Surefire makes incredible LED flashlights! So I want to take a moment and talk about why Surefire is so awesome as well as some of the flashlights they have to offer. I’m going to start this article discussing the Surefire company. After that I’m going to go over three incredible Surefire flashlights and discuss their features.
Surefire is an extremely popular brand. Professionals and law enforcement officers are crazy about Surefire and there’s a reason for it. These are extremely durable high quality flashlights. Surefire makes some of the best tactical flashlights on the market today. There’s a reason this company is so beloved.
Surefire is a company that’s based in the USA. They manufacture and design many of their LED flashlights and products within the USA. If you’re familiar with flashlight brands, you probably know that most flashlights are made from Chinese-based manufacturers and companies. This would include Fenix, Nitecore, Klarus, and Olight. These are all great companies and they offer high quality flashlights. However, if you want to support a USA manufacturer, Surefire is the way to go.
Surefire Tactician E2T-MV
Let’s start with an EDC flashlight. The Surefire Tactician is small and very slim, perfect for everyday carry. It has a pocket clip so you can clip it right into your pocket or onto your jacket if you’d like. It’s about 5 inches in length so it fits comfortably in your hand and the head diameter is about an inch whereas the body diameter is less than an inch. That gives you an idea about how slim it is.
It delivers 800 lumens and features a beam that’s mostly dispersed but still has a hot spot. I really love those beams for everyday carry flashlights. It’s not going to throw far, but it’s going to be good for up-close work and it’ll give you a bit of distance.
Surefire flashlights have really interesting user interfaces. You’ll see with these three flashlights that their interfaces vary greatly. Let’s start with the outputs that the Surefire Tactician has to offer. You have two outputs: high at 800 lumens and low at 5 lumens. You pick the output by twisting the head of the flashlight. So twist it clockwise for high and counterclockwise for low.
Then you have the tail switch. You can push the tail switch for a momentary-on. If the flashlight is in the high output then you’ll have a momentary high. If it’s in the low output you’ll have a momentary low. Then you twist the tail switch for a constant on. Typing it, it sounds more complicated than it actually is. You get used to it very quickly and I actually like this user interface.
Next let’s take a look at the battery power. The Tactician runs on two CR123 batteries. Lithium batteries are excellent because they have decent shelf lives and you don’t need to worry about them draining overtime the same way you do with a lithium ion battery. They’re inexpensive and fairly easy to find. So the Surefire Tactician is really a great everyday carry flashlight, especially for those who prefer using lithium batteries. Make sure to check out the Surefire Tactician.
Surefire Fury DFT
The Surefire Fury is a powerful tactical flashlight and has the highest output of the three flashlights in this article. It has a maximum output of 1500 lumens, an intense amount of light with a wonderful hotspot. It has a maximum distance of 300 meters so you get some good distance with this light. One downside of this light is that it doesn’t have a pocket clip which makes carrying it around a bit difficult. It’s 5.5 inches in length so I would recommend using a holster or belt clip when it comes to carrying this flashlight.
This is an interesting tactical flashlight because it only has one brightness level. You only have that 1500 lumen output. I think some users will love it and some won’t. If you want a single output extremely powerful flashlight, then the Fury is the way to go.
As you can imagine, operating this light is super easy given that it only has one brightness level. It has a tactical tail switch which gives you a momentary on and a constant on. There is no strobe I know some users won’t like that. However, with a momentary on, you can create your own strobe which could be just as effective.
The DFT stands for dual fuel tactical. The Surefire Fury tactical flashlight can run on either an 18650 battery or two CR123 batteries. Out of the LED flashlights on this list, this is the only flashlight that can run on two different battery types. With the 18650 battery you’ll see 1500 lumens. With two CR123s you’re going to be seeing 1100 lumens. 1100 lumens is still a great amount of flight for a tactical flashlight. However, if you want the full 1500, you’ll need to use an 18650 battery.
When it comes to something that’s simple and tactical, the Surefire Fury is excellent.There’s no fuss to it, it’s easy to operate, and it’s extremely powerful. So if you’re looking for an ultra bright Surefire flashlight, make sure to check out the Surefire Fury DFT.
Surefire Stiletto Pro
Next, we’re onto a pocket flashlight. The Surefire Stiletto Pro has a unique design mimicking that of a dagger or so the name implies. It’s about 4.5 inches in length and features a pocket clip so that you can easily take this flashlight with you wherever you go. It has a maximum output of 1000 lumens making it a super bright pocket flashlight.
The operation of the Stiletto Pro is a little interesting and a little confusing. First, let’s talk about the outputs on this light. The Stiletto Pro pocket flashlight features three brightness levels and a strobe mode. The brightness levels are high at 1000 lumens, medium at 300 lumens, and low at 25 lumens.
It has three switches, one on the tail and two on the side. The tail switch activates the momentary on, high, and strobe. One of the side switches will cycle through the brightness levels while the other side switch will change the operation settings.
Now let’s take a look at the operation settings. You have mode 1 and mode 2. In mode 1, the tail switch will give you a momentary, high, and strobe. The primary side switch will cycle from low to high. In mode 2, the tail switch will give you a constant on in high only. For the primary side switch, it will cycle through the brightness levels from high to low. So as you can see, it’s a bit confusing, but with a bit of practice, using the Stiletto Pro comes quite easily.
The Stiletto Pro has an integrated lithium polymer battery so you can’t actually remove the battery or change it. For some users this is a blessing and for others it’s a curse, so it’s really up to you what you prefer. It is USB rechargeable making it extremely convenient to charge the battery. It does have a charge indicator on it and the indicator doubles as a low voltage warning as well. So it’ll glow when the voltage of your battery is low to let you know it’s time to charge it.
This is an awesome tactical pocket flashlight. It’s powerful, it’s compact, has a robust user interface, and it’s rechargeable. If you want a unique and awesome tactical flashlight, make sure to check out the Surefire Stiletto Pro.