- Oct 3, 1998
I know that knife nuts are also gadget nuts and are into flashlights, so I figured you all would enjoy this little review. For several weeks I have been carrying and using Streamlight's new Stylus pen light. For those not familiar, this light combines the convenience of a pen light with a high intensity LED bulb (same as what's found on the Photon lights). The Stylus lights are available in two models - 2 battery and 3 battery. For a breakdown of the entire Stylus line, visit <a href="http://www.streamlight.com">Streamlight's website</a>. I've got the 3 battery white bulb model.
The Stylus is crafted out of an anodized and textured aluminum barrel, each light sports its own serial number. A black pocket clip provides ease of portability. The light is activated using one of two methods: a rubber coated push button on the tail of the light for momentary on or "blink" and constant on by twisting the barrel cap. Overall, the white Stylus is brighter than the newer narrow beam Photon II. I've used my Stylus to inspect the insides of my folders, visually inspecting the innards of my computer, hooking up computers underneath desks, taking the garbage out after dark, and even going up to the roof of my house at 10pm in the rain to clear a clogged gutter that was causing rainwater to seep into the attic. The Stylus's beam is a wide angle and provides enough coverage for big and small areas.
I've been a hard-core Photon user, and after using the Stylus once, the advantage over the Photon is realized - it has more reach than the PII's do (hence, a great lighting tool for those who work on computers or lawn mower engines). Though, nothing can beat the ultimate portability that the Photon has (keyring carry or lanyard clip carry).
The Stylus is powered by AAAA (yup, you read right - quadruple A's. Skinny thangs!) Energizer batteries and should last about 10 hours depending on model. These batteries can be found at specialty electronics stores like Radio Shack or through your Stramlight retailer.
Overall, I'm very happy with my Stylus. I'm currently rotating it with oone of my many Photon II's. This light was purchased from fellow forum moderator, Tim Flanagan of Nor'east Knives ( email@example.com ). He also sells extra batteries for the lights - its wise to buy a pack with your light. Contact him for pricing info.
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[This message has been edited by Dexter Ewing (edited 03-22-2000).]