Gear: Streamlight SL-20XP LED

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Streamlight SL-20XP LED

Streamlight
Category: Duty & Tactical Gear
Subcategory: Flashlights
Price: $69-$99
Average Rating:
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(76 Votes)
Description:

Lightweight, polymer flashlight with both a Halogen bulb and LED lights. Has rechargeable batteries.

Member Reviews

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    Anonymous, Wed, 30 May 2007 06:26:15 UTC.
    1st review

    I've used many flashlights over the last 11 years and this one is by far my favorite light. I have found if very comfortable to carry and use. 100% reliable. I especially like the LED's on this light. I have found that to be very useful when I don't need the full brightness of the main bulb, I just use the LED's and they produce a lot of light and don't run the battery down. I've accidently run the battery down with the main bulb, but when I turned on the LED's, I still had light for hours of use. I've been using it for almost 7 months.

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    sorry, Thu, 05 Jul 2007 00:28:19 UTC.

    Of all the flashlights on the market today, this one surpasses the rest in dependability, reliability and all around "toughness". I have put my SL20 through hell and back. The thing I like about this particular unit is there is vertually no backlight, hence more officer safety friendly. I love it and recommend it to all officers on the street. Dump your regular SL20 and get the LED. It last longer between charges and as I mentioned its officer safety friendly.

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    GROD2020, Mon, 09 Jul 2007 03:02:38 UTC.

    GREAT FOR ANY SITUATION AND IS RUGGED ENOUGH FOR ANY THING.

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    JM9040, Sun, 29 Jul 2007 20:01:08 UTC.

    EXCELLENT PRODUCT I WISH THEY MADE THE LED VERSION ON THE ALUMINUM LIGHTS. i HAVE USED THIS WHILE TRACKING WITH MY k-9 AND IT IS AN EXCELLENT LIGHT. THE LED IS GOOD FOR GETTING YOU OUT OF THE WOODS.

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    DetSgtDarryl, Sat, 11 Aug 2007 11:14:52 UTC.

    This light can save your life. How, some clandestine labs are heat sensitive. The LED does put off heat like the lamp does. Use the lamp when NOT around any suspected containers that contents are not known. Meth Heads react violent to bright light when they are in the tweaking stage. Use the LED as not to make a meth head "snap"

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  • Blue_line_max30
    Castmin, Thu, 16 Aug 2007 18:51:03 UTC.

    I liked this flashlight when I first bought it....then I dropped it a couple of times. It's a very bright light and the LEDs are a nice feature, however if you actually "use" your flashlight (i.e. knocking on doors, dropping it, etc.) it's going to break. The main halogen bulb is anchored to the reflective surface with some sort of plaster material. If you drop it, the material starts to chip away and you'll hear something rattling inside your flashlight. Eventually the stuff just crumbles and the bulb dangles and falls back into the flashlight, rendering it useless except for the LEDs. The good part is it costs under $20 to replace the halogen, the bad part is it'll happen again. I still use it though, I just carry a back up one on my belt now.

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  • My_lapd_badge_max30
    LAPDLEO, Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:37:22 UTC.

    Nice light, but I have the metal brother to this Streamlight! I've had it for years and is great for "all" applications!

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    DCTracker, Sun, 09 Sep 2007 07:51:15 UTC.

    Nice Light.

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  • Dcp_4111_max30
    bradnation, Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:13:51 UTC.

    It's a great light, but not quite as bright as some of the other super duper portable sun tanning devices produced by STreamlight. However, I love the LED's. Saves battery life considerably. The only real negative I have is that after about a year the switch went out on me.

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  • Dsc08525_max30
    jma1542, Thu, 27 Sep 2007 06:56:11 UTC.

    Have had mine for quite a while without any problems. I even dropped it a few times. The only thing that I had to do to it was charge it and replaced the main bulb once.

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  • Police_patch_max30
    patrol506, Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:30:30 UTC.

    This is the flashlight I use nightly. I like the two buttons on the light, one for LED and the other for the light. I wish the flashlight weighed more like the MAG Light.

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  • Boston_alds_2008_019_max30
    mattwl48, Mon, 01 Oct 2007 13:10:21 UTC.

    I use this light everynight on duty. Great primary light, but not quit heavy enought to use as an impact weapon. Of course, that is what we carry the taser for. I have been in the woods several times and had the halogen bulb die on me and have been able to get out with the LED still having some juice. LED lasts about an hour longer than the halogen. Has been a life saver several times.

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  • Matt_thebeau_max30
    mtbonavy, Thu, 18 Oct 2007 10:58:18 UTC.

    awesome light....use this thing everynight on duty. love the LEDs the best, due to their low draw of battery juice....great for using to write tickets. the halogen is amazingly bright and does a great job. i have the aluminum model/

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  • Tj_hooker_flame_chase_max30
    53RF, Thu, 18 Oct 2007 14:01:19 UTC.

    Drop it, smash windows with it, defend yourself with it, kill it and charge it back up again, and it works like new! Works for me!

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  • Multimed_max30
    Beef_stew, Tue, 23 Oct 2007 03:13:56 UTC.

    I love the LED feature on this. You can use the LED for little things like filling out a ticket and use the Halogen while making the car approach. Awesome tool.

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  • 2012-10-14_15-49-09_546_max30
    LawdawgTRAV, Sun, 18 Nov 2007 09:05:43 UTC.

    I love it!! These lights are lighter than a maglite and the brightness is unmatchable, only beat by the spotlight mounted on my car! I recommend this light to any peace officer.

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  • Avatar_wild_max30
    jlu492, Mon, 31 Dec 2007 03:28:08 UTC.

    I got one of these lights last year. Its a real nice alternative if you're trying to lighten your load. However, I still prefer (as most do in this area), the metal alternative. It is a reassuring weight in your hand.

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  • 103_0020_max30
    rickwalk, Fri, 04 Jan 2008 02:40:26 UTC.

    I have used this flashlight since 1984 and had few problems with it. Streamlight folks used to warranty the switch, but recently found out they stopped doing that, most likley it was costing them to much money. Bulb can be a little sensitive, especially if dropped or used as a striking weapon (did I say that?). Otherwise,a good, reliable light that has seen field service for quite a number of years.

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  • Tac_7_max30
    CCarter, Sun, 06 Jan 2008 21:30:29 UTC.

    I've carried Streamlight as my primary light for over 14 years and don't plan on stopping any time soon. My original SL20 is still "in-service" (14 years old) and my other is 7 years old. From working on the street or in the field while in the U.S.M.C. I've taken them everywhere and they have been through everything. Need I say more.

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  • Humpback_whale_max30
    wwwwww, Fri, 18 Jan 2008 17:07:16 UTC.

    been carrying a streamlight for years...very dependable an excellent tool

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  • Cot_max30
    hbg522, Tue, 22 Jan 2008 01:20:46 UTC.

    been a great flashlight so far and doesnt drain the car battery on the days off!

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  • Red-headed_vulture_max30
    matt2749, Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:19:03 UTC.

    Been carrying one for ten years now. I bought the poly cause my old dept. would not allow metal flash lights. I guess the 26 inch long, expandable iron pipe (a.k.a. "asp") was an over sight.

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  • Donutcop_max30
    gvbpilot, Thu, 24 Jan 2008 00:49:27 UTC.

    Love mine. I've got the polymer one. It's nice and light and very bright. I like the safety of the LEDs, when the battery gets too low for the halogen, you can still use the LEDs for an hour or so. Comes in very handy during those traffic jobs at night.

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  • Mcso_patch_max30
    MCSO_7041, Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:37:09 UTC.

    Good flashlight. durable and dependable. short charge time. dont like the polymer, would rather have metal. overall good flashlight

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    Anonymous, Wed, 30 Jan 2008 04:45:52 UTC.

    GREAT FLASHLIGHT. I DON'T USE THE LED VERY OFTEN THOUGH. I WAS ISSUED THE 3CELL MAG LITE (WHEN I CHANGED AGENCIES), IT WAS TO HEAVY (WOULDN'T STAY TUCKED UNDER MY ARM). AFTER BEING USE TO THIS LIGHTWEIGHT FLASHLIGHT I PURCHASED THIS ONE MYSELF, AND TURNED THE MAG.

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  • Somegiveall_max160_max30
    Saint_Michael, Sat, 09 Feb 2008 02:46:28 UTC.

    I have a hard time with this light staying on the charger along with everybody else in the department but very bright and handy light not to heavy but still bright enough.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 09 Feb 2008 16:08:02 UTC.

    Very lightweight flashlight. Halogen bulb is very bright. LED's are useful but not very bright. There are three LED bulbs which are excellent if you don't need the brightness of the halogen bulb. I have been a long time user of Mag flashlights. After using this flashlight on duty, it is hard to go back.

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  • 4076_1_sbl_max600_max30
    Grafton817, Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:38:31 UTC.

    Like the streamlight line of flashlights. I was issued a standard aluminum SL-20 when I started and plan to replace it in '09 with the new LED version. I prefer the aluminum over the polymer because it can be used as a "stun" weapon if you need to create distance and move to another weapon and I also just like the feeling in hand over the polymer.

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  • Casey_max30
    tlwinkles379, Thu, 21 Feb 2008 17:41:47 UTC.

    I have had this light for many years now and have utilized it a LOT. I Like the light but about a year ago decided to go back to the Mag Charger. The maglite seems a little brighter and it gives me another tool if needed without having to carry a baton on my belt.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 25 Feb 2008 04:06:22 UTC.

    Always had the SL-20 plugged into the lighter of my Patrol Unit for years. Between that and the Stinger I always was prepared with a charged flash light.

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    aaa111, Tue, 26 Feb 2008 02:12:47 UTC.

    we carry inova t4's on our belts, but have the sl-20xp's mounted on the wall in the office. These are great flashlights. I also use one at home.

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  • Jeremy_suit_max30
    jeremy1, Fri, 29 Feb 2008 03:31:17 UTC.

    Great flashlight. with both Halogen and led plus+++ rechargeable batteries

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    Anonymous, Mon, 03 Mar 2008 21:43:42 UTC.

    Have had the same rechargeable battery pack for three years. Still works great. I have dropped it hundreds of times on the pavement and keeps on working.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 01:16:27 UTC.

    I workinthe woods alot and outof all the lights ive had in the past this one lights up the woods the best. It gives you a very wide angle of light

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    Anonymous, Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:13:28 UTC.

    CARRIED THIS FOR YEARS AND LOVED IT! NEVER FAILED ME

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  • Mikeycode3_max30
    jailem114, Sat, 22 Mar 2008 03:24:32 UTC.

    I have carried maglights, first generation streamlights and just about every type of disposable flashlights but I purchased this light to carry at my department about 2 years ago and can't say enough about it. The LEDs still light up even when the halogen bulb is beginning to die. I like to use this light in building searches when you don't want to give up your position with the full flood of a halogen. As a matter of fact my department just replaced all the old streamlights with these.

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  • Texas_trip_033_max30
    rrussell1981, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 03:41:29 UTC.

    Love it. Its light and bright. Dont try to break any car windows with it. :)

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    Anonymous, Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:39:18 UTC.

    I like this light, but it has its pros and cons, its great for traffic, I can use the main bulb when I approach the vehicle, and the LED's when I write my citation. The material makes the light stick right in your armpit. I dont like it when im on a call if I have to use it to hit someone. Streamlight makes the same light in a metal body, that one has all the same benefits, but keeps sliding out of my armpit.

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    10X, Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:11:50 UTC.

    bright, durable and multi-purpose tool.

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    Troll, Tue, 01 Apr 2008 11:27:36 UTC.

    Dept started issuing these a cpl yrs ago to replace standard SL-20 XP's. The LED is a great idea-- good for navigating around or close up work like writing cites, examining documents/DL's, or even searching cars. I prefer the XP because it stays tucked under the arm better than the aluminum lights. Great to have the option of halogen or LED.

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  • Wicked_jester_max30
    pringle, Sat, 05 Apr 2008 07:16:59 UTC.

    I bought this light after my MagLite kept breaking the bulbs. I took a ton of crap about it's "plastic" look but I can tell you from experience, I've dropped it countless times and even had it fly out of my hand (inexplicably) during foot pursuits right towards the perp and never had any problem. It'll take a beating.

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  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max160_max50_max30
    VELA32, Mon, 07 Apr 2008 09:23:46 UTC.

    Great light... nice and bright and the LED's are awesome when you need'em. Would prefer it to be meta just in case you needed it to find it's target but it will do. No problems what so everl

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    SCPD471, Thu, 10 Apr 2008 05:49:57 UTC.

    GREAT FLASHLIGHT! I HAVE 1 MYSELF

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    snafu, Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:24:07 UTC.

    I just got one the other day. I like it alot, the LED is great for use with a traffic cone and if you need just a little lite to read by. The Halogen bulb puts our plenty of light and the whole package is light weight.

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    bamafever86, Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:03:01 UTC.

    In my opinion these lights are not very dependable. We have these lights mounted in every one of our patrol vehicles and they suck! I wouldnt recommend anyone to get one of these. Stick with the mag light; it will never fail you.

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  • Tombstone_max30
    earpholliday, Mon, 16 Jun 2008 15:20:25 UTC.

    By far the best light on the market. Rugged and lightweight. Perfect for any situation.

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    scattergunshell, Fri, 20 Jun 2008 02:16:07 UTC.

    Good strong light (halogen model) and those that have the one with LED's say its even better, but not much brighter.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 23 Jul 2008 20:32:48 UTC.

    This is a great Light, the only issue I have had is the switch went out but it was easy to get fixed

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    tdendy, Sun, 17 Aug 2008 04:51:07 UTC.

    Streamlight is the greatest

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    nation13, Sun, 14 Sep 2008 01:32:48 UTC.

    I love this light its lightweight and runs for hours on a single charge. The LED'S are nice and gives plenty of light without killing the battery.

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  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max30
    GSN1, Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:45:42 UTC.

    Truely a great light. the best there is.

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  • Shpd_patch0001_max30
    DWD177, Wed, 24 Sep 2008 04:29:37 UTC.

    Incredible Product! In 23 years, I've owned several variants of the Streamlight line. Starting with teh SL20X. I still have it along with two SL20XPs. I have several Stingers, one for each car and one in my office. The Strions are absolutely an incredible product and the work Streamlight has done with their TLR1 and TLR2 Tactical lights... wow... what a bright LED. And if you are an Armorer or GHun Enthusiast check out the Streamlight Stylus Reach... it makes a great bore light.

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    Buster757, Sat, 27 Sep 2008 06:46:50 UTC.

    I love this light, when it is almost dead, I just switch to the l.e.d. and it gives me about another hour of service before I have to put it on the charger. Great tool.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 07 Oct 2008 03:43:23 UTC.

    Fantastic product. We have had very little trouble with them. They are long lasting and durable.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 15 Oct 2008 23:46:56 UTC.

    These flashlights are well built and tuff. I still have my original SL-20 that I bought in 1984 and it's still going strong. I like the lightweight SL-20XP because it is durable and it's a streamlight! I wouldn't buy anything else

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  • Kcpd_2005_badge_14_max30
    treyherr, Thu, 16 Oct 2008 07:22:34 UTC.

    Great light for searching and traffic stops. We have a charger for them in our patrol cars so the battery stays charged.

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    C_MO, Tue, 28 Oct 2008 01:26:08 UTC.

    The 20XP is a good light but mine stop taking a charge. Very bight leds and the halogen shines good too.

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  • My_hero_max30
    Rebel334, Sun, 09 Nov 2008 05:28:16 UTC.

    The best...enough said!!!

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  • Serious_max30
    smhansen4022, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:50:00 UTC.

    Rough durable carry it everyday

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    thev8man, Tue, 06 Jan 2009 13:59:11 UTC.

    the best and brightest plastic flashlight available. It has two modes that can be used at the same time. It alsoi rechargeable

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    tfinacom, Sun, 11 Jan 2009 07:10:56 UTC.

    This is a great flashlight, the battery life is crazy long, but it seems after a year or so the entire pack has to be replaced.

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  • Tampa_pd_max30
    wmcommander, Tue, 03 Feb 2009 02:27:50 UTC.

    I have the aluminum version, but it is a GREAT light. It is so much lighter than my 3D cell mag light, but about the same size. It has a 4x better light output too. The only part that I don't like is that there is no beam adjustment and the switch for the halogen light is hard to press.

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  • Demotivators_2010_2691103_1__max30
    taz22i, Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:47:12 UTC.

    And the best part---the manufacturer will replace if broken when used as an impact weapon.

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    NMStater, Wed, 25 Feb 2009 16:30:30 UTC.

    I was given this light by my Sgt. He stated "It needs a battery and it will make your arm fall off after you use it for a shift or two." I was using a Streamlight Stinger and liked the light capability of that light but it would not hold a charge for an entire shift. I started using the SL-20XP approximately one year ago and love it. It holds a charge for an entire shift and is extremely bright. It also makes a good weapon of opportunity, if needed.

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    csi_larry, Sun, 15 Mar 2009 03:45:38 UTC.

    I've been using this light for about 4 years. The switch went out about a year ago, and Streamlight fixed it for free. I had to replace the battery, too, but that's not surprising. All in all, it's very comfortable to cary and puts out a lot of light. And the way Streamlight stands behind it, it's all I will ever carry

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    cppd402, Sun, 15 Mar 2009 08:35:47 UTC.

    I use it nightly. Dependable and perfect for a backup weapon.

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  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max30
    spd370, Thu, 26 Mar 2009 22:27:44 UTC.

    It's a great light, 100% reliable unlike maglite. The rings on a maglite come loose, no more light. Now where the Streamlight falls short is in the level of brightness cast by the light. Don't expect to light up the sky; however, it gets the job done. The Maglite has Streamlight beat in that category for sure. It's a trade off, reliability which was my pick, or bright. You decide.

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    kharrishou, Sun, 29 Mar 2009 21:10:59 UTC.

    Great light. I also have it's sister light the aluminum Sl20X LED which is brighter by about 50 lumens but much heavier.

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    JIMROC, Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:48:09 UTC.

    excellent choice of lights

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  • 03_04_06_1636_max30
    scoobytowe, Sat, 02 May 2009 02:15:39 UTC.

    I bought this light to replace my maglight. its lighter, brighter, and very easy to use. The charger works really nice because you slide it in and you're done. I have really enjoyed this light.

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    officer97, Fri, 28 Aug 2009 02:26:23 UTC.

    LOVE IT!!! Love the daul lights. Just wish it had the flash mode like its smaller friend.

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    chad1020, Sat, 12 Sep 2009 02:42:14 UTC.

    awesome flashlight just wish it was metal..

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    canine752, Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:30:50 UTC.

    Great light. Have never had an issue with it. Light has been put to the test with self defense moves and positions. Light held up to all angles. Good Buy

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    Anonymous, Mon, 01 Mar 2010 20:10:42 UTC.

    Have used many full sized flashlights on duty, this light is not only strong and durable, but lightweight as well.

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    Scurge, Mon, 08 Mar 2010 04:50:10 UTC.

    Its OK I am not a fan of plastic body lights. I prefer the SL-20 alum body more. It was a good light for the short time I had one though

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    icpd30, Sun, 16 May 2010 17:47:54 UTC.

    I rated this 5 stars, considering it for general patrol use. I've carried this or the SL20 (metal version) for 25 years. It has rarely failed, but take this into consideration. It is incandescent, which means the bulb will eventually burn out and need replacement. The battery, being a Ni-cd, will also eventually fail to fully charge and need replacement. The plastic lens will scratch and (guess what) eventually need replacement. This is to be expected with a quality flashlight. None of these parts are overly expensive and only need replacement every few years (bulb more frequently.) When I changed from SL20 to the XP a few years ago, it was only because I wanted to lighten my equipment belt as much as possible, and I also liked the foam grip, easier to hold under your arm. Downside: you can't use it as a 'door knocker' or use it as hard as the SL20. Mine did break once when I dropped it (although I have dropped it many, many times). For some reason the body broke in half. I think this light and it's heavier brother are both excellent lights, a person just has to consider the trade-offs: weight, abuse,etc. I've modified my SL20X and now use a SL-35 lamp assembly in it for a bright light.

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