Rated4out of5byColorado Jeep DudefromNice LightI have carried this light every day since i got it and it works well. It is very bight and uses AA batteries. The light it replaced used the CR123 and would have to be replaced offten, so far it is still on the batteries it came with.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated5out of5byJ the GearNutfromGreat AA flashlight for outdoorsThese lights are typically available in their retail stores.
This is a very well-built "tactical" style LED flashlight that is a great value among lights in its class. The Fenix E21 is a simpler, entry-level version of this light, and I would recommend that one if you aren't interested in the extra features this light provides.
These lights use high-performance LEDs with a tighter and brighter beam that is made for cutting through the darkness, rather than flooding a local area like headlamps do. You can partially depress the switch for momentary on/off.
The best thing about lights in this class are their variety of light modes, which let you pick the level of illumination you need without draining your batteries needlessly. The lighting modes for the LD22 are:
Low: 3 lumens, 110h runtime (reading in a tent)
Medium: 42 lumens, 15h (everyday camp/trail lighting)
High: 92 lumens, ~6h (cuts through darkness like a knife up to medium range)
Turbo: 190 lumens, 2h20m (For slaying vampires and blinding mortals; doubles as a lightsaber)
Plus two special modes:
Strobe @ 190 lumens (this is one of the "tactical" features, for blinding attackers or getting a vehicle's attention)
S.O.S. @ 92 lumens
A rubberized mode selection switch is on the front end of the light, and the light remembers which mode you pick. Some lights make the main on/off switch pull double-duty as a mode selector, which means playing morse code with your flashlight until you get the mode you want. I like the simplicity of a separate mode switch, but your tastes may vary. The older LD20 has a single on-off/mode switch.
As for design, the appearance is all about function over fashion: every groove and protrusion on the frame serves a purpose, whether it be fitting into a bike mount or accommodating a separate lanyard. The Hexagonal "neck" between the body and head of the light prevent it from rolling. The tailcap switch sticks out and prevents standing the light up like a candle (maglite popularized this feature), but you'd be better off hanging such a skinny light from a lanyard anyway. The body is tough aircraft aluminum with plenty of texturing for grip. Light is rated as waterproof up to 2m and impact resistant to 1m.
The light comes with a basic nylon/velcro holster that works well enough for casual use, but I doubt it would stand up to heavy punishment. It also comes with a decent lanyard and a spare o-ring in case you manage to wear it out with daily battery changes or something.
When I go hiking, I use a headlamp on the trail and around camp, and I pull this light out when we need to spot something 50-100m away, or light up a large swath of open field. It's a great backup light for boating as well, with enough throw in turbo mode to serve as an emergency spot / signaling light.
In summary, if you have graduated from the everyday AA flashlights and want a serious weapon against the darkness, the Fenix light is a great option among other great lights in its class. There is one quirk to the light I explain in the geek note below, but that quirk can be avoided by following Fenix's recommendations to use rechargeable batteries.
GEEK NOTE For anyone who says the light's "low" mode doesn't work properly: Fenix recommends you use rechargeable batteries for a reason. The mode selection circuitry in their lights is sensitive to how many volts your batteries are putting out. Disposable alkalines start at 1.5 volts (and drop quickly), while rechargeables start at 1.2V (and stay steady). The extra voltage will NOT hurt the light, but it will over-power the "low" mode for a short while until the batteries run down enough to drop the voltage to the amount that rechargeables run. Again, you won't encounter this quirk if you follow their recommendations and use rechargeable batteries.
On a more general note, NiMH Rechargeables will give you better overall performance in any of these higher-end AA lights... and you won't have to worry about them exploding or leaking like alkalines are prone to do in the elements. Look up "low self discharge AA" for good brands of rechargeable batteries.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated5out of5byAdieufromUltra marathon necessity!I used this for first ultra marathon where I knew I would be running in the dark and this worked flawlessly. This flashlight out shined my Mammut X-Zoom hands down. I will continue to use both the headlamp and the handheld in unison to give a better view at night to diminish shadows. If I could change anything it would be a longer battery life when on the brighter settings. Great product!
Date published: 2012-12-19
Rated1out of5byjcwwfromnon-functionalthe light i received failed to function. Tried new and diminished 1.5v alkaline. I will not be ordering it again.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated4out of5byEnglaisefromSmall, bright wonderThis flashlight can't be beat for the size/weight/brightness. It's great, once it works...the REI guy at the store was very helpful in finding one that had all four modes of brightness...two others off the shelf only had three. On the first two, the lowest brightness setting was missing, and the top three brightness levels weren't as bright as the one that has all four modes. I've since found that even the lowest setting works great for most indoor uses; the brighter ones are great in the mountains...plus the S.O.S mode can be a real life-saver if you backpack like me in rugged terrain.
Date published: 2012-09-05
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