HotButton VS ModButton VS Surefire Switch [Side By Side Comparison]

unity tactical hotbutton m1913

In this side by side comparison guide, let's put ModButton VS Surefire VS HotButton pressure switches side by side, and compare them with a ton of pictures.

No more Velcro, tape or zip ties!

You decide what works for you!


Side By Side Comparison - ModButton VS HotButton VS Surefire

Core Features

Biggest Buying Decisions:

They only work for Scout light tail caps

They DO NOT work with Streamlight Pro Tac HLX, Olight, Cloud Defensive or other lights.

Check out other remote switches here

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  • Been around on the market for a very long time
  • Dual switch capability for scout light & laser activation
  • Constant on, Momentary

Get Surefire SR07 for:

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  • Only activates scout light
  • Works with Surefire XT07 tail cap for X300U, XH30 & XH35
  • Constant on, Momentary

Get ModButton for:

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  • Works with various Unity Tactical FUSION adapter mounts
  • Mix and match with HotButton
  • A simple clean mount in one convenient package to save rail space
  • Flat, Angled & Dual Ramp ergonomics (HRF Concept housing)
  • Support high output electrical connection & Much tighter
  • Thicker wire to allow maximum lumen & candela output
  • Pre angled plug to reduce wear & tear due to bending
  • Laser plug available 
  • MLOK & M1913

Get HotButton for:

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  • Angled ergonomics ONLY
  • Same plug & wire specs as ModButton (All made by Unity Tactical)
  • MLOK & M1913
  • Minimal rail space requirement

Modes Of Operation

All of them feature:

  • Momentary 
  • Constant on

However, ModButton is momentary ONLY.

Scout Light Tail Cap Connection

HotButton and ModButton have a much higher quality Scout light plug than the Surefire brand. Unity Tactical makes the HotButton, and also partners with Modlite for the ModButton.

Another great feature HotButton and ModButton have added is the angled connection to account for bending, and it also tucks in the wire slightly more.

Take a look at this:

  • Thicker wire to ensure the light delivers the lumen output
  • Tighter scout light tail cap connection

Be sure to get a good scout light mount, we have a complete guide covering on some of the newest products. Click here to see more

ModButton VS HotButton

modbutton vs hotbutton
  • HotButton works well especially on SMG without taking up much rail space
  • ModButton can be customized for flat or angled mount, However, it's only momentary
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Mix HotButton Surefire plug with ModButton laser plug together

ModButton (Flat & Angled)

hrf concept dual ramp modbutton top view

ModButton 

ModButton works the same way as the HotButton, and the wire specs are the same.

Available in 4.5" cable length - For almost all use cases. 7" may be too long.

Surefire

The Surefire scout remote switches definitely work, but the only down side is the rubberized pressure switch doesn't stay tight on the M1913 rail, and it comes off easily.

Laser Lead Connection

surefire and laser plugs

For a rock solid laser plug connection, it's time to ditch the Surefire SR07-D-IT! It works, but it gets lose under recoil.

The laser plug is also designed by Unity Tactical that provides a much tighter connection, so the wire doesn't come off the laser easily due to vibration and recoil. 

ModButton's Crane style laser plug is the best, and it works for:

  • PEQ15
  • All Steiner DBAL products
  • BE Meyer MAWL
  • Wilcox RAIDx laser

Available in 4.5" cable length - For almost all use cases. 7" may be too long.

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The user can customize the ModButton laser switch on either Flat, Angled or Dual Ramp housing unit (HRF Concept). 


Pressure Switch Button

All of them have great rubberized pressure switch surface. They are big enough for people wearing gloves to operate, and feels very tactile.

surefire sr07 pressure switch on x95
  • Pressure switch gives positive feedback
  • Large area to press along the handguard for users wearing gloves
  • However, it can come off the rail easily

The Surefire SR07 pressure switch provides a large area for the user to activate momentary light, and it also features a constant on button.

The indexed dot helps the user differentiate between light and laser activation.

Surefire sr07-d-it pressure switch surface

The Surefire SR07-D-IT is a dual switch, but it doesn't feature constant on mode. This is where mixing HotButton surefire plug and ModButton laser plug together might be a better option. 

The HRF Concept Dual Ramp provides the user ergonomic improvement over two flat buttons. The opposing angles of the buttons and center gap allow users to differentiate both buttons with ease even in low light. 

Modularity 

ModButton has the best modularity as far as mounting it on different housing units:

unity tactical modbutton surefire m300c on mk18
  • Flat
  • Angled
  • Dual switch unit
  • MLOK 

Integrate with Unity Tactical's offset scout light mount to minimize rail space usage and to keep things compact, and it also increase the accessory layout options on PDW and subguns like the KRISS Vector & CZ EVO (See pictures below)

HotButton is very ergonomic, but the user can't customize it like the ModButton. 

surefire m300c on kriss vector

SureFire switches only work on M1913 rail. It can be angled either.

Sample Configurations

MK18

mk18 with tnvc taps switch

See more MK18 light setups here

X95

Hotbutton on X95 handguard

See more X95 light setups here

KRISS VECTOR

Vortex amg uh 1 gen 2 kriss vector

See more KRISS VECTOR light setups here

CZ EVO

modlite plhv2 on cz evo 3

See more CZ EVO light setups here

Benelli M4

benelli m4 with surefire m600 unity tactical hotbutton

See more Benelli M4 light setups here

SCAR 17

unity tactical TAPS switch on scar 17s

See more FN SCAR light setups here

Durability

The Surefire SR07 and SR07-D-IT have been on the market for a very long time. They work, but the only problem is that they don't stay on M1913 rail tight.

ModButton is light, and it's made from injection molded plastic that's fully potted to provide protection against harsh use.

HotButton is also very light, and it's made from aluminum. It's a very integrated design 


Bonus - New Product

unity tactical TAPS FDE

Here is another new product to check out!

The TNVC TAPS is a much higher end remote switch similar to the Surefire SR07-D-IT. Same wire and plug specs as ModButton & HotButton made by Unity Tactical. 

It works on M LOK rail and KeyMod, all contained in one unit. We will see more of this product in the hands of serious users.