Our family has a thing for flashlights. We have lived for over 12 years in a shop that was never intended to be a house and consequently is very poorly lit. In addition to our poor lighting situation, we have after-thought, off-grid power, which makes finding a light switch in the middle of the night a challenging proposition. Due to these little quirks, along with the fact that we have no outside lights and frequently have to start the generator in the dead of night, we have a constant need for quality flashlights.
Over the years we have tried them all. Mag Lights, Surefire's and Streamlight's have all graced our home. We have used rechargeable flashlights, LED flashlights and wind-up flashlights. And one by one, they have all died - some by trauma and others by attrition, but none have withstood the rigors of off-grid, everyday extreme use.
Not too long ago, our friend, Joe Nobody, sent a product review for us to post on our blog. He had field tested (for many years) the Streamlight Sidewinder and had nothing but good things to say about it. Sir Knight ordered one (and is the process of field testing it - under extreme duty, of course) and he couldn't be happier, however, he was still in the market for a top notch headlamp.
Although flashlights are handy, more often than not we need the ability to be "hands free" while completing our tasks. Having looked high and low for a rugged, high quality, durable headlamp that took AA batteries (our group standard) we had concluded that such a thing didn't exist and we would have to lower our expectations. But then, we found the Zebra Light.
After digging through pages of internet nonsense, Sir Knight came across the Zebra Light (Model H51 Headlamp) and thought it looked promising. He read every review he could find and came to the conclusion that the Zebra Light met or exceeded all of our requirement with the exception of two....1st - it is made in China - this is very distressing, and 2nd - it is cost prohibitive.
Realizing that we did indeed NEED a headlamp (it is nothing less than a tool for our family), Sir Knight decided to blow the big bucks and make an investment in the Zebra Light. Wow! To say that it met all of our expectations would be an understatement. Not only did the Zebra light meet our expectations - it exceeded them!
|Side-by-side comparison with Surefire 6v LED flashlight (both with fresh batteries)|
The Surefire is on the left with the Zebra Light on the right
|Compact size and sturdy construction|
|The offending glow-in-the-dark option|
- Light Output
- High: H1 200 Lm (0.9 hrs) or H2 100 Lm (2.4 hrs) / 140 Lm (1.7 hrs) / 4Hz Strobe
- Medium: M1 30 Lm (8 hrs) or M2 8 Lm (26 hrs)
- Low: L1 2.5 Lm (3 days) or L2 0.2 Lm (16 days)
- Light output are out the front (OTF) values. Run time tests are done using Sanyo 2000mAh Eneloop AA batteries.
Other than the price we LOVE this light. It has proven to be rugged, useful and highly reliable. If you NEED an extreme use flashlight, the Zebra Light is the one for you!