The Streamlight SL-20L is an extension of the classic SL20 line of flashlights made by the company for more than 20 years. The torch is a “full-size” light giving it more flexibility than the small lights (like the Streamlight Strion and Polystinger) that have become so popular.
This is a pre-review of the Streamlight SL-20L: more of an introduction than a full-on review. I’ve had the light for a few weeks now, and have used it on-duty extensively. However, I’d like to get a few more weeks of use out of it before I give a complete review of the flashlight.
Based on my experience thus far, I really like the SL-20L. I’ve carried a SL-20X, the halogen version of the light, since about 1997. The problem with the SL-20X is that it has not kept up with LED technology, so it’s brightness has waned and I replaced it with smaller, brighter lights on my duty belt. But, I have always preferred the larger light for many applications.
Introduced this year, the SL-20L adds LED functionality to this line of flashlights. It is significantly brighter, adds a strobe mode and has a longer run time. Plus, the light is backward compatible with the existing chargers, meaning you don’t have to spend money on a charger sleeve if you already have an older model from the SL-20 series.
I’ll have a full review of the Streamlight SL-20L in the next month or so. Right now, however, I love this light and have no problems in recommending it.