SureFire P2X Fury Review

SureFire has a reputation of being the best when it comes to quality, but quality comes with a price. That’s changing though, with the 6PX and G2X family of lights that deliver not only high-output, but also high-value. Built on the 6PX platform is the P2X Fury, producing a maximum output of 500 lumens while maintaining a reasonable runtime of 1.5 hours. Let’s take a closer look at what SureFire refers to as a “pocket-sized searchlight.”

Key Specifications

  • Output: 500 lumens high, 15 lumens low
  • Intensity: 9,400 candela
  • Runtime: 1h 30min high, 46h low
  • Battery: 2 x 123A
  • Length: 5.4″
  • Diameter: 1.37″ bezel, 1.0″ body
  • Weight with Batteries: 5.7 oz.
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • MSRP: $155
  • Actual Pricing: ~$120

Pricing & Ordering

MSRP for the SureFire P2X Fury is $155, and the light is only available in black.

In The Box

Included in the blister packaging are: SureFire P2X Fury, 2 x 123A lithium batteries (installed), user manual, battery safety notice, registration card, and a SureFire sticker.

Batteries

Like most of SureFire’s lights, the P2X Fury uses lithium 123A batteries. These batteries have twice the voltage of a common 1.5V AA battery, and this high energy density makes them ideal for high-powered flashlights.

High energy density also makes it essential to only use quality 123A batteries, as low-quality or counterfeit 123A batteries can be dangerous. SureFire recommends only using Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic, or SureFire branded CR123’s. Rechargeable 3.2V lithium phosphate 123A batteries can also be used.

The Light

 

Head
The head features an anti-reflective coated glass window and a textured reflector. Flat areas on the head stop the light from rolling away when set on a flat surface.

Body
The body is type-III anodized, which is a tough finish that resists scratches and corrosion. Instead of knurling, the Fury has a sculpted body which is smooth and easy to grip.

Tail Cap
On the tail cap is a forward click switch, which is covered with textured rubber. To activate the lockout tailcap feature, unscrew the tailcap until the light no longer turns on (usually about a quarter-turn).

Modes

Based on the 6PX Pro, the P2X Fury is also a dual-output flashlight designed for non-tactical use.

Low
With the first press or click, the 15 lumen low mode is activated.

High
After returning to off, a second press or click activates the maximum output of 500 lumens.

Performance

With the combination of high-energy 123A batteries and a high-performance Cree XM-L LED, the Fury is capable of a maximum output of 500 lumens. This is equivalent to a 40W incandescent light bulb, which is an incredible amount of light from a compact flashlight. A textured reflector produces a smooth and floody beam pattern that easily lights up a wide area.

 

Runtime

If you haven’t read our article about runtime graphs and the ANSI FL1 Standard, please click here.

SureFire states runtime for their lights as “tactical runtime,” which is runtime until 50 lumens. For the Fury, the tactical runtime coincides with the ANSI FL1 Standard because 10% initial output is 50 lumens. Runtime is significantly shorter with rechargeable lithium phosphate 123A batteries, so we would recommend carrying a spare set of primary 123A’s if you will be without access to a charger.

Accessories

SureFire offers several accessories for the Fury, including spare battery carriers, filters and diffusers, and lanyards. More interesting, however, is the rechargeable 123A battery kit that we received to test with the Fury.

Manufactured by K2 Energy, the 3.2V lithium phosphate 123A batteries have a capacity of 600mAh. Compared to 3.0V lithium primary 123A batteries, which are approximately 1500mAh, the rechargeable lithium phosphate batteries last about half as long. That being said, the rechargeable kit not only pays for itself after just a couple charge cycles, but they are also safer to use than lithium primaries.

Pricing for the kit, which includes two batteries and a charger, is expected to be $29, and additional pairs of batteries can be purchased for $12. Both the kit and extra batteries will only be sold on the SureFire website and should be available for order within a couple weeks.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt in our minds that the SureFire P2X Fury is bright – 500 lumens is a serious amount of output. Even more impressive than its output is the moderately priced MSRP of $155, with many retailers selling the Fury for even less. If you’ve been using tactical lights for a while, you are probably already familiar with using 123A batteries. However, for those who are new to the battery type, the SureFire rechargeable lithium phosphate kit makes it easy to overcome the expense of lithium 123A batteries and still get great performance from the Fury.

Our only gripe with the P2X Fury is that the low mode activates first, and after getting accustomed to the 500 lumen high mode, the low mode really doesn’t seem very bright. Even though the P2X Fury isn’t designed for tactical use, we would have preferred a little more light on the low mode because it’s quite a big jump from 15 lumens on low to 500 lumens on high. When we mentioned this to SureFire, we learned that the P2X Fury is actually just the first model in the Fury family of lights, with Tactical, Defender, and CombatLight versions due to release in several months.

If the dual-output of the P2X Fury is not the thing for you, the upcoming tactical versions will feature one-step access to high. It’s always good to have choices, right?


Pros Cons
  • Maximum output of 500 lumens
  • Dual output modes
  • Smooth beam pattern
  • Lock-out tail cap
  • Solid build quality
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Low mode comes on first
  • Expensive lithium batteries

Related Links

SureFire P2X Fury Product Page

SureFire LFP123 Charger Kit Product Page

SureFire LFP123 Batteries Product Page

48 Responses

  1. sammie says:

    I bought a surefire 6px tactical last year 2011 around November and surefire advertised it as a 200 lumens. now as i go to their website as of now Oct 22, 2012 the same 6px tactical jumped and now advertised as 320 lumens.>>so whaat i have now is less powerful ?? why did they changed it from 200 to 320? can you please comment

  2. Robin Wang says:

    Sammie,

    It could be an upgraded LED, but it’s just a 50% increase. Since perceived brightness is not linear, 50% seems more significant than it really is.

    As with all technology, there’s always something better around the corner…

    Robin

  3. Amarendra says:

    @sammie: Surefire is very conservative when it comes to output lumens and does not bloat them for marketing purposes. You will notice the term “surefire lumens” being used. They will continuously test and it does happen once in a while that the new results indicate higher output. If you call SF support, mostly this is what the answer you will get. And relax, lumens are not everything – the reliability of the flashlight is of paramount importance (another reason why SF is slow in updating their lights).

  4. tarsier22 says:

    Robin where l could buy a set of these at europe?
    thanks

  5. Robin Wang says:

    Sorry, I would not be able to recommend retailers, especially ones in Europe, as I do not have experience with any of them.

    Robin

  6. tarsier22 says:

    thank you robin,l wish l could buy from usa but surefire doesnt sell international and k2energy too.your lucky to leave in us

  7. Robin Wang says:

    Have you checked eBay? Maybe there are sellers who are willing to sell international.

    Robin

  8. Andrew says:

    Hi, i ve been lurking for a while. Have some questions:

    1. Would you consider 500lm from SF is brighter from 600/700/800lm from Chinese brand?

    2. Would be a big difference between 320 and 500lm?

    Thanks. Been enjoying your good work! Highly appreciated!

  9. Robin Wang says:

    Andrew,

    Perceived brightness is not necessarily directly correlated to output. To make a more meaningful comparison, you also need to consider peak beam intensity, and make sure that all specifications being compared are compliant with the ANSI FL1 Standard (SureFire deviates from the FL1 Standard when the use “tactical runtime”, so keep that in mind if you compare runtime).

    If two lights have the same peak beam intensity, they will appear to be close in brightness because the brightness of the hotspot will be about the same, and the difference in output will be noticeable in one of the following areas: the size of the hotspot, the brightness of the spill beam, or the width of the beam. Beam characteristic differences are usually less noticeable than a difference in peak beam intensity.

    To be honest, even the difference between 500 and 800 lumens on the SureFire UNR/UBR is really not all that significant, and it’s getting close to the point of diminishing returns because preceived brightness is not linear.

    I assume that you are comparing the 6PX/G2X with the Fury, and for those lights, the biggest difference will actually be with the tint color. I heard that the 6PX/G2X uses a Nichia 219 LED that has a really nice, neutral white color, so that’s definately a plus.

    If you look at the peak beam intensity of the 6PX/G2X, which is 8,160 cd, it’s quite close to the Fury’s 9,400 cd. Overall, I would expect the Fury to be noticeably brighter, but it’s not going to be groundbreaking or anything like that.

    Hope this helps!

    Robin

  10. Andrew says:

    Thanks Robin for your time and effort answering me (and also the other question on streamlight review) . It helps so much. Highly appreciated!

  11. Robin Wang says:

    Glad I could help. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.

    Robin

  12. Johnny Bravo says:

    Hi Robin. I’ve been eye-balling the dual mode (original Fury) for over a year now. Just had a birthday, and my in-laws blessed me w/ a nice Benjamin Note. So I just ordered the Fury! I know this light wasn’t designed to be a “thrower,” but do you have any information on Beam Distance as defined by ANSI Fl1? Thank you 🙂

  13. Robin Wang says:

    Johnny,

    Beam distance and peak beam intensity convey the same information, just in a different way. The Fury has 9,400 candela peak beam intensity, which would be equivalent to a beam distance of 194 meters.

    Robin

  14. Johnny says:

    Hey Robin. I’ve had my dual mode SF Fury for 5 days now. It’s very nice to use. I did do a test at one meter on my light meter. I got 16,600 LUX. Do you folks do the candela test at 2 meters?

  15. Robin Wang says:

    Johnny,

    We do not test peak beam intensity if FL1 Standard specifications are provided by the manufacturer. The 9,400 candela specification is from Surefire, which we didn’t independently verify.

    It is usually recommended to take measurements at 2 or 5 meters to allow the beam to fully focus. You can convert lux to candela using the following formula: candela = lux * distance^2. Let me know what you get at 2 meters.

    Robin

  16. Johnny says:

    Ok Robin. I set my light meter to the x100 setting. I measure out 78.75 inches for a 2 meter distance. I got 42 on the meter. So it sounds like 4200 x 4 = 16,800 candela? Thanks…

  17. Robin Wang says:

    Johnny,

    Surefire is usually conservative with the specs, but that sounds a bit high, even if you are using rechargeable batteries. What kind of batteries are you using?

    Robin

  18. Johnny says:

    I’m using the original SF CR123As that came w/ it. Perhaps my Fury has too smooth a reflector? It has an orange peel reflector, but it appears to be a very mild texture. A bit on the throwy side instead of floody?

  19. Robin Wang says:

    Johnny,

    It’s possible that Surefire has changed the reflector, as our early sample has moderate texture. Either way, enjoy your Fury!

    Robin

  20. Zac says:

    The problem with SureFire is that they are neither keeping ahead of the game with technology/output nor pricing like they were 5 years ago. Five years ago, SureFire was the end-all of flashlights…today, they are more of a mall ninja joke of ‘tactical features’ for those who like paying more for less. With major government contracts, that may not be critical for their survival as a company, but from an enthusiast perspective, Surefire has gone from my love-all brand to a strong distaste.

    The Fenix PS32UE has a significantly higher output, 7 selectable power settings, a better diode by two generations, a better lens, more battery options, better power management, and is capable of taking the most recent 18650s pushing almost 4,000 mAh and maximizing running time which turns SF’s 500 lumen models into a complete joke…oh yeah, and at half the price of the SF!

    Why is Surefire priced higher with lower output and with battery options that more or less forces a user to accept sub-par management options and spend 10 times as much on batteries or MORE? This isn’t 2006…other brands are sporting features making them on an equal level of beefy and are getting equal certifications for waterproofing and have more transparent figures on REAL output externally certified.

    The rest of the world has realized that rechargeable lithium cells have long caught up to and shot right by the capability of disposable lithium cells, and at less than 1/10th the price. 18650 cells are now carrying 4+ times the energy as two CR123s… So why is the most expensive option failing to understand this? derrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….

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