Thursday, January 22, 2009

Review: SureFire E2D LED Defender Flashlight

With financial institutions in a mess and a ton of reward points sitting in my American Express account, I decided to redeem some of those points for a niffty high-end flashlight called the SureFire E2D LED Defender.

It's a compact (personal-size) flashlight that's powered by 2 CR123A lithium batteries...and it is BRIGHT!!! It puts my three D-cell Maglite flashlight to shame.

The E2D LED Defender has 2 light settings - high @ 120 lumens and low @ 5 lumens. It's called the Defender because at 120 lumens you can temporarily blind an aggressor or at least convince him to back off with a strong dose of that intense beam of light. And if that is not enough, the Defender's bezel and tailcap have these sharp teeth (see picture below) that can be used as a weapon for striking or digging into a body part (such as the hand or face).

The E2D LED Defender is made of aerospace-grade aluminum which gives it a nice weight/feel in the hand and will probably last a long long time. Plus, SureFire has an impressive no-hassle guarantee on their products.

My only complaint with the Defender is the placement of the pocket clip. I'm not entirely sure that it's all that useful; and when holding the flashlight, the clip gets in the way of properly gripping it tight in one's fist.

The SureFire E2D LED Defender is certainly not cheap. MSRP is $149 (though you can get if for less at It's roughly 5 times the cost of the Maglite mentioned above, but is probably worth the price if you need a compact self-defense flashlight.

I'm keeping the Maglite, but the SureFire is an impressive flashlight.

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