SureFire Products Review
SureFire is largely considered one of the top tier tactical technology companies in the world with a focus on illumination tools like flashlights, headlamps, weaponlights, wristlights, helmet lights and search lights / spotlights. They have also developed many other desired tactical equipment and electronics which we will cover below in our SureFire review.
Coupled with their SureFire Institute (SFI) which focuses on leading the charge in low light tactical training, let’s review the entire line of SureFire products and see which ones we can recommend and give as a valid suggestion to use if interested in advanced gear.
SureFire’s flashlights produce optimal beams and promise no rings, dark holes, shadows or hot spots on their official website. They are a US-based product manufacturer who is also an established member of the PLATO (Portable Lights American Trade Organization). By building a compact, rugged, reliable and powerful tactical flashlight constructed with a strong polymer body that offers many different strategic advantages, SureFire flashlight models are one of the ‘surest’ bets you can find in the tactical technology company space.
For example, the SureFire G2X Pro uses a 123A lithium battery in order for it to illuminate brightly. Attached to it is a high-efficiency LED light that is capable of generating a minimum output of 15 lumens and maximum output of 320 lumens. Its body is perfectly built for easy handling and good gripping under different temperatures and environments.
SureFire makes sure that all of their products are marked with “Made in the U.S.A” to ensure that they are mainly focusing on the satisfaction of their customers. While they have aluminum stock for their illuminating tool bodies at Santa Ana, they also have another location for assembling, testing, and shipping of their products at Fountain Valley, California.
Normally, SureFire designers proudly mark their masterpiece with “Made in the U.S.A.”. However, when one of their products is crafted partially or entirely outside the country or some of the attachments of the unit are imported from other countries, they automatically remove the mark. In the company’s perspective, it is mostly important for them to deliver excellent quality products; thus, not all of the parts (from tiny to visible pieces) are strictly collected from the United States.
Here is a brief list of all of the SureFire tactical flashlights and equipment you can find via their website www.SureFire.com :
- SureFire Titan (LED keychain light)
- SureFire G2X Tactical (single 320 lumens output)
- SureFire G2X Pro (dual 320 lumens output)
- SureFire Sidekick (ultra compact variable output LED)
- SureFire G2X LE (dual 400 lumens output)
- SureFire 6PX Pro
- SureFire G2ZX CombatLight
- SureFire Titan Plus
- SureFire P2X Fury
- SureFire P2X Fury Tactical
- SureFire LX2 LumaMax
- SureFire EB1 Backup
- SureFire P2X Fury IntelliBeam Technology
- SureFire EB2 Backup
- SureFire E1D LED Defender
- SureFire P1R Peacekeeper
- SureFire P1R Peacekeeper Tactical
- SureFire P3X Fury
- SureFire P3X Fury Tactical
- SureFire E2D LED Defender Ultra
- SureFire Y300 Ultra
- SureFire V1 Vampire
- SureFire R1 Lawman
- SureFire UDR Dominator
- SureFire ARC2-8C
As you can see, they are no strangers to the tactical LED flashlights and have produced a wide array of varying specifications and qualifications per individual light.
They have imported some products like the most remarkable light emitting diodes (LED) from other countries. Rest assured that the LED attached on G2X Pro is not from the United States. Even so, the company has made sure to import LED from countries with top-notching products.
For the rest of the SureFire review, we will focus on one model to show you what to look for per model to ensure you get what you are looking for in finding the best tactical flashlights available for your needs.
SureFire G2X Pro Features:
- It has two output levelswith its corresponding running time. Note that the brighter the setting of your flashlight is, the faster it is for the battery to drain.
- High: 320 lumens / 2.75 hours
- Low: 15 lumens / 45 hours
- With a simple click on the tail cap, you can already turn it on and/or switch its lighting beam.
- Its micro-textured reflector is a great contribution in creating a smooth and heightened beam.
- With its waterproof feature, carrying this wherever you go, whether it’s raining or completely humid, is not much of a problem since its O-ring and gasket are completely sealed.
- Its tough polycarbonate window is perfect in keeping the product safe from impacts.
- The product’s length is also well planned for the interested buyer to easily keep it.
- 20 inches
- When buying an item, the heaviness of that item will always matter; thus, the company has decided to make a flashlight that is handy lengthwise and lightweight.
- 4 ounces
SureFire G2X Pro Pros:
- Its two output levels are very much useful in adjusting the brightness of the flashlight. You can easily adjust its lighting, depending on your area.
- Carrying it anywhere is not in any way hassle for the buyer since it is small and lightweight.
- Durability-wise, this product is a perfect go-to item due to its impact resistance feature.
- The light quality produced by Surefire G2X Pro is superb; no artifacts, rings, or any peculiarly distracting output.
- With its Nitrolon body, using it under different temperatures is not an issue. It is capable of giving users a good grip of the item.
- It is user-friendly. By just pushing the button on the tail cap once, you will have a full light of 320 lumens; turning the light off and on again gives you half power of the light with 15 lumens.
- It has an anti-roll body, which means it is safe to place it on the table without abruptly using your reflex, protecting it from rolling straight to the floor.
SureFire G2X Pro Cons:
Its two output levels may not be enough for other users to enjoy.
- Though having a lanyard is necessary, SureFire failed to attach one in their product. Not everyone may make use of it, but it is still important in securing the item.
- Apparently, G2X Pro is part of the cheapest line-ups from SureFire, but compared to other LED flashlights, it still comes up to be quite pricey.
- Some of the units have defective tail caps. It can be a pain to hear this one, though, since the tail cap is very much crucial in using the product or in adjusting the output level.
- Since SureFire is expensive per se, a rechargeable battery would be much ideal to save money. However, their products, including G2X Pro, are not compatible with rechargeable batteries.
- For you to be able to fully utilize the item at a given time frame, a Surefire manufactured battery must be used.
SureFire G2X Pro Verdict:
SureFire G2X Pro gives off a good lighting result and can be switched from its lowest beam to its higher beam. If you choose to fully blast its power to high beam, it reduces the amount of its battery life but just enough for you to be able to utilize it at a given time frame.
Due to its ability to illuminate brightly up to 320 lumens, care must strictly be taken when using this product. As it intends to illuminate areas reachable on its beam, it must never be exposed directly to the eyes as it can cause blindness. It’s scary, but SureFire G2X Pro was not manufactured for that purpose in the first place.
Claiming that the product is waterproof, it does not wet its interior when submerged in the water for an hour. It is a nice feature that should be considered when purchasing one since gadgets are very much sensitive to water.
Though it has several good features, SureFire should be able to come up with a product capable of accepting rechargeable batteries. Purchasing batteries from time to time can be a big “ouch” in the wallet.
Overall, SureFire G2X Pro is a valuable product. As long as you know how to handle it with care, rest assured that this product would remain useful to you for a long time. There is no such thing as perfectly crafted LED flashlight, but G2X Pro can do its job pretty well.