Surefire Titan Plus AAA Key Ring Light – 300 lumen!

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How would you feel about having 300 lumen in your pocket? (I measure 265 in my integrating sphere – not enough to quibble about.)   No big deal, right?

But what if:

-It was about the same size as your pinky finger?
-It weighed less than 2 ounces WITH the included battery?
-It used the ubiquitous AAA battery?
-It included a quality rechargeable AAA battery?
-It had 3 levels – 15-70-300 – activated by a simple twist/twist/twist interface?
-It fit on your key ring with a simple, secure but detachable split ring holder?
-It had a secure, detachable pocket clip?
-It cost less than $100?
-And it had the Surefire no hassle warranty?

That light exists in the form of the Surefire Titan Plus. This light is a follow up to the Titan A that started shipping earlier this year. The Titan A is a nice little light in its own right – 15 and 75 lumen, AAA, lightweight, and under $60.

But this review is about the Titan Plus, which while not perfect, is a near perfect EDC in the eyes of this reviewer.

The light is constructed of nickel-plated brass. Surefire was kind enough to send a sample for my evaluation although I had already purchased one a while back that I’ve been carrying one every day for about the last 6 weeks. I have the Titan A on my key ring, so this Titan plus is carried either clipped to the inside of my pocket or dropped into the bottom of my pocket with a jumble of keys, the other Titan and pocket change.

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In this short period the light has suffered few scratches or marks of any kind – in fact, I’ve dropped it on concrete twice and really have to search to find any marks from those drops.
I mentioned the clip – it’s strong but removable by simply twisting off the tail.

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On that tail is a lanyard hole that is covered by the removable “quick detach” tail cap that includes a stainless split ring.

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I find the light a bit long and heavy for key ring carry, but for those who prefer this type of carry it’s a nice set up. Expect to exert some effort removing the tail cap – it has a snug grip that is doubtful to accidently release.

The beam is really nice. Surefire uses a faceted reflector that results in their “MaxVision Beam.”
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Although this sounds like a nice marketing description, the fact is that the beam is VERY nice for my purposes as it projects a very smooth beam with a very slight hotspot that transitions to a smooth, wide beam. The tint is fairly neutral.
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On the lowest setting it makes a useful close up light for reading and such – I use medium for most tasks (like walking my dog) – high is a useful blast that will light objects 50 feet or so away. Bear in mind that on high this little light gets warm quickly and will drain your battery in less than an hour of constant use. Battery life ratings with the included Eneloop Pro battery are 7 hours on low (15 lumen), 2 hours on medium (75 lumen) and 1 hour on high (300 lumen).

As for the battery, it’s already been noted that the light comes with a Panasonic Eneloop Pro.   This battery requires a charger that tops out at around 1.5V. I use a Nitecore Intellicharger and usually charge the battery(ies) at 1.2V. I was already a fan of these cells for other lights and applications. You can also use a regular old alkaline cell.

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The light isn’t without a few issues. Early versions seemed to suffer from having a pinched O-Ring at the lens. Although my first one did have this problem, once I noted it I never really thought about it again.   I am a frequent writer and visitor on a popular flashlight forum, and much was made about this O-Ring problem early on, and there were a couple of mentions of moisture inside the lens – my light never had that problem.

Level of twist required for activation is easy enough that my large hands can work the light one handed, but some complain that the effort is too much for one hand. YMMV.

Activation can be squirrely (for lack of a better term). Textbook activation is twist on at low, twist again for medium then again for high. In reality, it’s more like twist on for low, another twist for medium, then a couple of twists for high. You can time it so that a slight delay from medium to high will activate high, but the general consensus has been 2 twists from medium to high. Again, your mileage may vary.

Some of the early ‘regular’ Titans (the “A”) varied in battery tube thickness – some batteries in random samples might not fit certain batteries or the batteries might be tight. Happily with my 4 Titan A and both Titan Pluses I have not experienced this problem – whether Eveready Lithium, Duracell Alkaline, Sanyo Eneloop or Panasonic Eneloop Pros – they all fit.

If you can’t tell already, I like this little light. The brightness it develops is impressive from 1 AAA cell, and the size makes it such that you might always end up with this light in your pocket should you need it. Using the ubiquitous AAA battery ensures that you will always be able to find power for the light, while the supplied Eneloop Pro will save you $$ on batteries – you’ll just need a charger.

Demand for this light is such that shipments are often 2-4 weeks after you order, but in my humble opinion the light is worth the wait.

 

www.surefire.com



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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  • Giolli Joker

    Under 100$? That is quite interesting.
    Usually Surefire gives you the option of either having money in your pocket or one of their flashlights…

    • gunsandrockets

      Nope, that’s the Titan A price. The subject of this article, the Titan Plus, goes for a dime less than $100 at amazon.com

    • gunsandrockets

      Nope, that’s the Titan A price. The Titan Plus goes for a dime less than $100 at amazondotcom

      • Dan M

        Titan A retails for $59.99…

    • Dan M

      Do a bit of searching and you can find them for $90 or so. Check out LA Police Gear – even Surefire’s retail site if you sign up for notifications – they’ll send you a 15% discount code.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I have a couple from working with Surefire. Excellent medkit and car light, but absolutely needs a clicky tailcap.

    I’ll buy 4 if they can put a decent tailcap on it. The twist is useless for one hand or handgun low light shooting.

    • gunsandrockets

      I prefer twist on-off switches for pocket carry. In my experience it’s too easy to accidentally activate a push button and end up with a dead battery.

      I’m waiting for someone to invent a LED pocket light with the form of a zippo lighter, having a lid that protects the emitter lens and the power switch from damage and crud.

      • Giolli Joker

        Kickstarter is there for you. 🙂

      • Andrew

        They already have a pocket light in the form of a zippo lighter. It’s called a zippo lighter.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        The tactical SF lights all have bezels around the tailcap, my E2D is almost impossible to hit accidentally.

        They’re going to have a tail cap version. I’ll wait and buy that

      • tazman66gt

        How many have you actually activated in your pocket long enough to kill the battery? My Streamlight has lived in my pocket for several years and have never hit the button long enough to kill the battery.

      • Cymond

        Zippo actually made a flashlight unit that fit in their lighter cases, but that was about a decade ago. I doubt it put out much light. I don’t even think it would hold a meager AAA cell. Maybe one of those wacky 10180 cells would work.

        • gunsandrockets

          Yeah, I read up about that zippo device online. Something from 20 years ago that didn’t sell for very long and for good reason. It didn’t use an LED, and it didn’t use replaceable batteries.

          Some makers have devised LED lights that would fit into a zippo case, but I’m no maker.

  • gunsandrockets

    Nice but expensive.

  • Peewee Sierrafour

    An empty shell casing (nickel plated brass for the thick) does not a rugged flashlight make. I’ll stick to my tried and tested Fenix AAA lights.

  • I’d personally love for them to come out with a 2xAAA “Tactical Penlight.” 5.5″ OAL x 0.5″ long, with a tailswitch and adjustable head mode selector. Fully tightened and its HIght 300 lumens on/off. Slightly loosened head activates moonlight (0.5 lumen), low (10) and medium (60).

  • Harrison Jones

    I’d love to see this slightly longer with a clicky tailcap. I’d make a perfect handheld for EDC wearing anything!

  • Kelly Jackson

    I’m guessing the run time at 300 lumens is about 3 minutes?

    • Cymond

      Yeah, probably something like that.
      It says “1 hour” but the way ANSI FL-1 standards work, the runtime is from a full battery until the light drops to just 10% of the original output. Hence, after an hour, the light is producing less than 30 lumens.

  • Nicks87

    My EDC light is a pelican 1910. It’s a great little light but only 72 lumens. I’ve been looking for a brighter AAA powered light but no tail cap button on the surefire might be a deal breaker.

    • Swarf

      Yup. Twist activation is so Maglite mini.

      I had (had) a small single aaa flashlight that was a twist on, and I found it to be distractingly aggravating. The old Maglites had enough surface area that you could easily activate them one-handed, but the new little guys are generally a two-handed deal, and that’s a no-go for me.

  • Bill

    For a keychain pocket light – that hopefully isn’t attached to the keys your dropped on the cinema floor, i”ve always relied on Photons – this might be overkill. For an EDC pocket light, it would be perfect – IF IT HAD A CLICKY TAILCAP that didn’t require a multi-engine instrument flight rating to operate.

  • AndyT

    I’ll stick with my Eagle Tac D25A AA clicky flashlight. 200 lumens on high, ti body, 3 output modes, 14500 compatable and under $50

  • iksnilol

    Looks nice, though i agree with some others here that I am not a fan of twisting the flashlight to turn it on.

  • Just say’n

    Is that a 300 Lumen Titan in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    Might finally replace my 4Sevens Preon 2.

    • Cymond

      My Preon 2 gets squirrely if the rechargeable batteries get low. Unfortunately, the brightness doesn’t drop off enough for me to realize they’re low before the Preon goes nuts.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        I’ve noticed the same thing now that you’ve mentioned it. It does not give you a warning.

        • Cymond

          The voltage in normal alkaline batteries slowly drops. I knew the batteries were low when Medium looked just like High.
          I think the rechargeable batteries have a very stable voltage until the current completely stops. I have one LED light that does warn me when the battery is low, but it was specifically engineered to use rechargeable batteries.
          I’ve been playing with a cheap 10440 light lately (3.7V battery). It’s shocking to get almost 200 lumens out of a light this small. I honestly don’t know how surefire can get 300 lumens out of a 1.5V battery. When I saw the headline, I guessed 10440s were going mainstream.

  • Dan M

    Great comments from everyone. My preference is for clicky activation of lights, too – but this light (and it’s little brother the Titan A) are exceptions for me. I have a Fenix LD-02 – nice little AAA light with a clicky switch – Medium-Low-High sequence. Can be bought for less than $30. Good output at around 100 lumen on high (their specs, not mine). Fenix makes a good product, too. Still, it just isn’t as “substantial” feeling as the Surefire, and the warranty service from Surefire is typically very good. Still, the Fenix is a good option, but I NEVER carry the Fenix and I ALWAYS carry the Surefires – both of them. The Titan Plus replaced some very nice (read $$) and bright lights just because of how small and light it is, how rugged it is, and how much useful light it produces off of the ubiquitous AAA battery.

  • Andy

    I have some pricey EDC lights…namely a Lummi RAW, and a Lummi WEE. High output, built like a tank, more expensive than the Surefire, but much smaller than the Titans. With that said, one of my more carried lights is a $10, Tank007 E09. Just as well built as my high dollar lights, just as reliable, & almost as bright, AAA tiny, 3 brightness levels, wonderfully finished, lazer exact knurling and printing, and it works every time exactly as its supposed to. If I lose it, i’ll be quite unhappy as it works like a very high quality expensive light, but it’s only a $10 light. I sit on it daily with it in the rear pocket of my pants, and no dents or any signs of damage or wear. To me, the E09 is a no-brainer! Buy a Titan, but if you want a AAA light, you gotta check out the Tank007 E09 as well!