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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
Streamlight provides the following specs for the Wedge:
Streamlight Wedge EDC FLASHLIGHT
COMPACT, RECHARGEABLE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE
Available in Black or Coyote.
300 lumens; runs 3 hours / THRO Mode: 1000 lumens
Designed for clean pocket carry
Streamlight Wedge Reviews
Streamlight Wedge Review
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.