Sofirn SP32A V2.0 Flashlight Review

Today I have another Sofirn light.  I’ve reviewed a couple before and I find them to be good values.  Let’s see how this 18650 EDC style light stacks up!


Official Specs and Features

Versions

This is version 2.0 of the SP32A.  Among the V2.0, there are three body colors, but the lights themselves are all the same.  There’s a black (seen here), pale gold, and silver option.  There is also a bundle option, which includes a single bay charger.  What I have is the bundle option.

Price

This light is going for $29.99 on amazon right now, but I have a coupon on the bundle for you!  The code AFRP64I8 will take 25% off!


Short Review

This is a very neat light, and special with it’s two mode groups.  One of those groups is a ramping group, which again, is a special feature.  With the light being a “full package” light, and having an indicating switch and everything, I find this to be a good value package.

Long Review

The Big Table

Sofirn SP32A V2.0
Emitter: Cree XP-L2
Price in USD at publication time: $29.99 on amazon (referral link)
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1300
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1240 (95.4% of claim)*
Claimed Throw (m) 153
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 517lux @ 4.222m = 9216cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 192.0 (125.5% of claim)*
All my Sofirn reviews!

* Standard measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

  • Sofirn SP32A V2.0 flashlight
  • Sofirn single bay 18650 Liion only charger
  • Sofirn 3000mAh 18650
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to micro-USB)
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual

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Package and Manual

The box is a highly printed but fairly generic box.  The light is held in place in a plastic tray.

Build Quality and Disassembly

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As has been the case with the other Sofirn lights I’ve handled, this one is well built.  The anodizing feels good.  Nothing is sloppy about any part of the light.

I don’t care for this type clip, but that’s not to say it’s bad.  My opinion is that it’s just a cheap style clip.

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The head and tail unscrew completely, but to be sure, I don’t see how to break them down further.  Either the driver side is put in from the top of the light (reasonable, since this is an e-switch light), or it’s press fit.  The tail cap is uncomplicated, though, with the spring being the only piece.

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The threads are anodized, and electrical contact is made on the flat surface of the cell tube.  This does mean that very minimally unscrewing the head or tail will mechanically lock out the light.  Also, the cell tube is reversible.

Size

Officially: 123mm (length) × 23.4mm (head), and net weight of 65±1 gram.

The SP32A V2.0 is a little longer than the Convoy S2+, but slightly thinner in the body, too.

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Retention

A pocket clip is shipped installed on the light.  This clip isn’t “reversible” but the cell tube it lives on is, so effectively, the clip can be arranged for bezel up or down carry.

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It’s not my favorite type clip at all, but it does hold securely.

Second is the lanyard, which attaches in this hole in the tailcap.

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Power

Sofirn includes the cell needed to power this light.  It’s an 18650.  Theirs is a button top, but flat will also work.  There aren’t really any special power requirements – just about any usual 18650 will work.  High drain is not required.

Below is a runtime on Turbo.  Turbo starts at about 1270 lumens and steps down to “High” soon after.  Turbo can be restarted, and reaches nearly initial output.

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Here’s a runtime that I started on Medium, and finished on High.  It’s a bit of a dumpster fire, but does show some needful information:  Both Medium and High have flat output.  And High steps down to medium exactly, and from there, to Low.

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The light doesn’t shut off, either.  It’ll eventually give a warning on the switch – first a solid red, then a slow flash red.

The kit package from Sofirn also includes a nice little single bay charger.  It’s powered by micro-USB, and a cable is included.

I reviewed this charger in the C8F review.  If you’re interested in more information about this charger, please see here: https://zeroair.org/2017/11/02/sofirn-c8f-flashlight-review/

User Interface and Operation

The SP32A V2.0 has a single side e-switch, with an indicator led of red and green.  It’s a small switch (in diameter) but quite proud.  It’s easy to locate by feel.

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Notable about this light is that there are two mode groups.  One of those groups allows infinite ramping from the lowest to the highest mode (and back!).  The other is a traditional e-switch.

Here’s a UI table for the non-ramping (default) mode group!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
On Hold Off
Any Double Click Turbo
Any Triple Click Strobe
Strobe or Turbo Click Last used mode
On Click Mode cycle (L>H direction)
Any Hold Switch mode groups
  • When switching between mode groups, the light will flash twice and remain in an “on” state.
  • Turbo isn’t in the main mode cycle

The ramping mode group is good.  The ramping is “infinite” (ie there aren’t discreet outputs, and the ramp is very smooth.)  When either endpoint is reached, the light flashes once, and begins ramping the other direction.  A short click turns the light off in this group.  The light always has mode memory too, and there are no shortcuts to low.  Shortcuts to Turbo (double click) and Strobe (triple click) still work, though.

Modes

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1300 2h 30m 1240 2.50
High 500 3h 35 565 0.79
Medium 160 9h 30 180 0.20
Low 50 26h 30 64 0.06
Eco 5 260h 5

LED and Beam

Sofirn has opted for a Cree XP-L2 for the SP32A V2.0.  I don’t have much experience with this emitter.  The reflector is smooth and deep (for a tube light) and provides a beam with a flat hotspot, and more corona than spill.

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Tint vs BLF-348

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Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Sofirn SP32A V2.0
Emitter Cree XP-L2
Emitter Notes
Cell 18650
Runtime Chargetime N/A
LVP? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1300
Lux (Measured) 517 lux @ 4.222 m
Candela (Calculated) in cd 9215.7
Throw (Calculated) (m) 192.0
Throw (Claimed) (m) 153

 

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

There seems to be only one competitor for this light, if you’re set on XP-L2.  That’s the Zebralight SC64c.  Zebralight is a high quality brand, with a nice UI and great build quality.  It doesn’t have ramping or an indicating side switch.

If you’re less concerned about the emitter type, this light is still a great choice, since the full kit is available for $27 (with the coupon at the top of this review).  The kit includes cell and charger, making this a great stand-alone unit.

Conclusion

What I like

  • Full kit; great for beginning flashlightists
  • Indicating side switch
  • Built quality is good for the price

What I don’t like

  • Cree XP-L2 doesn’t have a good tint in my opinion
  • Lack of LVP

Up Next

I’m thinking I’ll push everything else I have for this week, to next week.  I have a bunch of work to do on those reviews, and I don’t want to rush things!  Thanks!

Notes

  • This light was provided by Sofirn for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.org.  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. It’s possible to subscribe and get notifications when the sheet is edited!!

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