Zebralight SC5w Mk II 550lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XP-L2 LED
550 lm output
3600 cd intensity
1 x AA battery

The Zebralight SC5w Mk II (ZLSC5W2) released in 2019. It uses Cree XP-L2 LED, OP reflector and 1 x AA battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 550 lm output, 3600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 120 m.

This flashlight has a wide range of applications across various domains. It is an indispensable tool for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, or night-time exploration, offering guidance and safety. This light has 3 modes of lighting. Without mode memory, this flashlight always starts in the default mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

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Zebralight SC5w Mk II (ZLSC5W2) specifications

NameSC5w Mk II
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This Zebralight flashlight is designed to be compact and handheld, making it easy to carry and maneuver.


Weight49 g
Length80.3 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The 49 g flashlight may not provide the same level of brightness or features as larger models, it can be handy for quick and convenient illumination in emergency situations or for close-range tasks. It's important to consider the length of the flashlight to ensure it fits comfortably in your desired carrying method. The aluminium bodies can be anodized, providing a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. Anodizing enhances the corrosion resistance, hardness, and scratch resistance of the aluminum, while also allowing for a variety of attractive finishes.

The HAIII coating often has a matte or textured finish, which enhances grip and provides a comfortable feel in the hand. This can be particularly useful in situations where a secure grip on the flashlight is essential, such as in wet or slippery conditions. This flashlight features a captivating black color.


EmitterCree XP-L2 LED
Color temperature4500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

The emitter of SC5w Mk II manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. Cree is a well-regarded LED manufacturer known for its high-quality products and innovation in the lighting industry. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is measured in units called Kelvin (K) and is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources, particularly white light. The SC5w Mk II has an OP reflector. The advantage of the orange peel (OP) reflector is that it can minimize glare and reduce eye strain, as the diffused light is gentler on the eyes compared to a focused, concentrated beam.

The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission, making the flashlight more effective in darker environments. The SC5w Mk II utilizes electronic switch. Electronic switches on flashlights provide a range of advantages and additional features compared to mechanical switches.


Flux550 lm
Intensity3600 cd
Throw120 m
CD/LM factor6.55

If you mainly need a flashlight for basic tasks like finding keys, navigating in dimly lit areas, or occasional use around the house, 550 lm can be adequate. With 3600 cd, the SC5w Mk II flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. It can illuminate objects or areas with greater clarity and visibility, even at longer distances. The throw distance refers to the maximum distance at which the flashlight can effectively illuminate an object or target. The stated throw distance typically indicates the point at which the brightness falls below a specified threshold, such as 0.25 lux.

Flashlights with a higher cd/lm ratio typically excel in long-range throw and focused beam applications, while flashlights with a lower cd/lm ratio may provide a wider and more evenly distributed beam for closer-range illumination or general-purpose use. A flashlight with a higher CRI can provide better color accuracy when examining objects or distinguishing between different colors in low-light or nighttime situations. This can be beneficial in certain tasks or activities where color discrimination is important, such as identifying wires or reading color-coded information. The SC5w Mk II has good color rendering. A CRI of 85 indicates a significant improvement in color accuracy compared to flashlights with lower CRIs.


Modes3 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. The SC5w Mk II is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at which makes it difficult for them to concentrate. It has the SOS beacon function for an emergency situation. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed. The SOS signal is recognized as an international distress call and is used to indicate an urgent need for assistance.


Battery1 x AA battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationno

The Zebralight SC5w Mk II flashlight is powered by 1 x AA battery. The SC5w Mk II doesn't have charger port. A charger port is a designated connection point or interface where you can plug in a charger to recharge the flashlight's battery. The SC5w Mk II flashlight doesn't have built-in LVP, it is recommended to use a protected battery to prevent over-discharging. The protective circuit of battery helps safeguard the battery from various potential risks and ensures safe and reliable operation.

This light does not have temperature control feature. The SC5w Mk II flashlight with IPx8 rating can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period, typically specified by the manufacturer.


Package contents2 x spare o-rings

The clip allows you to attach this flashlight to a belt, pocket, backpack, or other items, enabling convenient hands-free carry. This is especially helpful when you need quick access to your flashlight while keeping your hands available for other tasks. When using spare O-rings, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for proper installation.

The performance of the Zebralight SC5w Mk II flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

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