Now that I have a new Fenix E12 v2.0 as my EDC light, the 2d gen Inova X1 that it replaced serves as my nightstand light. Terrible design, terrible UI, but decent battery life with 80 lumen and 11 lumen modes. The biggest problem is it turns on in High mode, and the tail switch is useless. I should have returned it, but I really needed a new flashlight that took a single AA when I moved to a cabin in the woods in an area where CR123As just can’t be had cheaply.
The Inova X1 replaced my Leatherman Serac S3 as my EDC light, but I’ve never been happy with it. The Serac S3 is a much better light for any purpose, but those CR123As just cost too much for me where I now live.
At night, I have to close my eyes, turn it on, turn it off, then turn it on again to bring up Low mode, but even that is a bit too bright. 5 lumens would have been better. Because the tail switch is a momentary only (and requires a lot of effort), the only way I can actually use this light is by screwing and unscrewing the tailcap, which is the real switching mechanism, and that requires two hands.
The latest gen Inova X1 lights have, if you can even believe this, an even worse UI.
Cannot recommend, do not buy.
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