AllOutdoor Staff 01.26.24
Streamlight recently introduced the TLR-7 X USB, a new addition to their TLR-7® series of weapon lights, at SHOT Show 2024. The TLR-7 X boasts the capability of being rechargeable and is compatible with both Streamlight’s proprietary SL-B9™ USB rechargeable battery pack and a CR123A lithium battery. This feature offers versatility for users who may prefer one power source over the other or need an alternative when recharging isn’t an option.
What sets the TLR-7 X apart is its interchangeable rear paddle switches, which allow shooters to customize the light to their preferred shooting style. Additionally, it includes a user-enabled strobe function that can be activated based on the user’s discretion.
– Illumination Output: 500 lumens
– Peak Beam Intensity: 5,000 candela
– Beam Distance: 140 meters
– Runtime: 1.5 hours with CR123A battery, 1 hour with SL-B9 battery pack
– Strobe: User-enabled
– Beam Type: Narrow beam with optimal peripheral illumination
– Battery Charge Time: Approximately 2.5 hours for SL-B9 battery pack
– Construction: Anodized machined aircraft aluminum
– Water Resistance: IPX7 rating, waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
– Warranty: Limited Lifetime
– Price: MSRP $265.99
During the event, I visited the Streamlight booth to examine the TLR-7 X USB firsthand. Impressively, the custom optic design emphasizes a concentrated narrow beam while also enhancing peripheral vision—an essential aspect for tactical use where situational awareness is crucial.
Streamlight has noted that the TLR-7 X’s SL-B9 battery pack can be charged within 2.5 hours, which can be particularly useful for users who need to quickly prepare their gear for use. The construction of the light, being made from durable anodized machined aircraft aluminum, adheres to Streamlight’s reputation for building robust and reliable lighting solutions for various conditions. Moreover, this compact weapon light is IPX7 rated, emphasizing its waterproof capabilities up to one meter for 30 minutes—an important feature for use in harsh environmental conditions.
Streamlight stands behind the TLR-7 X USB with a limited lifetime warranty, affirming their confidence in the light’s enduring performance and quality. While the MSRP of $265.99 positions this as a premium offering in the market, the specifications and build quality may justify the investment for professionals and enthusiasts seeking a dependable and high-performance compact weapon light.
Other models in the TLR-7® series have set a high bar for performance and reliability, and it appears the TLR-7 X USB aims to continue this tradition while introducing the convenience of rechargeability and customization to serve its users effectively.