Gear: Surefire E1B Backup


Surefire E1B Backup

Category: Duty & Tactical Gear
Subcategory: Flashlights
Price: $110.00
Average Rating:
(8 Votes)

Ultra compact (finger length), dual-output LED flashlight with extended runtime and tactical-level output. The E1B was developed as an everyday-carry flashlight for undercover officers and as a backup light for patrol officers — but it's also ideal for outdoor, self-defense, and everyday use by civilians. The Backup features a virtually indestructible, electronically regulated light emitting diode (LED) that, on its "high" setting, produces a smooth, tactical-level beam (enough light to temporarily overwhelm the night-adapted vision of an aggressor) with four times the output, of a two-D-cell flashlight. And it continues generating tactical-light levels for 1.3 hours on a single battery. On its "low" setting, the E1B generates five lumens of light that's perfect for reading a map, checking an ID, or navigating a dark pathway, and generates useful light levels for 37 hours. And the E1B's click-on/off tailcap is programmed to instantly deliver maximum output when its pushbutton is depressed, a critical feature in law enforcement and tactical applications where a lot of light is frequently needed immediately. Rounding out this flashlight's features are its unique "melted" styling — no knurling or sharp edges to catch on clothing — and two-way pocket clip, which lets a user carry the Backup bezel up or down, whichever he or she prefers.

Member Reviews

  • I_yam_what_i_yam_max30
    NavyDavy, Mon, 09 Jun 2008 17:04:33 UTC.
    1st review

    It is small, with more light than many bigger flashlights.

    Flag as inappropriate
  • Photo_user_blank_big
    Anonymous, Sun, 29 Jun 2008 14:52:30 UTC.

    Great light! Fits easy in your pocket and provides a bright LED light.

    Flag as inappropriate
  • Images_max30
    JMezz, Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:38:27 UTC.

    Flashlight is awesome,has a lot of run time and puts off double the light of my maglite and most other flashlights.

    Flag as inappropriate
  • Farva_max30
    bgrossman, Mon, 22 Dec 2008 23:18:44 UTC.

    This is a great back up and off duty EDC light. I whole-heartedly recommend it. It's worth the price.

    Flag as inappropriate
  • P1080528_max30
    bourneshooter, Thu, 17 Dec 2009 04:16:15 UTC.

    As soon as I can sell a couple of my other Surefires I will be acquiring one of these instead of just T&E'ing them. Much better LED head system than my A2 Aviator and alot smaller. Carrying the A2 in the front pocket of jeans off-duty is annoying. Putting the E1B there would be much better.

    Surefire outdid themselves with this product.

    Flag as inappropriate
  • Woods_max30
    Uncon214, Wed, 30 Dec 2009 04:52:32 UTC.

    Want one

    Flag as inappropriate
  • Photo_user_blank_big
    Anonymous, Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:01:22 UTC.

    I bought one of these shortly after they came out, and have carried it in my pocket, both on duty and off. It always works, it's well about the 50-lumen (mine is 80-lumes, and I think they've upped that to 110 or more since then), momentary blindness threshold.

    As an aside...I purchased another light, which will remain nameless, that is every bit as high quality, rugged, bright, etc... However, I kept activating the light while it was in my pocket...the SureFire tail-cap lockout feature takes care of that. verdict, is that the SureFire E1B "Back-up" is the best in class, and I've got two years of field use to back up that claim.

    Flag as inappropriate
  • Va_tampa-protecting_those_who_served_max30
    SM78, Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:17:16 UTC.

    I have recently lost mine but it served me well especially when I swapped out the tail cap with one that let it free stand. I have since gone to my backup back up the Fenix PD20 (No longer made-Now PD22).

    Flag as inappropriate