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Unless you’ve been under a rock lately (and even then it depends on which rock), you’ve probably seen all the new high-powered LED flashlights that’ve invaded stores this year.  LED flashlights have met comsumers with mixed results: some rock and some suck.  But one’s really risen to become the gold standard for such items: the Stinger. 

The Stinger series flashlights are one of the most powerful lines of rechargeable flashlights (for their size) ever built; it’s small, yet it pumps our 15,000 candlepower.  That’s probably why it’s become the standard compact flashlight for law enforcement. 

The machined aluminum housing is anodized to protect against corrosion and the “unbreakable” (ok, “very durable” is more like it) polycarbonate lens makes Stingers virtually indestructable.  For law enforcement professionals that normally end up wearing the Batman belt, a lightweight, compact and reliable light that can flood the scene with clarity is a major benefit.

It’s not cheap, though; the Streamlight Stinger is priced at $80 which puts it square in flashlight fanatic range — if not quick-Sunday-buy range. 

Streamlight Stinger [Streamlight Flashlights]
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3 Responses to Finds: Streamlight Stinger

  1. Most of the Stinger models have conventional filament bulbs; the LED version is not as bright.

    Here’s the manufacturer’s page for the product line – the one you linked to is one of those resellers with a domain name that sounds like that of the manufacturer.

    Note that “candlepower” beam specifications are often misleading, because you get more candlepower from the same bulb when you focus the beam more tightly. That’s why those cheap rechargeable spotlight things all have “one million candlepower” (or higher) specifications.

    Lumen figures are less misleading; they tell you the actual brightness of the lamp, regardless of beam width.

    The “up to 15000 candlepower” Stingers have 125 lumen bulbs. The LED model has an 80 lumen rating, and probably slightly higher lamp efficiency (as well as much longer lamp lifespan – the LED should last, practically speaking, forever, though heavy users will probably find it’s significantly dimmer after a year or three of service).

  2. Mike says:

    I’d suggest a Mag LED or any Fenix light from this guy:
    http://www.fenix-store.com
    over this light.

    If you want to end up spending a crapload of money on lights go here:

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com

  3. Harry says:

    I own two polystingers that I have used daily for the past 5 years. I left one in a customer’s car once and bought a replacement. However, the customer was honest and returned the Stinger on his next visit. Lumens schumens, all I know is that these are the brightest and most durable flashlights I have ever used. In fact if someone in the shop is having difficulty seeing something on a car, they mooch one of my lights. Mine get dropped on to concrete floors, fall into pans of antifreeze, are exposed to all automotive fluids, and occasionlly might tap something into place, and still perform as if new. I went through a lot of pocket flashlights before finding a streamlight stinger. They’re not cheap but, when you add up the cost of the other brands of batteries, bulbs, and the light itself, the stinger is a bargain and a true performer. Mine are not LED as, LED light washes out in florescent light and doesn’t work for me in my shop environment.

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