Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight : Definitive Review (2020)

It’s Compact, It’s Built To Last,
And The Battery Just Goes On And On...

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This is the Ultimate Topnotch Review to the Streamlight Protac Flashlight 2020.

We definitely put the Streamlight Protac Flashlight HL through its paces during the course of our review, as well as comparing it to some of the best flashlights available in 2020.

If you’re ready to learn everything about this Streamlight protac flashlight, as well as finding out if it lives up to the hype, then keep reading!

In this jam-packed review we’ll cover:

  • What features you really need
  • Brightness
  • Battery Power
  • Lots more…

So if you want a super-small yet bright flashlight, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.

Battery Life
8
Brightness
7
Beam Quality
6
Ease of Use
7
Durability
7
Features
6
Overall Score
68

  • Battery Life: 20 hours on low mode
  • Light Output: 850 lumens
  • Construction Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 204g
  • Manufacturer: Streamlight

Bottom Line : A bright flashlight with a handy USB charging feature

Pros


  • USB rechargeable, 100,000 hour lifetime, Bright light

Cons


  • Can turn on easily in pockets

Our Verdict: Streamlight Protac Flashlight

The Streamlight Protac Flashlight hl is a lightweight small flashlight with an amazing battery life.

And when we say amazing, we really mean it.

Imagine being able to pack a flashlight for a long weekend of camping, and not need to worry about having to charge it up?

Pretty cool, right?

What’s more…

This little flashlight doesn’t take up much room, so it’s great for ultralight trips or keeping in your pocket.

With that said, you do have to be careful you don’t accidentally hit the power button.

It’s a little too easy to flick on, but that was by no means a deal-breaker for us.

We still love this Streamlight Tactical Flashlight as an excellent lightweight choice, which hardly ever needs charging up.

It is pretty small though, so if you’re after something a bit chunkier but the same brand, then our TopNotch Editor’s Choice, the Streamlight Flashlight (Professional) is an excellent choice.

The ProTac HL USB (88052) from Streamlight is a tactical flashlight that is USB rechargeable for easy on-the-go charging.

Related: 10 Best Rechargeable Flashlights

Analysis Comparisons and Test Results

This was one of 10 flashlights we tested extensively over the course of our review. From lakeside camping in Cadiz, Spain, to staying in a friend’s off-grid yurt, we took this pretty much everywhere.

And each time we went to use it, we loved it.

During our reviewing process, we use a range of different metrics in order to judge each flashlight equally.

And after exhaustive tests, we’re sure that the Streamlight Protac Flashlight is a great choice for a wide range of different scenarios.

Now let’s find out a little bit more about why we think that.

Battery Life

In low mode, the Streamlight Flashlight has a battery life of 20 hours. That’s seriously impressive.

Unfortunately, we don’t always want to use our flashlights in low mode.

Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight

Battery Life Rating

Fenix PD35 Flashlight
9
Anker LC90 Flashlight
8
Stanley Fatmax Flashlight
8
Streamlight Flashlight (Professional)
8
CREE Flashlight
7
Peak Plus Flashlight
7
Olight S30R baton iii Flashlight
7
Streamlight Protac Flashlight
6
Streamlight Tactical Flashlight
6
NEBO Rechargeable Flashlight
4

While it’s perfect for reading a book in your tent late at night, it’s not exactly the best for trying to see exactly where your dog went on a winter walk in the pitch black (or is that just us?!).

So, you’ll only get 1.5 hours of battery life on high mode, and 3 hours on medium mode.

Still pretty good, but take a look at our Top Choices if you need more.

Brightness

With a maximum brightness of 850 lumens on high mode, this flashlight certainly isn’t dull.

Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight

Brightness Rating

Anker LC90 Flashlight
9
Stanley Fatmax Flashlight
9
CREE Flashlight
8
PeakPlus Flashlight
8
Streamlight Protac Flashlight
7
Fenix PD35 Flashlight
7
Olight S30R baton iii Flashlight
7
Streamlight Flashlight (Professional
7
NEBO Rechargeable Flashlight
5
Streamlight Tactical Flashlight
5

Beam Quality

With a maximum beam distance of 219 meters, the beam quality does sound pretty impressive on paper.

But wait…Compared to the top-rated flashlight in this category, the Anker LC90, it falls a little short. 

The Anker has a maximum distance of 304 meters.

Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight

Beam Quality Rating

Anker LC90 Flashlight
9
Stanley Fatmax Flashlight
9
CREE Flashlight
8
Streamlight Flashlight (Professional)
7
PeakPlus Flashlight
7
Fenix PD35 Flashlight
7
Olight S30R baton iii Flashlight
7
Streamlight Protac Flashlight
6
Streamlight Tactical Flashlight
5
NEBO Rechargeable Flashlight
5

Ease Of Use

Our Protac was definitely super simple to use, thanks to its tail-cap power button which you can instantly find in the pitch-black.

Just be aware that the power button is so easy to find, that it can sometimes be flicked on accidentally.

Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight

Ease of Use Rating

NEBO Rechargeable Flashlight
9
Anker LC90 Flashlight
8
Fenix PD35 Flashlight
8
Olight S30R baton iii Flashlight
8
Streamlight Protac Flashlight
7
Stanley Fatmax Flashlight
7
CREE Flashlight
7
Streamlight Flashlight (Professional )
7
PeakPlus Flashlight
7
Streamlight Tactical Flashlight
6

This did happen from time to time whilst we were carrying this flashlight around in our pockets.

With that said, it’s also incredibly simple to recharge.

No need to remove batteries and fiddle around with plugging them in.

Simply plug this into any compatible USB charger, and you’re done.

Durability

This is where the Streamlight Tac lights come into their own.

The combination of high-quality, aircraft-grade materials and optimized electronics mean this will be coming with you on camping trips for many years to come.

Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight

Durability Rating

Anker LC90 Flashlight
8
Streamlight Protac Flashlight
7
PeakPlus Tactical Flashlight
7
Streamlight Flashlight (Professional )
7
Streamlight Tactical Flashlight
7
CREE Flashlight
6
NEBO Rechargeable Flashlight
6
Fenix PD35 Flashlight
6
Olight S30R baton iii Flashlight
6
Stanley Fatmax Flashlight
5

Features

With slightly fewer features than some of the other flashlights we reviewed, this is still a great option with three choices of brightnesses to choose from.

Sometimes, that’s all you really need.

Streamlight ProTac Rechargeable Flashlight

Features Rating

Anker LC90 Flashlight
8
NEBO Rechargeable Flashlight
8
Streamlight Tactical Flashlight
7
PeakPlus Flashlight
7
Streamlight Flashlight(Professional)
7
Streamlight Protac Flashlight
6
CREE Flashlight
6
Fenix PD35 Flashlight
6
Olight S30R baton iii Flashlight
6
Stanley Fatmax Flashlight
6

Streamlight Protac Flashlight: “Self-adjusting battery cradle secures multiple battery sizes and eliminates battery rattle.”

Conclusion: Streamlight Protac Flashlight

Last of all…

…it should be pretty clear by now that this is a great little flashlight for a lot of reasons – one of our top 10 on the market for 2020.

It definitely packs a lot of quality into a tiny package.

So to wrap things up…

If you’re looking for a compact flashlight that’s incredibly durable, and with pretty good battery life, you can’t go wrong with the Streamlight Protac.

Armed with all the necessary facts and figures, we’ll pass over the baton to you now, to make your choice.

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