There is a running joke between myself and a couple of friends of mine about how when you get a new flashlight, in the first few minutes of using it you end up shining it into your eyes to see how bright it is and end up regretting it. I had this mind when I first got this light out of the package. So I start turning it on and walking around my home to see how much it can light up a room. And, oh boy, it can light up a room. Then with in the first few minutes of using the light, I manage to sweep it across a mirror right into my eyes.
I’d been looking for a new flash light to replace my old E2D Executive Defender. I had really wanted a single cell smaller light similar to the Novatac lights I had. I ended up picking up a new 600 lumen version of the E2D because it was on sale. My old E2D had a KL4 head that had an output of about 100 lumens. The first biggest difference between the new light and the older one is a massive difference in brightness. There is just no comparing the tremendous increase in light output.
The new light on top, and my trusty old E2D on the bottom. The newer model is a little longer.
When I saw the new pocket clip on the new light, I was pretty excited. It has a double bend in it so you can use either side of the clip. Unfortunately I found that this new clip has very little spring tension, and if you use it with the light end up the outside section then catches on your pocket or items in your pocket. I ended up putting the new head on the old flash light body due to how lousy this new clip is.
Much to my dismay I found Surefire returned to the aggressive crenelations they used to use. While I do suppose you could use these in a fight, I find they are best at cutting holes in your pockets. I am probably going to blunt these with a file so I don’t end up having to replace all my pants.
The biggest thing is that the new light has a high 600 lumen mode, and a low 5 lumen mode. I would really like that, except that it alternates between them. Using this light for a week, I found that every time I went to use it, it would start on the wrong brightest. (While it should be a 50% chance to be right, I managed to have be 100% all the time) Every time I tried to use it in the middle of the night it started on 600 lumens, each time I tried to use it to check out machinery during the day, it would start on 5. So it becomes an annoyance to have to toggle EVERY time I go to use it to get it into the right brightness mode.
Now if you liked to strobe a flashlight an an attempt to blind and disorientate a target, you will find this light completely useless for that. Due to the alternating brightness setting, every other flash is far from blinding and then sometimes it will stay on the 5 lumen brightness as you attempt to strobe.
Had I paid full price for this new Surefire light I would have been rather disappointed. But for a discounted unit, I can make it work for me. I wouldn’t recommend it for “tactical” use due to the nature of the dual output function, but it will make for a handy every day carry utility light.