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Posted: 12/18/2008 11:04:21 AM
  • The Streamlight Stinger is the probably the most used duty flashlight in the US with good reason. The Stinger is a very durable proven light. With the external charge ability it eliminates the need to remove the battery stick like the Surefire lights. Battery life is average at one hour of continuous use and charge time is long at ten hours or two and half for the quick charge. The local police equipment store charges $125 for this excellent light. Now there is a new kid on the block that may give the Stinger a run for its money.



    I purchased the Inova T4 back in October. This is my new favorite duty light. The diameter is the same as the Stinger, so it fits in my Stallion light holder. The dual light output (175/40 lumen) is very functional. It also has a strobe feature for building searches, and the switch can be momentary or constant on. Run time is superb at two hours at maximum output and ten hours for low. The checkering on the body feels good and provides for a positive grip. The Inova felt lighter the first time I picked it up. Checking the web sites proved I was right. The T4 weighs in at 9.81oz versus 10oz for the Stinger. The head is smaller as well. The T4 is little longer at 8” versus 7.38” for the Stinger. The LED in front of the switch will glow red when it is charging and be green when it fully charged (no more guessing). The light came with one charging head and an AC charger as well as a DC charger. The T4 is harder to get seated in the charger than the Stinger but I don’t think it will ever accidentally fall out. The local police equipment store charged me $139.



    I’ve used this light now for two months with no problems. Forgetting to turn it off does not result in the lens getting melted like the Stinger. The extra hour run time is useful when you are tracking suspects all over the place, and the low setting is fine for traffic posts and crime scenes where you can be stuck all night. The beam could be focused tighter to provide a better spot. There is no spot with this light unless you are closer than 10’. This is the only negative I can find with it. I haven’t come across a situation where the spot would have found something/ someone faster than what I did without it, but you should be aware.



    Now for the warning. This is the new model. A lot of the T4’s sold on the internet are the old model that is 100 lumen only with none of the nifty features of high/low or the momentary on/off. Make sure you are buying the newest version before you spend your $$$.




    The first pictures are side by side comparison.













    This is the Stinger from the top of my basement stairs:




    Now the T4:


  • The extra lumens definetly make a difference.
  • I am in no way affiliated with Inova. I do believe in making an informed purchase, money doesn't grow on trees and buying something you don't like is a hard way to learn. So there is my review. Please no comments on my crappy house keeping.


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    Posted: 12/18/2008 12:33:42 PM
    Thanks for the range report.
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    Posted: 12/18/2008 1:22:48 PM
    I like the newer T4s a lot. That and the Pelican 7060 have all the other rechargeables beat at this point in time.
    If I had my way, I would put a bomb in Strikers IROC and BOOM!!!!... jean jackets, molson and boonie caps everywhere!!!!
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    Posted: 12/18/2008 2:13:25 PM
    I liked my Inova, until I dropped it and it quit working. The Streamlights are just tougher.
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    Posted: 12/18/2008 2:27:41 PM
    Cool comparison. How old is the bulb in your stinger? Oh, and you are due a new alarm clock!
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    Posted: 12/18/2008 2:38:51 PM
    [Last Edit: 12/18/2008 2:40:00 PM by ColtRifle]
    I have one of the older ones. I like it.

    Streamlight batteries suck. Their lights are good though.

    Kind of an unfair comparison because you are comparing the older version against the newer Inova. There is a Stinger LED out and it's a lot higher tech than the old one.

    I personally carry two lights on my belt...an Inova T4(older one) and an Insight H2X Typhoon 2 (same as an upgraded Gladius) a Streamlight pen light LED in my pocket, and a SureFire X300 on my weapon.

    I use the Inova for admin lighting needs. I use the Insight light and/or the weapon mounted light for tactical lighting needs.

    I also have a Magcharger in the car and it has been modified with an LED.

    Nice writeup though!!
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    Posted: 12/21/2008 12:55:46 AM
    Is the stinger fully charged? Mine looks a lot better than that.
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    Posted: 12/21/2008 7:37:22 AM
    Originally Posted By JRI:
    Is the stinger fully charged? Mine looks a lot better than that.


    Fully charged. Just 11 years old
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    Posted: 12/21/2008 8:26:09 AM
    Originally Posted By cpd670:
    Originally Posted By JRI:
    Is the stinger fully charged? Mine looks a lot better than that.


    Fully charged. Just 11 years old


    After 11 years it might be time for a tune-up. Streamlight does a great job of re-conditionong the light if you send it back to the factory. I sent mine back and they updated the module and replaced the lens. (Tip! don't leave the light on and stand it on lens.) They even threw in a new charger!

    I have one of their TLR-2 lights but just not used to the LED's for lighting yet.
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    Posted: 12/21/2008 10:00:40 AM
    Originally Posted By ColtRifle:
    I have one of the older ones. I like it.

    Streamlight batteries suck. Their lights are good though.

    Kind of an unfair comparison because you are comparing the older version against the newer Inova. There is a Stinger LED out and it's a lot higher tech than the old one.

    I personally carry two lights on my belt...an Inova T4(older one) and an Insight H2X Typhoon 2 (same as an upgraded Gladius) a Streamlight pen light LED in my pocket, and a SureFire X300 on my weapon.

    I use the Inova for admin lighting needs. I use the Insight light and/or the weapon mounted light for tactical lighting needs.

    I also have a Magcharger in the car and it has been modified with an LED.
    Nice writeup though!!


    magchargers with led upgrades for the MF'ing win!

    You can buy a three led lens swap/upgrade for maglights for about $150 dollars that will push them up to 750 lumens.

    A few months ago i dropped the change for a blackbear borealis flashlight thats 1050 lumens of incandescent light for 1 hour and rechargable. I dropped it on the concrete after the first week and broke it. After i got it back i dropped it again and minorly messed it up. That time i figured out how to take it apart and repair and maintain it and its been the bees knees ever since. If you really want to see something a log way away its completely unparalleled. In complete darkness you can see people clearly at 200 yards.


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    Posted: 12/21/2008 10:01:25 AM
    I am waiting for Terralux to come out with their LED dropin for Stinger. News release was on Police One month or so ago. Nothing on their website except a dropin for Stinger HP w/ 6 hrs runtime.
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    Posted: 12/21/2008 2:44:52 PM

    We were issued Stinger DS LED's, very bright, great flood and distance with the light. better than any halogen light ive ever had. I believe the lumens ar at 120 for this light. The light is also rechargeable.