Do you need the most inexpensive and compact 18650 flashlight with good brightness, built-in charging and convenient controls? Sofirn has something for you in the form of Sofirn SC32.
- Light-emitting diode: 1x LUMINUS SST40
- Colorful temperature 5000-5300K
- Maximum brightness and range: 2000lum 284m (20150cd)
- Nutrition: 1X 18650 Li-ion battery
- Dimensions and weight: 100mm (length) × 25mm (head diameter), 57g (without battery)
- TIR lens
- IPX8 moisture protection
- Frame: aluminum
- Charger: USB Type-C (PD support)
- Active thermoregulation
- Protection from polarity reversal and overdischarge
Packaging and appearance
As usual, frankly budgetary and useless in terms of gift packaging. But at Sofirn Wurkkos, the contents are always much more interesting than what is outside.
The kit includes the flashlight itself, a 18650 battery with a capacity of 3000mah, a type-c charging cable, a pair of o-rings, a withered lanyard and a manual.
Exquisite attractive design is not about Sofirn at all. Their flashlight can be bright or long-range, have convenient controls and fast charging, but just about any flashlight from a fat big brand will be more attractive in appearance. So here — well, they would make the knurling with large squares, but change the anodizing to matte — the flashlight would definitely look more respectable. Now only the button and the lens look nice.
However, I think that for the audience, appearance is a secondary matter, only the flashlight had an affordable price, it shone well and was easy to operate.
At 10cm long and 2.5cm in diameter, the Wurkkos SC32 is one of the most compact 18650 powered flashlights I’ve owned, only the Lumintop EDC 18 Lumintop FW can compete with it. Well, unknown to the masses emissar dv.
The clock button lies in a small recess, symbolically below the case. It is wide and very tactilely pleasant, with a shallow elastic stroke.
The spring in the tailcap is short and rather thick. What surprised me was that due to the size, instead of a spring, there would be a nickel of a contact pad in the head, for a flashlight this is quite a normal solution. But no, there are springs on both sides.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the first flashlight from Sofirn/Vurkkos with a double housing that I’ve seen, usually I’ve seen such solutions in a much more expensive segment, like Acebeam, for example.
Knurling, as already said, is old-fashioned and primitive. However, it is quite tenacious and from a functional point of view there are no questions.
The clip is double-sided, sits tight on the body.
Due to its control and size, the flashlight is most comfortable in reverse or cigar grips. Although I can’t call a direct grip uncomfortable, despite the short body, it is quite possible to use a flashlight without fingers going over a hot head.
Actually, the head does not stand out from the background of the body. The cooling fins here are purely decorative.
The Type-C charging connector is closed with a reliable thick plug. Small indicator window next to it. Charging 5v2A, quite fast.
Quite unexpectedly, Sofirn installed a nice looking TIR lens here, which gives the flashlight a slightly more expensive look.
But we are not interested in what is outside. The most interesting thing is inside.
1 click — On off.
2 clicks — turbo. What is interesting — repeated 2 clicks launch moonlight from turbo
3 clicks — strobe
4 clicks — eelectronic lock/unlock
Switch modes on hold
There is a mode memory and a smooth brightness control mode
How the Wurkkos SC32 shines
The flashlight has quite sane active thermoregulation without an obvious saw. Well done. The flashlight, for rent, due to its size, heats up faster than it cools. But due to the same size, it makes no sense to expect him to constantly work at levels above MID. However, for ordinary purposes such brightness is enough.
But stabilization was not delivered, sorry.
The flashlight has a completely convenient light distribution from the standpoint of ordinary everyday needs. Do not expect any range here, due to the brightness, the flashlight will be able to turbo mode for a short time somehow will be indicated at 100m, well, maybe at 150m distance, no more.
The version with SFT40 has a longer range, but it was discontinued due to some jambs, it pops up on the page, then disappears. Most importantly, there is a warning that they will send you SST40 even if you order SFT40.
The light was declared at 5000k, but in reality it looks much warmer. From spring to autumn it can be comfortable, but in winter it’s not a fact. I am sure that such an indistinct color temperature will only repel a sophisticated user. Although, I repeat, this is not a disgusting nauseating green like that of the same Fenix PD35v3 (by the way, a great example of the fact that expensive does not mean good). The light clearly goes into yellowness and for those who like warm light this will be a plus.
Here is a clear difference with HiCRI light Acebeam Rider RX
And here you can still see the classic cold light Convoy S2 + XML-2 3 * 7135
Once again, Sofirn have shown that you can make a functionally good flashlight for half to a third of the price of a model from fat brands that invest in advertising and design of their flashlights.
Actually, the design is here, as usual for Sofirn Wurrkos very mediocre. The flashlight certainly does not look like an ultra-basement craft, but if you put it with some EDC flashlight from Fenix Nitecore and especially Olight Acebeam, then it is unlikely that your choice will fall on the SC32. But the mediocre appearance and no packaging is actually the only drawback in front of the big brands.
Because once you use Sofirn SC32, everything changes. For its power, the flashlight is exceptionally compact and extremely handy as a pocket flashlight. I see it primarily as an alternative to AA/14500 powered flashlights. It is symbolically larger in size, but at the same time it will work much longer (18650, after all) and have built-in charging that is completely unexpected for this size. Fast, Type-C with PD support. And not some kind of native, than some major brands sin. And the Sofirn SC32 will work confidently just at the level that you would expect from the AA 14500 model. It will only work much longer.
The flashlight has a convenient control with everything you need — from blocking, to instant access to the firefly and turbo.
Sofirn SC32 has bright light. Not cold, as usual with expensive brands. A mixture of greens and yellows gives the impression that the light significantly warmer than the declared 5000k and in the summer you will not see this mixture at all. In terms of light distribution, the light is quite convenient at the most popular short-middle distance for pocket flashlights. Thermal control here is surprisingly sane and does not drive the flashlight into the thermoregulation saw, as it could happen.
I note that the reverse side of such a compactness is fast heating, and you should not expect a serious turbo in terms of duration here, and the High flashlight can only fully hold it in winter. But! And this flashlight is not a turbopuff either, if necessary, you will have the opportunity to boldly reach out with a beam from the first to the 15th-16th floor
And all this, of course, at the inherent low price of Sofirn. Often, large brands ask for more than a full set of Sofirn SC32 for one heat-shrinkable battery with their logo.
The only thing that not everyone will like the control of the tail button is a matter of taste. If you are looking for a similarly priced flashlight with a side button, then the Sofirn SP35 may be an alternative. But it will be much longer. Or Wurkkos TS21, but it will be wider and longer.
In general, I liked the flashlight. If we consider it exactly as the most compact 18650 flashlight, as an EDC with built-in charging for the most common needs, then it turned out quite well and the flashlight should go to its audience of ordinary users. He will most likely scare away an advanced audience with his only, but alas, a drawback that is critically important for a lamp gourmet — an admixture of yellow-green light. Well, if you are not a gourmet and your goal is to get maximum compact flashlight with 18650 battery, but without sacrificing functionality and convenience, I am sure that Sofirn SC32 will not disappoint you.
If compact dimensions are not the main thing for you, then you should look at something else, because compactness is expected to turn into a short operating time in higher modes. Here Sofirn SP35 or SP33S look much more interesting.
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