Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tactical light availible right now?

woodrow

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Hi,
I went for a walk with a buddy tonight and decided to take my TK20 instead of the Raidfire Spear that usually comes with me. After walking with the light on a dark dirt path for 40 minutes, I began to think about the light's tactical applications.

First off, I should say that I have never been in Law Enforcement, so I would welcome comments from people who are. I have been in both low level (guarding property) to higher level (armed escort) security for a number of years of my life. (though it is not what I do now) While involved in higher level security, I was into the study of proper shooting techniques and tactics just like many other members are here. So while I do not claim in any way to have the depth of knowledge of a seasoned S.W.A.T. team member.... I might have a small amount of insight to back my argument.

The following are reasons that I think the TK20 has some great merits not found in any other Patrol/Tactical lights.

First, the obvious reasons.... It is bright enough at 150 lumens. At least as bright or maybe slightly brighter than my old SF Gpz with the P61 bulb....with much better runtime. It has a forward switch that gives enough feedback that you are unlikely to click it full on, when you only wanted momentary. It has an incredibly simple UI with high and medium levels that can be set with the light on or off. Lastly, it has enough throw to illuminate objects well out to 50 yards, while keeping a wide usable spot and a wide usable spill area.

The above reasons work for and hold true for many of the 2x123a/18650 lights on the market right now. But the TK20 does some things that no other tactical light does.

The TK20 is the first (to my knowledge anyway) 2xAA light that is a true tactical light. I really like the AA platform because it would give the police officer or security guard the ability to either use Enerloops or other common (buy anywhere) rechargable battery options. While 123a and 18650 rechargable batteries are common to us.... you do not find them at your local 24hr Wal-Mart. The light can also run on the wonderful AA Energizer lithium batteries which have a 15 year shelf life and give the light about 2 hours of regulated use on high. Alkilines could also be used in a pinch....though runtime would be much less on high and reduced on medium. But, they would be availible at any 24 hour gas station or Walgreens type of store that someone working the 3rd shift would have access to. 123a's are harder to come by in the middle of the night. I find this to be very important because I have forgotten to bring extra 123a's to work...or had my rechargable battery stick die in a Ultra Stinger and SF and Inova rechargable lights....and either had to goto a backup light...or be in the dark.

Next, the light's output and tint are nice when clearing a building with white walls. I do not notice the loss of night vision as much while walking through my house with the TK20 shining on walls a few feet in front of me nearly as much as I do when I am hit by the light bounce back from my Olight M20 on high or worse, the Spear on high. The TK20 also has a wider spill than most of my 2x123a lights.

Finally, the TK20 is one of the toughest lights I have owned. Its switch is protected on two sides by metal fins. Its battery tube is 3+times thicker than the battery tube on most of my lights, and the head is solid and heavy. (this gives the added benifit of the light not getting to warm with extended use) The light could deliver a serious blow from either end... and it is long enough that both ends stick out past the front and back of my hand.

So, what do you think? With its multiple power sources, good output, simple UI and extreem toughness, would you recomend it as a serious contender for one of the best tactical lights out there..... or am I missing something and is there a huge hole in my logic? (it would not be the first time) I would be interested in what others in the LE/Security industries have to say on the matter as well. But for myself, after spending $,$$$ on lights, I think the Fenix may have stumbled onto a great tactical light with the TK20.

Here is a link to a great thread on the TK20, including beamshots and runtime graphs from various members:
https://www.candlepowerforums.com/threads/205800
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

+1

take off the grip and add a lighthound cigar ring for a true tactical grip

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

It is certainly good, but best seems like awfully high praise. Then again, this is coming from someone who gets all the 123A cells they want provided by my department.
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

The TK20 is good, but no where near the best light for LEO's, come to think of it there really is not a single light that will ever be the best but I would choose one of the following lights before I bought a TK20.... I would take a TK11, SF 6P w/Malkoff, Pelican 7060, TK10, SF 6P w/Any DX Drop-In, Inova T4 and the list could keep going.

TK20 equals good light, but there are better.
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

Though there are AA-lithiums, their price is the same or even higher than the CR123A.

I am no LEO or other security, I use my lights for my hobby and like the TK20. If I had to use a light at work where my life could depend on, it would surely be one powered by reliable lithium cells, no rechargeables of any kind.

So, I can't see the TK20 in the way you do, though I think the TK20 is a fabulous light and like to have a tactical light with AA cells that has a nice and warm tint!
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

The TK20 is not my brightest light or my favorite light. But it is most likely my toughest light. Like the T1, it has never shuttered or not switched on. Even my Olight M20 (rarely but occasionally) gives me that great 3 X flash saying the batteries are low....on new cells. My Spear has not wanted to switch back to high before (only a couple of times...but even a couple of times makes me wonder when it will happen again)

The main reason I think this is the best tactical light for people who have to use a light on their job every night is the lights ability to run on the 3 types of AA batts availible almost anywhere at all hours of the night. But that being said, I have to believe that compared to Olight, Lumapower, Jetbeam, Streamligt, Inova, Pelican and even SF lights I have owned.... I have never had a glitch with a Fenix T series light. I cannot say that for any of the other's.

But, its only my opinion and your experience might be different. But if I were a purchaseing agent for a police department... the TK20 would be the light I would choose for my officers. That and Polarion PH50's for when things really get interesting of course!:crackup:
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

The Eagletac P10A2 2AA flashlight is definitely brighter, should be just as rugged if not more so, but is otherwise really the same. I measured it at a real 182 lumens output at turn on. How would that not trump this one, even though I do like this one, and I think you have a good argument in general. the Eagletax 2AA model would fit this argument even better since its brighter in high mode and has an excellent beam.

Exhibit A:

https://www.candlepowerforums.com/threads/211095&highlight=EagleTac+P10A2
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

Outdoors, no other 2AA light can touch it for color rendition and throw. Thus, I support the OP's argument.

P.S. the TK20 battery tube is thick, but not so much around the grip.
 

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Re: Fenix TK20 - - The best LE/Security/Tacitcal light availible right now?

I'd like to see a 2xCR123 or 3xCR123 version of the TK20. 2xAA lights don't appeal to me at all.
 

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I've been considering on purchasing the TK20 as a backup light while on duty. I really like the warm tints of incans but would prefer a warm tinted LED for efficiency. I would prefer to stay with a AA battery light but think the TK20 would be too big to fit inside a uniform shirt pocket. Is there any other quality light that runs on AA batteries (1 or 2), has a warm tint, and is smaller than the TK20? Something like the size of the Fenix L2D would be great.
Thanks for any replies.
 
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Fenix TK20 really kicks ***.

Right now, it´s my favorite light for outdoor use.
I am impressed with it´s output and throw, only with 2xAA batteries.
The tint is perfect, with good color rendition.

And the thing is thick, solid and heavy. It gaves me a great feel in the hand. I also love the tailclickie.

There is ONLY one thing that I dislike: you can´t use a thick lanyard and the holster together. The light´s position inside the holster (bezel up) don´t let enough space inside it to the light´s body and the lanyard together.

But, overall, it´s one of my best lights, ever!
 

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Sounds like yet another flashlight i've gotta' get !

;)


I'm a big fan of AA lights.
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I'm not in law enforcement but the colour rendition of the TK20 I thought would have been a bonus.

The difference I see when possum spotting is quite noticeable. There much more detail and depth. With the olight T25, you can see the pair of yellow/orange eyes and make out the outlike of a grey brown shape in grey blue gum leaves. The TK20, you can make out the whole shape.
 

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I own a Tk20 and I tell you that there is a big difference outdoors. I saw some pictures on CPF but those did not convince me. You have to see it for real. Some people said that the tint is comparable to a halogen bulb. It is not, the halogen is more redish than tk20. I am really curious to know what the "incandescent" guys would say about tk20.:thumbsup:
 
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Sounds like yet another flashlight i've gotta' get !

;)


I'm a big fan of AA lights.
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Burgess... GET IT !!

Really man...
I´m not those rich flashaholics that always "buy both", but this light is a "MUST HAVE" light. You´ll not regret.

It´s the best 2xAA light I owned EVER! :party:
 

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I am an incan man, and very picky about LED's.
But, I must say I was impressed with the tint of the TK20.
It is very close to incan.

I wish I could put the emitter in the EO2.
 

woodrow

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I am an incan man, and very picky about LED's.
But, I must say I was impressed with the tint of the TK20.
It is very close to incan.

I wish I could put the emitter in the EO2.


Its funny, the led tint is why I almost did not buy this light. I normally like dead on white...to slightly cool leds....the TK20's warmer color has grown on me though.
 
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