SureFire manufactures high-performance flashlights and tactical gear that helped revolutionize lighting tools and techniques in law enforcement. Following the company’s tradition of innovation, SureFire introduced the E1B Backup flashlight for officers in plainclothes assignments and off-duty carry.
The E1B is very compact: only 4.4″ long and weighs a mere 3.3 ounces. The flashlight has a reversible clip so it can be carried in a pocket or on a belt with the bezel either up or down depending on your preference. SureFire also designed the E1B with a “melted styling,” meaning there are no knurling or rough edges to snag on clothing when you need it.
Even though the Backup is very compact, it still is extremely powerful. Using a high performance LED, the E1B emits 300 lumens of blinding white light, for up to 1.3 hours on a single lithium 123A battery. Additionally, the E1B flashlight has a secondary light mode of 5 lumens for more mundane tasks like maneuvering through your garage at night. Run time on the low power mode is an outstanding 40 hours.
“We wanted to create a light for our customers that wear a suit every day while making that same product purposeful for a law enforcement officer to wear on their duty belt,” says Matthew Hemenez, Director of Product Management. “The officer could immediately utilize the Backup if a primary light is not available or no longer useful.”
This is the current model of E1B. The original version of the light was also a LED powered light, but it was less efficient. The light output was a mere 80 lumens on high and the low output mode did not run as long. Clearly, the company is taking advantage of all of the modern LED ‘bulbs’ and microprocessor controls of battery output.
There are a variety of good lights you can carry off duty, and this is definitely one of the better ones. I’ve used SureFire products in the past. While nothing is perfect, SureFire tends to make good quality stuff you can depend on.