Ordered my first ZebraLight

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zoulas
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Ordered my first ZebraLight

SC700d

Looking forward to seeing how it compares to the Astroluxes and Convoys of the world.

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Congrats! I bet it won’t be your last. Party

I have a couple handfuls of ZebraLights, including the SC700d. It’s too big as an EDC for me, but it’s awesome paired with a headlamp for night hiking.

BTW, I use a Samsung 50E 21700 with mine. I have a wrap of masking tape around each end to snug up the fit just a tad.

I see that it’s currently in stock on their site, so you’ll probably have it in a couple of days. Be sure to report back with your thoughts when it arrives!

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You went with the big one huh? 

I hope you like it 

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Congrats! I just purchased the headlamp H600Fc, the SC64c with 219b sw35 and another with sw45 (Bob_McBob mod). Look into my setup. =]

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Host, driver, LED, UI… all premium and optimized in harmony.
(.. but UI mater of taste..)

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I could not resist the exceptional write-ups.

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Quadrupel wrote:
Host, driver, LED, UI… all premium and optimized in harmony.
(.. but UI mater of taste..)

Well said!
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Interesting light. No tail spring. Strange but nice interface. Exceptional built quality. I would like it better if it was half the price. Overall happy with it.

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I only got one Zebralight, the SC5w OP. No tail spring either, not sure how I feel about these. Pricey, can’t swap led, well at least it’s grey. Great driver though. Will I get another Zebra? I just don’t know and I could even sell this one. It’s nice 500 lumenish AA-light, one of the best, maybe?

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goshdogit wrote:
Congrats! I bet it won’t be your last. Party I have a couple handfuls of ZebraLights, including the SC700d. It’s too big as an EDC for me, but it’s awesome paired with a headlamp for night hiking. BTW, I use a Samsung 50E 21700 with mine. I have a wrap of masking tape around each end to snug up the fit just a tad. I see that it’s currently in stock on their site, so you’ll probably have it in a couple of days. Be sure to report back with your thoughts when it arrives!

Yea, Zoulas - please do report back! This is the one I've had my eye on. Also wondering if it comes with a pocket clip ? What tint did you go with? That's they xhp70.2 correct ?

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ArtieT59 wrote:

goshdogit wrote:
Congrats! I bet it won’t be your last. Party I have a couple handfuls of ZebraLights, including the SC700d. It’s too big as an EDC for me, but it’s awesome paired with a headlamp for night hiking. BTW, I use a Samsung 50E 21700 with mine. I have a wrap of masking tape around each end to snug up the fit just a tad. I see that it’s currently in stock on their site, so you’ll probably have it in a couple of days. Be sure to report back with your thoughts when it arrives!

Yea, Zoulas – please do report back! This is the one I’ve had my eye on. Also wondering if it comes with a pocket clip ? What tint did you go with? That’s they xhp70.2 correct ?

Yes on the pocket clip, 5000K

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xhp70.2 , yes
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I got none. Wanted to get it a few times during ZL end of year clearance sales but their popular models are always sold out.  

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freeme wrote:

I got none. Wanted to get it a few times during ZL end of year clearance sales but their popular models are always sold out.  

 

Same here I don't have one and every time I think of buying one the ones I want are sold out.

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I have been revisiting some of my past lights. Mostly CR123 and AA lights. I haven’t owned a Zebralight since the SC52. The latest version seams interesting.
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Iirc the clip is a beast to put on.otget than that I use my daily at work.

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I do like the light, I see what people are saying now. The price is a bit too high ($120.) Should be closer to $75 IMHO.

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Boro wrote:
Quadrupel wrote:
Host, driver, LED, UI… all premium and optimized in harmony. (.. but UI mater of taste..)
Well said! +1

Yep, and me. Love the Zebs, SC500w lost and replaced, SC600 lost and replaced with the excellent Mk4. I only lose them because I use them, but the UI, particularly after getting used to the easy Anduril ramping isn’t ideal.

To be honest, if I wasn’t such a hopeless flashaholic and stuck with the one brand I’d just be slapping zoulos on the back and congratulating him on a great choice. Beer Cool Beer

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I have the SC700d and it’s the most efficient compact light I have. You can program it to get as hot as you like and the PID regulation is seamless. Anodizing is one of the best I’ve seen on par with surefire HAIII, dropped it on hard concrete and not even a nick. Not to be confused with chinese HA III which every other flashlight seem to have these days, even spray painted ones.

It doesn’t have any of the fancy features like usb charging or ramping, but once you give it some real use you’ll realize they aren’t really necessary. I carry a spare samsung 50E and never needed to swap the battery mid use. If you can get over the green tint it can become your favorite light.

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I do like it, except I think it’s more of a $75 light not a $120 light.

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RichH wrote:
I only lose them because I use them, but the UI, particularly after getting used to the easy Anduril ramping isn’t ideal.

 

i think ramping would be nice to have as an option, but i prefer ZL UI for everyday use because it forces me to use premeditated, known output levels. i get a lot of runtime, and it's relatively predictable.

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zoulas wrote:
I do like it, except I think it’s more of a $75 light not a $120 light.

think of it as a USA price,
the Zebra business is in Texas,
they offer a unique product with premium features:

The Zebra is potted

the Anodising is upgraded

The switch is reliable and does not turn on in your pocket

the design optimizes thermal regulation, thermal mass, and heat dissipation, so higher outputs can be maintained longer

sophisticated battery management

sophisticated UI

High Efficiency

A Zebra is not a chabuduo light shipped from Asia.

I think of it like an iPhone, designed in USA, for sale at USA prices.

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I agree. The premium in price is likely attributed to higher labor cost. Glad to pay it if you ask me.

If there was an American company that made a better TV than Sony or Samsung that cost more money, I would buy it.

Let’s not forget, the USA used to make the best electronics in the world for many decades.

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things evolve
now USA companies outsource for lower labor costs

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ZebraLights are designed and engineered in the U.S. and manufactured in China. I own 2 and am very happy with them.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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I have 2 Zebralights. A cute little H53c with very cold emitter in it (6300k), and a perfectly sized SC64c LE w/LH351D (nicely warm). The build quality is excellent. And while the SC64c LE is outclassed in brightness by the similar sized FW3A, it is just wonderfully efficient. For the same price, I could’ve gotten an Emisar D4v2 with accessories… But I’d call it apples to oranges.

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Mixed feeling about my Zebra. Quite powerful, nice UI, but there’s a problem with the switch compartment. The switch boot itself apparently clicks before the switch is even touched. So, I hear a double click. Repeats after 30 seconds or so. Mysterious. Still working and feeling good otherwise. Guess this is an isolated problem as I’ve never found another report of it.

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On my H52 there’s quite a distance between the dome and the switch. I have the feeling it got worse over time, but that might be imagination. Effect is like a two-step button: first the dome makes contact with the switch, then it presses it down. During release you hear the switch first and then another click when the dome separates from the switch.

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SammysHP wrote:
On my H52 there’s quite a distance between the dome and the switch.

Same on my SC5c Mark II.

If spare parts were easy to come by, I’d crack it open.

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Unheard wrote:
SammysHP wrote:
On my H52 there’s quite a distance between the dome and the switch.

Same on my SC5c Mark II.

If spare parts were easy to come by, I’d crack it open.

The switch rubber cover from the D4v2 fits (I think all ZLs use the same size), you can buy them directly from Hank via email. It has a protruding tip inside so on its own it might solve the issue of empty space between the cover and switch, if not then the switch can be resoldered slightly higher.

That said it’s possible to pry the retention ring without damaging the rubber cover, but it sure is better to have a replacement in case of.

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Thank you, Gaston Thumbs Up .

BTW, I’d not raise the switch but glue some rubber into the boot. Already did it, simple job and feels good.

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