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    Default Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    This is a new addiction for me so help me adjust. After using nothing but Mag Lights for the last 10+ years, I am starting to buy higher quality lights. I am new to this forum and addiction of quality lights. I see so many posts about the Fenix lights that I wanted to buy one. I went to my local Sports Chalet, the only store around with quality lights to feel and handle the Fenix lights. Overall, I was just not impressed with how they felt in my hand. The quality and ruggedness felt top noch, I just did not fall in love with them. I looked at an E21, LD10, and TK15.

    Do I just need time to adjust to the feel of these lights?

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    loaded with batteries the fenix feels right.
    product pictures on company websites (fenix, youtube, ..) suffice to let one fall in love with the esthetics or not.

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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    I agree, Fenix are very good lights and you can trust them. Of course there are a lot of other brands you can buy too.
    Look Fenix PD 30, 31 or 32 if you want an EDC for example.
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    Yes you are

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    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    Do I just need time to adjust to the feel of these lights?
    Welcome to CPF!

    Part of the fun is trying different flashlights and brands to see which ones you like. Don't worry about not liking something that is popular on CPF, if everyone liked the same thing then there would be only one flashlight company!

    One way to try different brands is to register for CPF Marketplace. You can get good deals on different lights, then sell them again if they're not what you want. Great fun and saves you a few bucks at the same time!
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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    I love the feel of my TK15, E21, and LD01... My Tk15 and the LD01 are on me daily, with the E21 as a bedside light. I guess they don't have much "bling" (no silly stainless bezel, etc), but that is still part of the appeal... Very professional looking and feeling.

    But, if they are not for you, there are tons of choices online that you can't go wrong with..

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    when they started, they totally stomped the - then nonexisting - field of high volume VERY-good-value-for-money-led-lights.


    Now, with a total change into the tactical field and no longer at least fulfilling the wishes and needs of the initial customers, the models simply are the same than any other maker and no more special or appealing
    (of course a number of comparable makers are now also there)

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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    They still offer lights for a wide range of cells while most brands only dictate Li-ion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow View Post
    when they started, they totally stomped the - then nonexisting - field of high volume VERY-good-value-for-money-led-lights.


    Now, with a total change into the tactical field and no longer at least fulfilling the wishes and needs of the initial customers, the models simply are the same than any other maker and no more special or appealing
    (of course a number of comparable makers are now also there)
    Perhaps for some of their lights, but i still think there are some unique ones.

    I am blown away by LD01, an XP-G emitter in a tiny package with great runtimes all around.
    The TK41 looks neat.. Not too many other flashlights out there with that kind of brightness and runtime on AAs..
    There is more than that, but you get my point.

    The other nice thing, is that they are hitting the retail market.. Great if you want to pick one up in a hurry, or have a problem with one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    This is a new addiction for me so help me adjust. After using nothing but Mag Lights for the last 10+ years, I am starting to buy higher quality lights. I am new to this forum and addiction of quality lights. I see so many posts about the Fenix lights that I wanted to buy one. I went to my local Sports Chalet, the only store around with quality lights to feel and handle the Fenix lights. Overall, I was just not impressed with how they felt in my hand. The quality and ruggedness felt top noch, I just did not fall in love with them. I looked at an E21, LD10, and TK15.

    Do I just need time to adjust to the feel of these lights?
    (YOU ARE NOT ALONE)
    I dislike the feel so much.That I am willing to purchase your lights at a slightly discounted rate.
    Only becouse I understand your frustration ofcourse.
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    I tend to do this with all lights, not just Fenix ones, but you can grab a box of assorted O-rings at lowes,
    or whatever, and slide them onto the outside of the light at the points you grab on to.


    I do it cause lights with hard anodizing feel slippery to me.. I can't post pics, but trust me, the LD10 LD20 have lots of spots for an O-ring

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    I think we all have some brands, as nice and rugged as they are you look and say huh. I feel that way about most Jetbeam models, except the RRt01 which I use all the time

    My favorite Fenix is the PD10 Titan
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    The only Fenix light I currently own is the tiny e15. I carried and used Maglites almost exclusively, for many years, as well; so I know where you're coming from.

    While it took me some time to get used to the micro-sized light, and the twisty, I found that it felt exceptionally nice, for such an inexpensive and tiny light, and the beam was very pleasing. The build quality seems very nice, and I've read almost nothing but glowing comments about their friendly user interfaces, their build quality, and their reliability.

    I'd still like to get my hands on several of their larger lights (like the TK45), but that's not in the budget right this moment. Hopefully, soon...!

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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    I'm not a great lover of Fenix lights not because of the feel of them it's there looks that don't inspire me.Having said that out of there many models i dare say I'd maybe like 1 or 2.That's part of the beauty of this hobby
    there's so many different shapes & sizes your always likely to find one that feels & looks just right for any individual.I've started to get my favourite types of light modded,this way my favourite lights are always up to
    date & i don't have to pay for a brand new light.Happy days indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarpentryHero View Post
    I think we all have some brands, as nice and rugged as they are you look and say huh. I feel that way about most Jetbeam models, except the RRt01 which I use all the time

    My favorite Fenix is the PD10 Titan
    +1 on RRT01
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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    I'm not dedicated to a particular brand, I like the individual lights made by brands. I have about 15 decent lights but only 2 are Fenix - an EO1 and a TK41. That's the cheapest and also one of the most expensive Fenix lights but they appeal to me, everything else they produce doesn't appeal to me ATM. It's the same with my 4Sevens, Klarus, Sunwayman lights etc, there's usually only a couple of lights from their entire range that appeals to me. Ive got more Zebralights than any other brand though

    I'm the same with music, I don't like every song a band makes. In fact there's usually only 1 or 2 songs I like from most bands.

    Cheers

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    I have an old L2D that is a little too thin and slippery for my taste. Just got an LD25 and feels great! I like the selection of headlamps and defusers/filters for the LD series. All my AAA lights are Fenixs.

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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    I looked at an E21, LD10, and TK15.
    Sounds like you were at a Blue Ridge Mountain Sports store?

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    I am not a fan of Fenix lights but not for another reason. I don't like the way they look, ever. I like Eagletac and JetBeam. To each their own. Other then they way they look, I have nothing bad to say about there performance it's the only reason I don't buy them.Some of you might think I am ridiculous but I like my lgihts to look good. Don't you ever take them out, and look at them just to admire them? I do that before bed sometimes.
    Although, I am kinda digging the E15 to be honest. Looks pretty awesome and the data sheet runtimes/output caught my eye. Not to mention a fairly good looknig light. I was considering getting one.

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    If you had those three lights in your hand and did not like them, you definitely need to put batteries in and turn them on.
    Cataract,

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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    It depends on what Fenix light it is. I hate holding the E21 (it's a loaner light), but the TK12 feels just right with the tactical rind removed.

    LD20 is horrible to hold with the clip on, but ok with the clip off. In contrast the Quarks are quite ok with the clip attached.

    Just gotta find what's right in your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david57strat View Post
    The only Fenix light I currently own is the tiny e15.
    Isn't the E15 a great light? It was such a good price, and it's brightness is impressive.

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    I liked the style and "feel" of the older Fenix lights better. For example THE L2D/L1D had cleaner lines and can tail stand with less fear than the newer LD10/LD20. And yes the TK20 still rocks.
    The TK20. Yes it still rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woods Walker View Post
    I[...] And yes the TK20 still rocks.
    The color rendition on the TK20 is as good as newer high CRI lights... and that is why everyone should have kept their TK20...
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    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    ... The quality and ruggedness felt top noch, I just did not fall in love with them. I looked at an E21, LD10, and TK15.
    ...
    quality and ruggedness are all I needed...
    and I think you missed a few of these...

    Fenix TK20


    Fenix E10


    Fenix E05


    Fenix E01


    and the legendary Fenix TK40...
    changing sigline ...

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    I'm happy with the feel of my trusty PD-30. I didn't buy it to use as a nightstick but rather a pocket rocket, and it looks and feels good for this use. It's small enough to disappear in my coat pocket but heavy and bright enough to feel like a quality light.
    Last edited by PhotonWrangler; 06-06-2012 at 06:01 PM.

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    My AAA Fenix lights feel so top quality build to me. Form, function and design, etc. The only larger-ish Fenix I have so far is a TK21 - and I really find it incredibly well built with a very good feel in the hand and just oozing with quality. No, not a fanboy, but that is truly how I feel about the few Fenix lights I own.
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    I'll say it like this, out of all the lights that I have, Fenix, Sunwayman, Balder and Olight are probably without question the nicest finish and quality lights I own. The Fenix TK41 is still probably one of my favorites. But I love my Fenix TK70 even though it weighs 3lbs with 4 D Tenergy nimh batteries. It's one of my best quality light.

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    I have had the E21 LD10 and thought where great basic lights (although the LD10 was more green than white yuck) and have given the E21 to my father. I love the E05 and have one as a back up if at home in case I loose it with a Lithium AAA so can get about 5 hours of pure white light.

    PD30 (car) and PD20 are also kept around and love them also.

    BUT their is always a but hey.

    The new Fenix lights just don't do anything for me. The RC10 looks like a weapon to me and the lights with the side switches just don't look any good to me at all.
    What do you mean they blew up the death star.......... Wait....What the hell is an Aluminium Falcon?

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    Default Re: Am I Alone Not Loving the Feel of Fenix Lights?

    Try holding a TK41 or a TK35 or even a TK70, those have a pretty solid feel. Even the TK21 does too. They do have a full range of products to suit whatever it is you need them for.

    Do explore and not just limit yourself to one manufacturer. There are othe brands like Sunwayman, Jetbeam, FourSevens, Thrunite, Nitecore, Klarus, Crelant, Dereelight HDS, Deft, etc etc etc etc....

    If you are undecided about a light you are eying, check out the reviews here in the forums, from selfbuilt, and even Marshall from going gear dot com.

    Good luck with your hunt! This is only just the start!

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