Sofirn Q8 Pro Comprehensive Review

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Sofirn Q8 Pro Comprehensive Review

Hello fellow BLFers. I have published a comprehensive review of the Sofirn Q8 Pro. I was quite surprised as this is the first Sofirn torch I reviewed to actually measure well over its specs! Please let me know what you think.

The review can be found here: https://www.thelab.gr/reviews/reviews-in-english/sofirn-q8-pro-r810/

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Edited by: pol77 on 10/01/2021 - 05:50
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Thanks for the comprehensive review. I was expecting better sustained brightness, as it appears to be outclassed by the single battery Convoy M21D XHP70.2.

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Thanks pol77 for sharing the very informative review. This is the first one I have seen on the Sofirn Q8Pro.

Still undecided on whether I will buy one. A good opportunity to buy with a good discount will arrive on 10 October — the 10/10 Sale! Cash

But I already have the Sofirn Q8. So I am looking around for more reviews to learn more about the Q8Pro. Smile

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Q8 Pro wall beamshot pictures, Left side is 6000-6500K. The light is cooler. While the right side is 5000-5300K and the light is more neutral. Which one do you like better? Is the difference between these two as big as you thought?

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6500k vs 5300k is a big difference. The xhp50.2 is not known for good tint uniformity or beam quality. OP reflector help with that, but it’s hard to fet rid of it.

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Sofirn, do you have a sufficient stock of the XHP50.2/5000K to sell on sofirnlight.com? Do you participate in IOSS?

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Good to see a neutral white Q8 Pro!

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Good to see new driver.

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Nice comprehensive review.

I'll add some of my info.

The unit you got/reviewed appears to be the most recent batch, with the OP reflector.

 

1) earlier batch of Q8 Pro comes with (board "Q8Pro-A-A0 20210122"):
  - Anduril 1 firmware (2020-03-18)
  - has smooth reflector,
  - can charge at QuickCharge 2.0 9v/12v
  - powerbank output function also supports QuickCharge 2.0/3.0 (protocol detection with my USB meter indicates the power bank output also supports PD3.0 but I don't have a better way to test Power Delivery feature

 

2) recent batch of Q8 Pro now comes with (board "Q8Pro-A-A1 20210520"):
  - Anduril 2 firmware (version 2021-06-06 model code 611)
  - now has orange-peel reflector (I'm not sure if it will have much effect though compared to the previous SMO reflector)
  - can only charge at 5v (up to 3A)
  - powerbank out function also only outputs 5v (up to 3A), protocol detection with my USB meter indicates it supports DCP and Apple protocol (5v).

 

 

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some other notes:

I believe the previous Sofirn 3000mAh 18650s use DLG batteries (no ring at the bottom)

The current Sofirn 3000mAh 18650 batteries seem to be BAK batteries (have ring at the bottom / negative side)

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Thank you for the information d_t_a. I was not aware there was a previous batch with different characteristics. It is a pity they removed the QC and PD ability from the driver, it is something that would really add to the value of this product.

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Nice review. Looks like a great upgrade from the original Q8.

I made my own Q8 Pro last year, by asking Sofirn if they’d be so kind as to solder 4 × 3v XHP50.2s onto an appropriate MCPCB, and they obliged! I think I was the first person to ask them to do this, and it seemed to spur a few others to want to do it, and also for them to release it as a product.

I have done a few other mods such as spring bypasses, brass screws, Anduril flashing, AR glass, stripped anodisation, and changed the button LED colour. It’s one of a kind! I measured just under 17,000 lumens in my Maukka-calibrated lumen sphere. It’s an absolute weapon.

Notable lights: Q8 with 4 x 3V XHP50.2, bypassed springs, brass driver and tailcap screws, Anduril firmware, removed anodisation, AR glass, warm white switch LEDs (16,800lm)  |  Convoy S2+ with triple Luxeon V 4000k, Led4Power B4 Driver, Carclo 10507, bypassed springs (2900lm)  |   D18 in sand  |  D4V2 in sand  |  D4S in grey  |   FW3A with warm white XP-L HI  |   KR4 Mule in blue

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Nice job on the review.

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d_t_a wrote:

Nice comprehensive review.


I’ll add some of my info.


The unit you got/reviewed appears to be the most recent batch, with the OP reflector.


 


1) earlier batch of Q8 Pro comes with (board “Q8Pro-A-A0 20210122”):
  – Anduril 1 firmware (2020-03-18)
  – has smooth reflector,
  – can charge at QuickCharge 2.0 9v/12v
  – powerbank output function also supports QuickCharge 2.0/3.0 (protocol detection with my USB meter indicates the power bank output also supports PD3.0 but I don’t have a better way to test Power Delivery feature


 


2) recent batch of Q8 Pro now comes with (board “Q8Pro-A-A1 20210520”):
  – Anduril 2 firmware (version 2021-06-06 model code 611)
  – now has orange-peel reflector (I’m not sure if it will have much effect though compared to the previous SMO reflector)
  – can only charge at 5v (up to 3A)
  – powerbank out function also only outputs 5v (up to 3A), protocol detection with my USB meter indicates it supports DCP and Apple protocol (5v).


 




 


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some other notes:


I believe the previous Sofirn 3000mAh 18650s use DLG batteries (no ring at the bottom)


The current Sofirn 3000mAh 18650 batteries seem to be BAK batteries (have ring at the bottom / negative side)


Seems in the new batch Sofirn downgrade the power bank function of Q8 Pro from PD to only to support ordinary USB fast charge.
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Thanks for the review.

Got a couple of BLT LT1. Love that lantern and is pushing me to a Q8 as my next purchase.

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I’ve seen a few newer gadget down graded from previous builds. Is it cost cutting, design flaw or chip shortages? I tend to think the last two here.

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Great review on the Sofirn Q8 Pro.

Tried your 30% discount code on amazon UK. polymeros30 no longer works.
Do you have another 30% discount code?

Thank you.

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Got the Q8 pro and the If22a in my Amazon basket any 30% discount codes? Cheers Dean.

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I have an original BLF Q8 and Sofirn Q8 Pro – It is a worthwhile upgrade for the additional power and efficiency of the xhp50s and the convenience of USB charging. Either way I recommend upgrading the firmware in your Q8 to Anduril 2 – you will love it – I do.