A genuine penlight should incorporate three specific features. It should be shaped like a pen, be able to clip to a pocketand be priced competitively. The Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro is a penlight that perfectly accomplishes all of that and a whole lot more. Running off of two AAA batteries, you’ll have a 90 lumens beam delivered to you that can shine brightly for up to 58 meters.
This particular penlight also has an impressive running time. Under regular conditions, it will operate continuously for over 6 hours.
What Are the Features of the Streamlight 66118?
You don’t buy a flashlight just because of the lumens rating or how efficient it is in regards to battery life. There are other features that a penlight should also have and the Streamlight 66118 has many of them. Take a look.
- It features a tail button switch so that you can have either constant operation or a momentary light. A light press activates the light without it actually clicking all the way into the on position.
- The anodized aircraft-grade aluminum case meets Type II MIL-SPEC standards in terms of corrosion and abrasion resistance. It stands up well to moisture and scratches that may come from daily use.
- It features an IPX4 rating and we found the impact-resistance was consistent from about the thigh down. A drop from the torso level could potentially damage this little penlight.
In terms of size, the Streamlight 66118 is about the size of a marker or a highlighter. The pocket clip keeps the flashlight secure, but you can also remove the clip if you prefer. Weighing just 1.6 ounces, you’ll also be able to take advantage of a limited lifetime warranty with this product.
Our Impressions of the Streamlight 66118
This flashlight has been around for some time. It was first introduced in October 2000, but it is still getting the job done. You even receive the AAA batteries you need right out of the box so you can use the Streamlight 66118 right away.
You may encounter an immediate issue with the flashlight. The tail button doesn’t always make a proper connection, which means you can click the flashlight on and it won’t turn on. The button may also stick a little bit should this occur. Our solution? To put a small rubber pad underneath the button to eliminate the extra space.
We also find that the clip spring was a little weak and could eventually unclip itself from a belt or a pocket. You could re-wind the spring to improve the tightness or just slip it into your pocket and have an affordable miniature flashlight to enjoy using.
From an overall perspective, the Streamlight 66118 has a nice beam of light and runs for a surprisingly long time. It’s protected by a strong case, even though it is lightweight. Although there are a couple of potential issues that may need to be addressed, in our view, this does not detract from the value of the investment. That’s why it receives our recommendation today.