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Fenix E 11

I bought a Fenix E 11 for my wife several years ago, and she didn’t ask me to change the battery til just now. It was swollen and corroded. I got it out, but, doing so, the tailcap switch got disassembled. It is in about a half-dozen tiny little pieces, and I can’t figure out what goes where. Are there any schematics available that show how to get the thing together again, or should I give up, and buy an E 12 for me., and give her my old one?
Does anyone have any discount codes for Fenix lights?
Thanx!

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Don’t give up on that E11 yet! Is it the ‘original’ E11 or the ‘new’ style that looks like the E12?

My oldest E11 is from 2012 and still works great! I bought several for friends and family after I got mine.

I looked around for a teardown of the switch but couldn’t find one.

Let me know which one you have and I’ll disassemble my tailcap to help you get yours back together. Party

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Mine looks like the E12.

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Here’s the newer E11 tailcap teardown.

Note that both black springs are slightly tapered. The narrow ends are both pointing left in the photo.


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I tore down the old style E11 tailcap too.

The brass T-shaped piece mounts on the top posts with its silver contact touching the brass bump.



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Goshdogit; SmileStar
Thank you very much…the E 11 is back together, and working well! My switch looks a lot like the older style,and once I figured out where those 4 little posts were supposed to go, (It’s really hard to see the little tiny holes in those black plastic pieces!) I was able to get it to fit! Large, hammy fingers don’t make for an easy reassembly Flat Stare
Once again, a THOUSAND thanks! Thumbs Up

BTW; I emailed Fenix about repair, and they told me the light was discontinued, And I expected the “So Sorry, but no longer serviced” reply. But, they are sending me another light as a replacement! WoW! Thank you Fenix! Smile

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Impressive thread, glad it got fixed.

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Dam goshdogit, that’s some kick ass photos and teardown info. I’d say that’ll make a super-fix-it-upper for E11/E12 switch issues. Thumbs Up

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That’s great news! You’re very welcome. Thumbs Up

If your wife’s flashlight gets used infrequently, you might consider using a lithium AA battery. They’re more expensive than alkalines but they hold their charge for a long time and will not leak.

Eneloop NiMH batteries are also a good choice if you’d like to use rechargeables.

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^ what Goshdogit said. Great investment especially for people that leave the battery in their lights and go on with their busy life. No leak.

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I have a potful of Eneloops that I use in my photo equipment. I will replace the alkalines with one of those. I’ve never tried the Lithiums due to the co$t, but the long charge life might be a definite advantage. You, Sir have some great photo skills!

Thanx!

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I use Eneloops in my lights and really like them.

When I gift someone a flashlight, I include pack of lithium AAs or AAAs.

I give strict instructions that they’re only for the flashlight, not the TV remote or the kids’ toys! Big Smile

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For a light that is not used much I install either a lithium or a rechargeable battery. I admit tha for gifts I only install alky batteries.
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Nice tear downs… But gosh those are some complex tail switches.

I go lithium AA/AAA for gift lights that I’ll never ever see or see the gift recipient again for a while. For family, I’ll include an Eneloop.

I found my once forgotten (or thought I lost it) Eagletac D25A Ti (single AA) after 2 years and the Eneloop (Costco bought from 2009) still had juice. If it was a alkaline it mostly would have leaked and ruined the internal.

Anyway, glad things worked out.

I’ve got a thrower, a flooder, and an EDC too. Still looking for a bigger thrower, flooder, and a new EDC, give or take a few. I’m a flashaholic.

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Very nice gesture to help and awesome pictures. It agreed that’s a butt load of parts for the clicky! No wonder twisties are considered much more reliable.