I bought this on your recommendation. It is light
enough to counter any size and shape issue for EDC and is my go to,
primarily for the battery options.
I tested the IR light with my unit and found no light emitted. Have you tested with yours? Let me know.
for your work. I have a long history with you and am glad to see some
relatively speaking recent additions who have taken your ideas
mainstream. Good for everyone. But you have the respect.
Last one - I
recommend your listeners learn Spanish. I saw how the little I knew
helped me in mediating court disputes in the inner cities. Spanish
speakers are our neighbors. I recommend pimsleur.
The Streamlight Sidewinder II can use either AA, AAA or CR123A. That's versatility.
Hey Jon, glad you liked it.
the IR is not supposed to emit any visible light. You will see that
there's some visible when you look at it through a camera like I do in the video review. Keep in mind that the IR LED is supposed to be used along with night vision gear.
The Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II has certain capabilities that, in my opinon, make it hands down the best survival and preparedness flashlight.
tough as nails, and bright enough for most tasks. You have the choice
of LEDs, white, red, blue and IR, as well as strobe. All LEDs have four
output modes up to 80 lumens. 80 lumens sounds pretty low, but it is
comparable to other brands that claim 100-120 lumen output. The plain
reflector also focuses the light a lot more, giving it greater throw and
better practical use at longer distances.
So far it sounds as if
there’s dozens of better lights out there, but what makes this one so
special is that its capable of running on a single battery cell, either
AA, AAA or CR123A, and it does so effectively without any glitches. This
ability to practically eat any battery you come across is priceless
during emergencies and disasters, especially long term ones when you may
find yourself scrounging for batteries.
This is a pure-breed military torch.
Its dust proof, waterproof and even clicking the rubber mode to turn it
on is silent (the clicky makes no click sound). Being tough as nails is
a big advantage in my opinion.
The only disadvantage I see to the
flashlight is that it’s a bit bulky (though vey light weight) and it
doesn’t fit as well in smaller jean pockets. I did carry it as my EDC
light for a few weeks, still do every once in a while, but it does feel
blocky compared to the roll of mint sized Eagletac D25C that
I carry more often. This is purely personal. As you say yourself, you
can EDC this light with no problem if you feel like doing so.
If I could only have one, I feel the Sidewinder Compact II is the best light you can have when things go wrong.