The ProTac HL-X packs a stout 1,000 lumens in a durable EDC package. I find it to be just the right size for an EDC flashlight that you can wear on your belt or have in your pocket.
For starters, the ProTac HL-X comes with two CR123A batteries and a nylon pouch/holster for the flashlight. The pouch has a Velcro strap to attach to your belt, MOLLE, or whatever you want to attach it to. The strap is a little loose and dangles on your belt, so I only use if I’m affixing the flashlight to the inside of a bag. It’s still a nice extra accessory that Streamlight decided to include.
Instead of using two CR123A batteries, I use rechargeable 18650 batteries because they offer a slightly longer runtime. I also have a SOG Dark Energy 750a, which uses the same battery, so I like having a single type of battery between the two. Most importantly, the benefit of having rechargeable batteries is that I am able to rotate fresh batteries around without having to worry about my light dying on me when I need it most.
Like other Streamlight flashlights, the ProTac HL-X utilizes the TEN-TAP programming. If you are not familiar with Streamlight products, this may be confusing at first. The TEN-TAP programming lets you choose one of three different programs to customize the output settings of your flashlight. As Streamlight explains, the “TEN-TAP® programmable switch allows user selection of one of three different programs: high/strobe/low (factory default), high only, or low/medium/high.” To change programs, you tap the tail switch 10 times, and on the 10th tap you hold the switch down until your Streamlight turns off; if done correctly, your Streamlight flashlight will have successfully changed programs.
- 1,000 Lumens
- Excellent size/weight for its features
- Very affordable price
- Made in China
Streamlight’s ProTac HL-X offers everything you would want in an EDC flashlight, and at 1,000 lumens, it is certainly a standout product from Streamlight. The ProTac HL-X happens to be an affordable piece of gear as well, with several online retailers listing it for around $70 after shipping/tax. If you happen to be in the market for an EDC flashlight, the Streamlight ProTac HL-X might just be the best candidate out there right now.