Sofirn SP31Tii Blade rechargeable LED flashlight. 1200 lumen 533 metres. Blinding value in a throwy torch! Reviews here.
If you're looking for the best bang for your buck you're on the right page! I had the original version of this torch built to my own specifications by Sofirn, and this is the first major upgrade.
It's essentially their cigar-sized SP31 Hilt (now also in Version 2.0) but equipped with a bigger reflector to deliver the longest possible beam from a compact flashlight.
I've called it the "Blade", because it cuts through the night like a gleaming sword!
According to my lux-meter this compact torch delivers a 533 ANSI metre beam – equivalent to a real-world throw of 168 metres – which is more than 50% further than the acclaimed V6CS Vampire it replaced. It's like sitting at the top of the grandstand behind the posts at Ellis Park and lighting up the spectators behind the posts at the far end!
And it isn't only the performance of the Blade that's impressive. It has one of the best user-interfaces I've come across – the tail-switch simply turns it on or off at the last-used brightness level, while the side-switch adjusts the brightness through five brightness levels.
These levels include a "moonlight mode" – essential for finding your way in pitch-darkness without dazzling yourself – and well-judged "low", "medium" and "high" levels, offering extended run-times. The blinding "turbo" mode steps down to "high" after a few minutes to avoid overheating.
Version 2.0 of the Blade features constant-current technology to maintain an even brightness as the battery runs down, as well as advanced temperature regulation which makes it nearly impossible to overheat this torch. There's also a dual-frequency defensive strobe and SOS signal, both "hidden" behind a long press of the side-switch so you are unlikely to trigger them accidentally.
The new, sharper Blade also features a battery-status light built into the side switch which shows green for five seconds when the battery is okay, red when it's getting low, and flashing red when it's time to charge or replace the battery. There's even an automatic step-down (get-you-home) feature, where the torch turns itself down to moonlight mode if the battery reaches a critically low level.
Like my other Sofirn torches, the Blade is beautifully crafted from aircraft-grade Type-III anodised 6061 aluminium with square-cut threads, gold-plated springs and a toughened and coated lens. It's IPX7 waterproof and designed to take hard use for many years.
The Blade is the perfect flashlight for both domestic and industrial use, it's ideal for neighbourhood-watch patrollers, game watchers and security personnel, and it's the gift that'll keep on giving.
If you're looking for a torch that fits into a jeans pocket and delivers a big fat beam, check out the Blade's cigar-sized sibling, the SP31 V2.0 Hilt, and if you want a tiny, powerful and versatile torch worthy of a permanent place in your pocket or purse there's nothing to touch the lipstick-sized SF14ii Edge.
All of these torches offer extraordinary value for money, working out to less than a rand-a-lumen! If you buy the Blade and Hilt complete with batteries and chargers I'll throw in the Edge with a rechargeable AA battery and courier delivery (see the "Sword bundle" in the drop-down list below). And if you drop me a line I'll tell you how to get an even better price!
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