As of recently, it seems that this is the season of the flashlight companies to release their biggest and baddest flashlights. With Nitecore unveiling its TM26 Quad Ray and MH40, JETBeam releasing the DDR30, and Blackshadow (the underdog that is rising quickly in the ranks) producing the Terminator, it was only natural for the boys and girls of Fenix to show of their new powerhouse: the TK75.
Hosting three CREE XM-L U2 LED’s in the deep reflector, this light can push up to 2600 ANSI lumens. Using the deep reflector for the three XM-L’s allows the beam of the light to be more concentrated than others, which helps boost the throw distance of the light, while maintaining a fantastic flood beam as well.
The interface of the TK75 is perfectly tuned for any flashlight user with the two button layout on the side of the light. The first button is used to turn the light on and off, while the second button allows the user to quickly access the other modes on the light, leaving out the annoyance of twisting the head, or trying to access secret features from a one button switch.
One thing that definitely gives this light a competitive advantage over the other lights is the optional battery extender. Attaching the extender to the light will not only give the user a good defense mechanism (kidding), but will also increase the run time, which is incredibly helpful for long periods of use.
When Fenix upgraded the PD20 and PD30 to the PD22 and PD32 respectively, they only found it fair to make the same upgrades to the small AA cell-powered flashlights as well. Therefore, the Fenix LD10 and LD20 have been upgraded to the LD12 and LD22 with all new dual switch operation and an anti-roll body design, but still has the same reliability as its predecessors. The LD12 is an ideal light for those that are looking for something compact, while the LD22 is for those that are looking for a solid EDC light that has a little more firepower, all while using the conveniently available AA battery cells. With a single AA, the LD12 can produce up to 115 lumens and the LD22 can produce 190 lumens from the XP-G R5 LED, and include four different modes with an easy to learn interface using the side switch. Both lights do come with a removable pocket clip, which allows the light to remain still and quickly accessible while in the pocket, or attached to another location.
The Fenix PD20 was a fantastic EDC pocket light thanks to its small body and impressive output, along with having a great price. While most users found the PD20 to be an impressive light, the engineers at Fenix decided that the light could use an upgrade: integrate an even easier user interface with the same design and features of the older model. The Fenix PD22 is simply the PD20, but with a dual switch operation instead of one. This allows the user to access all of the light’s modes by pressing the side switch on the light and even allowing access to the strobe feature. Powered by a single cell CR123, the PD22 can push 180 lumens with its R5 LED, making it perfect for a pocket throwing light. Just like the rest of the Fenix flashlight line, this light comes standard with the IPX-8 waterproof rating, and makes for a great pocket light for your daily needs.
A first from Fenix, the PD32 is the first dual switch light from Fenix that is not a tactical light or a large light. This EDC size flashlight uses tw0 CR123 batteries or a single 18650 battery to produce 315 lumens. A great choice for the outdoorsman, the PD32 is designed with an anti-roll body, and provides enough grip to prevent the light from slipping out of the user’s hand during wet conditions (the light is also IPX-8, which states that the light is waterproof up to 2 meters deep). The light has four different modes that can be easily accessed by the secondary switch located on the side of the light, which also has a hidden strobe and SOS function.
As one of the most reputable companies on the flashlight market, Fenix is well known for its large selection of lights that are favorites of flashlight users worldwide. The E15 from Fenix should be no surprise as to the reliability and performance of an EDC light, as this single cell CR123 pocket light can produce 140 lumens from its XP-E LED. What really makes the light stand out from its competitors is its runtime: a staggering run time of almost two hours (1 hour 51 minutes), which means less time changing batteries and more time using. The light comes with a market standard IPX-8 waterproofing and is operated by twisting the head.
I love writing about fun items, and the Fenix TK70 definitely qualifies as a fun item!
In the flashlight world almost all of the super high output lights are powered by some form of lithium battery. The TK70 bucks that trend by utilizing the ubiquitous D cell battery. Using a D battery makes the TK70 super convenient for the regular Joe that wants to play around with a light brighter than anything he’s seen previously. The D battery is much easier to find and a lot cheaper than its lithium counterpart. Thanks to the D cell, battery changes are safe, quick, and most of all inexpensive. Rechargeable NiMH batteries are definitely recommended, although regular alkaline cells will work.
The TK70 tops out at 220 lumens, so it is definitely brighter than anything else in its class. The poor Mag lite doesn’t stand a chance!
Headlamps are extremely useful in pretty much any situation where light is needed. The usefulness is no secret as many companies are starting to produce newer and better headlamps each year. One drawback that often comes along with new and better equipment is higher price. Many of the headlamps that we sell today are above the hundred dollar mark. Those lights are definitely worth every penny, but having more affordable options is definitely a plus.
One thing that Fenix does extremely well is affordability. Fenix is known for having extremely high quality products at very affordable prices. The HP11 headlamp is really no exception to that rule. In the world of high dollar headlamps Fenix offers the sub hundred dollar HP11 which sacrifices nothing in terms of quality and performance. The HP11 holds its own against other similar lights with a max output of 277 lumens, which is more than enough light for just about any situation. The HP11 also utilizes AA batteries which means finding replacement cells is both easy and cheap compared to its lithium counterpart.
If you’re looking for a good light to throw on top of that head of yours then the HP11 is definitely something you should consider. The price/performance ratio is almost unmatched.
The world of super high output flashlights can be an overwhelming place to a lot of people. One has to be fairly familiar with the terms conditions that come with using a super output light for it to be safe and reliable. I would venture to say that many people would like a simpler and safer way to get that mega output. For that crowd, Fenix made the perfect torch.
The Fenix Tk60 is a mega output torch that is exempt from the rules and risks that come with lithium batteries. The rechargeable lithium cells that normally power the super high output lights can be dangerous if the user is not familiar with their use. The TK60 uses the ubiquitous D cell battery which is completely safe no matter the conditions. In addition to being extremely safe the D cell is easy to find and fairly cheap. The TK60 utilizes the D cell to the fullest pumping out 800 lumens on the max brightness setting. The throw with this light is amazing as well. Check out the video below for a better idea of just how well this light performs!
The world of high end, high output flashlights can be sort of overwhelming. There are a ton of options which can make it very difficult to choose the right light for you when the time comes. To remedy this problem we do a flashlight comparison series using all of the biggest and brightest tactical flashlights available at that time. Not only do these videos give you a good idea of how well each light performs, it also provides a nice side by side comparison of each beam. There are 3 targets set up at 100, 200, and 300 yards to give you an idea of how far each beam travels. These comparison videos are a great way to get a feel for how all of the technical jargon translates into real world use. Clear your schedule and check out the vids, there are a lot of them!
The most useful light in the world is the light that you have on you when the need arises. The Fenix E05 fits that bill perfectly with its small size and light weight.
The E05 is a small “key chain” light that puts out a max of 27 lumens. 27 lumens doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s plenty of light for most any task. The E05 uses the ubiquitous and thrifty AAA battery. No fear of running low on power with the E05 since the AAA cell is incredibly cheap and easy to find. The sum of all parts makes the Fenix E05 one of the best possible lights for every day carry. It is small enough to have on you every day which makes it a valuable piece of gear. Check out the video below to get a good idea of how this tiny light performs!