- Jan 5, 2008
- Boden, Sweden
Just got an E1B from Batteryjunction today (after 3 weeks of being backordered) and the hotspot isn't a full circle...it kind of looks like a 3/4 moon with un-even spill :sick2:. Im pretty sure this isn't how it is supposed to be. This is my first surefire LED, after owning 2 other of their lights.
I am assuming the e1b is supposed to have a symmetrical circular hotspot? If so do I call surefire now, or send it back and get an exchange from Batteryjunction?
I have three Surefires with TIR-optics: E1L and E2L AA Outdoorsmans, and E2DL Defender.
E1L and E2L AA have identical beam profiles. Against a white wall they are not perfect and actually both of them have a bit uncentered hotspot.
But E2DL actually has a perfect and centered hotspot.
Yes, the hotspots of my Outdoorsmans could be more centered(and spill more smooth of all these three lights), but I don't find this as an issue at all in practical use outdoors. My E1L, E2L AA and E2DL belong to my absolute favorites.
However I understand your reaction if you are used to smooth reflector beams and compare them at a wall.
Surefire TIR-optics provides a good throw with a wide hotspot related to their total output and head size of the light. Because the spill isn't really as bright as reflector light with same output the spill will not dazzle at the foreground(which I find often is a problem with reflector), but is still enough bright for seeing details at short distance.
This is the way I would describe the strength of Surefire TIR-optics.