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Fenix E11
1-AA 115/38 Lumen Flashlight
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Fenix E11

Fenix E11 (1-AA, 1.940 oz./55.0g with alkaline AA, about $26). bigger.

Fenix E11

Rear, Fenix E11. bigger. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link directly to it at Adorama, directly to it at Amazon (also in in silver) or at eBay when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thank you! Ken. This sample came from Fenix Outfitters, a USA distributor.

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I got this tiny little Fenix E11 flashlight a month ago. It's a very bright and small flashlight that I carry everywhere in my pocket next to my wallet. It's about as thick and as long as my wallet, so it slides in right next to it, and it's as bright as my monster 5-D cell Maglite I keep around the house to fight off bears.

The E11 uses one AA cell, and has a pushbutton on the back. You can half-press it just to blink.

Because the button pops out it won't attach to a keychain; I use the Fenix E05 for that.

This little E11 is worlds better than the $3 LED flashlights my wife keeps bringing home from retail; this light is far better made and much brighter. Not only is is brighter, it's also white, not blue.

There are two brightness levels: 115 and 38 lumens. To select them, just twist the front lens. Either is plenty bright.

 

Specs

50,000 hr CREE LED.

Digitally regulated constant output.

97mm x 19mm .

 
High
Low
Brightness
115 lumens
38 lumens
Peak intensity
1,375 candelas
454 candelas
Run time, 2,500 mAh Ni-MH
1.8 hours
8.4 hours
Distance
74m
42m

Recommended battery types: Alkaline, Ni-MH and Lithium. I tried it with an old, used "heavy duty" carbon zinc cell, and it worked fine, just as bright as anything else; it just probably won't run very long on low-performance cells.

Drop resistance: 1 meter.

Water resistance: IPX-8, 2 meters.

It includes a strap, a spare rear button cover and spare gasket.

Fenix is a Chinese company making these domestically in China.

It has horrible packaging with a gorilla-proof bubble holding it to a card. It takes a big knife to open it, and depending on how careful you are, there's a good possibility you'll scratch the product with the knife, or cut yourself with your knife trying to force this little thing, or cut yourself on the sharp plastic left as you try to extract the product from the package. I have no idea why anything comes in retail packing anymore.

 

Performance

It's a small, bright light. It goes off and on and bright and dim, and that's all it needs to do.

Its always easy to press the button for a short blip or harder to lock it on, much easier than twist-lights. I've never had it come on in my pocket.

Because the button is so easy to push popping out the back, you can't stand the E11 on the rear switch; it won't stand up.

I find the beam more narrow than I'd prefer; I prefer the wider beam of the Fenix E05 . Tre narrow beam is nice for impressing your friends, but less useful for seeing in the dark.

It's nice and round, and will roll away if set on a table.

It's always bright; it digitally regulates its own power supply so it's always 100% bright, even as the AA cell wears down, regardless of what sort of cell you use.

Most LED lights are too darn blue. The Fenix E11 is as neutral as an LED gets.

 

Compared         top

This tiny thing is as bright as a three-D cell LED Maglite, and much brighter than any conventional D-cell flashlight. It's about as bright as my huge 5-D Cell incandescent Maglite, and has a smoother beam than any of these.

Lumens define how much light leaves a flashlight. How far it shines also depends on how tightly this light is formed into a beam, measured instead in candelas. Tighter beams shine farther, while broader beams make it easier to see what's around you. Lumens are the best measurement of total light output; while candlepower (not shown here) will vary as you focus a beam.

Here are lumen ratings of some other popular flashlights:

Maglite 3-D LED: 131 lumens.

Fenix E11: 115 lumens.

Maglite XL50 3-AAA LED: 104 lumens.

Fenix E05: 29 lumens.

Maglite classic 2-D flashlight: 19 lumens.

All-time Classic 2-AA "Super-Bright Xenon" Mini-Maglite: 14 lumens. (3.870 oz./109.8g w/2-AA alkaline.)

Classic 1-AAA Maglite Solitaire: 2 lumens.

 

More Information         top

Fenix Outfitters (USA).

Fenix (China, also in English).

 

 

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