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Why this style key ring light over others?,
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The Fenix E05 light is an unbelievable bargain. A keyring EDC light should
a) provide ready available light
b) require only easily available batteries (in case on-the-go replacements are needed)
c) be robust, yet super easy to use
I previously carried the well-reviewed LRI PWK Photon II LED Keychain Micro-Light, White Beam but there are problems with this gadget:
1) It's too easy to have the light go on in your pocket, thereby burning out the battery pre-maturely. (This is a problem with a clickable button that can be pushed if stuffed in a pocket.)
2) The coin batteries it takes aren't easily available
3) You can't stand it on end to point at a ceiling (to illuminate a room)
4) Being shorter than keys, it's harder to find on a key chain
The Fenix E05 flashlight deals with all of these problems readily:
1) The twistable head prevents the light from accidentally turning on in pocket. (And it's easy with minimal practice to turn it on one-handed.)
2) It takes a single AAA battery - easy to find! And battery replacement is far easier than for the Photon II
3) Can stand on its end for emergency candle
4) Easy to find on your keychain in the dark - who is going to use a flashlight in the light??
The E05 has some nice features: a closed plastic protector to the bulb preventing pocket lint from accumulating in the reflector, super-light weight and barely larger than the AAA battery that powers it, knurling for grip (which helps in the rain and cold weather), metal (not plastic) body.
You'll lose this EDC light before it will wear out on you!
The light itself is what you expect from Fenix; the diffuser makes this valuable for a keychain light where flooding a larger area is more appropriate than a narrow spotlight.
I now give away these as gifts and have clipped the Photon II on a zipper in my tool bag... assuming I'll ever fumble for it before I whip out the Fenix E05 on my keychain!