I’ve been a fan of Surefire products for a long time – decades, in fact. And as an ex-cop, I’m still somewhat addicted to high-quality white lights – too many midnight shifts will do that to you. So, when I saw that Surefire had a 300-lumen flashlight, called the Sidekick, which was about as big as a Zippo lighter, I had to have one.
To be clear, this was a personal purchase. Surefire did not comp me a free flashlight for this review. I bought one.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Sidekick is the size – it’s small, very small. It’s a tad bigger than the aforementioned Zippo, but it’s even lighter, a mere 1.2 oz. The next thing you’ll notice is the output – 300 lumens is powerful. It’s more than enough for most situations, and it’s far brighter than any iPhone light or most other keychain flashlights.
The Sidekick has three output levels and estimated run times: 300 lumens for 1.25 hours, 60 lumens for 4 hours, and it will run for 45 hours at 5 lumens. The click-type switch permits the user to access all three output levels with repeated clicks. When I bought the light, the first click would produce 5 lumens, then 60, and the third click would produce 300 lumens. I wanted the order reversed, so the first click would produce 300 lumens. The order was very easy to change using the owner’s manual.