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Convoy S2+

Had to try one read so much about them around the place, the prices are simply amazing.
LH351D 5000k from AliX.
Be interesting to see how it holds up.

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I have about a dozen. Its my number one go to light. Perfect from a power, size, and price point of view.

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One of these days I’ma pick one or two up. Or three or four.

Thought I’d see what I could find on sale and found an image someone else posted on here, or on another forum. Can’t recall.

The light is coming from the tailcap. No trits or emitters or GITD resin. They just… forgot which end to photoshop.

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It is probably the most common mentioned light model on BLF.
Have several, I think 5, by now. Sadly, they are all grey. But it is interesting that they all look different, one is more blue, one is really grey, another one is dark grey. Anodization changed quite a bit over the years.
I mostly buy lights on sale or flash sale etc, the grey model was the most common color they sold off through FT, GB back in the day.

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For come reason, the colored one cost 50% more (or more.)

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Yesterday i ordered 2700k lh351d s2+ from simon. i also messaged him for orange body (bc. only grey is listed on aliex page).

Its my first sub 4000K light. im excited.

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I chose Purple
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Also, why are the S2+‘s cheaper on BG than in Convoy/Ali store?

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zoulas wrote:
Also, why are the S2+‘s cheaper on BG than in Convoy/Ali store?

It’s the Banging Bad discount. They’ll get you on shipping costs, shipping insurance, and Bang points when the item doesn’t arrive.

Most items in Simon’s store won’t charge for shipping and he always (or often) uses registered/tracked shipping. It is really fast, my LEDs last week came in within… nine or ten days.

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daffyh67 wrote:
I chose Purple

So did I, mine is on the slow boat coming. I’m a bit over sst-20/40 lights so I got the Osram cslpm1?? I’d like to get some SST-70 lights, haven’t seen a multi emitter sst-70 yet.

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tascagdas wrote:
Yesterday i ordered 2700k lh351d s2+ from simon. i also messaged him for orange body (bc. only grey is listed on aliex page).

Its my first sub 4000K light. im excited.

Who is Simon anyway?

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Porchlight wrote:
tascagdas wrote:
Yesterday i ordered 2700k lh351d s2+ from simon. i also messaged him for orange body (bc. only grey is listed on aliex page).

Its my first sub 4000K light. im excited.

Who is Simon anyway?


He runs/owns Convoy.
https://convoy.aliexpress.com/store/330416
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Haha, I ordered my first BLF related flashlight from Simon then Big Smile Can’t wait for it to arrive!

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Ordering from Simon has the added bonus to allow customized orders.

I wanted a purple/violet body S2 with an UV LED (makes sense, doesn't it, a violet body for a light which emits ultra-violet light wink ?). Such a light is listed nowhere, including on AE/Convoy store.

I only had to put a note to Simon when ordering, and he sent me a violet S2+ with the UV LED, with no additional cost WRT the lower price of the S2.

Shipment was also surprisingly fast to France, so thumbs up to him!

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Too bad the H1 isn’t regulated. I could have Simon put a red LED in it instead of modding another headlamp myself just to get deep red. Can’t wait for the light to come from his store so I can test it & see if Convoy can survive my use. (I destroy lights)

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I would ask Simon to add a 15 degrees frosted tir and a clip, but keep the reflector in case you don’t like it.

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I only have 12 Convoy S2+ in my collection! Really like the CSLNM1 colour emitters and LH351 for high CRI.

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We should do a poll or something to see who has the most Cool

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If there is one thing I hate about the S2+ is that I can’t seem to fit a protected battery in it. The battery
is like 1mm too fat.

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I have a few of these. Some work well with protected button-tops but some do not. It seems like the newer models of S2+ are okay but older ones with colored bodies and a metal switch are definitely not. It’s a shame because I bought a bunch of overpriced protected 18650 batteries from Battery Junction. The regular unprotected ones I buy through Convoy’s AliExpress shop work better at a fraction of the price. Crying

That issue aside, I love the S2+. I prefer the mechanical switch over electronic switches by a huge margin. I love the 12-group selection because it mostly lets you stack the modes how you want, with or without memory. Thinking about all the emitter options they offer, choices in optics and reflectors, and the extremely friendly prices; it has spoiled me for a lot of supposedly higher-end brands. I’ve also gotten into Convoy’s similar flashlights in 21700.

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zoulas wrote:
If there is one thing I hate about the S2+ is that I can’t seem to fit a protected battery in it. The battery
is like 1mm too fat.

Only unprotected are guaranteed to fit. Some protected will fit.
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I think the S2+ is the perfect EDC! It is a good size, uses an 18650 battery, very easy to mod with its brass pill, can take a pocket clip, has many different colors, lots of LED options, tail stands, etc. And the prices are very reasonable given the performance!

Whenever possible, I chose to buy from Simon at the Convoy flashlight Store for my Convoys. He has the latest Convoys, such as square threads vs trapezoidal. And he is the man, the myth, and the legend for Convoys. He is the inventor of Convoys so he should get as much business as possible!

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

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Porchlight wrote:
We should do a poll or something to see who has the most Cool

Ugh. With all the actual S-series lights and hosts, I could probably open Convoy America.

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They're really great lights, simply because they're compact and have so many options available plus loads of customization opportunities.  That emitter is really nice, one of my favorites.  I got one in a cheapie light and was quite surprised by it, so I ordered a handful of bare emitters from Digikey to swap into other lights.  I'm down to three S2/S2+ lights but have several other models from Convoy and other than some limitations with drivers (sorta) they're all great lights and always at such a bargain price for what they offer.  The S2+ makes a fantastic gift, too...have Simon put a muggle driver in it (or set the firmware options to something like that before you gift it) for those who may not have the interest to learn about enthusiast lights but still want something better than typical hardware store junk (only caveat is that they still have to learn about lithium ion cells and not treat them like they might alkalines). 

If you catch an S2 bug, just be aware that there have been several running changes to them in a few aspects but for the most part they're still very interchangeable and simple to work on.  You should find that it will hold up fine and you'll ding it up and wear off the anodizing before the light gives out.  And if you do break something or wear out a switch, have a driver go glitchy, the parts are cheap and quick to swap.  Several of mine took some pretty good whacks and drops, never had one fail (didn't even break any lenses, knock on wood). 

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cyberpunk wrote:
zoulas wrote:
Also, why are the S2+'s cheaper on BG than in Convoy/Ali store?
It's the Banging Bad discount. They'll get you on shipping costs, shipping insurance, and Bang points when the item doesn't arrive. Most items in Simon's store won't charge for shipping and he always (or often) uses registered/tracked shipping. It is really fast, my LEDs last week came in within... nine or ten days.

 

Banggood has also stocked a lot of S2 lights with older outdated drivers installed...they seem to serve as a clearinghouse sometimes.  Fasttech, too.  If they have twelve product pages for something, shop carefully because it's probable that there are fifteen products being offered so check the deets closely.

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S2+s are an entry drug.

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Yeh, if you want one of the most reliable lights out there, get a S2+ with 1-mode driver, simple on/off, at 1.4A, 2.1A, or whatever you want that’s sustainable. Nothing to break, almost.

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Cemoi wrote:

Ordering from Simon has the added bonus to allow customized orders.

I wanted a purple/violet body S2 with an UV LED (makes sense, doesn't it, a violet body for a light which emits ultra-violet light wink ?). Such a light is listed nowhere, including on AE/Convoy store.

I only had to put a note to Simon when ordering, and he sent me a violet S2+ with the UV LED, with no additional cost WRT the lower price of the S2.

Shipment was also surprisingly fast to France, so thumbs up to him!

 

That's one of the things I love about Simon and everything he offers.  I actually wanted that exact same thing but he wasn't willing to do it for me when I asked a few years ago.  So I bought hosts and stuff and made my own, put more money in his pocket (which I'm happy to do, honestly), and ended up with something I liked better anyway.  Made a second with the SST 365nm in the violet body and gifted that one to a coworker for scorpion finding.

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zoulas wrote:
If there is one thing I hate about the S2+ is that I can’t seem to fit a protected battery in it. The battery is like 1mm too fat.

Have a bunch of unprotected. Maybe 50 or so, & only 2-4 protected Ultrafire cells. It was partially the fault of another certain forum I was on years back. Wink

Well, that & the fact the worst issues I had so far were from protected cells oozing in the charger. Maybe protected is better these days?

I’m interested in the quality of the Ipx8 rating. Ipx7 lights usually die at some point for me.
Some of the Ipx8 ones die as well, usually over time from wet batteries which I try to minimize, but yeah. If the battery is damp, sometimes it still has to go in the light.
It’s embarrassing, but I’ve torture tested a few cells in the wash…luckily no lights yet.
On the plus side, Panasonic unprotected 18650 cells still work after going through the wash.

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pennzy wrote:
S2+s are an entry drug.

Pop in a pill, get a driver & you’re on your way?

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Why is the S2+ so much better/more popular than the S11?

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