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Convoy M2

Here’s a nice looking new light from Fancy flashlights:

LED: CREE XM-L U2 1B/ T6 3C LED
Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
Reflector: Aluminum Alloy OP Reflector
Lumen: 1000lumens(U2)/900lumen(T6)
*Driver:7135*6
Current: 2.8A*
Mode: Flash for 5 seconds on Lo mode, you can switch Group I to Group II .

GroupI :3-mode: 5%>>50%>>100%
GroupII:5-mode(5%>>50%>>100%>>Strobe>>SOS)with momery
Battery Type:1×18650 (not include)
Switch: Tail cap click switch Anodise: HAIII
Size: 136mm(Length)*31.5mm(head diameter)*25.5mm(tube diameter)
Weight:120g(not include battery)

Mistake in the description, 7135×6 would produce around 2A, or is it 8 chips at 2.8A?

2 Groups of modes, available with U2 1B or 3C. And looks like it comes with both a crenelated and flat SS bezel, that’s really cool. Small, compact, love the heatfins…If it comes at 2.8A I may have to get one….

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http://www.fancyflashlights.com/goods.php?id=476

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Very nice looking light. I just might have to get one of those..

Reasonable price, too..

PPtk

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Looks like the pill comes out nice and easy too, would be great for modding. I think someone’s been reading our forum.. :~

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Seems like a good alternative to a typical p60/drop-in setup.

Will there be a noticeable difference in heat dissipation with a brass pill that screws right in to the body?

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The diameter of the head actually looks a little smaller than a P60 sized light, it should be quite floody, although the deeper looking reflector might keep it roughly P60ish.

I’d say the brass pill screw in would definitely mean that it heatsinks better than a P60.

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Eggpattern wrote:
Seems like a good alternative to a typical p60/drop-in setup.

Will there be a noticeable difference in heat dissipation with a brass pill that screws right in to the body?

I think yes. The P60 design is not the best thermal conductor, and spring floating drop-ins in general are terrible.

Nice light overall.

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Looks good .

What I do

 

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I can’t see anything not to not like about this, here’s hoping for a group buy next month or later.

U2, op reflector, well driven, this could replace my apex st6 as favorite pocket light.

Unless once my edc 18650 host arrives and is built I completely fall in love with it, this light will be on my Christmas list for myself.

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$22 and some change on FastTech. Very tempting.

Convoy M2

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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I just ordered one, and er … a few other things Smile

Does anyone have an M2 yet?

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Does Convoy have a nice professional website?

No?

Ok.

CU.

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Mine arrived today from FastTech, very speedy service

First impressions, it is a very professionally made nicely constructed torch. Fit and finish are excellent. Some might miss knurling, but I like it smooth.

The tint (T63C) is whiter than most of my neutrals. The beam is very nice and even, the hotspot is there but softer edged.

This M2 is a throwy little thing. It definitely beats any of my tube lights, and yet the beam and spill are well spread, making it very useable. Even on low, it throws a lot of light down the paddock.

The switch is very positive reverse clicky and a little stiff, it feels very good quality but makes a definite audible click

It has memory and comes on in whatever mode it was last on. It takes two clicks to get into mode changing mode. Two mode groups. I do like this new driver.

It could do with an extra low mode, but the three it has seem quite well spaced. I ordered the 2100 mA version

I can’t believe I got this for $22. It looks like a light that would retail for $80-100. Think I might order a couple more Wink

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Does the packaging have any contact information for Convoy…website, etc.?

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pretzy wrote:
Mine arrived today from FastTech,

Glad you like it, I ordered this light too from FT (3C/2100 mA).

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Just a plain white box, no info sheet

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pretzy wrote:
Mine arrived today from FastTech, very speedy service

First impressions, it is a very professionally made nicely constructed torch. Fit and finish are excellent. Some might miss knurling, but I like it smooth.

The tint (T63C) is whiter than most of my neutrals. The beam is very nice and even, the hotspot is there but softer edged.

This M2 is a throwy little thing. It definitely beats any of my tube lights, and yet the beam and spill are well spread, making it very useable. Even on low, it throws a lot of light down the paddock.

The switch is very positive reverse clicky and a little stiff, it feels very good quality but makes a definite audible click

It has memory and comes on in whatever mode it was last on. It takes two clicks to get into mode changing mode. Two mode groups. I do like this new driver.

It could do with an extra low mode, but the three it has seem quite well spaced. I ordered the 2100 mA version

I can’t believe I got this for $22. It looks like a light that would retail for $80-100. Think I might order a couple more Wink

Thanks for the info Pretzy, I haven’t forgotten this light. How does the beam compare to a P60? Is the reflector the same size or a little smaller?

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Th M2s LOP reflector looks to be a couple of mm bigger in diameter and quite a bit deeper than a P60 reflector. I only have a couple of SMO P60 to compare it with.

The M2 is very similar in size to the LOP reflector in my Balder SE-2. The corona of the M2 is a little brighter and more evenly spread, and the spill a little larger compared to the SE-2. I like the SE-2, it is one of my favourite lights. The M2 has a similar UI, only with a reverse clicky instead of forward, and the Balder doesn’t need a second click to change modes. The new SE-2 has a similar 2 group 3/5 mode driver to the Convoys. I hope this type of driver sticks around for a long time.

Considering the M2 cost 2/3 of the Balders price, I think it’s a real bargain. The Balder is a real workhorse light, and would not be out of place on a police duty belt. The M2 is like a thoroughbred, smooth, light, and quality all the way. It has some serious heatsink fins too, although they probably don’t make a huge difference on such a small light, they can’t hurt and also help reduce weight.

The beams on both of these are much nicer than my P60 lights, more useable for me. My P60s have decent beams, no bad ringy ones. The P60s have less spill and a less defined hotspot. None of my dropins are high priced ones though so YMMV with quality ones.

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Thanks Pretzy, sounds look a good deal allround. I’ll have to get one

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No worries mate, I hope you like it Smile

I think I will order another with a U2 and the 2800 mA driver just for fun and to compare.

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Pretzy, Thanks for the review.

Does the Se-2 have a much lower low than the M2? I have a camping trip coming up and a low low is an important feature for my outdoor use.

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I’m not at home right now mate, but will chech ‘em out when I get there.

From memory they are similar lows. I don’t think there is a review of the new model SE-2 yet, but one on the old model has some info I think

Have you checked out the BLF A8? I think it would make a great camping light, although it starts on high.

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I ordered T6 3C but I got T6 not 3C.

Don’t tell me how I know, I have 10+ T6 3C flashlights.

First order, feel bad.

https://www.fasttech.com/products/1212501

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Same one I ordered Pok.

Mine is whiter than my other 3Cs but compared to a regular T6 there is a very visible difference in tints. It makes the XM-l look a little bluish white with green corona. The M2 is definitely softer, but not yellowish or pinkish.

When I look at the LED with the light turned off, the phosphor looks markedly more yellowish/orangey than a regular XM-L

I wonder is they are a newer version LED than we are used to?

Is there any way we can be sure?

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I looked @ the a8 but It looks like it would add more weight to my bag than a slimmer 18650 light. 18650s are also more energy dense. Plus I don’t feel like buying new batteries.

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Fair enough, although the A8 will run a 18650 with an adaptor tube, it will be a bit bigger and heavier for sure.

The M2 is not tiny either though, it’s almost identical in size to a SolarForce L2P clone I have, and it’s heavier too, but much better made. It’s much bigger than the single 18650 tube lights.

I like the Convoy, I’m taking mine camping, well dorm room camping, tonight.

The only light I have with really low (moon) modes are the ThruNite Ti and Neutron series, and an EagleTac d25A Clicky Ti. The ThruNite T30s has a 10 lumen low, which is not bad. The Scorpion has ramping with a decent low, but these are all expensive lights.

I really like the ultra low modes, I find them very useful around the house and I particularly wanted them for camping and long runtimes.

I’m guessing the low on my M2 is 20-25 lumens, still very useable and not blinding bright. It’s brighter than my T30 on low, but not a huge lot more.

I think the beam of the M2 is a very good all rounder, which makes it a good choice for camping. It’s not too big and the modes, if not ideal, are pretty decent. It is quite smooth though. The M1 has knurling, and I am thinking of ordering one. I had my eye on that host for a long time, but the M2 is better looking.

Have you looked at the Xiaozhi on FancyFlashlights? It is a very nice torch and is still under $20. The Convoy S3 is also a very nice compact 18650. The M2 will out throw them though.

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I just ordered another M2 with an XM-L U2 and 2800mA driver. It will be interesting to compare the two.

This torch is giving my beloved UF 980-L a real nudge as an all time favourite.

Hmmmm, how many flavours does it come in?

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i also recieved mine last week and was truly impressed. havent really got that satisfied feeling in a long time with these small light purchases untill i got this one.
i also bought the convoy c8, and that was is even brighter and throws further just incase anyone is looking for a c8

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I just got a Convoy M1, and I’m impressed, too. It’s well made (HAIII, no less), bright for it’s size, and seems to shed heat well (mine has the 2.1A driver). You get the whole light for about 20 $US, less than most P60 drop-ins by themselves!

Now I’m waiting for an M2 with a T6 3C emitter to arrive in the mail.

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from looking at pictures on their website. i think the m1 will be brighter and will have the bigger flood spill which is why i went with the m1

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I also ordered an M1 to compare. It’s very similar to the CNQG OEM D3 that I have had my eye on for a very long time.

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nice, when you guys get it, report back so we all know which is the better M

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