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Fenix Flashlight White Diffuser Wand Review
on May 13, 2010
I'm an enthusiast about flashlights. I have been checking out stores and actually purchased several different types of battery powered lanterns. There are several things that I look for when considering a flashlight and lanterns. 1) Only those that use AA or AAA batteries are considered. Those two batteries are the cheapest and most readily available batteries. Plus, in an emergency, I do not want to be scrambling for different types of batteries (C, D, 9V, CR123, or any other type of specialized battery). 2) The design has to be shock resistant and waterproof. 3) The longest battery life in proportion to the output. I would like an efficient flashlight. 4) Best combination of durability in ratio to size and weight. I look for the lightest and most compact lights that are durable, which is especially important in headlamps and lanterns. This is a review of the Fenix Flashlight White Diffuser Wand that I use with my Fenix LD20 CREE XR-E Flashlight.
I rated the Fenix LD20 a 5.0 out of 5.0 in a previous review due to being extremely bright, having various brightness settings, a neutral white color temperature, a smooth and even beam, considerable throw, being one of the most efficient flashlights, having a rugged build, all of this in a extremely small design, and using AA batteries. I have also purchased the Fenix Headband for 18-22mm Flashlights, which pairs with the Fenix LD20 perfectly. I have also rated this accessory a 5.0 out of 5.0 as it was the most comfortable headband that I have tried, it is fully adjustable, the design is well thought out and durable, and it allows me to use the Fenix LD20 as a headlamp. Being able to use the Fenix LD20 with the diffuser as a lantern is one thing, but being able to use it hands free as a headlamp is very convenient.
I am extremely pleased with my purchase of the Fenix Flashlight White Diffuser Wand. 1) It allows me to turn the Fenix LD20 into a lantern that is bright, neutral white, that is more efficient than all of the other lanterns that I own, lightweight, compact, durable, and uses only 2 AA batteries. 2) The diffuser appears to be constructed well and is very rugged. It has handled drops very well. 3) It does diffuse light very evenly and it has exceeded my expectations. I was expecting lines and uneven spots, but did not observe any of those things. 4) The fit on the Fenix LD20 is snug and secure. This also exceeded my expectations as did not expect the diffuser to fit so well. 5) The Fenix LD20 with the diffuser makes such an impressive lantern, brighter than any of the electric lanterns out there. On Turbo, the Fenix LD20 with the diffuser will light up rooms. 6) The Fenix LD20 has multiple brightness settings, which makes it more versatile than any of the lanterns out there, which usually only have an off/on or high/low setting. Having a low setting that lasts 70 hours on 2 AA batteries is such an advantage.
One picky thing that may be brought to attention is that the Fenix LD20 does heat up when in use, more so when set on Turbo. The Fenix Diffuser does cover the head of the flashlight snugly, which means that heat will be trapped in the head. I have not experienced problems with this, but it is possible that this may cause overheating problems that have been noted by another reviewer.
Conclusion: Overall, the Fenix Flashlight White Diffuser Wand is another top quality accessory that matches extremely well with the Fenix LD20. Fenix continues to impress and I am very thankful for finding such well-thought, high quality products. I rate the Fenix Flashlight White Diffuser a 5.0 out of 5.0 and I am not able to think of anything that could be done to improve this accessory that turns the LD20 into a great lantern.