SureFire E2L Outdoorsman, retail $129.00 (
Manufactured by SureFire (
Last updated 12-13-07

Like all other SureFire products, the E2L is a very tough and bright little flashlight. Instead of just a bezel like the KL1 is, the E2L is a full fledged flashlight, that features what I believe is a Cree XLamp LED and a tailcap switch that lets you select momentary or continuous operation.

The E2L is a regulated light, in that instead of dimming slowly and insidiously from the moment you turn it on, it retains that "new battery" brightness for as long as the battery can deliver.


I believe the E2L comes ready to use as soon as you get it.
If not, put in two CR123A cells (see below) and then you'll be ready to rock.

To turn the E2L on, press the tailcap button in until it clicks and then release it, and the LED will come on.

To turn the E2L off, do the same thing again.

The E2L also has a momentary or signalling mode available; just push the tailcap button less firmly (before it clicks) and hold it that way for as long as you need light.

The E2L has a LOTC (Lock Out Tailcap). To prevent the light from coming on in your camping bag or in a box, you can unscrew the tailcap approximately half a turn.

To change the batteries in the E2L, unscrew and remove the bezel (head), and set it aside. Dump out the dead CR123A cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Insert two new CR123A cell in the flashlight's barrel, orienting them so their flat-ends (-) negatives go in first. Screw the bezel firmly back on. There, done with that.

Current usage measures 152mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

The SureFire E2L Outdoorsman is as tough as they come. It has a Type III hard anodized finish, and you can use it to saw through other flashlights - but if I need a saw, I'll go grab the one in my bedroom and use that. That's what it's for; sawing, not lighting things up. Besides, I'd hate to clean up that yucky gunk inside the batteries from the victimised flashlight as it gets all over my carpet.

The E2L has a stainless steel clip on the side that you can use to affix it to a pocket or belt. The clip also has a small loop in the end so you can thread a lanyard through it.

The E2L is extremely well-made and engineered. The same SureFire quality you've come to expect from their personal and tactical lights is built into this product. The exterior finish is a type 3 hard anodize ("HA-III" as us flashaholics know it), and there's a gold colored material (Chemcoat) inside the barrel to protect it against corrosion from water or bad battery juice.

One of the things I noticed quickly is that the E2L has a "scalloped" bezel, so if the light is set face-down while it's on, some light still escapes and you can easily tell it's still turned on, even if you set it down on a completely flat surface like a tabletop or countertop. No more ruined and wasted batteries from your setting the light down and not realising it's still on.
(Yes, I really did that - to a SureFire KL2 if I remember right!)

The E2L is at very minumum water-resistant, so you can use it in awful weather and not have to worry about it. I believe it is also submersible to 33'; if it's like most other SureFire products. When the tailcap was removed, the flashlight was relieved of its battery, and that dreadful suction test was performed, the flashlight held a vaccume (vacum, vaccuume, vaccumn, vaccuummnne, vacuum, etc.), so yes, both water-resistant and submersible.

This flashlight appears at least fairly durable, and it is!!! When I performed that terrible smack test on it (ten whacks against the concrete floor of a patio: 5 smacks against the side of the bezel and 5 smacks against the side of the tailcap), only very, very, very minor damage was found. There is some extremely minor gouging to the bare Metaldemidevimon - er - the bare Metalarukenimon - um that's not it either...the bare a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! Now I'm just making {vulgar term for poop} up!!! ) on the sides of the tailcap & bezel where it was struck.

This version has PK's (Paul Kim's) signature on the side of its bezel, but other than that, it is identical in all respects to the E2L without the autograph.

There is knurling (texturising) along the barrel and on the tailcap; this helps aid in retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily or wet). This knurling is somewhat aggressive (sharp), so there is a very slight possibility it could eventually cut holes in your pockets if it's carried that way for an extended period. I don't think this will happen, but it's a remote possibility.

The beam this sample produces is a pure white in color, with none of that obnoxious purple, blue, yellow, or "rotten squid urine green" tint anywhere in it. Not in the hotspot, and not in the corona. SureFire uses the best quality LEDs in their flashlights, and that shows when you use an E2L.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 1,630,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photo at 10 feet.

Those rectangular graphic things in the upper left quadrant of this photograph are marquees from:
Nintendo ''R-Type''
Super ''Super Cobra''
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

And that graphic toward the right is:
A "BIG SCARY LASER" poster sent by

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was sent by PK (Paul Kim) of SureFire on 07-16-07 and was received on the afternoon of 07-18-07.

UPDATE: 12-13-07
When I used the E2L Outdoorsman last night to examine my sister's car, the tailcap clicky switch failed to "click" not just once, but twice...and now, a third time as I was typing up this text with one hand and attempting to activate the flashlight with the other.
Unscrewing the tailcap approximately one turn restored correct operation in all cases, but the switch should not fail in the first place.

This is the first time I've had an issue with the switch on ***ANY*** SureFire product.

Insanely bright
Excellent construction & engineering; very durable and water-resistant
Excellent beam quality
Fully regulated

The switch in this particular sample is failing; however, it is probably just a fluke

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld/tactical flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Cree XLamp LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Central hotspot with soft fall-off
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off/momentary on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED and optic behind pyrex lens
    BATTERY: 2 CR123A lithium cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 33 feet
    ACCESSORIES: Unknown
    LENGTH: 5.25"
    WEIGHT: 3.5 ounces with batteries
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating

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