Streamlight 88052 ProTac HL USB Tactical Flashlight, Cord Included
- Choice of three programs: 1) high/strobe/low; 2) high only; 3) low/high^Rechargeable using the supplied USB cord or optional AC wall adapter^Maximum illumination on high provides 850 lumen^A self-adjusting battery cradle secures multiple battery sizes and eliminates battery rattle^Includes: USB cord, removable pocket clip and a tear resistant nylon holster
The Streamlight ProTac HL USB features TEN_TAP Programming allowing the choice of three programs: 1) high/strobe/low; 2) high only; 3) low/high. Maximum illumination on high provides 850 lumen; medium for bright lights and longer run times provides 350 lumens; low for a less intense beam and extended run times 35 lumens and strobe for signaling or disorienting; funs 1.5 hours. A self-adjusting battery cradle secures multiple battery sizes and eliminates battery rattle. The ProTac HL USB uses a lithium ion battery but also accepts two 3V CR123 lithium batteries or a commercially available Li-Ion 18650 rechargeable battery. It is rechargeable using the supplied USB cord or optional AC wall adapter. A water resistant sliding metal sleeve protects the USB port. Includes: USB cord, removable pocket clip and a tear resistant nylon holster.
Unless Streamlight comes out with something better, if I lose this light I'll just buy another just like it. The only improvement I can think of, is if they added a quickcharge 3.0 ability to reduce the charging time.
People certainly use flashlights differently, they are not a one size fits all product, but with a couple of dozen mid to high-grade flashlights of various types and brands I have to say that for my daily work this flashlight has been my go-to over all of the rest, none of the others have the USB rechargeable feature with the lighting program I prefer.
I use my flashlights primarily for inspection work that I do and this flashlight has a program where it cycles from low power to high power with each momentary tail click and it returns to low power after turning the light off. I really like this program, I don't get blinded in really dark situations and I'm always just a click away from a little bit more power...all via the operation of the tail switch. My ProTac has been dropped, tossed, kicked, flipped...you name it, it looks terrible, but still works.
The only problem I've had is that occasionally the light doesn't start on the first click, it just flashes once, then I have to re-click the switch. It's pretty random when this happens, I keep it charged, so I don't think that it is the battery, but either the tail switch is getting worn or the bulb is. This particularly purchased was for a backup, I bought my first one in July of 2015, I've used it almost every day, and it is still in use currently
I was a Maglite guy for a long time, but I've found myself favoring my Streamlight flashlights since I've invested in a few. I've purchased some tactical Fenix lights recently, but still grab my ProTac. I own some older model Pelicans, I'll probably try a couple of the new rechargeable models of those next, but Streamlight has set the bar pretty high.