The Streamlight Tasklight 2L is an excellent example of a company adapting their products to meet customer needs and demands. There are a lot of folks out there who want the advantages of using Luxeon LEDs for their durability and high output, but at the same time don't always need a very bright light for mundane tasks. This light fills that need by allowing the user to select between a very bright output and a dim output as needed.
The body is made of anodized aluminum. Knurling along
the entire body gives the user a good gripping surface.
On the tailcap is a recessed lanyard attachment. The
entire light displays good machining with no sharp edges
or rough spots.
In the bezel you will find a plastic lens protecting the
reflector and Luxeon III LED. The bezel cap can be unscrewed
to reveal the LED itself, although there is no reason to do
this whatsoever. The bezel cap is sealed with an O-ring for
Output is in the form of a beautiful white spot of
light. The spot is smooth with a wide spillbeam. High
output is great for spotting at moderate distances while
the low output is fine for close work and battery conservation.
In low output mode some folks may notice that the light
is actually flickering very rapidly. This is normal
and creates the illusion to our eyes that the light
is dimmer. Some people may find this a little irritating,
especially when either the eyes or the light moves rapidly.
Runtime Plot: Nice steady regulation on "High"
for about 1 hr 45 min.
completed with included Duracell batteries. More information
on runtime plots is available HERE.
The switch is recessed in a dimple to protect it from accidental
activation and it must be pressed in quite a way for the light
to be activated. Pressing once activates the light in high output mode. A second click reduces the output to 25%. One more click shuts the light off.
The light is sealed with O-rings throughout and should be able to withstand a dunking without any problems. Shake it off and keep going.
Ergonomics: Comfortable in the hand, easy to grip, and the switch is easy to find.
The Streamlight Tasklight 2L uses two 123A lithium batteries. These batteries are very expensive in retail stores. Purchase them on-line whenever possible.
Accessories included with the light are a lanyard and batteries.
What I Liked: Water resistant, Tough/impact
resistant, Long battery life, Bright, Two Stage Output,
Easy battery change, Lightweight, Stands up
What I Didn't Like: Nothing
Other Things I Noticed: Nothing
Conclusions: A very nice addition
to the Streamlight line of products. The added functionality
of a low-power mode for close work and battery conservation
puts this light in a class where it can satisfy the
needs of a large number of users. Well made, well designed,
and overall a winner in my book.