Last couple of days I was on vacation with the family.
We where staying on a camping in the north of the Netherlands, it has nice wooded area with some nice open fields and heath.
And it get pretty dark out there at night. :bigsmile:
So, obviously I brought some of my lights with me.
The Convoy L2 with a XM-L2 1A and stock 3A driver.
The Convoy C8 with a XP-L HI and MTN 17DDm driver, using a sanyo 18650GA battery (when fresh of the charger it did aprox. 5.5A for a couple of seconds, after that it settled around 4.5A)
The Convoy C8, older version with pill and shinier anodizing, with a normal XM-L2 and, I believe, a qlite driver modded to 4A (though tail measurements are little lower). (right one)
I also had the BLF-348 with nicha 219C with me.
First off all, the BLF-348 is really an awesome light. I used it with a normal AAA battery and it was bright enough. Has a very nice tint, I really like it!
Now the L2, I dont know where to start… :bigsmile:
It throws great, nice output while stock, can not wait for the new version with XP-L HI.
Since you can easily walk for and hour or more trough these woods I really like that it uses a 26650, it gives you not only more runtime but it also feels good in my hands. The new one will have an extension/2 cell tube so handling and runtime will only be better. :love:
After handling the L2 the C8’s feel small, it can easily be carried in a coat pocket, or just dangling on the lanyard.
Though it is small it still has some power in it! The C8 with the XP-L Hi will not out throw the L2 but it does have a higher output. (that’s obvious, it has a fet driver in it…)
Alright, here are the beamshots.
I’m not a pro photographer nor do I have professional equipment. Also these shots are my first outdoor beamshots.
I used a Olympus styles sh-1 with auto setting.
Convoy C8 with XP-L HI and fet driver:
Convoy C8 XM-L2:
The convoy C8 with XP-L HI does look close to the L2 but that’s because the output is just higher and because the camera will auto adjust settings each shot. This was the second picture I took, the first one was a little ‘to much’ (http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a500/thijsco19/PC272448_zps8fufytki.jpg).
You can also see the difference between the XM-L2 and the XP-L HI C8.
Also took a picture of the BLF-348 beam, it looks much better in real life 0:):