Streamlight 88031 Protac Tactical Flashlight 2L
Streamlight 88031: The Top Tactical Flashlight
Whether you're law enforcement, an avid outdoorsmen or are looking for a high quality light to keep on your night stand the Streamlight 88031 is an excellent option. At just under $50 it's not an enormous investment and you'll never need to buy another flashlight again. (It's back by a lifetime guarantee) It really is the cream of the crop when it comes to tactical lights, something we've come to expect from one of the better brand names in the market. Streamlight delivers with this compact, yet surprisingly powerful flashlight.
Functionality: 88031 Protac
If you buy a product from Streamlight it's not going to be the cheapest on the market, however it will be among the best manufactured lights you can purchase. Aside from Surefire, another company with a high reputation for building solid products, Streamlight is arguably the best light manufacturer on the market. The flashlight itself is incredibly light and the glass is tempered meaning it won't break on you on impact. It shouldn't surprise anyone that this device comes with a lifetime guarantee; Streamlight built this flashlight to last. Made of aircraft aluminum and enhanced with an anodized finish, you won't have to worry about the exterior getting banged up. The head of the unit also features an anti-roll face cap which can save you a long walk down a steep drive way or can help you in a pressure situation in the case you dropped your light. One thing to note is you can't fit this in a standard 1" holder. If you're looking to mount it to a weapon make sure you purchase an adjustable mount, because the diameter is only 0.9".
Lumens, Settings and Battery Life
The Streamlight 88031 offers 180 lumens. Admittedly, it isn't the brightest light on the market so if you're looking for something that's going to light a field up check out the Surefire P2X Fury Dual Output LED. As you'd expect if you want to go from 180 lumens to 500 lumens and not sacrifice in quality you can expect to pay quite a bit more. This light has three settings; high, low and strobe. On low mode it provides only 13 lumens and can run for 50 hours. In other words a long time. I've used this flashlight while running at night and the low setting works just fine. On high as mentioned earlier it has 180 lumens and a run time of 3 hours. Finally, with the strobe function it'll run for 6 hours. The on/off switch is located at the back of device, which is standard among tactical lights. You can access all three modes with one hand, which is a great feature. All you have to do is tap the light once for the high beam, twice for the strobe function and 3 times for the low beam. The only aspect I don't like about the on/off switch is the taps. The strobe should be always be the last function.
Streamlight 88031 Overall Review
Overall, I would rate this product very highly. It does as advertised; it's not the brightest light on the market but for under $50 that should be expected. Dollar for dollar, this is the best flashlight on the market. You're probably going to be surprised at how compact and small the device is, it's hard to believe that it's producing the amount of light that it does. The only drawback is the strobe function should have been set to the triple tap (you'll rarely use that function) and it's you can't buy a standard 1" gun mount. Aside from that, this product delivers as promised.