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Fenix L0D Flashlight soon Available with Brighter Luxeon Rebel LED (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Sub 1-oz, single AAA battery flashlight with optional 60-lumen output for 1 hour.

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by Carol Crooker | 2007-08-12 21:04:00-06

Fenix L0D Flashlight soon Available with Brighter Luxeon Rebel LED (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

The debate is still going on about who makes the best single AAA battery flashlight for lightweight backpackers - Arc or Fenix? Fenix has a new version of their L0D available August 20, the Fenix L0D RB80 which uses the Luxeon Rebel LED. Circuitry is unchanged and run time is about the same as the previous version but it has more output - 60 lumens in the bright mode as opposed to 50 lumens for the Cree 7090 XR-E LED.

Although the Fenix L0D and Arc-AAA lights have similarities: same size, AAA batteries, and housed in aircraft grade aluminum cases, they are quite different in function. The Arc-AAA light is meant to always be there when you need it. It has only one - low - mode of 5.5 lumens with a run time of 5 hours to 50% brightness and still outputting diminished light after 12 hours. The light is switched on by twisting the head, which can be done without unclipping the light from your ball cap.

The Fenix L0D adjusts from medium to low to bright to strobe to SOS by twisting the head on and off repeatedly. It has much brighter options than the Arc-AAA. One complaint is that switching requires two hands and is hard or impossible to do with the light clipped to a hat.

Both lights operate effectively with Lithium batteries.

The L0D RB80 is bright. On bright and aimed at my eyes from a few feet away, it made me squint even in daylight.

This new Fenix light will probably not convert an Arc lover over to the Fenix side, but it'll make users who want a very bright light in a small flashlight with easily available batteries happy.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer/Distributer: Fenix, http://www.fenix-store.com/
  • Uses a Luxeon Rebel LED (80 lm/w) with a life of 50,000 hours
  • Five output types: 21 lumens(3.5hrs) -> 7.5 lumens(8.5hrs) -> 60 lumens(1hrs) ->Strobe -> SOS
  • 4 days of survival use (2 continuous hours per day on the lowest setting)
  • Uses one 1.5V AAA battery (not included), inexpensive and widely available
  • 7.35cm (L) x 1.4cm (D) (or 2.9 in (L) x 0.6 in (D))
  • Input voltage: 0.8V~3.3V
  • Made of aircraft grade aluminum
  • Durable Type III hard anodized finish
  • 14.5-gram (or 0.5 oz) weight (excluding batteries)
  • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standards
  • Toughened ultra clear glass lens with AR coating
  • Textured reflector for a flawless beam
  • Reliable twist switch
  • Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
  • Patented
  • Battery not included
  • Includes a spare o-ring, a split ring, and a pocket clip
  • MSRP $46.50


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"Fenix L0D Flashlight soon Available with Brighter Luxeon Rebel LED (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/fenix_l0d_flashlight_orsm07.html, 2007-08-12 21:04:00-06.

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Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Fenix L0D Flashlight soon Available with Brighter Luxeon Rebel LED (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/12/2007 21:51:32 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Fenix L0D Flashlight soon Available with Brighter Luxeon Rebel LED (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Another swipe on 08/13/2007 02:20:17 MDT Print View

Cha- ching
I am starting to hate all these new must have gizmos...
Franco

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Another swipe on 08/13/2007 10:25:58 MDT Print View

Franco,

Obey your inner consumer...we will make you a Yank yet :-)

We've come a long way from the Maglite Solitaire.

David Chow
(4sevens) - F
Haha! on 08/16/2007 13:34:49 MDT Print View

Carol that was a great shot!

The close-up almost makes the light as long as my head -
either that or my head as small as the L0D!

Great 3D shot!

Actually we are the Official Distributor for North America,
through we've worked very closely with the manufacturer since
we both began 2.5 years ago!

Cheers!

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Fenix L0D on 08/16/2007 23:38:38 MDT Print View

The Fenix-store.com now has pocket clips for these AAA lights so you can attach it to your cap, etc..

Edited by Brett1234 on 09/03/2007 02:05:26 MDT.