ClipSwitched Flashlight: (Streamlight MicroStream USB with ClipSwitch mod)
Reviewer's Overall Rating: (Two different ratings)
For the Streamlight MicroStream USB: ★★★☆☆
For the Streamlight MicroStream with ClipSwitch Mod: ★★★★☆
|Battery:||Proprietary 10440 Li-ion Cell|
|Switch:||Forward clickie at the Tailcap + ClipSwitch Mod|
|Modes:||2 (High 250 lumen - Low 50 lumen)|
|From:||ClipSwitch (BLF User)|
As this is a modded flashlight, I decided to "split" both the ratings and the pros and cons, because both the un-modded flashlight has it´s pros and cons, and the modded flashlight has it´s pros and cons.
Streamlight MicroStream USB ---- Pros:
- USB Rechargeable via a hidden microusb port
- Good runtime for a 10440
Streamlight MicroStream USB ---- Cons:
- Proprietary 10440 cell
- A bit bulky and heavy
- Not much throw
- The switch is hard to press and it gets "locked" only when you press it very deep
Modded with ClipSwitch ---- Pros:
- Can be powered on/off without pressing the switch just by taking it out from your pocket.
- Can change modes without using the switch
Modded with ClipSwitch ---- Cons:
- No easy way to remove/change the battery (read later)
- If you loose/damage/remove the clip, it will not work
Features / Value: ★★★★☆This is a flashlight modded by one BLF member (ClipSwitch). One of the models he mods is the Streamlight MicroStream USB (this one). I have left more info at the end of the review, please check his links...
Design / Build Quality: ★★★☆☆
Battery Life: ★★★★★
Despite using a small and theoretically weak 10440 cell, I consider it to have a respectable runtime. The manufacturer claims:
HIGH (250 lumen) - 1.5 hours
LOW (50 lumen) - 3.5 hours
I dont like the fact that it uses a proprietary 10440 cell... I guess you can use a standard 10440 (I have not tried), but with a standard 10440 you will not be able to recharge it via USB.
Light Output: ★★★★☆
Again, despite being a 1xAAA sized flashlight, both the max output and the type of beam it produces, I consider to be acceptable.
The beam is floody. Not much throw at all.. (typical from a shallow reflector used in this small size of flashlights).
LED seems to be a C4
Manufacturer claims the following:
HIGH - 250 Lumen - 68 meters throw - 1150 cd
LOW - 50 Lumen - 31 meters throw - 250 cd
I think that is about it makes. I dont have way to verify.
HIGH mode Beamshot (white wall at 2 meters)
LOW mode Beamshot (white wall at 2 meters) -- Notice the PWM
As previously stated, I have to split the summary in two: one about the Streamlight Microstream USB and the other about the mod.
The flashlight itself: not much to say. The most remarkable thing about it is the USB chargin function (a must for me!)
The modded flashlight: it is a PLEASURE to have a flashlight in your pocket and that there is no need to press a switch to power it on or off. Just take it out, lights on, use it... and then to the pocket again with out the need to use a switch. Why the manufacturers dont offer this kind of function?????
This is my first review on BLF, so hope it will be ok and easy to understand.
English is not my natal language, so you may find some weird ways to write and explain things.... (sorry about that XP)
And last but not least, I want to thank BLF user "ClipSwitch" for buying, modding and sending one of his modded flashlights to me. He recently did a GAW here on BLF and due to the interest shown by me, he decided to send me one despite not being one of the winners. Thanks a lot! He has put a lot of effort and investment on this.
You can find more info about the idea in some of his threads here: