For me it works best over a hat. It really needs a top strap. I also have the saint, which has the top strap. The shape of the saint fits my forehead better then the Maximus. But as far as brightness, there is no comparison. The Maximus is bright and easy to charge. Can charge it at home or in the truck on the way out to hunt. And most of all, no more batteries to buy or change. OK maybe once a year, we will have to wait and see how long the rechargeables will last. I would recommend this product.
Reviewed by Wes (Posted on 11/7/13)
I sent this 8 month old 'as new' unit back for repair in July...so still in warranty. The battery was not holding a charge. The battery was replaced although I saw no evidence when I used it again because giving a full charge as recommended (unplugged as soon as charged), would not last for more than one week. I tested it for 30 seconds each day....5 seconds on high power and 25 seconds on lowest power. So I send it back again, granted this time on Surefires tab, but only to be replaced with an older and different serial number unit which had obviously seen more wear and tear. I am contacting them again for my properly repaired original unit or a new replacement.
When the unit worked, it worked very well but I do not think I should be the victim of unethical repair practices just because somebody cannot repair an original unit properly in the first place. Jeez, at least give me my nice new unscratched casing back! I have three other Surefire products which I am very happy with, including the new UBR Invictus, but if I do not get this resolved, there will be no more Surefires coming into this house.
Reviewed by Tekkie (Posted on 10/29/13)
The brightness and variable output is extremely good and easy to use. The form factor could be better. Very heavy - I added a strap across the top scavenged from another headlamp to stabilize, which helped a lot. I would prefer a lighter high strength plastic housing - like some of the Surefire (nylon or polypropylene) flashlights. The small protective cap over the charging port is too flimsy and easily knocked out. Finally, I would make the battery pack flatter and wider so it rests against the head or helmet rather than the current design that sticks out and easily hits things. Battery life is excellent though. Comes with car and AC chargers, which is good but expected for the high price.
Reviewed by Rodney Brenneman (Posted on 10/15/13)
On the day you're born, you should purchase a Maximus headlamp and never buy another flashlight. The market is flooded by Chinese products, which are designed to fail prematurely; the Maximus is designed to perform and last...
Reviewed by Jim Hopkins (Posted on 10/15/13)
I felt it was heaver then I wanted it to be but the quality and brightness is right on the mark. great pice of gear for the outdoors. i woud like to try a smaller modle and see how it works.
Keep up the great work.
Reviewed by Eric (Posted on 10/14/13)
This light is FANTASTIC! I use it to work hands free in Fire Truck Pump housing compartments,and other enclosed areas. It spreads the light out and makes it easy to see the whole area. Well built, and designed. Best light I ever bought. Looking into future to purchase more Surefire products. Thank you.
Reviewed by Wayne Lungren (Posted on 10/13/13)
First of all, I was so excited to receive this as a present from my brother in law. I live in an area where there are no street lights and often go on walks or ride my bike a night. This light is brilliant for creating a wide area for you to work in. This does no have the long distance lighting that my $14 CREE 1600 lumens headlight has but I haven't really tested both for qualify of build, durability, battery life etc.
Overall this light feels extremely well built but is to heavy to use on your forehead unless you really tighten up the strap. Surefire needs to have a top strap that keeps the light from falling down. I often find myself using it as a necklace similar to the previous viewer.
I imagine this would be the perfect camping accessory or for the individual that needs to work and have lighting. The nicest features of this light is the adjustable switch that allows you to have 1 lumen all the way to 500. At its brightest setting this is extremely bright and the quality is confidence inspiring.
I wish Surefire could come up with a free and easy bike attachment so that you could use it on both applications.
Overall I think this is a great quality product that with a simple top strap would make it extremely effective. (or maybe my forehead needs to be adjusted)
Thanks again for the good product.
Reviewed by MF (Posted on 10/12/13)
This is one of those products whose designers thought it all out before thinking, "We should have thought of that." First the light output is variable. This is a very handy feature on any flashlight. You don't always need or want 100% capacity. Second, it is rechargable. This is a great feature for those of us who don't want to have to keep an inventory of batteries. Third the light head is adjustable for varying needs. Four the light is comfortable to wear and not too heavy. It all adds up to a very useful light and therefore I do use it as often as I need a light and need both hands available.
Reviewed by Mike Casey (Posted on 10/12/13)
Hands down, best headlamp ever! And I've bought a lot of them. Cannot imagine doing my job without one. The adjustable brightness allows me to illuminate areas requiring close inspection while also preserving the battery life with a roll of the knob. Although a little heavier than other lamps it exceeds them in brightness, function, and battery life. Very durable unit (and I'm hard on equipment) that requires minimal charging. 1st item in my tool bag for dispatch.
Reviewed by Eric Rhoads (Posted on 10/12/13)
Picture being constantly exposed to a wet, hot microbe filled environment. Worst of all it is constantly pitch black all the time. No, it's not the Everglades it is the Mouth! As a dentist I use this light every day at work and I am the envy of my peers who have spent over a thousand dollars for what I refer to as a glow stick compared to my Surefire! And, Oh yeah you own the night too. Even though you may not have such a specific use as me I wanted to speak to its ability to withstand hundreds of recharges and being sprayed down with chemical disinfectants on a daily basis. Whether Hell is Iraq, Afghanistan or the dental office count on Surefire to get you there and back! Highly recommend!
Reviewed by Julio A Rodriguez, DDS (Posted on 10/11/13)
|Output / Runtime -- White Light|
|High||500||.0||lumens / 1.0 hours**|
|Low||1||.0||lumen / 70.0 hours|
|Batteries||1||Li-Ion rechargeable (included)|
lights) until output drops below 50 lumens.
- Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
- One-hand output adjustment from 1 to 500 lumens
- Precision reflector produces a wide, smooth beam optimized for your field of vision
- Light assembly rotates up and down 90 degrees
- Built-in SOS beacon can run for days on end
- Tough, lightweight magnesium body with durable black finish
- Waterproof to one meter depth
- Built-in fuel gauge indicates battery charge level
- Comfortable no-chafe headband with moisture-wicking Breath-O-Prene® forehead pad
- Includes long-life lithium-ion rechargeable battery with wall (AC) and car (DC) chargers