A bright, reliable flashlight is certainly one of the most valuable items you can carry on a daily basis. I use my EDC light at least once a day, and that’s under normal circumstances — in many emergency scenarios, a flashlight is worth its weight in gold. The Streamlight ProTac series has been one of the industry’s most popular choices for more than a decade, thanks to its durability, affordable price, and useful features. The company recently announced version 2.0 of this flashlight, now with much higher output, longer run time, and a USB-C charge port built into the housing. Read on as we take a look at some of the new features and variants of the Streamlight ProTac 2.0.
The first major change to the ProTac 2.0 is a transition to a new, proprietary SL-B50 battery pack. But before you groan at the prospect of a proprietary battery, listen to what it offers. It’s a 4900mAh 3.6V cell, meaning it offers more than 50% larger capacity compared to Streamlight’s universal 2600mAh 18650 batteries. This battery can also be charged directly via an included USB-C cable, either outside the light or inside it through a retractable collar. A built-in charge status LED turns green when the battery is fully charged:
Thanks to the extra capacity, the Streamlight ProTac 2.0 can output more lumens without compromising run time. It offers three brightness modes plus a strobe setting:
- High – 2,000 lumens, 2.5 hour run time
- Medium – 570 lumens, 4.5 hour run time
- Low – 100 lumens, 25 hour run time
- Strobe – 2,000 lumens, 4 hour 25 minute run time
These settings can be accessed in one of three programmable sequences via the TEN-TAP switch:
- High-Strobe-Low (default)
- High only
The ProTac 2.0 is 6 inches long, weighs 8.25 ounces with battery, and its aluminum housing is IP67 rated dustproof and waterproof. It comes with the SL-B50 battery, removable metal pocket clip, belt holster, and a USB-C charging cable.
There’s also a weapon rail-mounted version of the light called the ProTac 2.0 RM. It includes an integrated picatinny rail mount, and is available in a complete kit with pressure switch and attachment/wire-routing accessories.
MSRP for the new ProTac 2.0 is $195, although street prices should be roughly $100 based on Streamlight’s historical pricing. The RM version will be slightly more, although we don’t have an exact price for that at the moment. For more information on these lights, go to Streamlight.com.