Today I received from Gearbest, gratis, these two supposedly ‘identical’ lights, the black Utorch XPL V6 ($8.27, product link ) and the pale blue Convoy S2+ ($11.99, flash sale price, product link ), both are direct dealer, non-affiliate links)
As we all know by now, the Utorch brand is a GB in-house brand (like the Zanflare), and is subcontracted to Convoy.
Is the $3.72 price difference justified? Take a look below:
They are the same in this first set of photos:
Side-by-side, without their tailcaps:
The BLF A6 thrown into the mix for perspective:
The tail-ends of the body tube:
…and at this point they differ in their front-ends: (Utorch, left)
Same orange peel reflectors: Convoy (top) XML2-U2 ; Utorch-XPL V6:
Brand-new Sanyo NCR18650-GA are being charged at the moment for some beam shots.
Can you comment about the quality of the Utorch compare to Convoy S2+ (thread, machining, build quality, tint,etc). If you have to choose, which one would you rather have ? The Utorch quite intrigue me but i would spend a bit more if the S2+ is better in term of quality.
One more minor difference : Front O-ring is black for Utorch and Glow-green for S2+
About Utorch quality :
This is very subjective and i don't have any left with the original Black anodization but i didn't like it like very much ... up to the point that i baked one and sanded the other for a "worn tool" finish.
An other thing is that one had very gritty threads (ok after several screw_unscrew with added silicon grease)
The weakest point of the Utorch imho is the driver (no way to remove blinkies)
Hum, that “rendition” don’t have something to do with some “yellowish” tint shift?
The XPL-HD seems to be Neutral White, but those Leds normally produce some shift even under an Orange Peel reflector (at least against a white wall).
If that is the case, the incidence of the corona on the green leaves makes them more “rendered” not so “white” !