Review: Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED Flashlight

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Streamlight POLYTAC LED Flashlight

I love flashlights. They are a basic and integral part of any preparedness plan. Ask anyone to make a list of the top 5 things that should be collected in case of any kind of a disaster and surely”flashlight” will be ranked up there. As I continue to build my preps I sought out a high quality, high performance LED flashlight and after a lot of time on Amazon – I ordered the Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED.

This light is very compact as you can see in the picture below compared to a box of matches. Great to throw in a pocket, glove box, or tactical vest. It is also very light at around 4 ounces.

Crystal clear lens protects the C4 LED element.  This LED throws out light at a very bright 130 lumens.

The tail cap contains a “clicky” push button on-off switch. Simply push to turn on and then push again to turn off. One feature I really like and have been using on this light is the ability to partially push the button to momentarily turn on – then release it to turn off.

In the picture below you can see the brightness in my kitchen with the lights totally off. The beam is focused well for close-range work. I have been very impressed with the brightness of this light.

Extreme Brightness!!!!!


Alright – I have given you some of my impressions. Now I will give you the manufacturers specifications:

  • C4 LED technology, impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime
  • Borofloat glass lens, o-ring sealed
  • Tail cap push button provides one handed momentary or constant “on”
  • 3 hours of continuous runtime to the 10-Percent output level
  • Two (2) 3-Volt CR123A lithium batteries with a shelf life of 10-Year


To summarize:

Pro’s –

  • Well made, durable, quality construction
  • Simple operation
  • Very bright
  • Waterproof
  • Includes 2 Lithium CR-123A batteries
  • Nice grip
  • 1 inch diameter allows for use in weapon mount
  • Inexpensive

Con’s –

  • Battery life could be better – 3 hours of life – 2 hours at near full strength
  • Uses CR-123A batteries – which are more expensive and less common (good shelf life though!)

Summary – Great light for the money. Lightweight, bright and durable – I am very pleased with it. I purchased mine in black but it is also available in Coyote Brown. I think I will get another – or twelve!

For more information – see HERE.


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  1. Come’on, Rourke. Sounds like a good light, but being a light freak myself a person can buy lights almost as good,
    or as good for a lot less money. $40.???

    • You sure about that MorrisB? I can’t tell you how many flashlights I have bought that were inexpensive – and super bright – only to have them fail within a few months. I threw away a headlamp just last night that was was very durable LOOKING, very bright and comfortable – but just doesn’t work anymore. There is more to a Streamlight flashlight then just light that exists from it. Though – you are correct there are some good lights out there – its just how dependable they are.

  2. Rourke’s light looks like a lot of light for the money. I got suckered into an expensive Surefire like light at Cabellas. Made in China and the battery wouldn’t recharge. They took it back of course and I didn’t want a replacement. Never had that problem with Surefire.

  3. I just bought a SWAT BW8202 XM-L T6 3W CREE 120 Lumens LED Flashlight – 3500mA Battery+charger from ebay with free shipping for $11.99. Should arrive in thee next day or so.

  4. Its a good light for sure, but when you ran the article before I think it was in conjunction with an offer to buy them at $20 for a short time. When I ordered them I got an email that said they were out, but had these others that were just as good. They are Bayco Nightstick Tac-200 Tactical Light and I gotta tell you they are wonderful. I carry one as my EDC light, my wife has one in her purse, and my son uses one in Afghanistan right now. They look just like the Streamlights, are 160 lumens , use CR123 batteries and are available at, Grainger, amazon etc. The specs are


    120 Lumen CREE XPE LED
    4.5 Hour run time
    50,000 hour LED life
    Xenoy polymer housing impact & chemical resistant
    Non-slip diamond grip
    Anti-roll head
    Removable metal belt / pocket clip
    Textured push-button tail switch • momentary or constant on
    Powered by two CR123 Lithium batteries
    Fits most 1 in gun mounts
    Waterproof to 1 meter (IP-67)
    Limited Lifetime Warranty
    Length: 5.5 in (140 mm) Head Diameter: 1.25 in (32.0 mm)
    Handle Diameter: 1.0 in (25.0 mm) Weight: 4.2 oz (119 g)

    I now have 5 of them.

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