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    Default Fenix E20 V2 coming soon ... /// No updates for the LD22 series planned ...

    I was told on YouTube today that an update to the venerable E20 is coming. Not sure when, but I assume soon-ish. So an "E20 v2" ? Looking forward to that as all the E series lights are awesome and punch above their weight.

    Unfortunately, I was also told there are no plans from Fenix for an update to the LD22 which kind of is a bummer. Not that the current LD22 is a slouch, but that model hasn't been updated in 5 years now. AA and 2AA lights don't get nearly as much love across the board from companies as they used to.

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    Default Re: Fenix E20 V2 coming soon ... /// No updates for the LD22 series planned ...

    I still like the 2x AA format and have had an E25 for many years now. Makes for a nice, simple utility light. Also, the slimmer and slightly more compact feel of it versus a single 18650 is a nice change of pace, too.

    Although in hindsight the tail switch of the E20 was more practical than the side button and push and hold turbo of the E25.

    I'd love to see Fenix keep the tail switch, bump the max lumens to over 300 and hopefully add a nice low mode, instead of the 30 lumen low they have been doing lately - that's just way too bright.

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    Default Re: Fenix E20 V2 coming soon ... /// No updates for the LD22 series planned ...

    Yeah, Fenix is my fav brand partly because I got my first "good lights" from them, but I find they make really innovative lights. But I agree that there are some weird quirks that I wish they would change like having very low modes in most of their lights of just a few lumens (some of their lights have it, but not all) and having more variety in tints and cri of their lights. I think they mostly go with cool white max brightness to sell to the masses. The E25 is an AWESOME light. I actually love their single side switch lights they made a number of years ago and wish they would bring them back more. I gave my dad an E25 and think that was one of the best 2aa lights ever. My E50 is still one of my favorite lights-- 2 18650 in a long handle with great grip, neutral white, and tail standing. I think people brand new to the "good flashlight" game don't understand how good even 2aa lights are these days. We have 2aa lights that are wayyy brighter than basically any single 18650 lights from 10 years ago. It's a great format and, yeah, more compact and practical than even most single 18650 lights. And AAs are great because of how safe they are and also available if you need to get some on the road or something. I don't really like the recent push to even bigger cells in lots of lights vs further refining smaller formats. But again, it's probably because what sells is huge batteries and max lumens. I'm excited to see this new E20 though. And I like side buttons AND back switches, but don't like it when you can't tailstand a light with a rear switch. I think I could with my original LD20 from 2008-2009. Loved that lights. I'll have to get either an LD22 again or maybe one of those clones of the LD20 from Thrunite haha.
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    Default Re: Fenix E20 V2 coming soon ... /// No updates for the LD22 series planned ...

    I was hoping they would update their LD22 this year, maybe bring it back with iconic Fenix crenulation, and a maybe maybe a programmable two-mode UI... I can keep dreaming!

    I guess with the 18650s having become more and more popular, the sales prospects for 2-AA premium lights aren't as good as they used to be a few years back.

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