Single AAA flashlights have been of great interest to me of late, so much so that I spent days torturing a bunch of inexpensive 5mm LED AAA lights in another forum – just to see how the lights would hold up under the abuse.
AAA lights have a lot going for them – batteries are cheap and plentiful; the lights are often inexpensive and rugged; run times are relatively long; the lights are small enough to have in your pocket, on your keyring, or just about anywhere. Just like any other tool or a firearm, the one you have with you when you need it is the most useful!
So the timing was perfect when Streamlight offered up their Protac 1AAA light for evaluation.
- Features Ten-Tap® Programming – Choose from three user selectable programs:
1.) high/strobe/low (factory default); 2.) high only; 3.) low/high
- C4® LED illumination output and run times:
- High for bright light: 70 lumens; 550 candela peak beam intensity; runs 30 minutes (alkaline); runs 2.25 hours (lithium)
- Low for a less intense beam and longer run time: 5 lumens; 40 candela peak beam intensity; runs 11 hours (alkaline); runs 22 hours (lithium)
- Strobe for disorienting or signaling: runs 1.2 hours (alkaline); runs 5 hours (lithium)
- Includes nylon holster and one “AAA” alkaline battery (holster alternately accepts one “AA” lithium battery for extended run time)
- Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life
- Rubber push-button tail switch
- Durable, anodized aluminum construction with impact-resistant tempered glass lens
- IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes; 2 meter impact resistance tested
- Unbreakable pocket clip
- Anti-roll head
- 3.94” (10 cm); 1.3 oz (37 grams)
- RoHS compliant
For what it’s worth, my integrating sphere confirmed the “high” level output at 70 lumen on a fresh Duracell AAA battery. The beam is shaped nicely the tint is free of the angry ‘blue’ that so many of these small lights have.
The clip has a solid friction attachment, but can be removed easily for those who prefer no clip.
This would make a nice, reliable backup light. List price is $48 and the light can be readily found in the $30 range online. It is on the upper end of the range for AAA lights, but value is in the eyes of the purchaser.