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Monday, January 10, 2011

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In for Surefire

I have a Surefire G2 in the collection. Although it probably gets the most use out of the incandescent lights that I have, it doesn't come close to the actual use of my LED flashlights. And, I need to solve that since the G2 is one of the few lights that I actually smack around and somewhat abused like a good tool should. I got to say the Nitrolon body is awesome. So the solution is to get a P60 LED drop-in for an upgrade. After the many good reviews I've read, I went with the P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In. It's a simple and clean upgrade for the Surefire.

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In Surefire Flashlight Upgrade

The P60 Style Cree R2 is a flashlight upgrade for lights like the Surefire G2, 6P, C2, etc. It's also a less expensive route to take if you just want to improve the light to compete with other high-powered LED flashlights on the market. It does a fine job doing just that and many times doing it better. It provides plenty of light that the original incandescent bulb couldn't do at a fraction of the cost. At 225 lumens, what's not to like about it? Here are more detailed pics...

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In Surefire Flashlight Upgrade

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In Surefire Flashlight Upgrade

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In Surefire Flashlight Upgrade

An issue did come up as I installed the Cree R2 into the Surefire G2. When I installed the drop-in and continued to twist the head/cap, I came to a point where it wouldn't tighten any further. That wasn't due to it being all the way tightened, but because the P60 drop-in was interfering with it and now a gap is showing (as shown in the photo below) between the head and body of the flashlight. But don't worry, there's a quick fix. I just removed the large outer spring and installed it that way. And that's that. No more gap. More photos here...

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In Surefire Flashlight Upgrade

The next photo is the P60 Style Cree without the outer spring. No need to be gentle when removing it. You can also adjust the length of the drop-in by twisting the reflector and the base. I didn't mess around with it since the outer spring was all that was needed. More photos here...

P60 Style Cree R2 Drop-In Surefire Flashlight Upgrade

I don't usually go looking for upgrades for my flashlights. But for $20 bucks, I really had nothing to loose. And it's been the best $20 bucks I've spent in along time. I just recently bought a Surefire G2X Pro with similar high output lumen ratings. As I did the naked eye test, the G2X Pro was a bit brighter and smoother light compared to the drop-in. So, the P60 Style Cree R2 did an excellent job and came close in performance that I didn't expect. In the end, it's a very welcome surprise and the light is now the primary flashlight in the household. Well worth the dough...

Here are some related links to some products that may interest you... P60 Style Cree R2 LED Drop In Flashlight Upgrade, SureFire G2 Nitrolon Tactical Incandescent, Surefire G2L-Single-Output LED Flashlight, and SureFire G2X PRO LED Flashlight

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