[Review] YLP Scorpion X8 (Nichia 219C + Red and Blue emitters)

The flashlight was sent to me by YLPlight for review.
Here's the product's link: YLP Scorpion X8

The X8 comes in a hard cardboard box.

The keychain light is seated into foam.
No extra accessories are included into the package.

It comes with black flat anodization and a minimal overall design.

The Scorpion X8 utilizes with a triple emitter setup.
A red LED, a blue LED and an Nichia 219C 5000K 80CRI.

It also has with a detachable metal clip that's installed in its back side.

The metal clip provides great retention and allows for a deep pocket carry.

Of course, the X8 is rechargeable, with the charging port located in its right side.

The charging interface is consisted out of a regular microUSB port which is sealed via a rubber cap.

Once plugged in, the indicator LED (which is integrated into the switch) shines up.
Red: Charging, Green: Ready

The charging current I recorded was 200mA.

And here's a comparison shot.
From left to right: Nitecore Tube, YLP Scorpion X8, Nitecore TIP SS

User Interface

The interface of the X8 is adjusted according to its triple emitter setup.
Here's all the supported actions.

Turn Main Light On/Off: Single press. In order to turn off, you need to let the flashlight stay in ON for a couple of seconds.
Mode cycle: Single press within 2 secs after turn on ( Low > High > Low > ...)
Turn Secondary Light On: Long press while off ( Red > Blue > Moonlight )
Turn Secondary Light Off: Single press

The flashlight memorizes the last used mode.
E.g if you turn it off while using the Blue emitter, the next time you long-press from off you will land again in Blue.
The same thing applies for the main (white) emitter.

Regulation test

Here's a 9min graph of the flashlight in maximum output.

What we can see from the test:

  • The maximum output I measured is 154 lumen.
  • No stepdown occurs.
  • The regulation looks pretty good. The output is sustained relatively steady.
  • The flashlight never got too hot to handle.


Here's three wall beamshots.
Red - White - Blue

Thanks for the review! I’ve got a soft spot for the modern “small” lights. They have great output and runtimes and the rechargeable aspect makes them great for EDC.
It looks a lot like a Mecarmy SGN3. In the event that it is built on that driver I have to ask: does it have PWM on the lower modes? I had an SGN3 and it was unbearable.
Does the switch activate if placed on a flat surface and pressed from the back of the light?
The only “dealbreaker” with me nowadays is visible PWM. Emitters can usually be swapped and wonky UIs can be learned.
Of course I have to throw in the “why no access to lowest mode from off?” and “why memory?” but I have a TIP2 in my pocket as I type this so apparently I will settle for a lame UI if the light fits the need. I’m all about 5th pocket carry and this looks like a good candidate.

But you can activate lowest mode from off :innocent:
And you also can configure this mode - choose between white low or red moonlight (or UV, if suddenly you need UV with quick access).