Streamlight – Do you own one?

Streamlight! Is the name you need to remember?  Streamlight flashlight is the flashlight I got when I became a Sheriff’s Deputy. Streamlight flashlight is what I got from the Military when I left for deployment serving in Operation Enduring Freedom!  So what does this all mean?  Well Streamlight makes one of the best compact flashlights you will ever need or own!!!! and they also stand behind their product.

What happens when you need to grab a flashlight in the middle of the night so you can hold it in one hand and your pistol in the other? Do you have time to adjust and fit the big Mag light in your hand to go clear your home?  The Mag light is the all-purpose flashlight for everything under the sun, but for a light weight/compact flashlight you need.  You need to turn to the Streamlight PROTAC® HL-X.

This Streamlight PROTAC® HL-X flashlight is amazing.  Check out what Streamlight says about it:


Multi-Fuel 1,000 Lumen Tactical Flashlight

Part Numbers List

  • 1,000 lumens (high mode)
  • Multi-Fuel – Uses rechargeable Streamlight SL-B26 protected Li-Ion USB rechargeable battery pack or two CR123A lithium batteries
  • SL-B26 battery pack transforms the ProTac HL-X into a USB rechargeable system
  • Integrated safety circuit protects battery from overcharge/over discharge
  • Multi-Fuel – Uses rechargeable Streamlight SL-B26 protected Li-Ion USB rechargeable battery pack or two CR123A lithium batteries
    • Rechargeable system includes SL-B26 battery pack and USB cord and nylon holster
    • Non-rechargeable system includes two CR123A lithium batteries and nylon holster
  • TEN-TAP® Programming – Choice of three user selectable programs:
    1) high/strobe/low  2) high only  3) low/medium/high
  • Output:
    • High for maximum illumination: 1,000 lumens; 330m beam; runs 1.25 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 1.5 hours (SL-B26 battery pack)
    • Medium for bright light and longer run time: 400 lumens; 200m beam; runs 3 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 3.5 hours (SL-B26 battery pack)
    • Low for extended run time: 65 lumens; 80m beam; runs 20 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 23 hours (SL-B26 battery pack)
    • Strobe for signaling or disorienting: runs 2.5 hours (CR123A batteries); runs 3.25 hours (SL-B26 battery pack)
  • Durable, anodized aluminum construction; Unbreakable pocket clip
  • IP68 rated; dust tight and waterproof to 2m; All openings o-ring sealed
  • 2m impact resistance tested
  • Anti-roll head
  • 5.43 in. (13.8 cm); 5.7 oz (162g) with CR123 batteries; 6.2 oz ( 176g) with SL-B26 battery pack
  • RoHS compliant


High Lumens
Run Time on High
1.50 hours
Run Time on Low
23.00 hours
Beam Distance
330 meters
Max Candela
Battery Type
Streamlight SL-B26 Protected Li-Ion USB Rechargeable Battery Pack, CR123A Lithium
Battery Quantity
1 – 2
5.43 inches (13.79 centimeters)
5.70 ounces (161.59 grams) – 6.20 ounces (175.77 grams)

Now that we have laid out all the specifics that out of the way, I would like to give you a few tips I have learned along the way when you use the flashlight.

First, you hear a noise in the house after you have gone to bed, you reach for you GLOCK pistol (lol…) and your PROTAC® HL-X flashlight.  What now? How do you hold the gun and flashlight? I will discuss this in a later article, I want to show you how to SHINE the light!  Did you know that there is an art to shinning the flashlight? This is true; a lot of people believe that if you just point and turn the flashlight on and shine it in the direction you want to go will work just fine!  That is NOT true.  Look at the examples in the pictures:

Surefire-2        Surefire-3

So you can see here that we are using the PROTAC® HL-X USB/PROTAC and pointing it in the direction I want to walk, or searching for someone.  Do you see what it looks like in the pictures?  Yes it lights up and focuses to one small area.  This to me reminds me of tunnel vision.  We all know what happens when you get tunnel vision!  Everything around you is blacked out and you only focus in that general area.  Now let us look at what happens when you do something different:

Surefire-4         Surefire-5

Wow, is that amazing or what!  Look at the difference, can you tell the difference?  All I did is point the flashlight up to the ceiling and look how the light is projected.  Did you know that if you point the flashlight to the ceiling it will light up the area well enough that if you were looking behind the couch, table and/or the bed it can show you the whole area.  You could get shot/jumped or whatever if you are not using the right method.  It is so easy to change the way you do things and learn new things.

Note:   Who knows your house the best? You do!  Sometimes you do not need to use the light right away.  You could walk to a good advantage point then shine it on the ceiling.  Good luck and until next time.


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One thought on “Streamlight – Do you own one?

  1. Surefire makes great lights! Hope one becomes attached to the Glock one day. In the meantime I’m enjoying a Streamlight Pro Tac AA. Thanks for the tip on lighting up the ceiling!

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