Light is yellow and unpleasant, not clear white of other surefires. Flashlight as a good look and feel. Any 12 voltage source seems to be acceptable - I think this is a big plus as I must have a dozen or more and don't have to worry about losing yet another special purpose charger. I would likely have returned it if I paid full list.
Reviewed by Tim (Posted on 1/1/14)
I love this light, this is my 3rd surefire and will get more. I think it's a great light, being rechargeable is great dont have to go through a box of batteries a week. It's very bright and I like the twist dial. I don't like that there's no case other than the box it came in. I think the tailcap kinda sucks, it doesn't work as well as it says, if you don't do it just right it will go to full brightness or the other way around. I bought it for their Black Friday deal, is it worth $700? Not sure, I wouldn't of bought it for that, but for the $350 I got it for I think it's worth it.
Reviewed by Jared J (Posted on 12/31/13)
Best lights ever...I own 4 of them - outstanding design and functionality!
Reviewed by tr (Posted on 12/29/13)
Good, but underpowered
The key selling points to this light are its build quality and outstanding interface. Under duress and with training, this light is likely to be the most reliable and predictable one available.
As a searchlight, there are many lights that are much brighter and throw better. I am surprised that SF is not offering this light with more output - even if only for a short duration 'burst' (e.g. momentary on at full power for up to 60 seconds and during strobe use).
Reviewed by Mark A (Posted on 12/25/13)
800 Lumens? Really?
Overcomplicated, not that much brighter then say 400 or 500 lumen flashlights.
I give it a A+ for quality build.
I give it B+ for brightness.
I give it a C+ for light color ,because the light is not a white light as are my other high end Surefire Lights.
I give it a D for size and shape, difficult to carry, to big to fit in your pocket or jacket, no case or holder. Have to carry it around in hand.
My opinion is, it's overpriced for what it is. If you paid more than $375.00 you paid to much.
Thank you for reading.
Reviewed by Bob Davis (Posted on 12/22/13)
I have been a big fan of Surefire flashlights for more than 20 years. I have own almost every model of Surefire flashlights. I had been waiting for a LED/rechargeable flashlight from Surefire for a long time. When the day I received a coupon from Surefire it was a no brainer for me to order both the UBR Invictus and a UNR Commander. I guess I have such high expectation from Surefire products that have to say I was kind of disappointed after a day of playing around with both flashlights.
The bad- First, the build quality does not feel as solid as other surefire flashlights. If you have to pay full price ($700) it just doesn't seem like it's worth the money. Second, the charger is making a high pitch noise on both flashlights. I have one flashlight that I kept in my bedroom and at night I cannot stand to hear that high pitch noise. In addition, when I turn the brightness rotator it squeaks. If this is a $50 flashlight I can understand and accept it but this is a $700 flashlight and they can't afford to put a ball bearing to make the rotator a bit more smooth? Third, the light beam is not as concentrated as other Surefire flashlights. Even though the light beam is acceptable to me but this flashlight loose the characteristic of a Surefire flashlight.
Now the Good- First of all I like the fact that this flashlight is two-in-one. It is rechargeable and also comes with adapter for 123A non-rechargeable batteries. You can not find this option in other brand of LED flashlights. This is a plus for me! I can see using the 123A batteries on some occasions. In addition, it comes with a car charger included in the package. Second, I do like Li-ion battery (instead of Ni-Cad). The battery sure makes the flashlight much lighter and have no memory effect. Third, I'm not arm forces but I do love the new switch. The switch allows you to control two brightness settings.
Comparing both UBR and URB flashlights I would spend the extra money on the UBR if you don't mind the bigger head. I think overall both flashlights are good but not good enough for the price they are charging. If this flashlight is around $150 to $200 than I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars. Consider this is a $700 flashlight I expect a lot more from it so for me it's about a 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by DST, Inc. (Posted on 12/21/13)
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 10/12/13)
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||1,000||lumens / 2.0 hours**|
|Low||5||lumens / 82.75 hours*|
|Batteries||1||Li-ion rech. or two 123A|
** Runtime (at highest setting for multiple-output
lights) until output drops below 50 lumens
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 1,000 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 1,000 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.