I received my Surefire E1B Backup from LAPoliceGear.com last Wednesday (5 days ago). This little light has remained in my pocket every day since I received it
First, let's get my only gripe out of the way...
Without any knurling, it does seem a bit slippery to handle. I'll be honest, I had read on here someone else mention the very same thing but didn't think much of it until I started using one myself. It's not too bad though, you just have to be sure you keep a good grip on it. This is really only a minor gripe.
Next, let me just come right and say it...I absolutely love this little light! I really like its forward clicky which enables me to press for momentary on and click for constant. The switch has an excellent feel to it. I might have to get a SF forward clicky for my 6PL now
I know that some of you will disagree with me here, but I actually like the fact that it comes on in high first, then low mode second. If I'm walking along and want to immediately light something up that I hear around the corner or in a bush or something, I want it immediately coming on with all 80 lumens. If I'm in a real low-light environment where I don't want to destroy my night adapted vision, I'll simply press the head of light against my body and click through to low mode before uncovering it.
On high, this light really throws a lot of light. It definitely out throws my 6PL which is also 80 lumens. But what I found even more impressive, is how useful the low mode is. On low, it has roughly half the total output of my Fenix L0D Q4 on low (which I confirmed in an ultra scientific ceiling-bounce test ) but keeps the light in a much tighter, much more useable beam. I really though that 5 lumens would be pretty weak, but with Surefire's TIR, it really is very useable. In comparison, the L0D's 11 lumen low just diffuses the light too much for it to be very useable in anything less that VERY dark environments IMHO (at least compared to the 5 lumen, TIR from the E1B).
In fact, when I first compared the E1B on low to my L0D on low, I though that the E1B was putting out more light (hey, we all know that Surefire lumens are bright ), but I was quite suprised to see in the ceiling-bounce-test the L0D really lit up the room better than the E1B.
Before I end this with some pictures I took of my E1B, I'd like to just say that I'd strongly recommend this light to anyone considering purchasing one.
Larger versions are available on Flickr by clicking the image.