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The best little LED flashlight I own!
on March 26, 2013
I almost didn't purchase this flashlight because it used AA batteries. I have a lot of LED flashlights ranging from the powerful blinding beams to the smaller ones. I prefer the flashlights that use 18650 batteries as they are so much brighter and I have not had a good experience with AA battery powered LED versions. Since it was made by Fenix and I like that brand I went ahead. I am glad I did.
This little monster just pumps out the light. Please look at my video to see the flashlights performance and features. It is really a great performer and it is very high quality. I compared it in my tests to two other flash lights and there simply is no comparison using AA batteries. This flashlight just blows away the competition.
It is very high quality aircraft aluminum and it is anodized dark black for a nice look. It comes with two spare O-rings, a replacement rubber tail switch cap and a lanyard. The flashlight has two levels of brightness and they are high beam at 170 lumens for 2 hours and 15 minutes and 54 lumens for at low beam for 11 hours on a set of fresh AA batteries. The manual says 170 lumens and I believe it. (The web says 150 lumens high and 48 low.) The tail switch turns on the flashlight and you can lightly touch it to keep it on as long as you touch it and when your release it then it goes off. You can also firmly press it and it will come on and stay on. If you slightly twist the lens cap the flashlight will go to low beam.
The flashlight has built in protection circuitry to prevent damage from inserting the batteries backwards. It also regulates the flashlight to maintain the same level of brightness over the life of the batteries. The reflector is a deep well mirror surface that creates a nice lighted flood area with a very bright hotspot in the middle. (See the video) The beam will travel about 145 yards.
My only three minor negatives are:
* The flashlight comes with the O-rings and the metal threads ungreased with silicone grease. I have found that using silicone grease prevents the threads from galling, protects the O-rings and keeps them from rolling and improves the water tightness of the flashlight.
* The tail switch button extends beyond the base of the flashlight and so the flashlight will not stand on its end in a candle stick mode.
* The flashlight kit does not come with a flashlight belt holder which is useful to carry it.
This is a 5 star product and it is the best of the AA flashlights that I have tried. I recommend it to you.