Older Surefire E Series Lights?

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Triburst1

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I’ve got an E1e and an E2e I’ve had for over 15 years. Both work great but are obviously very low powered by modern standards. They are super nice lights and I love the size compared to the newer LED versions with much larger heads.

Any suggestions on what I can do with these? Is it worth it to try to upgrade them? I actually have a Surefire LED head for the E2e but it’s still only like 100 lumens.
 

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id keep them stock and leave as is. You can probably make a car payment with that E1😁
 

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Triburst1, you might want to look into some of the E-series head/bezel options from LumensFactory dot com. They have an E-bezel that will function at 5%, 30%, and 100% modes up to 800-1000 lumens, depending on which CRI option you pick (3.7-9 volts). I tend to be biased towards runtime over output. I'm stuck in the past with my discontinued "legacy design" SF lights, and I have no complaints. To paraphrase someone, "100 lumens is still 100 lumens."
 

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Those E-body Surefires are legendary, one of the first to bring the power of the 6P-series lights into something we can carry around. I carried a gunmetal E1 (slightly older single CR123 with a bezel-mounted pocket clip and lexan lens) for 8 solid years. Outstanding light! However, to address your question, I'd suggest starting from the ground up with a multi-level 18650 capable light made for an LED module. Either keep the E2e and E1e as collectibles or sell them. You can probably sell those both on here and buy a .... whatever you want. Technology has eclipsed the form factor of those lights that are made specifically for incandescent bulbs and lithium CR123's. To me, they're too valuable in stock form.

If you really REALLY want to upgrade them because you want to use that light for sentimental reasons (which I am totally on board with as I love old-school Surefires with updated internals, my bedside light is an old-school M3 that I bored and fitted with an LED module), I'd suggest either LumensFactory heads/drop-ins, the Malkoff head (I forget the exact name/designation) that fits the Executive body, or a Tana drop-in that fits the stock head. But you'd still be limited to CR123's. I don't know if there are any viable rechargeables that reliably fit and function in the old-school Executive bodies.

Best of luck, let us know how you make out! Those are beautiful, thanks for sharing!
 

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sween1911 - the Keeppower 2500mAh 16650s will fit in the E2e body, and any 16340 should fit in the E1e.

Both good options to run any of the aftermarket heads/modules/bulbs designed for a single li-ion.
 

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I upgraded mine due to stock light bulb modules getting hard to come by. I went with Tana singLED modules to have the option of 300 lumens at 100% or close to stock output at 25% (with huge runtime) in my E2D.
To stay close to stock Lumens Factory bulb modules are in a few of mine also.
 

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I'm stuck in the past with my discontinued "legacy design" SF lights, and I have no complaints. To paraphrase someone, "100 lumens is still 100 lumens."
If it hadn't been stolen from my work bag many years ago, I'd still be using(maybe even EDCing) my modded E2L with Q4-5B emitter, cutdown McR reflector, and natural McTC tail.
It'd have a 4000K SST-20 in it, now...



Lumens Factory and Malkoff heads(MDC multimodes, and VME with M31 or M61 dropins) are options you could look at.
 

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As mentioned above, Tana and Lumens Factory both make drop-ins without modifying the original head. Also, there are after-market heads and adapters that you can use to upgrade.

Don't recommend getting rid of them as they are harder and harder to get.

Good luck!
 

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