Wanted «Bright and inexpensive?». That’s exactly what it is. We increase Convoy S2 + to dimensions suitable for 26650 power supply, put XHP50.2 with neutral light, which is unexpected for the convoy, and we get Convoy S11 as the hero of the review.
This is the XHP50.2 version, there is also sst40 — it will be less bright and more long-range. Due to its versatility and lower price, I prefer the SST40 5000K.
4 modes are the simplest 4 modes.
12 modes is biscotti interface with bOa large set of modes and the need to adjust the flashlight.
Light-emitting diode — XHP50.2 SST40
Maximum brightness — 2400lum 1500lum
Modes — 0.1% 3% 30% 100%
Nutrition — 18650 26650
Dimensions – 33x139mm, 170g
Packaging and appearance.
when referring to Convoys, the word «packaging» should be used with reservation. In fact, all you need to know about her is that she is. To be fair, I once saw an S2+ with more or less decent packaging. But this is an isolated case.
Convoy S11 comes in a crumpled cardboard box with a bubble wrap inside. This is a cocoon, which is needed only in order not to scratch the flashlight itself.
Upon receipt, the packaging is sent directly to the trash.
The kit is traditionally ascetic: a flashlight, a simple lanyard and 2 adapter rings from 18650 to 26650. What else did you expect?
The appearance of the flashlight does not stand out from the general style of all convoys. It is as simple as possible and it is not worth talking about some elaborate design here. However, there is no obvious basement here. For the price, it is quite normal and expected. The flashlight looks no better and no worse than other convoys. This, in fact, is another convoy, with all that follows from this in terms of design.
In terms of dimensions, the Convoy S11 is expected to be larger than all other popular EDC models. Of course, the same L2 would be larger, but this is a flashlight of a completely different functional category. 33×139mm and 170 grams.
The flashlight is divided into three parts.
The flashlight is controlled as usual by the tail button.
I don’t understand why it was necessary to install such a thin spring and shunt it (also with a rather thin wire), if it was possible to initially install a spring with a normal thickness. For example, the thickness of the spring and the shunt from the side of the head does not cause any complaints.
UPD. Now instead of a spring they put just a contact pad.
The thread at the middle part is rectangular, from the side of the tail it is anodized and smaller in size. Traces of graphite grease are symbolic. The thread is not completely dry, but it is clearly worth adding lubricant from the side of the tail.
The knurling is the simplest: a series of wide and deep concentric recesses (or high protrusions, as you look).
Yes, outwardly it is not impressive, but it has an exceptionally good effect on the reliability of the grip. The grip is quite comfortable. For owners of a large palm, this will generally be just what you need.
The cooling fins are not impressive either in quantity or depth. I admit that nothing could be done with the latter, but it would be possible to cover most of the head with cooling fins. Maybe this did not give any significant improvement in cooling, but even at least something is already better than nothing.
The head of the flashlight is non-separable, in order to get to the giblets, you will have to disassemble it from the side of the spring. In principle, for fans of customization, this will not be a problem at all. And for the vast majority of users, access to the LED is not important at all, as long as the flashlight shines.
As expected, there is a pill inside.
Glass with anti-glare, most likely, like the mass of all other flashlights, is also tempered and enlightened. In short, there is a complete set, which is missing only from frankly penny flashlights.
Reflector textured, on the bottom XHP50.2.
What to say. The flashlight looks and is assembled at the level of any other convoy — with all the ensuing pluses and minuses. Personally, I think that the appearance and workmanship are quite consistent with the price.
What kind of management is there?
ON / OFF by full click.
switching modes by half-click or a series of fast full clicks. 2 quick clicks start the strobe.
3 seconds work in some mode start mode memory
maybe later a version will be released on a more flexible biscotty driver, see an example of what it is capable of. This is a really big plus compared to the usual clumsy interface.
First, about XHP50.2 and XHP50.
Judging by what I’ve read, in the new version of the crosshairs, even when used with a smooth reflector, this gives better focusing. In addition, XHP50.2 performs better at lower voltage, which gives better stabilization.
Actually, I already had a flashlight with this LED. A clear disadvantage of the latter is a small bright spot in the center. With a smooth reflector it gives a clearly visible pale point, with a shallow textured reflector it is almost invisible. Otherwise, it is a kind of reflector. For long-range shooting they put XHP35, for something bright and jellied they take XHP70.2 … XHP50 50.2 were used extremely rarely due to their intermediateness.
In general, the light distribution is very comfortable for working near and at medium distances. Here, for clarity, Convoy S2 + in comparison with S11. I can’t help but notice that in reality, for the human eye, the illumination is much more uniform. Separately pleased with the color temperature. Who would have expected a nice neutral light right off the bat for the price.
As for the light temperature, I have the neutral version, 4000K. There are warmer and colder. But I see no reason to put a colder diode. Warm may be justified in some situations (dust, smoke, fog)
Stabilization . This is not about Convoy. There is usually a sluggish slide in brightness as the battery is discharged. However, Convoy S11 showed excellent stabilization. The selection mode is also not bad, convenient for a lot of situations.
Here it is worth making a digression and touching on the topic of nutrition for this flashlight. I won’t say anything new to anyone, but for those who have not yet encountered such a standard size, a short educational program will be useful.
Usually good 18650 batteries are frankly expensive. But with 26650 the situation is much better.
The 26650 Liitokala are more than affordable, on par with the most common NCR18650B rejects. At the same time, the capacity here is quite honest — 5000mah and excellent current output. I don’t see any point in taking anything else. The link to this battery goes at the beginning of the review.
In numerical terms, the 3% regime does not look impressive. Well, it would seem, what is 3%. In fact, this is definitely a sufficient mode for indoor use (see below) and quite acceptable from the standpoint of the footlight somewhere on the street. Due to the huge capacity of the battery, the duration of work in this mode will be colossal, it will last for a couple of nights. And if you put a diffuser, you get a wonderful night light. Not the brightest, but quite good.
There is, however, a minus — the flashlight turns off at 2.5v voltage, which is definitely lower than the recommended threshold of 2.8-2.9v for the battery.
As for the brighter mode at 30% (actually it is 100% of the same Convoy S2+), then in this mode you will have 3 hours of fully stabilized bright light. This is great! I expected that, due to the low price, there would traditionally be no stabilization here. Let me remind you that in the case of the Convoy S2 + (and others), the brightness will drop as you discharge.
Unexpectedly for Convoy, there is thermoregulation. When the temperature of the temperature sensor reaches 60 degrees (50 the temperature of the flashlight carcass), the brightness drops to 30%. In fact, I saw a drop of up to 35%. In principle, such a difference can be neglected. Running a 3 minute turbo reduces the total running time by 12 minutes.
Well, a little closer, with and without cooling. In fact, cooling is when the flashlight is simply blown by the wind. Or, if we are talking about autumn-winter, then without wind. In general, 3 minutes of turbo is good. Yes, and without cooling, 30 seconds is enough to see what is happening around.
As for the world.
0.1% — quite convenient from the position of shelf light. The photo in the room below shows that it allows you to orient at a distance of about 5 meters. The duration of the work will be monstrous.
3% as I wrote above — good light for rooms, while the duration of work is exceptionally long.
thirty% — the same s2 + at the maximum. In this case, all three hours of work in this mode, the brightness will be the same.
A good balance of brightness and duration. In principle, it should be enough for almost any evening walk, while the brightness is enough for you to perfectly illuminate everything within a radius of 15 meters, and in general to see what is where there is within a radius of fifty meters. This is for the open air. Indoors (basement, etc.), the useful range will increase.
In principle, if there is a mount suitable in size, then it can be used as a cycle light instead of the same S2 +. It will not be the correct light distribution bike light, but it is bright and stabilized. In short, for those who have enough S2 + on a bike, the Convoy S11 will definitely suit.
100% — more than sufficient brightness for some emergency. For domestic needs, it is redundant, but if necessary, you get good light at a distance of up to about 70 meters, well, you can see something even for a hundred and fifty meters.
The range of this model should not be overestimated., this combination of LED and reflector works best at medium distances. But due to the high brightness, you can somehow shine even relatively far, where S2 + will be useless at all. Your 6 acres can be illuminated in one go, with a wide side fill.
here, look. Do you see a clear difference in brightness with S2+ at 30%? I do not see. And it will be 3 hours in this mode.
Attention! GIFs are working, if the frame does not change, then click on the gif to open it separately. 5 meters. Even an insignificant 0.1% is definitely enough to reach the corner of the room, and 3% (I remind you that 15 hours of work) give full sufficient brightness.
. even at 3% mode, I saw quite well what was there at the end of the garden. 30100% is definitely enough
75 meters — the distance, of course, is no longer the most working. M12C8C8+ is preferable here. But you shouldn’t discount the Convoy S11 either, it still gives more or less decent light.
In the video version of the review, there are a lot of live videos where you can more clearly judge what this flashlight is capable of.
I tested a hell of a lot of 26650 flashlights. In their mass, they were all either brighter or longer-range. More beautiful and with more flexible control, built-in charging and other amenities. That’s just none of them didn’t cost less than 50 bucks.
I think that there are many people who, for a twofold price difference, are ready to put up with these differences between the Convoy S11 and the products of well-known A-class brands. In fact, the only thing that could be functionally improved in this model is:
1) management. But I don’t see a way to make it more flexible without the side button. In principle, all tail-controlled flashlights are extremely similar in control. Well, that’s me, just to write something, in reality it’s insignificant and not inconvenient.
2) add an intermediate regime of the order of 10-12%. This will be a highly demanded brightness and exceptional duration.
Bottom line, Convoy S11 is the same enlarged Convoy S2+. Let’s look at things realistically, 10-12 bucks is a small difference between these models, and you you get a radically brighter, more comfortable near and at medium distance (with the ability to somehow play long-range) light with a remarkable duration of work and complete stabilization. Well, this is not the usual cold white light, but a comfortable neutral one.
The current price tag for this model is extremely modest in terms of the combination of its functional characteristics, and if you need a long-lasting bright flashlight for an inexpensive price, the Convoy S11 is one of those.
UPD. Now there is a much more interesting, in my opinion, option — Sofirn SP33S
+ neutral light
+ stability and run time
+ quite a good selection of modes
— I would add an intermediate mode of 10-12%
Where to buy and how to save
aliexpress there is also a version with a battery so as not to buy separately
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