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E2D LED Defender® Ultra

Dual-Output LED

E2D LED Defender Ultra flashlight -- front angle view

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Overall Value
Perfect light, but very poorly designed clip and zero customer service

This is my second E2DLU (gave my first one to a friend a few days ago) and an addition to my collection of Surefire LED lights.

This is a truly amazing light that performs as advertised. It's well built, easy to use, durable and extremely powerful.

I live in France, so there are a few caveats for european Surefire buyers:

1. Surefire products are sold at a high premium here in Europe and, although I buy them directly from the Surefire distributor, prices can get as high as twice the US price.

2. The E2DLU has the worst designed clip of any flashlight I've owned, regardless of brand. The clip failed twice on my first E2DLU and it's not possible to get replacement clips outside the US. Surefire's local distributor can't get them and ther two times I broke mine, they replaced the whole light the first time and sent me a different (albeit better) clip from another model that they had to salvage from another new light. I spoke directly to Surefire in the US about the failing clip issue and I was promised spare clips repeatedly. After over 6 months of waiting for the clip to arrive, still nothing. It appears Surefire doesn't care at all about it's non-US clients.

Conclusion: great light, extremely bad customer service.

Reviewed by Olivier (Posted on 3/12/15)

Overall Value
Over the road driver.. Hunter

I, like many Surefire customers, own several surefire lights... Had the first ed2 defender loved it.. The next one came out .. It went to 200 lumens; bought it.. Gave the first one to my dad.. Then along came the ultra 500 lumens got it and passed the 200 lumens to my mom... Bottom line over $500.00 in 3 lights .. Money well spent... Like all my other surefire lights 7 in all .. They are worth every penny... If you want a light that will work every time... Can and will blind a perp.. Lay his head open or put him on his knees with a hit on the arm, knee ect.. This is the light... My advise.. Everyone in your family needs one.. Wife , husband .. Son or daugther.. It will serve them and propect them in dark and there when the Boggie man shows up

Reviewed by E. Mark (Posted on 3/12/15)

Overall Value

Bright light. Strong yet small. Easy to grip. Nice battery saving feature. Durable and portable. Wonderful doesn't come cheap, but there isn't a single thing not to like with this product. A+

Reviewed by Marty (Posted on 3/3/15)

Overall Value
MUST READ!!!!!!!!

I received my surefire illuminating tool last week. I immediately put it to work. The weather where I live has been -10 degrees and out of the mailbox it responded quickly. The name of this flashlight should be the "sun." 500 lumens is amazing. I was seen from 500 feet away in a snow storm. On the other side with 5 lumens I was virtually camouflaged from 50 feet. I have read other reviews and a few people have mentioned that there is a flowery reflection given off as a border from the tip design. If this bothers you don't buy this light. However, if you want a light that will save your life by illumination or even self defense I strongly recommend this product. I will be replacing all my firearm lights with surefire. I rarely find a product that receives all 5 stars, but I can't find anything negative to say. I have 2 areas I use my tool. One is in a hospital where obviously firearms are illegal. But I have the most confidence that this light will respond in an emergency blackout. I also have a small farm and use it to ward off varmints. I have yet to loose any brightness from the use of my light from battery failure. Good luck in your search for an awesome light, bur surefire is certainly at the top of my list. Thanks for the technology you strive for.

Reviewed by Frank (Posted on 2/21/15)

Overall Value
Very good Light

i have many surefire lights, this one is no different then the rest when it comes to quality. they are super bright and there when you need them.

i have broke lots of pocket clips on this one though, i really like the belt clip design but its weak.

Reviewed by frank (Posted on 2/4/15)

Excellent light!

I am very pleased with the E2D defender ultra! I absolutely love the dual output tail cap-bright first, then dim on second press of the tail cap. PERFECT. I had one of the previous versions to the ultra and used it daily for over five years. It continues to work perfectly, although the ultra is much brighter. Excellent lights! Thanks Surefire, keep it up.

Reviewed by KG (Posted on 1/26/15)

E2D LED Defender® Ultra

In my opinion, the Defender Ultra is simply the best of SureFire's excellent self-defense flashlights. Expensive? You bet! It reinforces the old truism: One gets what one pays for . . . or something along that old adage. Regardless of the self-defense SureFire light you select, be Ultra careful about trying it out on your wife and/or for that matter any other "low-light-adapted" member of your house hold. She asked " just what is that tiny light supposed defend against"? As I hadn't used it, I said ( stupidly, in retrospect ) just put your head under the comforter and I'll show you. She did and I did. AND, I narrowly escaped with my right ear still attached.

Reviewed by J.War (Posted on 1/23/15)

My best SureFire yet.

I own a number of SureFire lights, starting with the 6P, This E2D is the best one yet. You can completely light up a large room or scan a treeline with the 500 lumen setting. The 5 lumen is just enough to watch out for obstructions in your path while moving at night. This has become my EDC. Very lightweight, dependable as usual, and can also double as an impact weapon. Great product!

Reviewed by Greg (Posted on 1/22/15)

one and only

if i had only one surefire for the rest of my life, it would be this one.
boasting 500 lumens on high and 5 on low.
so practical, yet a sight for sore eyes.
i have 14 other surefires and i hate to tell them this but this model is my favorite, his little brother the e1d led defender is a close second.
buy it and never look back, and definitely dont look at the credit card bill.

Reviewed by EDC ready (Posted on 12/4/14)

Very Impressed.

The advertised construction and performance have been borne out. Across diverse climate and physical conditions, my SureFire, is as advertised. Sure Fire!

Reviewed by Stephen V. Dash (Posted on 12/2/14)


Output / Runtime -- White Light
High500.0lumens / 2.25 hours*
Low5.0lumens / 67.75
Tactical Runtime**2.25hours
Bezel Diameter1.125inches
Weight w/Batteries4.2ounces
Batteries2123A  (included)
** Runtime (at highest setting for multiple-output
    lights) until output drops below 50 lumens.



The E2D LED Defender® Ultra is a compact 500-lumen flashlight featuring dual-output capability and self-defense enhancements. Utilizing a virtually indestructible high-performance LED and a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens, the E2DL Ultra is activated with a pushbutton tailcap click switch that also selects output levels: press or click once for a high-intensity 500-lumen white-light beam—ten times the light needed to overwhelm the night-adapted vision of an aggressor. Return to off and press or click again within two seconds for a 5-lumen ultra-long runtime low beam that's suitable for navigating at night or performing close-up tasks for hours. The Defender's crenellated Strike Bezel® provides further defensive options should the need arise. Slender and powerful, the E2DL Ultra is an ideal everyday-carry light.
  • Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
  • Two output levels—500 lumens high for maximum light, 5 lumens low for extended runtime
  • TIR lens produces tight beam with enough surround light for peripheral vision
  • Strike Bezel® provides personal defense option
  • Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
  • Dual-output tailcap click switch—press for momentary-on high, click for constant-on high, return to off then press or click again to select low
  • Fits our V91 holster in the head-up position.
  • High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
  • Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
  • Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life

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