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Two similar Streamlights, one focussed, one long battery life
on February 6, 2011
Streamlight makes flashlights for professionals - first responders, fire departments, military - shockproof, waterproof and come in a highly visible emergency yellow color and meet certification standards for departmental use. Here I am comparing two similar models, about the same size, both use 4AA batteries. I will post the same review under each.
This model, the 68202, uses 7 moderate brightness LEDs and produces a broad, soft illumination - it burns for 155 hours on one set of batteries.
The other model, the 68244 item is an extremely bright single Luxeon LED with a tightly focussed beam. But runs only for 4 hours or so due to the high current drain of the Luxeon.
I own both of them; the Luxeon super bright focussed model is best for seeing a long way out of doors, and the 7 LED model is best in an emergency kit, because the batteries will last so much longer. They both have a very positive push button in the base. The Streamlight website has many other models, all well designed and rugged; not the wimpy flashlights you find in local stores. If you can't decide, I recommend the 68202 for most people.