YLP Scorpion X8
SpoilerThis is a nifty little keychain offering from YLP. The built feels superb, since it's almost all a single piece, and the stock LED is nice. It's a bit odd to see an 80 CRI 219C used in place of the 90 CRI versions, and the auxiliary LEDs aren't something I use very often - but if you need a keychain light with secondary red and/or UV, this one is worth consideration.
Physical DimensionsThe light measures 62 mm long, 24.0 mm wide, and 10.9 mm thick. With the clip, it weights 33 grams.
Rovyvon Aurora A8, Nitecore TUP, Acebeam UC15, JetBeam Jet-u, and BLF-348. It's worth noting that both the Rovyvon and the Acebeam share the two secondary colors with this light.
What's IncludedThe light comes in a red box. Inside, you get:
- The light itself, with the clip installed
- Some paperwork
That's it! There's no charging cable included, but the micro-USB port used here is common enough that most people will have a few cables in a drawer somewhere.
The manual has English on one side and Russian on the reverse.
Ergonomics and retention
Modes and Interface
- From off, press for medium
- From medium, press for high
- If the light has been on for a certain amount of time, a press will turn it off
- From high, press for off
- From off, hold to cycle through low>red>UV (starts in last used)
- From low, red, or UV, press for off
If you accidentally switch the light on, you will have to cycle through high to turn it off - but in most cases it's not an issue, and there are only two modes to step through. There's a shortcut to low, red, or UV, with memory - that's not a bad idea, as most people have a preference for either red or moonlight.
Light Quality and Beam
The two auxiliary LEDs are 3 mm. The red beam has some artifacts, and the UV has a fair amount of visible purple light, as is typical for these sort of lights.
Power and Runtime
Runtime was tested on the highest two modes.
To charge the light, simply pull out the rubber dust cover and plug in a micro-USB cable.
The indicating LED behind the switch glows red while charging, switching to green when it's complete.
Measuring the current over USB, the two tests were nearly identical. Charge rate is slow at a little over 0.2 amps, but this should help prolong the life of the small integrated cell. Charging from empty to full takes just under 3 hours.
- Unibody design gives the light an impressive solid feel
- High CRI
- Hat clip for hands free use
- Built in charging
- Most would prefer the 90 CRI variant of the 219C
Notes and Links
This product was provided free of charge from the manufacturer. I was not paid to write this review, and have tried to be as unbiased as possible.
Manufacturer's product page (and the only place I could find this light available at this time).