If you are like me, you have as many flashlights as guns. The advancements in flashlight technology in the past few years have been amazing. Each new product is better than the next, and SureFire is always blazing new trails.
The latest high tech lights use LED technology to capitalize on its benefits over incandescent bulbs, which are more efficient battery use, bright white light, and a light source that is virtually indestructible. However, many LED flashlights force you to choose between a lower output, long lasting, utility light, and a high output, tactical light. LED lights can serve either purpose very well. SureFire, however, has managed to produce a light that serves both functions well. The U2 Ultra is adjustable to six different light output levels, from 2 to 80 lumens!
The flashlight body is aerospace grade aluminum with mil-spec hard annodization. In other words, this is a typical “built like a tank” SureFire product.
At low output levels, battery power is conserved, while very useable light is generated. This type of output is perfect for reading maps, finding lost items, or maneuvering in dark areas without blinding yourself with the reflected light. At the lowest level, this light will run for more than 40 hours on its two 123A lithium batteries! At the highest level, this light cranks out 80 lumens, which is more than enough for a bright, tactical light to light up a room or temporarily blind an aggressor.
The U2 has the familiar SureFire click-on tail cap arrangement with momentary and constant-on capability, as well as a lock-out. However, the genius of this light’s controls is in the simplicity of the twist ring that adjusts the output to six distinct levels. The controls are very intuitive and easy to use. I really like that this light has a very wide, flood-like beam that is perfect for lighting up a room or lighting up your whole field of view. Some tactical lights have a beam that is too narrow for good tactical use.
This light is a bit larger than your standard, 2 cell, personal light, largely because of the over-size head unit. This light also includes a pocket clip that is much better than some of the previous SureFire pocket clips. The flashlight body is aerospace grade aluminum with mil-spec hard annodization. In other words, this is a typical “built like a tank” SureFire product. The U2 Ultra’s $279 price tag translates into a street price of around $200. The light also comes with SureFire’s bullet-proof customer service and lifetime guarantee, which adds considerable value to this product.
My SureFire U2 stays in my car and goes in my pocket when necessary. It is well suited to changing a tire or defending my life. Few products can do it all well, but this one does. Don’t compromise on a tool as important as a flashlight. I highly recommend the U2 Ultra. Check out SureFire’s newly re-designed website at www.surefire.com, 800-828-8809.