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    Default Review Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series



    The Solarforce L2T , the latest version in the L2 series offered by Solarforce . The L2 series has gained a following among-st flashaholics seeking value for money hosts , either for custom , self built or 3rd party P60 drop ins , allowing for semi custom lights to be assembled that better meet user requirements .

    And the latest is the L2T , it is fully compatible with the other hosts in the L2 series and swapping parts should not be a problem , I was able to replace the bezel , tailcap , and head with those from a stock L2 , making the L2T fully LEGO compatible [ LEGO = Parts interchange allowing for customizing the host ]


    Pictured L2T body with stock L2 head and tailcap .


    L2T with stainless steel L2 bezel .

    One of the greatest selling points of the L2 series has to be the LEGO-ability of the lights , allowing people to customize there lights to make them more personal , one should never under estimate the need of people to customize .


    L2T as it arrived .. Perhaps a little lightly packaged , but came relatively quickly - not waiting to long is nice .




    Very well machined threads .















    Left to Right = Stock L2 with SS bezel , L2P and then the L2T

    The finish on the L2T is very mat , and it feels almost dry to the touch , and that seems to offer just a little bit more of a secure feel , as the stock L2 and even the L2P are more slick [ slippery feeling - if I can say that ] , this mat finish just feels warm and secure . The knurling and surface finish are just great , and the anodizing is just so well done , and the internal machining is really good as are the threads . The O rings are nice and tight giving one confidence to get this light wet , and thanks to the O rings , the tailcap and head screw on ever so smoothly and the light locks up drum tight .

    The L2T tailcap continues to impress , the clicky is very mechanical and firm [ I like it ] and is of the forward clicky configuration , which should help to endear the L2T with all those who demand tactical features in there lights . I did put in a older XR-E single mode drop in to just test the clicky , and it worked really well , there are no glitches of any kind as the switch is clicked on [ some forward clickies have a small glitch that cause mode changes as you go from momentary on to being clicked on ] .

    Overall I was very impressed with the L2T , and I'm very much looking forward to building a U2 XM-L drop in for it , should make for a very nice flashlight . Bottom line , for the money paid , this is an excellent P60 host , offering serious value for your money , I can find nothing to fault with this one , and if anything , it has simply impressed me all to heck !
    If your looking for a P60 host , I can highly recommend the L2T from Solarforce .

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    I just saw this light this morning on solarforce-sales.com. I'm liking the non-crenelated bezel and the forward clicky. Thanks for the pics!
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    Default Re: Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series

    Tempting.....

    Does the cigar ring come like that? Seems to be installed wrongly in the marketing pictures.

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    I think it just depends on who put it on ?
    But this one is the same way as on the Solarforce web site [ not sales ]

    I dare say it comes of easy enough if you want it the other way around .

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    How's the look without the rubber grip ring?

    I'm waiting for their US distributors to have them in stock.
    Pick the pooch!

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    Default Re: Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series



    Less rubber grip rings , there are two , the cigar ring and a spacer . But here is the naked body .

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    What about the anodizing? It was never clear to me if it was HA or not.
    my typin is bad and my speeling is evenworse...

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    Default Re: Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series

    Type II. Not HA

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    The matte finish looks good. Too bad it's not HA. I'd love to see that head design on the L2P

    Another job well done by Solarforce
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    Great post and pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by old4570 View Post

    Left to Right = Stock L2 with SS bezel , L2P and then the L2T .
    Thanks for the naked L2T pic.

    The L2T would be even shorter with the B6 SS bezel and S7 tailcap installed. .
    Pick the pooch!

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    Hmmm. I'm liking that. Had an L2P, but just couldn't warm up to that reverse clicky. And I'm a C2 fan, but have a SolarForce budget, at the moment. I think I see one of these in my future.

    Thanks for the thread...I had no idea about this model coming out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeruel View Post
    Tempting.....

    Does the cigar ring come like that? Seems to be installed wrongly in the marketing pictures.
    It looks correct to me.

    This looks like a very nice Surefire C2 clone but maybe a bit shorter. Since Surefire is eventually stopping production of their incandescent lights like their C2, this L2T seems to be a good candidate for a P60 host.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj2 View Post
    Does my "Solarforce XM-L T6 Cree 820 Lumens 3-6V Replacement bulb for Surefire 6P G2 & L2 series" fit this body?
    Yes it does.

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    Default Re: Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series

    I want one of these and some spare cigar-grip rings. Soon...

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    It was only a matter of time - very nice.

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    ETA: Now, I'm just waiting for an E-series clone and maybe a host with a striking Z2 similarity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by odd View Post
    Yes it does.
    Thanks for answer
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    Great looking host.
    Really want to see this in person before buying.

    I have a L2p that is great!

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    Thanks for the review. Love the new host as well.

    I managed to get both the L2T and a high CRI Linger Special delivered on the same day. The drop-in fits perfectly and I have no issues using it on this host.

    I like the matte finish. It gives it a utilitarian look and despite the lack of knurling on the body, the type II anodizing is certainly grippy. I do like the fact that the lens sits on a piece of rubber to help reduce the chances of breaking from impact.

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    Well I don't know how it's anodized, but it's tough. Mine took a hard drop onto the tile floor and came out of it unscathed. The matte finish is nice... Honestly, I think the anodization is better than the L2P... A very nice host for the money. I like the black Al smooth bezel ring as well... too bad it's not Surefire compatible...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shao.fu.tzer View Post
    Well I don't know how it's anodized, but it's tough. Mine took a hard drop onto the tile floor and came out of it unscathed. The matte finish is nice... Honestly, I think the anodization is better than the L2P... A very nice host for the money. I like the black Al smooth bezel ring as well... too bad it's not Surefire compatible...
    Wow you got your's already? That was fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor ladd View Post
    Wow you got your's already? That was fast!

    -A little bit jealous, mine should be here any day I guess
    Yep.. and it's nice too! It's really growing on me. I just wish they had left some lettering off. They are serial numbered though. The forward click is the best feeling of any Solarforce switch yet. I could be mistaken but the anodize looks exactly the same as on the L2P...

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    Default Re: Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series

    I did have to dig fairly deep to find your review...great job BTW.

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    Thanks for the review, old4570 !!!

    #548 landed here yesterday...I'm placing an order for 3 more.

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    Does a light need to be a certain dollar amount to be in the Flashlight Reviews Section??

    You see, there has never been a clear definition on what defines a Budget Light in this Sub Section,
    the overall partisan view of CPF is troubling.

    What if a Manufacture you call a Budget Light did a did a multi-year advertising deal in CPF,
    would you still push them off to a Sub Section?
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    Got one of those belt clips [ took me a while ] ....

    Must order another L2T , I think my new fav L2 , feels even nicer than the L2P

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    Quote Originally Posted by old4570 View Post


    Got one of those belt clips [ took me a while ] ....

    Must order another L2T , I think my new fav L2 , feels even nicer than the L2P
    was thinking of getting the PC25 but for the price of the L2T and a Manafont UF 3mode dropin, it can't be beat.

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    The R5 was my favourite drop in until I borrowed a Thrunite catapult V3 XM-L that blew me away, when I saw DX and SF were doing cheapish XM-L drop ins I bought a couple, now slowly I'm being converted. The R5 does have more throw due to a more intense hotspot, but the amout of light coming out of an XM-L just won me over. There was a good thread about XM-L vs R5 here the vids in post #9 sums it up pretty well. I wouldn't be dissapointed with either drop in, and it depends on your usage -long range spotting or medium range light up everything.
    thanks for the lead on the pocket clip, I feel more spending coming on

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    Default Re: Solarforce L2T - latest in the L2 series

    Hmm Throw ?

    By best R5 is the Tustfire T2 , some 9500+ Lux at 1meter

    But a few of my XM-L 's go over that , and give 10,000+Lux at 1meter ..

    Now the hotspot vanishes at range with the XM-L much faster than the XP-G , but I still find the throw to be quite good with the XM-L
    Its just harder to notice since the XM-L lights up so much in front of you ...

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