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    Popcorn Surefire LX2 Review, Pics, Beamshots & Info

    UPDATE:
    Just wanted to add that I picked up a "newer" LX2 (in 2012) and it is brighter than the first LX2 I had when I originally did this review. My first LX2 seemed to put out about ~205 or so lumens on high and ~15 lumens on low. My "newer" LX2 seems to put out closer to ~250 lumens on high and 35 lumens on low! Just what I wanted. I like the 35 lumen low because it's bright enough for most all tasks with a very long run time, especially with the rechargeable batteries Surefire now offers. Also, the current draw is less on high with the new one.

    Surefire LX2 LUMAMAX:

    FEATURES

    • Virtually indestructible LED regulated to maximize output and runtime
    • Two-stage tailcap switch provides instant access to one of two levels of light output: 15 lumens or 200 lumens
    • Press for low, press harder for high. Twist for constant on
    • TIR lens produces tight beam with enough surround light for peripheral vision
    • Corrosion-proof, scratch-resistant aluminum body is hard anodized
    • O-ring and gasket sealed so it's waterproof to one meter for up to 30 minutes
    • 4.2 oz and 5.4" long and uses 2 CR123A batteries

    Pros: Comes in a box with a lanyard and instruction sheet. This is a nice upgrade from their other packaging because now you can actually get it out of the package. Fit and finish are good. Size is nice and small for easy use and pocket carry. The fluting instead of knurling works well and makes it easier to slide in and out of your pocket. It's much shorter than it's predocessor (the L2). Bezel up/down clip is very nice, finally making pocket carry of a two cell Surefire practical. It looks as if the clip can be placed on an E2e body & vice versa but I couldn't easily remove the clip so I gave up. TIR lens gives a great amount of punch without being too tight. The TIR does what other lights need a larger reflector to do. Standard 1" bezel accepts E series filters and the F04 beam diffuser. Two stage tailcap UI is easy to use and even pressing all the way for high is not as hard as my L1 was. Electronics are in the head, there is nothing in the body at all so the LX2 head works on an E2e body (though only in high mode). Removable lanyard attachment ring. The nice thing about his light is that is actually comes with a lanyard!

    Cons:
    A bit pricey. Slight anodizing mismatch, although this is normal sometimes it actually matches. Some may not like the TIR or it's lack of Li-ion support. Run-time (2 hours on high) is average for this brightness level, but I would like it to be even longer. I'm sure it's more like 90 minutes on high. When you twist for constant on the tailcap is rubbing against the clip. It's not real bad because there is no knurling but it could wear the HA down over time.

    Overall:
    This light is a very good balance of long running low output and very bright output with great throw when you need it. The beam is like the E2DL and other new style TIR optic equipped Surefires. I personally like the 15 lumen low. I would even like it a bit brighter. Tint is great on my LX2, much better than most of the other Surefires I have had recently. Not harsh blue or green. My tests show the LX2 is brighter than my E2DL and Fenix T1. I estimate low to be right on 15 lumens and high to be right at 200 lumens (give or take ~10 lumens). I have a very hard time estimating lumens in excess of 115 with the "equipment" I have. The best I can do is give an estimate based on range. The range of my LX2 on high is between 190 & 228 lumens. By comparison, the range of my Fenix TK40 on high (not turbo) is between 227 and 273. So it looks like my LX2 is slightly over 200 lumens.

    Run time test @ ~200 lumens. Light held to keep cool. 2 hours & 2 minutes to 50% (Panasonic CR123A exp: 2018):
    (hours) : (minutes)-(light output)
    00:00-135
    01:00-135
    01:20-135
    01:23-135
    01:24-134
    01:25-133 (light drops out of regulation)
    01:30-127
    01:35-122
    01:40-118
    01:45-112
    01:50-100
    01:55-87
    02:00-72
    02:01-69
    02:02-66 (~50% output @ 2 hours & 2 minutes)
    02:03-63
    02:04-60
    02:05-57 (ended test)


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    The LX2 head fits on the E2e body and can power the LX2 head on high only:



    E series filters fit on the LX2 head:



    This is how much contact the clip makes with the tailcap:




    LX2 beam profile on high:



    LX2 on low and a Surefire E2L (45 lumen version) on the right:



    LX2 on high and a Surefire E2L (45 lumen version) on the right:



    LX2 on high and a Fenix TK40 on the right set to medium (distance ~10 feet):




    LX2 on high and a Fenix TK40 on the right set to high (note that the TK40 has more spill than the LX2 that you can't see in the pic):



    LX2 on high and a Fenix TK40 on the right set to Turbo:



    Shots across the room. LX2 on high:



    LX2 on high with F04 (beam diffuser):



    LX2 on low:



    LX2 on low with F04:



    TK40 on high:



    Titan T1A on high:



    Fenix P1D CE on max:



    Outdoor shots. Distance 45 feet. (all shots on manual exp):

    LX2 on high:


    TK40 on high:


    LX2 on low:


    Other shots taken previously from the same position with the same camera settings:
    Fenix T1 on high:


    Surefire E2DL on high:


    Last edited by Sean; 06-03-2012 at 11:37 AM. Reason: more pics added

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    Very Nice. Thank You. Can't wait to get one.
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    Sean....I Couldent Say It Any Better.
    I love The 15 Lumen Low And The 200 Lumen Is Abought The Same As My E2DL Making This A Five Star Flash Light In My Book

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry1960 View Post
    Sean....I Couldent Say It Any Better.
    I love The 15 Lumen Low And The 200 Lumen Is Abought The Same As My E2DL Making This A Five Star Flash Light In My Book
    LX2 the same as E2DL ? I thought the 200 lumens would be brighter than the E2DL's 120 ?
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    Default Re: Surefire LX2 Pics, Beamshots & Info

    It Is Very Little Noticable Brighter Then My E2DL Light in My Opion

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    What I Like Is The Low And Then High And Still Has The Throw If Not More As My E2DL Light

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    What does it do on a 17670 cell.
    Somewhere between high an low, only low, no light at all?

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    Hey Sarge ... obsessed with Li-Ion?

    Sean ... thanx for the review!
    Moved to reviews.

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    Default Re: Surefire LX2 Pics, Beamshots & Info

    nice

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    Yes sir. I know it's e tube compatible and I have a Nat 18650 e tube waiting to be used.

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    Sweet. I can't wait untill mine gets here!!

    Thanks for the reveiw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xpawel18x View Post
    LX2 the same as E2DL ? I thought the 200 lumens would be brighter than the E2DL's 120 ?
    My LX2 is brighter than my E2DL. But there's not a huge difference because the E2DLs actually put out between 160-210 lumens, way more than the published spec of 120. So if you already were lucky and have an E2DL that was around 200 lumens you won't see much of a difference in output if you get an LX2. In reality you need to quadruple the output for a light to appear twice as bright. So if your LX2 looks a little brighter than your E2DL then that means it's probably dozens of lumens brighter. I wouldn't dump my E2DL for a LX2 just for the lumen difference. I would (and did) dump my E2DL for the bezel down clip, higher low and great UI.
    Last edited by Sean; 06-27-2009 at 04:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My LX2 is brighter than my E2DL. But there's not a huge difference because the E2DLs actually put out between 160-210 lumens, way more than the published spec of 120. So if you already were lucky and have an E2DL that was around 200 lumens you won't see much of a difference in output if you get an LX2. In reality you need to quadruple the output for a light to appear twice as bright. So if your LX2 looks a little brighter than your E2DL then that means it's probably dozens of lumens brighter. I wouldn't dump my E2DL for a LX2 just for the lumen difference. I would (and did) dump my E2DL for the bezel down clip, higher low and great UI.
    Then I think it's safe to say that SF started to print OTF lumens as opposed to their previously under-rated lumen ratings.
    Last edited by xpawel18x; 06-27-2009 at 05:41 PM.
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    Sweet!

    Thank you for the review!

    Looking forward to getting this light in the mail!


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    Thanks for the review and pics!

    Any chance of any outdoor beamshot comparisons with other lights?

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by xpawel18x View Post
    Then I think it's safe to say that SF started to print OTF lumens as opposed to their previously under-rated lumen ratings.
    They weren't under-rated, they were minimum guaranteed.



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    Great review Sean, thanks!! I've been waiting on this..

    One question - in your beamshots with the TK40 you state "LX2 on high and a Fenix TK40 on the left set to medium (distance ~10 feet):"

    The TK40 is actually always on the right, correct?

    Thanks again - very nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichS View Post
    Great review Sean, thanks!! I've been waiting on this..

    One question - in your beamshots with the TK40 you state "LX2 on high and a Fenix TK40 on the left set to medium (distance ~10 feet):"

    The TK40 is actually always on the right, correct?

    Thanks again - very nice job.
    Thanks for that, it's fixed now!

    The TK40 is always on the right.

    Edit: More outdoor beamshots added.
    Last edited by Sean; 06-27-2009 at 07:43 PM. Reason: more pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post


    I hope to get a few outdoor shots in a few hours when it's dark.

    Looking forward to those shots !! Thanks for taking the time

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    Nice review, thanks a lot!
    I ordered one, can't wait.
    Welcome to take a look at my beamshots at 5m ,10m distance and lux readings

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    Hi Sean,

    Thanks for the review...that one finally made me a believer and a convert to the power of the LX2.

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    Great write up Sean. Thanks for taking the time to also provide the photos.

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    The build quality seems to have been taken down a notch compared to the older L1/L2, it doesn't have the front contact section in the battery tube. Nor does it have the isolating internal tube lining.

    Hopefully the beam is still just as nice.
    Last edited by Splunk_Au; 06-27-2009 at 09:11 PM.

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    Nice review. My LX2 has the nice uniform hotspot like yours does, perfect as a matter of fact. Its' my new EDC. I also have the F04 beamshaper on it which is also very useful. As I stated in the LX2 thread in the LED forum, mine appears to be just a LITTLE brighter than the E2DLs' I've owned and I owned 3 of them. So its fair to say its probably dead on 200 lumens OTF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Splunk_Au View Post
    The build quality seems to have been taken down a notch compared to the older L1/L2, it doesn't have the front contact section in the battery tube. Nor does it have the isolating internal tube lining.

    Hopefully the beam is still just as nice.
    Judging from the pics and what some of the members that have got the LX2 have said the build quality looks great. It doesn't have the front contact section in the battery tube because the electronics have been moved from the battery tube to the head. Also as for the isolating internal tube lining Surefire has changed how they coat the inside of their lights from the brass color lining to a clear one.

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    I'm waiting for this light to arrive as well, but I do have a question for those who already gotten it. I actually own some AW RCR123s which I bought to be used with an E2DL I sold (for this light). Can anyone confirm if the LX2 can handle the AW RCRs like how the E2DL is supposed to? Really appreciate if anyone can comment on this.

    Thank you.

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    Great review; thanks!

    This light seems to be the most versatile SF yet (other than maybe an A2 or U2, depending on the use).

    I love the way this light holds its own vs. the TK 40.
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    Once I get mine, this will be my new EDC!

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    Great review!

    Can't wait to get my hands on 1!
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