunch TomE!

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Yea, I pretty much do that for all mods. On most lights, you wouldn't really have a reason to remove the battery tube often. For this SC31 Pro, only time I'd remove it is for exchanging 18650/18350 tubes, but you'll find the driver stays better in place once it's been secured for a while, not sure if it's hours, days or weeks. It's really the LED wires that make it awkward in popping out the driver. Mostly the Chinese lights use a stiffer, lower strand count wire (plus their silicone covering seems stiffer) so I almost always replace them, specially if I can fit in a thicker gauge. But of course the thicker wire tends to pop out the driver more Facepalm .

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What tint do you think this SC31 Pro has? I think it’s 5700K or above. Very ugly live compared to my other SST40s (convoy: s2+, s21a; astrolux: ec01, ft03; mateminco mt01). I bought it at Sofirn’s official store on aliexpress. I tried to get help from them, another LED, but they think it’s okay.

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Tartarus wrote:
What tint do you think this SC31 Pro has? I think it's 5700K or above. Very ugly live compared to my other SST40s (convoy: s2+, s21a; astrolux: ec01, ft03; mateminco mt01). I bought it at Sofirn's official store on aliexpress. I tried to get help from them, another LED, but they think it's okay.

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Did you set "white-balance" manually when taking this picture (otherwise, most cameras will auto-adjust the color temperature).. Your SC31 Pro beam does look more "greenish" though based on your picture. (in my limited experience, both SST40 5000k and SST40 6500k, will look varying degrees of "greenish" when at lower brightness levels).

 

 

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d_t_a wrote:

Tartarus wrote:
What tint do you think this SC31 Pro has? I think it’s 5700K or above. Very ugly live compared to my other SST40s (convoy: s2+, s21a; astrolux: ec01, ft03; mateminco mt01). I bought it at Sofirn’s official store on aliexpress. I tried to get help from them, another LED, but they think it’s okay.

Did you set “white-balance” manually when taking this picture (otherwise, most cameras will auto-adjust the color temperature).. Your SC31 Pro beam does look more “greenish” though based on your picture. (in my limited experience, both SST40 5000k and SST40 6500k, will look varying degrees of “greenish” when at lower brightness levels).

The two images were taken with the same settings in manual mode. With the naked eye, there’s a big discrepancy from my previous SST40 lights. It doesn’t matter, it just annoys me. I’ll buy another one LED + MCPCB from Convoy. But it wasn’t worth buying from Sofirn.

It is difficult to prove with images what one sees with the naked eye.

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It’s funny I really like the Sofirn lights I’ve got (sp25a, BLF sp36pro, and sc31pro). I only grabbed the sc31pro as it was so cheap when buying other stuff I grabbed it. And now it’s my most used single cell 18650 light, I absolutely love it. Doesn’t get too hot, can be run at high lumens fairly sustainably, flat top/button top, nice multi purpose beam, side switch etc. It’s just a fine choice, I grab it over other lights 4x the price.

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