Streamlight Strion--Finally a good, easily available, 6W, 80 lumens,Adjustable Beam, Rechargeable Li

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Steven M. Scharf, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Streamlight Strion--Finally a good, easily available, 6W, 80 lumens,
    Adjustable Beam, Rechargeable Lithium Ion Flashlight

    The manufacturer calls it the "World’s brightest ultra-compact
    rechargeable flashlight," and they aren’t lying.

    I purchased one to use on my Dahon Speed TR. A dynamo light would impede
    the folding, and would be mounted too low (for the Union/Marwi anyway).
    I didn't want to run wires from a battery pack to the handlebars, so I
    wanted a self-contained unit. The 6W and 5W self-contained xenon lights
    from Performance (Performance Viewpoint Lazer) and Specialized
    (Specialized Astro 5.0) have been discontinued, and were also quite
    costly, at $70 and $50 respectively (without Li-Ion batteries).
    Self-contained bicycle lights are now either LED or very low power
    incandescent, neither of which project a useful beam.

    The Strion is extremely bright, compared to most low-power bicycle
    headlights. 12,000 CP, 80 lumens, 6.12W, more than twice the brightness
    of a 2.4W dynamo headlight, and close to twice the brightness of a 3W
    dynamo headlight.

    The manufacturer claims a run-time of 70 minutes. I got 85 minutes with
    a new battery. It doesn't go dim, when the battery voltage begins to
    fall off it simply shuts off, so if you have a commute longer than about
    an hour, or ride in very cold weather, you should be prepared with backup.

    The manufacturer claims a charge time of 2.5 hours, I measured about 2.8
    hours from a fully discharged condition.

    Use a TwoFish Cycloblock to attach it to your handlebars. The Strion is
    larger in diameter than an AA cell flashlight, but smaller diameter than
    a C cell flashlight. The bulbs are tiny, you can carry a spare in a film
    canister.

    Pros
    ----
    -More than twice as bright as typical 2.4W dynamo headlight, and far,
    far, brighter than any LED headlight.
    -Excellent beam. The beam is adjustable from spot to flood, making it
    suitable for a variety of riding conditions
    -Small size. Shorter than a 2AA Mag Light, but a little larger diameter.
    -Lightweight
    -Rechargeable Li-Ion battery is better than NiMH batteries in
    weight/power ratio
    -Doubles as a repair light

    Cons
    ----
    -Expensive ($80 with charger). Extra battery is $25.
    -70 minute run time may not be enough for some commutes
    -Shuts off when batteries fall below a certain voltage, no warning that
    batteries are low.
    -Favored by survivalists
    -Barrel gets pretty hot under continuous operation, but when mounted on
    handlebars this isn't an issue.

    The best source I found was:

    http://store.yahoo.com/swps/streamlight-strion-rechargeable.html

    Steve
    http://bicyclelighting.com
     
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