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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
The Fenix LD22 is an excellent lighting tool that can serve multiple roles. This little powerhouse can be useful in an office drawer, glove compartment, camping bag, or tool belt. The versatility of the LD22 is really what makes it a great performer not just among compact lights, but among flashlights in general. Here are some highlights as to the specifications.

Size/Weight- Length is 6.14 inches (156mm). Weight is 2.1 oz (60gm) without batteries. I thought the length would exclude pocket carry for me, but I was wrong. It fits comfortably in the front pocket of cargo shorts and the light weight makes it hardly noticeable.

Power/Run Times- There are 4 power levels. This is what really makes the LD22 so versatile. Low (3 Lumens/110Hrs) The most common setting for me. A great camping setting to find your way around, can shine across a room at night without blinding yourself in the process. Excellent for tasks that are close (dropped coin, key, etc.) and situations that do not require far throw or brilliant light. The ability for a light to go into low modes is often underrated. A super bright light is not always needed for common tasks. Fenix got it right with this setting that provides excellent light volume vs. runtime. Mid (42 Lumens/15hrs) A great general purpose level. Great search mode. Perfect for most functions that most would use their archaic 2D cell junk lights for. But the LD22 will far outperform given its smooth even light beam. High (92 Lumens/6hrs) Very bright. Easily shines up a room, gives excellent visibility outdoors with a decent throw distance. Turbo (190 Lumens/2.5hrs) This is where the magic happens. Blinding light that is good for tactical as well as searching at a distance. It's amazing the level of light and throw it puts out on just a couple of AA batteries!! I am able to use rechargeable batteries. For this reason alone this light will likely pay for itself in battery savings over some of my other lights requiring expensive CR123 batteries. It also has a strobe function that I like a bit more than a typical strobing light. It alternates the speed roughly every 2 seconds. It seems to be more effective than single speed strobe modes. There is also an SOS function that is not much use to me but it is there if you need it.

User Interface- The Fenix LD22 has some improvements over its predecessor the LD20. A side switch just between the body and the lens allows you to toggle between the various lighting levels. One click moves you through the modes, while holding it down puts you in the Strobe/SOS mode. Very easy. It could be a challenging button to find with cold fingers or gloves however. Orienting the pocket clip to "point" to the switch helps your fingers find it. The rear push button switch is very solid and simply turns the light on and off. The light has a memory and will come on in the mode selected before it was turned off. My particular light has the switch extending just past the tail cap, meaning it is not freestanding. This was not a concern for me, because if I were to use it as a lantern, I would likely hang it instead.

Carry Methods- The Fenix LD22 comes with a decent (not great) nylon holster. It has a Velcro closure on the front, and a loop in the back fitting a 2 inch thick belt comfortably. I doubt this holster would hold up under heavy use but for the average owner it would be sufficient. Someone using this light professionally on a daily basis would be advised to look for an alternative. It also has a pocket clip that is reversible in order to carry bezel up or down. It is solid, and grips securely to a pocket. I was also able to place it off center on the brim of a typical baseball cap allowing hands free operation. Fenix also supplies a lanyard but it is rather thin although stylish does not appear to be very strong. A solution to this might be to get a small ring attached to the light in order to connect to a more substantial lanyard made of 550 cord or other material.

Attachment Options- The Fenix LD22 has some excellent options available. A well constructed bike mount Fenix Bike Mount (Fits lights with 18-28mm Diameter) is made that will allow you to have a very capable bike light that is removable to use for other purposes. A filter kit that has an orange traffic wand, diffuser tip, diffuser lens, and red filter have been invaluable additions to this light. The filter kit requires a separate review, but well worth the 12 dollars on Amazon. Fenix Accessory Kit - LD and PD Series (4 Piece Kit)

Conclusion- The Fenix LD22 is well worth the money. It is an excellent tool that can be used in numerous ways. It's a bit of a multi tool of lights. You will not regret purchasing it. I'll probably be ordering another one soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
The Fenix LD22 is an excellent lighting tool that can serve multiple roles. This little powerhouse can be useful in an office drawer, glove compartment, camping bag, or tool belt. The versatility of the LD22 is really what make it a great performer not just among compact lights, but among flashlights in general. Here are some highlights as to the specifications.

Size/Weight- Length is 6.14 inches (156mm). Weight is 2.1 oz (60gm) without batteries. I thought the length would exclude pocket carry for me, but I was wrong. It fits comfortably in the front pocket of cargo shorts and the light weight makes it hardly noticeable.

Power/Run Times- There are 4 power levels. This is what really makes the LD22 so versatile. Low (3 Lumens/110Hrs) The most common setting for me. A great camping setting to find your way around, can shine across a room at night without blinding yourself in the process. Excellent for tasks that are close (dropped coin, key, etc.) and situations that do not require far throw or brilliant light. The ability for a light to go into low modes is often underrated. A super bright light is not always needed for common tasks. Fenix got it right with this setting that provides excellent light volume vs. runtime. Mid (42 Lumens/15hrs) A great general purpose level. Great search mode. Perfect for most functions that most would use their archaic 2D cell junk lights for. But the LD22 will far outperform given its smooth even light beam. High (92 Lumens/6hrs) Very bright. Easily shines up a room, gives excellent visibility outdoors with a decent throw distance. Turbo (190 Lumens/2.5hrs) This is where the magic happens. Blinding light that is good for tactical as well as searching at a distance. It's amazing the level of light and throw it puts out on just a couple of AA batteries!! I am able to use rechargeable batteries. For this reason alone this light will likely pay for itself in battery savings over some of my other lights requiring expensive CR123 batteries. It also has a strobe function that I like a bit more than a typical strobing light. It alternates the speed roughly every 2 seconds. It seems to be more effective than single speed strobe modes. There is also an SOS function that is not much use to me but it is there if you need it.

User Interface- The Fenix LD22 has some improvements over its predecessor the LD20. A side switch just between the body and the lens allows you to toggle between the various lighting levels. One click moves you through the modes, while holding it down puts you in the Strobe/SOS mode. Very easy. It could be a challenging button to find with cold fingers or gloves however. Orienting the pocket clip to "point" to the switch helps your fingers find it. The rear push button switch is very solid and simply turns the light on and off. The light has a memory and will come on in the mode selected before it was turned off. My particular light has the switch extending just past the tail cap, meaning it is not freestanding. This was not a concern for me, because if I were to use it as a lantern, I would likely hang it instead.

Carry Methods- The Fenix LD22 comes with a decent (not great) nylon holster. It has a Velcro closure on the front, and a loop in the back fitting a 2 inch thick belt comfortably. I doubt this holster would hold up under heavy use but for the average owner it would be sufficient. Someone using this light professionally on a daily basis would be advised to look for an alternative. It also has a pocket clip that is reversible in order to carry bezel up or down. It is solid, and grips securely to a pocket. I was also able to place it off center on the brim of a typical baseball cap allowing hands free operation. Fenix also supplies a lanyard but it is rather thin although stylish does not appear to be very strong. A solution to this might be to get a small ring attached to the light in order to connect to a more substantial lanyard made of 550 cord or other material.

Attachment Options- The Fenix LD22 has some excellent options available. A well constructed bike mount Fenix Bike Mount (Fits lights with 18-28mm Diameter) is made that will allow you to have a very capable bike light that is removable to use for other purposes. A filter kit that has an orange traffic wand, diffuser tip, diffuser lens, and red filter have been invaluable additions to this light. The filter kit requires a separate review, but well worth the 12 dollars on Amazon. Fenix Accessory Kit - LD and PD Series (4 Piece Kit)

Zeikos Charger and Batteries- A simple charger. Nothing exceptional. It can do the job in a pinch but would not be the best option for long battery life. One would be better served by a charger like La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger as well as ordering some Sanyo NEW 1500 eneloop 8 Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable BatteriesThis allows you to have 4 full light charges with a quality battery with a proper charge that you can measure. However, the Zeikos charger makes a great back up option for travel purposes, and the batteries that come with it although not the best of the best... can serve well for other items in the house. They are basically free, so use them up.

Fenix Light Holster- This was surprisingly a good little addition to the package. The belt clip is a solid clip that can easily be clipped to a 2 inch belt, or even to the waistband of any type pants. A very solid clip. It also has a ratchet to it, so as it can be carried, and rotated to different positions. You could clip it to your belt, turn the light forward and light the path ahead for example. The nylon part that actually holds the light is very tight. It also has a cinching strap in addition. This is a very good flashlight holder that is very secure and useful.

Conclusion- The Fenix LD22 is well worth the money. It is an excellent tool that can be used in numerous ways. The battery charger, and holster are decent additions as well. The holster being the more valuable of them. The Fenix LD22 is a bit of a multi tool of lights. You will not regret purchasing it. I'll probably be ordering another one soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
Amazing what this light can do with two AA batteries. The highest setting will light up several acres...I use the second setting most of the time and batteries last a long time...good purchase!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
You have to get the 1.2v rechargeable battery's to get all 3 brightness levels to work. If you put normal battery's in it you don't get the lowest bright setting .
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2012
I Had The LD20 after about 4 months it Stopped working altogether, Well I Found out about the LD22 and ordered it Because I Liked The Flashlight, Then I Learned about the Tail-cap Problem that the LD20s have so I called FENIX and they sent me a new Tail cap So Know I Have Both so I Could Compare the To Side By Side even though it's only says it's 10 Lumens Brighter it seems alot more Brighter and the Clip is Reversible a on the Ld22 so you can Clip it to your pocket Bulb Down and the Button on the Side is so much more Convenient There about the Same Price Go with the LD22 if you Like this Model its So Much Better then the LD20, not to say the LD20 is not a Good Flashlight it's Just The LD22 is Easier to use
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
So I bought this to augment the Fenix LD15 that I purchased earlier this year. I love my LD15, but needed something with better battery life for when I'm not near my stash of rechargeables. I had considered the LD20 and LD25, but neither quite had what I wanted. When I saw the specs on this one, I had to get it, and so far I love it and have only one minor complaint. First the complaint, I can't stand it on end and use it as a candle. The push button stands out just a little too much. I never worried about this in a torch before getting the LD15, but with the LD15 I use it on end all the time. Now for all of the good. I love the momentary on off tail cap. Just depress it a little and it will come on. You can even change light output while doing this. Also, I do like having a dedicated button for changing the light output mode. I wasn't sure at first, but I've gotten used to it and like it better than some of the other torches that require you to twist quickly and such. Also, having it remember my last selected output mode is great! I find for navigating around the house, checking on sleeping kids, looking into dark rooms and such, I use the lowest output mode. In a dark house, it is more than adequate to move around and see each room completely. Put it on turbo and its like you turned on the room lights. I'll have to test it for a while and update this post. Definitely use rechargeable batteries though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
This is my workhorse flashlight that I use ALL THE TIME at home. This gets used for at least an hour or two every day of the week. I purchased this flashlight because of the size and that it runs off standard AA batteries. Nothing worse in a power outage of finding out that your flashlight battery is dead. Problem solved...use standard batteries. I have purchased rechargeable batteries and have used both extensively. I now use ONLY rechargeable and I love that fact that if and when you have a power outage (which seems to happen more and more) you do not have to worry about the batteries.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
I'm a hunter-fisherman in Southamerica and having a powerful flashlight is a must in the wild, owned several flashligths in the last ten years, Pelikan, Mags, Princeton etc., yes I'm a flashlight addict.... Well this is my first Fenix and I'm amazed by the amount of power this little flashlight can provide, compared with my trusted Pelikan M6 the amount of light with fresh batteries is comparable if not better with the Fenix and feeded with AA rechargeable batteries the thing only gets better. The only con for me particularly is that the body of the flashlight is a bit thin..... The Pelikan M6 fits my big hands better but I can live with that. So what are you waiting, get this flashlight and don't look back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2013
Great for everything you need a light - par it with the he headband and I have something that I use almost daily. Light output is amazing. I keep it on the lowest setting and that is very bright. Used High I few times while out in the woods and it was like a spotlight!
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on July 10, 2015
This is an excellent flashlight. The output is great and the newer side-switch is a very useful feature so that it always turns back on at the brightness level it was last using. I realize I could get more output from a light using different batteries, but AA batteries are easy to find anywhere and are very cheap. This flashlight is small enough that I carry it often, but bright enough that I have no need for a bigger light.
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