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Surefire E1L Gets A Thumbs Up!

A couple years ago, I received a SureFire E1L LED Light for review. I’ve carried this light to Terrill Hoffman’s PWYP encampment in North Carolina several times and to Marty and Aggie Simon’s PEACE and WAR encampments in northern NY. It’s also been my daily lighting choice at work since it arrived…

Here’s the FORMER Specs from SureFire on my older, trusty E1L:

  • Max Output: 25 lumens
  • Runtime: 4 hours
  • Length: 4.00 Inches
  • Weight: 2.60 Ounces
  • Battery: One 123A Lithium

Sure Fire E1L With EDC GearTake note I said FORMER Specs from SureFire! Great just got even better. SureFire upgraded the LED, circuitry and switching system in the E1L and here are the Specs for the newest version:

  • Max Output: High: 45 lumens Low: 3 lumens
  • Runtime: High: 8.5 hours Low: 48 hours
  • Bezel Diameter: 1.0 inch
  • Length: 4.0 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 ounces

Even with the older version, at PWYP and PEACE, I carried the E1L in conjunction with several less expensive AA LED lights. The single AA lights were sufficient to light a trail and for use around camp or in the tent. However, when I really needed lots of light and decent light throw, neither AA was up to the task. Out comes the E1L. This little light has what it takes in a small package for ease of and convenience of carry. The new version at 45 lumens has really got to be a nightblaster!

I’m certainly no expert in personal lighting; but I know the E1L provides the light I need on a trail, in camp, and at work when conducting inspections and when conducting searches. It’s a real performer. The E1L’s regulated light output gives me plenty of bright light for a good, long time.

The E1L’s small size makes it barely noticeable to carry everyday and it remains easy to manipulate with bare hands or gloved hands. The E1L fits into my primary edc gear selection everyday, whether at work or at play.  The SureFire E1L, in any configuration, is a "best buy".

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