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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2010
Great light for tactical use. Sturdy and powerful. At close range the 285 lumens are enough to cause a normal person to turn away in outside in broad daylight. In a room with lights on at a range of 10ft: could not see the immediate area behind flashlight, i.e. could not make out face, light was annoying. At 5ft: Could not make out torso, light was aggravating, required focus to keep from turning head/closing eyes. At night this light creates the dazzling effect upon illumination, disorienting.

This flashlight has a lower power mode as well, accessed with a 1/8 turn of head. If I was to use this as a day to day flashlight I would desire more power options such as a super low output mode. However, for me this is strictly mounted on a weapon so it is not a big deal.

I have used three different flashlights from Surefire. One personal and two of them were Army issue; those lights went through two tours with me and they didn't have any problems. Some of my friends carried Fenix lights and have said the same thing about their dependability. I believe that you are getting just as good a light with Fenix as you do with Surefire but for half to a third of the price. If I didn't believe that I would not have purchased this light for my Home Defense weapon. I am very impressed with this product and would recommend it to anyone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2010
As a Police Officer I am always looking for good quality lights and other gadgets. I had a Streamlight Stinger LED which I have carried for a couple years. In those couple years I have grown to hate Streamlight. I got one of the 1st gen LED Stingers that didn't have the tailcap switch. It worked ok for a while but before too long I had to replace the switch. A couple years later I have replaced the switch 3-4 times and am in need of a new one again. In my hunt to replace my Streamlight I came across Fenix lights. I watched numerous reviews on You Tube and read other reviews around the web. I never found anyone to say one bad thing about Fenix. One thing I disslike about a lot of new flashlights are the strobe modes. In my opnion I think they are pointless. In my expierence they stobe when you dont want them to and the argument that it is "tactical" amuses me. But thats for another review. I ordered the TK11R5 because I liked that it had the tailcap with mometary on or click it once to turn it on and click it again to turn off. The light is extremely easy to use, there are no modes to scan through and the light is extremely bright and NO STROBES, yay. I compared it to a Stinger LED, this TK11 completly drowned the Stinger at 20 yards, you could not even tell the Stinger was turned on. The build quality of this light is well beyond its price range. This makes my Stinger feel cheap to me. It has o-ring seals at both ends making the light completly waterproof. I purchased this light with the Tenergy 18650 LiPo rechargable batteries. Another great thing about this light is that with the Cree Premium R5 LED the light does not dim as the battery discharges. You can put in batteries that are almost dead and it will be just as bright as brand new batteries. I highly reccomend this light to all Police Officers or anyone in need of a quality flashlight. The guy that used his Stinger LED to compare to my Fenix now has a Fenix on order. You will not be dissapointed with this light.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
I was a little aprehensive about buying this light but I trusted the majority of reviews and I am not dissapointed. I received this light just before the 4th of July. We were setting off fireworks in a field behind my house where it is very dark. My brother in law who is a cop (and a tactical nut) asked if I had a flashlight, well when I turned it on high his first response was what the HECK is that and where do I get one. It lit up the area they were in from about 50 yards away like a spotlight was on them.
I have used it at work exclusively since I bought it and have received many compliments on the quality of the light and the brightness. I will definitely be looking at purchasing more lights from Fenix.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2010
This Chinese company called Fenix has really been giving Surefire a run for its money in the last few years. These are exciting times for "flashlight guys". This TK 11 variant, using the latest Cree LED developments, puts out an unbelievable 285 lumens. (Unbelievable for an old retired cop who once thought the Maglight was the ultimate in "tactical luminescence".) BOY, I hate using the word "tactical", but I will anyway. A few years back I happened upon the Fenix L2D, which I found to be a terrific all around utility light. It uses 2 common AA cell batteries, and puts out up to 180 lumens in 5 different modes. Trouble is, as a tactical light I find it problematic because it has no "momentary on" provision in the tailcap switch. Also, it causes you to waste time clicking through a whole menu of different modes to find the one you want. No problem for a utility light, but not something you want to do in a split second life-or-death situation.

The Fenix TK 11Q5 solves all that, with a tailcap switch that gives you "momentary on" with a partial press, and "full on" with one click. Off with a second click. There are two power levels, switchable by rotating the bezel. That's all there is, quick and simple just the way I like it. I bought mine as a package with the 4 rechargeable Tenergy 18650 Li-ion batteries and charger.
I recommend it to my Law Enforcement bros, and to anybody who wants the latest and greatest portable candlepower. It feels like quality and it rocks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2010
As an avid Kayaker, I've used many of the cheaper plug in lights and such on my night trips along the banks of the Rivers and lakes. They have all let me down in some major ways. I finally found a great flashlight that holds a great charge, is light and easy to use, and provides superior output.

The flash light is great and could be used to spot on something a fairly good distance away. I'd say @ 100' you could still spot quite well, under 200' you would probably still provide good light coverage, and being 1/2 a mile away one would shine at other people like a torch. I'm sure this could also be seen a good mile+ away as well on a good night. On top of that, using a 3000 MaH 18650 battery, this thing has lasted me over 2 hours at the highest setting without recharging. In fact, I've yet seen it run out on me!

As a test, I turned on a conventional incendescent long black 4 C celled "police" spotlight and set it to spot. Then I turned on my LED as an overlay which completely buried the light from the other police flashlight, it was like it wasn't even on.

My only complaint - changing modes seems to really be a pain in the butt.. then again I just leave it in the highest setting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
This is the second Fenix flashlight I've purchased. The first was the little tiny one that goes on your keychain. I purchased this because I was very happy with the first one. I left it in my pocket one time and sent it through the washing machine. I didn't realize till I saw it sitting at the bottom of the tub after the cycle was over. I fretting thinking that I just wasted $30. Much to my amazement it turned on without any hesitation. After that I was sold on this brand.

I started a new job in high rise building maintenance and needed a stronger flashlight. I opted for this TK11. I call it the TanK! This thing is incredible. I use it cumulatively during the day for about an hour. Off and on etc. The batteries last about ~5 weeks with this usage. It's very bright and focused and really illuminates clearly the dark areas of our building.

That's all well and good, but many flashlights can be bright. The Fenix TK11 however is extraordinarily durable. I already talked about sending my first little Fenix light through the laundry. This one I did even better. I was looking over a storm drain pit that we have. I was about 15' up over this pit. While moving across the opening I dropped my light. It fell the 15' onto a concrete pad then rolled into 2' of water. There it sat for about an hour till I got down to fish it out. The dang thing still lit up UNDER WATER! I took it back and just dried it out. Not a problem. It's a tough son of a gun. It's pretty pricey for a flashlight, but dang it's worth it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2010
The power in this small size(Fenix TK11 R5) is spectacular. It could use another lower setting for general use. Mine arrived with a problem. The LED stays on at a very dim level (not bright enough to use) when the battery cap is tightened, which it must be for the switch to work. I can't get it to turn off except by loosening the battery cap. Is this poor workmanship? I am waiting for a 18650 battery to see if it is the CR123's. No worries though, because sportinggerunlimited will either replace it or give me $30 refund if I keep it - excellent trustworthy seller.
I FIXED THE PROBLEM, JUST TOOK APART THE BATTERY CAP AND WIPED IT OUT. PROBABLY WAS A BIT OF OIL RESIDUE CAUSING THE PROBLEM. THE 18650'S WORK PERFECTLY NOW, BUT THE CR123'S STILL KEEP THE EMITTER ON ALL THE TIME.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2010
i bought 3 of these bad boys for for me, my dad and brother in law. WE LOVE THEM. a bit pricey for a flashlight but its built to LAST. just and awesome product, i bought all three of them with the four tenergy 18650 batteries 2600MaH and charger... Tenergy while are not the best, they do pretty damn good. just remember, when one of the four batteries goes dead you have three more. they take about 12 hrs to recharge but no biggie just put them in when you go to sleep.... good stuff!!!! highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
The Fenix LED/Lithium battery flashlights are the best you can buy. The LED is brighter than regular bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours.
The batteries are light weight, high capacity, and can be recharged 100's of times. I have almost all of the Fenix LED flashlights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2011
Excellent flashlight, great illumination, rugged, good value, quick delivery. IMO you could spend more however not get a better light. Title indicates 285 lumens however, packaging indicates 258 lumens.
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