Needing help deciding on my first “Big” light. I was set to order the Q8 at the current sweet deal price but am now unsure between this the brand new Convoy L6 70.2 or updated Thorfire s70s. These are my choices cuz they r roughly in same price range after discounts, plus i will have to buy new matched batts for given light. I’m torn between can style vs baton style for this decison, admittedly the baton style seems to hold the lead for me right now.
Regardless I realize this new light will likely be a lesser used light due to size etc. More interested in usability of the light UI and flood/throw, heat management, carry ability, reliability, etc. I mostly own 5” 18650 stick lights i can carry to work, but I’m finally ready for a serious light.
Bottomline if u were limited to one of these 3 which would u pick and why? Any and all opinions, comments are welcome, thx in advance for ur help.
i would say get the q8 it has nice ramping mode, good tints and not too big and still packs 5000+ lumens impressive. i got the l6 way long before the q8 i didnt even know that type of light existed before i joined here but if i had to chose today and didnt own neither i would still go for the q8.
I would go with the L6, the switch is placed in the right place and it balances nicely in your hand, the beam is excellent mix of flood and throw perfect for outdoors use. Heat sinking is great and there is no sudden step down.
Narsil is nice, but the L6 is easier to hold in your hand which is an underestimated part when buying flashlights, after all, you need to hold it.
Otherwise we would all be buying headlamps. Same story about the GT, cool light but very difficult to use it for longer times when carrying with your hands.
I just recently purchased another light in the same category that you’re looking. I was just about to purchase the Q8 but decided to take a second look at various 4x18650 options.
I decided on the Heikelite MT03 TA devourer.
It has a max output of 21 000 lumens which admittedly won’t last for long at all but the fact that TA (Texas Ace from BLF) redesigned their driver to give maximum output and provide a full ramp is definitely what sold me. I don’t expect the runtimes to be all that great but with the ramping driver and pop-can size I figured it’s pretty much a significantly higher output version of what I wanted in the Q8.
The price was higher than the Q8’s current sale price but the BGLF2 December code at banggood is still working so I got 30% off. There is also a couple codes available at M4DM4X.
The Q8 is highly regarded here though I can’t say from personal experience because I really don’t like soda can lights. The L6 however, especially the newer version with 70.2 emitter is excellent. Very well built, nice simple controls and great output & cooling.
S70S for me and asked Jr and he agees though he usually takes a Q8 for after dark dog walk but that’s cause I have the S70.
Which Q8, BLF or Sofirn?
BLF SP70 should be out in the next couple of months which will be like L6 on ’roids
I had to make the same decision a couple month ago and i decided to go with the BLF Q8 cause it's much more compact than the L6, a light that you can actually carry with you should you need high output. Beside 4 brightness modes for a 4000 lumens light for me is too little so i went with the Narsil firmware instead. If you really need to run the light continuously at high output then L6 is a better solution but if you don't then Q8 is a better light overall.
P/s: You also might want to take a look at Sofirn Q8, almost indentical to BLF Q8 but come with cool white xpl hi emitters for throw.
I agree about throwing the SP36 into the mix. I like mine better than my Q8 lights simply because of the slightly smaller size. I’ve never sought out a dedicated thrower so the beam of the SP36 suits me very well. Its 5000 or 6000 lumens can light up a good distance, at least for my eyes.