Defending yourself against an unprovoked attack is a fundamental right. A firearm is one tool that can be used with this right. But the right to self defense comes with responsibilities including only using force when appropriate. I have read far too many stories about an innocent person being shot because the shooter failed to identify the victim as being an actual threat.
Streamlight announced a new flashlight that is small enough to carry pretty much anywhere, yet appears to be bright enough to help ensure you properly identify anything that might be a threat.
The new MicroStream is a pocket flashlight that is less than 4″ long and weighs just over 1 ounce. Yet, it is rated for 250 lumens and a runtime of 1.5 hours. The new light has an internal 350 mAh lithium ion cell that is recharged via a micro USB port. According to the company, a full charge will take up to 4 hours.
This light is very similar to the Streamlight ProTac 1AAA I reviewed previously. In my testing, I found that the 1AAA maintained a light output of about 75% for longer than the manufacturer’s stated runtime. That is a lot better than many of the flashlights I have tested from other companies. Additionally, the light passed drop testing and water immersion tests. I still use this light when I need something small and a larger light won’t do. Since the MicroStream is a bit more powerful than the 1AAA, I look forward to giving it a go.