What do you get when you cross a Streamlight Sidewinder with a sliding diffuser lens? You get a Sidewinder® Rescue. The Sidewinder® Rescue provides four lighting modes and a strobe in a single light. Its 185 degree articulating head also features a “slide-in-place” diffuser that projects omnidirectional light, which can be seen from any viewing angle. The new light meets the commercial CID A-A-59176 standard for water rescue.
The Sidewinder Rescue is equipped with a white C4® LED that offers 55 lumens of bright, white light, 1,175 candela peak beam intensity, and a 69-meter beam distance. The light also includes a five-millimeter infrared LED for covert operation use; a blue LED for alerting friendly forces and distinguishing its strobe feature from ground fire; and a green LED to help preserve night vision.
Each of the lighting modes provides four intensity levels and a strobe mode that operates at 100% intensity. When operated with two AA alkaline batteries, the light delivers more than 100 hours of run time at the low output level for the white C4 LED, 150 plus hours for the blue and green LEDs and more than 200 hours for the infrared LED. On high, the white C4 LED provides 5.5 hours of run time, the blue and green LEDs provide 16 hours, and the infrared LED provides 24 hours. Run times in strobe mode range from 10 hours on the C4 LED setting to 40 hours on the infrared setting.
The light also accepts lithium AA batteries for extended operation in extreme temperature environments (-40o F to 150o F).
“This latest version of the Sidewinder is not only versatile, but potentially life-saving with its Omni-directional feature that permits users to be seen from almost anywhere,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “It provides four LED colors, multiple intensity levels and a strobe, giving military personnel all the tools they need for a distress marker, and avoiding the need for filters that can be lost or broken.”
The light’s compound On-Off mode selector switch ergonomically separates the On-Off, dimming, strobe and LED-selection functions. A rubber dome actuator and four-position pull-to-turn locking rotary selector knob with an infrared tactile indicator offers easy operation, even with heavy gloves, and prevents accidental mode changes. The light also features an unbreakable polycarbonate lens with scratch-resistant coating.
The Sidewinder Rescue measures 4.65 inches in length and weighs 5.02 ounces with the included alkaline batteries (4.38 ounces with lithium batteries). It features a high-impact, super tough nylon case, which offers exceptional durability and weather resistance. With O-ring and gasket-sealed openings, the light features an IPX7 rated design and is waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It meets MIL-STD-810F, Method 512.4 guidelines for waterproof operation.
The Sidewinder Rescue comes in multiple configurations, including one that includes a paracord lanyard and a MOLLE retainer. The MSRP is $147.90. The light comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.