Convoy C8+ (W5050SQ3) Flashlight Review: A New Thrower in Town!
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Welcome to my review of the Convoy C8+ W5050SQ3 flashlight! In this video, I’ll explore the features, performance, and overall value of this budget-friendly thrower. This light has a unique circular LED that produces a perfectly circular beam.
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Convoy C8+ W5050SQ3 Review
General thoughts after a week of usage/size comparison/practicality/interesting things:
• The C8+ was one of the first Convoy lights I’ve owned and this is my second one. It’s the version with the new W5050SQ3 – a round die emitter that produces a near-perfect hotspot.
• What comes in the box: the light itself, lanyard.
• Size comparison with L21B, M21B, M21F
Overall Construction, LED, lens, bezel and reflector
• High-quality machining and finish. No rough spots on the finish, though I noticed some minor areas where the anodizing was scratched off. Lots of colors available, I have one in tan. The light has a noticeably large head which makes it uncomfortable to carry in your jeans pocket, but that’s the trade-off for extra throw. I like the simple, elegant design, cutouts on the head, and crenulated bezel.
• The W5050SQ3 is a round die LED that seems to be a decent alternative to the SFT40. I have the 6500K version but you can also order one in 3000K warm white. Large SMO reflector with glass lens.
UI – modes
• 12 groups. I have the 5-mode grouping (0.1, 1, 10, 35, 100%). You can set it to 100% mode only and use this as a ‘tactical’ mode. You can also deactivate memory mode too. This is handy if you want the light to always start in the first mode. Reverse clicky – press completely to switch on. Half-press to cycle between modes.
Performance – total output, beam profile, longevity, practicality
• CCT, CRI, Ceiling bounce test
• Beam profile – circular hotspot. I noticed up close on a white wall, the edges of the hotspot have some minor artefacts. They’re not visible from 20+ meters.
• No onboard charging. No battery included.
• Ran some ceiling bounce tests and found that the W5050SQ3 produces approximately 2/3 the light of an SFT40. Similar or slightly less light than the CULPM1.TG
• Size factor – it’s not going to fit in your jeans pocket.
• This is a great value thrower flashlight – based on previous reviews of this light with the SFT40, it appears that this version throws a little further but produces less light. The C8+ is a staple in the flashlight community, and it’s easy to see why with the incredible value for price. I’ll leave the link to Simon’s store below in the description if you want to get one. You can get this light for the lowest price there.