Review: Convoy L6, XHP70 N4 LED with a maximum output of 3800 lumens

Convoy L6 is a powerful and high performing flashlight. It utilizes a CREE XHP70 N4 LED with a maximum output of 3800 lumens, offering 4 brightness levels and a strobe mode. It powered by two 26650 batteries in series.

Flashlight Overview

Before I wrote this review, I wasn’t a fan of big flashlights. Almost all my flashlights are small, or middle-sized for every day carry purpose.

Until Gearbest offered me to review Convoy L6 (non affiliate link), the biggest LED flashlight I ever tried. I accept the offer because it uses XHP emitter which I never tried before and I realy keen to see how it perform.

This flashlight was made by Convoy — many of you acknowledge this brand as well as Simon the owner. He produces many good flashlights in a reasonable and affordable price. Thanks Simon!

I received Convoy L6 in 5000K tint color inside a brown cardboard box without batteries.

I opened the box and there are a flashlight and a tactical ring (sealed in a plastic bag). No manual book, no spare o-rings, even no label on the flashlight body.

It is big! That’s what I thought upon opening the box.

So I took my current biggest flashlight, Courui D01, and put it aside for size comparison. Convoy L6 looks more curvy and taller.

I went back inside and took comparison picture with a flashlight that I carried that day, Olight S30R. They looked like David and Goliath.

I can say that Convoy L6 is a well made flashlight with decent build quality. Look at the knurlings on its body, it doesn’t hurt my palm and quite comfortable in hand.

The head is also designed to anticipate the excessive heat that may occured on long period of usage. We can see the fins on following image as a “cooler”. The side switch (it also has tail switch) which is used to choose brightness level is quite decent as well.

Side switch position is well positioned and is easy to access. I’m not really a fan of side switch but this one surprisingly quite easy to locate just by hand. Switching modes is no problem at all.

As I mentioned before, Convoy L6 has a tail switch too. The forward clicky switch located on its tail is used for switching on or off the light. It has no other purpose.

One thing I noticed was it has its spring by-passed using wire in order to deliver more current.

Spring by-pass was not only done for the spring on tail cap but also done for the spring on the head. Impressive!

Now let’s we see the spirit of this flashlight by disassembling the head part. Any parts can be opened easily because they’re not locked nor glued.

Just be sure to be careful when assembling them back together because o-ring on the head might get out from its line because of pressure from the lens.

Convoy L6 is equipped with large orange peel reflector. The output is quite throwy but still has decent amount of spill and illuminate the surrounding.

The purple-ish color shows that the lens is coated, this will guarantee that most of the light will be passed through the lens and not reflected back to the emitter.

XHP LED is mounted into an aluminum base plate and an insulation gasket is used to help the reflector stay centered. Base plate is mounted to the body (head) by using two screws.

After looking carefully, I found that the reflector is not fit perfectly inside the head without the bezel mounted. But I don’t think this will be a problem as long as the bezel is mounted, sure everyone will do.

The last part I’d like to tell is the tactical ring, the only accesory included inside the box. I don’t really know the function of this ring, I think it’s used to attach the lanyard to.

Looking at its design, the purpose of the ring is to avoid the flashlight rolling on flat surfaces. But I found that not all batteries can be used when the ring is mounted. I need longer batteries because the spring can’t reach the battery poles.

Update: There’s an “invisible” ring that must be removed before attaching the tactical ring, located at the body, near tail cap thread.

I decided not to mount the ring and keep it until I’ll need it, one day in the future.

Testing The Flashlight

I received Convoy L6 without batteries so I searched local online store (for quicker delivery) that sell protected 26650 batteries. Unfortunately, most of the stores only have unprotected ones.

After searching for few days, I purchased protected 26650s but they broke my heart. The protection boards are so awfull that the light can only went to low and medium mode, couldn’t go higher.

So I made a makeshift 26650 batteries by using 18650 batteries wrapped with tape and inserted them into 3/4″ plumbing pipe and they worked!

I clicked the tail switch and flashlight turned on at lowest mode. A click on the side swicth will ramp the mode into medium, and another clicks will bring it to high and turbo. It has memory so it will remember the last used mode.

Acessing strobe mode can be done by double clicking the side switch.

Looking at its beam pattern, Convoy L6 is a thrower. But it also has quite decent amount of spills that gives a sufficient amount of light.


I made two beamshots photos with different distance.

First series are shot using Pentax Q with standar prime lens (8.5 mm, fixed), manual exposure at 0.3 seconds, f 1/9, ISO 400. Distance to the target (church’s roof top) was about 97 meters.

Because I pointed the light at the church’s roof that is above my height, a pythagoras law may occur and the distance might be accounted further.

Here’s the curch view using Google Street View, it’s old picture (2015) so there’s no wall shown surrounding the church.

Control shot:

Low mode:

Medium mode:

High mode:

Turbo mode:

Here’s the animated version for your viewing pleasure.

Second shot series were done using the same camera, manual exposure at 0.5 seconds, f 1/9, ISO 400. Distance to the target (tree) was about 63.25 meters.

Here’s the view of the tree at the day, shown using Google Street View.

Control shot:

Low mode:

Medium mode:

High mode:

Turbo mode:

And again, animated beamshot pictures for your viewing pleasure:



- Super bright flashlight

- Great build quality

- Orange peel reflector give enough light spill for suround illumination

- Good mode spacing, easy to operate

- No hidden modes

- Two switches with different purpose

  • Affordable price


- A bit heavy, 700 grams without batteries

- No manual book, no spare accessories

- Not all 26650 batteries can be used (need longer ones, especially if tactical ring is mounted)

  • No low battery level indicator

This flashlight uses 2x26650 in series, use protected batteries for your own safety.


Thanks to Gearbest for providing me this flashlight for review. I know some forum members dislike Gearbest but I myself never experienced bad thing for all my purchases. Even the point saved me more money for other purchases.

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Thanks for reading :slight_smile:

Thanks for the nice review. I ordered the same version of the light from Gearbest about 2 weeks ago. Waiting patiently.

I use unprotected Efest 4200mAh IMR cells in this flashlight. But then again, I monitor them closely.
Actually, I been using unprotected name brands like Panasonic in most of my flashlights for almost 5 years without incident. I must stress it is very important to keep an eye on voltages as the cell discharges to make sure they’re closely matched and that you’re not over discharging them. I charge mine when they reach around 3 volts

thanks for the nice review!

Nice review with great beamshots.

Im not sure about this part tho, all L6’s are sold with DTP Copper board.

Also this

The tactical ring does not affect the length of the battery tube, and will not affect anything with the batteries, this flashlight works perfectly fine with unprotected 65mm tall batteries. and max. recommended length is 70mm.

I think I’ll do the same :slight_smile:

I’ll need to check it again later tonight, I left the flashlight at home.

I have different case, the ring is affecting the length of battery tube. I have tried to attach the ring one way another but still the same.

Great review, thank you!! :THUMBS-UP: … I ordered one several days ago and it should be here any day.
After reading your review… I am chomping at the bits for it to arrive. :wink:

Very nice review. Thank you!

Nice review. It’s making it tough not to buy one already! Wallet…is…burning…must…not…give…in!

Just in regards to the 2 cells, I charged two unprotected keeppower 5200mah cells up to full on a Opus charger. After a few nights of use I pulled the cells both out. One was 3.60 and one was 3.59, so as far as drain goes it looks relative safe to use unprotected cells as they discharge very uni-formally.

Nice review, thanks!

Indonesia, eh? May find myself in Batam later this year.

Actually, there’s a separate ring that comes pre-installed, it’s just hard to see. Try twisting it off - then you’ll have room for the tactical ring without changing the tube length. HTH!

Unscrew this ring first, and then install the tactical one, there is few people around here that also did not realized that there is a normal ring to cover the treads for the tactical ring. :smiley:

Thank you for this nice review.

Andyman & BobbyMK:

Whoa, how come I didn’t know that?
Thanks for the clue, I’ll check mine late. Many thanks! :beer:

Yes, I live in Jogja, about 3+ hours flight from Batam :slight_smile:

Mine just landed today, a couple days later then I thought. But happy its here now just have to wait for darkness. 2 1/2 hours. 20,000 mah of 26650 charged and ready to be used up

Great review on a great light!

How does it behave when voltage drops? At what voltage does it switch off?

Thanks for the review :smiley:
The animated images certainly are very helpful.,

The l6 is a amazing light, mine landed yesterday. I have the 6000k version I wanted it bright as possible. I love it. It has a more tight beam pattern then the s70. I like that the turbo doesn’t step down. And with 2 26650 its lighter then the s70. Don’t get me wrong I love my s70 but if I had to choose one of the 2 would be the l6. Brightness wise there about the same. The s70 is severely underrated in lumens. Thorfire batteries work great in the l6, I haven’t tried my unprotected evva ones yet though. I would definitely buy more Thorfire 26650 batteries in the future

Hehe, no worries, lots of users didn´t notice the seperate ring first, that´s why sometime even a short one side manual is better than nothing, I think Simon should REALLY include a little sheet explaining the proper mounting of the combat ring, even a little drawing would suffice I guess.