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My newlywed wife and I were canoeing at my parents’ home, in Jamaica, Virginia, in late August. It was dusk when we set out, and a brisk wind picked up after we launched. I always pack my E1B Backup wherever I go, be it day or night. My wife was wearing my grandmother’s engagement ring, which had been passed down to her not three months prior. It was a bit big on her, and I recommended that she leave it home, but she didn’t listen to my advice.

Well, in the middle of grabbing the gunwales to brace herself, over goes the ring into the drink. Rather than dive overboard and disturb the descent of the ring, I immediately throw out the anchor while my wife stared at me in horror, utterly speechless and almost in tears. I took a big breath, grabbed my Backup, and over I went into the river, which was about nine feet deep where we were. The little torch cut right through the murky water.

I searched for about 15 minutes, but to no avail. I made one last effort and was rewarded with a jolt when I saw a sparkling glint on the river bottom and bubbles started to burst out of my mouth from laughing so hard. I surfaced with the ring in hand and a big smile on my face, which immediately grew one on my wife’s face as well. I've never been so relieved.

Any other light would have been extinguished for that amount of time underwater, but not my SureFire. My wife and I both thank you, SureFire.

Andrew L.
Quinton, VA


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While in the "Sand Pit," en route to our RV, unbeknownst to me I lost my SureFire E1B Backup® out the window of our Humvee. The second and third Humvee both ran it over, and the driver of the last truck saw it get run over and actually turn on, bouncing and spinning on the road surface until it came to rest on the shoulder. He could see a beam of light shining, so he stopped to pick it up. When we arrived at the RV, the driver told his story to us, and I immediately checked my vest pocket to find that my Backup was gone. The driver handed me the light it was dented and the window was broken, BUT IT STILL WORKED! Thanks for making such a great product. I still use it to this day, and I'm saving up for a new Defender®.

Kelvin M.
Bangkok, Thailand


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I'm contracted at a local nightclub as an I.T. Manager/Surveillance Director, and my best investment has been the E1B®. I am constantly asked by security guards, bartenders, and police officers that I come in contact with, after they see my little light, what type of flashlight I use. I've dropped it from various heights (accidentally) about thirty times. This light should have been called "The Survivor." It has been submerged in the pool, accidentally run over by my 3,500-pound sedan, even found tumbling in the washer with the pants. Without fail, every time I use it, IT WORKS. I am a very happy customer with the Backup from SureFire.

Eric R.
Miami, FL

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After reading about your new E1B Backup® light in a magazine, my wife and I decided to purchase each other the lights for Christmas of 2008. We ordered them via the web and received them in early December. On December 11, 2008, our region of the Northeast got slammed with the worst ice storm in recent history. Power went out for many days as a result of ice-caked trees taking the electric facilities down. Since I work for the local electric utility, I was called in from vacation to assist with power restoration and was assigned to lead some Tennessee contract line crews. The crews worked tirelessly for 16-hour shifts. I was able to take along and use my early Christmas gift, the SureFire E1B Backup light during the restoration. I used it primarily when I was away from my vehicle, mostly on the low setting, for close-up work, but when I needed to see any distance, the high setting really did the job and seemed like a spotlight.

I was very surprised to discover that, during the six days I was in the field during the restoration, the battery held up and lasted the duration. I'd actually brought along my wife's Backup for a backup, but never needed to use it. Since then, we experienced a severe windstorm in February 2010, and I was again called to duty to run outside contract crews for restoration. One of the first things I grabbed was my Backup-and a spare battery. I would highly recommend the Backup to anyone as a primary light. Keep up the great innovative work, SureFire.

Skip Z.
Exeter, NH

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The city braced itself as a category-four hurricane headed in our direction. We made preparations and stayed in our home while the storm raged just outside. Three hours into the storm we heard cries for help, so we opened our door to try to help. It was pitch black and only the occasional lightning bolt illuminated the sky, showing us large debris flying around and downed power lines. It was too dangerous to go outside in the dark, so my father handed me the SureFire E1B Backup® and took out his E2D Defender® for himself. We headed outside, despite the efforts of my wife to keep us inside. Our lights cut through the darkness and showed us the true nature of the storm. We made our way to the neighbor's home, where a little girl had been cut severely by glass from a broken window. Thanks to our SureFire illumination tools, we were able to tend to the child and save her life.Thank you, SureFire, for making such rugged flashlights.

Kevin S.
Houston, TX


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I worked late one evening and was car-jacked in the parking lot. He forced me into the trunk of my car. I was scared and on the verge of panic. Luckily, my Surefire E1B Backup® was in my purse. I turned my flashlight on with no plan other than to not be in the dark in the trunk of a moving car anymore. With the light of my Backup, I noticed that the taillights could be removed. I couldn't pull the taillight through, so I bashed a hole through the assembly, using the bezel of my E1B. Then I shined my light's tight beam through the hole and at the windshields of any cars driving behind us. Several drivers noticed the light and dialed 911. Moments later, the police boxed the car in at a traffic light, while I screamed from inside of the trunk. The police took the carjacker into custody. I was very grateful to them and just as grateful that I'd had my SureFire flashlight with me that night.

Angela M.
East Syracuse, NY


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I work on a drilling rig in Northern Canada, and I experience some pretty harsh weather sometimes. I started off my last rotation at work with a rig move in -40° C weather. At that temperature pretty much everything freezes and starts acting up. My watch and cell phone were the first items to freeze up and stop working. The next item to fall victim to the cold was my folding knife, which froze shut and proved extremely difficult to open. But, when it came time for my SureFire E1B Backup® to perform, I was pleasantly surprised. After I cleared the frost from the lens and pressed the tailcap, the light came right on, which made me very happy. I used my E1B a fair amount that day, and, even in the extreme cold, every time I needed light, it fired right up. I've tried many different pieces of gear at work, and nearly everything fails in these extreme conditions—but not SureFire. Thanks for making such a great light, one that can stand up to extreme, real-world conditions.

Cody H.
Ladysmith, BC
Canada


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In NYC we've had a pretty brutal winter so far. Snow, negative wind chills for weeks at a time, pretty bad. I have a SureFire E1B Backup®, which I bought in October. After about a month of using it I became very accustomed to having it with me all the time. One day, I reached for my handy-dandy, bright-as-hell little friend and it wasn't there. A strange feeling, since I carried it religiously. I felt lost without it. The very next day, after searching high and low, I went out and purchased a new Backup. I started using my new flashlight without a though of the old one, figuring I'd never see it again. Two days ago, three months later, I'm walking my dog and there, lying in a puddle of mud and ice, is my original Backup! I couldn't believe it. I hit the button, and it was a bright as the day I bought it. For over three months in subzero temps, wind, snow, rain, dirt, and water, this little flashlight laid there patiently, covered under a pile of snow and ice, just waiting to be found and used by its owner. I put the newer one in a drawer, and now I carry my original, and amazing, little Backup.

Paul C.
Yonkers, NY


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Two weeks ago, I was out for a night ride on some local mountain bike trails with a buddy. The trails were in great shape, and we were climbing a big hill about halfway through our ride when my cycling headlamp's rechargeable battery failed. We were about five miles from the car, and the only way out was by single track far too narrow for a vehicle. Lucky for me, I had my SureFire E1B Backup® in my pack. I strapped it to my helmet and had more than enough light to finish the ride in style as ”something an average flashlight wouldn't have been able to muster. My E1B is always close at hand when I venture into the woods, and that night it lived up to its name.Thanks, SureFire.

Carl H.
Knoxville, TN

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I've been using SureFire flashlights for several years now and have several. I recently upgraded my everyday carry light to your SureFire E1B Backup®, and this is the flashlight I've been waiting for! Ultra powerful and ultra compact—the best of both worlds. As a firefighter, I rely on a powerful flashlight in pretty much any rescue situation. Recently, my SureFire E1B Backup® saved the day on the scene of a call. Our engine was out, doing training in one of the local neighborhoods, when we were approached by two animal control officers who asked for our assistance. A dog was barking from the storm drain of the sewer. We helped them pry the lid off the manhole cover, and the animal control officers tried to light the area with their off-brand, standard-issue flashlights, which only lit up a tiny area inside the vault of the sewer.

We tried one of our big, bulky flashlights that we carry on the engine, but its size made it too awkward to hold and look down the manhole at the same time. So I pulled out my Backup. The whole vault area instantly lit up from the 80 lumens coming out of the tiny light in my hand. It even out-performed our big, bulky, box-style flashlight. Once we could see the area, we noticed a pipe in the back corner of the vault that led to another vault about 150 feet away. We pulled the cover off the other manhole, and when I shined my light down there, I discovered a very frightened Labrador puppy cowering in the darkness. While I lit the way with my E1B, one of the animal control officers climbed down and coaxed the dog into her arms. We pulled the officer and the puppy up to safety and returned the dog to its grateful owner. Thanks, Surefire, for making excellent gear that aids so many firefighters and rescue workers and other public safety agencies across the country. I look forward to seeing what new and innovative products you come up with next. You definitely have a customer for life!

Davis S.
Springfield, VA


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I went on a hike with a friend and three of his kids in Belle Smith State Park in Illinois, home of a natural arch. Even though this was only a hike of few hours, I brought along my SureFire E1B Backup®, which I take with me pretty much wherever I go. The arch forms a sort of a tunnel 10 or 15 feet long, strewn with boulders and smaller rocks. As we approached it, my friend's youngest went scrambling toward the entrance. I took out my Backup and scanned the rubble in the "tunnel" (although it was broad daylight, it was still quite dark inside), when my light's beam revealed a copperhead emerging from behind a boulder. The child was less than a yard from the snake and was heading right for it. The minute my Backup's beam hit the snake, my friend called out for his son to stop, and he halted in his tracks. I kept the beam on the snake, which quickly retreated back behind the rubble. My friend then said, "That light saved my son's life." As we resumed our hike, my friend asked me several questions about my flashlight...he's since bought one for himself.

Alan B.
Urbana, IL


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I just got back from an 18-day African safari, hunting dangerous game. Prior to my departure, I purchased another Surefire flashlight--the SureFire E1B Backup®, which probably saved my life. One morning, while walking into a blind, I heard a noise ahead of where my guide and I were walking. I grabbed my light and held it ready in my left hand. Suddenly, from less than 15 yards away, in total darkness, a tusk-less cow elephant charged us. I hit her with the bright light and stopped her in her tracks at about eight yards. My guide yelled, and she turned and walked away with her calf. I am convinced, as was my guide, that the Backup's intense light played a huge part in changing her mind. Thank you for an awesome product.

Art H.
Montana


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It was a dark, moonless winter evening in Yosemite Valley as my wife, daughter, and I finished our meal at the Yosemite Lodge Cafeteria. Suddenly, we were plunged into pitch-black darkness. No power, no emergency lights, no generators. No problem. I just reached for the SureFire E1B Backup® that's always tucked into my pocket and shined it off the ceiling €”plenty of light for dining to continue. While other lesser lights flickered on here and there, it was the little E1B that really lit up the room. When we finally had to leave, I found myself peppered with questions about my "lantern" and met with stunned looks when the questioners realized that the "spotlight" was hidden in my palm. The next day we learned that the outage was caused by a ringtail cat that explored the wrong part of a substation, knocking out power throughout the valley until the wee hours of the morning. Good thing I had my SureFire so the only effect of the overnight outage was a little added adventure.

Steve C.
El Cerrito, CA

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Last Friday night, my fiance and I were walking our dogs in Ventura, CA, on Main Street. It was about 9 p.m., and the area is loaded with bars and people drinking, especially on weekend nights. We were crossing Main Street, at a stop light, with a green light when a drunk driver was making a left turn toward us. When I noticed he wasn't slowing down, I pulled out my SureFire E1B and first shined it on the ground. When that didn't work, I shined it directly in his eyes, at which point he slammed on his brakes, skidding to within a few feet from us. Thank God I had my E1B on me.

Kent A.
Camarillo, CA

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The operating rooms at the rural hospital where I work were recently remodeled. Late one night, I was doing an appendectomy on a young patient when we suffered a power interruption, and there was a delay in the emergency backup power, which interrupted our lighting. My circulating nurse, who does search-and-rescue work in his free time, took out his astonishingly small but bright SureFire E1B Backup® and provided light for me to operate by until power was eventually restored. His E1B was significantly brighter than the wall-mounted emergency light in the OR. I was duly impressed and will be putting more than one of these lights in my home and vehicles. Nice product.

Dr. David M.
Hood River, OR


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