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Fenix flashlights?

Post by waltcallie » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:26 pm

anyone have any experience with Fenix lights? i refuse to buy another surefire, streamlight, or mag product. none stand the test of time for me, which is fine if your not spending big money but not fine once you get around $100. thanks in advance

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Chef » Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:20 pm

In my limited experience, Fenix is pretty awesome for the money.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Xspectre8 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:19 am

In my collection of EDC lights I have some rather pricey trick units, but I still end up carrying either a Fenix LD10 or LD20 every time, often both. Big fan

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by TMedina » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:51 am

I'm afraid to ask what you did to your Surefires to turn you off on the brand.

I like Fenix - I've always had good results; the beam is a little too focused for me, typically. All throw, no spill.

The Fenix TK20 was adopted by the Calgary PD, so that should tell you a little something. I've owned the TK20, the E21 and a number of the smaller models and I use them pretty regularly.

Do you have an expected use in mind for your next light?

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Sworbeyegib » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:05 am

I've worn and used my Tk20 for a few years, and I love it. For the price, they give surefire a run for its money as a non-weapon mounted flashlight.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Paladin1 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:10 am

I have lots of flashlights, mostly SureFire and Fenix. The Fenix I have have worked well for me.

And on a side note, SureFire obviously has felt the presence of the competition because they introduced new models recently that have more features and better price points.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Lionheart » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:49 pm

I've been carrying my Fenix TK11 for 6 months now and I have nothing but good thing to say about it, it's withstood the blazing heat of a Phoenix summer and put up with whatever else I've thrown it's way. Just about everyone I know who owns one says nothing but positive things about theirs and they're not terribly expensive so I would recommend them.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Phoenix David » Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:30 pm

I have 3 of them and they have worked without any issues. I'd buy more if I need to.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by waltcallie » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:58 pm

TMedina wrote:I'm afraid to ask what you did to your Surefires to turn you off on the brand.

I like Fenix - I've always had good results; the beam is a little too focused for me, typically. All throw, no spill.

The Fenix TK20 was adopted by the Calgary PD, so that should tell you a little something. I've owned the TK20, the E21 and a number of the smaller models and I use them pretty regularly.

Do you have an expected use in mind for your next light?

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lets just say i work a lot on the water, salt water that is. of course i was working with the older models (surefire 6p and streamlight poly stinger) but they were never completely submersed or anything crazy. i purchased new lamps and batteries for both with no success.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Biggin » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:01 pm

LD20 and TK12 here. I love both and want to get a few more :D


I used the TK12 recently when I was deer hunting. Two friends who were with me now have the TK12 on their wish lists. You will not be disappointed.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by FlungPup » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:23 pm

I've got a PD20 and PD30 and I'm going to order another Fenix and get some rechargables with a charger. Great bang for the buck, Fenix is.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by mtpockets » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:54 pm

Got 2 P3D's, I thought I lost the 1st one, freaked out and ordered another before I found the original. I have replaced the tail switch on the 1st one, I was only about buck and a half. I work with 2 other guys that have them aswell, all and all great little flashlights. I don't know about holding up to salt water though.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Browning 35 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:29 pm

I bought a Fenix LD20 for $54 a short while back since I'd been without a powerful flashlight (I have 4 Mini-Maglites, but they're not as good IMO) that would fit in a pants pocket since I put my Surefire G2Z on my AR-15 for hog hunting/home defense and so far I love that flashlight.

Advantages :
  • It's small, it fits well in a cargo pants pocket and it has a clip which keeps it in place well.
  • It works on 2 AA batteries (so I don't have to buy CR123A lithium batteries which are slightly uncommon and a little more expensive).
  • It's REALLY bright on it's highest setting (it's lumen setting is adjustable).
  • I could use it as an improvised weapon if I had to due to the strike bezels.
  • It has a strobe function for signaling or to blind someone momentarily.
  • I have no doubt that I could also break auto glass with it as well.
  • The two tabs at the tailcap keep it from being turned on accidentially and draining the battery which was somewhat of a problem with the Surefire G2Z when it was in my pocket or in a bag.
Disadvantages :
  • None so far.
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All in all although I've only had it a matter of a few weeks I'm pretty happy damn with it and it costs half of what a Surefire E2D does.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by TMedina » Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:39 pm

waltcallie wrote:
TMedina wrote:I'm afraid to ask what you did to your Surefires to turn you off on the brand.

I like Fenix - I've always had good results; the beam is a little too focused for me, typically. All throw, no spill.

The Fenix TK20 was adopted by the Calgary PD, so that should tell you a little something. I've owned the TK20, the E21 and a number of the smaller models and I use them pretty regularly.

Do you have an expected use in mind for your next light?

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lets just say i work a lot on the water, salt water that is. of course i was working with the older models (surefire 6p and streamlight poly stinger) but they were never completely submersed or anything crazy. i purchased new lamps and batteries for both with no success.
Dude, that's just bizarre - I don't know how salt water exposure would frag a basic flashlight. And the Fenix lights aren't water-proof; water resistant to a certain submersion level, but that's about it.

Have you looked at the contacts - the springs and the inside of the light and seen corrosion or salt build-up?

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by TMedina » Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:41 pm

Also, get a tube of silicone lube from the hardware store and lube the threads on the tailcap before you take your next light to work.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by uncleben03 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:41 am

I have a Fenix TK45 that I use as my "duty light" as a police officer. It's blindingly bright, gets banged around on my belt throughout my 12 hour shifts.

I'm not sure if Fenix is owned by 4Sevens, but 4Sevens sells Fenix on their website. I think 4Sevens is starting to take the cake on quality and price-point, but they are both of spectacular quality and great price point right now anyway. The only 4Sevens light I have right now is a Quark Mini123, and I LOVE it.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by crypto » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:19 pm

waltcallie wrote:anyone have any experience with Fenix lights? i refuse to buy another surefire, streamlight, or mag product. none stand the test of time for me, which is fine if your not spending big money but not fine once you get around $100. thanks in advance
Ive got a TK11 that I've been abusing for over a year now, it's still fine and dandy. I've dropped it more times than I can count, and the anodization is worn off all the corners and raised parts now. I'll take a picture of it tonight.

They're good quality.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by mattltm » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:42 pm

Fenix TK40. My favourite LED flash-light.

I moved away from Surefire because I wanted something that ran off AA batteries. Now all of my gear runs off AA's and I have a solar charger.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by crypto » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:28 pm

Ugh, how about a battery holder not made out of plastic? :(
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Post by mattltm » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:42 pm

crypto wrote:Ugh, how about a battery holder not made out of plastic? :(
The clear bits are heavy duty plastic and have a metal contact running around them. The black bars are actually metal threaded rods with a plastic covering.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by Spander » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:29 pm

I've had a L0D on my key chain for a least a year now and it works great. I have a couple others and all have worked well for me for the price.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by thelight » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:00 pm

Fenix lights are great kit.
I have the LD10 and LD20 and recommended them to everyone now.
They're also very highly rated on flashlight reviews: http://www.flashlightreviews.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Here's the LD20 review. It's currently the #1 light.
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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by kgeter » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:18 pm

i have a fenix tk20 i think, great light for the money i wore it on my batbelt at work (EMT) and it did great. i Recently bought a surefire 6px and i really love the light. the batteries are more expensive but it is a lot brighter. the big think that made me go with the surefire was the plastic holster that makes one handed drawing and reholstering very easy, something i didnt get with the fenix. also the fenix was longer than i liked (i know not all are long but the one i had was) over all i think fenix lights are great but i wouldnt count on it to hold up better than a surefire.

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Re: Fenix flashlights?

Post by TMedina » Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:19 am

The TK20 is longer, in no small part, because of the batteries: the TK20 uses AA batts; the Surefire line runs on CR123s.

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