The FirePak is a new consumer focused product from Surefire. It’s an illumination add-on for smartphones that also works as a battery pack for recharging. With both LED lights on max, it outputs an incredible 1500 lumens of light. The max runtime is over 10 hours at the lowest 100 lumens setting. In addition to the physical slider switch on the device itself, the Surefire FirePak can also be controled via BlueTooth from an app running in iOS or Android. Surefire offers G&T readers a special promotion code: TYFP, for half off when they order through the Surefire website.
The FirePak can be quickly attached to the back of the specially made matching Surefire phone case, and is currently available for the popular Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy series. It work for both storage the FirePak and for mounting it in front of the phone camera.
The FirePak itself is both designed and manufactured right here in the USA. It has an aluminum alloy core and durable polymer outer casing that acts like a nice bumper case. The metal inner case feels solid but it does get warm after the LEDs have been on for 30 minutes. The polymer outer case does a good job insulating heat. The body of the FirePak has no water or splash rating but it has good enough sealing, including the rubber flap for the USB ports, for dust and dirt protection.
Here’s what the Surefire FirePak is designed for. I found that it could do more than just serve as a smartphone accessory. It’s a very competent LED flashlight with a unique wide spreading floodlight beam pattern. I also like its form factor, I can hold it by itself comfortably just like the old-school “L” shape military flashlight. With its long runtime, robust construction, adjustable illumination, and build-in USB power bank, the Surefire FirePak could be also useful for EDC or as part of a prepping kit.
Here at the Red Oktober Kalashnikov event, I used the Surefire FirePak as a utility light by just laying it down on the range table. It was plenty bright even at just the lowest 100 lumens output level.
While I was there, I also used the Surefire FirePak as a modeling light for a night photoshoot session with InRange TV for an upcoming print article. The lighting use for this photo was 2x powerful off-camera flashes. The Surefire FirePak was used as a modeling light illuminating my subject, Karl, the host of InRange TV, in the pitch black shooting bay. Although, I didn’t use the FirePak as my main light source because my camera wasn’t setup for it, the FirePak with it’s 1500 lumens output is very useful for doing more casual photography in low light.
With the FirePak attached, it’s more than double the thickness of the iPhone 6. I was still able to put it in my front pant pocket although it’s pushing it a bit.
The internal 2800 mAh lithium-Ion battery not only provides power to the LED for over 10 hours, but it could also be used as a battery power bank to charge up a smartphone or a mobile device. It has a full size USB port for output and a input micro USB port for charge the internal battery.
My quick video showing the Surefire FirePak’s light pattern. Unfortunately, the built-in Android camera software doesn’t give me the full manual control of my Nexus 5X phone’s onboard camera. Its auto-ISO setting changes every-time I increase or decrease the output level. As it can be see in the video, the beam pattern is much wider than the phone camera’s lens.
I would like Surefire to come up with more attachments to use the build-in QD rails on the back of the FirePak. Perhaps something like a belt clip, a water-proof housing, a MOLLE clip for attach to a tactical vest, a strap attachment/pocket for attaching it to backpack shoulder strap, a suction cup, or a universal adhesive back plate that allow the FirePak to be mounted on any smartphone case.
The MSRP is $299 but you can get the FirePak for $150 with the Surefire 50% off promotion code for G&T readers, this deal includes a free smartphone case and free shipping. Promotion Code: TYFP, and it needs to be order from the Surefire website here.
Surefire FirePak Specs:
|(in Lumens)||300 1ums|
|Runtime:||10.25 hrs to 1.75 hrs|
|Max Intensity:||3,500 candela|
|Body:||Aluminum core, polymer exteriror|
|Weight:||4.5 oz (127.r g)|
|Size:||4.5″ (L) x 2.2″ (W)|
|Battery:||rechargeable Li-Ion bttery|
|Price with “TYFP” code:||$150 w/ free phone case and free shipping|
Designed and made in USA