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Friday, September 24, 2010

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

The Streamlight Twin-Task 2L used to be my emergence car flashlight. And it still is in one of the other cars. But this one has since been put to fishing duties and stored in one of my primary tackle bags. It replaced a 2AA Maglite that had a LED bulb, but the alkaline batteries don't do well in the heat in the bag and the changing temperatures of the garage when not in use. When that happens, the batteries leak. And that's the main reason for having the Streamlight there instead. The CR123 batteries are just awesome for emergency purposes.

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

As you can see, it's not that big. Not as long as a 2AA Maglite, but it is thicker. It also has a clicking switch/button near the head of the flashlight. Since it's a Twin-Task, it provides light via xenon and 3 LED bulbs. Click once, the xenon light comes on, which also happens to be focusable. Click it a second time, the xenon turns off and the 3 LED lights turn on. A third, back to xenon. For practical purposes, the LED's are much more useful as well as brighter. The LED is not a thrower, but one that floods. The xenon bulb doesn't provide much light. I prefer more. But maybe that's because I prefer Surefire incandescent lights instead. More photos here...

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

The first two images of the Streamlight Twin-Task 2L is how it looks stock and out of the package. Since it does fishing duties, I added some paracord and wrapped it around the body. The knurling around the light may be aggressive for some, but not for me. Surefire lights have a more aggressive knurling. When out fishing, with wet and slimy hands, it's not enough. The paracord provides just enough gripping surface. Plus you can always find uses for rope when out there catching the big one. It does have a lanyard, but it doesn't work well for me since I have big hands. More photos here...

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

The build quality of the Streamlight is pretty good. It can also take a decent amount of abuse. Not the same abuse a Surefire light can, but it's also a lot more inexpensive too. I just have to make sure I don't drop it the water. I don't think it's waterproof or even water-resistant. We'll see how well it does when it happens and I'll report back how it does. Here are some photos to compare it other lights with the same batteries. From top to bottom: Streamlight Scorpion, Streamlight Twin-Task 2L, Surefire E2E with an LED KL1 head. More photos here...

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Flashlight: Streamlight Twin-Task 2L

Well, it's no Surefire. But I'm not asking it to be. It's served me well when being used as an emergency car light and hopefully it will continue to serve me well for fishing duties. I don't see why it won't. It's perfect for general purposes and it's enough for most jobs out there. There might be other better lights available right now, but this light will continue to play a role in my household until it breaks down.

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