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Stop contemplating the others and just buy it! You will NOT regret it.
on September 6, 2012
If you are reading this review, you must be considering this flashlight. But like me, you might be saying to yourself... "Wow, why would I ever pay this much for a simple flashlight??" Well, this is not your ordinary flashlight. This thing is perfection in your pocket. I own 4 Fenix flashlights and a Fenix Headlamp. And compared to other brands of lights I own, I'd rate Fenix 10 stars if I could. I can't imagine being dissatisfied with any of their products.
This model of Fenix light has everything you need for daily use as well as incredible reliability and features for an emergency situation. I feel the description on Amazon is somewhat lacking of this light's potential. For more details, check out the features and running times listed on Fenix's website:
This thing is constructed amazingly. The quality and craftsmanship is outstanding. The best part about it for me is that it runs on a single AA battery which is cheap and easy to obtain. The second best part about this is that you have 4 levels of brightness (controlled by the grey button on the side). And when you turn the light off, it remembers what brightness you last had it set at. I like knowing that runtime on the lowest setting (3 lumens) is 97 hours! In a very dark area, low might be enough to see what you are doing and conserve battery in an emergency situation. Other runtimes are as follows:
Turbo: 115 Lumens (2h 9 min)
High: 60 Lumens (4h 51 min)
Mid: 27 Lumens (11 hr)
Low: 3 Lumens (97 hr)
Being able to adjust your light output in an emergency situation could be vital to conserving battery and making your light source last longer. The LED light is very 'white' and bright as opposed to other flashlights that use traditional bulbs (yellowish/tungston dull light). LED lights have a much better life and reliability when compared to older bulb lights. The bonus this light has over others is that it also has a "Strobe" and "SOS" mode. Just hold down the grey button on the side for 2 seconds and it switches to "Flashing modes" for emergency situations. As bright as this thing is, you would have no trouble being spotted from a rescue ship or aircraft. The "Turbo" setting at 115 lumens is blinding to the eye and if pointed up at a white ceiling in a dark room, lights up the entire room as if the regular lights are on. It's waterproof and impact resistant. You can't go wrong with this light. I love the pocket clip and tactical button on the bottom for quick on/off (as opposed to other lights where you have to turn the head to get it to come on). Oh and it also has a rigid edge on the front for breaking glass in an emergency situation. The lanyard that comes with it is even better quality than I've seen on other lights. It fits in the pocket and hand nicely and is about the size/thickness of Black Magic Marker (but slightly shorter).
I feel this is the perfect 'save your a** light'. You will want to carry it everyday. If you want something small to carry on your keychain that is the same quality (just less features)... I highly recommend the Fenix E05 (takes 1 AAA battery) and is not much bigger than a AAA battery but is VERY VERY bright at 27 lumens. Hope this review helps.