Fenix P1D CE, retail $69.95 (www.advancedmart.com...)
Manufactured by Fenix (www.fenixlight.com)
Last updated 06-07-12

The Fenix P1D CE is a single CR123A cell flashlight that has a white Cree high-powered LED at the bottom of an almost-smooth reflector.

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 P1D CE is turned on and off by turning the bezel (head) clockwise and counterclockwise; it also has two additional intensity levels, strobe, and SOS functions available from the same switch (turning the bezel).


Feed your P1D CE first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red - or in this case, white.

Turn the bezel (head) clockwise to turn the P1D CE on at medium intensity, and turn it counterclockwise to turn it off.
If you turn the flashlight off and back on while it is in medium mode, it switches to high mode. Doing the same thing switches it to low mode. Doing the same thing again turns it on in strobe mode. Doing the same thing again turns it on in SOS mode.

Lather, rinse, repeat. In other words, turning the flashlight off & back on switches it to medium intensity mode.

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 1.0" 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 bezel, 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 strike at it...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the old used-up CR123A cell out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.
Do not flush it down a toilet, and for heaven sakes, please, please, PLEASE do not throw it into a trout-filled stream.

Slide a new CR123A cell in the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the flat-end (-) negative goes in first. Finally, screw the bezel firmly back on, then back it off slightly when your Fenix springs to life.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel 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.

Unable to measure current usage due to how the P1D CE was constructed.

Photograph of the front of the P1D CE, showing the LED and reflector.

The flashlight appears to be reasonably sturdy. Ordinary flashlight accidents should not be enough to do it in. I smacked this flashlight against the concrete floor of a patio ten times (five against the side of the bezel, and five on the side of the tailcap) and was not able to damage the flashlight in any manner, other than causing some rather minor gouging to the bare Metalguardramon - er - the bare Metalandromon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalwormmon...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 tailcap and bezel where it was struck. No optical, mechanical, 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 P1D CE is waterproof and submersible. When I removed the bezel, relieved the flashlight of its battery, and performed that dreadful suction test on the barrel, no air 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 bezel that engages when the bezel is screwed onto the barrel, so I don't think the P1D CE will leak 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 lobster claw clip is attached, because the hole for it is not on the bottom of the tailcap, but on the side.

The tint of the light emitted is a pure, slightly cool white, with no 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.

From a representative of Fenix, comes the following:
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.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,678,000mcd (high), 968,000mcd (medium), and 216,000mcd (low) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight (maximum intensity); newest spectrometer software settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight (maximum intensity); spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 470nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 457.144nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight (minimum intensity); newest spectrometer software settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight (minimum intensity); spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 430nm and 470nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 457.138nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

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

Beam photograph on a wall at ~15'.
Those rectangular graphic things near the top are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''

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

And that red star thing on the marquees is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the strobing & SOS modes.
This clip is approximately 4.1 megabytes (4,357,078 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

That music you might hear playing is from the Cheyens demo "Pieces of Light" on the C=64 computer from the early-1990s.

The strobe mode is ***MUCH*** more uniform than is shown in this clip.

Test unit was sent by J.W. of Advancedmart.com and arrived here on 01-08-07.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Insanely bright for such a little guy
Multiple operating modes, all easily achieved by twisting the bezel
Hard anodized finish will stay newer looking for longer

None that I have yet to find

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Cree LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/mode change/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED & reflector protected by an AR glass window
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths (~12") at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon holster, O-ring, lobster claw clasp
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating

Fenix P1D CE * www.fenixlight.com

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