Most helpful positive review
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
good very good
on May 15, 2010
This one replaces my first strion with the xenon bulb. New is the roll proof designed head, tail cap push button switch vs twist or press and hold to turn on, 5.3 inch for the xenon and 5.9 led, and of course led bulb.
The good, this thing has a very bright white light with no hint of that nasty blue. The anti roll design should save some blood pressure frustration points.
The bad, it's slightly bigger than the xenon, .6 inch per their website. The switch is rubber covered which may later break down after contact with oily substances.
The ugly, it's beam is not adjustable.
Even tho it's a little longer, you're still getting a lot of light out of a small deal.
The rubber switch cover, I can't say how good it'll hold up.
My xenon started giving me problems after being dropped multiple times. Since the switch had a push for momentary on feature, the battery contacts developed little dents which would cause it to not turn on. I'd have to take the battery out, twist 90 deg, reassemble and try again. The led model has this hi med lo strobe feature in the switch. Seems a bit fancy, and more stuff which could break. I don't know what purpose the strobe provides, unless you know someone with epilepsy you want to see in seizure, ya kno, just for kicks.
Chances are good I wouldn't have bought it had I known it has a non adjustable beam. I tried to find a brick and mortar that had one on the shelf so I could put my hands on it first, but failed to find one. Time will tell...
After a couple months of use, the differences between the two are further apparent. You wouldn't think .6 inch as significant, but that much more causes it to fall out of my shirt pocket. Even though it's been dropped several times, it hasn't failed me yet.
Even though battery life on the xenon was never a big issue, the led has never gone dull on me. The xenon would get hot if left on too long, the led doesn't. Every once in a while, when I snap it into the charger at the end of the day, I'll not have it in correctly. That's when the xenon would be weak if I needed it early the next day. Not an issue with the led.
The hi med lo feature has been helpful, in my case, for reading a steel embossed tag hi is too bright and reflects light back at me so I can't read the info. High is super bright and lights up a dark area very well.
The antiroll head works great. Set it down, it stays where you want it. The only thing different I would have designed into it would be to make the antiroll flat spots different heights. That way you could set it down to tilt up at different heights.
A big difference between the two is the battery usage. The xenon needed daily charging, and would dull after prolonged use. The led seems to go forever on a single charge. I'm talking weeks without rechargeing.
The length I've gotten used to.
The anti roll flat spots are helpful, but imagine, a hexagonal shaped log will still roll.
The tail cap switch is showing no signs of deterioration, even after repeated daily exposure to automotive fluids. I've dropped it directly onto the switch many times and it still works. No dented battery contacts. It did start to not switch properly because the tail cap worked itself loose.
Not having an adjustable beam, I've gotten used to, and thinking back, on my maglight, I always just adjusted the beam to a middle of the road setting and left it there forever.
I've noticed its now available in different colors, beyond black. I spray painted mine so its easier to see if I set it down on a dark surface.
Love it, and recommend it.
I've gotten used to the .6" of length so it no longer falls out of my pocket unless I'm careless or forgtten it's there.
I don't have to store it on the charger like the xenon needed to be. About once every other week I'll snap it in the charger. Keep in mind, there is no indication the battery is getting weak. It simply shuts off when the battery is low which is not a healthy thing to do to a lithium battery. Streamlight recommends it be stored on the charger base.
I got the strion hp thinking it might better suit me. It was just too big and WAY too bright for my needs. Light output is 275 for the led hp vs 260 for the led. Now they have a strion led hl with 500 lumens.
Most of the other guys I work with use a stinger. Thats what they got, thats what they're used to. Same with me and my strion led.
Now the only flashlight problem I have is when I can't find it.