Everyone has their thing that they geek out about, firearms, accessories, knives, etc. I geek out when it comes to flashlights. I can never have enough flashlights and find it very hard not to buy one when I come across a “new” one at the store. Due to my job, I carry a flashlight on me every day and depend on it quite heavily. Years ago I started out using a pen light due to its convenient size but shortly thereafter became disappointed with their lack of illumination and durability. So, I went to carrying a midsize flashlight. The bulky nature of even this size of a flashlight was starting to annoy me.
By Tinderwolf, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog
One day a good friend of mine and I were cleaning some firearms when he pulled out the Streamlight Pro Pen Light. I was very surprised of the brightness of this little pen light and asked him if I could take a look at it. He told me his opinion of it and the cost and I decided to give it a try. I picked my Streamlight up at a local shop for around $25 but found it at a lower price through Amazon.
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This Streamlight Stylus Pro Pen is extremely lightweight and compact, I really don’t even notice it when I am carrying it and it has been in my pocket every day for the last six months. I highly praise the quality of the pocket clip that Streamlight made. With the everyday use I put my lights and pocket knives through, the pocket clip usually does not hold up for long. For most, the pocket clip might not be a significant part of the product to be concerned with. However, I am not always working in the upright position, I am on the ground, crawling over and under objects, scaling ladders, I am on the move for most of my day. I do not have to worry about my light falling out during the work day, it will stay exactly where I put it. In this pen light the tension of the pocket clip has remained just as strong as the first day that I bought it.
The 50,000 hour LED is listed to have an output of 65 lumens though it appears to be much brighter when I use it. I believe this is due to what the manufacturer calls a micro optical system that is supposed to optimize the lumen output. The lens of the light is made up of unbreakable polycarbonate. In my experience the lens also appears to be scratch resistant. After the constant use, in and out motion action of taking it from my pocket and it rubbing up against my pocket knife, has not put a single visible scratch on the lens in six months of using it. There are two modes on the pen light. Momentary on and full on. You can press and hold the button for the duration of time that you need light or fully depress the button to keep the light on. There is no lock out mode to keep the light off while in your pocket, which is a nice feature to save battery life. However, the button on this light takes quite a bit of pressure to fully depress to the on mode. Because of this, I have not had the light come on once while stowed away in my pocket.
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When it comes to flashlights that I own, they all have to have one thing in common. The have to use common batteries. Those are the type of batteries that you can pick up at any store, relatively cheap. Primarily AA and AAA batteries. This pen light uses two AAA batteries and has a listed run time of six hours. In my use of it I have found that I change the batteries roughly every three weeks. Of course, I don’t always run down the batteries completely. When I notice a significant output in lumens I will change the batteries. Using equipment with these types of batteries makes replenishing those batteries much easier, especially if you have to scrounge for them in some type of emergency.
The last quality that this light has that I require, is that it is waterproof. I have not worked up the courage to fully submerge the light but it has gotten doused plenty in the time that I have used it, with no negative effects. I give this pen light five out of five starts due to its affordability, durability and light output.