Fenix L1T, retail $44.95
(www.eliteled.com... or or www.tadgear.com...)
Manufactured by Fenix (www.fenixlight.com)
Last updated 03-16-07

The Fenix L1T is a single AA cell flashlight that has a white Luxeon III 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 L1T is turned on and off using a rubberised button on its tailcap. It is a two-stage light (high and low); these can be easily selected by turning the bezel.


Feed your L1T 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 L1T on, and do the same thing again to turn it off.
Things just don't get much easier than this...well, not flashlights anyway.

This flashlight has two stages - high and low. To access them, just turn the bezel (head) clockwise a bit for high mode, and turn it counterclockwise a bit for low mode.

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 L1T this way.

A LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) is available; just unscrew the tailcap 1/8th to 1/4th of a turn, and the L1T 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. 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 in the crapper, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and try to flush it down the toilet...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 attempt to flush away that tailcap now?

Current usage measures 230mA (low) and 844mA (high) on my DMM's 4A scale.

Photograph of the front of the L1T, 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.

(Update 07-23-06)
I ran over it with the rear drive wheels of a 450lb (with me in it) electric wheelchair on a concrete surface, and it wasn't phased by 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 L1T 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 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 are O-rings on the barrel that engage when the tailcap or bezel are screwed on, so I don't think the L1T 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.

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.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 182,000mcd (low) and 484,000mcd (high).
Both measurements were taken 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.

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

Test unit was sent by G.L. of eliteled.com on 05-08-06, and it arrived here on 05-27-06.

UPDATE: 06-30-06
A second sample was sent by Patrick of www.tadgear.com and was received on 06-30-06.

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 Luxeon III 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
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 230mA and 844mA
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths (~12") at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon holster, wrist lanyard, O-ring, switch rubber
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


    Star Rating

Fenix L1T * www.fenixlight.com

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