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Poll: Streamlight Stinger vs. 5.11 Light for Life

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Hello All,


         I am currently attending the police academy, and I am having a tough time choosing a new flashlight .  I have been looking in the local shops for options.  There are quite a few to choose from. All with thier pro's and con's.  I have given up on asking the salesmen in the stores for suggestions. Because they only seem to know what the '' brochure'' in the back room or the back of the box says.


        So I want ask the question here. What really works?


        Since you guys are the ones that have the first hand knowledge of what works, and what doesn't!  The two lights in the poll, are what I have narrowed options down to for the moment.  I am really hoping for this thread to open up to some healthy debate over what lights rise above the rest.  So any opinions are more than welcome here, and any advice will be noted and put to good use.

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I dont have any personal knowledge of the 5.11 light, but currently have a Stinger DS LED.  It's been a great light, is rechargable, holds a charge all night and plenty bright.  I carry it in addition to my Streamlight strion.  Both have been good lights and have held up well. 

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Thanks for the input!

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My dept. recently purchased a 5.11 light for each vehicle.  They are not quite as bright as some but the quick recharge time is good.  We had some issues with some of the lights.  They would not switch off.  5.11 made good on all the bad lights and replaced them with no hassle.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

Streamlight Stinger DS L.E.D. Highpower. Hands down.

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I own more than this, but what I use when working..


SureFire x300 on gun


SureFire LX2 in pocket


SureFire E1B either in car or on me as a backup.


 


Get a weapon light and I would say pick whichever fits your needs based on what they do. I wouldn't carry the 5.11 because I hate multi mode flashlights. I want to press the button and it do only one thing. If the **** ever hit the fan I don't want to accidentally start changing modes.


Similar to why your gun doesn't double as a coffee warmer lol


 


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Search says ...



I own more than this, but what I use when working..


SureFire x300 on gun


SureFire LX2 in pocket


SureFire E1B either in car or on me as a backup.


 


 


I was gonna add Surefires to your list, If you are in LE Basic or Academy however it is called. Now is the best time to look over all of everyone's equipment. You will notice a lot of people going out and spending several hundreds of dollars on stuff that is not going to last.


 


I've had a surefire since 2007 I have used it in several different divsions in my department, I started in the jail and I was issued this light....


 


http://www.opticsplanet.net/surefire-handheld-flashlight-catalog.html


 


When I was moved to Patrol they gave me this light for my Glock....


 


http://www.opticsplanet.net/streamlight-tlr1-weapon-mounted-flashlight.html


 


We also carry the above light on our M-4. The only problem that I can say i have with the Surefire is the limited battery life, the batteries are about $13.00 for a pack of two and if you constantly use your flaslight it doesn't last but a few hours and you will need to carry extra batteries in your car.


 


Im sure your department will issue you Maglights or something that is rechargable that will be better in a longterm usage.


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I Just got the 5.11 light for life. It's a good light, and nice and compact. The Only problem I have with mine (I don't know if this is just mine or not) is when you're about to run out of juice, there's no indication (i.e. dimming, or wavering) it just goes out. Most places I've had to go with it so far have been fairly well lit, so maybe I didn't notice it. It does fully charge in Just over a Minute though, which is really good, and 5.11 tends to stand by their gurantees. Another problem is also the price, but nowadays that's the norm.


I will say this though. Don't limit yourself to just those 2 options. There are TONS of good flashlights out there these days, and most departments will provide one with the car (sometimes 2). But it's always good to have a back-up in your patrol bag, just in case.

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Top_Cat says ...



Always carry at least two flashlights, preferably three if you known you will need to operate in total darkness and/or your life depends on it!  Many of these units are compact and light; no reason not to have more than one.


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I Just got the 5.11 light for life. It's a good light, and nice and compact. The Only problem I have with mine (I don't know if this is just mine or not) is when you're about to run out of juice, there's no indication (i.e. dimming, or wavering) it just goes out. Most places I've had to go with it so far have been fairly well lit, so maybe I didn't notice it. It does fully charge in Just over a Minute though, which is really good, and 5.11 tends to stand by their gurantees. Another problem is also the price, but nowadays that's the norm.


I will say this though. Don't limit yourself to just those 2 options. There are TONS of good flashlights out there these days, and most departments will provide one with the car (sometimes 2). But it's always good to have a back-up in your patrol bag, just in case.




I have like 4 available at all times. I mostly work nights, and also do private security on the side, so I'm with you on that. I have an Old School 3 D Cell Mag I've carried since I joined the Army in 97, and a couple others I've collected along the way.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

My Dad has always carried the stinger.......


I Have a stinger and a Streamlight PT-2L. Stingers a good light and The PT-2L is pretty good too. Unfortunately the PT-2L isnt rechargeable but has a long battery life. It's also very compact. Like many others said, more than one light is better.


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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

I use a Coast Lenser P7 and its the best light I've ever used. Its indestructable, pus out about 200 lumens, has one handed speed focus, and the best of all.. uses standard AAA batteries. Seriously take a look at this light it's sweet.


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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

I have a Stinger and our dept also just issued us Streamlight Strion LED. The Strion is an excellent and the charge last so freaking long!

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Rated +2 | Posted about 3 years ago

 

I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 


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BrooklynHillsCop says ...



I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 



Off course, it wasn't LED back then.... (Before the Correcting Machinery kicks on)


"We are all ignorant, but we do not ignore the same things"
Albert Einstein, about the Copenhagen Interpretation.
“It has to be right, because it works so well. As per the nature of it, I make no hypothesis”
Sir Isaac Newton, regarding the Laws of Motion.

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BrooklynHillsCop says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 



Off course, it wasn't LED back then.... (Before the Correcting Machinery kicks on)



What do you mean "Outdated"? We still carry these. The chargers are mounted in our patrols cars. Take it out on every night time traffic stop. It's other name is "Weapon of necessity"!

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Lulusgt says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 



Off course, it wasn't LED back then.... (Before the Correcting Machinery kicks on)



What do you mean "Outdated"? We still carry these. The chargers are mounted in our patrols cars. Take it out on every night time traffic stop. It's other name is "Weapon of necessity"!



OK... I'll say it in pictures...


I mean, this outdated...



How's that...?


"We are all ignorant, but we do not ignore the same things"
Albert Einstein, about the Copenhagen Interpretation.
“It has to be right, because it works so well. As per the nature of it, I make no hypothesis”
Sir Isaac Newton, regarding the Laws of Motion.

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BrooklynHillsCop says ...



Lulusgt says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 



Off course, it wasn't LED back then.... (Before the Correcting Machinery kicks on)



What do you mean "Outdated"? We still carry these. The chargers are mounted in our patrols cars. Take it out on every night time traffic stop. It's other name is "Weapon of necessity"!



OK... I'll say it in pictures...


I mean, this outdated...



How's that...?



I have that one too, (not rechargeable) Have to use D-cells! The only difference in those and the one I have now is the silver ring below the switch for the charger. Same length and style and brand name!

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

 I've been using the Pelican 7060 for about two years, good light, rechargeable, good size, reasonable price.


 I also keep a Surefire handheld on my belt, I just went from a 6Z LED combatlight to a Surefire 6PX Pro and it's awesome, two stage switch, 15 lumens and 200 lumens.  Beware, the prices are about to jump on Surefire lights.


And a Surefire X300 on my pistol.  A pistol light is a must have in my opinion, get one if you're authorized.


As far as the 5.11 Light for Life, I was just issued the smaller one to T&E and so far it's not a bad light.  No battery to replace ever, bright light, the only complaint I have is that the reach of the beam isn't as great as the 7060 or the Stinger LED.  Charges quick, however I've noticed with mine that after a few hours it loses it's peak brightness...

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I am a sheriff cadet and I own a Streamlight Strion and it is a kick a** light. It is super bright and it had a 5 hour battery life. It has a strobe and 3 different kinds brightness. It is a spendy light, $140 but it was worth it. The guy that sold it to me told me that it should last my whole Law Enforcement career. I suggest you look into this one.

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Some of the more 'experience' generation officers may recognize this one.  I guess it was pre maglite.  My dad still has his somewhere.



I use a Streamlight Stinger LED DS as a primary and a Surefire Z2 with a LED bulb as a 2nd.  The problem with LEDs is there is not much warning when the battery is out of juice.  The Surefire is suppose to go 11-12 hrs on 2 batteries, which is much better than the previous 1 hr burn time.  I am not sold on the 5.11 because its a plastic body light.  Make one in aluminum and I'll get one.


You have the rest of your life to solve the problem, how long your life lasts depends on how well you do it. -Clint Smith

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Scurge says ...



 


Some of the more 'experience' generation officers may recognize this one.  I guess it was pre maglite.  My dad still has his somewhere.



I use a Streamlight Stinger LED DS as a primary and a Surefire Z2 with a LED bulb as a 2nd.  The problem with LEDs is there is not much warning when the battery is out of juice.  The Surefire is suppose to go 11-12 hrs on 2 batteries, which is much better than the previous 1 hr burn time.  I am not sold on the 5.11 because its a plastic body light.  Make one in aluminum and I'll get one.



I thought the same thing, but mine has held up amazingly well. I even got some teethmarks in it recently. LOL

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BSL1123 says ...



Scurge says ...



 


Some of the more 'experience' generation officers may recognize this one.  I guess it was pre maglite.  My dad still has his somewhere.



I use a Streamlight Stinger LED DS as a primary and a Surefire Z2 with a LED bulb as a 2nd.  The problem with LEDs is there is not much warning when the battery is out of juice.  The Surefire is suppose to go 11-12 hrs on 2 batteries, which is much better than the previous 1 hr burn time.  I am not sold on the 5.11 because its a plastic body light.  Make one in aluminum and I'll get one.



I thought the same thing, but mine has held up amazingly well. I even got some teethmarks in it recently. LOL



Ther has got to be an interesting story there (about the teethmarks).  Most people want an aluminum body in a larger flashlight so it can double as a baton in a pinch.

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BrooklynHillsCop says ...



Lulusgt says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 



Off course, it wasn't LED back then.... (Before the Correcting Machinery kicks on)



What do you mean "Outdated"? We still carry these. The chargers are mounted in our patrols cars. Take it out on every night time traffic stop. It's other name is "Weapon of necessity"!



OK... I'll say it in pictures...


I mean, this outdated...



How's that...?



I carry a Streamlight Stinger DS LED.. Love it to death, carry it on my belt..Keep streamlights version of the mag light right next to me at all times... Looks exactly like the one in the pic.. I'd trust that thing a whole he## of a lot more than I would my ASP.

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Maglite rechargable- hands down the best.

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We have rechargable maglights in the car. I carry an EagleTac P20C2 in my pocket as a backup. It is smaller but actually BRIGHTER than the mag. It does have that changing cycle thing that can get a bit annoying but hey, take the good with the bad. The crenellized bezel is nice as it can punch out a windshield (or someone's forehead). I agree the maglight being used as a secondary when all else fails. Thing is solid steel and does plenty of damage to would-be thugs.


 


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JohnsonDa says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



Lulusgt says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



BrooklynHillsCop says ...



I did carry this thing for almost 15 years... Proved to be awesome: Whole lot of uses    especially in crowd control situations...   I know, I know.... It's a little outdated....    LOL.



 



Off course, it wasn't LED back then.... (Before the Correcting Machinery kicks on)



What do you mean "Outdated"? We still carry these. The chargers are mounted in our patrols cars. Take it out on every night time traffic stop. It's other name is "Weapon of necessity"!



OK... I'll say it in pictures...


I mean, this outdated...



How's that...?



I carry a Streamlight Stinger DS LED.. Love it to death, carry it on my belt..Keep streamlights version of the mag light right next to me at all times... Looks exactly like the one in the pic.. I'd trust that thing a whole he## of a lot more than I would my ASP.



OK.... You guys force me to post the real deal... Here goes "Good Old Reliable" from the days before LED, from the days when you better put your name or shield number on it... From the days this was a "good tool" for the job...




"We are all ignorant, but we do not ignore the same things"
Albert Einstein, about the Copenhagen Interpretation.
“It has to be right, because it works so well. As per the nature of it, I make no hypothesis”
Sir Isaac Newton, regarding the Laws of Motion.

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Our patrol cars have the SL-20, which looks like a Maglight.  I use a Streamlight strion LED on my belt and streamlight TRL-1 on my weapon.  Both have the new strobe feature.  they both work great and I have no problems with either. 


 


http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=154


http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=178

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It's been a month now Zeke24.  Did you get a light?  Just wondering. 

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kevw25 says ...



Our patrol cars have the SL-20, which looks like a Maglight.  I use a Streamlight strion LED on my belt and streamlight TRL-1 on my weapon.  Both have the new strobe feature.  they both work great and I have no problems with either. 


 


http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=154


http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=178



I found the SL-20 works a little better for me than the Magcharger.  The button is bigger and easier to find has a fixed beam not the adjustable on the Magcharger that never seems to stay where you adjusted it to.


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mmmm says ...



It's been a month now Zeke24.  Did you get a light?  Just wondering. 



Thanks for asking.  I ordered a streamlight strion.  The strion has some good reviews in here, and I talked to a couple of leo's that are using them.  Plus another thank you to everyone that chipped in to the thread.  I think it has turned into a pretty worth while discussion.


 

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