Fenix Flashlight Reviews
Focusing only on flashlights, Fenix Flashlights has become well known for doing one thing, and doing it right. Founded in 2004, they have had ten years of reliable products standing behind them. Fenix started because a group of men were unhappy with the inferior products available, they have been working hard to provide the best tactical flashlights available since.
In their ten years of business, Fenix Flashlights, has been the recipient of multiple awards of excellence. Most recently, Fenix won “single-product brand of the year” in the 2013 Outdoor Industry Annual Awards in China. Fenix is well respected throughout the world, selling in over 100 countries, to hunters, military and law enforcement.
Fenix separates their flashlights into various series, one for each category of customer. The most popular flashlights being from the PD (Portable and High Intensity), LD (Professional Outdoor), TK (Tough and Powerful) and E (Everyday) series. We will go through an example of each of these below.
The PD35 is one of the brightest flashlights available in the lower price range, with 850 lumens under its belt the PD35 has a powerful beam. For less than blinding light however, there are multiple modes that are easily selected by a side switch. The Eco setting at 10 lumens is not very effective for outdoor use, but once you get up to Turbo at 850 lumens it is brighter than a headlight and incredibly effective for outdoor, long distance use. The variable modes make this is an excellent choice for a profession law enforcement official or a backwoods hunter.
Quality is never a problem with Fenix flashlight, and that is particularly obvious with the PD35. Like most Fenix flashlights, it is made of air-craft grade aluminum with an anti-abrasive finish. This combination makes the PD35 stand up like no other brand. With a short length of 5.5 inches the flashlight is very easy to pack, without being bulky. This is one of the best tactical flashlights available, and a great value.
The TK35 is flashlight that definitely gives you a decent bang for your buck. This model has a hefty 860 lumens to it with four brightness levels and two flashing modes that are easily chosen with a dual tail switch. The long run time sets Fenix apart from other companies, as the turbo level (860 lumens) lasts 1.5 hours, and the low level (15 lumens) will last 130 hours. Being waterproof up to IPX-8 standards (immersion over a metre) as well as impact resistant makes the Fenix TK35 an excellent choice for those in the police forces or military, or hunters that want a serious light to rely on.
Weighing only half a pound is part of what sets the TK35 apart from other heavy duty lights. Other lights can weigh up to 5 lbs, but the TK35 provides you with all the power but much less bulk so you can easily carry the flashlight in one hand, and your weapon in the other.
The E21 is an excellent choice for those needing an everyday, quality flashlight. It has lower lumens than the flashlights previously discussed, but 154 lumens is all that is necessary for lighting for casual night walks, or power outages. Only weight 0.2 pounds, and being six inches in length makes the E21 perfect for storing in your backpack or glove compartment for emergencies.
This model has a long life span of 50,000 hours and a run time of 11, so being stranded without light is not an issue for me with this flashlight. The Fenix E21 has two modes, flood and focus, that are easily changed by twisting the head. Most everyday flashlights are toast as soon as they have contact with water or are dropped a few feet, luckily Fenix has addressed this by making the E21 waterproof to IPX-8 and impact resistant to one metre. Having these features definitely brings the Fenix E21 flashlight steps above average flashlights.
The LD41 is the perfect choice for outdoorsmen, whether it be a mountain climber, caver, or extreme sport enthusiast. This Fenix flashlight offers four different brightness modes, and two flash patterns for emergencies. With a turbo mode of 520 lumens, it can light up a cave or a forest excellently at night. The LD41 has a great run time on all modes, on turbo it lasts more than 2 hours and more than 160 hours on low. A run time like this, provides a reliable flashlight than you can trust if you are stuck in a tight spot.
To increase the durability of the LD41, it is protected up to the IPX-8 standard for waterproofing and an impact up to 1 metre. Fenix has also utilized a toughened, ultra-clear glass for this flashlight so you can trust it not to break on you. The combination of these elements make the Fenix LD41 a great investment for anyone who relies on a quality flashlight for work or pleasure.
The UC40 is one of the better rechargeable tactical lights on the market. The UC40 spills a ton of light and includes four different modes.
Turbo, High, Mid and Low. The max lumen output is 960 while the highest output is 10 lumens.
A few knocks on the Fenix UC40. Overall it's a killer light, however it may not be as suitable for law enforcement or other professional who would be using a gun. There are a few reasons for this. First off, most tactical flashlights have the on/off button located on the tail cap. The reason for this is because the tail cap is a more logical spot when you're firing a pistol. It also doesn't have a momentary on setting. Lastly, the light is 0.9" which is an awkward size if you're ever planning on mounting it to a weapon.
The USB charging feature is terrific, it literally gives you the ability to charge your light anywhere. In your car, at your house, the office.