Fenix P1, retail $44.95 (www.eliteled.com...)
Manufactured by Fenix (www.fenixlight.com)
Last updated 10-07-06

The Fenix P1 is a single CR123A 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 P1 is turned on and off by turning the bezel (head) clockwise and counterclockwise.


Feed your P1 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 P1 on, and turn it counterclockwise to turn it off.
Things just don't get much easier than this...well, not flashlights anyway.

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 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.

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.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Unable to measure current usage due to how the P1 was constructed.

Photograph of the front of the P1, 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 (eleven whacks against the concrete floor of a patio; five whacks against the side of the tailcap and six whacks against the side of the bezel), and found the expected damage. There is one *VERY SMALL* gouge on the side of the tailcap and another even smaller one on the side of the bezel where it was struck. These gouges are pinprick-sized; you almost need a magnifier to even see them. 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 P1 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 P1 will leak there.

There is a foam washer at the bottom of the barrel designed to prevent battery rattle; the flashlight must be shaken rather vigorously when it is turned off to detect any battery rattle at all. No battery rattle can be detected whatsoever when the flashlight is turned on, regardless of how vigorously the unit is shaken.

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 holes for it are not on the bottom of the tailcap, but on the sides.

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

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 737,000mcd 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'.
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.

Test unit was sent by G.L. of eliteled.com and arrived here on 06-23-06.

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.

Tough & durable housing
Bright little {vulgar term for feces} for its size
Waterproof - even submersible to shallow depths

Uses battery that could be expensive or difficult to locate in an emergency

    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III 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: 1xCR123A cell
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths (~12") at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Nylon holster, O-ring, lobster claw clasp
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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