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Streamlight Wedge Review 2023

While most EDC flashlight manufacturers are battling it out in terms of lumens and candelas, flashlight profile is one aspect that often gets neglected. But flashlight veterans know that the ergonomics of a flashlight depend a lot on its shape.

The non-traditional EDC light Streamlight Wedge seems to defy that trend with its low-profile design. I have used Streamlight flashlights before and clearly, the Wedge stands apart from the other models. It’s clear that Streamlight has tried to create something different with this flashlight. 

Does that make the Streamlight Wedge an EDC light worth adding to your shopping cart?

In this review, we will take a closer look at every aspect of the flashlight and find out how it performs as an EDC tool.

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Unboxing and Package Quality

To start with, the packaging is simple. The packaging is plastic with a clamshell-like design that holds the flashlight and a cardboard layer with the features highlighted on it. While it does not have the premium feel it gets the job done.

 Inside the plastic packaging, you will find the following items.

  • The flashlight
  • A USB-C Cord
  • A lanyard
  • Instruction manual

 

Build Quality

The first thing that strikes you when you hold the Wedge is the flat profile. The anodized aluminum body is knife-shaped and looks cool. The rectangular profile with flat sides is super thin and is great for ambidextrous use. The shape ensures that the flashlight won’t roll away if you can place it on any flat surface.

Even though it lacks aggressive textures, the side walls are grooved to ensure that you get a good grip. That also allows you to grip it with gloved hands. The small size makes it easy to grip and it slips into a jeans pocket effortlessly. In fact, the light literally disappears in a pocket. With the flat shape, there are no weird bulges that might result from carrying a circular flashlight in the pocket. 

The Wedge comes with IPX7 waterproofing and is impact resistant to drops from 1 meter. However, it can easily survive higher drops without breaking a sweat. 

Overall fit and finish are outstanding and the surface resists scratches effectively. The deep carry pocket clip is robust and reversible, not something that will bend easily inside your pockets. The clip is fixed by the two screws and it doesn’t take much time to attach it to the other side.

I have found the Streamlight ProTac 2.0 super resistant to abuse- it’s definitely one of the best Streamlight flashlights you can pick. The Wedge is smaller and lighter, but it meets the same standards with its fantastic build quality.

Now, the USB-C port at the bottom comes without a cover which might be a weak point. Streamlight mentions that all the openings are sealed; so, it shouldn’t be a problem in the long run. Still, the port might get filled with dust and debris after a few months of use which will need washing out. I think this is one aspect Streamlight should have thought of.

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The Streamlight Wedge in Use – How to Operate

The Wedge has no buttons on the side or the tail cap and the operation is through a rotating toggle switch. The textured toggle switch offers good tactile feedback and is placed flush with the flashlight body. That prevents accidental activation in the pocket.

You can move the toggle into three positions- off, constant on, and THRO (Temporarily Heightened Regulated Output). The interface is one of the simplest I have used and I found the Wedge super easy to operate with a thumbs-forward or a hammer grip. In fact, the slim design also allows you to hold other objects in your hand along with the light.

For those who want to use the Wedge as a tactical light, the lack of a rear switch can be an issue. A rear switch is a better choice for tactile control and makes it a lot easier to use a flashlight with a weapon. However, as an EDC flashlight, it is not designed to be held in an ice-pick grip.

Note, the toggle switch has an LED that works as a battery indicator. It glows green when the battery level is fine and red when the batteries need a recharge.

 

Modes and Runtime

The Streamlight Wedge has two lighting modes. These are the outputs and runtimes:

Mode Output Runtime
Constant 300 Lumens  3 hours
Thro 1000 lumens  35-second bursts

 

Being a lightweight flashlight doesn’t make the Wedge any less powerful. This is not a typical pocket light or a penlight, but a high-performance EDC flashlight. The 300 lumens output works great for most EDC purposes. Beyond that, the 1,000-lumen cool white beam provides extra candela power for night navigation. 

Once you reach the 35-second margin, the output will drop back to the constant mode to prevent overheating. The beam distances in the high and low modes are 120 yards (110 meters) and 75 yards (69 meters) respectively. 

In reality, 300 lumens work well within a range of 15-20 yards while operating outdoors. Once you switch up to 1000 lumens, there is a big difference in the brightness and the beam works well enough for 50-60 yards. While walking through open terrain in the dark, having 1000 lumens gives you a lot of confidence.

Even so, I feel Streamlight could have brought down the maximum brightness to somewhere around 850 lumens. That would have made the Wedge an equally effective EDC light while extending the duration of the peak output.

Also, I would have appreciated a low output mode to conserve the batteries further. 300 lumens can be too bright for some EDC scenarios and close-range work.

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Key Features

Listed below are the key features of the Streamlight Wedge flashlight:

Max Beam Distance 120 yards
Max Candela 3000
Minimum Candela 1200
Battery Quantity
Lens Type Polycarbonate lens
Colors Black and Coyote
Safety Onboard safety circuit 
High Light Output 1000 lumens
Low Light Output 300 lumens
On/Off Rotatable thumb switch
Material Anodized aluminum

Warranty

Streamlight offers a limited lifetime warranty on the Wedge. This excludes the rechargeable batteries and electronic components that come with a standard 2-year warranty. Streamlight does not list any return policy for its products.

 

Streamlight Wedge Dimensions and Weight

The Wedge is designed to fit easily in a pocket and it will not weigh you down. Here’s a quick look at the dimensions.

  • Length: 5.46 inches
  • Width: 0.60 inches
  • Weight: 3.30 ounces

 

Batteries

The Wedge packs a 1500 mAh Lithium Polymer battery that can be recharged by connecting the USB C cable. The battery runtime in the real world is very close to the specified value. You can easily get around 2 hours of 50 minutes of runtime with occasional shifts to the THRO mode.

For me carrying proprietary flashlight chargers is a pain. With the Wedge, you can use any USB-C cable lying around, which makes it a lot more versatile. On the downside, the battery is irreplaceable. And like any other lithium-ion battery, it will lose its charge-holding capacity in time.

When it comes to tactical lights using replaceable batteries is an important factor. However, for an LED flashlight designed primarily for EDC, the battery type may not be a deal breaker. Quite simply, if you prefer rechargeable flashlights that offer more flexibility like AA-battery compatibility, look elsewhere.

wedge mode button

Pricing

The Wedge is available at around $85 on Amazon. I have to admit that the competition is very strong at the price point. So before adding it to your wishlist, check out the other top EDC flashlights that offer great performance.

 

Beam Shots

The Wedge does deliver a high-intensity beam but a max intensity of 3000 candelas limits its ability to focus. So, don’t expect it to shine through smoke or fog like tactical flashlights that law enforcement teams may need. If you need a flashlight with a strong and tight throw, look elsewhere.

In both modes, you get a wall of light that spreads out evenly. However, the hotspot is not well defined. The wide angle of the beam works great when you are walking down a forest trail. But it’s not the best choice for anyone looking for a tightly focused beam to inspect an area or for discerning important details at a distance.

 

Pros

  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Durable aluminum construction
  • USB-C rechargeable
  • Super easy to use

Cons

  • Limited candela output
  • No cover for the USB port
streamlight wedge edc light charging

Streamlight Wedge: Frequently Asked Questions

How many lumens does a Streamlight wedge have?

The Wedge delivers 300 lumens in the standard mode and 1000 lumens in the THRO mode.

How long does the Streamlight wedge take to charge?

The charging time for the battery is around 3 hours.

Can I use this flashlight for emergency use?

Yes, the Wedge can be used as an emergency light. However, the relatively short battery life doesn’t make it the best option for prolonged power outages.

How good is a 1000-lumen flashlight?

An output between 200-600 lumens is good enough for most daily activities. So, 1000 lumens allow you to use the Wedge for outdoor tasks as well. You can check out this list of the best 1000 lumen flashlights.

 

Final Thoughts

The prime feature of the Streamlight Wedge is its ergonomic design which makes it perfect for a clean pocket carry. In fact, after using the Wedge you might wonder why other manufacturers are not choosing the flat design for their products. Surefire Stiletto has a similar shape, but the Wedge seems to have hit the bull’s eye when it comes to EDC flashlight sizing.

Next, the light output is great from such a lightweight package. When it comes to comfort and ease of use, the Wedge hits it out of the park. And the solid durability makes it a dependable choice.

Now, if you are looking for a powerful thrower with more candela output, there are better options. The relatively short battery range does not make the Wedge the best option for tactical use either.

But for an average user, it packs enough punch to support most activities in standard urban environments.

All in all, the Wedge is a slim everyday carry flashlight that is incredibly easy to use. But whether it will meet your specific needs is something that you will have to decide.

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