Sofirn SP36 Evo compact rechargeable LED flashlight. 6,000 lumens, 426 metres, internal USB-C charging. Reviews here

The SP36 Evo is the non-identical twin of my Q8 Quad. Both were born out of discussion between Sofirn and the torchaholics who hang out at BudgetLightForum.Com (BLF). Both torches are built for the most demanding users, delivering incredible amounts of light over huge distances, even though they are barely the size of a can of energy drink.

Each of these torches is equipped with advanced software so enthusiasts can radically change the way they operate but... fear not... you'll never find the programming unless you go looking for it, and the standard user-interface is one of the best I've come across.

The key question, of course, is which of these two torches will suit you best?

For the longest beam and longest run-times, go for the Q8 Quad. It is fitted with four XPL HI emitters which are optimised for throw (up to 200 real-world metres) and takes four 18650 batteries compared to three in the Evo. The Quad's batteries are charged externally, which suits "serious" users who want to be able to charge a spare set while they're using their torch.

The Evo is a bit slimmer because it takes only three batteries, but it's slightly brighter thanks to a quartet of XPL2 emitters delivering 6,000 lumens, compared to the Quad's 5,000lm. Anything less than a doubling of lumens is not visible, but you will notice that the Evo delivers a warmer light and has a fatter hotspot, reaching out to 135 real-world metres.

I believe the Quad should be your first choice for neighbourhood watch patrols and general security, while the Evo has the edge for activities like cycling, hiking and camping, but in truth both perform brilliantly in either role.

However the biggest difference is that the Evo features internal charging via a USB-C port. Many cellphones and laptops now come with USB-C power supplies that can be used to charge this torch, but a charging cable is supplied with the Evo to connect it to the USB-A ports on car dashboards, 220v multi-connectors, solar chargers and inverters, power-banks and elsewhere.

Whichever torch you choose, you can expect a full-house of features including Advanced Temperature Control, constant-current output, battery-status indicator, IPX8 waterproofing, aircraft-grade aluminium housing, HAIII anodising, toughened lenses and lots more. Both of these torches really are sitting at the pinnacle of flashlight science.

Note that the Quad is equipped with a screw mount to attach a tripod or photographer's wrist-strap while the Evo is not, but I stock an inexpensive holster to carry it on your belt or protect it from bumps and scratches.

And remember that I can give you a tasty discount off my online prices if you pay by EFT-on-invoice – just get in touch and I'll send you an invoice.

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Sofirn SP36 Evo

R2,340.00

Sofirn SP36 Evo compact rechargeable LED flashlight. 6,000 lumens, 426 metres, internal USB-C charging. Reviews here

The SP36 Evo is the non-identical twin of my Q8 Quad. Both were born out of discussion between Sofirn and the torchaholics who hang out at BudgetLightForum.Com (BLF). Both torches are built for the most demanding users, delivering incredible amounts of light over huge distances, even though they are barely the size of a can of energy drink.

Each of these torches is equipped with advanced software so enthusiasts can radically change the way they operate but... fear not... you'll never find the programming unless you go looking for it, and the standard user-interface is one of the best I've come across.

The key question, of course, is which of these two torches will suit you best?

For the longest beam and longest run-times, go for the Q8 Quad. It is fitted with four XPL HI emitters which are optimised for throw (up to 200 real-world metres) and takes four 18650 batteries compared to three in the Evo. The Quad's batteries are charged externally, which suits "serious" users who want to be able to charge a spare set while they're using their torch.

The Evo is a bit slimmer because it takes only three batteries, but it's slightly brighter thanks to a quartet of XPL2 emitters delivering 6,000 lumens, compared to the Quad's 5,000lm. Anything less than a doubling of lumens is not visible, but you will notice that the Evo delivers a warmer light and has a fatter hotspot, reaching out to 135 real-world metres.

I believe the Quad should be your first choice for neighbourhood watch patrols and general security, while the Evo has the edge for activities like cycling, hiking and camping, but in truth both perform brilliantly in either role.

However the biggest difference is that the Evo features internal charging via a USB-C port. Many cellphones and laptops now come with USB-C power supplies that can be used to charge this torch, but a charging cable is supplied with the Evo to connect it to the USB-A ports on car dashboards, 220v multi-connectors, solar chargers and inverters, power-banks and elsewhere.

Whichever torch you choose, you can expect a full-house of features including Advanced Temperature Control, constant-current output, battery-status indicator, IPX8 waterproofing, aircraft-grade aluminium housing, HAIII anodising, toughened lenses and lots more. Both of these torches really are sitting at the pinnacle of flashlight science.

Note that the Quad is equipped with a screw mount to attach a tripod or photographer's wrist-strap while the Evo is not, but I stock an inexpensive holster to carry it on your belt or protect it from bumps and scratches.

And remember that I can give you a tasty discount off my online prices if you pay by EFT-on-invoice – just get in touch and I'll send you an invoice.

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