Fenix ​​TK25 R&B and Fenix ​​ARB-L18 18650 USB

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Fenix ​​TK25 R&B and Fenix ​​ARB-L18 18650 USB

My name is Eryk. I am writing reviews in Polish.
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As part of the Fenix advertising campaign, I received the Fenix TK25 R & B flashlight – http://www.fenixlight.com/ProductMore.aspx?id=2245&tid=8&cid=1
PDF: http://www.fenixlight.com.cn/download/Fenix_TK25RB_Multilingual_User_Man...

This is the packaging of the Fenix TK25 R & B flashlight

In the package we will find:
- flashlight
lanyard for wrist
- Oringa backup
- holster
- clip (already set)

User manual available in several languages, unfortunately at least in Chinese distribution was not delivered in Polish

Warranty card (same situation)

And a little flyer for Fenix

Cabinet supplied by the manufacturer. Performance is high

Kolba.pl shop for tests provided a link Fenix ARB-L18-3500U 18650 with a built-in system for direct charging of the link when we plug in the charger

The cell is charged with a current of approx. 0.76A, and ends when the voltage reaches 4.17V

The red LED indicates the charging process, but when the process is completed, the blue LED lights up.

Now I am going to the right product. Fenix in all its splendor is elegantly presented, and in my opinion quite minimalist. There are no protruding elements here, etc. The anodization (ie the black coating) seems to be of good quality, but despite wearing a flashlight in my backpack, I was able to catch some minor scratches.

On the swivel head there were, among others, information about the manufacturer and the model of the flashlight

Fenix equipped his flashlight with 4 LEDs. Two LEDs are cold white LEDs XP-G2, the next two are blue and red respectively. Fast has AR coating, SMO spotlight, no visible crumbs etc. under the speed.
At the moment when the head is turned to the “W” position we have at our disposal two white white diodes.

Conversely, when the symbols on the head indicate the position on the letter “C”, then we can use the red or blue diode

Both the center tube and the cap are covered with a delicate and pleasant to the touch of the knitting, the clip can easily be tilted with a finger, puts the right resistance

The cap has two buttons. The larger one is used to turn the flashlight on / off, while the smaller ones change the modes. Here we discover another drawback, due to the construction of the cap, the flashlight can not be placed in the candle position

A thread without any coating, thick, decent, well lubricated (although my copy could have a bit more grease), I would more often like to see such care of the manufacturers of this important element

Cap with a thick, double, gold-plated spring – very good

Well, the flashlight is not equipped with a USB port, which could be a problem in the future, Fenix has the solution – a link with the ability to recharge. I have not risked turning the flashlight under the water, but I believe that even under the water using a selected LED layout, this solution will definitely provide a better degree of protection against possible leaks associated with the USB port. In short, something that is not, can not spoil

The center tube is fixed, so I will not show you a picture of the controller, which I could not do because it is built. On the driver side we will find a classic spring, which means that all 18650 cells will be in this lantern.
By accepting a large (round button) for “X” and smaller with arrow “Y” I will discuss flashlight control:
The head designation is set to “W” for the dot.
- press the X button, the torch switches on in the last mode (last mode mode)
- with Y (single click) we change modes in order
a) Low – 15lm
b) Med – 100lm
c) High – 300lm
d) Turbo – 1000lm
- With the flashlight on, hold down the Y button, activate the strobe mode, one click, and return to Low – Turbo mode.
- On the off lantern press the Y button, activates the immediate Strobe (something like the Nextorch TA5 tested, but here the driver is definitely more pleasant to the user).

Turn the head to set the “C” on the head:
- turn on the flashlight with the X button
- flashlight always starts in Red HIGH mode, unfortunately we do not have the last mode memory here, which is a bit strange
- modes in this setting also change with the Y button, they work in the loop:
a) Red High – 150lm
b) Red Low – 25lm
c) Blue – 60lm
- On the off lantern press the Y button, activates the Red High
So in the “C” setting we do not have the Red / Blue mode in the Strobe / Police setting.

The driver in my estimation is simple, without unnecessary loop modes, it may lack the ability to change the Y button on the off Strobe / Turbo.
In addition, looking at the graph of the discharge of the link, we have 100-70% of “power” for the first hour.

The weight of a flashlight without a link is 155 grams

The little boy on the background of Nextorch larger TA5 and Nitecore MH27UV

And here it is not so small when next to lie left MecArmy MOT10, right to Nitecore MH27UV (larger) and Acebeam EC35

To the left of the Nitecore MH27UV, to the right of the Fenix, you can see a decisive Nitecore advantage in terms of focus.

Field shooting, camera setting ISO-200, f / 2, 2s
Fenix TK25 R & B

MecArmy MOT10

Nitecore EC4

Nitecore MH27UV

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A few words to summarize:
The Fenix TK25 R & B is my first flashlight. I notice several advantages and disadvantages in it.
With the advantages of a pleasant easy to use simple driver that continuously uses Turbo mode. I like the classics (here I should mention that I mean the shapes, I think the electronics are just good and the rest is to please), so the tested Fenix fit in my style for good reason, for a long time I use Also from the simple Nitecore EC4 or the Convoy-Securitying 700 torch. Plus, it’s also possible to use any 18650 cell, and the possibility to buy a cell with a built-in charging port (although I personally do not see any sense of such solutions, prefer to have a classic charger on. There is only the possibility of charging when we are away from home, but remember that this is my opinion, for people who are not interested in the subject, and looking for simple to use products, this type of link is quite an interesting solution.
On the other hand, in terms of defects, the flashlight costs 420zł in Poland, so it is not the cheapest. My only concerns are the use of XP-G2 when we have more powerful XP-G3 or XP-L Hi to improve the range of the flashlight. And so already as standard for a large part of branded products, there is no version with a warm / neutral light, although I meet many people who think that they prefer cold color than even neutral, it is strange to me.
In summary, a cool, simple flashlight with a very classic look, simple and clear driver, has some disadvantages like any product. At the moment I write this text, I came up with a comparison to the definitely cheaper MecArmy MOT10, and already when we take the Fenix torch, feel the advantage of quality and experience, but I seem to be better acquainted with the requirements of customers and the market.

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