I was offered a free SP32A for a usage testing. Based on that and other evidence from the forums, Sofirn seems like a nice company to deal with. They seem to listen to our opinions, make changes to their lights and seem very pleasant and helpful in the forums. I thought that before the sample, and was nicely surprised to be picked for a light! I have many Sofirn lights.
I wanted the SP32A anyway…so this was a nice and welcome surprise.
My review is not technical at all, I haven’t taken it apart or ran any electrical tests, but I do find I use it very often…it is my go to grab for quick lighting around the house and garage. A very handy and bright tube light for everyday use.
It’s a reported 1550 lumens…seems like it in comparison to some of my other lights and a rudimentary ceiling bounce.
Nice bright tint…Cree XP-L2 LED with 5350-5700K.
Well machined…fit and finish are nice. Reversible battery tube to change the clip orientation. It has a side switch (which I prefer).
Driver spring is bypassed from the factory…a nice touch.
This light has a ramping mode. Ramping is a newer user interface in recent boutique lights. It is nice to find it on a production light. You can also turn on a 5 level discreet click mode. I have grown to prefer a ramping interface, and this one is nice.
Double click turbo.
It does not ramp as smoothly as a Q8 or a Emisar light…it is also slower. But no production light can match a user interface authored by the talent on this forum.
Even though I have dozens of current boutique lights found on this forum, I find this light very impressive and was going to purchase it merely on the fact that it is a Sofirn and I enjoy their lights. Frequent Amazon sales don’t hurt either.
I find them to be consistently useful in their price range and format.
The kit also came with a 3000 mAh 18650 and a single battery charger as well. This makes it useful to a person that doesn’t have a drawer full of batteries and chargers already. One’s first single 18650 and charger can easily add $20 to the price of Li-Ion flashlight, so it’s inclusion is a nice addition.
It is nice to see Sofirn take forum advice in to consideration and engineer lights with wanted and inovatative features.