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    Smile Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

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    Disclaimer
    I won this Convoy L6 on a CPF Forum giveaway competition run by forum member L.N. and the light was sent by GearBest. Big thanks for L.N. and GearBest for this giveaway opportunity.

    Introduction
    The Convoy L6 is a high lumen beast of a light using a single Cree XHP-70 emitter. This review is of the 5000k N2 3A Neutral White version of this light. Multiple other tint options are also available from cool to warm white.

    Manufacturer specifications
    Host: Black / integrated head
    Modes: low 50mA - mid 200mA - high 1700mA - turbo 5000mA (Typical current) (Double click side switch ----> strobe)
    Switch: 125V 10A forward switch in tail controls on/off, side switch controls the mode
    Reflector: OP & Aluminum Alloy, maximum diameter 67.8mm, hight 48.2mm
    LED: CREE XHP70 soldered on 20mm copper plate, the maximum flux is more than 3800lm
    Waterproof level: IPX8
    Battery: L6 runs on 2pcs 26650 batteries (max length 70mm each)
    Head diameter: 75mm
    Outer diameter of battery tube: 35mm
    Inner diameter of the battery tube: 27mm
    Flashlight length: 255mm
    Light weight: 550g
    Packaging weight: 761g

    Packaging
    The light arrived well protected in a plain cardboard box with foam packaging. This was within a larger box with bubble wrap.


    Accessories
    The only accessory provided in the box was a tactical ring. This can be swapped for a plain ring that is flush with the shaft. A lanyard, spare O rings, and spare lens would be nice, but would bump up the cost of a ‘budget’ priced light.

    Build quality
    This is my first Convoy light, and have to say I’m extremely impressed with the build quality. The threads are well lubed and smooth. O rings were in place in all the right places. The construction is solid - almost LED Lenser standard solid! The knurling is grippy, with an ergonomic feel (due to use of 26650 format). The emitter was well centred. There is a tactical bezel. No flaws found and works perfectly.






    It should be noted that both +ve and -ve springs are bypassed, which is impressive in a stock light! The light is also easily moddable for those who are that way inclined.






    There is no Convoy logo on the light which is odd, but maybe to improve grip?

    This light is designed for 2x 26650 li-ion cells, with the Keeppower 5200mAh protected 26650s being recommended by Simon (Convoy) on the company website. Be aware that the maximum cell length that fits in this light is 70mm, and thus only the shorter 2015 version of the above mentioned cells will fit. Check with your seller before purchasing if in doubt. There was some wiggle room around the above mentioned cell so slightly wider cells should fit. As the cells are in series, only use unprotected cells if you know what you are doing and taken the necessary precautions.



    There is apparently low voltage protection at 6V (approx. 3V per cell) and IPX 8 rating. This was not tested (as I didn’t want to face a 2x 9 hour charge time of the 26650s in an MC1).

    User interface
    No instructions were provided in the packaging. The tail switch turns the light on and off and can also be used for tactical/momentary on. The side switch switches between modes in the order of low>medium>high>turbo. There is memory, so the order will start with the previously used mode. A double click goes to strobe mode, and I did accidentally activate this a few times when trying to quickly cycle through modes. The strobe appears to be approximately 3 flashes/second. A quarter turn of the tail cap locks out the light. I like the simple but effective user interface.

    I had a few issues finding the side switch in pitch black light, even with a silver ring around it. I would personally like a glow in the dark ring around the switch.

    Brightness and beam
    The light uses constant current, and thus high drain batteries are unlikely to significantly improve performance. However I would be interested to see this tested by other users with the right equipment. Cells must be able to handle the 5A draw.

    5000k (N2 3A) is fantastic tint. Despite not being a dedicated high-CRI emitter, the colour rendering is good enough for most tasks due to the neutral tint. The hotspot is more yellow, and the smooth spill beam appears to be a fairly pure white. Due to the orange peel reflector, there is absolutely no sign of the XHP quad die “donut” unless the light is within 1m of the illuminated object.








    On the night I took test shots it was very smoky due to nearby bush fires. The neutral white beam noticeably cut through the haze far better than the cool white lights I had with me. I’m impressed by the fact that Convoy offer a range of tints for many of their lights, something that most manufacturers do not do. I’d love to see this light in the 5 other available tints, particularly at the warmer end!

    The modes are well spaced. Based on a ceiling bounce test in comparison with ANSI lumen figures from other lights, I would estimate the modes at approximately 50-60, 220-250,1200-1400, and 3000-3500 lumens. Other reviewers with an integrated sphere should be able to provide far more accurate figures, particularly at the higher end. During 40 minutes of use, or which 20 was in turbo, I did not visually notice any decrease in brightness.

    There is no timed or thermal step down when in turbo mode, so it is up to the user to control this aspect. This is good in that it allows the user to run the light in turbo for periods of time that fit the ambient conditions instead of having a forced step down. However, it also means that this light should not be left unattended for more than around 5 minutes in turbo mode. I have run the light on the highest mode for 5 minutes in 25 degree celsius heat and medium breeze - the fins were starting to get reasonably hot (but not too hot to touch), and the shaft was only slightly warm. I probably could have run the light in turbo for a few more minutes. In high mode, heat did not seem to be an issue at all.

    There is no moonlight mode, but personally I see little need for a moonlight mode in large lights. I would use my keychain light for moonlight!

    The light uses a current controlled driver with no PWM, and indeed no PWM was detected by the usual methods.

    Below are some real world photos taken in an urban woodland, in hazy (smoke) conditions, with turbo mode.








    Pros:

    • Impressive brightness from a single emitter.
    • Nice tint (5000k) with good colour rendering - other tints available.
    • Simple user interface.
    • 4 well spaced modes (from low to turbo) plus hidden strobe.
    • Handles heat well.
    • Excellent build quality.
    • Springs bypassed.
    • Easy to mod.
    • Tail or head stands.


    Things that would be nice to have, but would add to cost:

    • User configurable thermal step down in turbo.
    • Lanyard.
    • Spare lens or O Rings.


    Cons:

    • No instructions provided in packaging.
    • Side button not easy to find in pitch black.


    Additional accessories I’d like to see for this flashlight:

    • Lens cap for protection.
    • Lantern diffuser (? if it could handle the heat).


    Conclusion
    This is a low cost, high quality, high lumen flashlight with a simple but effective user interface. The value for money is impressive, as is the range of tint options. The light's output certainly has the "wow" factor with everyone who I've showed it off to. Modders can easily push performance even further. This is the first Convoy light I've owned, and I am suitably impressed.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Excellent review!!

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Thanks for the review. Like the format; 2x22650, tail on/off with side switch doing the levels (& hidden strobe).

    Sort of like a monster M@g (did I say that?).


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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Nice review - well done!
    Any battery voltage indicator?

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by nfetterly View Post
    Sort of like a monster M@g (did I say that?).
    I'd agree, but a zillion times brighter!
    Its length is halfway between a 2C and 3C M@g.

    Quote Originally Posted by SCEMan View Post
    Any battery voltage indicator?
    Not that I'm aware of. However there is apparently low voltage protection.
    This is a 'budget' light, so doesn't have all the bells and whistles. However, as mentioned in my review, the build quality is impressive.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Thanks for the review.

    Interesting configuration, replete with its 2 x 26650 protected cells and one XHP70 emitter and 3,800 lumens, with three inch diameter head.

    It would be interesting to see what IMR cells would do for a possible lumen boost to around maybe 4,500 lumens.
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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Thanks for the great review stephenk. Those are great pictures too! The L6 looks like an impressive light

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by richbuff View Post
    Thanks for the review.

    Interesting configuration, replete with its 2 x 26650 protected cells and one XHP70 emitter and 3,800 lumens, with three inch diameter head.

    It would be interesting to see what IMR cells would do for a possible lumen boost to around maybe 4,500 lumens.
    Congrats on winning this this, I ended up being the runner up lol! Nice review, the pics are great.

    Richbuff this light doesn't benefit from high drain or unprotected cells. The guys over on BLF have already done enough with this light and found that it performs the same no matter the battery type. It's a constant current light driven at 4 or 5 amps I believe and any quality 26650 can handle that. To get 4500 lumens takes a resistor mod.
    Reliability, NW and moonlight mode, the most important factors in a light

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Wow, good to hear that you are happy with the light!

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by nfetterly View Post
    Thanks for the review. Like the format; 2x22650, tail on/off with side switch doing the levels (& hidden strobe).

    Sort of like a monster M@g (did I say that?).
    Got one on order shortly after making that post


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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Wow! That is one HELL of a good budget light cannon! Also that is one BIG light! The reflector width and depth are massive I love it! OP those pics you took are outstanding! How much does this light go for anyways? With so much power on tap plus such a capable emitter the light should have 5 or even six modes but the 4 modes it does have look to be enough. Great review!

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by CelticCross74 View Post
    Wow! That is one HELL of a good budget light cannon! Also that is one BIG light! The reflector width and depth are massive I love it! OP those pics you took are outstanding! How much does this light go for anyways? With so much power on tap plus such a capable emitter the light should have 5 or even six modes but the 4 modes it does have look to be enough. Great review!
    Thanks. It is currently around $50-$70, which for the build quality and output is impressive. The modes are very well spaced. Personally I think 4 modes works well.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Very good review stephenk, thanks. I expect the run of 26650 lights to continue and that's a good thing. It appears that Convoy have planted their value for money flag with this light.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    i got L6 delivered yesterday.
    here is a quick comparasion of L6 and X3 in their maximum brightness.
    there also will be more photos in couple of days.
    http://<a href="https://www.youtube....wix5Sxy9QM</a>





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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by narmattaru View Post
    i got L6 delivered yesterday.
    here is a quick comparasion of L6 and X3 in their maximum brightness.
    there also will be more photos in couple of days.
    http://<a href="https://www.youtube....wix5Sxy9QM</a>
    Hi narmattaru & welcome!

    Thanks for the pictures and link to the video. I couldn't understand what you were saying in the video (different language) but the beam shots were great!

    You might want to check your link to YouTube above. I think it might need to be shortened to work. I was able to find your video using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twix5Sxy9QM

    I look forward to seeing more pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendee View Post
    Hi narmattaru & welcome!

    Thanks for the pictures and link to the video. I couldn't understand what you were saying in the video (different language) but the beam shots were great!

    You might want to check your link to YouTube above. I think it might need to be shortened to work. I was able to find your video using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twix5Sxy9QM

    I look forward to seeing more pictures.
    thanx.
    i expect that review will have been finished and posted by the next Monday

    flashlight seems to be good from the quality\price side

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    I tried Convoy L6 with non branded (but protected) 26650 but can only get 2 modes and quite dim, what might be wrong?

    I'm suspecting the batteries but that's the best I can get for now. Buying from aboard will took 1-2 months because batteries cant be shipped by plane.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Got my 5000K L6 a few days ago. Can't say enough good things about it. Needless to say, I love it


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    L6 requires high-drain batteries.
    so this might be reason

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by sandalian View Post
    I tried Convoy L6 with non branded (but protected) 26650 but can only get 2 modes and quite dim, what might be wrong?

    I'm suspecting the batteries but that's the best I can get for now. Buying from aboard will took 1-2 months because batteries cant be shipped by plane.
    What are the length of your cells? If you read though the thread over on BLF a lot of "problems" have been solved by using the correct length cells. I believe the ideal length is 67-69mm per cell. Longer and it is to tight of a fit and if shorter the cells don't make good connection.

    Quote Originally Posted by narmattaru View Post
    L6 requires high-drain batteries.
    so this might be reason
    Actually the L6 is a constant current light drawing about 5 amps at the tail. Any quality 26650 cell will run it just fine. Most guys on BLF are using protected 5200 or 4200mah cells.
    Reliability, NW and moonlight mode, the most important factors in a light

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Just another Convoy L6 beam shot. This time on turbo, looking at trees 220m away.

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    Where can we buy that internationally ?
    Amazon doesn't seem to sell it.
    Found it only on aliexpress, good enough ?

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by totobel View Post
    Where can we buy that internationally ?
    Amazon doesn't seem to sell it.
    Found it only on aliexpress, good enough ?
    I bought mine on banggood. Still waiting for it to arrive though. Somehow my 26650s got here first

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by totobel View Post
    Where can we buy that internationally ?
    Amazon doesn't seem to sell it.
    Found it only on aliexpress, good enough ?
    "Shenzhen Convoy Electronics Co., Ltd" on AliExpress is the Convoy store. You'll notice the name "Simon" on the AliExpress page under "Service Center".

    I ordered a Convoy C8 from AliExpress and it was shipped right away. It arrived in perfect condition and I was impressed with the build quality of this light (Convoy has a great reputation for their products). The light is impressive and it was a great price (& free shipping). The L6 is certainly an impressive light! The photos above are amazing!

    Personally, I will only order Convoy flashlights from AliExpress (for various reasons).

    I hope this information is helpful
    Last edited by Wendee; 06-09-2016 at 10:04 AM.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Stephenk thanks for that last photo, it's the type of beamshot I have been waiting for! Truly light everywhere, definitely puts it farther up on to buy list as it looks to be a great all around light.

    Quote Originally Posted by totobel View Post
    Where can we buy that internationally ?
    Amazon doesn't seem to sell it.
    Found it only on aliexpress, good enough ?
    Yes as Wendee said "Shenzhen Convoy Electronics Co. LTD." on Alixexpress is Simon's (owner of Convoy) official store. I have yet to order from him but everything I have read heavily suggests to order directly from him.
    Reliability, NW and moonlight mode, the most important factors in a light

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    man....everywhere I look the NW version of this light is sold out and on back order. I at least have my 2200 OTF lumen Eagtac MX25L2 to keep my big light jets cool until stores get restocked.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    What is your opinion guys this light vs Acebeam K60 ?

    Also I'm a bit scared because I read out that there is battery problem
    So what battery I need to buy but that they are checked to work well and fit, but not expensive ?

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    Quote Originally Posted by powerfire View Post
    What is your opinion guys this light vs Acebeam K60 ?

    Also I'm a bit scared because I read out that there is battery problem
    So what battery I need to buy but that they are checked to work well and fit, but not expensive ?
    I don't have an Acebeam K60 so can't answer that question.

    26650s between 65mm and 70mm in length should fit. The most suitable choice will depend on where you live (i.e. your purchase options) and whether you want protected or unprotected cells. Cells must be able to connect in series. I'm personally using the shorter 2015 version of the Keeppower 5200mAh protected.

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    Default Re: Review: Convoy L6 (XHP-70, 2x26650)

    I have no idea where to check does cells are able to connect in series
    I would like to take protected but cheaper.

    Soshine 26650 3.7V 4200mAh Protected, max continuous discharge is 8A, and price is 17.40 $ for two.

    SKY RAY SR26650 3.7V 5000mAh Protected, no other informations, price is 15.52 $ for two.

    Also there is a unprotected :

    KeepPower 5200mAh 26650 Rechargeable 3.7V IMR Flat Lithium Battery Max 30A, price is 18.65 $ for two.

    No idea what can be able to connect in series.

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