Last year Streamlight introduced one of the best EDC flashlights on the market with the ProTac HL-X. The ProTac HL-X packs a stout 1,000 lumens in a durable EDC package. I find it to be just the right size for an EDC flashlight that you can wear on your belt or have in your pocket. Here are some specifications from Streamlight’s official product fact sheet:
- Case Material: Aluminum with Type II MIL-Spec anodized finish
- Light Source: C4® LED technology, 50,000-hour lifetime
- Battery: Two CR123A Batteries or One 18650 Battery
- Length: 5.43” (13.8 cm)
- Head Diameter: 1.44” (3.7 cm)
- Body Diameter: 1” (2.54 cm)
- w/ 2x CR123A Batteries: 5.7 oz
- w/ 1x 18650 Battery: 6.2 oz
- IPX7 waterproof (to 1m for 30 minutes)
- 2-meter impact resistance
- Momentary on/off
- Anti-roll face cap
- Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
About the Streamlight ProTac HL-X
For starters, the ProTac HL-X comes with two CR123A batteries and a nylon pouch/holster for the flashlight. The pouch has a Velcro strap to attach to your belt, MOLLE, or whatever you want to attach it to. The strap is a little loose and dangles on your belt, so I only use if I’m affixing the flashlight to the inside of a bag. It’s still a nice extra accessory that Streamlight decided to include.
Instead of using two CR123A batteries, I use rechargeable 18650 batteries because they offer a slightly longer runtime. I also have a SOG Dark Energy 750a, which uses the same battery, so I like having a single type of battery between the two. Most importantly, the benefit of having rechargeable batteries is that I am able to rotate fresh batteries around without having to worry about my light dying on me when I need it most.
Like other Streamlight flashlights, the ProTac HL-X utilizes the TEN-TAP programming. If you are not familiar with Streamlight products, this may be confusing at first. The TEN-TAP programming lets you choose one of three different programs to customize the output settings of your flashlight. As Streamlight explains, the “TEN-TAP® programmable switch allows user selection of one of three different programs: high/strobe/low (factory default), high only, or low/medium/high.” To change programs, you tap the tail switch 10 times, and on the 10th tap you hold the switch down until your Streamlight turns off; if done correctly, your Streamlight flashlight will have successfully changed programs.
- 1,000 Lumens
- Excellent size/weight for its features
- Very affordable price
- Made in China
Streamlight’s ProTac HL-X offers everything you would want in an EDC flashlight, and at 1,000 lumens, it is certainly a standout product from Streamlight. The ProTac HL-X happens to be an affordable piece of gear as well, with several online retailers listing it for around $70 after shipping/tax. If you happen to be in the market for an EDC flashlight, the Streamlight ProTac HL-X might just be the best candidate out there right now.
Whether you use the ProTac HL-X or other Streamlight products, let us know what you think