Make & Model - Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II
Weight - 2.4 oz
Battery Type - CR123A (1) or AA (1)
Lumen Rating - 55 (CR123A) / 47 (AA)
Average Runtime - low 70 hr / high 6 hr (CR123A); low 40 hr / high 2 hr (AA)
Range - 226 ft
MSRP - $131.84
URL - http://www.streamlight.com
Notes - Chunky and ultra rugged, you can tell that the Sidewinder Compact II was made with the military in mind. It comes with a headband, as well as a helmet mount and belt clip, and features not only a white main lamp, but also red, blue, and infrared (IR) reading navigation lights. This unit runs best on a CR123A-type battery, which isn't as common as other batteries, but something we really like is that it can also run on a common AA battery. When mounted to the headband, the unit clips in and isn't mounted solidly, which makes it slightly shift laterally within its mount. Surprisingly, however, the shifting isn't very noticeable when the light is being worn. The light can be switched from white to red to blue to IR with the twist of a knob, while the activation of the light is made with a pushbutton switch.
Features - Five light sources, including one main white C4 LED lamp and red, white, blue, and infrared LED task lights
Headstrap, helmet, and belt clip mounting
Lamp head swivels 185 degrees
On/Off/Dimming/Strobe and LED selection functions
In a disaster scenario where you need both of your hands to get someone or even yourself out of danger, the need to have your hands freed up is multiplied exponentially.