I've just had an LED Lenser Police Tech Focus delivered - seems pretty well built and is certainly bright enough for my needs whilst still being easily pocketable.
Am also a big fan of the instructions which not only tell you not to shine it in someone's eyes but also tells you if you get it shined into your eyes, you should close them immediately and also turn your head away.
What is the purpose of a surefire
if it only got a runtime of 20 to 30min's
very short if you ask me
You are referring to SureFire Xenon P60, P61, P90, etc.. They had short run times as lumens increased with each lamp model.
In 2009, no one should be talking about Xenon bulbs in flashlights anymore because they are almost primitive. LED is the new thing on the block in flashlight technology that now gives 250-2000+ lumens with good runtimes. For my standards, SureFire underperformed big time when it came out with P60L (80 lumen upgrade for G2, Z, C2, 6P, M2 models.)
If the new G2L or 6PL gives 80 lumens (with claimed 20 hour output but it drops down from 80 lumens fast), a custom upgrade lamp from a different company like the M60L (L for low) will give you 140 lumens at 4 1/2 hours at constant regulation plus hoursss of declined lumen output after. M60 will give 235+lumens for regulated 2 hours and M60 MC-E 500+ lumens for 45 minutes on primary 2 CR123s. I always tell people to buy the "old" non LED SF models and get LED upgrades from other brands more cost effective and you get more lumen:time.
My current setup is SureFire C2 on custom M60 upgrade LED, and on17670 rechargeable lithium, replaces stock P60 (65 lumen xenon) and 2 CR123s.
M60 custom 235 lumen LED v. SureFire stock P60 xenon
SureFire CR123 lithiums v. non SureFire "custom" rechargeable lithium option
My final set up after around $175 investment. "SureFire hybrid" that pumps 235+ lumens over 350 feet with no wasted money on new batteries.
I can recommend the Led Lenser 7P.
Runs on AAA batteries so you don't have to sell your first born to pay for CR123 batteries and pumps out a lot of light. Manufacturer says it is 167 lumens, but I prefer the last comment of the person who copped a dose of mine as "Arrrrgh my eyes"