Streamlights 2,200 Lumen Light

protac hl-4

Streamlight Inc. announced a new handheld flashlight that is said to throw 2,200 lumens. The new light, called the Protac HL4, is an extension of the company’s existing Protac line that includes a wide range of “tactical” light options including a USB rechargeable and a tiny AAA flashlight.

The new HL4 is rated to put out 2,200 lumens. As many readers know, a lumen is a measure of total light output. By itself, it doesn’t give you a sense of what the beam is like or how far it projects the light. Other measurements help define these areas.

According to Streamlight, the unit is rated at 30,000 candela. This is a measure of peak beam intensity – or how “hot” the center of the light’s beam is. Based on my experience, 30k candela with a 600 lumen light gives a fairly tight beam with a small amount of spill for periphery illumination. I would assume that the HL4 would therefore have a relatively less defined center spot and an increased amount of spill illumination. The beam distance is rated at 346 meters.

The light is designed to run off of CR123 batteries (90 minutes on high) and 18650 rechargeable batteries (105 minutes on high). The unit is also stated to be impact resistant to one meter and waterproof (submersible) to one meter for 30 minutes. The MSRP is $175.

Streamlight Website

We also have one these lights on the way for review.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    Man, too many cool practical things to buy in this world, but not enough money to get it all.

  • Renegade

    Streamlight makes a good product. Have had a Stinger for 6-7 years and it’s been through the ringer. Still works every time.

  • Michael Lubrecht

    Streamlight makes a decent product, generally at a more affordable level than the stratospheric pricing of SureFire. There are several decent flashlight manufacturer’s who have lights exceeding 2000 lumens, however.

    I have a Jetbeam that puts out 2800 lumens and uses rechargeable LiON batteries – you just plug the light into a charger and the built in LED gives you the current charging status. The light is a bit smaller in diameter than a Coke can and about as long.

    These portable searchlights are pretty amazing. Mine throws a beam deep into the forest surrounding my house – actually brighter than daylight by a considerable amount.

    • kipy

      I’ve got a Jetbeam WL-S4 that’s rated for 2600 lumens. I also live in an area surrounded by woods and its nice to be able to see way out when I take the pooch out to poop after dark.

  • nova3930

    The HL3 is already nuts. I use one on an AR to spot and drop coyotes 200 yards off my back deck. It’s not like daylight for em at that range but you can easily see what and where they are….

  • Fletch

    Must have. Cannot resist buying more flashlights

    • Billy Jack

      Flashlights and ammo

  • Peter Nissen

    i was in at my local Mil-spec dealers a few weeks ago and started talking to a nice husband and wife team who were buying some pretty high spec lights from Steamlight, But being out in the dark with “some” adventures – one of the things that has started to steer away me from the whole high lumens/candela thing is burn time. The above piece will give you 90/105 on high, longer on low (but never talked about) but guess what – night time and I am talking about pitch black – no moon, cloud cover – “night time lasts alot longer than a few hours. Nowadays – I’m carrying a simple single LED light with 2 AA’s that has a (for me anyway) proven 45hrs of runtime at 60 lumens and guess what – your eyes do adjust for available light – anyways – just my two cents!