Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review - NEBO PROTEC Elite HP190 Weapons Light

Most of the flashlights that I have reviewed in the past have been hand-held. The reason being that hand-held flashlights are the most practical for general lighting use. However, for specific lighting application, a specialized flashlight is preferred. Today, we'll be looking at a flashlight specialized for use on a firearm, and it's called the Elite HP190.

Why have a light mounted on a firearm?

The HP190 is a great weapons light if you're on a budget.
Many of you have firearms for home defense. Even more of you have a flashlight next to your bed. If you don't, I would highly recommend doing both, since you never know what will go bump in the night. Since shooting a handgun with one hand while holding a flashlight in the other greatly decreases accuracy and usability, it makes a lot of sense to mount a flashlight to your gun. This allows you to have one free hand if you need it, while still having the option to use both hands to shoot, for added accuracy.

The HP190 is made by NEBO PROTEC, a fairly new flashlight manufacturer that is known for their affordable lighting solutions. The first thing that turned me on to the HP190 was the price. Retailing at around $34.99, it's one of the most affordable weapons lights on the market. The fact that it outputs 190 lumens is amazing, considering the price. This flashlight competes with $100+ weapons lights and can even outside many lights at that price point.

The HP190 is made out of aluminum
and anodized to a matte black finish.
The HP190 is made out of aluminum and anodized in black. The anodizing is of good quality and has a nice, matte finish. The light weighs 3.7 oz with the included CR123 battery. It is 3.1" long and 1.0" wide. The bezel of the light is serrated, giving you the option of using it as a defensive impact device.

Using the HP190 is simple. It has a slider switch that can be actuacted with the right hand trigger finger. This isn't the best type of switch that I have seen, but it works adequately. The design of this switch would make it difficult for a left-handed person to use it if they were shooting it single-handedly, since it is actuated by pushing the switch from right to left.

Upon turning on the HP190, the light defaults to a 190 lumen high mode. Turning the light off and on again within 4 seconds switches the light to strobe. Turning the light off and on switches back to high.

The HP190 fits on Picatinny/Weaver type rails,
along with numerous other rails found on firearms.
The light mounts to any Picatinny/Weaver type of rail. I have also mounted it securely to a Glock rail. The design of the mounting bracket should work with most types of slotted rails, since the bracket can be adjusted for width. A small screw on the left side of the light turns to easily clamp down to fit most firearm rails.

While I have only used the HP190 on a handgun, it would also work if mounted to a rifle or a shotgun. There is also a small section of rail on the bottom of the HP190 that allows the light to be used in conjunction with an aiming laser or other such device.

All in all, the Elite HP190 by NEBO PROTEC is a great choice for a weapons light, especially if you're on a budget. It's definitely bright enough and functional enough to provide necessary lighting should you even need to defend yourself or your loved ones in the dark.

Do any of you have any experience with the NEBO PROTEC HP190? If so, let us know in the comments below.