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Top SureFire Flashlights

Updated on March 5, 2011

Surefire Flashlights

Having flashlights around the house, car, and campground is a necessity for safety. When the power goes out, no one wants to be stranded in inky blackness. Some flashlights are made for the kitchen drawer: they are made of inexpensive plastic and they are sold based on price rather than functionality. On the other hand, the SureFire corporation manufactures a complete line of tactical illumination devices that offer a high level of personal protection as well as lighting capabilities.

The SureFire corporation has a long history of developing and manufacturing weapons-grade lighting equipment for personal safety, law enforcement, target shooting, and hunting. Their product line includes extremely durable flashlights that deliver performance well beyond a traditional hardware store flashlight.

Can a light be a weapon? Many law enforcement officers and military personnel think so. Shining a bright light into the face of an adversary, especially at night, causes momentary blindness as the eyes adjust to the sudden input. This brief period may be the difference between success and failure.

SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED

A flashlight controlled with a microprocessor provides functionality well beyond the traditional department store flashlight nestling in a kitchen drawer. This extremely durable device has no bulbs to break or filaments to burn out. The innovative bezel surrounding the lens is engineered to protect against drops and to provide an optional offensive weapon, should such an appropriate situation arise. The body is aerospace-grade aluminum, which is light but still durable.

The lens is designed to provide a focused beam with a slight amount of 'secondary light' for supporting your peripheral vision. 200 lumens of output represents over 10 times the brightness of a standard flashlight powered by 2 D cells. The entire unit weighs less than 9 ounces and fits comfortably in your hand. An integrated clip is also included.

Surefire 6P LED Single Output LED Flashlight

This ultra-compact flashlight fits comfortably in a pocket or utility belt. 80 lumens of output is sufficient to temporarily blind an attacker or a suspect, providing enough time to react to a potentially dangerous situation. It uses two 123A Lithium Batteries. The on/off controls are built into the tailcap: a momentary on position or a steady illumination setting can be selected.

Law enforcement officers use this type of light to shine into the eyes of suspects and visually search potential crime scenes.

Surefire Saint Minimus LED Headlamp

SureFire hands-free lighting products offer safe secure illumination while allowing your hands to pursue other activities. A single 123A battery powers this headlamp. The battery is integrated into the lighting assembly, eliminating the need for a bulky external supply or tangled wires.

This specially engineered device emits 100 lumens of brightness. Mountaineers and cavers will find it extremely useful. It's also water-resistant for up to 30 minutes, much longer than you can hold your breath. The headband is very comfortable, especially when compared to less expensive models. Beware of models that might create hot spots on your forehead: this unit is specially engineered to cause no discomfort even during extended wear periods.


A common use for a flashlight requires a device that throws a bright beam for distance work but also offers a lower output setting for close-up work in a semi-dark environment. This flashlight was designed for pilots to examine the outside of their aircraft in nearly complete darkness and also work in the cockpit under low lighting conditions. Surefire engineered this light to do both. A pilot must be able to use the light 'indoors' to illuminate areas in the cockpit but at the same time be able to look out the window and still have effective night vision. The human eye uses different components to see in low light than in a brightly lit environment. Switching back and forth between the two lighting conditions causes eye fatigue which may lead to pilot error. This flashlight includes a low light setting that won't overwork the eyes when glancing out the window into a darkened sky.

A special lock-out setting on the power switch allows the device to be placed in a mode preventing accidental activation during storage or transport.


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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj : We prefer the term 'tactical'.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      These really are weapons-grade flashlights, nicomp. I'll have to renew my gun-toting permit in order to carry one.

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Your flashlights are really nice but they are really overpriced. I used a flashlight that I stole from my first job at Kammer Plant in 1969 and I used it yesterday to fix my neighbors tripped circuit breaker in her basemant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Even if I had bought it at full price today it would have cost around $25 at the most!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!