The Surge was the brightest light I owned until the UK Light Cannon (a 10W metal halide HID) arrived. The Surge was pitted against the Light Cannon, and some results & photos can
be found here.
From another flashlight review website, comes this information:
The Surge has undergone a critical failure. While positioned over my meter hanging by the lanyard in clear air at room temperature, after 10 minutes the bulb socket solder melted and the bulb, with the sockets still attached, fell into the reflector. This problem was supposed to be resolved in the current revisions of the light. Not good. Now starts the wait for a replacement and we'll see if that one passes or not.
The Surge does come with a lifetime warranty though, so if yours fails in this manner, you can get it replaced at no cost to you, other than perhaps the postage needed to send your defective flashlight back to Princeton Tec.
Brightest easily available light for its size.
Case is compact & durable.
Beam is adjustable.
Small enough to carry in the pockets of some types of clothing.
Uses inexpensive and easy to find batteries.
Weatherproof and submersible.
Heavier than other "small sized" flashlight.
Batteries cannot easily be changed in total darkness.
Replacement lamp not readily available in an emergency.
Flashlight barrel has too little texture, and may slip out of the hand under adverse conditions. Use the provided lanyard in such conditions - that's what it's for.
Possible failure mode - see 11-17-03 update above.
MANUFACTURER: Princeton Tec
PRODUCT TYPE: Medium-small, quad-barrel style sportslight
LAMP TYPE: Xenon fill halogen, 8 watts
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: Adjustable from soft-edge spot to flood
SWITCH TYPE: Lever action with locking detents
BEZEL: Ribbed rubberized bezel with water-clear plastic lens. Coarse stippled ("orange peel") reflector.
BATTERY: 8 AA cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Not yet measured
WATER RESISTANT: Yes
SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, depth to be determined
ACCESSORIES: Duracell batteries, generous wrist lanyard
WARRANTY: Full lifetime
WEIGHT: 10.8 ounces fully loaded
Princeton Tec 'Surge' * Princeton Tec (http://www.princetontec.com)
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