Admired for being able to make a compact light produce an incredibly high amount of lumens, Zebralight’s SC600 and SC600W’s 750 lumen output from a flashlight no longer than 4.2 inches. From the succession of the SC600 series, Zebralight released two high-powered headlights (the H600 and H600W) as a choice for those that want a light with bright output, yet allow hands-free use. Powered by the CREE XM-L LED, the H600 series boasts the same output as the handheld light version, yet maintains a smaller and lighter profile, making it incredibly comfortable to rest on the head (sometimes it feels like the light is not even there). A standard for all of the Zebralight headlight products, the H600 series includes an elastic headband that is comfortable enough to wear on your head, yet strong enough to hold on in bumpy situations. It also includes a pair of light holsters – black and glow in the dark – that keep the light snug and prevent any chance of twisting or falling out of place. Keep in mind that the H600 series can only use a lithium-ion 18650 battery, and cannot use any CR123 format battery.
Nowadays, there seems to be a lot of flashlights that have the ability to use two separate battery types, and for an EDC light the feature does come in very handy. However, most of these lights tend to have an extender piece that needs to be attached, and if it ends up getting lost, then the light is limited to one battery type, leaving you in the dark (no pun intended) if you need to use the other battery type. Zebralight saw the issue with this design, so when they released the SC80, they actually designed the adapter piece to be placed inside of the light so that it never needs to be removed from the light. The brass piece allows the SC80 to run either a CR123 with an output of 220 lumens, or AA (preferably Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable) at an output of 200 lumens. While the internal battery adapter is unique for the Zebralight selection, the user interface remains the same as the rest of the product line, and the quality build is impeccable (just ask Casey what happened to his SC30). All in all, the size of the light makes it a great choice for an EDC light, along with its adapting brass insert and the incredible lumen output.
Sunwayman is known for making quality lights in general, but one thing they do especially well is headlamps. Headlamps are some of the most useful kind of lights out there because of one simple rule, they are hands free. The H51c and H51Fc are the high CRI versions of Sunwayman’s ever popular AA headlamps.
Accurate color rendition is something that is gaining popularity in the flashlight world. The old days of incandescent lights were exempt from the color fidelity issues. With the introduction of LED emitters the issue of true color representation became known. Most LED’s emit a cool tint of light which leans towards being blue, in turn making objects appear to be a different color than they really are. High CRI LEDs emit a warmer tint which provides more natural and accurate color representation. This higher fidelity that the high CRI LEDs provide is at the cost of output, but the amount of output lost is negligible in most cases.
If true color representation is important for your uses then the H51c is a great choice. Check out the video below to get a better idea of how the warmer tint looks.
The Zebralight SC31F and SC31Fw operates exactly the same as its brother, the SC31. The only difference between the SC31F and SC31 is that the “F” version has a flood beam. Instead of having a beam with a definite hot spot in the center, the SC31F will be more of a flood and will light up a wider area at once.
The flood beam is very useful for close quarter situations, which is just about any situation you’d encounter in an urban environment. The SC31F will not have much throw at all so if you need a light which will cover some distance, the regular SC31 is probably a better choice. There are two models linked above, the SC31F and SC31Fw. The only difference between those two flashlights is the color of the light it produces. The “Fw” indicates that it has a warm tint which will represent colors with higher fidelity. In situations where exact color representation is vital the “Fw” shines.
Watch the video below and the above will hopefully make more sense. There are a lot of numbers and letters being thrown around so the video definitely helps to clear things up.
The Zebralight SC31 and SC31w are a rock stars in the compact flashlight world. Zebralight is known for their awesome user interface as well as being able to cram as much power and run time into as small of a package as possible.
The SC31 reaps the benefits of both of those assets. The SC31 uses the same intuitive interface that has become so popular with other Zebralight flashlights. In addition to the amazing interface, the SC31 offers incredible output despite its diminutive size. The SC31 is not much bigger than the battery which powers it, the CR123 lithium cell. Zebralight placed the on/off switch on the front bezel of the flashlight which makes it smaller than just about any other comparable torch. Despite the tiny size the SC31 still manages to spit out 220 lumens on high, which is brighter than a lot of lights 3x its size.
The video below demonstrates just how effective the SC31 is while also showing the difference between the cool white and neutral white versions. Press play and enjoy!
Zebralight is one of my all time favorite flashlight companies. Zebralight makes small, no nonsense flashlights which are very high quality and affordable. The SC600 is Zebralight’s biggest torch, yet it’s still smaller than most lights on the market today.
The max output of the SC600 is 750 lumens. Let that sink in for a bit. 750 lumens from a light that is not much bigger than some of the key chain lights on the market today. This is definitely one of the smallest and brightest lights that we carry. The SC600 is capable of that crazy output thanks to a CREE XM-L LED and an 18650 rechargeable lithium battery. Normally when high performance items get smaller, the price of that item gets bigger. The SC600 is an exception to that rule at a mere 99 dollars. It’s hard not to love a torch like this.
The world of high end, high output flashlights can be sort of overwhelming. There are a ton of options which can make it very difficult to choose the right light for you when the time comes. To remedy this problem we do a flashlight comparison series using all of the biggest and brightest tactical flashlights available at that time. Not only do these videos give you a good idea of how well each light performs, it also provides a nice side by side comparison of each beam. There are 3 targets set up at 100, 200, and 300 yards to give you an idea of how far each beam travels. These comparison videos are a great way to get a feel for how all of the technical jargon translates into real world use. Clear your schedule and check out the vids, there are a lot of them!
The Zebralight H31 is a headlamp that can also double as a hand held flashlight. The dual functions make the H31 one of the most useful torches available today.
A lot of activities warrant the use of a headlamp, and not just any old light will do. The H31F & H31Fw headlamps are the perfect piece of gear for those situations when you need to be hands free while still lighting up your area. Both of the H31′s provide a nice floody beam which insure full illumination of your surroundings, but there is a difference between the two. The H31F denotes a regular flood beam with a cool white tint; the H31Fw denotes a flood beam with a neutral white tint. There are some instances where high fidelity color rendition is needed, in which case the H31Fw is the right tool for the job. Both torches are powered by a single CR123 battery insuring maximum run time and efficiency.
Since the H31 isn’t relegated to full time headlamp duty, there is almost no limit to the possible uses for this little light.
Back again in the dark desert of Nevada. Just outside of Las Vegas we tested large and small throwers. This video is about the latter.
If you’ve wondered how the smaller throwers compare to each other then you will definitely enjoy this video. Head to head testing gives you an accurate representation of what to expect from each of these lights. Watch and enjoy!
The Zebralight H51 may strike you as an odd choice for a flashlight, but it doesn’t take long to understand what makes this light so useful.
The H51 and H51w, which is the neutral white version, are both designed to be high output headlamp lights. Optimized to run off of alkaline or NiMh rechargeable AA batteries, the H51 gets amazing run time out of very common and inexpensive batteries. Using lithium ion rechargeable batteries is not suggested with this model. Max output tops out at a blinding 200 lumens, and like all other current Zebralights there are 5 other brightness modes. The shape of the H51 makes it perfect for a headlamp when using the included head strap, but it also works just as well as a hand held unit.
Of course a video gives you a better idea of how a flashlight works than words do, so I include 6 minutes of better perspective below.