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Police Product Test: Streamlight Strion LED HL

The Strion LED HL produces 500 lumens and 10,000 candela on the highest setting.

June 26, 2013  |  by A.J. George - Also by this author

Photo courtesy of Streamlight.
Photo courtesy of Streamlight.
Streamlight is at it again with new offerings of the company's "HL" version of rechargeable flashlights. The Streamlight Strion LED HL made its debut recently and features, among other things, upgraded LEDs over the previous generation that produce a blinding amount of light in a very compact package.

This little light is built to the standards Streamlight is known for: machined and anodized aircraft aluminum with seals for IPX4 water resistance and simple, robust tailcap controls. This is a rechargeable light with a claimed runtime of one hour on the brightest of three settings and more than three hours on the lowest. Streamlight's rechargeable Lithium Ion technology uses "regulated runtime" so your light will lose power quickly at the end of the battery's life rather than dimming gradually over time. This lets you get the light's full potential through almost the entire charge.

What impressed me most was the brightness and beam; here is where the Strion really shines (no pun intended). The little C4 LED filament produces 500 lumens and 10,000 candela on the highest setting. This translates into a beam that is not only tight and super bright, but will project over 200 meters. All of this out of a light that is under six inches long and weighs a mere five ounces, the perfect size to fit on a duty belt or even in your pocket in a plainclothes capacity.

This light is a solid choice for duty use and I've never questioned Streamlight's quality. It is tough to beat the company's prices and limited lifetime warranty as well. We all know the value and importance of a good flashlight, so if you're in the market for a great rechargeable I would highly recommend giving the Strion LED HL a hard look.

Streamlight Strion LED HL Specs:

Switch: Multi-function on/off push-button tail switch

Modes: Three lighting modes and strobe

Technology: C4 LED with 50,000-hour lifetime

Battery: Lithium ion battery rechargeable up to 1,000 times; fully recharges in 3 hours

Construction: 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with anodized finish

Lens: Borofloat high-temperature glass lens

Water Resistance: IPX4

Impact Resistance: 2-meter impact resistance tested

Length: 5.9 inches

Weight: 5.2 ounces

Special Features: Anti-roll head, grooved barrel adapts to long gun mount

Price: $259.23

A.J. George is an officer with the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department currently assigned to the advanced training unit as a firearms and tactics instructor.

Tags: Streamlight, Flashlights, Product Reviews

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Comments (2)

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Ray Haley @ 6/28/2013 7:23 AM

While the features of this light appear promising what doesn't is the price. $260.00? Wow! I realize that a lot of the larger departments have clothing allowances that permit them to purchase this type of item but many more don't. There is absolutely no way I would ever pay that much for a light regardless of where the money is coming from.

Eric @ 9/15/2013 7:50 PM

Look for a price closer to $90 average without charger or $110 with either car or wall charger. I don't know where the reviewer came up with $260 unless it is a MSRP or something from some obscure source. I have found it for even cheaper than $90 with a little google searching.
Check out the Nitecore lineup if you really want to be impressed.
BTW I love how streamlight has always renamed industry standard led emitters like calling them all C4 when they are just run of the mill XP-G's or XM-L's driven by the same off the shelf drivers everyone else uses. Nitecore and a few othe manufacturers actually spend the time and money to develop proprietary hardware. (I am in no way affiliated with nitecore i just dig their lights.) Granted I carry a Strion LED on duty, and it works just fine, but I only carry it because it was issued and considered part of the uniform.
Drop on over to Candlepower forums and expand your mind. This isn't a bad light, but much better can be had for the same money. And a whole lot of ligbt is relatively inexpensive to get if you know what you're doing and where to look...

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