Fenix L2D CE Flashlight, retail $55.50 (http://fenix-store.com...)
Manufactured by Fenix (www.fenixlight.com)
Last updated 05-12-07

The Fenix L2D CE is a small flashlight that has several intensity settings plus the SOS signal available with a single pushbutton on the tailcap and a bezel (head) that turns to set these modes.

It uses a Cree XLamp 7090 XR-E white LED, and is powered by a pair of AA cells held in its all-aluminum body.

The bezel (head) is from the Fenix L1D flashlight, so the beam photographs plus spectrographic & beam cross-sectional analyses are identical to those on the L1D web page on this website.


Press the rubberised tailcap switch until it clicks and then release it to turn the L2D on in high mode ("turbo mode").
Repeat to turn the L2D off.

If you turn the flashlight off and immediately back on, it will strobe with a frequency of approximately 7Hz (7 flashes per second).

If you want to start the L2D in low mode, unscrew the bezel (head) approximately 1/8th of a turn before pressing the button. The unit then turns on by emitting a very brief flash at maximum intensity, then switching to minimum; it then operates at minimum intensity mode from that point on.

When it's in minimum intensity mode, briefly turning the L2D off and quickly back on allows you to access two additional intensities and the SOS mode.

To quickly put the L2D in maximum intensity mode ("turbo mode") regardless of which mode you have it in (except fast strobe mode), just tighten the bezel (head) while keeping the light on.

If the unit is turned off for more than ~2 seconds, the modes will reset to default - turbo mode with the bezel tightened, and minimum intensity mode if the bezel is loosened.

This light is equipped with a LOTC (Lock Out TailCap). This ensures the L2D does not inadvertently activate when stored or packed in a box, suitcase, duffel bag, etc. for travel.
To activate the LOTC function, just loosen the tailcap approximately 1/2 of a turn.
To return the L2D to normal operating mode, just tighten the tailcap 1/2 of a turn or until it stops.

The flashlight comes with a nylon pouch/belt holster. The flashlight fits this holster bezel-up or bezel-down. 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 batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap, gently place it on the ground, and kick it in the garden so the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the old used-up AA cells out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit. Do not run them through the garbage disposal, do not throw them into a trout-filled stream, and for Pete sakes, please do not dispose of them by flushing.

Slide two new AA cells in the flashlight barrel, orienting them so their button-ends (+) positives go in first. Finally, screw the tailcap firmly back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that tailcap into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Current usage ranges from 108.3mA on low to 1,142mA (1.142 amps) on turbo.

Photograph of the front end of this flashlight.

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 concrete floor of a patio; 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 rather minor gouging to the bare Metalapalmon - er - the bare Metalraidramon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalrenamon...ummm that's not it either...the bare Metalcalmarimon...er...uh wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!) on the sides of the bezel & tailcap 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 L2D is waterproof and submersible. When I removed the tailcap, relieved the flashlight of its batteries, and performed that dreadful suction test on the barrel, no air leakage was detected. I also removed the bezel (head) and performed the same test; clicking the tailcap switch several times while administering suction, and again, no leakage was detected. So if it falls into water, just shake it off and keep going. And if it falls next to the mailbox and the dog pisses on it, just douche it off with the garden hose or under the faucet - good as new.

There is an O-ring on the barrel that engages when the tailcap is screwed onto the barrel, and another O-ring on the barrel that engages when the bezel (head) is screwed on, so I don't think the L2D will leak from either of those locations.

Some battery rattle can be detected when the unit is fairly vigorously shaken.
This rattle is not by any means obnoxious, but it is there.

The flashlight can be stood up on its tail on a dresser, counter, table, or other flat surface and beam onto the ceiling, acting like an electronic candle, even if the wrist lanyard is attached, because the holes for it are not on the bottom of the tailcap, but on the side.

The Fenix L2D has a glass window (or "lens" if you prefer) that is AR (antireflective) coated.

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

In my opinion, the SOS mode operates ***MUCH MORE SLOWLY*** than might be desired.
But in my opinion, so few users will actually *USE* the SOS mode that I will not derate the product because of this.

The dimming functions do not use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), as no flickering is evident when the unit is waved about rapidly.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
That "rotten squid urine green" color you see in the photograph does not exist in reality.
A slightly more accurate rendition (though without the greenish corona around the hotspot) is shown in the photograph directly below.
Measures 135,400mcd (low) to 905,000mcd (high) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.

Those rectangular graphic things near the center are marquees from:
Nintendo ''R-Type''
Super Tiger...er...uh...Konami ''Super Cobra''
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

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

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was sent by D.C. of www.fenix-store.com on 05-05-07, and it arrived on the afternoon of 05-11-07.

You can also buy the Fenix L2D flashlight in Canada from http://www.fenixtactical.com; same-day shipping is free whether you live in Canada or the United States.

This look an awful lot like the web page for the Fenix L1D flashlight?
Thought you'd say so...I used it as a template for this one.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Cree 7090 X RE LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Press tailcap on/mode change/off; twist bezel mode change
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by AR-coated glass window
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 108.3mA to 1,142mA
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths (~12") at minimum
    SIZE: 14.7cm (L) x 2.1cm (D)
    WEIGHT: 56g empty
    ACCESSORIES: 2 spare O-rings, belt holster, wrist lanyard, spare switch rubber
    WARRANTY: Limited lifetime


    Star Rating

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