Fenix Flashlights…an excellent choice!

I am a big time gadget fan and am often an early adopter of technology.  I’m always on the lookout for cool products that will enhance my travel and outdoor needs.   A good flashlight is one of those essential items for any road trip, camping or backpacking excursion.

Over the years I’ve tried many, many different types of flashlights and headlamps…most have fallen short in one way or another.  About a year ago I bought my first Fenix flashlight and have been extremely satisfied.  I have since acquired a few more Fenix light sources, each serving a different purpose.

My video below will give you a brief overview of the four Fenix flashlights I have…you will see a comparison between comparable, albeit inferior flashlights.

MC10 – This probably my favorite Fenix flashlight…it’s absolutely perfect for backpacking—lightweight, versatile and powerful for its size!  This flashlight has a built-in clip; 90 degree flexibility; tail-standing capability and lanyard attachment…which makes it perfect for washing dishes, reading and doing general camp tasks.  There are three lighting levels with two flashing modes.  Oh, and the MC10 is also waterproof to IPX-8, it runs on a single AA battery and has a max 125 lumen output.

TK11 – This is a tactical flashlight, it’s really durable and incredible bright (on the turbo mode)…it has a max output of 285 lumens.  There is a Tactical tailcap switch which allows you to switch on for momentary on/off function. The TK11 runs on two CR123 batteries and is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum.

LD01 – This tiny little light does not lack any power, it runs on a single AAA battery and boasts an amazing 85 lumens.  This flashlight is perfect for the ultra-light backpacker, or for anyone who needs a powerful, but compact flashlight.  It’s worth getting a couple of these…one for your keychain, glove box, overnight bag, etc.  The clip attachment allows you to fix this light to the brim of a hat, giving you the ability to use it as a mini headlamp.

HP10 – With a great balance of spot and spill light, this high-powered headlamp is the perfect choice for mountaineering, climbing, backpacking, search and rescue or when hands-free operation is a must.  This light source uses 4 AA batteries and provides 225 lumens of light.

For complete specs and to see the vast array of Fenix light sources, check out their website.  I have found Amazon to have some really good prices on Fenix products.

If you have a Fenix Flashlight, leave a comment below and let my readers and I know which one, and, what ya think.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. I must say I like the HP 10 most of all. Having both hands free to do whatever is a huge advantage,especially at night. Having the choice between 4 different brightness levels and a strobe mode puts this light in a class by itself, very nice.

  2. I have a Fenix TK30 and it is the brightest lightsaber I have ever seen (630 lumens!). It is amazing, and I can use a lower intensity level to conserve battery when I don’t need to signal the space shuttle…

  3. I bought a LDO1 after reading reviews about it because I wanted a small bright flashlight. A friend of mine bought one shortly after I got mine because he was impressed with how bright it was. We both have the same issues with it. When you turn it on it is in the medium output, then it goes to high at the next setting, then to low. Why not start at low like normal? 2nd issue we had was the lanyard holes wore very quickly. 3rd issue neither of our flashlights lasted very long (they don’t take drops very well) mine lasted through roughly 12 drops to concrete floor from waist high, my friends only lasted 4 drops from the same height. Fenix wasn’t real responsive when we inquired about replacements, and at $40.00 for that little light I’m not about to run out and buy another.

    1. Hi David…sorry to hear of your troubles with the LD01…I have two myself and have not had a problem. They are very powerful little flashlights, even though they are a bit expensive, I think they’re work it. Very bright, waterproof, long lasting, high quality materials…nice ultra-compact light source. That’s too bad you’ve had problems getting a hold of Fenix. BTW, why are you dropping it so often?

  4. I have many tactical flashlights by Fenix, Nitecore, and other well known manufacturers. But, my favorite “budget” tactical flashlight is the TaoTronics ThorLite TT-TF02. The build quality is excellent and at 500 lumens it is definitely bright. Many lower priced lights “boost” their lumens ratings – but I compared it to my Nitecore SRT-7 at 500 lumens and they were equally bright.

  5. I every time spent my half an hour to read this web site’s articles or reviews everyday along with a mug of coffee.

  6. Mike, Yes you are right. I am using Fenix pd35 from last 3 years without any problems. I have more than 10 types Fenix brand flashlight and all are working perfectly without any problems. I am writing reviews on my blog https://tacticalflashlightguide.com/fenix/. It will be great if you get time to check my website.

    1. Hey Alex, glad you enjoy. I actually just had one fail that I had to replace. Another one I could not get the battery out, but overall, they have been great flashlights over the years.

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