Zebralight questions

richbuff

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I have not bought a Zebralight yet, but I am interested in them because they enjoy a rock solid loyal customer base. I have kept up with reading customer feedback. Things that I have heard: electronics are potted for maximum reliability, and construction is solid for best heat manageament, and also Zebralight drivers are the most efficient.
 

this_is_nascar

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Being a fairly new ZL owner, I'm somewhat surprised with those making the ZL product sound like it's not a tough or reliable as other products.

I guess I don't understand that reasoning. From what I've read, it's pretty much a single tube, with fully potted electronics.

How can it not be reliable?


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chillinn

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Zebralight is darn reliable, but still not recommend for attaching to a weapon and submitting it to the shock of discharge and recoil over and over and over. And don't use it as a hammer, either. It survives dropping, and at least in one case, sliding against asphalt when one CPF member laid his bike down (at least for a good while before it finally stopped working).
 

LRJ88

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Being a fairly new ZL owner, I'm somewhat surprised with those making the ZL product sound like it's not a tough or reliable as other products.

I guess I don't understand that reasoning. From what I've read, it's pretty much a single tube, with fully potted electronics.

How can it not be reliable?


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Out of the two ZL i have my SC52F didn't survive a fall from my pocket as i was standing up, >1 meter onto concrete, whereas the SC5c II had major parasitic drain issues from the start. The first was completely my fault and the only applicable one here, but i was hoping with the reputation that it'd be able to take that on the nose and just keep on kicking, which wasn't the case here. I don't know why exactly it failed, a solder joint knocked loose or even the button getting detached inside the flashlight itself, but it was dead. ZL has had a good rep for years with some people not being satisfied, but the last 2 years or so i've seen more and more cases pop up regarding failures that really shouldn't happen, so maybe ZL has changed something in their production.
 
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