One of Streamlight's more interesting models, which we've had the opportunity to throw around and take everywhere for the last few months, is the rechargeable ProTac 2L-X USB. The ProTac 2L-X USB runs a LED that can output up to 500 lumens (lm), a smooth balance between a spot and flood pattern.
At 13cm (5.14in), weighing in at 125g (4.4oz), the rechargeable battery on high output setting (this light comes with two output settings: high and low) provides 500lm, 6,800 candela (cd), with a 165m beam and runs 3.15 hours, while on low it provides 40lm, 600cd, with a 49m beam and runs 30 hours. Strobe for signalling or disorienting runs 3.25-4.5 hours. One Streamlight 18650 USB Li-Ion protected 3.7V, 2600 mAh rechargeable battery, recharges in five hours. Charging is easy and if the rechargeable battery runs dry, you can switch to either a second 18650 (which you have conveniently charged in your pocket) or use CR123A lithium batteries, ensuring you'll always have light when you need it (this is what Streamlight calls MULTI-FUEL innovation). Charge times vary, depending on the output of the power source, however, the 18650 was able to successfully recharge off of a cell phone wall charger, portable USB battery bank, laptop and desktop computer easily.
The light settings can be adjusted between three different pre-programmed patterns (TEN-TAP Programming) by clicking the TEN-TAP programmable switch on the tailcap, giving you the choice of three switch pattern options: high/strobe/low, high only and low/medium/high.
There is enough knurling to provide a good grip, the anti-roll head keeps it in place and the tailcap button is protected from accidental turn-ons by a raised three-part crown, which also allows the light to tail stand or usable as an window breaker.
The durable, anodised aluminium construction gives this torch 2m impact resistance, which, as MONCh Gear Box readers can attest to, is tested to the max! It is IP68 rated, i.e. dust tight and waterproof to 2m (tested to extend), as all openings are o-ring sealed.
Coming with one Streamlight 18650 USB Li-Ion (includes a charge cord as the battery features an integrated micro-USB charge port) and two CR123A lithium batteries, a removable pocket clip (strong, easy to clip on and to remove) and a nylon holster, the compact, ultra-bright ProTac 2L-X USB is a solid option for an emergency preparedness flashlight, ideal for your everyday carry setup. MONCh Gear Box approved.