Light the way, Charlie | Streamlight Releases the Stinger 2020
With 2,000 lumens and 24-hour run time, you’ll be looking into the souls of your enemy when holding the newly released Stinger 2020 by Streamlight. Okay, maybe it’s not that bright, but it does pack a lot of punch for such a small light.
Designed with an anti-roll body, non-slip side panels, and an ergonomic shape, it’s everything you never thought you needed in a flashlight. It even comes with dual power switches and something they call an intuitive mode selector slide switch, so you can have all the flexibility in lighting intensity and run time, so they say. Basically, your flashlight has a mind of its own so you don’t have to worry about changing the settings when you’re knee-deep in battle with your nemesis.
Hopefully, that’s not what you’ll actually be engaged in while using this remarkable little light. But, if you are, apparently it’s everything and a little more. In fact, it was specifically designed for search, detection, and defensive uses, according to Streamlight.
“From clearing a room to searching for evidence or writing a ticket, the Stinger 2020 revolutionizes the idea of a rechargeable, super-bright duty light for police, military and other first responders…
It was unmistakably made for the practical use of our first responders, and we like that.
This newest model features a cutting edge ergonomic flat design, so that you can hold the light in your hand, under your arm or even in the crook of your neck without losing your grip or hold. And with its dual power switches, plus an easy-to-use mode selector switch, you can just set the light and not have to cycle between modes.”
-Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen
Getting into the finer details, the Stinger utilizes what we’re told are two long-lasting SL-B2TM protected Li-Ion USB rechargeable battery packs. And you’re not stuck with only one charging option, in fact, you there are a few options:
Option 1: The existing Stinger smart chargers and bank chargers to charge inside the light
Option 2: A dual USB cord to charge the battery pack outside the light
Option 3: A Li-ion battery bank charger to charge multiple batteries at once.
What about beam settings? We’re glad you asked.
High: 2,000 lumens/315 meter beam distance/2 hour run time
Medium: 850 lumens/200 meter beam distance/4 hour run time
Low: 100 lumens/70 meter beam distance/24 hour run time
And if you’re using the strobe option, you know to disorient your foe, or send a signal because you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, then this bad boy will apparently last you 3.25 hours.
Now let’s talk about the good stuff, looks.
Made from aluminum alloy, featuring a Borofloat glass lens that’s claimed to be corrosion-resistant and gasket-sealed, and independently functioning head-mounted and tail switches, you won’t be able to keep your hands off of her. Are we still talking about a flashlight? Oh, yeah, back to that.
The Stinger 2020 measures 7.62 in. and weighs in at 12.3oz. It’s even TAA compliant and IPX7 rated. We’re also told it’s waterproof up to one meter for 30 minutes and impact-resistant. However, it was only tested up to two meters, so maybe don’t go throwing it off the Eiffel Tower.
If you do decide this is the light for you, it comes in black, with an MSRP of $225.00-$265.00 and of course includes Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.
You can purchase this beauty through Streamlight’s various retailers. Simply checkout Streamlight’s Stinger 2020 page and type in your zip code.
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