Which single 18650 Convoy host to get?

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Which single 18650 Convoy host to get?

I already have 5x different S2+ lights and would like something that is a similar size that can take the existing 16mm MCPCB and 17mm drivers that I already have laying around. I’ll be doing either a CSLNM1 or SFT40 with smooth reflector for a mini “thrower”.

The wife also said I’m not allowed to buy any more lights this year, but a host doesn’t technically produce any light…So a host would be ideal rather than a complete light. And I have so many spare parts it would be a shame not to use them.

I’m thinking either S2, S3, S4, or S6.

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Well, if you want a mini thrower, you'll probably want a deep reflector.

I don't know which of the S-series has a deep reflector other than the S2.

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Try a C8+ or M1 if you want an 18650 light. Both are great lights. The C8+ is a bit larger than the M1. If you want a small thrower the M1 is it. About the same size as the S2+ but with a larger head & deep reflector.

EDIT TO ADD.. You will have to check & see if the 16mm MCPCB and 17mm drivers are a fit.
I can’t remember for sure off hand

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Of the S series the S6 has the deepest reflector.  It would be very interesting to put a CSLNM1 into one and see what throw numbers you could get.  I'm curious how much farther it would throw than an S2+ with the same emitter.

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John-Atwork wrote:

Of the S series the S6 has the deepest reflector.  It would be very interesting to put a CSLNM1 into one and see what throw numbers you could get.  I’m curious how much farther it would throw than an S2+ with the same emitter.

Mind you, the S6 is standard equipped with an orange peel reflector.
IDK if the S6 is also sold as a host and/or with a smooth reflector.

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I didn't know that.  Maybe there is no smooth reflector for the S6, otherwise I suspect I'd find someone out there who's already stuck an osram in one.

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I’ve built several S6 with dedomed XP-G2 — made great little throwers for their time —- I use to get smooth reflectors from Fastech

If I remember correctly, there was a thread about a CSLNM1 in a S6

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Yeh, dedomed G2s are pretty good. Dunno if anyone still has/sells white/black flats, but those are an option for a small-reflector.

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John-Atwork wrote:

Of the S series the S6 has the deepest reflector.  It would be very interesting to put a CSLNM1 into one and see what throw numbers you could get.  I’m curious how much farther it would throw than an S2+ with the same emitter.

S2, S5, S6 and S8 use the same reflector.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32823612116.html

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 >S2, S5, S6 and S8 use the same reflector. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32823612116.html

 

I was going by the information in the guide I referenced above.  Maybe the early ones had a deeper reflector and then they were changed to the shallower ones so Convoy could standardize on a single needed part?

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M1, M2, and C8 all use 20mm mcpcb.

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The smooth s2/s6 reflector has a 5mm hole. The only gasket available is for 3535 led.

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I also vote for S6 with a smooth reflector. One of my first and still favorite builds is this with a warm xp-l hi. I purchased from Mtn Electronics.
https://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=68_1...

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M1 – it’s an awesome host

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I’ll second (or third, wherever we are) the M1.

The form factor to potential performance works nicely. If you want a color other than black you can always bake it before you build it…

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Azirine wrote:
S2, S5, S6 and S8 use the same reflector.

 

 

Azirine, chech out the fifth image. 

https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/wxk2h1/nld_convoy_s6_519a_5...

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I’d recommend the Convoy M1 personally.

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John-Atwork wrote:

Azirine wrote:
S2, S5, S6 and S8 use the same reflector.

 

 

Azirine, chech out the fifth image. 

https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/wxk2h1/nld_convoy_s6_519a_5...


Are you confusing s2 with s2+?
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SMO reflector for S6 at Simon in Aliexpress store https://is.gd/zRyPyD

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SMOKEU if you ever find an S4 host please let me know since it’s still on my wanted list (Want to buy a Convoy S4 – US only)!!!

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.