This Acebeam EC35 II (SST-20) was provided by Killzone Flashlights for review. That's an affiliate link, and my affiliate coupon code "zakreviews" will get you 10% off most flashlights at Killzone.
I played a small role in the creation of this special edition by sugesting the use of the high-CRI SST-20.
The Acebeam EC35 II is a duty/tactical flashlight slim enough for pants pocket carry. This Killzone special edition uses a Luminus SST-20 LED with better color rendering, more throw, and less output than the Samsung LH351D used in the base model. Intensity (candela) or throw distance is often lacking in lights this size with higher output numbers, or only available briefly due to heat. It's almost never combined with good color rendering in duty-style flashlights.
With quick access to max output via the tailswitch and a selection of modes including sub-lumen moonlight available through the sideswitch, the EC35 II is suited to a range of situations from emergencies to use inside a darkened vehicle. The USB port even serves as a powerbank to charge other devices, though I find that function a bit out of place on a duty light. A rubber plug of reasonable quality seals the port when not in use, though it is not waterproof if the plug is removed.
Perhaps the biggest shortcoming in my review sample is the LED itself. My sample is unusually green, outside of ANSI white on lower modes. Color rendering measurements are also worse than the same emitter in other Acebeam lights. It is, however vastly better than the industry average for duty lights. The EC35 II SST-20 is recommended.
|Color temperature||4470 K|
|Color rendering index||92.1|
|Max output||720 lm|
|Max throw||223 m|
|Max sustainable output||444 lm|
|Max sustainable throw||175 m|
|Max output at 50% battery||642 lm|
|Best efficiency||101 lm/W @ 285 lm|
|Candela per lumen||17.3 (mildly throwy)|
|Head diameter||29 mm|
|Weight with battery||134 g|
|Low Voltage Protection (LVP)||Yes|
|Lockout||Mechanical and electronic|
|Rating||★★★★☆ (4/5 recommended)|
- High CRI
- High-only tailswitch for easy operation under stress
- Good sustainable throw without overheating (for it size)
- Good build quality
- Fits and charges virtually any 18650 battery
- Green tint
- Not waterproof with USB flap open
- Noncompliant USB-C charging requires A-C cable
Details and technical analysis
The EC35 II SST-20 only comes one way, though the bundled battery is optional. There is also a base model EC35 II with a low-CRI Samsung LH351D.
The EC35 II comes with a holster, user manual, USB cable, lanyard, spare O-rings and spare tailswitch cover. An 18650 battery is optional.
Modes and user interface
|Off||Click sideswitch||Last used (except strobe, moonlight, turbo)|
|Any||Half-press tailswitch||Turbo (momentary)|
|Any||Full-press tailswitch||Turbo (on)|
|Off||Hold sideswitch 3s||lockout|
|Lockout||Hold sideswitch 3s||Moonlight|
Using the tailswitch overrides any mode chosen with the sideswitch other than lockout. Turning the tailswitch off always turns off the light.
Output, runtime, and efficiency
There are no official performance figures published for the SST-20 version of the EC35 II.
|Mode||Estimated Lumens||Estimated throw (FL1 meters)||Candela|
|Mode||Estimated lumens||Minutes to 80%||Minutes to 50%||Minutes to 10%||Efficiency (lm/W)|
Measuring current draw was not practical due to the nested-tube body design.
Readings are taken from the center spot diffused with DC Fix diffusion film using an X-rite i1Pro spectrophotometer.
|Mode||Color Temperature||Tint Duv||CRI||CRI R9 (deep red)||CRI R12 (deep blue)|
|Moonlight||4478K||0.006155 (extremely green)||93.8||79.2||69.0|
|Low||4271K||0.007144 (extremely green)||93.3||75.3||69.5|
|Medium||4470K||0.006624 (extremely green)||92.1||69.0||70.9|
|High||4401K||0.005928 (very green)||91.2||67.7||73.3|
|Turbo||4666K||0.002981 (moderately green)||92.1||73.4||81.2|
A Duv greater than +/- 0.006 is not white according to ANSI standards. Only turbo has tint I would describe as pleasant, and the change in that mode is as noticeable to the eye as the numbers suggest. CRI numbers are also a little bit disappointing for an SST-20, which usually has an Ra over 95 and R9 in the 90s. Other Acebeam lights using 4000K SST-20s such as the TK16 had much better tint and R9 numbers.
Despite that, the industry average is an Ra around 70 and a negative number for R9, so the EC35 compares favorably to most of its competition. The recent industry trend to use cool white Luminus SST-40s in similar lights makes the green tint seen here look mild.
There is a slight ripple in moonlight, but no PWM flicker in any mode.
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Batteries and charging
The EC35 II can use virtually any 18650 battery. Protected, unprotected, protected with USB port, button-top, flat-top, and flat-top with a significant dent all work reliably. Shaking the the flashlight vigorously does not cause any battery to disconnect. 2xCR123A is compatible as a backup option.
All manufacturers should take note here. This is battery compatibility done right.
18650 batteries can be charged inside the light using a USB-C port, however a USB A-C cable must be used. The EC35 II can act as a USB powerbank, and can use a C-C cable to power another device at up to roughly 2A.