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Non-tactical applications for a flashlight far outnumber the relatively few occasions that SureFires are used by a SWAT team to takedown a meth lab. Rechargeable flashlights are not suitable for critical missions, like searching a Baghdad bunker for terrorists, because rechargeable flashlights— regardless of brand— have issues. First, there's the uncertainty of your rechargeable battery's state of charge because of the high rate of self-discharge that's inherent with Ni-Cad batteries. Second, there's the logistical problem of dragging a charger with you instead of a handful of spare lithium batteries. Finally, the potential cost savings of a rechargeable— it's only compelling attribute— is largely lost with SureFire's unconventional pricing of its lithium batteries at only $1.25 each in a dozen-count box.

High-energy SureFire lithium batteries, on the other hand, have a 10-year shelf-life, retaining their full power through a decade. That's why military and law enforcement professionals rely on SureFire tactical lights powered by disposable lithium batteries.

Rechargeable batteries only come into their own when the flashlight is used heavily. Rechargeable batteries need to go through the entire charge/discharge cycle to remain in peak condition. If you only use a rechargeable occasionally, you're not getting the main benefit.

That said, our Advanced Rechargeable Series represents the best rechargeable technology. The charger that replenishes our B90 Ni-Cad battery is not just any charger. We call it a Rapid SmartCharger. Every time you insert a SureFire battery into the unit, the Rapid SmartCharger runs a diagnostic test on the battery to determine its level of charge. One of the things that hurts the service life of a rechargeable battery is over-charging it. SmartCharger determines exactly how much energy is left in the battery and then tops it off with exactly the right amount of current to bring it to full charge. Not too much, not too little,just right.

The Rapid SmartCharger then keeps the battery at full charge by metering a low level of current into the battery constantly, something we call a trickle charge. By trickle charging the spare battery— except for the 10X Dominator, all SureFire Advanced Rechargeables come with two batteries— you always have a fully charged battery ready to go in the SmartCharger.

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There are three basic models in the Advanced Rechargeable Series. One model uses a single light source, while two of the models feature dual light sources.

Starting with the single light source model, the 8NX Commander features a polymer body and a bright 110 lumen Xenon lamp assembly. The runtime is 50 minutes. The 8NX comes in black, emergency yellow and olive drab.

Identical to the 8NX except for its material, the 8AX Commander is machined from aerospace-grade aluminum, available in a choice of natural gray hard anodized finish or a matte black hard anodized finish. Lumen output and runtime is identical to the 8NX.

Moving to the dual light source models, the 9AN Commander features two lamp assemblies in a single reflector. The first lamp is a low-output working light, producing 20 lumens. The main lamp is much brighter, 140 lumens. The head is rotated to control which lamp is activated by the push-button tailcap switch. The 9AN is an excellent utilitarian light.

SureFire designed the top-of-the-line 10X Dominator as the ultimate flashlight for patrol officers. The elliptical body shape with non-slip rubber inserts is designed so an officer can tuck the Dominator under his arm as he writes a citation or searches a car trunk.

The Dominator's handle is a battery stick. Simply lock the Dominator into its SmartCharger cradle and it charges in place. The cradle comes with both AC and DC plugs so it can plug into a car's cigarette lighter.

The Dominator's beam is simply awesome. The main beam produces a dazzling 500 lumens, the most powerful handheld light SureFire makes. The working lamp produces 60 lumens. Both beams are controlled by a single two-stage tailcap switch— press gently for the 60 lumen lamp, harder for the 500 lumen walking sun lamp.

As long as you understand the inherent limitation of a rechargeable flashlight— the batteries self-drain over time— you're equipped with the best when you carry a SureFire Advanced Rechargeable featuring Rapid SmartCharger technology.

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THE 10X DOMINATOR

60 / 500 lumens 180 / 18 minutes 2.5" tempered Pyrex® 9.5" long, 20 ozs. $500.00

A dual-output beam and two-position switch allow the operator to select a long-running task light or a powerful searchlight. Includes Rapid SmartCharger.™ Construction: Nitrolon polymer and aerospace-grade aluminum.

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9AN COMMANDER

20 / 140 lumens 120 / 40 minutes 1.62" tempered Pyrex® 7.9" long, 12.9 ozs. $258.00

Twin lamps in a single reflector for a choice of low-output task light or a blindingly bright tactical light. Includes Rapid SmartCharger.™ Construction: aerospace-grade aluminum with tempered Pyrex lens. Available in MilSpec hard anodized finish.

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110 lumens

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6.9" long, 9.7 ozs.

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$207.00

Rugged performance in a heavy-duty rechargeable. Includes Rapid SmartCharger.™ Construction: aerospace-grade aluminum. Available in MilSpec hard anodized finish.

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7" long, 8 ozs.

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$151.00

Five times the output of a two D-cell flashlight. Molded-in gridlock pattern for a sure grip in any weather. Includes Rapid SmartCharger.™ Construction: Impact-resistant Nitrolon polymer. Available in black, OD green and emergency yellow.

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THE RECHARGEABLE CONUNDRUM:

CHARGE-IN-PLACE VS. AN EXTRA BATTERY

Rechargeable flashlights require charging— duh— but what do you do for light while your flashlight gets a fillup? With a charge-in-place model in which you must insert the entire flashlight into the charger, your light is out of action while it gets rezapped.

Alternatively, SureFire includes a spare battery with every Commander model which can be left in the SmartCharger where it receives a constant "trickle charge," keeping the tank topped off. When your light goes dim, you simply swap the dead battery for the freshly charged one. For household applications, this is much better.

For police officers working patrol, a charge-in-place flashlight is better because the light can be recharged every time the officer returns to his squad car. Our 10X Dominator— designed specially for patrol officers— is a charge-in-place model. It comes with both AC and DC plugs. If the idea of a spare battery— always ready in the charger— is preferable, we offer extra batteries for the 10X Dominator.

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