Thanks to David Chow form Fenix-Store.com I'm having the pleasure of showing You
the results of my abuse of a long avaited Fenix: the T1.
Before started to have fun with T1, it looked as follows:
Day 1: Waterproofness test.
Since I lack the time to play around with flashlights during the week, I've
decided to alter my former methods and I've put the T1 in a bottle filled
with water, on the same day it came to me. It stayed there for 24h and
after the test T1 was dry inside with no signs of any moist. As expected
after seeing the o-rings, it performed flawlessly.
Day 2 to 5: Cold resistance test
Compared to P3D abuse, T1 went to the freezer without batteries (LED
creates heat that prevents T1 from freezing completly). T1 got frozen in
a cut down PET plastic bottle (only thing that could fit in my freezer)
Today in the morning, I've taken the T1 from the freezer and it looked
To show You, that T1 has been imprisoned in ice, and that it worked well
just after the prison break, I've allowed myself to make a short movie that
can be seen here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jNyXf4154yM
Day 5: Durability test
Please allow me to quote T1's ad: Solid as TANK. If they say so, we need to
prove it. I've started quite simple:
20 drops on concrete floor - from 1m height on the head.
T1 just after the test:
As You see on the pic, SS bezel shows some wear. Before anyone asks about
the wear on the body - T1 bounced on the head and landed as it wanted on
the floor. Anyway, T1 still works flawlessly. Next step was:
20 drops on concrete floor - from 1 m height on the switch.
Unfortunately, after the sixth fall the switch said good bye and went crazy.
What do I mean by crazy: it either clicked or not, it either reacted to clicking
or not, it either reacted to pushing or not. I've filmed it, and You can see the
switch behave chaotically here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aoIUskuZtwg.
Formally, I should have finished the testing at that moment, for T1 stopped
being useful not only as a Tactical but also as a Practical product. But since
I moved my 3 letter to the airport, I decided to continue the testing. So I went
on through 14 drops from ca 1,2m height. After the test it looked like that:
20, IMO standard drops were sufficient not only to shorten the teeth on the
switch and eliminate the switches protection but also to generate a finger
unfriendly surface (able to cut skin). I do not know if those teeth are too
thin to T1's mass or the aluminum alloy is to soft - but IMO this is not a
good design and it needs improvement.
Next thing was the body test, that is:
20 drops on concrete floor - from 1m height on the body.
Nothing unusual happened here, and after the test T1 looked like that:
Since I did not expect any problems from above mentioned drops I also planned
to repeat the tests from 2m height (as in my post here.)
20 drops on concrete floor - from 2m height on the head.
Result has shocked me:
I do not know exactly when did it happen, but it happened, pic says all...
20 drops on concrete floor - from 2m height on the switch.
I did that one out of curiosity, just to check how will it dull the teeth and see
if anything unusual happens - for the switch was no more protected from the
impact by the teeth. Well, teeth got shorter and switch did not repair itself.
Below is the pic taken just after the test:
20 drops on concrete floor - from 2m height on the body.
Aside of the fact that all of the glass remains were shaken away from the
head nothing worth mentioning happened. Below is a pic of the T1 just
after the drops:
- First of all, I've decided to skip the drag test, it wouldnt bring much since T1 was already unoperable.
- I do not know whether it happened before the glass break or after it, but low mode went
and remained inaccesible. (It shows itself for a split of a second and T1 goes off.) -
/Edit: It seems to be accessible now.
- T1 is not solid as tank! It is not even as solid as it's sister the P3D
Proof for that is here.