[Review] Fenix E15 LED Flashlight (2016 Edition)

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[Review] Fenix E15 LED Flashlight (2016 Edition)

(I did this review in August of 2016 )

 

The last LED flashlight I bought was the Fenix P1D CE flashlight, 135 lumens. I bought it when they first came out and still have it.
I bought it after I did my last review here in 2007 for the Huntlight FT01 XR-E Cree flashlight, 113.8 lumens which I still have both of them in new condition.
I wanted to get a newer technology flashlight that I could carry on me in my pocket so I bought the Fenix E15 2016 Edition.
I also purchased the Fenix Rechargeable 16340 Li-ion 3.7V 700mAh Battery.

It the Fenix E15 comes with a key-chain and spare O-ring and a printed out user manual and warranty card.
You can also download the user manual like I did on the Fenix web site. It is in a PDF file. 

The E15 is a nice flashlight and it is even smaller than my P1D CE.
It is very bright, and in Turbo mode with the 16340 3.7V Li-ion rechargeable battery it is extremely bright! 

The Fenix E15 2016 Edition can be used with a standard CR123A 3.0V battery or a 16340 Li-ion rechargeable battery.
I have also run it with my RCR123A 3.0V 900mAh battery and it worked great, but you don't get the ultra bright Turbo Mode (450 Lumens) due to the 3.0 volts. It needs a 3.6v/3.7v battery to get the ultra high 450 Lumens.
I have also used a RCR123A 3.6v 900mAh battery and it works great, the Turbo Mode (450 Lumens) works also.

The E15 has a Low Voltage Warning when the battery voltage drops low. It will downshift to a lower brightness level and blink three times every five minutes to remind you to replace or recharge the battery.

The new version E15 is small and light (29 grams) for an everyday carry flashlight. It is just a keychain-sized flashlight that is extremely bright, especially with the 3.7v battery.
It is using the Cree Cree XP-G2 R5 White LED.
It has a twisty head switch. The default mode is low then goes to Mid, High, then Turbo Mode.
Repeatedly turn on/off the light to cycle through Low-Mid-High-Turbo.

The finish on it looks well done. It is made from premium type 3 hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.
The flashlight is made of aircraft-grade aluminum.
The threads are nice and smooth. The head and threads are made of solid brass or it has a brass coating.
The head has reverse polarity spacers which are for reverse polarity protection so you can't install the battery incorrectly and burn out the circuit. They look like two half moons located
on the head where the positive battery contact is for the battery.
The E15 also has over-heat protection and has digitally regulated output to maintain constant brightness. This is one feature I really like on my Fenix P1D CE.

The E15 can stand on a flat surface to act as a candle.
There is no rattle of the battery with this new version. All you need to do is back off the head a tiny bit when it is on and it will stay off, even if you push the head in.
I read the reviews on the first version of the E15 and the battery rattle and having to back out the head a large amount to keep it off were two big issues.
The new version also has a heavy spring in the bottom to keep the battery snug.


The only issue that I don't like with the E15 is that it has some green tint in the beam. I like my lights to be pure white like my Fenix P1D CE and Huntlight FT01 XR-E Cree.

 


Lumens and Runtimes with a CR123A 3.0V Battery

Low Mode = 8 Lumens – 72 hours runtime
Med Mode = 50 Lumens – 12 hours and 30 minutes runtime
High Mode = 110 Lumens – 5 hours and 5 minutes runtime
Turbo Mode = 270 Lumens – 1 hour 35 minutes runtime


Lumens and Runtimes with the Fenix Rechargeable 16340 Li-ion 3.7V 700mAh Battery

Low Mode = 8 Lumens – 40 hours runtime
Med Mode = 50 Lumens – 9 hours 25 minutes runtime
High Mode = 110 Lumens – 3 hours 15 minutes runtime
Turbo Mode = 450 Lumens – 5 minutes then it will then drop down to 270 lumens and operate for about 50 more minutes


Specs:

Cree Cree XP-G2 R5 White LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
Maximum Beam Distance: 433 feet
Digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness
Four brightness levels
Intelligent drive circuit for better battery performance
Low voltage reminder indicates when battery replacement is needed
Over-heat protection to avoid high temperature of the surface
Twist head to turn ON/OFF the light and select output mode
Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation
Reliable twisty head switch
Better one-handed experience
Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
Uses high efficient lens with total reflective coating
Length: 2.6 inches (64.8mm)
Body Diameter: 0.7 inches (19m)
Weight: 1 oz. (23-gram) (excluding battery)

 

 
















































 

 

 

Beam Shot Pictures - CR123A 3.0V Battery

 

 

Low Setting

 

Medium Setting

 

High Setting

 

Turbo Setting

 

Turbo Setting using the Fenix 16340 Li-ion 3.7V 700mAh battery

 

 

 

 

Some batteries that I used with the E15

Tenergy RCR123A 3.0V 900mAh 

The Battery Station RCR123A 3.6V 900mAh 

Fenix 16340 Li-ion 3.7V 700mAh

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 




 

 

 

 

 

Edited by: TJZ on 11/30/2018 - 18:10