I bought all the XP-L2 Sofirns including the SP31, SP32, SP32A. SP32 had the warmest tint but not red/peach enough compared to my better tinted XPL lights such as the Emisar D4 and BLF A6. The SP31 and SP32A is too cool white for me. The SP32A had the best UI though. I also bought the SF36W, which to me has the best rear clicky I have ever seen but it is too warm. I haven’t found a really good Sofirn that I liked.
UPDATE! "REVIEW" & Mods: Sofirn SP32A [It is now a TRIPLE :D ] (Pic Heavy)
Hum, from those lights I only have the SP32 and SP32A, and I totally agree with you on the tint! SP32A is too much Cool White, and the XP-L2 has a big tint shift, with a greenish look!
The SP32 has a better tint, more Neutral to Warm, but still it does not render those colours so good! This is my bedside flashlight with a Convoy diffuser to use it like a “go-to-sleep” light Used on Moonlight or Low levels it is nice!
About the UI, I prefer the SP32A on the quick access to turbo, though I miss the quick access to (a) moonlight level like the SP32.
Both are solid lights, tough!!
The SF36W I don’t know, but I guess Lightbringer has it and likes it a lot!
I guess they are learning and improving with time! And they are really wanting to “hear” us, their customers, to know what is best to manufacture! I guess in the future we will continue to have better Sofirn lights and still on the budget side! Maybe you’ll find one you really like meanwhile
Sorry I meant to say SP32A had the best UI not SP32. I edited my post above.
SP31 UI is horrible. You need to untwist it to turn it off. Unless I’m missing something.
Some beamshots after the triple mod!!
I must say that the tint and beam with these LEDs and triple TIR are not the best on close range and white walls. But, at a distance and with other non-whit environments, it has a nice beam and even being CW emitters, they look nice!
Button in tailcap. You miss a button
Great review, thanks for posting plus all the tips and mods, I really learned a lot from this, I especially like how the convoy 350 tube fits. I’m planning to order one of these.
In the beam shots above it appears the tint is more neutral with the TIR, (at least it doesn’t appear to have the bluish tint shift in the spill anymore) Are you seeing that improvement in reality or is it just the camera playing tricks?
Also what is the degrees of TIR you used and where did you get it? Please post a link if possible. Thanks.
Thanks for reading beam0!!
Yup, with that lens the tint indeed tended to more NW, there wasn’t “greenish” tint shift and it didn’t look, indeed, so CW.
The camera picked it but in reality was even better! The cellphone tends to distort the reality a little bit!
Unfortunately I am not able to post a link for that lens because it was from another flashlight I have, so I borrowed it! About the degrees, I can only say that it was a bit narrow (making the hotspot more dense), despite the spill was pretty nice and with a good amount of light!! I’m not sure if I’ve seen those for sale, but I’ll check it and let you know if I find it
Thanks, I’m curious what flashlight was the TIR from? (if it was the stock lens it came with?)
Also do you happen to recall the size of it? Height & Dia.(If you measured it)
OMG you are right! I just took a look at their Aliexpress webpage and realize it’s supposed to have a button in the tail cap. The one they sent me didn’t have a tail cap button. No wonder I can’t turn it off! I bought mine from Amazon.com
Well, this was the light from where I took the TIR lens
It is a Stainless Steel (3xAAA / 18650) light, and I modded it with a brass pill, biscotti driver and a Convoy S2+ reflector and lens. I had to dismantle it later but will put it to work again soon!
About the TIR, please check this thread, as I experimented XML2 LED with TIR lenses and that was the first one: https://budgetlightforum.com/t/-/47498 .
I also tried it with XPL-HI here: https://budgetlightforum.com/t/-/47498/15 . Also the first one.
Hope this helps in some way
My SP32A didn’t have any green but was too cool white for me. It had a tiny bit of blue. However, having the super efficient XP-L2 V6 bin emitter is impressive for a low cost light and it is very bright. It also has the best one button UI besides the Emisar D4 that I have used. I think the only thing missing from the D4 is the hold from off to go to moon light. If they have a more neutral/warm tint option, I will buy another one.
Edit: I contacted Sofirn through Amazon and they let me know that I accidentally swapped the the SP31 tailcap with the button onto the SP32A. Oops my bad =( …… But it actually worked great on the SP32A, which already had one of the best single button UI. The SP31 with the right tail cap is actually an extremely user friendly two switch flashlight. Sofirn was also very nice to ship me a replacement tail cap eventhough it was my mistake.
Yes this really helps, thanks for the link to the TIR thread, that’s an interesting thread, that optic from the SS light measures like the ones for S2+, guess I’ll have to just try some different ones too.
And thanks for the link to the SS light,Yupard has a lot of interesting budget lights.
I have now modded mine with a TIR under the glass and an extra O-Ring.
Did a Great Job of blending the awful colours, and diffusing the Hot Spot.
Thanks for the Hints and Tips, we all learn something new from each other on BLF.
Ordered 2 more as on special at Ali Xp.
Glad these experiences helped you on your mod as well Indeed, the stock “beam” is kind of }P but the TIR allows it to get better! If I didn’t have the idea of the triple mod, I would have stayed with the TIR instead of the reflector.
It was too much “greenish”!!
If I may ask, what TIR did you use? I used one from another light and it fit perfectly (without the gasket). Did you use TIR + gasket?
If you can tell or show what you used that would be great as other members may benefit from that as well
Thanks again 8^)
I would also like to know this. The reflector height is 15mm, the TIR’s I have are around 11.7mm-12.6mm so they’re too short. Couldn’t find any the right size that were made for XP-L2
Thanks for the review, off to buy one
And I hope you enjoy it 8^)
Hi Mascaratum B,
Re. TIR Lens.
Got several packs a few years ago in 45 degrees, plus 25 and 10 from FastTech:
also Simon Mao’s Convoy Store on Ali Xpress.
I had to strip off the outer white shell as I had problems with the width and didn’t have the Patience to Dremel it!.
Used an extra “O” ring and it fitted under the Glass!
Edit as found source of purchase at nearly 1 a.m. I Must be Mad!