Streamlight Strion LED HL Review

StrionLEDHL_01Streamlight’s compact rechargeable Strion LED is now available in a higher-output model, and the Strion LED HL is a new leader in performance and value. Maximum output of the Strion LED HL is 500 lumens with a one hour runtime, and lower output levels of 250 and 125 lumens provide extended runtime of up to four hours. For those looking to upgrade from a previous model, Streamlight makes this an easy choice because the Strion LED HL’s lithium-ion battery can be recharged using any Strion family charger.

Key Specifications

  • Output: 500 lumens high, 250 lumens medium, 125 lumens low
  • Intensity: 10,000 candela
  • Runtime: 1h high, 2h medium, 3h 30min low, 2h 30min strobe
  • Battery: Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Length: 5.8″
  • Diameter: 1.25″ bezel, 1.0″ body
  • Weight with Batteries: 5.2 oz.
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • MSRP: $212.31
  • Actual Pricing: ~$120

Pricing & Contents

Depending on charger configuration, MSRP for the Strion LED HL is around $200, and the light is only available in black. Most configurations can be found for around $120.

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Streamlight offers various packages for their rechargeable lights, with choices for input voltage and charging options (AC and DC, AC only, DC only, or light only). Our package is the 120V AC (item # 74753), and included in the box are: Streamlight Strion LED HL, Li-Ion rechargeable battery, charging cradle, 2 x mounting screws, AC adapter, and user manual.

Batteries

Streamlight has updated the proprietary rechargeable 2000mAh lithium-ion battery used in the Strion LED, which can now be recharged up to 1000 times.

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To charge the light, insert the barrel of the light into the charger, and pull down until it locks. Charging time can take up to three hours.

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The Light

The Strion LED HL, which is slightly shorter than the Strion LED, is about the size of a typical tactical flashlight. The aluminum body is type-II anodized to protect against scratches and corrosion.

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Head
The Borofloat high-temperature glass window is gasket-sealed, and the plastic reflector is lightly textured on the bottom and smooth on the top.

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Body
Charging contacts are on the back of the light, on an elevated triangle that aligns the charging contacts with the cradle. Multiple bands of knurling on the body make it easy to maintain a secure grip on the light.

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Tail Cap
On the tail cap is a momentary-capable electronic switch, which is responsive with good travel and covered by textured black rubber.

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Modes

The Strion LED shares the same four-mode user interface of the Stinger LED lights.

Single Click: High (500 Lumens)
A single click activates maximum output.

Click and Hold: High-Medium-Low (500, 250, 125 Lumens)
When the switch is pressed and held, the light will cycle through three brightness levels in the following order: high-medium-low-medium-high. Output level can be changed anytime, even if the light is already turned on, and when the switch is released, the output level will be set.

Two Fast Clicks: Strobe (500 Lumens)
With two fast clicks, the maximum output strobe is activated. Strobe can be activated anytime, even if the light is already turned on.

For all modes, a single click will turn the light off. Since the light uses electronic switches, there is a small standby current drain of 5 µA (0.005 mA).

Performance

Using a Cree XM-L LED, the Strion LED HL has a maximum output of 500 lumens and 10,000 candela. The Strion LED HL has a revised head that is 0.1” shorter than the Strion LED, reducing the overall length of the light by that much.

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Beam profile of the Strion LED HL is smooth and wide. Compared to the Strion LED, the updated model has a similar beam pattern with a larger and brighter hotspot.

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Runtime

If you haven’t read our article about runtime graphs and the ANSI FL1 Standard, please click here.

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The Strion LED HL reduces output to 65% during the one-hour runtime on high, and a similar reduction to 70% output can also be seen on medium mode.

Conclusion

The Streamlight Strion LED HL is highly competitive within the ultra-high output rechargeable flashlight market with its current price point of around $120. Although it lacks fancy features such as programmable function sets or the ability to use disposable batteries as an alternate power source, the Strion LED HL is one of the smallest rechargeable lights with this kind of performance. Nothing comes without a tradeoff, and the increased output means that the HL’s runtime on high is only half that of the non-HL model. That’s a small price to pay though, right?

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ProsCons
  • Maximum output of 500 lumens
  • High, medium, low, and strobe modes
  • Direct access to output modes
  • Borofloat glass window
  • Compact size
  • Lifetime warranty
  • One hour runtime on high

Related Links

Streamlight Strion LED HL Product Page

Streamlight Strion LED HL Fact Sheet

Streamlight Strion LED HL Info Sheet

Rechargeable Flashlight Comparison on LED-Resource

4 Responses

  1. Miguel says:

    Robin is the station black weather resistant

  2. Miguel says:

    Sorry wrong mispelling….is the strion hl weather resistant

  3. Miguel says:

    ….is the strion hl weather resistant

  4. Robin Wang says:

    Miguel,

    Yes, it is IPX4 water resistant.

    Robin

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