Fenix L1P, retail $44.95 (www.fenixlight.com)
Manufactured by Fenix (www.fenixlight.com)
Last updated 10-07-06

The Fenix L1P is a single AA cell flashlight that has a white Luxeon I LED at the bottom of an almost-smooth reflector. This is version 2.5 - the brightest currently available.

It comes in a thick aluminum body, and has an AR (antireflective) glass window in its "business-end" to protect the LED and reflector.

The L1P is turned on and off using a rubberised button on its tailcap.


Feed your L1P first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red - or in this case, white.

Firmly press and release the button on the tailcap to turn the L1P on, and do the same thing again to turn it off.
Things just don't get much easier than this...well, not flashlights anyway.

There is no momentary or signalling mode available when the flashlight is off, however, you can blink the flashlight while it is on by partially depressing the button. If you don't mind the backward or reverse feeling of this, you can blink the L1P this way.

A LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) is available; just unscrew the tailcap 1/8th to 1/4th of a turn, and the L1P will not turn on even if something actuates the switch during storage or transport.

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up or bezel-down; a flap with velcro on it folds over the top and attaches to the body of the holster, so the flashlight doesn't just fall out. This holster fits belts up to 1.5" wide. I do not own or use pants that require a belt however, so I cannot test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used.

To change the battery, unscrew and remove the tailcap, throw it to the ground, and stomp on it with old or used bowling shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cell out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Slide a new AA cell in the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the button-end (+) positive goes in first. Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't stomp on that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 1,010mA (1.010 amps) on my DMM's 4A scale.

Photograph of the front of the L1P, showing the LED and reflector.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I administered the smack test on it (ten whacks against the corner of a concrete stair; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and five whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is some very minor gouging (not enough to expose the bare metal) on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical or electrical malfunctions were detected.

The exterior finish is a Type III hard anodize ("HA-III" as us flashaholics know it), so it should stay new looking for longer, even if it goes up against keys, coins, or other flashlights during storage or transport.

The L1P is waterproof and submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its battery, and performed that dreadful suction test on the barrel, no air leakage was detected. I also suctioned the tailcap, and no leakage was detected there either. So if it falls into water, just shake it off and keep going. If it falls in the kitty litter box and the kitty pisses on it, just douche it off under the faucet - good as new.
There's an O-ring on the barrel that engages when the tailcap is screwed on, so I don't think the L1P will leak there either.

The tint of the light emitted is a pure, slightly warmish white, with no pink, yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten porpoise urine green" coloration to it at all.

(Update 11-02-05: From a member of Candlepower Forums, comes this:

For those of you wondering just how tough the new Fenix L1P is, I found out today. I was working on top of an elevator in New York replacing some hatch wiring, when I dropped my very new L1P. Now in the elevator industry nothing dropped while on top of an elevator cab stays on top of an elevator cab. As I watched my new light roll off the top of the cab I thought thank God I bought two because this one is a goner. Now to make this story complete I must tell you that I was working between the 17th and 18th floors so I was pretty sure the little light was history. My partner who saw me drop something asked "that wasn't your light was it". Well I told him that it was and since I had given him an L1P also, he knew how pissed I was at dropping it, and offered to take one of the other elevators down and look for it. When he came back up he showed me the light, which was dented and gouged and generally looked like it had fallen 17 stories, and without saying a word clicked the end of it. Well needless to say the light came right on, of course this would be a real crappy story if it didn't. So if anyone is thinking about buying a Fenix but thinks it might not be well built or tough let me tell you this is one tough little light. I am not saying they all could take this kind of fall but if one can then certainly it falling out of your pocket or off a ladder should be no problem.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 523,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from TWO-CUBED.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~15'.
That red ovoid thing on the wall is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test unit was purchased from a Candlepower Forums group buy on 08-30-05, and it arrived here on 09-29-05.

UPDATE: 04-12-06
I have decided to rate this product a full five stars and place it in The Trophy Case on this website!!!

UPDATE: 10-07-06
All our products being sold at the time being are not reverse-polarity protected. If the batteries are installed incorrectly, the circuit might be damaged. Though the rate is very low, we do need to install the batteries carefully.

Tough and durable casing
Water-resistant; even submersible to shallow depths
Very, very, very bright for a 1xAA cell flashlight
End window ("lens") is glass, not plastic
Batteries are inexpensive and readily available
LOTC function is available

None that I've noted thus far

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon I LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on tailcap
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by an AR glass window
    BATTERY: 1xAA cell
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths (~12") at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon holster, wrist lanyard, O-ring, switch rubber
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating

Fenix L1P * www.fenixlight.com

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