Update: Surefire L1 Lumamax Cree Review

It has been a few months since I did the original review of the Surefire L1 Cree flashlight.  Since that time, it has been my EDC flashlight. 

After a lot of use, I thought that I would post my observations. 

Surefire L1 Cree.jpgFirst of all, the low setting is too bright.  10 lumens is too much for general use lighting.  5 lumens like used on the Surefire E1B would be more ideal.  The problem isn't limited to its' brightness, however.  The 10 lumen mode also has too much spot and not enough flood.  I would prefer that the low-power mode have little to no spot because it is used only for general utility lighting. 

Secondly, and this is very minor, the tailcap feels spongy.  I would prefer if the switch was crispier so that the L1 would have a bit more finess when switching between high and low modes. 

Other than those two critiques, the Surefire L1 Cree is nearly the perfect EDC flashlight.  It will remain as my edc because there is nothing else available that rivals it in durability, utility, and handiness. 

But that is subject to change when Surefire's UA2 Optimus and UB2 Invictus become available. 


5 Comments on "Update: Surefire L1 Lumamax Cree Review"

  1. New EDC Highlights from the 2010 SHOT Show : EDC Items.com on Sun, 24th Jan 2010 2:07 pm 

    […] as always was present. They displayed the LX1 Lumamax as displayed in their 2009 Catalog. Maybe it will be available this year. Surefire is now […]

  2. Best EDC Flashlight : EDC Items.com on Wed, 28th Jul 2010 7:33 pm 

    […] and bright enough for most uses. For tactical or police use, I feel the the best Surefire is the L1 or LX2 due to their simpler user […]

  3. Why You Need a Surefire A2L Flashlight: Part 1 : EDC Items.com on Mon, 23rd Aug 2010 6:32 pm 

    […] output level. Surefire refers to the switch as “tactical correct.” It’s the same system used in Surefire’s L1 Cree and LX2 and I have to agree about it being tactically correct. Simpler is better in this […]

  4. Flashlight Belt Wear | EDC Items.com on Sun, 10th Apr 2011 7:13 pm 

    […] for flashlights equipped with pocket clips include the Streamlight Pro-Tac 2AA, the NovaTac Storm, Surefire L1 and E1B. All of the flashlights mentioned are waterproof to more or lesser degrees. When choosing a […]

  5. Your Favorite EDC Items | EDC Items.com on Sun, 17th Jul 2011 12:36 pm 

    […] favorite is the Surefire L1 Cree, also called the L1 Lumamax. Although it may seem too dim by today's standards with a lowsy 65 […]

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