Just for the record, I do not own the featured image on this page. It is actually the property of Streamlight Inc.
Since my teens, I have been a self-taught computer technician.
I had become considerably proficient at fixing computers in my early twenties and by my thirties, people are frequently coming to me for a repair or at least consulting me for advice.
I guess I can say that I am a computer nerd. And I am proud of it!
However, there are those that want to make trouble with people like me.
And then there are those who just want to make trouble.
There are people like these even in the best of workplaces.
Then there could just be someone off the street who wants to commit a robbery, I mean computer equipment is very valuable and computer repair equipment is also somewhat valuable.
How does one defend oneself against such a belligerent individual?
I mean, they are probably more fit physically and carrying a weapon of any sort is at best heavily regulated and at worst downright illegal.
Meet the tactical flashlight!
Specifically, meet the Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA model, which this piece will be a review of.
I have owned three of them, but misplaced two.
I bought my first one in January of 2018, then another in March of 2018 and my current one in March of 2019.
I EDC my current one with the rest of my computer repair tools for self-defense purposes, rather than general or specific illumination.
This neat little flashlight is slightly longer and thicker than an ink pen, meaning it can be tucked away in a backpack or purse and not noticeable until needed.
The Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA can be programmed to three different configurations, which is a feature known as “TEN-TAP® Programming.” The three different modes are:
2. high only
I have kept mine set on the default high/strobe/low configuration (more on why in a bit.)
The LED light engine has somewhat generous specs, at least for its hardware setup:
High Mode features a 130 lumen 70-meter beam, runs for 1.75 hours and has a beam intensity of 1,230 candelas.
Low Mode features a 20 lumen 30-meter beam, runs for 13 hours and has a beam intensity of 230 candelas.
Strobe Mode runs 3.5 hours and is available for signaling help or disorienting an opponent for defensive purposes.
This flashlight is somewhat water-resistant and has a rating of IPX7 which means the unit is waterproof to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.
It is also impact forgiving and was tested to withstand a fall from a height of 2 meters.
It is constructed of a very durable and abrasion-resistant machined aluminum with a Type II Mil-Spec anodized finish.
The openings are O-ring sealed to keep harmful fluids out.
The glass lens is more robust than say a polycarbonate lens.
It is 5.62 inches (14.27 cm) long and weighs 2 ounces (57g) with batteries installed.
So how is this flashlight a potential self-defense instrument?
I will explain:
First off it is made of a hard Aluminum.
Then, the front bezel is scalloped making a semi-sharp striking weapon.
Finally, it features a strobe which can disorient an attacker, especially in darkness.
The idea is one knows he or she will near any trouble makers to have this flashlight in a place where it can be quickly deployed.
Then if confronted by a violent or threatening individual, especially in the dark, the idea is to activate the strobe, which is done by two quick presses of the switch and shine it in the opponent’s eyes. As the opponent shields his or her face, the next step is to either run away and get help, or to stike the opponent as hard as you can with the scalloped bezel. Places to hit would be the face, eyes, throat or temple as hard as you can. When the impact is made, push and turn into the point of impact as this will break the skin and cause more pain and therefore more stopping power. There are a few videos on sites like YouTube that can show how to execute these movements with better precision and effectiveness than what I am simply describing on my blog. Yes, this methodology turns a small flashlight into a potentially lethal weapon. The good part is that, while it is not considered a weapon legally, it, therefore,may be carried almost anywhere.
Also for the record, I am not liable for any criminal or legal penalties you, the reader, may incur for using this as a weapon. Take my advice and the advice of others at your own risk.
Unfortunately, we live in a society that punishes people for simply defending themselves, even against armed and dangerous criminals. This is a curse that seems to be falling onto the entire Western World.
However, it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.
I would advise using this only if the opponent is wielding a weapon, has battered you first or has demanded your property.
This is meant to be a defensive, not an offensive weapon.
Still, it can be a legal equalizer without the red tape, obligations, and requirements of a concealed carry weapons permit.
My one complaint about this flashlight is the faulty pocket clip.
That design needs to be completely redone, as it was the faulty clip that malfunctioned and caused me to misplace my first two.
I keep my third one in a dedicated compartment of my EDC backpack with my computer repair tools and if I felt the need to carry it, I would clip it to my pocket but rather store it deep in my pocket.
I wish the LED could also be at least 200 lumens instead of 130, but that I pushing it, I get it.
All in all, I give this product a 4.75 out of 5 stars because of the faulty pocket clip.
If the pocket clip were as robust as its 2 AA sibling, I would give it a full 5.
This, therefore, concludes my review of the Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA.
I hope you, the reader, have been informed and entertained…