At the start of the great coronavirus panic — you know, when toilet paper became worth its weight in gold — I thought of a couple things a person might want to have on hand should this whole thing send us into full-blown survival mode. One of things I thought of was additional emergency lighting. And the company I turned to was, of course, Streamlight.
Streamlight is the biggest manufacturer of battery-operated lighting products for civilians, police, fire, EMS and utility work. I decided to request a Waypoint 300 Rechargeable C4 LED Spotlight for testing as an emergency lighting option.
About the Waypoint 300
The new Waypoint 300 follows the legacy of the Dualie Waypoint C-Cell Spotlight that I tested a couple of years ago, but its mission is more sharply defined. Both lights have a 1,000-lumen spotlight as the primary light source. (The Dualie Waypoint’s output was raised from its original 750 lumens.) But the new Waypoint 300 Rechargeable doesn’t have a secondary LED floodlight mounted in the head.
The Waypoint 300 is a spotlight — not a tactical light or a utility light. It does have a stand which allows it to be set on a flat surface using the built-in support. (I do wish Streamlight would add rubber feet to the support stand to keep it from sliding on hard surfaces.) There is also a hanging hook and removable rubber-reinforced lanyard loop for additional versatility.
Waypoint 300 Specifications
High lumens: 1,000
Run-time on high: 3.75 hours
Low lumens: 35
Run-time on low: 87 hours
Beam distance: 1,039 meters
Battery: Lithium ion
Weight: 1 pound, 8.3 ounces
Length: 6.75 inches
The Waypoint 300 is rechargeable. It comes supplied with a plug-n-play-type wall charger (a 12-volt car charger is available through Streamlight). It is fully charged in four hours. I highly recommend purchasing the 12-volt car charger in case of long-term power failure.
The Waypoint 300 has a pistol grip and momentary/constant on/off trigger switch. The pistol grip is ergonomically well-designed. With a rubberized backstrap and frontstrap, it felt very comfortable in my hand.
Testing the Spotlight
I really like the power setting switch at the rear of the light (opposite the charging port). This provides easy access to the three available power levels — 35 lumens, low; 550 lumens, medium; and 1,000 lumens, high — as opposed to having lumen-output control as an integral part of the power switch. Total run time is between 3 and 80 hours, depending on the setting.
I tested the Waypoint 300 in my front yard, which allowed me to inspect the pine forest across the road. Of course, the spot produced by the beam is very tight. It has a range of 1,039 meters on high. There is enough of a halo around the central spot to illuminate the surrounding area.
The Waypoint 300’s high-impact polycarbonate housing is IPX8 waterproof rated to a depth of 2 meters, and it floats if dropped in water. If I had a boat, THIS would be the light I would have mounted for evening trips. I would also select it for use in a camper or a 4×4 vehicle. It is also small enough to be carried in a pack. The Waypoint 300 would be great for patrolling and checking rural properties. And yes, you can assume a good shooting stance with the Waypoint in your weak hand.
You can’t have too many emergency lighting sources available. A powerful spotlight is a must-have. The rechargeable Waypoint 300 is one of the best. Available in bright yellow or black, it is available for around $145 online. The lower-powered C-battery-operated Waypoint is available for around $64.
About Scott W. Wagner
Scott W. Wagner is a criminal justice professor and police academy commander from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a police officer since 1980, working as an undercover liquor investigator, undercover narcotics investigator, patrol officer, SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader. Scott is currently a patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. He has been a police firearms instructor since 1986 and is certified to instruct revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.