Overall satisfied but could use a little refinement
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)
Handy and Versatile Product
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)
It's not just Tactical
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)
This light definitely outshines most other headlights. It is very easy to use and charge as well as tough. I have had many other headlamps, but the Maximus rules in most categories with the exception being its heavy weight. I highly recommend the Maximus for anyone who can deal with the weight and recharging.
Reviewed by George Plater (Posted on 10/11/13)
this is a must for backcountry. use with solar charger this light will last for days. around hunting camp this light will not let any animal, or item evade the darkness.
Reviewed by mike weikel (Posted on 10/11/13)
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Bought another for my dad as Christmas present; he loves it too.
Reviewed by John rearden (Posted on 10/11/13)
THIS WOULD BE THE BEST HEADLAMP IF NOT FOR TWO THINGS. WHEN YOU TRY AND ADJUST THE BRIGHTNESS IT AUTOMATICALLY GOES INTO FLASH MODE. THE OTHER IS THAT THE CHARGE DOES NOT LAST VERY LONG AT AROUND 25 MNINUTES AT FULL POWER. IF ALL THE ABOVE WAS MODIFIED IT WOULD BE THE BEST HEADLAMP EVER. THE LIGHT IS VERY BRIGHT AND COVERS A WIDE AREA. I WISH THEY MADE A BATTERY OPERATED WITH THIS POWER THEN THAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST.
Reviewed by A.G (Posted on 10/11/13)
Industry Standard Headlamp Without Any Peers
This light is amazing. Buy it early in life so you can enjoy it longer.
It also works well simply hanging around your neck like a necklace. With the adjustable up/down pivot, you can walk in the darkness while illuminating your path and enjoying a hands-free experience.
The adjustable lumen output is very handy, and at 500 lumens it's very bright, too.
Well done, Surefire!
Reviewed by John McElfresh (Posted on 9/8/13)
I sent it back for replacement or repair - I'm told that there is nothing wrong
It puts out a lot of light, but the fact it cannot be focused to a high-intensity spot is a very major weakness. This was indicated in some of the reviews but I decided to take a chance on it. If you need to focus your headlight, do not buy this one. If Surefire made a lens that would focus the light, it would be much better. Battery life is also very short at the high output (less than 1 hour). It's also very pricey. I regret buying it, but now that I have used it probably should not return it.
Update 8-15-22: On several occasions now, I have put the light away after just fully charging it and when I went to use it, the battery was completely dead.
Update 9-3-13: I finally sent this light in to Surefire for repairs or replacement with the following message: "This light has been disappointing since I first purchased it. Battery life has always been very short (less than 1 hour). Many times, when I go to use it after it has had a full charge and I have stored it in the bag it came in, it will be completely dead. The last time I used it, I took it directly off the charger and the charge indicator light was orange. The light was very dim and flickered. I haven't attempted to recharge it."
I just spoke with customer service on the phone to get an update. I was told that there is nothing wrong with the lamp and that they are going to send it back to me. Well, I guess it's $185 down the tube. I would definitely not recommend it.
The customer service agent did tell me on the phone that the light must not be charged for more than 24 hours. This in not stated in the paperwork with the light.
Reviewed by brownmu (Posted on 9/3/13)
|Output / Runtime -- White Light|
|High||1,000||.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 1,000 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
- IPX4 Water Resistant
- 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