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Sofirn C8F XPL 3500lm review. Is it worth it in 2023?

2018
3 x Cree XP-L HI LEDs
3500 lm output
22400 cd intensity
1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery

The Sofirn C8F XPL (C8FXPL) released in 2018. It uses 3 x Cree XP-L HI LEDs, SMO reflector and 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 3500 lm output, 22400 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 299 m.

The C8F XPL flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In situations like natural disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight becomes crucial for navigating dark areas, locating supplies, or signaling for help. With mode memory, when you turn off the C8F XPL and then turn it back on again, it will automatically activate the mode that was last used before it was turned off. The strobe function of C8F XPL produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern that is designed to disorient or distract potential threats or aggressors.

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Sofirn C8F XPL (C8FXPL) specifications

BrandSofirn
NameC8F XPL
TypeC8FXPL
Rating
Rated 4/5 based on 1110 user votes.
Launch2018
Formflashlight

This Sofirn flashlight is designed to be compact and handheld, making it easy to carry and maneuver.

Body

Weight200 g
Length149 mm
Head diameter44.6 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 200 g flashlight is generally comfortable to hold for extended periods and easy to carry in pockets or bags. They are suitable for various applications such as camping, hiking, or emergency situations. A 120-gram flashlight strikes a good balance between functionality, convenience, and weight. The ideal length of a flashlight depends on personal preference, intended use, and the specific features and functionality you're looking for.

The aluminium bodies can be anodized, providing a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. Anodizing enhances the corrosion resistance, hardness, and scratch resistance of the aluminum, while also allowing for a variety of attractive finishes. The HAIII process produces a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum, making it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. This improves the overall durability of the flashlight body. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

System

Emitter3 x Cree XP-L HI LEDs
Color temperature5000 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

Cree LEDs are commonly used in a wide range of lighting applications. Their products are trusted by lighting professionals and have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The choice of color temperature depends on the specific lighting application and personal preferences. The C8F XPL uses a smooth reflector. Unlike the textured surface of an orange peel reflector, a smooth reflector has a polished, mirror-like surface.

The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission, making the flashlight more effective in darker environments. The C8F XPL uses multiple switches. Depending on the placement and design of the switches, a multiple switch configuration can allow for one-handed operation. This is particularly helpful in situations where you need to hold or manipulate objects with one hand while using the flashlight with the other hand.

The C8F XPL has electronic switch. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features that allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight. This may include setting specific modes, configuring brightness levels, or enabling unique functions according to individual preferences. The C8F XPL has mechanical switch. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback, allowing users to feel a distinct click or resistance when the switch is pressed. This feedback helps users confirm that the switch has been activated or deactivated, providing a reassuring sense of control and awareness. The rear switch of C8F XPL is designed to be rugged and durable, capable of withstanding harsh conditions and repeated use.

Performance

Flux3500 lm
Intensity22400 cd
Throw299 m
CD/LM factor6.4

With 3500 lm, the C8F XPL flashlight will provide an exceptionally bright and powerful beam of light. It can illuminate large areas, outdoor spaces, or even act as a temporary spotlight in certain situations. The C8F XPL flashlight with 22400 cd has an extended throw distance, allowing you to illuminate objects or areas at greater distances. This can be advantageous for outdoor activities, search and rescue operations, or scenarios where long-range visibility is required.

The throw distance refers to the maximum distance at which the flashlight can effectively illuminate an object or target. The stated throw distance typically indicates the point at which the brightness falls below a specified threshold, such as 0.25 lux. Flashlights with a higher cd/lm ratio typically excel in long-range throw and focused beam applications, while flashlights with a lower cd/lm ratio may provide a wider and more evenly distributed beam for closer-range illumination or general-purpose use.

Software

Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeyes
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

The C8F XPL has mode memory. Mode memory means that the flashlight will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. Instead of having predefined brightness levels or fixed modes, the ramping mode lets you adjust the light intensity seamlessly within a specific range. Strobe mode on C8F XPL flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light. It can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations. SOS mode of the C8F XPL produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes to signal distress or emergency situations. It is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features

Battery1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The C8F XPL flashlight utilizes 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The C8F XPL has a battery indicator. A battery indicator is a feature that provides information about the remaining power level of the flashlight's battery. It helps users monitor the battery status and estimate how much runtime they have left before the battery needs to be recharged or replaced. The C8F XPL doesn't have charger port. A charger port is a designated connection point or interface where you can plug in a charger to recharge the flashlight's battery.

LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery from being over-discharged, which can lead to reduced battery life or even permanent damage. The C8F XPL has thermal protection feature. The thermal protection mechanisms are designed to monitor and regulate the temperature of the flashlight during operation. This feature helps prevent overheating, which can be detrimental to the flashlight's performance, battery, and overall safety. The C8F XPL flashlight with IPx8 rating can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period, typically specified by the manufacturer.

Accessories

Package contents2 x spare o-rings

When using spare O-rings, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for proper installation.

The performance of the Sofirn C8F XPL flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Sofirn C8F XPL, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

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