The Best Fenix Flashlights – A First-Rate Flicker

This brand of flashlights is known for its innovative designs, which always seem to be the more efficient, ergonomic, and precise than the last one. Because these flashlights are over-par in terms of quality, you can expect the prices to be a little steep. However, you can’t really go wrong with a Fenix flashlight and they’re usually worth every penny.

Despite the name, this company is not based in the capital of Arizona. Rather, its main US distributor is found in Colorado, and the flashlights themselves are made in China. So if you ever want to pay the company a visit, you know where to go.

With that out of the way, it’s time to focus on the flashlights themselves. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best Fenix flashlights you can find, so let’s dive right in.

Fenix E12 LED Flashlight

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WEIGHT

This one looks pretty boring, but it’s got more than you think. As the creators themselves put it, it’s a little dog that thinks it’s a wolf. This flashlight is under the “E” series, which include models designed to be carried around, and this one is no exception.

Given its length and brightness (and the fact that it’s water-resistant), this little guy is a pretty much perfect as a daily companion. Just stick it in your pocket or your purse and you’ll be ready for any dark situation. If you want something that’s very simple and don’t have that much of a budget, then this little guy should do the trick.

Max Brightness:
Light Modes:
Length:
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Batteries:

130 lumens
high medium, low
3.5 inches
3 hours
one AA (included)

Fenix E15 LED Flashlight

Size
WEIGHT

If you thought the last flashlight was impressive, then this one should be jaw-dropping. It clocks in at almost half a thousand lumens despite the fact that you could hide it in your fist.

Although I wouldn’t call the flashlight rechargeable, the battery that’s included has a port that allows you to plug it in. It’s an interesting take on rechargeability. The flashlight is also activated by twisting the head, which needs to be done multiple time to access all the light modes, so that could be a slight inconvenience. However, if getting a really small flashlight is important to you and you have a moderate budget, then it’s hard to go wrong with this one.

Max Brightness:
Light Modes:
Length:
Runtime on Highest Setting:
Batteries:

450 lumens
low, medium, high, turbo
2.6 inches
1 hour
one 16340 (included), one CR123A (not included)

Fenix PD36R Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight

Size
Weight

A giant step above the last two, this flashlight clocks in at over a thousand lumens of brightness and has a remarkable number of options. There’s a switch on the side of the body as well as at the end of the tail in case you can’t decide how to turn it on. It also has a battery level indicator for when you’re not sure whether it needs a recharge.

The Fenix PD36R comes with a bunch of other stuff including a charging cable, a holster, and a spare O-ring. It’s a very solid option and pretty much has it all. If you don’t mind the sky-high price tag, then be sure to give this one a shot.

Max Brightness:
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Length:
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Batteries:

1600 lumens
eco, low, medium, high, turbo, strobe
5.4 inches
2 hours
one 21700 (included)

Fenix LD15R Rechargeable LED Right-Angle Flashlight

Size
Weight

Although a right-angle flashlight may seem a little inconvenient, it’s actually a pretty ingenious design. I mean, if you have the flashlight clipped onto something or standing on a table, the light will point forwards, unlike with a typical flashlight. And as far as right angle flashlights go, this one really gets the job done.

It’s super compact and bright and has lots of light modes, including a red light. And with a magnetized tail-end, you’ll really be ready for anything (except when there’s no metal around). If want to be able to utilize your flashlight without using your hands, there’s hardly a better flashlight for the job.

Max Brightness:
White Light Modes:
Red Light Modes:
Length:
Runtime on Highest Setting:
Batteries:

500 lumens
low, medium, high, turbo
low, signal, SOS
2.8 inches
1.5 hours
one 16340 (included)

Fenix LD05 LED Penlight

Size
Weight

This is almost as if your basic penlight decided to join the Impossible Mission Force. It may not look it, but it’s super tough being both water and impact resistant. And it also just looks cool.

As if that wasn’t enough (it’s really not), it also has a UV mode for detecting fluorescent agents (like the invisible ink written between the lines of a mysterious novel), so you’ll really be ready for your next impossible feat. Give this penlight a try if you want to show off your sleuthing skills to your friends—or if you just want a really quality flashlight.

Max Brightness:
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Length:
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Batteries:

100 lumens
low, medium, high, UV
5.3 inches
2 hours
two AAA’s (included)

Fenix LD22 LED Flashlight

Size
Weight

This is a bit of a bigger and bulkier model, but really makes up for that in terms of its technical competence. It has dual-switch capabilities, so you could turn the flashlight with the button at the rear and change the mode with the button on the body. It also has a light mode memory, so it will automatically utilize the last-used brightness when it’s turned on.

It may only output 300 lumens, but it lasts a very long time. It’s also pretty tough, which means this light should never fail when you need it. If you can get past the size (which isn’t that remarkable anyways), then this one would be good for anyone who forgets to charge their flashlights.

Max Brightness:
Light Modes:
Length:
Runtime on Highest Setting:
Batteries:

300 lumens
low, medium, high, turbo, strobe, SOS
6.1 inches
10 hours
two AA’s (not included)

Fenix E16 LED Flashlight

Size
Weight

You may not believe how bright this thing can get for how small it is, but it’s true. Granted, the whopping 700 lumens can only be maintained for a matter of minutes, but it’s still impressive.

This thing has quite a few options when it comes to how it’s carried. It has a two-way clip, a removable key ring, and a magnetic tail. It also has a rechargeable battery where the cord plugs into the battery itself. This E-series flashlight is definitely a step up from the first two on the list, but it’s also a little less friendly in the wallet department. If you don’t mind the elevated price and just can’t get enough of really small, bright flashlights, then this one will definitely tickle your fancy.

Max Brightness:
Light Modes:
Length:
Runtime on Highest Setting:
Batteries:

700 lumens
low, medium, high, turbo, strobe
2 inches
1 hour
one 16340 (included), one CR123A (not included)

Fenix WT20R Rechargeable LED Right-Angle Flashlight

Size
Weight

If you stuck this halfway under water, it might be mistaken for a periscope. This flashlight wouldn’t help much when it comes to sea-bound spying, but what it can do really outweighs what it can’t do. It’s a dynamic right-angle flashlight that has all the tricks. It’s got a clip, a magnetic tail, a battery level indicator, separate spotlight and floodlight modes, and a rechargeability function. It’s also bright.

Basically, this flashlight is the king of portable, hands-free light sources. Just don’t argue with it when the head is tilted all the way down, because then it would always be right. If you’re willing to break the bank to achieve maximum light orientation accommodativeness (that’s a word), then your flashlight is staring you in the face.

Max Brightness:
Light Modes:
Length:
Runtime on Highest Setting:
Batteries:

400 lumens
low, medium, high
4.6 inches
3 hours
one ARB-LP-2000U (included), two AA’s (not included)

Those have been some of the best Fenix flashlights on the market. With one of these handy, you can be sure to never get lost in the woods again—or even your backyard for that matter. And you can be sure that it’ll never fail you when you need some light. Just don’t drop the flashlight behind your couch dare you seal its fate (getting it out would be like opening the box a pair of scissors comes in—paradoxically impossible).

Hopefully you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns (or just want to type something), then be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

10 thoughts on “The Best Fenix Flashlights – A First-Rate Flicker

  1. hello, i really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i once used the fenix pd36r flashlight although it wasnt mine. a friend got it and i loved the performance. your review has brought out other hidden facts and other options with variable price. thanks

    1. Hi Benny,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this article. The PD36R is a pretty cool flashlight, especially given its brightness. It’s hard to go wrong with it unless you want something that can easily fit in your pocket.

  2. Hello,

    I really thought that all flashlights are the same, just different in sizes. After reading your article, I started to see the difference between them: max brightness, light modes, and runtime on the highest setting. I’m looking for a flashlight I can use early morning when still dark outside to unlock my car door. You delivered many options, so I’m lost: I don’t know which flashlight the best. Should I use a Fenix E16 LED flashlight or go for a Fenix PD3GR Rechargeable Tactical LED with Max brightness of 1600 lumens?  The Fenix E15 LED flashlight looks good too.

    Overall, your article is really informative and clear with a lot of details. Thanks, now I know something more than before I read your post. 

    1. There’s a sort of balance between a flashlight’s brightness, size, and runtime. If one of those factors is changed, the others will also change. If you find a really small flashlight that’s super bright, it’s not going to have a very high runtime.

      For simply walking to your car door, I’d recommend something smaller that you can carry around because you’re not going to use it for extended periods of time. Either the E15 or E16 would be good picks, but the PD36R would be a little overkill. The question now is a matter of what you can afford. Good luck with your flashlight hunting.

      Isaac

  3. One thing I always consider and look out for in flashlights is the size and weight, meaning how portable it is because most times I always need it for camping exercises and even some night search at home. I like Fenix flashlights and I’ve seen a couple that I like, it is really hard to choose cos they are all good, I’ll surely pick one to buy soon. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s always a good idea to figure out what your needs are and then calculate the maximum size and weight you’re willing to deal with. Usually, the bigger a flashlight, the longer the runtime, but brightness and battery type also fall into the equation. Anyways, it’s hard to go wrong with Fenix, at least if you want something that’s bright.

  4. It is of no doubt that the Fenix E15 LED Flashlight is surely one of the very best flashlights I have seen coupled with the fact that it is very pocket friendly and also the portability, which is the most important that I look for, is top notch. Thank you so much for sharing all these here. It is really worthy of being rated among the best first rated flickers. Thanks

    1. It’s crazy to me how bright some of these flashlights can get for how small they are. Portability is important if you’re planning to stick a flashlight in your pocket, but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on brightness (of course, that does usually mean a shorter runtime).

  5. Previously, i have heard about the Fenix company and the very great products that the company produces. I think it’s great that you can share some of the very good products that the company has on here and also tell us Abit of their history. Going through your list, I think I like the Fenix PD36R Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight. Looks good with some nice options too.

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