If you search online for a flashlight designed to mount on your fire helmet, you inevitably come across the Streamlight 4AA helmet light series. There are over a dozen part numbers that correspond to this style of light. What is the difference between the part number 68201 and the 68821? Why does one cost twice as much as the other? It is very easy to become overwhelmed by the many lights, I know I was. The goal of this article is to hopefully simplify things.
There are four groups of the Streamlight 4AA series, The Propolymer Xenon, the Propolymer LED, The Propolymer Lux, and the Propolymax High-output. We will start with the dimmest (cheapest) light and work to the brightest (most expensive).
The Propolymer Xenon uses a xenon gas filled bulb to produce 34 lumens. This light is 6 1/2″ long and weighs 6.3 oz. This light only comes with a yellow body. The Xenon has a run time of four hours. If you already own a Xenon and wish you had an LEDs instead, it can be upgraded for around $20 by installing a LED lamp module. The Xenon has a momentary blink / constant on switch.
68250 – Comes without batteries, packaged in a box
68251 – Comes with batteries, packaged in a box
68254 – Comes with batteries, packaged in a blister package
These lights cost around $20-$30.
The Propolymer LED is almost twice as bright as the Xenon. It uses 7 white LEDs to produce 67 lumens. The LEDs have a 100,000 hour life. At 150 hours, this light has the longest run time of the 4 styles. It is the same size and weight as the Xenon; 6 1/2″ long and 6.3 oz. The Propolymer LED also has a momentary blink / constant on switch. The Propolymer LED comes in yellow and black.
68200 – Yellow, comes without batteries packaged in a box
68201 – Yellow, comes with batteries packaged in a box
68202 – Yellow, comes with batteries, packaged in a blister package
68300 – Black, comes without batteries packaged in a box
68301 – Black, comes with batteries packaged in a box
68302 – Black, comes with batteries, packaged in a blister package
The Propolymer LEDs can be found for nearly the same price as the Xenon.
The Propolymer Lux produces a beam that will reach over 400 feet. The C4 LED has an output of 100 lumens, and has a run time of 6 hours. The Lux is slightly longer than the Xenon and LED with a length of 7″ and weighs a little more too, 7.3 oz. with batteries. Just like the Propolymer LED and Xenon, the Lux has a momentary blink /constant on switch. The Lux also comes in either a black or yellow body.
68244 – Yellow, with batteries, UL rated Div 2
68344 – Black, with batteries, UL rated Div 2
68602 – Yellow, with batteries, UL rated Div 1
68702 – Black, with batteries, UL rated Div 1
The Propolymer Lux style can be found for around $40.
The Propolymax High Output is the brightest of 4AA style. In high mode, the Propolymax uses C4 LED technology to create an amazing 300 lumen beam that will travel over 850 feet. The bulbs have a 50,000 hour lifetime. The Propolymax features three different settings, high, low, and strobe. In low mode, the Propolymax produces 50 lumens and has a 24 hour run time. In high mode, expect a run time of about 2 hours 45 minutes. The light will run for 6 hours in while in strobe mode. At 7″ the Propolymax is just as long as the Lux, but weighs more – 8.2 oz. The Propolymax is available in yellow, black, and orange. Batteries are included with all 3 part numbers.
68820 – Yellow
68821 – Black
68822 – Orange
The Propolymax High Output can be found for $45-$70
There are many similarities that all four groups share. All are powered by 4AA batteries. The switch is in the “tail” of all four styles. They all have a momentary blink / constant on switch located on the “tail” of the light. All have a waterproof rating and have a lanyard attachment point, and all are backed by Streamlight’s limited lifetime warranty. I hope I have helped make it easier to shop for a Streamlight helmet light.
If you have any questions, please comment below.