Why don't they offer the light with 3,500 ma batteries?
Can you tell me what the maximum output current is for the USB powerbank function, please?
It is purely a case of trying to keep the price down. There is a Including the 3500mAh batteries would make the light retail for $24 more. You can always replace the batteries with the higher mAh batteries when your 2600mAh batteries end their life.
So, in three to five years, we can get decent batteries? Otherwise, we have to bite the bullet, and pay extra now?
Too bad Fenix did not decide to give an option, high-capacity batteries for those who want them, and low-capacity for the rest. That way, folks who know about flashlights could have saved themselves some money by buying 3500mAh batteries with the lantern. N00bs could buy the 2600mAh batteries, and be happy with them. I expect that most n00bs will never upgrade their low-capacity batteries. Many of us who would prefer higher-capacity batteries will probably also feel that we cannot afford to pay for good batteries, and leave the old ones lying around unused.
The way things are now, bundling 2600mAh batteries will cost more for CPF members who want the best. Fenix is selling us second-best. In some ways that is consistent with the market position Fenix targets. A company like ZebraLight wants to be best in class, price be damned. Fenix wants to be good, but not best, and cost a little less. So, Fenix sells us second-best.
Here is a question for you, Fenix-Store: How many 2600mAh batteries do you sell alone, i.e., not bundled with a flashlight? None? One in a hundred, compared to higher capacities? One in fifty or twenty?
If I am right that folks do not very often buy 2600mAh Fenix ARBL18 batteries alone (i.e., unbundled), why would Fenix want to foist those batteries on buyers in a bundle?
The best route would have been to give buyers a choice of batteries. Olight has done this with a couple of its rechargeable flashlights. Fenix should have done that too.
Thanks for such a respectful reply. I hope that I was equally respectful in sharing my views.
It has always been a privilege to communicate with the Fenix-Store here at CPF. You guys are straight shooters. Thanks for forwarding my thoughts to Fenix. Maybe you can work out a special offer for CPF members.
Nice to finally see this lantern! It looks nice, even though it does not have any moonlight mode. I have some questions regarding the charging port. Is the port itself also IPX7 rated? In case of the rubber flap get loose and the charging port is exposed to water, does that mean that water enters the light and therefore can destroy it?
I think most buyers are happy with the 2,600 batteries. Just like most people are happy with a 4 cylinder car they only care that the car gets them from point a to point b.
Flashaholics like us want the turbocharged 8 cylinder for maximum performance. I understand Fenix's logic with stocking retail stores. Would it be possible for Fenix to offer the higher capacity batteries as an option if ordering directly from you?