Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:38 AM
I too bought one of these, actually last December when they were supposed to be released, and received it end of April. I have used the light on duty for just shy of a month now and love it so far.One of my more skeptical co-workers made the comment before it arrived there is "no way" it only takes 90 seconds to charge. My response was that even if it took 5 minutes it was better than the 8 plus hours my stingers have taken over the years. Of course, it truly does only take 90 seconds.The scabbard issue has been troubling for some of the other guys I work with who have bought this light. I had JG Uniforms in Chicago custom build my outer vest carrier and, with a little forethought, had them include a light pouch that accomodates the LFL no problem. It has worked out on my carrier better than I expected even in fights.My partner carries his in either his cargo pocket or an old stinger scabbard he stretched a little. Either way 5.11 needs to hurry up and make a wider selection of scabbards for these lights so they are more accepted by the masses.As far as function goes, I have been very impressed. I have had the opportunity to compare the LFL to several other lights and the only light truly brighter is the Stinger LED HP. The Stinger LED has a more focused point of light and is like a search light, great for distances. The LFL is much brighter than the other lights tested and has the underlying bonus of the lack of battery and 90 second charge.The one thing that bugged me initially was the button programming. 5.11 has subsequently fixed the issue by offering 3 different models (P1, P2, P3) - each with different configurations for the button. My P1 works well for me but it would be nice to have waited for the P2 where the brightest setting is the default "one click" option. As it stands, the P1 requires you to hold the button down to get the 200 lumen output.Any "CON" that I could find is immediately overridden by the 90 second charge. I can't say enough about the ability to recharge on a traffic stop if necessary. 5.11 does recommend to keep the LFL on its charger as much as possible but it is not necessary. I have been averaging 2-3 shifts of consistent use on one charge. I've also dropped the light during a fight, accidentally thrown it at a suspect while running and used it in the rain with no problems. The light is much lighter than I'm used to with battery based lights, which can be good or bad depending on the situation. It has a "ruggedized" rubber coating on the grip and each button housing is sealed fairly well against water/dirt. You can find replacement parts for each button, the lens and the bezel online through 5.11 and probably Ebay very soon.The bottom line is I highly recommend this light to anyone who uses one on a regular basis.