Fenix mini LD01 CREE Q5 80 Lumens LED Flashlight - black color, using one AAA battery
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- 3 inch length, less than one ounce weight, AMAZING 3 OUTPUT LEVELS: 27 Lumens (3.5hrs) -> 10 Lumens (8.5hrs) -> 80 Lumens (1hrs)
- Uses one 1.5V AAA ( Alkaline, Ni-MH, Lithium ) battery, inexpensive and widely available--NOT INCLUDED
- Unbelievable 1 ounce body design is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum, Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
- Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard
- Virtually indestructible, microprocessor-controlled, CREE light emitting diode (LED) has no filament to burn out or break
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+Small size (about the size of a Chapstick)
+Big power (80 lumens max? Better than most full-size flashlights!)
+Well built, probably will never break
+Uses AAA battery (easy to find replacements and cheaper to run)
+Three brightness settings for different applications/battery conservation
-Anodized black finish will wear off pretty quickly when in pocket with other keys/metal
-Low/Medium settings emit a bit of a high-pitched hum (due to ultra-fast flickering technique used to achieve partial brightness, some people may not even notice)
-Can be inconvenient to toggle through medium/low/high settings. Would prefer unit to default to low instead of medium.
If you are on a budget (or just don't want to spend forty bucks on a keychain light), go with the Fenix E01 instead. It will provide great performance at less than 1/3 the price of this light.
Comparing to Maglite, it's roughly as bright as a 3D flashlight (with much shorter run time, of course), or brighter than the AAA flashlights (with longer run time).
Dim: 10 lumens, 8.5 hours.
Medium: 27 lumens, 3.5 hours.
Bright: 80 lumens, 1 hour.
Compare with traditional Maglite:
Solitaire: 2.3 lumens, 3.5 hours.
Mini AAA: 15.6 lumens, 2 hours.
Mini AA: 15.2 lumens, 5.5 hours.
2C/D: 36.5-40.6 lumens, 5 hours C, 9-10 hours D
3C/D: 76-82.5 lumens, 5 hours C, 9-10 hours D
(Maglite does not advertise lumen rating or run time for their LED flashlights.)
I have two relatively minor quibbles:
1) Since "dim" is plenty for most uses, I would prefer if the sequence was dim-medium-bright instead of medium-dim-bright.
2) I think (though I am not sure) that I would prefer a pushbutton switch over the twist switch. Not sure where you'd put the button on a lamp this small, though.
[ April 2012 ]
Still carrying it all the time, still happy.
[ May 2014 ]
If you're looking for a compact LED flashlight that runs on a single AAA battery and will always be ready and available, the Fenix LD01 is by far the best in terms of light output, beam quality, efficiency, and durability. It's about the size of a ChapStick so you can carry it in the change pocket of your jeans. I've used it as a bike headlight with great results. Other flashlights I've tried give off a dim, poorly diffused, blue tinted beam. The Fenix LD01 provides three levels of very useful white light. It's great for camping. If you store one in an emergency kit, install a lithium AAA battery as they have a long shelf life and won't leak if it ever does go dead. I recommend getting flashlights that take either AA or AAA batteries as they're the most readily available and come in NiMH rechargeable and lithium versions. It may seen like a lot of money to spend on a dinky little flashlight, but it's worth every penny. It will outshine flashlights several times its size.
I bought a MagLite Mini and stuck it in my bag. The light seemed reasonably bright, the unit was small and clever with the switch incorporated into the head and being able to stand it on end to use as a candle. I felt a little smug for making such a fine choice.
But I don't always carry my bag with me and the flashlight was too big to carry around regularly in a pocket. As well, because I don't use the light enough, I worried that the batteries would leak. So I took them out. But now I'd have to remember how old the batteries were and replenish them from time to time. The light had now become an end unto itself and not much use to me in a darkened subway tunnel.
A friend gave me a small Orvis keychain light. This solved both the battery problem (some sort of life-long battery in it) and the portability problem but the light was pitifully weak - fine for reading menus but barely enough even to find a keyhole in a darkened apartment building hallway.
Though not as bright as the Mini, the MagLite Silhouette was an improvement over the Orvis (now I could see my shoes in a darkened apartment building hallway), uses only a single AAA battery which I always have on hand to power my insulin pump, and I could attach it to my keychain and as such I'd probably use it more often mitigating the risk of leakage. It felt good in my hand. I congratulated myself for another fine choice.Read more ›
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Nice light as an EDC for indoor areas that do not require 1750 lumens. Admittedly I did drop the thing a few dozen times from spiders dropping down the back of my neck, crazy cats... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Fuzzwatkins
I liked this flashlight a lot. But now when it is time to replace the battery, I can't get the old battery out. This is maddening.Published 9 months ago by Britta Erickson
Failed with little use using new Duracell alkaline batteries. 2 LD01 lights, same results.Published 12 months ago by Tom K.
Bought this for my husband as a replacement to a mini flashlight that he lost.
He is someone who has to have a light on him everywhere he goes. Read more
I am so bad about writing reviews. This is one of the most important item I carry in my pocket. I use it as much as my watch and more than my cell phone. Bright? Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ron
I had a lot of concerns about spending this much for a flashlight, especially one that stood a good chance of being lost! Read morePublished 24 months ago by K. Ferrell
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Yes its shorter and smaller than my pinkie finger, and it seems like a high price to pay for a.....flashlight..... but it works well for me and I recommend it. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Mark A