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For TacTicalEvEry TorchEs Task John Morrison ASP is best known for their slick batons, but their lights are rapidly gaining great respect too, and now they have a “first”: The Triad USB is the first Micro USB rechargeable tactical LED light. It uses the same power connector that cell phone manufacturersagreedtoimplementasastandarduniversalphonechargerin2012. Poweredbyan18650lithiumionbattery,theTriadUSBdelivers300brilliantlumens with a continuous runtime of 90 minutes, and recharges via the included retractablecordandbothanA/CwallchargerandD/Cvehiclecharger.Builttothesame rugged standards as ASP’s batons, the light features full-electronic voltage control, durablefoamedvinylgrip,asimple,quietrotarycollarwithlockout,momentaryand constantONmodes,andanover-moldedtailcapswitch.Pricedatabout$125,it’sa solidchoiceforduty. BrighTEr, ToughEr, longEr running ighty lumens is the nominal “threshold” level at which light directed into a subject’s eyes at close range can cause visual degradation and disorientation. More — like 120 to 180 lumens — assures that blinding, scrambling effect and provides it at greater distance, like downthe-long-hallway to across the street. From 80 to 180 lumens is generally an effective illumination spread from our IfthePEL-6SecutorbyStrategosInternationallooksfamiliar,it’sbecauseyou’veseenothercompaniesmarkettheorig- ubiquitous 5" to 6" 2-lithium cell lights. inaldesignunderlicense.Strategos,theoriginaldesigner/developer—andprimarilyatrainingoutfit—havekeptthe That’s good for the majority of an designinproduction,upgradingandimprovingit,foronesimplereason:it’sstillanexcellent,highlyergonomictoolwith officer’s routine duty needs, but it leaves distincttacticaladvantages.Well-balancedandintuitiveinoperation,therotatingtailcapbezelnowcyclesthe120-lumen dangerous gaps in your tactical illumiLEDbeamthroughmomentary,constantON,rapidstrobeandvariabledimmingmodes,whilethepushnation toolbox. You need lower-level buttontailcapswitchsimplycontrolsOFFandONstatus.Alloperationsarecarriedout light to preserve your night vision while 1-handed,keepingasuregripwhilecontrollingfunctionswiththeindexfingerand making notes, scratching out tickets, thumb.TheCreeLEDandelectronicshaveallbeenupdatedfor or maneuvering stealthily through alley greaterdurabilityandefficientpowermanagement. litter and yard junk while serving a MSRPis$189.99,anditcarriesa2-year warrant; a long-range light-cannon for warrantyforpartsandlabor. reaching down the highway, probing deep Note:a“CREEmator”LED into canyons or wooded areas, or lighting upgradefor$69.99boosts up a gang of ’bangers from one side of a outputto275lumens! parking lot to the other. E SureFireputalotofthoughtintothecontrolsofthe newUB3TInvictusandproducedawinner.Eightlight-outputlevelsfrom2to800 lumens,plusablindingstrobeandSOSsignalmodesaresimplylearnedandeasilyselectable viaawell-markedbezel.And,there’sanOFFpositiontoguardagainstaccidentalactivation.A half-pushonthetailcapswitchdeliversmomentaryONattheselectedoutputlevel;afullpushtakesyou straightto800lumens—theMaxBlastfeature—andatwistofthetailcapprovidesconstantON.ThreeCR123batteriesyielda surprising1.7hoursatfullpower,andthere’sevena“fuelgauge”featureindicatingbattery-chargelevel.Whetheryou’resweepinganentire darkenedstadiumormakingahigh-riskentry,thetightpowerfulbeamofthislightdeliversallthepoweryou’lleverneed.MSRPis$550. 32 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MAY2012