Streamlight Wedge: Your EDC Wedgie!

The Streamlight WEDGE is a small, waterproof EDC flashlight that pushes up to 1,000 lumens on its momentary THRO (Temporary Heightened Regulated Output) mode. When used in a more measured fashion the everyday carry light produces a 300-lumen constant-on beam with 3 hours of run time.

Streamlight Wedge: a pocket-friendly EDC flashlight

The USB-C rechargeable Streamlight Wedge, introduced at the virtual 2021 SHOT Show, has an anodized aluminum body with a reversible pocket clip for pocket-carry on either side and runs on a Lithium-Ion battery and weighs less than 18 oz. It’s thin, compact, and utilizes what describe as an “intuitive” rotating thumb switch to rotate between the constant-on and THRO modes.

Streamlight Wedge EDC light
The shape of the Wedge is best described (well, aside from its name) as “pocket-friendly”. This is an important trait for a true EDC flashlight, especially one that will be mostly used as a work-a-day task light.

It’s not designed as a “tactical light”, though it would likely serve well in that capacity. As indicated by our EDC description, this flashlight — much like the Surefire Stiletto it was almost certainly designed to compete with — is streamlined in such a way as to make it a handy and easy to carry task light.

Streamlight is available at a number of online locations, including:

LA Police Gear

Tactical Sh!t 

Optics Planet

GunMag Warehouse

Streamlight advises,

On the THRO momentary setting, the Wedge delivers a 35-second burst of 1,000 lumens and 3,000 candela over a 110-meter beam distance. In Constant On mode, it provides 300 lumens, 1,200 candela, a beam distance of 69 meters and a 3-hour run time.

Streamlight Wedge charge level indicators
A simple thumb switch controls light throw, while colored lights indicate the light’s charge status.

The Wedge uses a 1500 mAh Lithium Polymer cell battery that recharges by plugging a USB-C cord into the light’s waterproof rear socket. Red and green LEDs indicate charging status.

The Streamlight Wedge uses a Lithium Ion battery
The Wedge’s Lithium Ion battery can be recharged via the USB-C socket at the rear of the light, and there’s no need to worry about water damage until you get past 1 meter submerged.

The Wedge is IPX-7 rated for waterproof operation to one meter and has been impact-tested to the same distance. And, happily, the pocket clip is reversible.

Reversible pocket clip EDC light: the Wedge
The pocket clip on Streamlight’s newest (as of this writing) EDC light is reversible. This makes it an excellent choice for deep pocket carry and easily attaches to either side of the light.

Streamlight Wedge

Streamlight provides the following specs for the Wedge:

Streamlight Wedge EDC FLASHLIGHT


  • Available in Black or Coyote.
  • 300 lumens; runs 3 hours / THRO Mode: 1000 lumens
  • USB-C Rechargeable
  • Designed for clean pocket carry
  • Waterproof
Streamlight's Wedge is a lightweight, pocket-friendly, EDC flashlight.
Streamlight’s Wedge is a lightweight, pocket-friendly, EDC flashlight.

Streamlight Wedge Reviews

Streamlight Wedge Review

via @justacivvy on Instagram. 

Testing the Streamlight Wedge
Testing the Streamlight Wedge. I burn through CR123s like they’re candy. I’m curious about rechargeable lights and this Wedge will be my first dabble into that world. The form factor of the light is highly attractive as an everyday tool. Slim, lightweight, and flat-ish. The pocket clip feels robust – this is good. My pant pockets have bent more metal than a California strong man competition.
Testing the Streamlight Wedge
The side switch is a novelty I look forward to testing. My frequent squatting and bending always seems to turn on my tail cap lights – no matter the pocket orientation bezel up or bezel down. The sudden sensation of burning in the pocket region is one I’ve come to quickly despise. I’m hopeful the side switch toggle will prevent unintended light activation.
Testing the Streamlight Wedge light
One design quality about this light worries me – the USB-C port is oriented upwards (near the pocket clip) and it’s completely exposed. The port is advertised as waterproof. I worry about dirt/dust/street cooties getting caught in there and causing damage over time. We shall see

Flashlights as an improvised weapon

Patrick V., Tiga Tactics

Here are a few thoughts on the Streamlight Wedge in the context of use as an improvised weapon by Patrick V. (@calmbatives) over at Tiga Tactics.

Improvising a weapon with a flashight
One of my most favorite implements for improvised self-defense weapons are flashlights. The one I’m testing out and currently carrying is the Streamlight Wedge. Let’s get the cons out of the way first.
Streamlights innovative WEDGE handheld light
Firstly, it’s not button-activated. My preferred tactical flashlight is the kind with the on-button on the endcap, because it’s quick to activate once you secure an ice-pick grip. The Wedge has a switch close to the LED, so it forces me to hold it in a forward hammer grip if I want to light it up. Secondly, it’s set up for righties, which is fine by me because I’m right-handed … except that my personal preference is to carry my torch in my left pocket (freeing up my primary side). Lefties and I either have to spin the body in our palm, switch it to our right hand to activate the light, or reposition the pocket clip to the other side.
Streamlight Wedge
But what do I love about the Wedge I *really* love. Unlike most flashlights that are cylinders, this Streamlight is a flattish rectangle. So it takes up less space in my pocket and fits better in my hand. The edges are beveled and there are some grooves and mild jimping for increased traction. And the 5.5-inch overall length is a good balance between offering enough striking surface and still being convenient and comfortable for daily carry. Oh, and its main purpose? This beast puts out 300 lumens in constant-on mode and an insane 1,000 lumens in THRO (or high) mode. That’s way more than enough juice to blind a racist thug before giving him the beatdown.

We have a few more pictures for you below, then some excerpts from various reviews even further down.

Wedgie Shinin’ On

Via Task & Purpose, by Travis Pike

I utilized the light at night to solve a few problems. One night, I awoke to a terrible noise under my house—something banging around under there quite loudly. With the Wedge in one hand and a .22 handgun in the other, I entered the crawl space under my home. I would’ve been a terrible tunnel rat in Vietnam because I immediately regretted my decision. As I crawled, I realized the Wedge’s square shape made it easy to squeeze between your teeth when you need a hand-free option. I wouldn’t advise this for comfort and general dentistry, but it does work well. 

I love how this thing slides into my pocket. It fits so easily and doesn’t crowd my pocket by any means. If I drop my keys in the same pocket as my Wedge, I can get them out without having to remove the Wedge. I can carry my light and knife in the same pocket and still use the pocket as a pocket. 

This is where I have to mention the Wedge’s power. The Wedge’s standard beam cast a 300-lumen beam backed by 1,200 candela. Users can also use the THRO mode, which casts a 1,000-lumen beam backed by 3,000 candela. This is important because I didn’t want to get close to whatever was under my house. THRO works by pushing the on toggle forward one more position and will hold the 1,000-lumen setting until the switch is released or 35 seconds pass. 

Streamlight Wedge on the back side of the property.

The rectangular design also makes it easy to juggle multiple items in one hand with the light. I can hold it between my index and middle finger while carrying a handful of gear at night. It’s superbly ergonomic in hand. The switch design is easy to use in either hand and is built in a manner to ensure it’s next to impossible for it to go off in your pocket. 

That extra candela propels the bright beam further. I didn’t want to get too close to whatever was making that racket. Wild animals being wild makes them a lot less fun to deal with than you’d imagine. As I got closer, I used the THRO to see an armadillo stuck. Armadillos are kind of stupid, but it’s not likely to attack my face. Half an hour later, I helped the little grunting idiot out and went about my early morning.

I used the Wedge in a wide variety of locations and scenarios and always found its performance top-notch. It seems incredibly durable and very convenient for daily carry. 

The 300 lumns of cool white light and the optional 1,000 lumens of the THRO provide me a ton of power in a very small package. A 3 hours run time provides plenty of light for plenty of time. The switch also features a battery indicator in the form of a small LED. When it glows green, you’re good to go; when it glows red, it needs a recharge. The USB-C port means I can charge it off the same charger my phone uses, so I always have one on hand in my car, office, and home. It makes it easy to keep the light topped off. 

Read the remainder of the review in its entirety.

Streamlight Wedge Review excerpt from Spotter Up
I’ve been carrying the Wedge everyday, both on and off duty in uniform and plain clothes training attire since it arrived and I couldn’t be happier with it. Having a small EDC light that switches from 300 to 1000 lumens that you can honestly forget you’re carrying is perfect for those moments alot of us used to switch our phones on for. I spend most of my time now in 5:11’s and a Polo Shirt, so not having to rely on either a belt carried flashlight or my phone for those moments where I need to illuminate something is beneficial. My main off duty weapon right now is either a Glock 43 or 48, neither one has a weapon mounted light. I tested the Wedge in an indoor range with the lights completely turned out and was able to effectively identify a potential target out past 25 yards. Carrying the Wedge everyday would therefore enable me to utilize a variety of handheld flashlight techniques with my weapon drawn if the need should arise. Read more about it by Kevin Quinn, via Spotter Up.

Wedging for LEOs

Streamlight Wedge EDC Light for Law Enforcement

Via and Mike Wood

Streamlight describes the Wedge as a “slim, everyday carry flashlight” suitable for “deep pocket carry.” It’s long and thin (5.46” long, 1.0” wide, and only a mere, 0.60” thick), looking a bit like a folded tactical knife, with its (removable and reversible) integral clip, and it has a streamlined profile that will allow it to slip out of a pocket without getting hung up on anything.

The master control on the Wedge is a rotating thumbwheel, which is easily accessed via a scallop on the side of the light’s body. Turning the wheel places the light in a constant-ON mode with a 300 lumen, 1,200 peak candela beam that reaches out to 69 meters, and additional pressure puts the light into a momentary, high-output, “THRO” (Temporarily Heightened Regulated Output) mode, which boosts output to 1,000 lumens and 3,000 peak candela, allowing you to light things up at 110 meters. In the normal mode, the Wedge has a three-hour run time, and the THRO mode is available for 35-second bursts of power.

The Wedge has a battery indicator light that gives you a heads up when it needs to be charged. The Wedge’s battery is recharged with the battery installed in the light, and only takes three hours of charging to get back to full capacity.

At only 3.3 ounces, the Wedge won’t weigh you down but will give you an extremely capable utility light that can serve double duty as a backup tactical light in the THRO mode. Patrol cops will find the Wedge easy to carry when clipped to a pants pocket, an external vest pocket, or the trauma plate pocket on the front of their soft armor. Detectives and others in soft clothes will find that the Wedge disappears neatly in a pants or jacket pocket, yet remains easy to access.

Read the entire Streamlight lineup this excerpt was pulled from.

t’s flat and thin and designed to fit in the pocket with ease. I like Streamlight a good deal. I use their weapon lights extensively and also carried a Streamlight Sidewinder on my overseas adventures. The Sidewinder sold me on Streamlight’s durability and made me a forever fan. From Africa to Afghanistan, the Sidewinder endured more abuse than it had any right to. Either mode grants you a bright white beam that’s more on the cool scale than hot. In both modes, the beam provides a massive hotspot that’s designed more to fill a room than be super focused for long-range use. As far as an EDC light goes, a good amount of spill is a must-have. It’s made for standard urban environments where a lot of throw isn’t necessary. That being said, the THRO mode effectively doubles your range and gives you a light better suited for outdoor environments. If you are trying to navigate the dark with an added layer of fog or rain, then the THRO mode becomes quite handy. (More at Blade Reviews)

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