Zebralight SC700d – A Short Technical Review (lumens/runtime graphs/temperature/PWM/current draw)

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Any camera even at auto settings works well enough for an outdoor beamshot photo, no need for anything fancy just a quick shot to show the beam distribution and if there’s any artifacts Big Smile

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There are some indoor and outdoor beamshots in the Zebralight SC700d thread on CPF Forum.

The beamshots are in Derek Jean’s post #355 and post #374 .

Looks great. From the beamshots, the SC700d is noticeably brighter and has more throw than the SC600 Mark IV Plus. And the tint seems fine.

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You can post a wall shot if you want. Just wanted to see what it looks like in a practical sense. Owning a few ZL's, already had a pretty good idea what the efficiency would be. The 70.2 is well known for a tint shift, but was thinking maybe ZL did fairly good job of blending that with the OP reflector.

 

I added a photo and video (beamshots) at the end of the review.  I think the YouTube video is pretty accurate to what I see with my eyes.

 

FYI, there have been several other updates since my original post.

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Terry Oregon wrote:

 


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You can post a wall shot if you want. Just wanted to see what it looks like in a practical sense. Owning a few ZL’s, already had a pretty good idea what the efficiency would be. The 70.2 is well known for a tint shift, but was thinking maybe ZL did fairly good job of blending that with the OP reflector.

 


I added a photo and video (beamshots) at the end of the review.  I think the YouTube video is pretty accurate to what I see with my eyes.


 


FYI, there have been several other updates since my original post.

Thanks for posting Terry. Tint shift doesn’t appear nearly as bad as most 70.2 lights I’ve seen. Some are just flat out ugly with green rings in the beam. From the looks of it, may not be noticeable out in the woods.

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Awesome review. I have placed an order for one of these bad boys and a pair of 40T cells. I wonder if I’ll end up using this more often over my SC600w Plus.

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Just wanted to chime in and let you know that thanks to this review I pulled the trigger on a SC700D. I haven’t purchased any other flashlight for almost a year but this zebralight was a hard pass.

It’s been with me for a couple weeks now and I will never look at any other flashlight the same way after the SC700D. The performance is simply insane and having the temperature setting on the highest it seems to handle the H2 level without ever dropping the output. Zebralight has perfected the PID in such way that holding the flashlight for a couple seconds the output immediately raises back up. The thing is so efficient I feel it easily gives me more than twice the runtime of a regular high capacity 18650.

Fit and finish is perfect and was undamaged after a drop on hard concrete floor, the texture on the anodizing reminds me of the older days of surefire and first gens Fenix TK lights, not the usual easy chipping stuff now every manufacturers calls “HA III”.

Not sure if they wanted to future proof this light but the battery tube ID can easily fit a 21700 50E with double extra wrapping, I see why some folks complains about a rattling cell. The only and single complain I have is the pocket clip, I would much rather have a screw on clip. The tint has the usual XHP70.2 green, not something ZL could’ve done anything about.

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That’s awesome news! Glad you like it. I like the SC700D so much that I ordered two of them. One to keep new in a box, the other for EDC use and won’t feel so bad if I ding it up. This light is worth every penny. I use it more than my SC600W MK IV Plus now. It also seems to have curbed my flashoholic cravings. Looks like I’ll need to really work on the flashlight rotation on night walks. This thing is at the top of the list.

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x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

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…I ordered two of them. One to keep new in a box, the other for EDC use and won’t feel so bad if I ding it up.

I thought I was the only one that does this with flashlights I really like Facepalm

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Not at all! My motto is, Good things always come in pairs!

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Flashlights:

x2 Sk68 modded 1 Nichia 319AT, 1 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x2 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - x1 Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d - x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 Ti - x1 Olight I3T EOS

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sovereignknight wrote:
Not at all! My motto is, Good things always come in pairs!

Or trios Big Smile

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x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x2 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - x1 Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d - x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 Ti - x1 Olight I3T EOS

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I just now saw this thread. Impressive review, thank you!! Thumbs Up

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The floody version of this light SC700Fd (frosty lens) became available April 30th.

 

http://www.zebralight.com/SC700Fd-21700

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Has anyone tried Lee zircon or the regular filters with the SC700D? I’m tempted to buy a 24×24” sheet of the zircon 803S to get rid of the green, which is the only imperfection with this light. I think it puts out lots of light to easily compensate for the 20% loss.

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I have an issue with this light regarding obtaining low mode from off. I press and hold and generally miss low and go straight to medium, and blind myself when using the flashlight at night. I just can’t get the timing right so that I can reliably select low output. Too short a click and 3000 lumens, too long a click and a few hundred. Am I missing something?

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TheAuditor wrote:
I have an issue with this light regarding obtaining low mode from off. I press and hold and generally miss low and go straight to medium, and blind myself when using the flashlight at night. I just can’t get the timing right so that I can reliably select low output. Too short a click and 3000 lumens, too long a click and a few hundred. Am I missing something?

This was a very common complaint about Zebralight’s UI for years. It takes a lot of practice and muscle memory to get the timing correct, and the only answer was to practice and practice. HOWEVER, times have changed and the UI has been updated, including in your light. Its now fully programmable, so you can set short-click to low and long-press to high, for instance. Or whatever you desire. I think a lot of us make that change in our newer Zebralights – I know I do. If you’ve lost the programming instruction sheet there’s a pdf on the website — http://www.zebralight.com/SC700Fd-21700-XHP702-Floody-Neutral-White-High-CRI-Flashlight_p_240.html

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TheAuditor wrote:
I have an issue with this light regarding obtaining low mode from off. I press and hold and generally miss low and go straight to medium, and blind myself when using the flashlight at night. I just can’t get the timing right so that I can reliably select low output. Too short a click and 3000 lumens, too long a click and a few hundred. Am I missing something?

This was a very common complaint about Zebralight’s UI for years. It takes a lot of practice and muscle memory to get the timing correct, and the only answer was to practice and practice. HOWEVER, times have changed and the UI has been updated, including in your light. Its now fully programmable, so you can set short-click to low and long-press to high, for instance. Or whatever you desire. I think a lot of us make that change in our newer Zebralights – I know I do. If you’ve lost the programming instruction sheet there’s a pdf on the website — http://www.zebralight.com/SC700Fd-21700-XHP702-Floody-Neutral-White-High-CRI-Flashlight_p_240.html

Thank you so much Smile

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Yeah, I used to have problems with timing when I got my first Zebralight. Years later, and several Zebras later, I haven’t had that issue in a long time.

Even so, I programmed one of the groups for my “middle of the night” modes. They’re all moonlight levels, so even if I screw up it’s still very dim.

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Yeah, I used to have problems with timing when I got my first Zebralight. Years later, and several Zebras later, I haven’t had that issue in a long time.

Even so, I programmed one of the groups for my “middle of the night” modes. They’re all moonlight levels, so even if I screw up it’s still very dim.

I have a number of ZL flashlights but this one seems to have the shortest click and hold. Still I do really appreciate the programming modes. Very nice.

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I know this is an older thread, but there isn’t much showing up about this in the searches. I have and love a sc64w hi. I am looking at this. Is it remotely pocketable? My zl disappears in my pocket , this one is a half inch broader. Also how is everyone liking theirs?

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Geronimo wrote:
I know this is an older thread, but there isn’t much showing up about this in the searches. I have and love a sc64w hi. I am looking at this. Is it remotely pocketable? My zl disappears in my pocket , this one is a half inch broader. Also how is everyone liking theirs?

You might want to try the SC600w MkIV Plus. Its size is in-between the SC64 and the SC700. Still quite pocketable. 2300 lumens, so not quite as bright as the SC700d, but close.

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The SC700d is an overall very decent light, i enjoy the well regulated modes, the thermal balance and the proper runtimes (21700 50E). I use it mostly for tasks around the house and also for nightriding mountainbike on the handle bar. But pocketability is not a strength of this light, of coure in a pocket of a jacket will never be a problem to carry it, but for a jeans pocket is it definetly to bulky for any kind of EDCing.
I have also the SC64w Hi (which is my most used light ever), regarding pocketability, it is definitely in another league. For more output then this and still compact size, the SC600w plus mk4, which was proposed by WalkIntoTheLight is a good choise. The SC600 format ist still very compact, is a bit better thermal balanced and is not to bulky for a jeans pocket.

Not sure if it was already mentioned in this thread, but here is another nice review by 1Lumen.
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Thanks for the response, it sounds like I thought it would be. To big and maybe more of a ‘house/truck’ light. I do love my sc64 w hi as well. I will look at it the other light. That is a good review you linked. Pretty soon we will be debating on the new ZL headlamps coming out, the a6 and a7. I asked if they are 21700 series and I think they said they would be.

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Pretty soon we will be debating on the new ZL headlamps coming out, the a6 and a7. I asked if they are 21700 series and I think they said they would be.

This sounds interesting, its some new information for me, where do you got this from? What else do you know about the new Headlamps? With 21700?

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I messaged ZL about it when I was looking at Fireflies pl47 gen 2 ,but their qc seems horrible so bought a ylp 2m cri and maybe soon a zl. I asked if they had plans to release one with 21700 battery , they responded soon a 6a entry level one and a few months later a 7a , not sure but their page has a 6a listed on the compare charts but it says 18650. That’s all I know.

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So what other light overall would you consider the better or equal? Waterproofness , toughness dependability, then brightness ui etc.

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So what other light overall would you consider the better or equal? Waterproofness , toughness dependability, then brightness ui etc.

Well it’s hard to say what light is better or generally good one. As always, it dependent on your needs or your wishes/expectations on a light. If you got already a good one you are satisfied with, than ask your self, what would be nice if this light would do better. More runtime, more output, more throw, flood, smaller/bigger and so on. Depends on the needs, different lights come in focus.

I’ve got 5 Zebralights and all of them are really well made quality lights that I can rely on in all conditions of use. I was often swim in a lake with a zebra in my hand, it’s a nice effect to illuminate the water from underneath.
Zebralight has a few different variations of lights, but not all different needs can be covered by them. There are so many different manufacturers with good quality lights on the market, which are also very good. I do not know all and can not generally judge which are better or equal.
The Zebralight UI is fine, but i also like the Narsil/Anduril UI.

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Geronimo wrote:
Pretty soon we will be debating on the new ZL headlamps coming out, the a6 and a7. I asked if they are 21700 series and I think they said they would be.

Yuck. 21700 in a headlamp? Too big and heavy! Even though Zebralight makes among the smallest lights, I don’t think a 21700 form could be made small enough.

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The Zebralight UI is fine, but i also like the Narsil/Anduril UI.

While I like Anduril, I find it more of a “toy” than a serious light. Also, the whole D2 meltdown with it made me no longer trust it; it’s just too complex to code safety into the light.

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Great review.

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Excellent review and thanks for the update with beamshots.

I have an SC64c LE that I really enjoy. Wonderful light. I didn’t bother with the SC700 as I didn’t want to get into 21700 cells. And for the price, I’m being pulled more towards an Astrolux MF01s. Still, something about Zebralight keeps me watching. Big Smile

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