The Strike Light is advertised as a deployable distraction device and is marketed to law enforcement, security personal and emergency workers for use during a variety of tactical situations when flash bangs, smoke or other similar options are neither practical nor safe.
The device itself is a 5 inch sphere, elongated slightly to control positioning, and constructed of clear, impact resistant polycarbonate material. It is powered by an internal battery pack which can be recharged via a micro USB port. When activated, the Strike Light provides a high intensity light and 100 plus decibel siren designed to distract and disorient opponents without placing bystanders or responding officers at risk. The sphere can be rolled or thrown into the target area and even hung from multiple anchor points to provide a steady light source of needed.
When I first received the Strike Light I have to admit I was interested, but skeptical. After all, the market is full of the latest and greatest in non-lethal options, all claiming to be the next best thing. With this in mind, I put it aside for a few days until I could approach it with an open mind and no distractions. After a couple days had lapsed I took it off the shelf and gave a good once over.
The construction appeared sturdy and capable of standing up to serious abuse, although I was a little disappointed that it is not waterproof. Of course there is only one way to really test it so I tossed it across by backyard, letting it bounce off the frozen ground. Then I kicked it, punted it and threw it around like a kid with a new toy. It didn’t care.
After charging the device, which was trouble free and actually took much less than the advertised 60 minutes to reach full charge, it was time to test the various modes. After removing a locking key from the side, which is accomplished by rotating the key ¼ turn and pulling straight out, all further controls are managed by way of a pocket sized remote. The remote made operation as simple as possible; the single button is large enough to find in low light conditions and easy to operate even with gloves on. One click turns the device on and places it in steady light mode, a second click activates the combination strobe/siren distraction mode and a third click returns it to off.
During the steady light mode, the Strike Light’s six LEDs provide 200 lumens each and offer 360 degrees of illumination. Although not bright enough to replace a spotlight, it is capable of lighting a small room or, when used in conjunction with other units, could mark outdoor evidence points or even mark the corners of a crime scene.
When placed in the combination strobe/siren mode, the Strike Light is certainly disorienting. Although not as loud as a flash bang, more like turning on your vehicle siren when parked in a closed garage, it would be an effective alternative for a multitude of situations including hostage response or when potentially flammable substances are possible. Single devices could be used as an emergency beacon and multiple devices could be used for marking an improvised helicopter landing zone – although I would prefer there be an additional mode allowing for strobe without siren. Maybe in the next model.
All in all I found that the Strike Light performed as advertised and does provide a viable alternative for certain limited situations, including training. Its ability to be recovered, recharged and used multiple times is a definite plus which also means that your initial cost is a long term investment rather than a continuing, repeating one. Like all distraction devices it does have limitations, including around water, but should still be considered a useful tool with a place within your larger tool bag.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
Latest posts by Tom Burrell (see all)
- Electrolytes vs. Water – 10 July, 2018
- How to Choose the Right Hydration Unit – 6 July, 2018
- FirstNet: The Future of First Responder Communications – 29 June, 2018