Nightstick Rechargeable Tactical Flashlights
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A flashlight is one of the most important self-defense tools, after a gun and holster. However, it must be powerful enough to light up targets and blind attackers. Unfortunately, that means expensive 123A batteries, unless using one of the Nightstick Rechargeable Tactical Flashlights.

Nightstick just expanded its rechargeable flashlight line two new flashlights — the USB-556XL and the USB-558XL. Both lights feature aluminum construction, and single momentary and constant-on push button tail caps. They also come with four user-selectable modes — high, medium, low and strobe, as well as built-in USB charging.

“We integrated USB charging directly into the housing because a great design centered around user convenience will over time drive down the overall cost of ownership,” said Russell Hoppe, Marketing director for Nightstick. “The USB-556XL and USB-558XL free consumers from past dependency on proprietary charging cords and cradles.”

The USB-556XL is only 4.7-inches long and weighs a mere 4.4 ounces, while the USB-558XL measures 5.9 inches and 5.7 ounces. This means that both are compact and light enough for everyday carry. Both also feature a metal pocket clip for keeping them within easy reach.

They also provide up to 750 and 900 lumens for seeing targets and blinding attackers. They also come with a USB charging cable, but can be used with any USB cable. This is significant, as cords can be easily misplaced or lost. Of course, external charging does introduce the potential for water damage, but both units are rated IPX7 waterproof. This means they can handle submersion up to 1 meter, or about 3.2 feet. Additionally, the USB-558XL comes with a backup CR123 battery carrier, and both come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Flashlights are crucial for many situations, both in the home and on the street. In fact, experts claim that a good flashlight should be part of everyday carry, as it is just as important as a gun and a knife.

Nightstick Rechargeable Tactical Flashlights

  • CREE LED technology – 50,000 + hours LED life
  • 4.7″ length (5.9″ for 558XL)
  • 4.4 oz. weight (5.7 ozs. for 558XL)
  • 750, 250, 80 lumens (900, 350, 100 lumens for 558XL)
  • Momentary or constant-on (high, medium, low) and strobe
  • Sharp, focused beam
  • Aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum housing with Type III hard anodized finish
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • Chemical, heat and impact resistant
  • Meets the requirements for NFPA-1971-8.6 (2013)
  • USB cord with rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)

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