The Streamlight Portable Power Unit (PPU) is destined to be one of the best products of 2015. The EPU-5200TM is an external power pack you can use to charge USB Lights, Phones and Other Devices, and it is both rugged and waterproof. I had a close-up look at the unit during ShotShow 2015, in Las Vegas; it is absolutely perfect for LEOs, military, first responders or active outdoor enthusiasts, just clip it on to your belt, pack or load bearing vest and you’re good-to-go.

The EPU-5200 features 5200mAh of power capacity for convenient recharging of most USB products with micro-USB input, providing 4 full charges for the Streamlight ClipMate® USB; the Streamlight Stylus Pro® USB and the Streamlight Double Clutch® USB and  2 full charges for the Streamlight ProTac® HL USB.  It also provides a range of ½ to 3 full charges for most smartphones and tablets.  Four blue LEDs display battery level status.

“The EPU-5200 offers the ultimate in convenience for safely recharging lights in Streamlight’s USB flashlight category, as well as many of the smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices used by today’s mobile professionals,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen.  “It’s a great backup power source for tactical, first responder, industrial personnel and consumers alike.  And its built-in flashlight is convenient for use when traveling, to illuminate a car or door lock, or for illuminating a path in darkness.” 

The EPU-5200 uses a 3.7V, 5200mAh Lithium Polymer battery with a safety control circuit to provide more than 500 charging cycles.  The power unit can be charged by connecting its Micro USB port to most USB sources and fully recharges in 8 hours using a Streamlight AC/USB wall adapter.

The unit is operated by means of a multi-function, pushbutton switch.  To charge an attached USB product, the user presses and releases the switch, which automatically turns off when charging is complete. The flashlight provides 250+ hours of illumination.

The EPU 5200 weighs 5.4 ounces, and measures 4.45 inches long, 1.83 inches wide and 1.04 inches high.  It has an IPX7-rated waterproof design to 1 meter for 30 minutes when its cover is installed, and is made from an impact-resistance polymer tested to 2 meters.  The installed cover also protects against inadvertent turn-on and battery drain of the device.

Available in black, the EPU 5200 is packaged with a removable pocket clip and a 5-inch USB 2.0 A (male) to micro-USB cable. It has an MSRP of $54.00 and includes Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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