2014 Best Flashlights Feature

Best Flashlights of 2014

Now that 2014 is behind us the advent of the New Year provides an opportunity to reflect upon the year that was.  Over the past 12 months I’ve been fortunate to get my grubby paws on a lot of great products from some of the biggest names in the business, as well as a few that aren’t as well known.  This includes more than just flashlights, and in fact some of my favorite products have been the accessories and modifications that make my existing flashlights more useful.

Through it all there have been some products that stood out from the rest so I will start with a dozen noteworthy items that were reviewed here during 2014.  Some were brand new products, introduced during the past year, while others were simply new to me personally.

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Streamlight ProTac HL 3

Review: Streamlight ProTac HL 3

New for 2014, the Streamlight ProTac HL 3 marks the company’s first entry into the 1000+ lumen tactical flashlight market.  Following a similar design as the previous ProTac HL, the new ProTac HL 3 is powered by three 123A lithium primary batteries and boasts a maximum output of 1100 lumens, with a 35 lumen low mode and a strobe mode also available.  The ProTac HL 3 is also programmable, allowing users to select one of three preset programs based upon their needs.

The ProTac HL 3 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $155 and can be found at retail for around $90.Continue reading