Convoy X3 Flashlight Review

Preface

I love getting Convoy lights for review.  Here’s another one, (and one I have been asking for), the Convoy X3.  This is a 26650 format small thrower, with cell versatility and a great tint.  Read on for more!


Official Specs and Features

FLASHLIGHT MODES
Lo (80mA) > Mid (700mA) > Hi (3000mA);
Double half-press: Strobe
Accessories include: 3AA battery holder. 26650 O ring. 18650 sleeve

COLOR gray
MATERIAL Aluminum Alloy
LOW VOLTAGE WARNING Yes
OUTPUT CURRENT MAX 3000mA
REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTION Yes
PWM mode No
LENS TYPE Glass Lens
MODE MEMORY Yes
REFLECTOR TYPE SMO
SWITCH PLACEMENT Tail
TAIL STAND Yes
LIGHT SOURCE BIN XML2
LIGHT SOURCE BRAND Cree
LUMENS (MAX) about 1100LM
BATTERIES INCLUDED No
BATTERY FORM FACTOR 1pcs 18650(protected or unprotected)
or  1pcs  26650(protected or unprotected)
or   3*AA
Dimensions 155mm(length) x 37.8mm(body) x 55mm(head)
PRODUCT WEIGHT 270g (not include battery)

Versions

There are a number of tint variations, and at least two emitter options.  The aliexpress store only shows XM-L2, but one thing GearBest also sells is an XP-L HI version in a few other tints.  What I have here is the XP-L HI U6 3A.

Price

These may not actually be available currently anywhere.  There are a bunch of listings, but they all seem to be out of stock, or worse, labeled “discontinued.”  The price is in the $35-$40 range, though.


Short Review

I like this as much as I thought I would, and then some.  This is a great bug-out light, with the versatility of accepting (and having the adapter for) 3xAA cells.  The tint on my model is great, and the throw is good, too.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Convoy X3
  • AAx3 adapter
  • 18650 adapter
  • Spare o-rings (2) for supporting 26650 cell.

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Package and Manual

The package is Convoys usual cardboard box (though, this one seems corrugated, not actually “cardboard”).  Inside is bubble wrap.  In fact this time, there was something outside the package too – the 18650 adapter.  It was saran-wrapped around the box.  Arrived safely, though.

There is no manual.

Build Quality and Disassembly

The quality is at the very least “typical Convoy quality” (which means it’s great).  The anodizing on this model is different from what I’ve seen from Convoy though.  Seems thicker, and is not matte at all (yet is also not like the Clear they’ve had out lately).  It’s a very nice finish.

There are some thick cooling fins, and a stainless bezel that unscrews easily (no tools needed, though there are places for a spanner if needed).

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The body has horizontal lines milled as grips.  It’s different, it’s nice, and it works quite well.

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Everything disassembles quite readily.  The cell tube is directional.  The threads on the head and cell tube are different sized, and the tube threads are anodized.

With the bezel removed, the reflector comes out fairly easily – being held in only by an o-ring.  The centering ring also will fly free once the reflector is out.  The star is held down by two screws.

Here’s the spring on the head.  The driver is held in place by a screwed-down retaining ring.  The tailcap has a nice firm spring as well.

The tube has very thick, anodized threads.  Very nice threads indeed.

Size

Officially 155mm x 37.8mm x 54.8mm (length x body x head diameter).

Fits on a bill almost perfectly (length-wise).

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It’s bigger than other C8’s.  Being longer than the XinTD C8 is something – that’s a long C8.  Also much thicker, because it’s a 26650 light!

I quite like the size, though.  I find C8’s unwieldy.  I like the P30 but that’s because I can hold it like a normal person holds flashlights, as it has the side switch too.  But the X3 is very comfortable in hand, because it’s bigger.

Retention

The tailcap has slots for a lanyard, but one isn’t included.  In fact there’s nothing included for carrying the light, at all.

Power

Many options here!  I’ll call this primarily a 26650 light.  The light doesn’t care if a cell is flat top or button, protected, or unprotected.  Also included is a plastic 18650 adapter tube, with o-rings to make a nice snug fit.  And one more inclusion is the 3xAA cell adapter.

Below is the AAx3 adapter.  This unit is directional and there’s an arrow on the adapter that indicates how to put it in the light.

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Here’s the fit of the 18650 adapter.

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There are two loose o-rings included, and they must be used as follows: With the AAx3 option, the o-rings rest on (not around) the top and bottom of the adapter.  With the 26650 option, the o-rings go around the body of the cell to prevent rattle.  The o-rings aren’t used with the 18650 adapter (but that’s where I store them since that’s the setup I use most often).

I did a runtime for 18650 High and Medium, and High with AAx3.  As expected, AAx3 has a very short runtime.  18650 has very respectable performance on High for around 20 minutes above 90%.  Medium is rock solid for over 3 hours.

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Note the Medium runtime.  After 200m, the graph looks a little strange.  That’s the “Warning” about low voltage – the X3 fades in and out to alert the user that cell voltage is low.  It’s a strange warning, but effective.  (In the other two runtimes, this can be seen as well, I just stopped the runtime soon after it started.)  The warning starts at about 3V.

One more note about power:  The output is approximately the same with all the setups, with the AAx3 being slightly less throw.  (Which is understandable, since it’ll run at a slightly lower nominal voltage.

User Interface and Operation

There’s a single reverse tail clicky.  UI is simple, too: Click for on (mode memory).  Half click to cycle the modes (in a L>H direction).  Double press (not click) from any mode for strobe.  Fully click to turn the light off in any mode.

Some of these have the typical two-mode-group Convoy UI.  Mine does not seem to – that could be a difference in the XP-L HI version (mine) and the XM-L2.  I’m really not sure.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Mode Measured Lux Tailcap Amps
Low 525 0.085A
Medium 5310 0.912A
High 1100 14210 2.412A*

*Measured with a series meter; reading is probably a little low.

LED and Beam

As stated, what I have is the Cree XP-L HI, in U6 3A.  It’s rated at 5000K-5200K and I have to say, I really love the tint on this emitter.  But of course, I love an XP-L HI….

The beam is throw, of course – there’s a deep smooth reflector.  And the beam is very much a SPOT of throw, not broad across at all.  Very pointed.  The spill is present but not overbearing – bright enough to be usable for things.

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Tint vs BLF-348

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Proof that my “Tint vs BLF-348” isn’t fair.  The X3 has a very good tint.  Not green at all – brown if anything.  But beside the rosy 348?  Not a chance.

Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Convoy X3
Emitter Cree XP-L HI
Emitter Notes U6 3A
Glamour Shots Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k]
Cell AAx3 26650 18650
Runtime All Cells
LVP? Warning
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1100
Lux (Measured) 1755.0 2070.0 2100.0
At (m) 6.3 6.4 6.2
Candela (Calculated) in cd 70454.3 83493.9 79867.0
Throw (Calculated) (m) 530.9 577.9 565.2
Throw (Claimed) (m)

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

There’s really nothing that compares to this light, with the option to have 3xAA cells.  That’s a very nice feature.  There are many other 26650 throwers, sure.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Tint
  • Cell variety options
  • UI is simple
  • An ergonomic joy – I find C8’s to be a touch small.  This larger size is great.

What I don’t like

  • Appears to be discontinued!
  • No lanyard or pouch included

Up Next

I have the Nitecore EC23 ongoing, and I hope to finish the Emisar D1 this week, too.

Notes

  • This light was provided by GearBest for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.wordpress.com.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • Whether or not I have a coupon for this light, I do have a bunch of coupons!!  Have a look at my spreadsheet for those coupons.

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