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Streamlight ProTac® HL – 600 lumens and three programs.

Streamlight ProTac® HL – 600 lumens and three programs.

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Streamlight is a company on the leading edge; bringing brighter, more compact lighting solutions to the law enforcement community and military.
In this review, I’ll examine the more prestigious member of Streamlight’s ProTac® family of lights, the HL or High Lumen model.
Streamlight is a company on the leading edge; bringing brighter, more compact lighting solutions to the law enforcement community and military.
In this review, I’ll examine the more prestigious member of Streamlight’s ProTac® family of lights, the HL or High Lumen model.

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Published by: TwobirdsFlyingPub on Sep 02, 2012
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FOG HORN
 
2012
 
Twobirds Flying Publication
Copyright 2012, Towbirds Flying Publication. All Rights Reserved.
Streamlight ProTac® HL
 –
 
600 lumens and three programs.
By:
Sal Palma
Police and tactical flashlights have come a long
way. If you don’t believe
it, take a look at the
“not so long ago” 3D
-cell monsters that you hadto remove to sit in your patrol car or whilesipping java at your favorite
Dunkin’ Donuts
.These lights were not just cumbersome, theywere not awfully bright; in fact, when used as aclub, they were a better deterrent thanillumination tool.Some of the officers, who I still call friends, usedto rest the tube on the shoulder whiledepressing the activation switch with whatshould have been the support hand. The theorybehind the technique was if you needed todisarm someone you could simply whacked thehand or head with the light
s long tube.Well, those days are over! The 3D-cellflashlights have been replaced by smaller,brighter L.E.D. handhelds capable of temporarily incapacitating a suspect longenough to defeat the aggressors or get thedrunks in restraints.Streamlight is a company on the leading edge;bringing brighter, more compact lightingsolutions to the law enforcement communityand military.
In this review, I’ll examine the more prestigious
member of 
Streamlight’s
ProTac® family of lights, the HL or High Lumen model.Streamlight, engineered an exceptional amountof flexibility in the ProTac® HL. This particularlybright handheld has three features: high, strobeand low.
 
Streamlight ProTac® HL
600 lumens and three programs.
2012
 
Copyright 2012, Twobirds Flying Publication, All Rights Reserved
In high, the light produces a whopping 600lumens of intensity; projecting a well collimatedbeam that retains its shape out to 275 meters.In my testing, I was able to illuminate a small
(36”x 18”) road sign
at 825 yards; not only did Isee the sign, I was able to determine whatcondition it indicated.At closer ranges, the ProTac®HL produced atightly focused hot spot. In retrospect, I wish Ihad placed a thermometer on the privacy fence
 –
 
I’
m sure it would have registered atemperature change. The HL is one bright lightwith an impressive run time of 1.25 hours in
high. You’ve got to love th
at!The ProTac®HL also features a strobe accessibleby two rapid taps on the light switch.Streamlight does not publish an operatingfrequency for the strobe; however, my bestestimate is 18Hz, or so. Strobes, particularly indark settings are effective at disorienting asubject because they do not allow receptors toreset,
so the subject’s brain never gets a chance
to fill in the picture. The disorienting effects of abright strobe, like that on the HL is real;however, it needs to be used properly.I suggest a course in low light tactics if this is anarea in your training plan
you’d like to strength.
 Finally, the ProTac® HL offers a low intensityfeature producing 35 lumens of output
 –
 perfect for navigating with a runtime of 18hours on just (2) CR123A batteries.Moving through high/strobe/low is extremelysimple. First tap places you in high. Two taps inrapid succession activates the strobe and threequick taps switches you into low.
It couldn’t be
any easier; operating the HL with a gloved handwas flawless.Streamlight wisely recognized that abright/strobe/low program may not be suitablefor all users so they incorporated Ten-Tap
 
programming technology in the HL’s design.
 The ProTac®HL offers three user selectableoperating programs: high/strobe/low (thefactory default), high only and low/high.

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