Thanks to 4sevens (http://Fenix-Store.com) I have on loan a Fenix T1 "Tactical" light using a Q5 Cree LED.
it's pretty big, and feels hefty.
Tail-end and body tube -
The light is designed to tail stand, but the scalloping gives reasonable access to the "tactical" or foward clicky switch.
As can be seen the body tube is substantially thick.
I did say the light is big for a 2x CR123 - as can be seen in comparing the head with the P3D series. That's a stainless steel bezel.
Rated at 225 lumens on High (Turbo mode) - about the nearest rival is Fenix's own P3Dce Premium Q5 edition -
vs. Fenix P3Dce-Q5 both on primary CR123 and Max brightness -
Close - but I think the T1 has it. T1's beam is smoother even though both use the Q5 Cree - this is probably because of the larger head allowing for a more effective reflector - the hotspot of the T1 is also more defined/concentrated. However despite the use of a orange peel reflector - the T1 still betrays a bit of the notorious Cree dark halo - but it probably would not be noticed in any real use.
vs. Fenix P3D-RB100 Rebel both on primary CR123 and Max brightness -
The T1 looks a bit brighter - with more concentrated/intense hotspot - but the Rebel100 beam is noticably wider, looks smooth, and has a nice tint.
Fenix T1 on Low (general mode)
vs. Fenix P3Dce-Q5 on Medium
Looks real close......
vs. Fenix P3D-RB100 Rebel on Medium -
Close, I think because the RB100 has a wider beam the light is spread out more.
More practical comparison -
The stairway shots confirm the comments from the white wall beamshots - the T1 has a more intense and concentrated hotspot - probably due to the bigger reflector. The P3Drb100 light is wider/spread out more, as is the L0Drb80 on Li-Ion 10440 (perhaps now the former stairway champ?)
I'm not really a "tactical" person - so I can't really comment on the tactical aspects of the light - but just as a flashlight - the Fenix T1 is impressive - one of the brightest 2x CR123 light around.
It is BIG and hefty and can stand up to some abuse - this isn't something I thought up to say.....
I've watched the light dropped several times and at different angles from about 4ft onto solid concrete switched on - and it kept working and did not show even a scratch.
I don't think I'd worry about it being run over -
I'm more worried about being run over by it