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Fenix TK15 Review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by Chopper, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Chopper

    Chopper Loaded Pockets

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    What with the camping, canoeing and fair-weather bushcraft season here, I have been on the lookout a flashlight with a good power output. My collection of AA powered Fenix lights are great, but not quite what I wanted. Following a long look and plenty of reading, I decided on the TK15 powered with two CR123A?s or one 18650 rechargeable it delivers a whopping maximum output of 337 lumens, believe me this baby is bright! Before you read any further I will admit that after owning many flashlights over the years I have become a big fan of Fenix, they are always my first port of call when looking for a new one.

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    Using the Cree XP-G R5 LED (50,000 Hour life span) provides high intensity coupled with very effective energy conservation giving a variable output of 5 ? 337 lumens in four stages.

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    The 23.5mm deep-dish reflector gives a working focused centralised beam throw of 215m on maximum power with a nice wide beam spread. I love the orange O-ring seal.

    A light press of the end cap switch affords momentary on/off of whatever power setting you choose, with a firm click for on and off . Then you can choose from 5, 47, 143 and 337 lumens using the silver side button, with a one-second press of this switch activates the rapid strobe. The last setting used is memorized ready for your next use. I must say that this method of output selection is much easier to use than the twisting of either end, as I need to do with my other Fenix lights. A big thumbs up for this development.

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    This tree is about 180m away with a bright full moon.

    What is mind-blowing is the battery life running two CR123A?s the following run times are achieved:

    5 lumens = 142 hours.
    47 lumens = 23 hours.
    143 lumens = 6 hours 25 mins.
    337 lumens = 1 hour 50 mins.

    The TK15 has dual recoil absorbing springs this helps absorb any shock and makes a much more robust flashlight for firearms use. There is also an optional remote pressure switch and gun mount available. It is impact resistant to 1.5 meters.

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    The hard-anodized finish gives great anti-scratch resistance, I have had an LD15 on my key ring for a long time and it?s weathered very well. A really strong pocket clip and tactical grip, both easily removed if you don?t like them complete this very capable and very impressive flashlight.

    Dimensions: 135mm (Length) x 25.4mm (Diameter) x 34mm (Head)

    Waterproof to IPX-8 Underwater to 2 meters.

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    Webbing pouch, two spare O-rings, lanyard and an orange rubber switch boot come with the TK15.

    I will keep you all updated on with any changes.

    One thing I will be ordering is a pair of 18650 rechargeable batteries and charger, they give a longer runtime and will save money on the long term. I will publish my findings on these once I have used them a few times.
    This was purchased from www.thephotonshop.co.uk with super quick service and free delivery you can?t go wrong.

    No connection, just a happy customer.



    UPDATE

    As I said, I was considering the rechargeable battery option, so here they are.
    I bought the 17670 / 18650 Dual bay charger with two Trust Fire 2400 mAh 18650 lithium batteries.
    http://thephotonshop.co.uk/page44.htm

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    Straight from the pack, neither battery would power the flashlight, so popped them on charge and approx. three hours later the red charging light changed to green and off we go.
    I was asked if the power output was less with the rechargeable?s than with CR123A?s. IMHO I would say no. It is difficult to be exact as I cannot measure the output nor do I have two TK15?s side by side, but I can say that after leaving them running for 10 mins on both types of cell I honestly could not see a difference. The rechargeable cell?s win it for me due to their prolonged performance and the massive cost saving against CR123A?s.
    I also ordered the Fenix TK series camping lampshade AD502-N http://thephotonshop.co.uk/page59.htm

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    Fitting the TK11, 12 & 15 it is a new add-on, which functions really well.
    Simply push this on the business end of the light and away you go, all the light is cast downward. It makes a great table lamp as the light is directed away from your eyes or can be hung from its hanging loop.
    It really changes the whole perspective of this flashlight, great for general use, canoeing, bushcrafting and an overhead light whilst reading in my hammock.
    The only thing is that in order to use it as a table lamp you need to make a stand. The large rubber sucker I used is from my local camping store and originally used for the end of a tent pole.
     
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  2. ssmtbracer

    ssmtbracer EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Do you think its brighter than a Surefire E2D LED?
     
  3. CDavisJK

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    I also have a TK15, and yes, it's very bright. I like how you can just push on the tailcap to turn on the light without having to click it all the way down. It's significantly brighter and has more throw than my single CR123 Fenix PD20 (rated at 190 lumens). No idea how it compared to the E2DL though, but it's almost half the price. The Surefire's specs seems to be pretty outdated but it's still a high quality product.

    However, when i was hiking with the flashlight at night I did get wear on the inside of my pockets from the crenelated bezel.
     
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    Can the silver button be accidentally activated? It would suck to have it set to low and switch it on only to find it's gone to the highest setting.
     
  5. Chopper

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    No as it only works when the flashlight is switched on.
     
  6. Chopper

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    If the figures stated by Surefire for the E2D of 60 lumens are correct then yes the TK15 is one hell of a lot brighter!

    http://www.surefire.com/E2D-Executive-Defender
     
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  7. ssmtbracer

    ssmtbracer EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    E2D LED not the incan. one. According to Surefire its 200 lumens however I have had lights that claim a lot more and were not brighter than my E2D LED.
     
  8. mr skurvy

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    Great review
     
  9. Chopper

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    I have both and yes the tk15 is considerably brighter. I've gone through so many lights looking for the brightest 2xcr123 battery light and can honestly say that the tk15 wins the gold medal. When i am at work I carry a tk15 as my main light a pd30 as my back up. Killer combination
     
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  11. Philippe C.

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    I just added the TK15 to my EDC kit as my Primary light and now am looking at replacing my backup with something better. I can say that the TK15 is one kick :censored: light that performs well in every situation I used it in so far. What I like about it is the ability to select the brightness you want depending on the situation. I have used it at work checking Honda Civic chassis parts and door components and can say that it does the job. Now I have Fenix lights in my sights as their quality is higher then expected being a light noob.
     
  12. NaOH

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    I use mine daily at work. It's never let me down.
     
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    The TK15 is my primary EDC light - almost never leaves me side, and only then usually to be slotted into my EDC bag. Good review.
     
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