New from Surefire: E2D LED Defender Ultra


As an EMT, there are a couple things that I always carry on shift. One is a Benchmade Triage knife, another is a Littman stethoscope (because using the same one that’s been in everyone else’s ears is just disgusting), and the last item is a Surefire E2D LED Defender flashlight. Sure there’s a flashlight sitting in a charger behind the front right (AKA my) seat anyway, but it’s massive and weighs a ton. My Defender, with its variable output, allows me to either light up the scene of a car accident or check a patient’s pupils with a single flashlight. That versatility has also earned it a spot as an every day carry item, giving me a non-lethal option when dealing with bad guys (i.e., blinding them). Now Surefire has come out with a new version, the Ultra, that’s twice as powerful as the old one for the same price. Make the jump for the presser . . .

The E2D LED Defender Ultra is a compact, dual-output self-defense flashlight that boasts an impressive 500 lumens of white light on its high setting–enough to temporarily overwhelm the dark-adapted vision of an aggressor. This blinding, tactical-level light, shaped by a TIR lens that creates a beam with plenty of reach and enough surround light for peripheral vision, is always just a click away in high-stress situations, thanks to ergonomic tactical tailcap switching. The E2D LED Defender Ultra’s virtually indestructible LED also produces five useful lumens of light output for general use and tasks where 500 lumens of light may be overkill. To enhance its self-defense capabilities, the flashlight features SureFire’s crenellated Strike Bezel® and a scalloped tailcap, both of which pack a wallop should 500 lumens of blinding light not be enough to convince an attacker to walk away. You get all this self-defense capability in a lightweight but strong Mil-Spec-anodized aluminum body just over 5 1/2 inches long.

Features and Benefits:

• Virtually indestructible dual-output LED produces two useful outputs: 500 & 5 lumens

• Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens produces tightly focused beam with reach and enough surround light to accommodate peripheral vision

• Crenellated Strike Bezel® and scalloped tailcap provide enhanced self defense Capabilities

• High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability

• Ergonomic tactical tailcap switching for instant access to max output in high-stress situations

• Includes high-energy 123A lithium batteries with 10-year shelf life


  1. avatar Hal J. says:


  2. avatar William Burke says:

    I think this belongs on The Truth about Flashlights.

    1. avatar Hal J. says:

      I would bookmark that site.

  3. avatar Scott says:

    500 lumens? Website lists 200. Also, $235.00? And here I thought I spent a lot on my Foursevens light with 360 lumens.

    Edit: I see that Surefire hasn’t updated their site. Apologies!

    1. avatar Aaronvan says:

      it maybe one of the one that takes rechargable rcr123s which bump some up because 3.7-4.2 volts but if its not built for it dont try it

    2. avatar Rugrash says:

      No it’s a totally different model (Ultra – E2DLU-A) that has 500/5 lumens. The older model was 200 lumens.

  4. avatar In Memphis says:

    Thanks for the review. I need a good flashlight for work but I am not sold on the price tag, even though I believe in getting what you pay for. Now as far Littman stethoscopes, Ill never buy another brand and screw thoes cheap $8 “nurses” stehoscopes with the hard plastic earbuds.

    1. avatar Wyatt says:

      Several years ago, it was still expensive, but well-made compact lights that spit 200 lumens were uncommon.

      Now that you can get 200, 400, 600 lumens for less than half from companies like Fenix, it’s not such a great deal.

      Why lower prices if people were still buying, though?

  5. avatar Kvjavs says:

    I don’t get spending $200+ on this light… what separates it from a G2X, or 6PX? Why not a dual output Streamlight at quarter of the price? I could understand if it was a weapon light with over 800 Lumens, IR functionality and 4 different output functions… but it’s not.

    Sure it’s a good light, but at over $200? I dunno.

    1. avatar jimmyjames says:

      yep…I checked the price on the net and the best I could find was $185 minus 5% discount…made in America supposedly or you could get a made in China Streamlight for $70. That’s too big of a price disparity.

    2. avatar Rugrash says:

      Every time we get shipment they are all gone within a day or two at the most. We sell them for around $180 or so and can’t keep them in stock. The previous model was something like $135. The fact that it’s a Surefire means you’re paying more than other brands, but you do get what you pay for.

  6. avatar Sammy says:

    Mr. Leghorn is Doctor, or EMT? Re: Check pupils. I’m assuming he’s not a teacher.

  7. avatar The mayor of Candor says:

    I too have had the original for a few years now. Totally indispensable flashlight.

  8. avatar Swarf says:

    Say tactical one more time, mother fu*ker! Say tactical one more time! I dare you! I double dog dare you!

    1. avatar JaxD says:

      Tactical tailcap, too funny.

  9. avatar IllumFiati says:

    For a strong value I tried the TAC50 from I am going to ask for the Redline for Father’s Day. The Tac50 has been a great 50 lumen pocket light for about 6 months. Runs on 1 aa battery too. No, I don’t work for them or schlep their stuff….

  10. avatar mediocrates says:

    yea, if I had a couple of Benjamins to blow on a EDC flashlight, this one would be a great choice.

  11. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Very cool, but I have a strict rule against paying more for my flashlights than I do for my firearms.

  12. avatar TRUTHY says:

    Nitecore EA1, 1 AA, 180 lumens, less than $50.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      Fenix pd32ue. 270 lumens, tactical out both ends. $60

    2. avatar Flubnut says:

      Nitecore MH1C. 550 lumens, and rechargeable with micro USB. About $70. Use it multiple times a day. Love it.

  13. avatar CarlosT says:

    Olight M20SX. Three light levels: 10, 100, and 500 lumens. End cap switch both clicks on/off and acts as momentary. Light levels are controlled by a separate switch and it remembers the last setting. The level select switch also activates the strobe, either by pressing it when the light is off or by holding it down for two seconds or more when it’s on.

    Two CR123s (included) will last 85 hours on the lowest setting and 1.5 hours on high.

    $68 on Amazon.

    1. avatar Aaronvan says:

      god i can i just say i love that image? Mckay from sga

  14. avatar miserylovescompany says:

    I’m just hoping Leghorn uses the 5 lumen setting to dilate those pupils instead of 200 is all. I recall being zapped in the dark after lights out in my high school’s open dorm by some evil, twisted joker with a huge 35mm top mount camera flash. The pain was memorable, the moans and cries of pain from numerous blinded victims unforgettable. Saw bright blue for hours afterwards.

  15. avatar Phydeaux says:

    My Fenix PD32UE tops out at 740 lumens and is the same size as the pricy Surefire above. I paid under $70 for mine, on sale, at Blade HQ.

    I just can’t see the value in Surefire flashlights at their premium prices. Perhaps someone should do destructive testing – that might demonstrate why Surefire prices are so high. Or maybe its just the tactical cool factor, and their track record selling to law enforcement and military buffs the brand so they can sell at those prices.

    I went for brand X on my weapon light too, a Streamlight.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      Crap you’re right, it is 740!

      I accidentally trashed my own flashlight a few posts above by saying it was 270.

      Still got the all important tactical geegaws part right, and that’s what matters.

    2. avatar Jon says:

      I’ve seen a video of the X300 taking a bullet to the body and continuing to run. I have the original E2DL and it was $125 on sale. Use it constantly and treat it like crap. Never an issue with it.

      With that said, there are quality lights for MUCH less.

  16. avatar Robb says:

    As an RN, check them pupils with it on full power. You’ll find out real freaking quick if they are faking it or not. (Pupil checks are kinda worthless anyways.)

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      I’m a RN to but I wouldn’t want to risk the lawsuit for putting 500 lumens into any person’s eyes. Besides nothing calls out a fake like a good sternum rub.

  17. avatar Dave's not here says:

    I carry the E2D (not ultra) and absolutely love it. So much so I sent it with my daughter on her trip to Europe. Try getting a kubotan on a plane… but a flashlight, the TSA doesn’t even look twice.

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