Fenix LD15 High Performance LED Flashlight
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- Pocket-sized, digitally regulated LED flashlight with two output modes
- 117-lumen output on high; eight-lumen output on low; 93-meter beam; runtimes from 1.5 to 39 hours on one AA battery
- Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum with type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish; knurling on body for extra grip
- Waterproof to a IPX-8 standard; candle mode allows light to stand up on any flat surface
- Comes with key chain and lanyard; limited lifetime repair warranty.
- The item by design, shows some of it's thread when the head is screwed on.
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Cree XP-G LED (R4) with lifespan of 50000 hours. Two modes of output high for 117 lumens, 1.5 hours. Low for 8 lumens, 39hours. Stable current regulated circuit, stable brightness. Uses one 1.5V AA battery. 80 X 16.6-Millimeter (length x diameter). 21-Gram weight excluding batteries. Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum. Premium type III hard anodized anti-abrasive finish. Waterproof to IPX-8 standard. Toughened double ultra clear glass lens. Reliable twist switch. Candle mode capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle. Accessories key ring, lanyard.
Small but mighty, the LD15 flashlight from Fenix offers up to 117 lumens of light with a 93 meter range--all in a diminutive 3.15-inch package that fits in your pocket or on your keychain. Designed to provide in-a-pinch lighting wherever and whenever you need it, the LD15 provides two intensity modes to strike a balance between high brightness and extended runtime. The light can also stand-up on any flat surface to provide candle-style room lighting when you need it. Operating on one standard AA battery, the LD15 offers 1.5 hours of continuous operation in high mode and 39 hours of operation in low mode. Meanwhile, the digitally regulated circuit and toughened, double ultra-clear glass lens maintain constant brightness for a steady beam. Outdoors and all-weather ready, the LD15 is waterproof to IPX-8 standard and boasts a durable build of aircraft-grade aluminum with type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish and knurling on body to provide extra grip. The LD15 is easy to operate thanks to its reliable twist switch and comes complete with a key chain and lanyard for convenience. The LD 15 flashlight carries a limited lifetime repair warranty from Fenix.
The LD15 flashlight packs a powerful light beam into a small 3.15-inch package.
- Digitally current regulated circuit offers stable brightness
- Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
- Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
- Knurling on body for extra grip
- Reliable twist switch
- Toughened double ultra-clear glass lens
- Candle mode--stands up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
- Light source: Cree XP-G LED (R4)
- LED lifespan: 50,000 hours
- Output: 117 lumens (high); 8 lumens (low)
- Runtimes: 1.5 hours (high); 39 hours (low)
- Extra function: SOS
- Distance: 93 meters
- Intensity: 2158 candela
- Impact resistance: 1 meter
- Waterproof rating: IPX-8, underwater 2 meters
- Dimensions (length x diameter): 3.15 by 0.65 inches / 80 by 16.6 millimeters
- Weight: 21 grams (without batteries)
- Battery: one 1.5V AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) battery
- Accessories: key ring, lanyard
Please Note: The above-mentioned parameters (tested by Fenix in a lab using quality CR123A primary lithium batteries) are approximate and may vary between flashlights, batteries, and environments.
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE! It is far brighter than the AAA size and also something that concerned me became an asset. The AA version has only two settings, high and low. I work nights as a Registered Nurse and assess pt's pupils routinely. Having to only set it to low rather than cycle through all the settings has made it much simpler to use professionally. The low setting is just right to assess pt's pupils without causing discomfort.
On the other hand the high setting is INCREDIBLE! When checking my pt's I simply shine it on the ceiling and the effect is that the whole room is easily viewable. It's so bright when the battery is new that it looks like a sun spot. Fortunately most of the time it doesn't wake them. The batteries last a couple months with regular nightly use and I have it on my keyring so I use it frequently at home too.
This thing is so bright you can shine it on a house across the street and light it up. The difference in your pocket between the AAA size and this AA one is insignificant. The difference in light output and convenience is enormous. I've had mine a couple years and LOVE IT!
Fenix is typically a brand associated with high-powered, entry-upmarket flashlights. Indeed, the few smaller-sized Fenix lights I own have all performed beyond my expectations. That being said, given their relatively high cost and comparatively gaudy output, Fenix flashlights are not something the average consumer would normally think to buy. Here the LD15 stands apart from Fenix's other offerings.
With the LD15, Fenix seems to have caught on to the notion that not everyone is a flashlight enthusiast with enough light-emitting devices to rival a borg mothership. This nifty gadget is a legitimately useful item for the average person, more so than larger, higher-powered flashlights. Let me explain why:
1. It's extremely light and compact - This flashlight is just a shade over three inches long, which, for comparison, is likely no longer than your index finger. It is accordingly very light, making it easy to carry around with you (which brings me to....)
2. It's designed for portability - The compact size and light weight of the LD15 make it ideal to take with you virtually everywhere you go, a notion that was not lost on the people at Fenix. The LD15 comes with a lanyard and has a tiny hole drilled into the bottom of the light through which you can thread said lanyard, or, if you prefer, your keychain. I opted for the latter and have found the LD15 to be an invaluable source of illumination where I would not otherwise have thought to bring a flashlight.
3. It's quite powerful - At 117 lumens, this featherweight behemoth is over 50% more powerful (on its maximum setting) than your standard triple-D Maglite. Its illuminating power is more than adequate for the vast majority of tasks and is quite remarkable for such a small device.
4. It's very durable - I have dropped this flashlight (along with my keychain) on a number of occasions and there is not a scratch on it. It has been caught with me in torrential downpours and thrown across rooms and it still functions flawlessly. The look and feel of the light is solid.
5. Battery life and availability are good - Pop in a single AA battery and this thing will churn out just shy of a couple hours' worth of lumens on high. Since you wont be using the flashlight continuously, this translates to a great deal of time between battery changes (enough that I can't peg the exact interval), at least in my case where my usage is not particularly intensive. Also, when the battery runs dry, you can just grab another one from the 96-pack of AA's you bought for $25.
6. It has thoughtful design/aesthetics - The flashlight is quite sleek-looking and has texturing on the head and handle for traction when gripping the light or adjusting the beam intensity. It can also be set down easily on either of its flat ends assuming it's not anchored to your keychain.
There are, however, a few quibbles I have with this light, though they are not sufficient to reduce my rating from five-stars. Nonetheless, you should be aware of them:
1. It's not "roll-proof" - If you've ever used a flashlight, you've probably experienced that moment where you hear a foreboding noise and turn your head just in time to watch, in abject horror, as the flashlight you just set down on the counter has begun to roll away from you like something out of the exorcist, only to plummet to its demise as it goes crashing to the floor. Some manufacturers have seen fit to incorpate squared edges into portions of their flashlights to avoid this unpleasant scenario. Sadly, Fenix, at least with the LD15, is not one of them. For me, this is not a problem, since it's threaded onto my keychain, but if you plan to just keep it loose, be prepared to snatch it if it starts to get away from you.
2. The "low" setting is rather low - Yes, I know it's called "low," and the designation is highly appropriate. With an output rated at an anemic 8 lumens, the low setting appears to exist solely to provide you with that last flicker of illumination before the battery runs bone-dry. I have never voluntarily used this flashlight at any output other than high.
3. It heats up - Naturally, such a small light with such a high output is going to require significant heat dissipation. The front end of the LD15 heats up very quickly, making me question whether the low setting might also be intended to give the flashlight time to cool down while still being (somewhat) usable. I haven't had any issues with overheating, given a maximum of maybe ten to fifteen minutes of sustained usage, but it's a point of concern nonetheless.
4. It has no buttons - While I understand that it was necessary, and that a button would just be a weak-point in the LD15's design, the absence of a button may be offputting for some. The flashlight is actuated and regulated via turning the cap, which is a bit odd at first, but becomes more natural as you get used to. That being said, buttons are still more comfortable and familiar to use.
5. It's neither the smallest, nor the most powerful compact flashlight Fenix makes - the LESS-expensive mini-E15 is actually a fair bit smaller than the already miniscule LD15 and has a whopping 170 lumen peak output, making it a shade over 45% more powerful than the LD15 as well. This may beg the question, "Why, then, would I buy the LD15?", the answer being that in order to achieve greater output in a smaller package, a CR123A battery was required for the mini-E15. While it may be a couple of dollars cheaper than its AA counterpart, expect to shell out $3 per battery ($2 in bulk), with the internet being your most reliable source of CR123A's (making them not very available in a pinch).
So that about sums it up. While LD15 has a couple of minor foibles, they don't hold it back from being a powerful, lightweight, compact, reliable flashlight that deserves a place on your keychain.
***Update*** I have changed my rating to 2 stars because after a few months, the flashlight died. It supposedly came with a lifetime warranty, so I tried contacting support and was given the runaround with LOTS of hoops to jump through in order to get it fixed or replaced. Finally gave up on it.
First, it is pretty rugged. It has knocked about in my pocket with pocket knives like the Spyderco Delica 4 with Stainless Steel handle. Just a little anodizing around the back edge of the flashlight has worn off. I've taken it camping at least three times and my 6th grade son has used it for before-bed reading since mid-June in his non-stop tenting binge in our back yard. If ever there is a toughness test, it's a 12 YO boy.
Second, it is really bright. There are two levels of brightness and the higher one puts the ol' two AA MagLights to shame. The lower level is less bright and is what I use most of the time.
Third, batteries last forever. I use this light almost every day and while I don't know how many times I've put in a new battery, I know I've never resented putting in a new battery.
If the flashlight were to apologize for anything, it might be the brass lining that peeps out when the front bezel is screwed outward to the OFF position; this bugs some people. (I have posted a photo of this on the product's page. Look for the photo with the LD15 next to a quarter.)
Also, the way the light switches between High and Low is to twist/screw the front bezel in to turn on the light. (Light comes on High) Then within 2 seconds, twist it to off and to on again (Light comes on Low.) I've wished that I could set the default first level to Low (instead of High) but then I'd probably wish it defaulted to High. Given the bezel twisting necessary to turn on the light, it can't be turned on or off with one hand easily. It posts nicely on its rear end, to shine on the ceiling and light up the room.