I kind of like the Zebralight SC600... but...

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I kind of like the Zebralight SC600... but...

This will be my first flashlight if I do decide to get it, so there are some things I don’t understand about flashlights.

Some lights have “drop ins” as I understand it, which is like a bulb assembly with the driver and reflector all built in. However other lights (like the SC600) don’t seem to support drop ins. Hence if the bulb on this flashlight dies or something goes in its circuitry for some reason, does it mean I need to get a new Zebralight?

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The drop-ins are there for customisation, rather than replacing failed components – the LED “Bulb” should have a lifespan of thousands of hours continuous use and isn’t damaged by dropping etc – it should last as long as the rest of torch

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wshyang wrote:
the bulb on this flashlight dies

what's the exact LED of it? XML T5?

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kreisler wrote:

wshyang wrote:
the bulb on this flashlight dies

what’s the exact LED of it? XML T5?

I have no idea, but what I like about the light is that:
1) it looks cute
2) i like the name “zebralight”
3) low voltage cutoff. the essential feature!

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wshyang wrote:
I have no idea, but what I like about the light is that: 1) it looks cute 2) i like the name "zebralight" 3) low voltage cutoff. the essential feature!

ok then, that's enough to know. time to spend the 95$ and be happy! Big Smile

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The Zebralight is pretty much not repairable by owner. If the driver, led, or electronic switch go bad, you will have to send it back to Zebralight.

Having said that, I have been pocket carrying mine for about a year and use it many times a day without fail. It has even survived a couple of hard falls to concrete. I would consider it a rugged light. There is alot of info online about this light and it is very popular.

I would recomend the SC600w over the SC600.

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wshyang wrote:
This will be my first flashlight if I do decide to get it, so there are some things I don’t understand about flashlights.

Some lights have “drop ins” as I understand it, which is like a bulb assembly with the driver and reflector all built in. However other lights (like the SC600) don’t seem to support drop ins. Hence if the bulb on this flashlight dies or something goes in its circuitry for some reason, does it mean I need to get a new Zebralight?

The led of ZL sc600 is xml T6 and T5 for sc600w and its doesnt use a “ drop in”. The bezel, len, o ring and reflector can be removed,so gaining access to the led emitter is possible.( I done it with mine). If you can do soldering, changing the led emitter should be quite ok, think its a 14/16mm led base.Cant really recall. Access to any ZL flashlight driver normally is beyond easy means though. Please note that some people encounter difficulty loosening the sc600 bezel. Mine came off quite easily.

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wshyang wrote:
i like the name "zebralight"

Are you a fan of Mr. Ed, the talking "horse"?

Here's a very rare picture of him without make-up:

Zebra Mr. Ed

It's on the internet so it must be true!

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I also have a SC600 and I like it a lot, really bright in a compact package.
It’s got a nice solid feeling to it.
Though I can really recommend the Shiningbeam Blaze thats on sale for $30 right now, I personally prefer the beam on the blaze over the sc600.
The blaze is not as pocketfriendly though as its bit bigger, but its also a qualitylight.

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raccoon city wrote:

wshyang wrote:
i like the name “zebralight”

Are you a fan of Mr. Ed, the talking “horse”?

Here’s a very rare picture of him without make-up:

Zebra Mr. Ed

It’s on the internet so it must be true!

Hey! You aren’t a bot! Smile

Nah, not really, but the name is quite a refreshing breakaway from yet another “PantsOnFire” light. That said though, are there other lights with low voltage cutoff like this one has? I will be using this light as a EDC for the zounds of harvested 18650 cells that I got!

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I am too a bot!  (A greeting bot.)  We're kinda annoying but much better than a spambot.

I should add the fact that Mr. Ed isn't actually a zebra, and I learned that from TheShadow.

Good luck in your search for the perfect flashlight.  We've all been there.   Wink

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For your first flashlight, you’ll be jumping right into it. The sc600 is a favorite of many flashaholics, including myself. It’ll be sad when not many other lights live up to your first purchase hehe.

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fnsooner wrote:
The Zebralight is pretty much not repairable by owner. If the driver, led, or electronic switch go bad, you will have to send it back to Zebralight.

Having said that, I have been pocket carrying mine for about a year and use it many times a day without fail. It has even survived a couple of hard falls to concrete. I would consider it a rugged light. There is alot of info online about this light and it is very popular.

I would recomend the SC600w over the SC600.

I have had the Zebralight SC600 since it first came out and have had a custom made leather carry pouch with a pocket for a spare 18650 battery made by Thor’s Hammer Custom Leather [sales@thorshammercustomleather.com] and I wear the pouch every day.

I am just wondering why you recommend the SC600W instead?

Cheers

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I bought a custom made leather holster from Thors Hammer for my SC600 with an integrated 18650 battery pouch.

The man who makes these custom leather goods lives in Tucson Arizona , USA.

He is good to deal with but you need about four weeks to get your job done.

I am very happy with this custom made holster as it is an individual piece made as I wanted it to be.

The spare battery carrier makes it a very useful long lasting flashlight (EDC).

The SC600 is a great flooder and really lights up the close area all around you, and it goes down to moonlight mode as well.

The holster was $70 plus $15 for shipping from the USA to Australia.

Website – http://www.thorshammercustomleather.com/

Email – sales@thorshammercustomleather.com

His name is Daniel.

This is what he made for me.

Cheers

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Sparkymarky1954 wrote:

I am just wondering why you recommend the SC600W instead?

Cheers

It is mostly just a personal preference. I think that cool whites wash out colors and create more glare. I was mostly throwing that out there so that wshyang knew it was an option.

Another reason to suggest the neutral over the cool white is the posibility of getting a green tinted light when ordering the cool white version . I actually prefer a “warm side of neutral” light but don’t have a problem with a nice bright white tint in a pinch. What I relly hate is a green tint. I own a couple of would be favorites made unusable(for this tint snob) by them having a greenish tint. The weird thing is, I rarely see this green tint in budget lights and it is rarely discussed. Go figure.

I also own a SC60 and a SC60w and the w is what started me down my road to being a tint whore. When the SC600 was first available for pre-order, I really really wanted to wait for the neutral version but pre-ordered anyway knowing I would also get the SC600w. I have no regrets. If the w had never been released, I would still be singing the SC600s praises.

I was also one of the unlucky early adopters that recieved the SC600 with the squirrelly switch. I had to send it back(a frustrating five week ordeal).

I have almost ordered one of those holsters on several occasions. They look nice. What other flashlight is so popular that it has a ready to order custom holster?

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The holster is really cool and sturdy with a mighty strong clip.

I basically thread it onto my belt or deal with clipping on the alligator jaws.

The SC600 is easy to pocket carry as I used to as it has no really sharp or awkward edges to get caught in your pocket.

At around 4 inches it is a little beauty.

The SC600 is really cool but my one tends to go to the warmer slightly yellow side of the white tint.

I wonder what the SC600W is like in tint if mine is not Cool White but tends to be warm.

Really not a problem as it still puts out plenty of light.

Cheers

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It does come down to personal preference, but having both makes the choice easy. (W)!

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wshyang wrote:
This will be my first flashlight if I do decide to get it, so there are some things I don’t understand about flashlights.

Some lights have “drop ins” as I understand it, which is like a bulb assembly with the driver and reflector all built in. However other lights (like the SC600) don’t seem to support drop ins. Hence if the bulb on this flashlight dies or something goes in its circuitry for some reason, does it mean I need to get a new Zebralight?

That is correct… the Zerbralight designs are one of the most difficult to mod and DIY repair, darn-near impossible if you ask me, although I have seen others pull it off.

I had an H501 that had a faulty switch boot and leaked water. It was under warranty so I just sent it to somewhere in TX and they sent me a new replacement. Pretty hassle free IMHO.

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Oh, kramer also hit the 1000 posts.. Smile

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Which is brighter?

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There is a new SC600 knock-off on Manafont for $38, brand name is Column I think. It might just be a rebranded T-50, which is also an SC600 knockoff.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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Sparkymarky1954 wrote:
I bought a custom made leather holster from Thors Hammer for my SC600 with an integrated 18650 battery pouch.

The man who makes these custom leather goods lives in Arizona , USA.

He is good to deal with but you need about three weeks to get your job done.

Website – http://www.thorshammercustomleather.com/

Email – sales@thorshammercustomleather.com

This is what he made for me.

Cheers

Wow! That’s nice work. Did that set you back as much as the light itself?

My name is indy, and I've been a flashaholic since 2004.

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It cost me $70 for the holster and $15 for shipping from the USA.

I ordered it on 5-6-2012 and received it on 3-7-2012.

I love it, it is so popular and a custom quality article like this one gets looks as it does not look like the cheapo black nylon holsters that you get sometimes as standard issue.

Cheers

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trooplewis wrote:
There is a new SC600 knock-off on Manafont for $38, brand name is Column I think. It might just be a rebranded T-50, which is also an SC600 knockoff.

Hey, nice find. I just did a quick search:

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/column-t50-magnetic-tail-cree-x...

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/ultrafire-uft50-magnetic-tail-c...

Column looks different.. actually looks better than the T50.

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UF-T50 has very bad pill and poor heat management .
I hope Column T50 will do it better.

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Sparkymarky1954 wrote:

I ordered it on 5-6-2012 and received it on 3-7-2012.

Most Americans will be confused why you’re talking about this pretty holster instead of the time machine.

Reading this makes you smarter: http://lesswrong.com/

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agenthex wrote:
Sparkymarky1954 wrote:

I ordered it on 5-6-2012 and received it on 3-7-2012.

Most Americans will be confused why you’re talking about this pretty holster instead of the time machine.

Ok for the USA guys etc.

I started the transaction on June 5th 2012 and received the goods on July 3rd 2012.

Let’s just say it takes about a month for a custom job to be done by him as he only works alone.

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Took about a month, and was well worth the wait. Mine is more basic with the flat black leather, with Thors custom leather logo on the fron and my initials

http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j389/carpentrygod/7b153004.jpg

I love it

I’m glad I’m not the only flashlight collector out there, I was beginning to think I was strange.
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