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    Default Comparing the H51w to other lights

    A few nights ago I finally pulled the trigger and bought myself a ZL H51w after reading many threads and posts by Davidt1. Now I wait for a few weeks until it finally comes in. This said, I have a small collection of lights, and have found that if the H51w specs prove correct, then I think that it would prove to be the best all around light that I have ever owned.

    Here is a break down that I have come up with in comparison to the lights I already own.

    L2 = 0.18 lm = just below the lowest low of NC D11.2
    L1 = 2.2 lm = low of Preon Revo S2
    M2 = 7 lm = low of NC EZ AA R5 / just less than E01
    M1 = 26 lm = E05
    H2 = 86 lm = High of Preon Revo S2
    H1 = 172 lm = High of EZAA R5, just above high of D11.2

    Here is pretty much my collection, all wrapped up in one neat flashlight package. I hope that the light is as good as many of you have said.
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    You'll love it.
    And after using it for some time, you'll love it even more.
    Be sure to use an eneloop with it or at least some type of NiMH battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorsman5 View Post
    You'll love it.
    And after using it for some time, you'll love it even more.
    Be sure to use an eneloop with it or at least some type of NiMH battery.
    I hope so. I have seen some of the torture tests that the ZL have gone through, and those convinced me that these were tough lights. I use Eneloops, but am in need of a smart charger now, as I am currently stuck with the package deal one (charges 2-4, rather than one at a time).

    If this light is what I am hoping that it is, I am contemplating giving the D11.2 to my brother who could use a decent light as well for his job. I bought the D11.2 on a whim, when really I needed a head lamp....

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    That D11 is a great light, and would make for a great gift.

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    Out of curiosity, are the stated run times for the H51w accurate (when using Eneloop batteries), or am I in for a surprise like insanefred was with his H51c?
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    I have done some runtime tests with my Zebralight SC60 and SC30, and they were pretty close to what was advertised. I have only done a runtime test of my H51 on max and got 48 minutes....that's close enough to the .9 that ZL advertised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michman View Post
    then I think that it would prove to be the best all around light that I have ever owned.
    ......
    Here is pretty much my collection, all wrapped up in one neat flashlight package. I hope that the light is as good as many of you have said.
    Well dont build it up too high, but I feel that it is a great all around light. I dont think for any one particular usage that it is best and nothing out there is better, but the fact that it can do so much all wrapped up in one package is what appealed to me. I'm not technically a flashaholic, dont want to spend a fortune on lights, and for a one light solution for most things I find it is quite good. About the only other thing I am looking for is higher output, so my second modern light will probably be a Q50 when it comes out. But the H51 will still be my go to light and EDC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michman View Post
    A few nights ago I finally pulled the trigger and bought myself a ZL H51w after reading many threads and posts by Davidt1. Now I wait for a few weeks until it finally comes in. This said, I have a small collection of lights, and have found that if the H51w specs prove correct, then I think that it would prove to be the best all around light that I have ever owned.

    Here is a break down that I have come up with in comparison to the lights I already own.

    L2 = 0.18 lm = just below the lowest low of NC D11.2
    L1 = 2.2 lm = low of Preon Revo S2
    M2 = 7 lm = low of NC EZ AA R5 / just less than E01
    M1 = 26 lm = E05
    H2 = 86 lm = High of Preon Revo S2
    H1 = 172 lm = High of EZAA R5, just above high of D11.2

    Here is pretty much my collection, all wrapped up in one neat flashlight package. I hope that the light is as good as many of you have said.
    Keep in mind that the H51w has the typical flashlight beam profile with a hot spot and spill which is not the best for up-close uses which small headlamps are typically used for. As for the H51w being the best all around light, I would say it has been for me, mostly because I EDC and use the light on a lanyard around my neck. The convenience can not be matched by any of my other lights. The light is right there and ready for whatever task I need to do whether it's cooking, washing dishes, reading, sewing, changing a tire, etc. My Fenix E05 and Quark Mini AA are both smaller and can be used as headlamps but I hardly ever need to use them, not when the H51w is right around my neck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidt1 View Post
    Keep in mind that the H51w has the typical flashlight beam profile with a hot spot and spill which is not the best for up-close uses which small headlamps are typically used for. As for the H51w being the best all around light, I would say it has been for me, mostly because I EDC and use the light on a lanyard around my neck. The convenience can not be matched by any of my other lights. The light is right there and ready for whatever task I need to do whether it's cooking, washing dishes, reading, sewing, changing a tire, etc. My Fenix E05 and Quark Mini AA are both smaller and can be used as headlamps but I hardly ever need to use them, not when the H51w is right around my neck.
    I acknowledge the shortcoming of the light, that being the standard flashlight beam pattern. I personally prefer a flood beam, but appreciate a bit of throw. On my well used Tikka XP, the diffuser was used 90% of the time, but when I did need throw it had it. The first thing that I plan on doing with the H51w is to make a diffuser for it so that I can hopefully get the best of both worlds like I could with my XP, but out of a regulated light as opposed to unregulated output of the XP.
    EDC: SS ReVo S2 (1yr), E01 (1yr). Camping: Tikka XP (6 yrs). RIP: CMG Infinity (10 yrs), Gerber Infinity (7yrs)
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    michman, I switched to an H51 from a Petzl XP for he same reasons, but wanted a diffuser. I decided to make one. That project is here:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...-away-diffuser
    Short story is it works, but with room for improvement. You can find some other diffuser options on the zebralight modifications page.

    I'm still a little surprised (and mildly annoyed) the high-end headlamp manufacturers give such little attention to a built-in diffuser. There is so much talk on these forums of the ideal headlamp beam profile, yet only Fenix tried to make the beam profile easily modifiable, with mixed results.

    Ted
    Last edited by tedh; 11-20-2011 at 11:37 PM.

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