Fenix E1, retail $23.50 (www.lighthound.com...)
Manufactured by Fenix (www.fenixlight.com)
Last updated 03-15-07

The Fenix E1 is a single AAA cell flashlight that has a white Nichia Rigel 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.


Feed your E1 first (see directly below), and then you can go paint the town red - or in this case, white.

Getting light is as easy as turning the head clockwise (as if tightening it) until it lights up; turn it the other way to plunge yourself back in darkness.

To change the battery, unscrew and remove the bezel, throw it in the crapper, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and try to flush it down the toilet...O WAIT!!! THAT'S THE GOOD PART!!! So just set it aside instead.

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

Slide a new AAA cell in the flashlight barrel, orienting it so the button-end (+) positive faces up. Finally, screw the bezel back on; and unscrew it slightly when your E1 springs to life.
Aren't you glad you didn't attempt to flush away that bezel now?

Unable to measure current consumption due to how the E1 was constructed.

Photograph of the front of the E1, 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 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 one *VERY SMALL* gouge on the side of the tailcap where it was struck. This gouge is pinprick-sized; you almost need a magnifier to even see it. 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 E1 is waterproof and submersible. When I removed the barrel, relieved the flashlight of its battery, and performed that dreadful suction test on the bezel, no air leakage was detected. I also tested the tailcap by unscrewing the bezel and suctioning the barrel, 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 is an O-ring on the barrel that engages when the bezel is screwed on, so I don't think the E1 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.

No battery rattle is evident even when the Fenix E1 is turned off & shaken quite vigorously; this is apparently accomplished by a spring at the bottom of the barrel.

The tint of the light emitted is a pure, slightly cool white with a noticeably bluish hotspot.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 100,100mcd 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.

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

Test unit was sent by J.C. of www.lighthound.com on 07-16-06, and it arrived here on 07-21-06.

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.



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


    Star Rating

Fenix E1 * www.fenixlight.com

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