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This is my first attempt at a review but I will try to do some more in the not to distant future. They will mostly be high end flashlights but I will try do do some on various pocket knives, machette's, and other survival gear I own.

Ok well up for review today is the Surefire LX2. This is a fairly new light from Surefire and mine is from the 2nd batch. I have been carrying mine for about 4 months now every day and these are my observations.

First it is a good looking light and sort of a new design from Surefire. It has a smoothed out appearance. Many were worried about the lack of knurling and how that would affect your grip on the light. I havent noticed any lack of grip including in wet or dirty environments. The head is redesigned and looks different than all of their other LED heads to date. Now the clip is made like the E1B clip which means you can use it as a headlamp and clip it to your hat. That also means you can carry it bezel up or bezel down in your pocket. This light also has a breakaway lanyard attachment point and comes with a verry nice lanyard further adding to the carry options. The body is about the size of their other E-series bodies but only the head is E-series compatible. Unlike the E-series this light can be loaded from the front or the back.

Next I will touch on the U.I. (User Interface, or how the light is operated), performance, and durability. The U.I. of this light is very simple and easy to operate. You push lightly and you access the momentary low mode of 15 lumens, you push harder and it lights up the momentary high of 200+ lumens. Now if you tighten the tailcap first it will come on in low and when you tighten it further it changes to high. Having this U.I. means that you can access high or low mode at the push of a button. The reason I like this is because you dont have to go through high in order to get to low and that means you wont blind yourself and kill your night vision trying to light something close up that doesnt require full brightness! The optic over the LED is a TIR (Total Internal Refraction I think) and not a reflector. Because of this the beam is a very good mixture of throw and spill with no ugly artifacts in the beam. The hotspot is awesome for spotting things in the distance and the spill is still very useable. To get the best light possible I would suggest buying an F04 Beam diffuser to use for close up lighting or working in confined spaces where a good flood is more useful than the hotspot. Battery life also benefits from the U.I because you will tend to use the high less often once you realize how great the low is. The light uses CR123A batteries and IS NOT compatible with RCR's. Runtime is stated to be 47 hours at 15 lumens and 2 hours at 200 lumens. I am STILL on my first set of batteries!

Like I said I have been carrying this light for a few months now and so far it is just as durable/reliable as any other Surefire Ive ever owned. Surefire uses a HAIII annodizing (Hardest coating anybody uses) and I have dropped my light quite a few times. It does have a couple nicks in the anno but mostly just around the edge of the head. I shower with this light all the time and have let it sit in a 5 gallon bucket full of water a few times. It has not leaked. I would suggest some Nyogel in order to properly maintain all of your lights threads, especially the twisties!

My overall opinion of this light is that it would be a great choice for an EDC or Survival light. It is extremely versatile and can be adapted to many different situations through the use of the up/down clip and an F04 Beam Diffuser. This light is also always going to be there for you and will gladly perform in whatever elements you throw at it as long as you keep the threads well maintained! For those reasons this light gets a 10/10. I have yet to find anything that I dont like about it.

The LX2's MSRP is $195 but can be found for conciderably less if you know where to look!

Here is a quick picture comparing it to some other lights.

Surefire LX2 with F04 Beam Diffuser and Surefire E2DL


Surefire 6P, Surefire LX2, XTAR Howitzer D30 1680 lumens, Electrolumens EDC P7, Springfield Armory XD45acp


If I left anything out or didnt touch on something your interested in just let me know and I will do my best to fix it!
 

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I don't understand the draw of $100 flashlights. My $20 maglight with an LED option works just fine, AND it doesn't use expensive batteries, like many of the expensive lights do.
 

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Its all in what you are looking for. I personally hate [email protected]'s for political reasons (They have tried to sue more than a few other companies un-rightfully, not to mention they now claim to have created the multi-mode flashlight even though other people have been doing it for YEARS!) They use old outdated technologhy and WILL NOT change with the times. [email protected]'s arent anywhere near as bright as most other lights out these days dont supply sufficent heat sinking for their larger LED line. Therefore they start out around 40ish lumens and quickly drop because they cant take the heat the LED produces. [email protected] FINALLY updated their LED's and is using a slightly better LED.

As far as batteries go there is a reason high end lights use "expensive" batteries. Alkalines tend to leak and are low voltage low capacity. 1 CR123a is going to last you WAY longer than a Duracell Alkaline AA. Lithium batteries also have a 10 year storage life and operate in less than optimal conditions (-76 degrees to +176 degrees farenheit) That means if you live in a state that gets real cold your alkaline battery is going to crap out and freeze up way before a lithium will

And heres a battery FAQ from Surefire's site

Borrowed from mdocod's post over at CPF
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-A 1xAA powered LED flashlight, 1W to the emitter.
-Boost regulator operates at 80% efficiency due to needing to more than double input voltage.
-Power consumption 1.25W.
-AA alkaline delivers ~1Wh into this load. Runtime ~45 minutes

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-A 1xCR123 powered LED flashlight, 1W to the emitter.
-Boost regulator operates at 90% efficiency, only needs to boost slightly.
-Power consumption 1.11W
-CR123 delivers ~3.5Wh into this load. Runtime ~3 hours

The other reason is apadptability. [email protected] dont have pocket clips, [email protected] arent modular like many other lights are. They also dont offer a very good grip. They arent as durable as many of the other lights out there. You are pretty much stuck with what you buy unless you turn to the aftermarket (there are some good alternatives in the aftermarket if you are building off of a C or D cell platform). Dont get me wrong a [email protected] is still 10 times better than most anything else in its price category!

And in the end we all know it is just a matter of opinion. I am willing to spend larger amounts of money on a good flashlight or a good knife but dont expect me to ever pay the price that some of the people here pay for a top of the line tent or even a tarp!

If you are interested in a cheaper light that is still a very high quality with a great warranty AND it uses AA bateries (and can use AA rechargeables) check out the Quark AA and AA*2 Both are less than $60!
 

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I have lots of Mags but haven't really used them for years, once I got the pocket 6P/9P/etc. Surefires... No way to EDC even a 2D. It's amazing how much lite one of these pocket rockets throws out, just a wall of lite. No Mag can match it.

Now the 2AA mags - don't like their beams, too narrow. SF is just right.

This new SF seems real nice, main problem is the inability to take Li Ion cells, like 18650. But it was for those who wouldn't use them anyway. I use 18650 and my lumens are absolutely free, don't pay anything other than recharge costs.

123s or AA Lithiums are for serious TSHTF time.
 
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