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Whoa this thing is tiny for an 18650 light!
The size and efficiency of this series are fantastic. :)

I actually just picked up an SC64c LE myself, replacing my 2016 SC62w. One thing to note if you're new to ZL, you can switch to one of the other mode groups (G6 or G7) and have total control over the brightness of every mode and sub-mode.

I loathe the way ZL's default setup makes a double-click for medium pass through a burst of high (the first click), so the first thing I always do with mine is change that. :) My SC64c LE is set up with click and hold for low, single click for medium, and two clicks for high.
 
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Anybody interested in the two new little lights released by ZL today.... H53c LE and H53Fc LE?

Thanks a lot Derek... H53Fc LE on the way. :rolleyes:

:D Hopefully it will be a worthy successor to my H52fw. The high CRI is welcome, but I will miss 14500 compatibility.
 
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I ordered a H53Fc LE too along with a few more 18650's, this will bring my Zebra collection up to 8. Love their lights.
 
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Has anyone noticed that output numbers for H53c LE and H53Fc LE seem to be copied wholesale from their non-LE counterparts? Hard to believe they've matched it precisely for two completely different LEDs with different output specs. Going by the difference between SC64c and SC64c LE which use the same pair of LEDs (Cree XP-L2 and Samsung LH351D respectively), the LE output numbers should be roughly 8% lower.

This should put the numbers at ~254 and ~51 lm for H1 and M1 respectively on the frosty one. Still very good and comparable to H52Fw, mind you. I've already notified ZebraLight's sales department, so just take it as an FYI.

That being said, if anyone has both H53Fc and H53Fc LE, could you post a photo comparison for light quality between the two? Doesn't have to be fancy, just point both of them at a white wall side by side. I'm interested in getting one of them because my H502d turned 10 this year, and I'd like an upgrade, but I'm not sure which of the two would feel better.
 
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OK ZL now make and SC53 LE package and you've got a sale....
 
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Excellent. I'd love to see a direct comparison between the SC53c and the SC53c LE whenever that happens. But yeah I'll end up buying it surely.
 
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Thanks a lot Derek... H53Fc LE on the way. :rolleyes:

:D Hopefully it will be a worthy successor to my H52fw. The high CRI is welcome, but I will miss 14500 compatibility.
Word on the street is that the H53 works just fine with 14500, the only issue is that if you switch back to a 1.5V battery, the driver will not detect the change and treat it as if it's a depleted li-ion. Perhaps the addition of G6 and G7 used more of the microcontroller's memory, and so they had to drop the auto cell detection.

The workaround is to hold the button down when you tighten the tailcap when switching from li-ion to 1.5V.

ETA: here's where I read it:
 
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Word on the street is that the H53 works just fine with 14500, the only issue is that if you switch back to a 1.5V battery, the driver will not detect the change and treat it as if it's a depleted li-ion. Perhaps the addition of G6 and G7 used more of the microcontroller's memory, and so they had to drop the auto cell detection.

The workaround is to hold the button down when you tighten the tailcap when switching from li-ion to 1.5V.

ETA: here's where I read it:


Thanks Duster. I had just read the same on another forum a couple of hours ago after I posted above.

Great to know! I will try this as soon as the H53 arrives. I'd have been happy if they'd left the cell detection in and left out G6 and G7, but oddly they didn't ask my opinion!
 
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The difference is CRI.
In Zebralight terminology, "w" = neutral tint (warm), "c" = high CRI.

SC53w:
  • Cree XP-L2 EasyWhite LED
    • Nominal CCT 4500K
    • Minimum CRI: 80

SC53c:
  • Samsung LH351D
    • Nominal CCT 4000K
    • Color Rendering Index: 90+
current sc53c did not use the samsung lh351d led.
 
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current sc53c did not use the samsung lh351d led.

You're correct that the discontinued SC53c didn't have a Samsung emitter, and I've edited my post above. But technically there is no current SC53c. The SC53c LE will have the Samsung emitter.
 
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You're right, and I've edited. But, technically there is no "current" SC53c. The difference would still be CRI between "w" and "c".
ok, is that anything like color?
 
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The color temperature of both would be similar, in the neutral 4000-4500K region. The difference indicated by "c" is in the Color Rendering Index (CRI), or the ability of the emitter to accurately reveal colors faithfully. Zebralights marked with "w" have a CRI of ~80, and those marked with "c" have a higher CRI than the "w" models of the same generation. The SC53c had a Cree emitter with a CRI rating of 93-95, whereas the Samsung emitter used in the "c LE" models has a CRI rating of 90+, both higher than the same model with the "w" designation.

A "d" designation would mean that it is likewise rated at a higher CRI, but also has a higher color temp of ~5000K.

 
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