This article is aimed to shed some light (pun intended) on my favorite set of options for an EDC flashlight. Let me say this – I buy a lot of gear. I do this in constant search for the next best thing and I like to publish these reviews to save you that expense and T&E time.

Streamlight has some great options, and due to the fact I tend to misplace and lose such things often, I really appreciate their affordability. From left to right in the featured picture:

MicroStream Pocket Light 

This light is a fantastic option if you want a miniscule light that weighs about as much as cigarette and is thin enough that you will forget it is even in your pocket. It is great for daily use, however it is only 45 lumens open a single AAA battery, which is likely not enough for most defensive purposes. As light and small as it is, many even use it as a secondary light for common tasks and carry a much brighter main beam. There is also a USB charging variant which offers 250 lumens on high mode.

Read more: https://www.streamlight.com/en/products/detail/index/microstream

Stylus Pro USB PenLight

Very similar to the MicroStream, this light is very thin and super easy to carry. It offers an effective 350 lumens which I think it ideal for general purpose, including defensive purposes.

Read more: https://www.streamlight.com/products/detail/index/stylus-pro-usb

ProTac 1L-1AA EDC 

This light has the benefit of small size and weight while maintaining a very useful output of 350 lumens when using a CR123. The unique features and benefits of this light are it can also use a standard AA battery and although it comes with three modes to click through, however you can program it to one mode – making it even better when set to high mode only, IMO. The tail switch is a very useful momentary on and with a deliberate press-click, constant on.

Read more: https://www.streamlight.com/en/products/detail/index/protac-1l-1aa

MacroStream USB EDC 

This is my new favorite EDC option. It boats 500 lumens on High mode, easy operation tail cap with a second press for a low mode (50 lumens), and USB charging. Ideally sized, IMO, for pocket carry as it is small enough to easily fit in your pocket, but large enough to be a good defensive fist fill. Also, no sharp beveled edges to cut through your suit pants. I am very happy with this design so far.

Read more: https://www.streamlight.com/en/products/detail/index/macrostream-usb

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