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What is the "standard" Surefire EDC light?

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by breakingcontact, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. breakingcontact

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    There are too many models for me to choose from, which is the standard/
     
  2. jujigatame

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    Start with what you want to use it for and how much you're looking to spend. This will help you narrow the field without worrying about what others consider a standard.
     
  3. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    What he said. "Standard" can and will vary wildly by user.

    For functional, every day use, I'm fond of the E-series: E1L, E2L, E2L-AA, E1B, and Carrot's new love, the EB1.

    What kind of use are you imagining, BC?
     
  4. archimedes

    archimedes EDC Junkie!!!

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    Although not my personal favorite, I think a reasonable case can be made for the 6P as the classic "standard" model ....
     
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  5. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Single mode, no frills, metal body. I can see that.

    From the new product line, the analog would be the 6PX Pro with dual mode.
     
  6. breakingcontact

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    So the 6P model...as far as my uses, general/all.
     
  7. defuse kit

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    Cheap, tough, bright. I have a G2X Pro and it's pretty awesome. If you want a metal version, 6PX Pro would work well too.

    If you don't mind used and look around a little, I'm sure you could find a cheap E2D. Slimmer and lighter, awesome pocket clip.
     
  8. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    The 6P "Original" is an incandescent light. The 6PX Pro is your better bet - it's an LED with two modes of output.
     
  9. JonM1911

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    I carry the Backup, but as much as I like Surefire, there are a lot of great options out there for EDC lights, that are cheaper and put out more light. I love my Backup though.
     
  10. breakingcontact

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    I have Streamlights. I've been looking at Fenix and Surefire.
     
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    It depends on how much you want to spend, both Fenix and Surefire are good brands I own lights by both manufacturers. Also if you want simple 2 mode lights like Surefire or multimode like Fenix.
     
  12. breakingcontact

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    I don't mind multi mode lights but I'd like ones that you lock into a setting unlike the Streamlight.
     
  13. jag-engr
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    If I were to pony up for a Surefire, it would, in all likelihood be the L1 CREE, even though it's not the "latest and greatest". It has one of the best User Interfaces of all time.

    Edit to add: I meant to say "L1 CREE", not just "L1". The L1 CREE is brighter, more efficient, and more compact.
     
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  14. tmedina

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    Look at the Fenix E21 - it has two modes. You switch between the modes by twisting the bezel. Flashlight activation is a rear forward clicky.

    Runs on two AA batteries, costs about $30.

    You might also consider a Malkoff turnkey with a high/low ring. Same operation as the Fenix E21, but much more powerful and, as a result, much more expensive as well - although he is running a sale, $80 I believe.
     
  15. breakingcontact

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    I believe REI carries a Surefire or 2. Will check out what they have.
     
  16. david57strat

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    I've always thought of the 6P incandescent as the quintessential Surefire host - and there are countless 6P users (here, and elsewhere) who have converted these over to LED (or other types of lights, such as UV, Infrared, etc.), choosing from a plethora of P60 turnkey (or even custom-made) drop-ins. It's just a matter of deciding what your lighting needs are, what your budget is, then buying the appropriate drop-in for the light.

    There's a Surefire store about ten minutes away from here, and I've been, a few times, when I was still buying CR123s (seemed like way too often), and I would always drool over the amazing assortment of lights they had on the floor. I've yet to own one, but have a feeling that I'll be getting my hands on a 6P classic host, and having a sweet drop-in made for it, sooner, than later :)
     
  17. tmedina

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    *grin* I don't disagree, David, but I thought it might be a little early to add more options to the mix.
     
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    My favorite is the Backup (E1B). It's relatively inexpensive, dependable, bright, great UI, and compact. It's the same one I've had in my pocket for the last four years and it works great.
     
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    I use a yellow G2X pro sure fire with a filter.
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    OK, I have an old 6p laying around. If I wanted to turn it into an Led weapon light where should I start looking. I also have an E1B its a good light, but it has been replaced with an ld10 because of the amount of use and price of batteries.