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6/25/2018 7:04:05 PM
Posted: 7/6/2018 12:59:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2018 12:59:38 PM EDT by arcfootball17]
I recently started working for a police department and will be on the road. We are solely issued the giant Mag Lights for our vehicles, so essentially every officer is forced to purchase their own light. So now I am in the search for a light.

Would most recommend a rechargeable battery or the standard battery type?

I know surefire is top notch with their quality, but do others trust Fenix and Streamlight for daily use doing police work?

I would appreciate the help in narrowing down a decision. My must haves are a pocket clip, over 250 lumens, and under $200.
Link Posted: 7/6/2018 1:32:10 PM EDT
Why pocket clip? Why not on your belt?

I carry a Gladius light on my belt and have a rechargeable Steamlight LED in the car. I use the Streamlight the most.
Link Posted: 7/6/2018 1:59:44 PM EDT
https://www.powertac.com/

I probably have 7 of the warriors, no problems with any of them.. great weapons light.

Funny story: X girlfriend is an engineer for Amtrak. One day she borrowed one of my warriors for an overnight run . While turning the engine around at the “Y”at 3AM, she shined the light up at the cab blinding the operator. He said it made the trains headlight look like a toy and ordered one that morning.
Link Posted: 7/6/2018 6:59:32 PM EDT
Get the most powerfull maglite conversion you can from Malkoff and tell everyone you have no idea why theirs doesn't work as well.
Link Posted: 7/7/2018 4:14:32 AM EDT
I’ve been using a fenix tk20r and I’m very pleased with it.
Link Posted: 7/7/2018 5:29:58 AM EDT
I'm issued an LED Maglight. I like it and use it mostly, but I also carry Surefires. I usually keep one in my pocket so I always have a light. I use a Surefire G2X or 6P.
Link Posted: 7/7/2018 5:33:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/7/2018 10:06:36 AM EDT
Streamlight stinger led for your belt and whatever flavor of small back up light for your pocket.
Link Posted: 7/7/2018 7:31:32 PM EDT
I've carried a Streamlight Stinger XT on my belt for 20 years. Looks like shit but works like a charm. Couple of bulbs and batteries over the years and upgraded the head to an LED a few years ago.

Also carry a Streamlight ProTac HL USB in one of my cargo pockets. Is USB rechargeable/programable, has a strobe function, is bright and has a decent run time for the output. Has a pocket clip. No issues in about 5 years with this as my backup light.

Remember like a lot of things in life, 1 is none, 2 is one.

J-
Link Posted: 7/8/2018 9:37:57 AM EDT
Surefire makes some good stuff. And I go with the 123 lithium type instead of a rechargeable. I've had too many rechargeable lights die when you need them and by keeping a supply of batteries you're up and going again. Also have a second light; kind of like the back up gun concept.

And get used to buying better gear than your dept issues.
Link Posted: 7/8/2018 4:02:01 PM EDT
My current light is a Fenix PD35 TAC with 123 batteries, and I love it. I prefer not to use a rechargeable light, because I want to be able to just swap out batteries and go, instead of having to wait 6 hours for my battery to recharge.. I keep a couple spares in my external carrier just in case.
Link Posted: 7/9/2018 3:09:53 AM EDT
Not a cop here, but I do play weekend EMT

Myself and many of the guys at my unit use the Nitecore P12. They're compact, bright as hell, take drops just fine, and they can use either 123's or 18650's. I prefer 18650 since you can recharge them, and I carry a spare battery in my go bag.
Link Posted: 7/9/2018 7:39:18 PM EDT
Streamlight is my go to handheld light these days. I have 3 or 4 different ones I use for work and at home, and none have ever failed me in the past two years of use. I got tired of surefire and switched to streamlight, and had zero problems since. The "protac HLX" is what you seek for a super bright tactical light, while the "Polystinger LED" is what you want for the general flashlight, EMS scene, direct traffic, lost child search, stand around light.

After surefire's "less than upstanding" problems with sales and their ever increasing prices, I just cant see paying for the name when streamlight makes just as good a product, maybe even better for half the price. I have had surefire lights fail, and their customer support was less than quick and helpful. Coworkers have told me the same kinds of stories with their lights. There is nothing surefire makes that streamlight doesn't make a comparable model.
Link Posted: 7/10/2018 5:12:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ThatGuy91K:
Streamlight stinger led for your belt and whatever flavor of small back up light for your pocket.
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This is my set up, and I have never had any issues.
Link Posted: 7/11/2018 8:27:51 AM EDT
Invova T4R or Fenix RC20. Both are much brighter than the Streamlight Stinger.
Inova warranties their lights for life. My old T4 wasn't charging properly after 10 years with the same battery. Sent it in and got a new switch and battery for free.
Link Posted: 7/12/2018 11:38:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/12/2018 11:38:56 AM EDT by 1811guy]
Surefire E2D LED Defender Ultra.

600 Lumens (2.25 hour run time)
5 lumens low output

Should be $160 with the LE discount.

I know there are many who say brand xxx is "just as good", but Surefire lights are tough as hell and work every damned time. They are the benchmark for all other tactical flashlights. It's all I use for duty work.

https://www.surefire.com/illumination/flashlights/e2d-led-defender-ultra.html
Link Posted: 7/12/2018 2:06:46 PM EDT
How many flashlights do you want? 1 or 2?

I use a large rechargeable Stinger LED HL for general outside work and area searches and a small one for vehicle searches.

I find the large one kind of a bulky pain to use when going under seats and small area. I bought a small Streamlight stylus pro which can be charged through the MDC via a USB cable.

I work days now so I don’t use my large one very often at all but still can find a use for the small one.
Link Posted: 7/12/2018 8:21:14 PM EDT
For a belt light I still use a stinger.
If your agency allows it, wear a clipmate on your uniform to keep your hands free
Link Posted: 7/19/2018 3:50:41 PM EDT
For heavy duty law enforcement flashlight get one of these and skip the cheaper, flimsier, Fenix. 1,500 lumens output and uses the rechargeable 18650 batteries which are the best type for highest power output for regular sized, hand held flashlights. Under $200 so it's in your price range. All of my EDC flashlights are Elektrolumens, which has unfortunately stopped making lights. Because they were way ahead of their time and were producing high lumen LED hand held lights since at least 2004. They are machined out of a solid billet of aluminum and use the 18650 rechargeable battery. Surefire has been way behind the ball on these lights and only this year did they finally catch up with these new Dual Fuel 18650 battery powered LED lights rated for 1,000 and more lumens, finally! If I was in the market for a reliable, tough, and powerful LED flashlight, I'd definitely get one of these new Surefire Dual Fuel ones. I have several Elektrolumen lights with the same rechargeable 18650 batteries that are over 10 years old and the batteries are still good. The rechargeable 18650 battery are the same batteries that Tesla Motors uses in their electric powered cars. They use something like 4,000 18650 batteries to power each of their cars.

Link to Light
Link Posted: Yesterday 7:39:23 PM EDT
Our PD has been using Streamlight products for years and they've proven bullet proof. When I was on patrol I carried a Strion rechargeable. They also make a High output version but the battery life is less. For day to day patrol work I'd recommend a rechargeable one. If you use it infrequently then a battery model.
Link Posted: Yesterday 8:10:58 PM EDT
Flashlight technology has changed so much over the years. When I started I used to carry the Surefire 9P which was proprietary battery and battery charger, but you got more life and light than the original 6P style. Several years later, I switched to the Streamlight Stinger, because you didn't have to take the battery out to charge it, and I'd had really good experience with the full-size Streamlights we carried in patrol cars.

Then everything started going LED, and the light and run-time of what I had didn't even begin to compare with all the new technology. I was able to buy LED conversions for the Stinger and for the full size Streamlight, and that let me limp on for another 5 or 6 years. Just last year I bought one of the USB rechargeable belt size lights that has the 3 intensities, strobe, and SOS functions. It's nice to be able to charge it from the computer in the car and not have to worry about taking it home and plugging it in at the end of every shift.

I've heard good things about Surefire, Streamight, Fenix, and several other makers. The most important thing you want to remember is run time, focused beam that you don't have to mess with all the time, and that it fits on your belt and has a holder made that is approved by your department.

For in the car we still use the Streamlight, just now it's the LED/Incandescent combination.
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