Continuing with my never ending search for an ultra low profile, easy to carry, yet functional off-duty handheld light, we will be taking a look at the Pelican 1910B. Last week I wrote about the Streamlight Microstream, which worked well enough to get out of most jams. Some commenters on the social media page turned their nose up to Microstream’s meager 35 lumen output. While puny compared to some of the 500 lumen beasts out there today, let me point out that not all that long ago we carried lights powered by D-cell batteries that didn’t put out much more light than that of the Microstream, and with a crappier beam.
But I did wonder if there was something brighter in a similarly sized package. My good buddy Dean Caputo turned me on to the new-ish Pelican 1910B, which isn’t much bigger than the Microstream, and is also powered by a single AAA battery. Pelican advertises that it has an 1 hour and 45 minute runtime with a light output of 72 lumens. I compared the beam of the 1910B vs the Microstream and it was certainly brighter with a more defined hot spot. The light output was similar to an incandescent Surefire 6P (rated at 60 lumens,) though it is hard to objectively compare the two with the naked eye due to the very different qualities of incandescent versus LED lights.
Like the Microstream, the on/off switch is located on the tailcap. The Miscrostream features a click on/off switch, and the Pelican 1910B also has a click tailcap switch as well. The 1910 adds a low output setting that can be accessed by quickly tapping the tailcap twice. Pelican rates the low output beam at 14 lumens with a 4 hour runtime.
The 1910B is slightly larger than the Microstream and doesn’t have as sleek and clean an appearance. I also miss the two way clip of the Microstream, which allows the light to be clipped to the bill off a ball cap, but the extra light output is certainly welcome.
At about $35 street price, the 1910 is a bargain compared to much more expensive tactical lights. I will be buying a few more to have at home at work.