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Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies) 571

No Life Club Posts: 4,884
Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:10:07 AM »
  Got a charger from Victagen, in which included a pair of IMP 18650, and I've got nothing to use them in. So, figured would look for a decent flashlight, and a plethora of cheap garbage was listed on Amazon. :ahhh

  So... y'all are fairly knowledgeable about this sort of stuff. What are some of the good options that are not the cost of an Olight?

  These are some beefy batteries!
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Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2020, 11:15:07 AM »
I like the look of the Convoy S2 and Convoy C8

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No Life Club Posts: 2,283
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2020, 12:07:17 PM »
BLF A6 SE, dirt cheap and IMO one of the best on the market today.

"It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser." - Robert Louis Stevenson
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2020, 12:34:25 PM »
BLF A6 SE, dirt cheap and IMO one of the best on the market today.
Looks nice! :drool:

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Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2020, 01:57:37 PM »
Wow, first time I’m seeing an IMP 18650 battery... Is this a new type? Only know of IMR 18650 which is essentially an unprotected type...
No Life Club Posts: 2,283
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2020, 06:40:28 PM »
Looks nice! :drool:

I've got 4 of them lying around. They're so cheap I can't stop buying them! They come in useful. One is my bike light, another in the car, another in my camping bag and I can't remember where I put the fourth :D I had one converted with a Nichia 219 LED as I'm fussy like that :D. I also put deep carry Convoy clips on them all (as seen in the top pic) and they carry far more nicely in pocket as a result. We have frequent power cuts in the winter here and with a little rubber 'thing' on the end, they work well as lamps around the house and the 18650 batteries last a good long while. I also honestly believe that they are almost if not the best UI on the market today. If they had USB charging and Nichia LED's they would be the perfect 18650 light bar none.





(one of these is a Thrunite TN12 2014 which is my bedside table flashlight)
« Last Edit: February 05, 2020, 06:46:55 PM by pomsbz »

"It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser." - Robert Louis Stevenson
No Life Club Posts: 4,322
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2020, 07:31:13 PM »
The Convoy S2+ is a really nice light for the price. 

I have not tried the BLF A6, but many lights designed by/for BLF are quality.
No Life Club Posts: 3,297 One Day Closer To Death
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2020, 03:40:37 AM »
Yeah if your looking to save money the Convoys mentioned or a Sofirn.

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No Life Club Posts: 4,884
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2020, 09:48:34 AM »
  Did some browsing. Considering this Sofirn SP31 v2.0 Tactical Flashlight Ultra Bright Cree XPL HI LED Max 1200 lumens light, but I have to wait till payday. Has a lot of good reviews. About $29 without a battery.

 
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,721 Yoo-hoo, big summer blowout!
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2020, 09:52:14 AM »
I can't get my head around how quick the lathe machine has to make each aluminium part for it to be sold for less than $30

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Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2020, 11:37:57 AM »
  Did some browsing. Considering this Sofirn SP31 v2.0 Tactical Flashlight Ultra Bright Cree XPL HI LED Max 1200 lumens light, but I have to wait till payday. Has a lot of good reviews. About $29 without a battery.

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+1 on Sofirn SP31...I have one and it is a really great light. I have a Fenix PD35 TAC that is essentially a more expensive version of this light, and honestly, the Sofirn out performs it.

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No Life Club Posts: 4,884
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2020, 01:20:46 AM »
+1 on Sofirn SP31...I have one and it is a really great light. I have a Fenix PD35 TAC that is essentially a more expensive version of this light, and honestly, the Sofirn out performs it.

  Had noticed it looked a lot like the Fenix version. Thanks for the input.  :tu:
Hero Member Posts: 910 Did you know Uranus has 22 moons?!?
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2020, 02:10:36 AM »
  Had noticed it looked a lot like the Fenix version. Thanks for the input.  :tu:

In the mini review thread I did a small side by side comparison...if you are interested. Very satisfying light though.

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No Life Club Posts: 4,884
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2020, 10:44:29 AM »
  Ordered the Sofirn while I was at work. Seen your review a bit ago. Fenix has the better light, yet the Sofirn seems to have the better runtime. If only the best of the both were in one light.

  Did read the Olight magnetic end has issues and needs to be protected. Don't recall what the issue was, just something that stuck out for reviews.
No Life Club Posts: 4,884
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2020, 08:50:52 AM »
  Sofrin SP31 V2.0 arrived today, along with a package from Dutch Tooler. This is one interesting light.
  The two high modes are close to one another. All modes are great. The strobe is something I wished the Victagen headlamps had on the Rover. The strobe starts off fast for a bit, then slow, back to fast, etc. I like that. quite an attention getter. Also has the SOS function at a lower light output - probably to keep the battery running longer.

  Here's the Sofrin next to the Spirit X for size comparison. Thank you for the input. :tu:
Hero Member Posts: 910 Did you know Uranus has 22 moons?!?
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2020, 01:22:54 PM »
Excellent! It is hard to regret getting the SP31. I think it is one of the best values in the "tactical" form factor.

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Full Member Posts: 185
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2020, 09:29:34 PM »
  Sofrin SP31 V2.0 arrived today, along with a package from Dutch Tooler. This is one interesting light.
  The two high modes are close to one another. All modes are great. The strobe is something I wished the Victagen headlamps had on the Rover. The strobe starts off fast for a bit, then slow, back to fast, etc. I like that. quite an attention getter. Also has the SOS function at a lower light output - probably to keep the battery running longer.

  Here's the Sofrin next to the Spirit X for size comparison. Thank you for the input. :tu:

Sofirn SP31 It is a beautiful light.
Its rival is the PD35 V2.0 but the Sofirn has a better high light level.
I bought the PD35 V2.0 and I liked it but I am disappointed by the High = 350 level, it is sufficient but not optimal.
Sofirn has High = 500 lumens, I like this.
Is there an NW version of the Sofirn?
No Life Club Posts: 4,884
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2020, 09:35:35 AM »
  Sofrin SP31 V2.0 arrived today, along with a package from Dutch Tooler. This is one interesting light.
  The two high modes are close to one another. All modes are great. The strobe is something I wished the Victagen headlamps had on the Rover. The strobe starts off fast for a bit, then slow, back to fast, etc. I like that. quite an attention getter. Also has the SOS function at a lower light output - probably to keep the battery running longer.

  Here's the Sofrin next to the Spirit X for size comparison. Thank you for the input. :tu:

  Light Mode Comparison Photo - Cropped down
 

  Full Image: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49529291457_ece092269b_h.jpg

  And the Strobe Mode (Short Video)
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xclcvVWFB1Y

No Life Club Posts: 3,297 One Day Closer To Death
Re: Flashlight that uses 18650 Battery(ies)
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2020, 11:28:56 AM »
Nice, Sofirn makes some great low priced lights. Beware of the flashlight bug, they are as addicting as saks, knives & mt's… before you know it you have more then you could ever use, I'm glancing around my bedroom at about 15-20 lights  :rofl: and that is only the ones not stored in cases...thankfully these are my only "hobbies"

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