Flashlights can come in handy in a very large number of situations, and this is the reason why they've also evolved quite a lot over the past few years, the manufacturers trying their best in order to incorporate as many useful features as possible into their devices. And that's exactly the case with the SureFire company, who has launched quite an extensive product line-up over time, including the device you'll read about as follows, namely the 10X Dominator Rechargeable Incandescent Flashlight, released back in the second half of 2003.
Thus, the 10X Dominator is a rechargeable, dual-output, ultra high-output incandescent flashlight with a very wide range of uses, including tactical, duty, general, and searchlight. The device features a two-stage switch that allows users to select a long-runtime tactical-level beam (MN30 lamp assembly) or a powerful 500-lumen search beam (MN31 lamp assembly).
Moreover, the flashlight sports a dual reflector/lamp system that produces separate pre-focused beams, both being quite powerful, smooth, without shadows or rings. The tactical beam has three times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, while the impressive searchlight assembly is twenty-five times more powerful than a normal flashlight.
As most other flashlights from SureFire, this particular model is also quite tough, since it features a rugged, lightweight, corrosion-proof Nitrolon polymer body, but, unlike other models, it sports an aerospace-grade aluminum head. It is available in black and also sports a sealed, waterproof o-ring that prevents the water from reaching the battery, while incorporating a switch lockout that prevents accidental activation during transport or storage.
The 10X Dominator has a maximum output of 500 lumens in searchlight mode (with 60 lumens in normal mode), and works for around 20 minutes (3 hours in normal mode) with a full charge of its B20 Ni-Cad internal battery. Moreover, it’s quite sturdy, as it measures around 24 cm in length, at a weight of around 567 grams.
The device is available either on its own, with just one rechargeable B20 battery, for around 400 US dollars, or as a complete system that includes a mountable SmartCharger charging cradle, AC power source, DC auto plug adapter(for a whopping 450 US dollars), the main advantage here being the fact that SmartCharger protects charging batteries from voltage spikes.