Survival Gear Review: SureFire LX2

At SurvivalCache we are always looking for the latest Survival Gear to review and possibly add to our Bug Out Bag, EDC, Emergency Home Kit, or Emergency Car Kit.  We recently came across the SureFire LX2 Flashlight and let’s just say that we were impressed.  

Specs

From the SureFire website:
“The LX2 is a compact dual-output flashlight featuring a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED emitter, a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens, and a smooth fluted body design that takes it easy on clothing. The LX2’s tactically-correct two-stage pushbutton tailcap switch lets you instantly select output level: press for a momentary-on 15-lumen long-runtime low beam suitable for general night use or close work; press further for a momentary-on 200-lumen high beam—ten times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight; twist for constant-on low beam, twist further for constant-on high beam.”

Accessories

There are a number of different accessories for the LX2 ranging from IR filters to specialized pouches and an awesome lanyard system. The lanyard system is included with the LX2 so i can put in a couple of words about its performance.  The lanyard is made up of a piece of OD Green paracord and is equipped with two cord locks and a cord fastener.  In a situation where you would be doing a lot of running or crawling where both of your hands would be needed for weapon retention or navigation the flashlight can be worn necklace style around your neck or the cord locks can be adjusted quickly and easily

Field Performance

I have been pocket carrying this light for a little more than two weeks now, and it has Survival-Gear-Bug-Out-Bag-Survival-Flashlightexcelled at every task that I have put it to. The LX2 is designed for both utility and as a weapons grade self defense light.  The two stage  push button tail cap works amazingly well.  I used the LX2 extensively in a simulated CQB scenario where it performed amazingly well.  On the 15 lumen setting it was still out shining the light of my teammates.  When the LX2 was activated on high output it was able to clearly ID target over 125 meters away.  The LX2 excels in low level lighting conditions, it was able to temporarily distort the vision of an opponent at ranges of 25 to 30 feet, this light is to powerful to test at close ranges for fear of permanently damaging the vision of the assisting opponent. Tested against the headlight of the family car the LX2 came out ahead. Surefire has a reputation for making rugged lights. I did not want to torture test the LX2, but it did survive an accidental fall onto concrete from the top of an 8 foot ladder, and it also survived an accidental trip through the washer and the dryer.  The bezel is differentially hardened, and shaped for impact from both accidental dropping onto hard surfaces, and with impact with an attacker.  If you are so inclined, the LX2 makes an excellent improvised kubotan, ju-jo,  koppo or whatever other other style of fist load you favor.

Likes

I love the way the LX2 rides in the pocket. It is, by far, the best light I have ever owned or Survival-Flashlight-Batteries-Survival-Knifeused.  It runs for a long time on a single set of 123 Lithium batteries, far outlasting any other flashlight I have ever owned.

Dislikes

The one thing that could be seen as a problem on the LX2 is its price. The LX2 retails for around $200 dollars. Also the LX2 runs on special 123 Lithium batteries which are not readily available and are more expensive than a normal battery.

Conclusion

After putting this flashlight through all of the tests for brightness, run-time, short falls off an 8 footSurvival-Gear-Everyday-Carry ladder, self defense, and the old “I forgot my new SureFire LX2 flashlight was in the pants that I just washed” test……I would Definitely recommend the SureFire LX2 for your EDC or Bug Out Bag.  This one was built with TEOTWAWKI in mind.

Read More of Josh’s Articles:
Book Review: Back To Basics
Book Review: When All Hell Breaks Loose
Book Review: The Survival Handbook
5 Types of Machetes and How to Use Them
3 Tier Survival Kits

Also see Mr. Smashy’s Review of the SureFire G2:
SureFire G2 – Entry Level Tactical Illumination

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Josh
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Josh is a Boy Scout and an avid outdoorsman. He specializes in knives (and other such tools), various knots & lashings, traditional skills such as blacksmithing & woodworking, bushcraft and fire starting. Read his full interview here. Read more of Josh's articles.

16 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: SureFire LX2”

  1. I have used the SureFire LX2 as my primary duty light for the past 4.5 years…It's a tough durable light that has never failed me in any low light tactical situation, or any situation. Yes it is a bit on the expensive side…BUT THIS LIGHT LIGHT WILL NOT FAIL YOU!! Another good option that does not cost as much is the SureFire 6PX Tactical 200 Lumens Aluminum Tactical light it is rated to run 2 hours at a constant 200 lumens.. you can pick one up for about $70.00. Surefire also sells the 6PX Pro Dual-Output LED 200/15 Lumens Flashlight for about $80.00…They are a little cheaper if you buy it in polymer body.

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  2. I'm a contractor and I've been in Iraq and Afghanistan for going on 8 years. I acquired my first LX2 after finding it in a ditch following some flooding at Balad airbase. It had some gnarly scratches on the body and had obviously been run over several times before being knocked into the flooded ditch. I rinsed it off and swapped out the batteries and voila, it worked like new. After I moved back to Afghanistan I lost that one and bought another on Ebay for $160, worth every penny. Been through a lot of crazy stuff with it, will never part with it.

    As for the complaints about battery prices, it really isn't an issue for me because typically I only use it for short bursts of a few minutes at a time throughout the night. I'll go for a month or two without changing the batteries, they last longer than AA's in my experience. At the lower power level, the light is still brighter and more focused than most other flashlights and is rated for something like 20 hours at that output level.

    Compared to some of the other AA-powered flashlights out there, I think it would be a mistake to forsake the amazing performance of the LX2 just because the batteries cost a bit more.

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  3. I like the “Surefire ” brand of flashlights but due to the name comes the price.

    I was introduced to the ” FENIX ” brand about a year ago and was impressed with the Lumens that it puts out on single AA battery ( 105 lumens) I was so impressed with what the 1AA battery light and picked up a 2AA battery light which has something in the range of 200 lumens all on a AA battery…..

    One thing about AA batteries is that it is a common batter unlike the C123 battery that most ” Surefire ” lights use.

    Only dislike that it is made in China……. So far I have been lucky with one year under my belt nothing has gone wrong with the ” FENIX” flashlight.

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    • One thing is that Fenix does not have any quality control testing on their LEDs, while Surefire tests each individual part that goes into their lights and will replace any of their lights if there is a fault in the craftsmanship. You are indeed lucky to have gone a whole year with a Fenix with no problems. Surefire lights are designed for professionals who really use their lights, Fenix will probably be okay for casual use, but Surefire will last in the long run and put up with a lot more.

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  4. I have lots of sure fire flash lite's the first one i have is the outdoors men e1l i bought as a recommendation at a outfitters store in Alaska.It was very expansive about 150 for it but i was tire of having min mags not working and having to replace them. i had my lite for about five years its been diving swimming fishing hiking and at work its never fail me. its water proof in my opion. i don't think the g2 surefire is a good lite i email and sent it to sure fire three times in a six period of time it sits in a tool box not being used. i have the e2d defender and its all some no problem the others are the m6 a great lite eats batteries but very brite and good. then i have the e2d outdoors mans its all some my favorite and my edc its the outdoors man e1d the back up by surefire is a great lite its keep in my truck never a problem with it. as for the batteries being expensive and hard to get no not really cause i buy three boxes of 72 batteries(3×72=216 bateries) it last me a year. they work in all kinds of weather cold and hot ect climates don't affect them. i hope this helps out. i can't wait to get the flashlite the article was talking about and surefires new head lamp. I bet they will work great also if sure fire is not in your price range try stream lite they are some good flashlites and uses the same type of batteries.

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  5. Good to know. I have a micro Surefire that I picked up a couple of years ago. Runs off a AAA battery and with constant use the battery last about 3-4 months and is the size of my middle finger. It is bright enough for anything I do out to about 75 feet. Only is about as big around as on of those fat ergonomic pens, has a belt clip to hang in a pocket.

    The thing has been my EDC light and been through the wash, dropped from 15 ft, and best of all it was only twenty bucks!

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  6. You want a good flash light Try looking at the led lazer in Home Depot The flash light has a 90 lumen out put . About 128 hr run time on three triple A battery's Has a constant on or pressure button for tactical use to flash. Sells about $ 39.00 dollars .

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    • yup, the led lender lights are tops. many models all very bright, long run time, low price and all run on AAA batteries. you can have one in every vehicle and every bag you own and since they all run on the same batteries it is easy to be sure to have spares for weeks if you have them split up tactically. also is the nebo lights. a good one they make is a single AA model with a tactical bezel and a pocket clip. very bright and good run time. i have a few in specialized pouches. like a belt pouch with vasline soaked cotonballs and a lighter with meager first aid and minimal essential. i consider that my layer 1 pouch.

      as far as weapon lights go. if you are choosing a light for a weapon. spend 150 bucks on an nc star tactical light lase combo. you have to have a rail to mount it, but any pistol worth owning for home defense and other tactical/survival considerations will have rails. like the glock 30 for example. the weapon light should never be used for daily tasks. it should be reserved for target identification and blinding said target. if you need to navigate in the dark with a weapon, use a tactical light in your non firing hand. but if you are in a defensive posture, then sit tight and conserve your night vision. save the bright light for stunning your adversary.

      i did love my G2Elite, but the replacement cost was to much on batteries. i used it alot nightly and and the run time was way to low. better bang for your buck with the newer generation of high efficiency led lights ruining on common AA and AAA

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  7. Great flashlights! My husband had one while he was deployed. Lasted the whole six months with daily use with our a problem. However one he got home we found out its not “water” proof. My daughter got a hold of it and well she’s a two year old so you know. Thing got completely corroded, but as long as you can keep it away from the munchkins it’s a great little light.

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  8. A $200 flashlight that reqs special batteries is a hard sell. I have something similar I keep w/ me all the time the 'Streamlight Microstream'. It is the same size or slightly smaller (3 1/2") and uses a single AAA battery with a 20 lum output and cost about $25. I would have some concerns about being weapon ready though. Warranted for life and nothin better for bang for your buck.

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  9. The MOST important thing when choosing a flashlight in SHTF event is HOW LONG THE BATTERIES LAST. Really, everything else is just comfort.

    checklist should be..

    1. how long does batteries last?
    2. does it make light?
    3. is it small?

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  10. I just got two on amazon for $35 each. People might not realize the batteries are rechargeable and last 15 years. Even the energizer bunny only last 2 years.

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