The Streamlight ProTac HL is a really nice, durable, and high-power flashlight. It is on the larger side and sells for $70-$100. The machined aluminum body of the light fits in the palm of my hand and the larger head extends past my palm. This is an extremely rugged tactical light that generates a 750 beam with 18,300 candelas. This light output is sufficient to temporarily blind an attacker using either the high-beam or strobe modes. The front and read caps have a semi-aggressive pattern that would be effective if it was used as a striking weapon. The grip areas of the light was knurled to make it easy to grip.
- Construction: The light is machined from aircraft grade aluminum and it has a fairly aggressive striking pattern on both the head and tail. The threads are tight and very smooth and an O-ring provides additional water sealing.
- Size: 5.43″ (13.8cm) long, 1″ (2.54cm) barrel diameter, 1.44″ (3.7cm) head diameter. The ProTac HL is a bit large to carry in a pocket but easy to carry on a belt. The body diameter is large enough to provide a good grip and the head protrudes enough to provide a good striking surface.
- Waterproof: IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
- Durability: Withstands 1-meter drop.
- Features: High, strobe, low modes, and Ten-Tap programming.
- Light Output: (high) 750 lumens at 18,300 candelas for 1.25 hours, (low) 35 lumens at 900 candelas for 18 hours.
- Beam Pattern: 50″ x 7″ at 3′ (Beam Scale)
- Power Fail: No low battery indicator and the flashlight will fail when the CR-123 battery gets to 2.5v.
At my job we are routinely warned to walk to our cars in pairs late at night. When I walk to my car I always have this light in my hand. The diameter of the light is just the right size for my grip, it is lightweight, but substantial enough to be effective should the need arise.