Sofirn SC31T Sarge rechargeable LED pocket flashlight. 2,000 lumens, 240 ANSI metres. The best bodyguard! Customer reviews
Sofirn hit the ball out of the park with their SC31 flashlight. It’s tiny, powerful, durable and affordable – a true milestone in the evolution of torches.
And now it's available in two different designs, to suit your preferred way of holding and using this little marvel of light – either a single-switch (on the side of the torch) or a two-switch (side- and tail-switch) user-interface!
There are good arguments to be made for both designs. The big advantage of a tail-switch is that it’s easier to find in the dark, while a torch with a side-switch is better for one-handed operation.
A single-switch gives you more choices when you turn it on – go directly to the last-used brightness level, full power or strobe (with one, two or three clicks respectively) – while holding the torch in the intuitive and comfortable “underhand grip” with your thumb on the side-switch.
A two-switch torch is turned on at the tail and then adjusted (if necessary) at the side-switch. This is ideal if you simply want to flash the torch on and off at your chosen brightness level while holding the torch in the “overhand grip” preferred by law-enforcement officers, with a thumb on the tail-switch.
A mechanical tail-switch also locks out the torch so there’s no drain on the battery and it's nearly impossible to turn on accidentally, while an electronic side-switch needs to be locked out (usually by unscrewing the tailcap half a turn) so it won't turn on if something presses on the switch in a pocket or bag.
And then there's the operating system…
Sofirn are a pioneer in incorporating the Andúril operating system into their torches, and the SC31 Pro – which I call the “Detective” – is their smallest torch with this feature. Unfortunately Andúril is designed specifically for single-switch torches, and not everyone is equally excited about having a programmable operating system (even though the default operation is REALLY simple) so Sofirn are now offering you a choice…
This new SC31T – which I’m calling the “Sarge” – adds a tail-switch, subtracts Andúril, and sells for the same price! Don’t get me wrong, the Sarge still has a full-house of features including a choice of “stepped” and “ramping” modes, dual-frequency defensive strobe, advanced temperature regulation, battery-status indicator, low-voltage protection and more.
It’s also tough as nails (as you’d expect from anyone called “Sarge”) – milled from aerospace grade aluminium, hard-anodised to military specifications, fitted with a toughened mineral glass lens and the benchmark 2,000 lumen Luminus SST40 LED, waterproofed to IPX8 standard, impact resistant and equipped with internal charging via a USB-C port (so you can charge it in your car or from your cellphone charger!)
The Andúril version, the SC31 Pro Detective, has rocked the torch world, but I believe this tail-switch version, the SC31T Sarge, will do the same for the security industry – which basically includes every South African!
I think most people will know intuitively whether they would prefer the easy-to-find-in-the-dark tail-switch and straightforward user interface of the Sarge, or the single-handed-operation and immensely tweakable Detective. The tail-switch adds about 8mm to the length and 8g to the weight of the Sarge but it’s still small enough to live in a jeans pocket without raising eyebrows.
Both torches tail-stand nicely, allowing you to point them at the ceiling to light up your lounge during load-shedding; both come with a removable tail-clip to prevent them rolling off a table; and I offer both with an optional holster and an optional diffuser which transforms them into tiny but brilliant all-weather lanterns, perfect for the outdoors.
And they are both astonishing value for money at R1,470 including a Sofirn 3000mAh high-drain rechargeable lithium-ion battery after a 10% discount if you pay by EFT into our account (as opposed to checking them out from our website, where we are charged a commission).
If you’re undecided, why not buy both – and then, after you’ve had a chance to try them out, give one away? Whoever gets it will be absolutely delighted, and will think of you every time your torch rescues them from the forces of darkness. And if you buy two, courier delivery to your door will be free! Just drop me a line (at email@example.com) and I’ll make it happen.