- Jun 27, 2021
Give me $5 and I'll take one, other wise hard pass. Of course just because they say it isn't replaceable doesn't mean it can't be replaced if you know what to do & how
The reason I liked the fenix is because its so well balanced and has the top mounted handle for carry, all while being very compact on top of that. I havent seen the regulation on the fenix but I imagine its not good on high. If they ever decide to v2.0 it id like to see a slightly larger light with a 4x 21700 config. with a deep smooth reflector or TIR and perhaps even fan cooling. Fan would go in the back with internal air channels leading to the head and out the front again. elegant and compact. It still wouldn't be much larger but imagine constant 3500 lumen for 30 min or longer optimized for throw. runtime would be good too. The other searchlights with cooling Ive seen are always so bulky and ugly. they can keep the internal charging and battery indicator if they want but loose the rubber flap and the secondary led. Fenix is good at regulation they can do this.Someone on BLF just recommended this Streamlight as a SAR light:
3500 lumen thrower, runs on two protected 18650, seems like a decent alternative to the Fenix wt50r. It can also run on four CR123A.
Thing is, they are mostly horribly complicated even for flashaholics. Multiple modes, multiple leds, lockout modes necessary because they otherwise activate accidentally, etc. The only one I'd consider ok for casual users is the Surefire Sidekick, which is on the large side. Otherwise I'd pick an AAA light.They're more targeted at the casual users, or even people looking for simplicity.