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Trevor D. (of SoCalMotorcycles.com) writes: “The post about Maglight LED conversions brought my flashlight to mind:  If you want an invincible, focused-at-any-distance, brighter than a 3-D-cell Maglight, totally water and oil/grease/coolant/unknown-goo proof flashlight that’s preferred by law enforcement everywhere with easy access to replacement parts (any gun store) — get a Surefire! You’ll never go back.”

What I really like about this flashlight is its price point: just $35 from most vendors.  So many LED-based lights are $40 or more now, and some of them look like they’d be pretty fragile.  This one looks tough — and I’d tend to believe Trevor, who’s seen his share of “unknown goo.”

The G2 Nitrolon Flashlight [SureFire]
Street Pricing [Froogle]



5 Responses to Reader Find: SureFire’s G2 Nitrolon Flashlight

  1. > So many LED-based lights are $40 or more now

    Uh, yeah. And this one’s cheaper because it, um, doesn’t have an LED in it :-). Its lamp life should be pretty decent by incandescent standards, though, and it’s reasonably unlikely to break a filament if you drop it (barring terminal velocity onto a marble floor).

    The cheapest Surefire LED heads start from $US50 or so. Whole LED flashlights from them are $US100-plus.

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Daniel: You totally see my point. I’ll admit that I sometimes drool over the LED lights. (I don’t have one yet, but it’s only by incredible restraint that I don’t.) But then I can’t help but think, “Couldn’t I get a truly *first class* incandescent for less money?” In other words: Entry level LED or top-o-the-line incandescent?

  3. Myself says:

    I think you’ll find that top-of-the-line incandescents range into three figures pretty quickly, and you can get an impressive LED light for the same price.

    Keeping to realistic two-figure prices, I’ll go LED every time. In an emergency, runtime is usually more important then brightness, and a burned-out bulb can really ruin your day.

    Also, LEDs respond better to PWM brightness control, so you can get a multi-setting light and pick your runtime/brightness tradeoff on a moment-by-moment basis.

  4. T says:

    Okay, not to rain on anybody’s parade here, but there’s a few things you need to know about the G2 or any flashlight from Surefire. They are an incandescent, by the way, not an LED.

    Pros: Bright as hell. They’re hands down the brightest flashlight you can get for 35 bucks. You can blind unsuspecting people with these at night.

    Cons: Battery life & cost. You get one hour of use out of a set of batteries. Period. Not approximately an hour, not an hour and 15 minutes, an hour. The batteries are CR123A lithiums that run about $1.50 each if you buy in quantity.

    What they’re designed for and work really well as is tactical illumination. General purpose illumination at night? Well, it depends on how much you use a flashlight. If you can live with the battery life and price, rock on. If not, stick to an LED Maglite. Also, if you use the G2 in a small space, depending on the reflection, they can be hard to use. The brightness works against you.

    Me, I have several G2s but for most stuff I use Mag-Lites with the LED conversion. You can pick up a two flashlight (3D and 2 AA) set from Sam’s, buy the Mag-lite LED from Wal-Mart and have two flashlights for less than most places sell the LED Mag-Light.

  5. Thanks for the helpful information, “T”. You know quite a bit about these flashlights.

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