Streamlight 88040 ProTac Tactical Flashlight 2L with White LED Review

The Streamlight 88040 ProTac Tactical Flashlight with White LED features 750 lumens of blinding light, making it one of the brightest ProTac series flashlights around, if not the brightest flashlights period. The torch offers the latest in powerful LED tech, plus it also comes with three varying user-selectable programs.

This advanced flashlight also enjoys a compact size that doesn’t compromise its output from its C4 LED. As far as tactical, personal carry lights go, this is one of the brightest out there, especially when you consider its size. It’s even packed with a holster and removable pocket clip as well. The people most likely to use this light are those who work in security detail.

Dependable Bright Lights All Through the Night

As far as standard flashlights are concerned, this unit is one of the most dependable because it has a consistent 600 lumen output. Just watch out for its battery usage.

What’s more, the Streamlight 88040 ProTac is also referred to as a tactical light because of its many modes of operation. You can use it in multiple ways, making it the smartphone equivalent of flashlights. An ordinary cellphone can compare to the music player/radio/camera/computer/phone package of a smartphone. So too can an ordinary flashlight can’t compare to the C4 LED/Power Regulation/Waterproof/Multi-Mode package of the Streamlight 88040. That’s what this flashlight brings to the table: Loads of choices and functions that make this flashlight go beyond other flashlights.

A Swiss Army Knife of a Flashlight

If you need to work consistently every time after dark, then nothing short than the Streamlight 88040 will suffice, especially if your life could depend on the continued dependable operation of your light. It can work for a month with consistent 600 lumen output (versus flashlights that burnt out their batteries at the highest settings in mere hours).

Also unlike its competitors, the Streamlight 88040 won’t burn out and not regain its high brightness output when the batteries run out, putting out less than 200 lumens from the original 600 lumens. This is a tough Swiss Army Knife of a flashlight that has multiple modes to choose from, including emergency mode with strobe lights and a low setting mode to conserve battery power.

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Specifications

Here are the specs of the Streamlight 88040. 

  • Extreme Brightness: Thanks to the flashlight’s C4 LED technology, you’re assured 600 lumens of extreme daylight brightness. 
  • LED Solid State Power Regulation: Even at the highest settings, this feature will assure maximum light output throughout your torch’s battery life every time.
  • Waterproof and Weatherproof: The Streamlight 88040 is resistant to water damage. Even in the rain, it will keep on operating.
  • Multiple Operating Modes: You have your regular mode, your emergency strobe mode, and your low power setting mode to maximize battery life.
  • Anti-Roll Face Cap: The cap is made specially to ensure that your flashlight won’t roll away from you despite its cylindrical design.

Streamlight 88040 Reviews

I received the Streamlight 88040 for my work as a security guard and have no complaints. I initially thought its claims are a bit exaggerated and expected the worst (since it was given to me rather than me buying it, plus my only experience with flashlights are those of the cheap models). However, the more I used it, the more of a believer I became. It doesn’t roll around when you set it down because of its anti-roll cap. I’ve dropped it several times and it still continues working, so it’s as rugged as advertised. As for its brightness, my goodness; it’s like I have a concentrated beam of sunlight in my hand. I definitely recommend this torch.

The Streamlight 88040 has received 4,106 reviews and has a 4.6 rating on Amazon.com.

Cons

In contrast to its advertising and the claims of other (more satisfied) customers, there is at least one copy of the Streamlight 88040 ProTac Tactical Flashlight that did breakdown and go down from its 600 lumen output, only bringing about 200 lumens after it burned out. He initially thought it was a battery problem, but this proved false when a fresh batch of batteries produced the same results.

However, do keep in mind that the Streamlight 88040 has received 4,106 reviews and has a 4.6 rating on Amazon.com, which is an amazing rating to get from loads of reviews.

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Conclusion 

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that the customer in the cons section of this review merely got a bad egg or a flashlight with manufacturing problems when he received his less-than-satisfactory Streamlight 88040.

This certainly explains why after 4,106 reviews, the Streamlight 88040 still received a high 4.6 rating from multiple verified Amazon.com users. They particularly loved the flashlight’s durability and consistent brightness save some outliers who received damaged goods. Just watch out for this flashlight’s tendency to go through batteries like groceries, since that’s a phenomenon common to all topnotch high-lumen flashlights used by the police, security guards, and the military. Even though it’s tough, don’t submerge or abuse the device, since it can still break like any other battery-operated device when its limits are met.

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