- Good but a tiny bit lack luster
I am the biggest Surefire fan and between their flashlights and firearm accessories own over 40 of their products. With that said, I was looking for a beast of a flashlight, which of course, is their flagship model, the UBR Invictus.
Though the product is consistent with Surefire's level of quality, I was a bit disappointed with the power of the light itself. I own several of their 500 lumen flashlights, and to be perfectly frank, I do not see a marked difference between those and the stated 800 lumens.
I own a 1000 lumen flashlight from another company, and there is no doubt that the light is significantly brighter than other 500 lumen flashlights. Therefore, was I a little disappointed with the brightness of the 800 lumen invictus?.....yes I was.
Reviewed by Christopher Choi (Posted on 10/11/13)
- Big Light in a Relatively Small Package
Having already owning two smaller 200-lumen Surefires and a Maximus headlight, I found them invaluable during Hurricane Sandy and general backpacking. The low-power output and very long run time was just as attractive to keeping things visible, as was the defensive capability of their output.
During a recent vacation, my son was charged with looking after the home and was alerted by our dog barking wildly at 2:30 am and staring at the partially glass front door. My son saw the outline of an intruder. Shining a 200 lumen Surefire Defender through the glass was enough to deter them and send them away in a hurry. For a small handheld flashlight, the full-power setting and tight beam is terrific.
But having been alarmed by this, I decided to buy something more powerful. The Invictus is just the ticket, with a tight, painful, long-reaching beam that still has great peripheral light. It still has the great runtime of the smaller lights for emergency use or for maintaining night time vision at low power settings. However, this light will stop anybody dead in their tracks at full or strobe power.
Although not a palm-sized model, it can easily be used in one-handed mode through the tail switch and is heavy enough to give anybody with an agenda a good reminder if the light alone does not deter.
Reviewed by Tekkie (Posted on 10/1/13)
|Output / Runtime -- White Light|
|High||800||lumens / 2.0 hours*|
|Low||5||lumens / 82.75 hours|
|Batteries||1||Li-ion rech. or two 123A|
The UBR Invictus is a rechargeable ultra-high-output LED flashlight with selectable light levels, strobe and SOS modes, and the ability to run on either the included rechargeable lithium-ion battery or two 123A lithium batteries using the included battery magazine. At maximum output the UBR generates 800 lumens of brilliant white light focused by a precision Turbohead TIR lens into a high-intensity, far-reaching beam suitable for spotlight/searchlight applications, yet still providing significant peripheral illumination. The UBR’s selector ring has eleven settings — with eight levels of light from 5 to 800 lumens, a strobe mode, an SOS beacon mode, and a disable setting to prevent accidental activation during transport, storage, or stealth ops.
The UBR features an innovative 4-function tailcap that operates as follows: For momentary-on activation at any selector ring setting, including strobe and SOS modes, partially press the tailcap switch straight down. For constant-on activation at any setting, including strobe and SOS modes, partially push the tailcap switch sideways. For maximum light output at any setting, except strobe and SOS modes, fully press the tailcap switch straight down for momentary-on or fully push it sideways for constant on; this is our MaxBlast ™ feature. MaxBlast does not function at the strobe or SOS settings – only strobe and SOS will be activated at those settings.
The UBR also features a 3-color LED indicator (“fuel-gauge”) that tells you the battery-charge level.
Charging is easy: connect the charger to a 120V outlet, or into a 12-volt cigarette lighter/accessory socket when using the DC adapter, then plug the charging cord into the UBR’s charging socket—no removing the battery and no special charging cradle needed.
Constructed from rugged aerospace aluminum and finished in Mil-Spec hard anodizing for extreme durability, the UBR Invictus is O-ring and gasket sealed to keep out dust and moisture.
The predecessor of the UBR Invictus, the UB3T Invictus, has most of the same features but is non-rechargeable and is powered by three 123A batteries.
Another ultra high-output rechargeable flashlight with similar features is the UNR Commander.
- Rechargeable for nightly duty use
- Virtually indestructible LED emitter, microprocessor regulated to maximize output and runtime
- Eight light-output levels highest for maximum light, lowest for longest runtime
- Dual fuel capable uses one lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included) or two 123A disposable batteries that fit in included battery magazine
- Turbohead TIR lens produces focused, extended-reach beam
- Strobe mode for tactical applications
- SOS beacon mode for emergency or signaling
- Rotating eleven-position selector ring with eight light-output levels, strobe, SOS, and disable
- 4-function tailcap switch with Max Blast™ feature for instant control of momentary-on and constant-on illumination
- High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
- Coated, tempered window resists impact and thermal shock, maximizes light transmission
- Fuel gauge indicates battery charge level
- Includes both wall charger (120V AC) with international adapters and car charger (12V DC)
- Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealed
Exposure to strobing lights may cause dizziness, disorientation, and nausea. A very small percentage of people suffer from photosensitive epilepsy — approximately .00025% of the population — and may experience seizures or blackouts triggered by strobing lights. Visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org for more information about this rare form of epilepsy. Anyone who has had symptoms linked to this condition should consult a doctor before using this product.