- Great for me
I have the EB1 with the tactical switch. The switch is smooth and reliably turns on the light. The progressive function with a low and high setting is very useful because for most everyday applications low is useful. It also saves battery life which is limited but that is to be expected with a 200 lumen light that uses a single battery. The clip is well designed and can be clipped to a hat even with the tactical switch because it can twist for constant. It is slightly larger than competitors but not enough to bother me. It fits in my pockets fine with a wallet or iPhone. I also have a "switchback" made by thyrm for better retention and manipulation with a pistol or vertical grip. That works great I highly suggest checking out thyrm.com. It makes it an even better backup for a weapon light that goes down.
Reviewed by Brandon (Posted on 2/28/14)
- Good & Bad
I am a Marine Surveyor and my job requires that I enter watertight wing tanks on commercial boats and barges on the inland waterways. I started out with the E1B because of the size and brightness. The E1B lasted several years and was always clipped in my right pocket everywhere I went. Eventually the LED went out and I upgraded to the EB1. It is somewhat longer but I liked the shroud at the end cap because the E1B would turn on easily and sometimes I didn't see that it was on and when I needed it the battery was either dim or dead. Both are rugged and when I use other lights and the batteries run down I can always depend on my backup I finally started carrying a spare battery, which I will continue to do, but with the shroud it is harder for it to come on accidentally. I have several of the Surefire flashlights and have found that all are dependable even after they have been dropped and primarily when they are dropped in water. I will always have one that I can use instantly when the situation calls for it.
Reviewed by Dan Chewning (Posted on 2/9/14)
- Missed the mark, for me.
I use the light daily as a primary light to do inspections and work under homes, in warehouses, commercial spaces, etc. The EB1 Provides plenty of bright light on high and a very useful low mode. However the light is as large as competitors two cell lights and the pocket clip that surefire uses is poorly designed. It does an okay job of keeping the light in place if you have a low activity day to day. I have had to replace the clip once already due to snagging it on a door frame. It is currently bent again to a unusable shape from snagging on a car door upon exiting. The light sits too high in a pocket while clipped. I have also had it fall out several times and luckily was able to hear it drop, or recover it. For such a substantial investment in a light that is supposed to be a fail safe or BACKUP it falls short. The technical abilities of the light are great with true surefire quality for brightness and beam pattern. However It's just too large, and heavy to beat out some others for an everyday carry light, and the clip like many other Surefire lights is frustrating and needs to be replaced frequently.
Reviewed by Jason Hendricks (Posted on 2/2/14)
- Too Big
This EB1 is obviously bigger than the E1B. That is not a good thing, buy any means. I may as well just carry my LX2. So I went ahead and sold my EB1 for around $80. The shroud makes it feel unnatural to turn on, compared to others surefires without it. I understand their are engineering specs that must be met and stuff. With that said I think I'll get another EB1 if it shrinks in size with the same or higher output. To me personally, this EB1 is not a "extremely compact" size light. I do love the TIR lens, two way clip, and color choices.
Reviewed by DS (Posted on 12/4/13)
- EB1 Backup
Ive used your product now for 3yrs and couldn't imagine what I would do without it. My friends have also jumpped on the band wagon after seeing the power of this small light. I like the origional E1B light due to its size being smaller. I like the finish on the second generation EB1 light due to it being rougher and less likely to slip out of your pocket. The cost does seem steep for the working man.
Reviewed by Brad (Posted on 10/30/13)
Is one of my two EDC sure fires. Other is my E2D LED Defender. I use the little one the most from hooking in my shirt or overalls pocket, to clipping to my underwear for midnight fuel dump. don't have to worry about drawers landing around my ankles, nor about waking wife. Neither of those is good. Also use in Harries technique for indexing gun and light. Practice children so you have that gut level confidence that it and you can do the job. Ear drums have been explosively decompressed so many times I have to have light or I fall on my face in dark. Also have peripheral neuropathy, yet my Surefires are always firmly in hand. You help make a good happy life better. Thanks!
Reviewed by Randy Malorin, SFC, USA (Ret) (Posted on 10/24/13)
- A great tool
I've been in the special operations community for almost a decade and whether it's Afghanistan Asia or Africa, this flash light has not only been in my pocket but has been a great tool for checking my corners. This light is bright enough to where shining it in someones face at night will usually confuse or dissuade them from pursuing a more aggressive course of action. It's reliable and tough, I did put a few small strips of skateboard grip tape along the main tube just because the black finish tends to get a little slick when you're sweaty or wet. I also have the tan shrouded click switch model which is the best one in my opinion, the matte finish is less slick. It takes a little practice to master the dual brightness mode but nothing 5 minutes of playing won't fix. It's a light weight and powerful little tool that in my opinion is worth it's weight in gold. The single 123 battery lasts longer than you would expect and it put out enough photons to stop most people in their tracks initially, which could definitely give you the edge in an unexpected contact with unfriendly people. Definitely the surefire product I get the most use out of, a daily carry item for sure.
Reviewed by J T (Posted on 10/17/13)
- eb1 backup
Best small flashlight I own I will be getting another one soon.
Reviewed by david murphy (Posted on 10/14/13)
- Almost as good as the original
I work in federal law enforcement and have several surefire products across multiple lines. My current EB1 Backup is my 3rd. One lost after 5 years of reliable use, another was stolen after 1 month. This latest iteration is almost as good as the original, it's a larger and the edging is a bit more squared. The flashlight is still cylindrical, however the changes in radius are not as smooth/gradual. Also it's a bit longer than the original so it doesn't fit as comfortably in a suit pocket. I keep it in the same pocket my keys are in and it's length and new shape force me to reach around it when I need my keys where asI hardly noticed the original.
The price though seems a bit steep. I paid $130 something for my first one, this one is well over $200. Still happy with it, but I prefer the original, in design and price. The clip on the new one is very strong after 6 months of frequent use and has yet to fall out of my pocket. All that said, it's still very bright and very reliable. I've had this one for 6 months and wholly recommend this product.
Reviewed by Alex (Fed.LE) (Posted on 10/11/13)
- inspection tools
I use the EB1 Backup flashlight every day, all day long inspecting houses. I keep it clipped on my pocket and it is extremely bright and the battery lasts up to 2 weeks long. I will typically inspect 6 houses a day, shining my light on interior walls, in attics and in crawl spaces and basements. I have brighter lights, but the convenience of the small backup makes this my favorite tool for the job. Plus, I haven't had to use it for protection, but I'm pretty sure it would blind you if you were to try to attack me, giving me the advantage in hand to hand protection.
Reviewed by Joe Ramey (Posted on 10/11/13)
|Output / Runtime -- White Light|
|High||200||.0||lumens / 1.3 hours*|
|Low||5||.0||lumens / 40.0 hours|
The EB1 Backup is an extremely compact dual-output flashlight with a 200-lumen maximum output that can be used as a backup light for patrol officers or a duty light for plainclothes officers. It's also ideal for everyday-carry, self-defense, or outdoor applications. The EB1 features a virtually indestructible LED emitter and a precision Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens, creating a beam with the optimum configuration for both reach and situational awareness.
There are three EB1 Backup models to choose from, differing in the tailcap type/switch type combination:
Click-type switch with tailcap shroud — Partially press tailcap pushbutton for momentary-on high output; press further to click constant-on high. Return to off and press or click again within two seconds for low output. Raised shroud around switch provides extra protection against accidental activation.
Click-type switch without tailcap shroud — Like the original E1B Backup. Partially press tailcap pushbutton for momentary-on high output; press further to click constant-on high. Return to off and press or click again within two seconds for low output. No shroud around switch.
Tactical switch without shroud — Partially press tailcap pushbutton for momentary-on low output; press further for momentary-on high output. Release to turn light off. Twist tailcap clockwise for constant-on low then high output. No shroud around switch.
The brilliant 200-lumen high output beam is ideal for identifying threats and overwhelming the sight of adversaries. The 5-lumen low output is perfect for reading a map, checking an ID, or navigating in low light with minimal degradation to your dark-adapted vision. The Backup can run at this level for 40 hours, a valuable feature for outdoor or emergency situations. A tough, lightweight Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum body protects the EB1 Backup’s sophisticated electronics, and its smooth contours minimize clothing snag and pressure points. A two-way clip allows head-up or head-down carry. All EB1 models are available in Black, Silver, and Desert Tan.
- Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
- Two output levels — high for maximum light, low for extended runtime
- TIR lens produces tight beam with enough surround light for peripheral vision
- Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
- High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
- Choice of three models with distinct tailcap/switch options: Tactical type without switch shroud, Click-type with switch shroud, click-type without switch shroud. See details in Description
- Two-way clip permits light to be carried bezel up or down
- Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
- Available in Black, Silver, and Desert Tan
- Includes high-energy 123A battery with 10-year shelf life