This sounds like my days of comparing Audio Cables — one set of wires against another —- Blind test are even more confusing
Cover up the lights so you don’t know which one is which —you’ll be surprised what choices you make —- I recently acquired a XP-L 5D triple that I’m liking more than many of my Hi CRI triples — I have plenty —— Not sure if it’s just the Tint that’s so attractive
Convoy has consistent quality, which is a big pro, and as said the S2+ is one of the cheapest options. Cheaper options might give you less quality and you may end up with unreliable parts which are not representative enough for a good comparison.
And separate pills still dont give complete Flashlights. A complete Flashlight is probably just a few dollar more.
Wurrkos has a package deal to buy all three of their fc11. 2700k hi cri, 4000k hi cri, and 5000k low cri. Prepare to park the 5000k because you ain’t gonna like it. As I said in the other post, it’s not just about the cri. 3 to 4k and hi cri is The sweet spot.
Those xp-l’s have amazing tint and they are still 70 cri. The tint, not the CRI, makes them really feel like a high powered 219b sw-40/sw-45k mix. I use 5A2 and 5A3 XP-L Hi’s often when I want great tint, great output and decent CRI.
I went through this comparison phase as well. I did and still do it with P60 dropins, They are easy to build, they are cheap and they come in flavors… SMO and OP reflectors, triples and quads. I really do wish SolarForce was still around. Their dropins were decent and their reflectors were very well designed. Their drivers not so much, but that is an easy fix as well. The KD reflector dropins are pretty darn nice as well. They have a driver retaining ring, so no trying to heat the pill enough for a decent solder connection. I did really like the SolarForce low voltage driver as well, have used it in a few P60 aa/14500 builds, but they are long gone as well. Moved on to Convoy 4 mode AA/14500 drivers and with the 2xAA/2x14500 driver on the way, I can now get a decent driver in my dual cell lights.