Review: Fenix CL25R (Lantern, 1x18650, NW, Rechargeable)

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Review: Fenix CL25R (Lantern, 1x18650, NW, Rechargeable)

I received the Fenix CL25R from FastTech.com for the review
Here is the purchase link

The CL25R is a 18650 powered lantern from Fenix with NW tint.
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The light comes in this box, with an included Fenix 18650 2300mAh battery.


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The CL25R has the typical cylindrical look of many lanterns.

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The CL25R measures 10×5.2 cm, and weights 130 grams without the battery.
As you can see in the pic below, it’s quite a compact lantern.

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On the top of the light there is a metal D-ring for attaching the light to ropes and carabiners, a micro USB port for charging the cell (covered by a rubber cover), and the switch with a GITD rubber cover. The light can work while being charged, but only at low and mid mode.

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The vertical surface is plastic with a frosted look.

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The bottom of the lantern hosts the tailcap of the lantern, which has a tripod screw thread


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Inside the tailcap there is a magnet that allows to attach the CL25R to metallic surfaces


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At an outer look, the NW LEDs seems well distributed around the vertical surface, while the red ones are in the central part.


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UI
http://www.fenixtactical.com/manuals/fenix-cl25r-1-manual.pdf
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Beamshots
To be published. I have little time and making beamshot of a Lantern is a nightmare.
The tint is a pleasant, not too cool NW.
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Output and runtime
Both tested with the provided Fenix 18650 2300mAh battery.


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My thoughts
The CL25R is well made and finished.
The CL25R is able to produce a soft, well distributed and NW beam for illuminating small rooms or settings. The output is on the low side, promoting the runtimes of the lantern which I supposed is marketed for hikers/backpackers/camping guys.
I like the additional attaching capabilities, behind the usual standing / D-ring ones, as well as the convenient UI and the small size (it can fit in the pocket of a jacket).
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I wish the CL25R had more output, more red levels.
Remember that there are commercially available 3500mAh 18650 cells, which should give you around 35% more runtime than the one I got in my runtime tests using the 2300mAh provided cell.
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Thanks to : AntoLed for the camera help and the luxmeter.

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Edited by: Budda on 10/08/2017 - 17:32
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Love mine. Keep it in the bedroom on the nightstand.