Streamlight is a well established company who make a wide variety of different flashlights. The ones I am most familiar with are the Stinger, Microstream, Stylus and Nano. The Stylus and Microstream both use the AAA form factor with the Stylus using two AAA and the Microstream only using a single cell.
The AAA form factor is my favorite by far. The latest LED technology gives these type of lights a great balance between size, output and runtime. I also generally prefer single cell lights given that it’s possible for multi-cell lights to reverse discharge and waste your batteries. This is why I chose the Microstream.
The Microstream is a single AAA light made in China, and is on its second product revision. With the first version, it was possible to break the loc-tite in the head, take the head off, and replace it with a Fenix L01 head, making it a multi-mode hybrid flashlight. The newer revision has a one piece body. The new version also has a more robust tail switch, and a two-way clip which allows the flashlight to be clipped either bezel up or bezel down. This new clip allows the light to be clipped to a ball cap and used as a head lamp.
My review sample was purchased from Amazon.com.
- Single mode AAA flashlight
- 2 1/4 hours stated runtime
- Momentary on “forward clicky” tail switch
- 28 lumens stated output
- Compact, waterproof construction withstands tough work environment
- Proprietary Micro Optical System (MOS) for optimized output (super bright beam) and run time
- Shock proof – drop test verified above the industry standard of 6 feet
- Unbreakable pocket clip and ring for easy storage/attachment
- Uses budget Cree XP-C emitter
- Type II MIL-Spec black anodized finish
- Reverse polarity protection
The design of this light is about as basic as it gets. The “momentary on” or “tactical” tail switch will be familiar to most users with any experience in using flashlights. The light comes on with the switch slightly depressed, and depressing it further engages the switch and make the light stay on until the switch is depressed again to make it turn off. As you can see by the pictures, the light does not “tail stand”, which is where you use the light as a candle by putting it on a table or counter and having the “ceiling bounce” light up your room, usually in an emergency.
Fit and Finish
Run Time Test
My own run time test with a second generation Eneloop gave me 3 hours, 50 minutes of light. Very impressive.
Comparison To Pelican 1910
These two flashlights are very similar. They have the same basic design and construction. They both have the same emitter: Cree XP-C.
Because they are so similar, I am going to focus on their differences:
- The 1910 has a softer switch. It’s easier to engage, but the downside is that it would turn the light on while in your pocket much easier. Personally, I like the softer switch a little better.
- The 1910 has a much wider hot spot. It definitely doesn’t throw as far as the Microstream. So if you want more flood than the Microstream, then the 1910 is a good choice.
- The 1910 has a slightly wider reflector. Which is strange because usually a manufacturer will make the reflector wider to give the light more throw, which this one doesn’t do.
- Unlike the Microstream, the clip on the 1910 is not a two way clip. Which is unfortunate because I use the Microstream as a headlamp. And unlike the Microstream, the clip on the 1910 is removable. Other than that, it’s a good clip.
- The 1910 has a little better grip to it than the Microstream. Neither are knurled.
- The Microstream has a removable switch boot, where the 1910 doesn’t. The Microstream even comes with a spare.
- The 1910 has an anti-roll bezel. It has some thick grooves which prevent the light from rolling, even without the clip.
- The Microstream gave me over 3 hours more run time than the slightly brighter 1910.