I’ve had for a while the new Oveready P35 P60 host in hard anodized aluminum.  This is a host that at its base level supports a single 18350 cell, but with the included extension can run a single 18650, or 18350×2 if a drop-in supports that.  Read on for some thoughts and photos!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

As pictured in most of this review, and as pictured in what you purchase, there’s really just the one version.  But as a P60 host (we’ll talk about this more later), there are essentially unlimited build options for this host.  That includes a cooling head (which is a “matching” part).  It includes other parts shown in this review (including the polished bodies, of matching design.)

Price

MSRP is $184, but the price is discounted right off the top to $169.28.  Do note that this is for the whole host as pictured here.  All of these parts are available individually, but your total for that would be much higher than even the “base price” of $184.


Short Review

I can’t say I’m necessarily a sucker for P60 flashlights…. I have a bunch (and since purchasing this set, I have bought even more).  But they are extremely fun to LEGO, and they’re a great way to experience a ton of different engines in a flashlight.  Regarding this specific Oveready P35 P60 host in hard anodized aluminum, I can say that it’s absolutely fantastic, and extremely high quality.  I love it – Oveready does hard anodization better than anyone (along with Malkoff) and this is no exception.

Long Review

This is a review of the host and so … a lot of typical data I’d provide simply won’t be here in this review.  There is no engine included, and I didn’t even actually buy one specifically for this host.  (Well I did actually but not from Oveready, and it’s not even here yet.)  By and large this review will just be a bunch of photos of the P35.

What’s Included

what's included

  • P60 Bezel – HA Black Hex with Stainless Cren
  • P60 Body – P35 HA BK
  • Tailcap – DPC HA Black with Silver Clip
  • Extender – 18350 HA Black

Again, that’s with the package, which affords a great discount.  Each of those parts is also available separately.

Package and Manual

There isn’t a package to speak of, or a manual at all.

Build Quality and Disassembly

P60 hosts, generally speaking, should be inexpensive.  In the cases where they aren’t inexpensive, the difference in cost should afford something else exceptional.  In the case of the Oveready P35 Aluminum Black HA, that difference is in build quality.  

Below is the way I’ve been opting to use this P35 host.  I like the contrast of the polished cooling bezel with the hard anodization.  Also I just really really love that cooling bezel.

feature photo

The build quality is simply outstanding.  One thing to note is that this aluminum is 2024, whereas other flashlights (most? some? not sure but 2024 is truly an exception) are 6061 aluminum.

I am no anodizing expert, but I happen to know that Oveready are anodizing experts.  I’m told by Oveready that 2024 anodizing is more durable even at the same thickness, than 6061 anodizing.  Whatever the case, it’s fantastic.  (Also unrelated to this review but seen in many photos here – this 2024 aluminum may help the polish hold up better on the polished version!)

feature photo with extension for 18650

Here’s a shot looking down the barrel.  This is without cell, and without drop-in.

inside tube from the head

The switch.

showing the switch

The bezel you see below is a stainless “Cren” or crenelated bezel.

head and bezel

The head has flat spots for easy grip when swapping drop-ins.  These also prevent rolling, as they are the widest parts on the host.

body design

The body, actually all the cell tube pieces, have a diamond pattern.  I don’t know that Oveready has named this pattern yet, but if you have any ideas, let’s hear them in the comments!

tailcap design

Check out this pocket clip.  More on this later, but drink in the awesomeness for now.

pocket clip

In case you’re wondering, yes that’s the switch you can see poking up over the edge of the tailcap.  This doesn’t prevent tailstanding, and when the light is full (dropin + cell) the weight keeps it flat.  Also these switch covers can trap air, so if yours is grossly protruding, you can burp it!

pocket clip and retaining ring

Subtle but you can see it here in the stainless crenelated bezel that there are reliefs for loosening and tightening this bezel.  Oveready sells a tool specifically for bezel removal, but not this bezel.  This is a five-point bezel, and their tool is for six-point (Surefire style) bezels.

bezel

Here’s the (nearly) full setup (since I picture it in other ways so often elsewhere).  The only thing lacking is the extender tube.

on side showing switch boot

And here are all the parts.  Tailcap (which includes a McClicky and pocket clip), extender (which allows 18650 or 18350×2 usage), the main body (18350 and dropin holder), and the head (with stainless bezel and lens).

main parts disassembled core cell tube (18350)

The tail end threads are unanodized, and very long.  I believe this to be a P60 standard thing – all my P60 light have very long tailcap threads.

tailcap end threads

The head threads are anodized, and also again, quite long.  Again I think this is just how P60 hosts are, and all my others are like this too.

head threads

The head is essentially just a cover for the body, which sandwiches the drop-in.  I don’t mean to say “it’s pointless” – it’s not – the light wouldn’t work without it.  But think about getting heat from the engine to the externals so it can be transferred away from the light.  This head not being permanently affixed to the body and having a small air gap between metal parts might not be the best for thermals.  As such, I actually consider the cooling bezel to be completely decorative.  You can wrap the drop-in in all the aluminum foil you want, but just by design, thermals won’t be perfect.

threads inside the head

One of the nice touches that Oveready does is … well it’s “branding” but it’s in places you might not really look for it.  Like on the brass retaining ring within the tailcap.  This has both the Oveready symbol (three sized circles), and “USA” which is where these parts are made.

tailcap and switch detail

As I’ve said, here’s my favorite way to run the P35 host.  18350 format, with the polished cooling head.

art with cooling polished head

chilly 18350 with cooling head

chilly 18350 with cooling head

chilly 18350 with cooling head

chilly 18350 with cooling head sun flare

chilly 18350 with cooling head in leaves

Size and Comps

Oveready doesn’t list the dimensions, so these are my measurements.

Diameter:  25.22mm (body), 31.75mm (head), 34.8mm (widest possible diameter, the “wrench” area of the head).
Length as 18350 host:  98.36mm
Length as 18650 (or 18350×2) host:  131.35mm

Weights:
Head: 20g (without lens)
Body: 35g
Extension: 17g
Tail: 27g

If a light will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If a light will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).

18650 setup with cooling bezel in hand

hard anodized 18650 beside polished 18650 in hand

Like I said above, I bought the polished set (which is why I have the cooling head seen in this post).

hard anodized 18650 beside polished 18650x2

One finer point about these two items is that there’s a “P35” which can run a single 18350.  This can be seen on the right, and includes an extension.

Also there’s a “P70” which can’t run a single 18350.  This is for a single 18650 or 18350×2.  Why would you pick the P35 or the P70?  Hard to say!  I’m of the opinion that just a single offering would be good – a P35 with one extension.  If you had the need to run 18650×2, then you could buy that many extenders.  This doesn’t solve any problems except that there would be no choice that couldn’t also run a single 18350.

hard anodized 18650 beside polished 18650

The P35 is nearly the same as my Oveready Lava host (which I also love).

18350 body with cooling head beside lava p60 host

Here’s a bunch of other P60 hosts.  Solarforce L2M, Oveready Polished P70, Oveready Acrylic (Lava), Oveready Slime (custom by Mickey Horstman), Oveready Acrylic Patriot, Oveready P35 hard anodized (with extension), Solarforce L2C.

a bunch of p60 flashlights

Since purchasing these Oveready hosts recently, bought a bunch of other P60 stuff, too.  I may have a problem now.

Retention and Carry

The tailcap supplied with this kit includes a collar style clip.  This is held in place by a screwed down retaining ring.  The retaining ring is hand tight only, but snug.

pocket clip

This placement of the collar clip allows for deep carry.  The clip can also support a lanyard securely, since the clip is screwed down.

pocket clip profile view

The clip just touches the body, but I didn’t fret over it, and didn’t scratch the body when unscrewing the parts.  If this concerns you, slip a business card under the clip before removing parts.

Power and Runtime

As a “P35” host, the P35 runs a single 18350 cell.  Much past that really will depend upon the dropin you use.

both parts, with extension tube not installed

cooling head polished on hard anodized 18350 body

With the (or “a single”) extension added, this light is more like a “P70” (but not actually the P70, since the P70 body is one piece with no extension).  In this format (below), the light fits a single 18650 cell, or 18350×2.  Usage of the “x2” cell setup will depend on your drop-in, as this puts the cells in series, and thus doubles the voltage applied to the drop-in.

polished cooling head on 18650 anodized body

Modes and Currents

This is a host review only, so all this information will depend completely on your drop-in!

Pulse Width Modulation

This is a host review only, so all this information will depend completely on your drop-in!

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

A single switch operates this host.  It’s a McClicky, and you can chose your level of press-hardness in the purchase menu.  Soft, Medium, and Hardpress are all available.  Also there are some boot color options, too.

mechanical clicky

The tailcap as a whole warrants special discussion, actually.  The tailcap supports a whole host of other lights (get it, “whole host”…..)  Here’s the information from Oveready’s site:

  • Z41 Thread compatibility
  • Z41 Switch compatibility, including McClicky and ZeroRez
  • Z41 Boot compatibility, including our complete line of hardpress and softpress
  • TorchLAB Moddoolar Flashlight System
  • SureFire® 3P, 6P, 9P
  • SureFire® C2, C3, Z2, Z3
  • SureFire® M2, M3, and M4
  • SureFire® U2, D2, D3
  • Malkoff Devices MD3 and MD4
  • Leef bodies (C tail)
  • AW Soft Start version B

mechanical clicky protrudes

If you wished to run a ZeroRez, just unscrew the McClicky with this brass retaining ring seen below.  The ZeroRez makes this a twisty light, and is also a fantastic product by Oveready (My Patriot Acrylic P60 seen above has one, and is a 18500 cell light!)

internals of switch and retaining ring

LED and Beam

This is a host review only, so all this information will depend completely on your drop-in!  But for your reference, here’s what a P60 drop-in looks like.  This one is a TorchLAB triple, and has the Lux-RC programmable driver inside.  My searches on oveready.com indicate the one you see below is the only one Oveready stocks at the moment.  You can find it here.

p60 dropin example

You might opt for a drop-in like this one, or you might run something by Malkoff, or any number of other brands.  For example, there’s the kdomain by KDLITKER that I reviewed a while back.

The point is, you can do so much with this host!  KDLITKER also makes a bunch of other triples (even some multi-channel ones), and a bunch of singles.  The nice thing about all of these is that they simply unscrew easily, and are then very modifiable.  Here’s a link to get you started.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

This is a host review only, so all this information will depend completely on your drop-in!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Impeccable build quality
  • Modular cell configurations
  • As a kit, the price isn’t that extreme

What I don’t like

  • Thermal path from engine to externals is moderately questionable (on all P60’s!)

The main point here, and of P60 flashlight hosts in general, is that you have a massive amount of choices and compatibility!  There’s a nearly incomprehensible amount of interoperability among the P60 ecosystem!  Is this one right for you?  Well I can say that’s it absolutely fantastic.  And if you’re unsure, buy a cheap on just to see how you like it.  But don’t wait too long to buy this one from Oveready – I waited on the P20, and I’m kicking myself for missing out on it ever since (and looking for one if you have one to sell me!)

There could be a lot more to write about the P60 ecosystem.  I’m willing to do that if there’s interest, and I certainly have the parts at this point.  If you’d like to see that type post, leave me a message somewhere and let’s talk about it.


Notes

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4 thoughts on “Oveready P35 Aluminum Black HA P60 Host Review”

    1. Thank you! Yes I really like the shiny one too!

      That’s the one I actually bought. 😀

      1. david hawking

        Yes indeed shiny one, i have a P60 host made by Vinh the SLN so i guess any other p60 drop in i can use?
        My skills dont extend to light engine making so getting bits that fit together and work is what i can do.
        I’ve looked at all the KDLiter drop ins before but was never quite sure on fitment with the SLN.

        1. Based on my very limited knowledge of the SLN, yes, any P60 drop-in should work just fine.

          I believe the least expensive one I’ve seen on kaidomain is around $8, so it’s a reasonable price to pay to assure yourself that the SLN is “standard P60” material. And once you’ve done that, you could buy anything you wanted.

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