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plouffedaddy
11-16-2012, 13:19
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The Streamlight ProTac HL is a 600 lumen output, C4 cree LED light powered by 2 CR123 batteries that I've had for a few months now; here's a quick summary of what I've found:

Pros:
-600 lumen output on high. It's VERY bright; see video below for the demonstration...
-"Aircraft grade" aluminum body
-Fits all 1'' light mounts
-Good checkering on the body for a good grip as a handheld light
-Scratch resistant lens
-The tail switch can be pressed for momentary on and clicked for constant on.
-Comes with a clip should you want to clip it on your belt as well as a nylon 'holster' with belt loops.
-Claimed 803 foot beam distance (I haven't been able to test this...)
-Programable for 3 modes (high/strobe/low, high only, low/high)
-O-rings on tail cap and lens (waterproof to 1m for 30 mins)
-Durable. I used this light on pump shotguns with no impact on performance
-Can be found most places under $75
-Limited lifetime warranty
-The finish is very even and it feels solid and well made in your hand.

Cons:
-The bezel is larger than most tac lights so if you're looking to use one of the red lens covers you have already it's likely not going to fit.
-Made in China
-In high output mode the battery life is 1.25 hours but according to their chart the output starts to taper off around 50 mins.

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All in all I really like the light and have ordered a second in fact. I'm not sure it can be beat at its' price point in terms of brightness and durability.

Here's a video with some shooting footage (mounted on an AR), a low light illumination comparison to the 104 lumen Maglite & 200 lumen Surefire 6PX Tactical, and a discussion of the pros and cons of the light:

http://youtu.be/6hVkRlUG5pA

District18
11-25-2012, 08:47
I bought one for work and it has proved an excellent value. Watch out though, this sucker gets really hot with extended use.

I do wish the batteries lasted a little longer but the trade off is worth it having a very bright, compact light.

DJ Niner
11-26-2012, 01:26
Another satisfied user. Bought a spare after using the first one for a few months; I decided I didn't want to be without one of these handy lights, should I break or lose the original. Sent a few out as holiday gifts, too.