Zebralight SC5c mk II Flashlight Review. The brightest AA Every Day Carry Ever?

The Zebralight SC5c Mk II is one of the brightest flashlight lights that runs off 1 AA battery. This is their updated for 2017 SC5 that I tested at nearly 500 lumens with an Eneloop. The SC5 is a tiny, well built every day carry sized torch, that is waterproof, and drop proof, that has great moonlight and ultra low, fraction of a lumen firefly levels. This is a great light star gazers or people who need dim levels of white light, to preserve their night vision. It’s perfect for camping and backpacking because it weights a little over 2.5 ounces with a battery. This flashlight review features runtime tests, lumens measurements, beamshot comparisons between other lights (Fenix LD15, Zebralight SC600w Mk III, the Lumintop IYP-365, the Thrunite Archer A1, and the Armytek Prime Pro), and a section where I show you how to program the User Interface (UI).


Dimensions are incorrect, and should read:

length: 3.17 (8.05cm)
head: 1.03 in (2.61 cm)
tailcap: .83 in (2.10 cm)

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    hypervigilance1 July 25, 2017 at 3:29 am

    hey check out the MecArmy SGN5 560 Lumens Self Defense keychain flashlight smokes the tip.

  2. Give the Klarus Mi7 a try. I know, it only goes down to 5 lumens, but I think it's an excellent AA light.

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    benjamin felland July 25, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I feel like I would enjoy everything but that clip. I also would like it as an angle head. Do they make a comparable angle head that can use the 14500's?

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    Moneypit330 July 25, 2017 at 4:18 am

    You should check out the Manker T01, 500lm on AA and 900lm on 14500. I really love the look of the Manker and have been waiting for a better price on it since it's around $50.

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    Mr. Dickenphete July 25, 2017 at 4:21 am

    I like the light, but disappointed no 3.7 rechargeable 14500, but it's cool.

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    Vane July 25, 2017 at 6:04 am


    When my budget is more flexible, I'm picking up a Zebralight headlamp. It's the only compact AA headlamp with sub 1 lumen (and enough throw to read house numbers) that I know of. Most headlamps are too floddy for my liking.

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    Keelan Kennedy July 25, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I love your videos but I have a recommendation. Have you thought about separating the programming/light test from your reviews, like nick shabaz does his tear down of knives in different videos from the knife reviews? I really appreciate your opinion on things and humor but 16+ minutes for a flashlight review is a bit much. If I ended up buying one of these lights I'd love to have a video of you breaking down the settings and the lumen values you get but don't really need to see it in a review.

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    Goran Radovanović July 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Man… You lost me at all the mods… I like boring looking knives, and 3 mods is all I need in a flashlight. I`m simple like that. Great vid though.

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    Emidio R July 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

    How would rate the Klarus Mi7 in camparison?

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    Phillip Griffin July 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

    5.7 inches long, 3 inch head!?! That's what she said.

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    Aaron Rowe July 25, 2017 at 10:23 am

    God damn you now I have to get one… Does it work with 14500s? I mustve been asleep if you mentioned it

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    Zulpc Zulpc July 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Manker T01 ii is 500 lumens using AA battery. Cheaper than ZL.

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    Zach Bartram July 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Is that a brown (beige) 03 CRV?

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    jan386 July 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Are you sure that the dimensions are correct? (14:21)

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    Ordinary everyday guy July 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I watched this whole video to help pump your stats. And because I have no friends…well…except for Larry. But I only keep Larry around because I have no real friends.

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    ScaleReality July 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Mini-AdvancedKnifeBro has great flashlight etiquette, give my 2 year old a flashlight and it's straight into dad's eyes. Another great video, I've watched them all, keep them coming, although your making me buy flashlights again.

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    Michael Seneschal July 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I got the headlamp version of this and the same defect happened, it was a faint flicker, and medium didn't turn on. I sent it back and am waiting for the new one to come in. I hope Zebralight isn't experiencing quality issues. They also don't seem very friendly RE: customer service. Maybe that's a no-frills feature of how they operate. For instance, I emailed them asking if the H600 had a pocket clip, or if I could buy a pocket clip. Their response was one word, "no". I do appreciate concise communication, but it seems a little gruff. Again, maybe a feature of their culture (not all customer service needs to be Nordstrom-like).
    Anyways, hope Zebralight isn't going through a quality-control-growing-pains phase.

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    JiRahb likestheinternet July 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    yes! do all the zebra lights please.

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    陳學晉 July 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    How to set the click switching?

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    Cory Frost July 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Great review, tempting to pick one up, but between my olight i3s on my keyring and the TLR-3 on my edc Glock I'm usually covered with my flashlight needs. I still want one of these!

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    chaot45 July 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Is it just me or is the bitrate of this Video very low?

    But anyway good review as always!

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    Extra stuff July 25, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Been looking at this one a few times now, that interface has me tempted every time I looked at it but I'm trying to refrain from ordering until an 18650 one with it comes along. Preferably in the sc63 form factor but sc600 will do if I have to.

    As for the batteries used by Zebralight, their product page does state it over here: http://www.zebralight.com/SC5c-Mk-II-AA-Flashlight-Neutral-White-High-CRI_p_192.html
    "Light output are ANSI out the front (OTF) values. Runtimes tested (and parasitic drain estimated) using Panasonic Eneloop Pro AA batteries. Remaining battery power, about 10-20%, after step-down are not counted towards the runtimes."

    And your story about the long replacement shipping time makes me happy about that one time I had an issue with one I bought through nkon.nl they were quick with a return shipping label to put on a box and had the replacement within a week. It was some strange malfunction with the high mode freaking out after a while of being on and other weird intermittent issues with brightness levels in general when stepping through the modes with press and hold.

    When this makes it to the 18650 models with a PID though, I somehow think people will go even more crazy about the user interface description if you add how to adjust the max temperature the PID will allow. I think it was having it in H1 before turning it off, turning it on in H1 and going through the modes from on by pressing + holding the button 5 or 6 times and then releasing it on low, medium or high. Low to lower it by 1 degree, medium to reset it to default and high to raise it by 1 degree. Pretty sure the maximum deviation from factory it allows is 5 degrees celsius.

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    Dan Yack July 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    great flashlight, very bright and great UI indeed
    it'll probably replace my fenix ld09…
    thanks for the review! 🙂

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    Emidio R July 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I find the Mi7 a great pocket light as it's super bright.The only problem is the on switch is easy to accidentally activate so you must use the lock out.I use my Mi7 mainly for indoor use while I use bigger lights with more mode options for outdoor use.

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    ThisSpotRules! July 26, 2017 at 9:11 am

    @ 7:02 I think your ZL had a O O O light…so what your saying is wait for the MK
    lll ??? Still, an impressive light!

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    Sevensfist July 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Wow! I didn't know Kevin Spacey had his own YouTube channel.
    C'mon admit it, this guys sounds almost exactly like a young Kevin Spacey. The whole time I was looking around for the rest of the Usual Suspects 😛

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    RedSquirrelEater July 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I like my AA Zebralights the best of all my lights. The SC5 is plenty bright, but the 52's are a bit dim for outdoor use. My question to you is: if you almost always use less than 100 lumens, why do you EDC a SC600? The extra size & weight would seem to negate the extra run-time. A SC52 would seem to be a better fit for EDC (since it's smaller than the SC5). And the SC52 has much higher output on a 14500, if you need the brightness.

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    Edgar Ilaga July 26, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Awesome review! Coincidentally just ordered this and the H53C a day ago direct from Zebralight (mainly because of the AA battery format and high CRI values) but now I'm worried about getting units with the same flicker issues as yours. How did your customer service experience go with this specific light?

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    ropes channel July 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    But Is it full tang?

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    IrishDevil78 July 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I prefer the screw attached clip.

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    nate z July 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I have this light but could not stand the clip. So I purchased the clip for the h52 AA headlamp and swapped it. Fits perfect and looks exactly like a mini sc600.

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