New Streamlight Clipmate USB

Streamlight is introducing a new light for police use as well as campers hunters and others in need of handy small light.

The Clipmate has a strong clip on the back that can be attached to a pocket, belt, cap brim and many other places. The Clipmate uses two C4 white LEDs with 70 lumens on high and a 3.5 hour runtime. The low setting has an output of 10 lumens for 24 hours. In addition there is one red LED to preserve night vision. The output is 0.5 lumens for a runtime of 16 hours. The low setting of 0.2 lumens runs for 65 hours.

The battery is rechargeable with a built in limiter to prevent overcharging. Charging is done via a USB port in a car, laptop or other device such as an IPad. A charger is also included.

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Size is 3.9 inches and weighs 1.9 ounces. The light is mounted to a pvc coated cable “neck” to target the beam where it’s needed. I was really impressed with the brightness of the light as well as the runtime especially on lower setting in white or red.

The Clipmate USB is water resistant to 1 meter. It’s also impact resistant.

This is just a very handy light with an MSRP of $55.00. I ordered one for myself to use as a barrel light as well as the several other examples I listed above.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Drapetomanius

    Why, I would gladly pay upwards of $10 for such a light!

    • DV

      Usb-rechargable, multi-function light.

      • Drapetomanius

        A quick google search found these lights:

        Jolt Mini LED Light – 25 Lumens – USB Rechargeable $7.84
        1W Natural White Light Flexible Neck LED Table Bed Reading Lamp $5.99
        Submersible LED Lights six for $9.99
        I have a “multifunction” light that I bought a few years ago for $4

        I’m not saying it isn’t a nice light. I’m just saying that some companies have miraculously found a way to bring these features to market for a fraction of the cost. I don’t even what to guess what Surefire would charge for such a light.

    • Vhyrus

      I would as well… in fact, I DID! It came in a nice little box with Chinese symbols all over it, and it works fantastically.

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  • gunslinger

    at first i saw the computer pic and though why is TFB doing computer accessories.

    a multi-function small form factor rechargeable light is pretty nifty. but i don’t know if i value this at $55.

  • DeltaStrikeOp

    Only 300 charges??? What is this, the 1970s?

    • I have a call in on that. It just doesn’t sound right

      • DeltaStrikeOp

        I was going to buy this, but if it only lasts 300 charges, then it is definitely not worth it. Why not just get a regular LED flashlight and a pack of rechargeable AAA’s?

  • Michael

    Many rechargeable items have a limit as to how many times they can be recharged. My batteries for my rechargeable drill have just died after 3 years. Costs almost as much to buy new batteries as a new drill. My 15 year old basic electric drill is still going strong.
    Keep it simple.

    • Hunter57dor

      have to consider the component cost goes down too.

      you probably paid a pretty penny for that same drill 3 years ago right?

      though for my best tools, i always go corded. its simpler.

  • SB_Pete

    Swing and a miss! So close to being good. A small non-removable li-poly rechargable is not my favorite way of feeding and pretty much sucks for backpackers and mil. Makes sense for leos and vehicle based campers though. That said, the wafer-chip USB thing is the wrong way to go. Should’ve had a micro-usb port like most of our phones and bluetooth devices. I get the idea that cops can plug it into the side of their cruiser laptops and use the neck to illuminate the keyboard, but it’s not being marketed like that, the wafer chip will prob break in that use, and most of use would still I think prefer to charge off commonly avail micro usb.

    Also, something like this needs some kind of charging indicator.

    Lastly, the interface sucks. From the video, it looks like rubber covered buttons with push hold combos to access the modes. Something like this needs a hard switchable red-white change with a twist, throw-lever, whatever. Something to guarantee the user doesn’t blow out night adapted eyes. Without that it’s no better than common-in-the-military $10-$20 walmart headlamps with a red lens capability where you hold your palm over the front to catch the spill and close your eyes while changing modes.

  • Hunter57dor

    I’m throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening.

    this is AMAZING for people working IT and dipping into crowded, dimly lit server racks, closets, above drop cielings when running ethernet cable, etc.

    im sure Chris Cheng can agree this is something useful.

    • There are a great number of uses for a light like this that can be clipped on about anywhere then turn the light in whatever direction you need.