Surefire 2211 Wristlight

How many times have you needed a flashlight but also needed your hands to be free? And what if you were unable to wear a headlight, how would you deal with that?

Surefire has come up with a pretty cool idea with their Model 2211 Wrist Light. This is truly a unique light in that you wear it on your wrist like a watch, freeing your hands for a firing stance or any other non-tactical activity where hands free lighting is useful.

 

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The light is powered by an internal lithium ion battery that can be charged by any micro USB power source, although Surefire does include a micro USB cable and wall charger.

The light is rated at 180-lumen output with just over 1 hour of run time before requiring a charge. The ‘charge’ LED on the top of the light doubles as a power gauge, with green indicating at least 90% charged, orange indicates reduced charge, and red indicates low charge.  Typical charge time from exhausted to 90%+ is around 3 hours.

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Specifications from Surefire’s web site:

Output / Runtime — White Light

High

180

  lumens / 1.25 hours*
Med

60

  lumens / 4.0 hours

Low

15

 lumens / 13.0 hours
Tactical Runtime*

1

 hours
Weight w/Batteries

3.7

 ounces
Batteries

Li-ion

 Integral
 

You will note that Surefire’s stated run times allow for a tapering of output to the point that the light drops below 50%.  I’m okay with that as it increases the time the light is useful.  Some manufacturers employ strict current regulation that might result in shorter run times but full output throughout the run. Just my opinion, but if I am in a dark place and need light, reduced output is better than no output!*Runtime (highest setting for multiple-output lights) until output drops below 50 lumens

 In my homemade integrating sphere, I measured 17 on low, 63 on medium and 178 on high.  My sphere has proven to be reasonably accurate, and it shows Surefire’s ratings to be, as usual, very ‘honest.’

Activation is simple and intuitive:  push 1 button on either side to activate High-Low-Off, if the presses are within less than a second of each other.  A single press of either button will switch the light off.  ‘Squeeze’ both buttons at the same time and the light comes on in low and cycles to medium then high if you continue to hold the buttons. The light stays on in high if you continue to hold the buttons, or will stay on in whatever mode is engaged when you release the buttons.  Again, a single press of either button switches the light off.

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The housing is sealed (even with the USB port uncovered) and water resistant to IPX7 Standard.

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It ‘wears’ like a big, heavy watch with a comfortable band.  I became accustomed to it rather easily, and can imagine how useful it might be to always have the light literally, “at hand.”  (Sorry) . The band is, of course, removable should you wish to use your own.

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As is typical with Surefire’s “better” lights, construction is solid and the graphics are well done.  The solidity comes at a cost, though, as the housing is sealed and the entire unit must be sent to Surefire should the battery need replacing.  My understanding is that Surefire will replace the battery under warranty if it fails within the first 2 years after purchase. I have no information about the cost of non-warranty replacement.  Quite frankly, not having to replace primary cells or deal with loose rechargeable batteries, to me at least, offsets any potential battery related maintenance.  And to be able to charge it with the ubiquitous micro USB is a home run.

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The Cree XPE emitter is housed behind a nice optic, angled up at 35 degrees. The beam is a nice, white tint, relatively free of artifacts and optimized for ‘room sized’ illumination, or close up work. Beyond 20 feet or so the beam is so diffused that it really provides limited useful lighting. This light is definitely not meant to be a thrower.

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The verdict?  To tell the truth, I really wanted to not like this light when I was waiting on it to arrive. I’ve never been one to back away from expensive lights, but $495 seemed a bit much (even to me.)  Granted, this light is discounted in most retailers and can be purchased for around $350, but still…

But it grew on me.  I can’t justify it for my needs, but for someone in need of quality, reliable hands free light – especially if that person cannot or does not like to use a headlamp, this light could be incredibly useful.  And if it were to be run for an hour a day, it could conceivably pay for itself when compared to the cost of disposable primary batteries.

So again, the verdict?  I give it a thumbs up.



Dan M

Love firearms and flashlights – and they go well together. I’ve been admiring and writing about quality flashlights for about 9 years…built my own integrating sphere….done a few mods. Proof positive that a 59 year old can still love toys!


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  • Doom

    “Caution Hot Surfaces” on the part that is on your wrist… derp. Or was the warning there for the light a quarter inch away on there?

    • Dan M

      I never let the light run for more than 5 minutes or so at a time, and it never was uncomfortable. The light is so solidly made that it will act as a heat sink, and that’s a good thing. If you are wearing it, your body will further “sink” the heat away and I doubt that it would ever be more than just ‘warm’. However, if you switched it on and left it unattended and un-worn, it would probably get hot! It’s like any flashlight – they heat up IF the housing is doing a good job of moving the heat away from the emitter. And that’s a good thing. Your hand will help move the heat away from the housing or in this case, your wrist.

    • That’s just touching the bulb itself.

  • Vermin.308Winchester

    So this Vs helmet and weapon mounted lights for hands free illumination?. Excellent review bye the way Dan M I never would have given this light any consideration had you not explained it’s better quality’s however the non removable battery kills it for me. Possibly this would be a good compliment to your tactical wrist gear http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ceca/

  • MadMonkey

    I’m hoping $495 is a misprint. I was guessing $89 because Surefire is overpriced…

  • Blake

    Cool tool, but $350?

  • PK

    How very Star Trek!

  • Dave Jones

    Way over-priced….stupid, asinine!

  • First time I saw this was on Star Trek: Voyager. Just sayin’

  • david

    Surefire lights are a “you get what you pay for” type of product. If you plan on dropping it off a building, driving over it with a jeep, smashing it on rocks (climbing) or just want the best built light out there, then you are willing to pay the price. If you want a light that works well but cant stand up to all of the above + more then you will get a better price. I own several surefire lights and would trust my luminary life to them. That being said, I could have spent 1/4 of the price and gotten something that would not be as durable, but probably would have fit my purpose just fine.

    I would go for a headlamp over the wrist light any day (unless i was shooting and didnt have a rail mounted light). 95% of the time my hands are elsewhere while i need my light looking forward.

  • ClintTorres

    So, for $350, there’s more technology/innovation/value in this than a smartphone?

  • Geo

    Dick Tracy’s watch probably cost less

  • CrankyFool

    I’m not going to sit here telling you that you should spend $495 on a wristlight. I wouldn’t.

    But since we’re talking about Surefire, I do want to mention an experience I had with Surefire in the very early 2000s.

    I had one of their 9N flashlights — they’re rechargeable. Battery went dead about 3-4 years after I bought it, and while trying to debug whether it was the battery or the lamp I used a battery with a much greater voltage than the original battery, resulting in the lamp lighting up for … about half a second. And then burning out terminally.

    I called Surefire, and they said “yeah, sounds like you need both a new battery and a new lamp.” They didn’t mention that their warranty doesn’t cover either of these items after I’ve had the flashlight for so long. They just told me to ship them my whole light — battery, lamp, barrel, charger, etc. What I got back from them was not a new retail-packaged light, but something that looked exactly like it, with at least the battery and lamp replaced.

    Amusingly, at the same time I meant to ship them the light I was sending an airsoft gun (Glock 17) to a dealer for some work; I accidentally shipped the gun to Surefire, which must have given a nice little surprise some morning when they opened my package (this was before orange tips). They called me and asked me where they should ship my gun. Nobody even asked me about who should pay for the shipping.

    • LOL–well that would give somebody a start:-) That time frame on rechargeables back then is about right. I used an SL-20 Streamlight on duty and the battery stick needed to be replaced every few years. The lamp–more like 4 years.
      Things have changed a bit since then with longer run times, a heck of a lot more light and sturdier batteries.

  • RickH

    It’s overpriced, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. My question is, how is this more useful than a hand held light? Okay, both my hands are free, but where is the beam pointing? What am I lighting up when I’m using the hand that it’s attached to? If I’m using it like a hand held, I have to extend my arm to point at what I want to see: tiring. A hand held can be held any way that is comfortable. If you need your hands free, a head lamp shines where you’re looking, I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s well made, but I really don’t get it.

  • 032125

    Much as the cult of “buy ‘Murican” love to hate on Chinese imports, I guarantee they will be releasing 10 different versions of this, all for under $100. Some will be absolute crap, and some will be just great, but none will insult your intelligence by charging $450.

    To quote Macklemore:

    I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.”

    Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition

    Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant #$*^

    I call that getting swindled and pimped

    I call that getting tricked by a business

  • patrickiv

    “Caution: Hot Surfaces”…on the only part that touches you.

  • Dave Jones

    With the purchase of this Wristlight…Surefire gives you a free gift. The Wristlight comes with your choice of KY or Vaseline.

  • DrShotgun

    So, they printed “Caution: Hot Surface” warnings… right on the area that is designed to sit right next to your skin?

    Does a SureFire T-Shirt also have a printed warning on the label that says “Caution: Causes Chafing”?

  • Cymond

    For those that don’t understand the light’s purpose, it is heavily marketed towards law enforcement to serve as a hands-free alternative to a handheld light so that officers can still use their hands to open doors, cuff people, etc. It is also allows a two-handed grip while shooting. (Some departments do not have railed handgun, and some completely prohibit weapon-mounted lights.)
    I agree that the $500 msrp/$350 real retail price is shockingly high. I suspect it is targeted at a niche market that doesn’t have many alternatives.

  • 77

    utter bullshit, IMO.
    fanboymallninjasuperheroes need this, though.

  • Dan M

    Well, I never expected quite this much of a stir. Let’s face it – if you don’t want it, don’t buy it. I didn’t buy one. Still…if I needed a bomb proof hands free light and didn’t want to wear a headlight, I’d consider it. I expect that many of us would fiercely defend purchasing a hand gun or rifle that was far more expensive than fully functional alternatives, and would have myriad reasons supporting the defense. Having said that, I think the price is too high, but considering the uniqueness of this product, I’m not sure that there is an apples to apples comparison available. I’m actually surprised that some are taken aback by the “Hot Surface” warning considering the litigious society we live in. As I’ve already posted, if you are wearing it, it likely won’t be a problem. If you switch it on to the high setting and leave it unattended, it WILL GET HOT. Thanks, all, for the comments!

  • Jon

    Has Surefire been bought by H&K? $350??? For a cool flashlight??? Why do they charge that much? Because they hate us.