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Surefire E1B Dual-Output LED Flashlight


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One 123A Lithium Battery
  • 110 Lumens of High Output for 1.3 Hours; 5 Lumens of Low Output for 37 Hours
  • Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
  • TIR lens produces tight beam with enough surround light for peripheral vision
  • High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
  • Dual-output tailcap click switch - press for momentary-on low, click for constant-on low; return to off then press or click again to select high
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Product Description

The Backup is an ultra compact dual-output flashlight developed as a duty light for plainclothes officers or as a backup light for patrol officers as described in SureFire's Tactical Trinity system for law enforcement, but is also ideal for outdoor, self-defense, and everyday use. It features a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED emitter and a precision Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens. The Backup's pushbutton tailcap switch lets you activate the flashlight and select an output level: press or click for an 80-lumen high beam—four times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, and more than enough to overwhelm an aggressor's night-adapted vision; release or click off and press or click again for a 5-lumen ultra long-runtime low beam that's perfect for reading a map, checking an ID, or navigating in the dark. The E1B Backup produces useful light levels for 37 hours. Smooth body styling minimizes pocket snag and pressure points when worn close to the body, and the two-way clip allows bezel-up or bezel-down carry.

Product Details

Color: Black | Size: One 123A Lithium Battery
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 3.8 x 1.2 inches ; 3.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001X5HS24
  • Item model number: E1B-BK-WH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,873 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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It fits perfect in the pockets, and it's very bright for the size of the light.
Dario Solis
The clip is also a big improvement allowing for tip up or tip down carry as well as clipping the Backup to your ball cap for hands free use.
Mark Dalpe
Compact with a light that is very bright and works well in any situation whether for work or home.
JWink

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129 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Timothy B. Riley HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One 123A Lithium Battery Verified Purchase
Length: 4:53 Mins
I really like this flashlight. It is very well made and perfect for backup or for a compact, small main unit. Even though I saw pictures of this flashlight I was surprised at it's size when I saw it. Because of that I thought that this video review would give viewers a "virtual" hands-on demonstration of this unique little flashlight.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Menace915 VINE VOICE on July 30, 2008
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One 123A Lithium Battery
It's true, good things do come in small packages. The E1b "Backup" by Surefire is the perfect example of this.

This light is perhaps my favorite light of all of them, and trust me.. I own a very varied collection of flashlights. These are some awesome features of the "Backup:"

1. Very small. Fits in the palm of your hand. Rides in your pant pocket and you won't even notice it's there until you reach for it. It has a 2-way pocket clip. Carry it bezel up or bezel down, take your pick.

2. 80 lumens on tactical level of light, or 5 lumens for prolonged battery duration. Although it is rated at 80 lumens, this little light ourperforms my Fenix P3D, which is rated at a maximum of 215 lumens. It outperforms my Blackhawk Gladius. It outperforms my Streamlight Stinger. ****UPDATE: I just purchased the Surefire 6p LED and G3 LED, both also rated at 80 lumens, and the E1B outshines them both, and it has a better "throw." Maybe Surefire should re-classify the E1B as having more than 80 lumens?

3. Despite being an LED light, the beam travels very far, and it provides an intense bright circle of light at the middle, with a generously wide and bright peripheral illumination area.

4. Runs on a single CR123a battery. This means you can ditch your xenon lights and save all the batteries they eat up for this little guy.

5. Great reflector and super clear lens.

6. It has a lockout feature on the tactical tailcap so that you won't accidentally drain the battery if it turns on without you noticing.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A photographer VINE VOICE on November 14, 2008
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One 123A Lithium Battery
I carry one of these little Surefire's daily and use it so much it's hard to imagine how I got by without it. Yes, it's hard to justify spending $110 to $149 (the range of prices I've seen advertised) for a flashlight. You either have to be a flashlight nut like me or have a specific purpose for such a light.

Surefire has the reputation of making dependable and durable lights, prized by military, law enforcement and emergency personnel. These people require lights that are pretty much 100% reliable. Surefire has a great warranty and their lights are over-engineered like mad. That's a lot of what you pay for when you buy a Surefire flashlight.

This particular light is small but powerful. It uses optics to concentrate the beam. I don't know how lumens are measured or any of the technical stuff involved. I have several flashlights that advertise more than the 80 lumens Surefire claims for this light. But only a couple of them actually put out a beam as bright as the E1b on the high setting. On the low setting, you get a very useful amount of light about equivalent to an LED Mini Maglite. It is somewhat fiddley to get to the low setting--you have to go through the high setting first. You will eventually work out how you will deal with this and it will soon cease to be an issue.

Other than the price, this is about the perfect light for everyday use. As a lower priced alternative, you might want to check out the Fenix PD20. It has more settings and it's even smaller than the E1b. I have both but the Surefire is in my pocket almost all the time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Staiano on October 13, 2009
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One 123A Lithium Battery Verified Purchase
I currently own five Surefire lights and have used a number of weapon mounted Surefires as well. I have to say that this light replaced the E2D that I carried every day for years. The option of low/high power is simply fantastic. The low power option is great for everyday type uses that I encounter frequently. Occasionally I'll use the high power mode to spotlight something at night. The ability to do both with the same light is fantastic as I previously had to carry two lights to accomplish the same thing. The belt clip is a nice feature but not particularly useful if you are exceptionally active and I usually carry this torch in my lower right trouser pocket of my ACUs. While I always carry a more powerful Surefire on combat missions attached to my rifle, this little guy always travels with me as a great back-up or a companion for my M9. Truly a great light and an excellent value!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ignatius Reilly on February 25, 2009
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One 123A Lithium Battery Verified Purchase
I've had Surefire flashlights for years and have enjoyed the move from filament bulbs to quality LEDs. To be brief, if you need a fantastic, small, light-weight, long-lasting flashlight (who doesn't?), this is the one.

The 5 lumen output setting is plenty for just about any use, while the 80 lumen setting is blinding. Not like a 225 lumen filament bulb, of course, but plenty to really light things up if you need to.

With a 37-hour run time on the 5 lumen setting, this light finally gives me what I've been waiting for: a light small enough to ALWAYS carry with a battery life that offers real utility. The method of operation is a little awkward at first. One click on the butt-cap button gives the full 80 lumens. A second click gives you the 5 lumen setting. Once I got used to this operation, I realize it makes good sense and is easy to use.

The quality of construction is usual Surefire: The finest materials, design and execution. The beam is sharply focused and the light color is an interesting tone, much warmer than the Surefire L2 I have.

This much money for a little flashlight? It depends upon how important light is to you. To me, having a tiny, no-compromise device which allows me to carry instant light is both a luxury and a necessity. This is a 21st century tool which conquers the darkness and worth every penny.
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