Review: Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED Flashlight

Streamlight POLYTAC LED Flashlight
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:

Pros –

  • 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 ($38.29 + Free Shipping as of this writing on Amazon)

Cons –

  • 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. seems to be a nice flashlight, but for a few bucks more you could get the Fenix LD 10.
    I own one since last Christmas and I love it!!

    waterproof up to 2m, super solid construction.
    9 Lumen 34 h – 47 Lumen 6 h – 94 Lumen 2,2 h and SOS-Mode
    Turbo-Mode 120 Lumen 1,5 h and Strobe-Mode

    and all that with ONE! AA batterie. I am still on the standard Duracell that came with it.
    Oh and If you buy Lithium AA batteries then you also have 10 Year shelf life.

    Only con for me is that it does not have a momentary on function…but you can get red filters for it 🙂

  2. i’ve always been impressed with SL. top shelf products at a very reasonable price. as a bonus, their customer service is perhaps the BEST in the business.

    i own 4 of them.

  3. Sounds like a pretty nice light. You can never have to many flashlights!! They are always a welcome addition to any bag or to just carry for EDC. You never know when you might need a good light to help you see in the dark. Great review. I think I might have to go to Amazon and pick one up. Coyote brown will go with all my other stuff too.

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