Every opportunity to get much needed fresh air these days is not to be missed. And if you are frequently going outdoors, you need good gear. It starts with shoes, backpacks, water bottles, and the rest of the essentials. If your outdoor adventures extend into the low visibility of night, then a high quality torch is a must have. Given the level of uncertainty in the world at the closure of 2020, you might be eyeing putting together a bug out bag. Just to be ready in case of a, god forbid, natural disaster or any other disruption of regular life on top of the lockdowns.
Getting a good flashlight is staple of emergency preparedness regardless of whether you are just dealing with power outage or with something more substantial. And what better brand to opt for than Fenix Australia number one company that has years of remarkable reputation and excellent product range. Let’s take a look at some of their best models of torches and headlamps that you can buy in 2020.
Fenix HP30R 1750 Lumen Rechargeable Spot & Flood LED Headlamp
At 285g, this Fenix Australia wide popular headlamp outperforms your usual suspects in terms of the expected headlamp utility. It has two lights mode capabilities and a host of other impressive features. Its maximum output is remarkable 1750 lumens and this translates into beam throw of more than 200 meters under clear skies. Runs on 2 x 18650 or 4 x CR123A batteries and packs a runtime of 400 hours.
A distinctive feature of this particular model is the dual light mode. This is a spot mode and flood light mode which can even be used simultaneously, especially if you are after the top lumen output. Switching between modes is fairly straightforward and easy – it’s done with the help of two buttons on top of the lamp. When you are not interested in visual inspection of the far distant terrain, you can switch to an exclusive use of the floodlight at nearby and task oriented environments.
Both the spotlight and the floodlight modes are subdivided into four levels of brightness each: turbo (1000 and 750 respectively), high (400 for each), medium (130 each) and low (30 and 5 respectively). Additional strobe mode is also available and the batteries that power all this are designed to charge alternately and balance out inconsistencies of battery levels. The LED light is protected in aluminum case rated IP66 and shockproof (up to 1 meter).
Fenix WT50R Multi-Purpose 3700 Lumen Rechargeable LED Search Light
If you frequently go hunting, you want to have the ultimate illumination source in your hunting backpack – the Fenix WT50R. While it is hefty in terms of load (742g), when compared to other models in its category it is quite powerful. Maximum output in lumens is 3700 and its beam can reach a distance of more than 420 meters. No wonder why many consider it a searchlight. Plus, the independently controlled headlight and taillight (yes, there are two output LEDs) make it the ultimate multipurpose gadget for any low visibility scenario.
Its power source (Fenix ARB-L45-10400 battery) is rechargeable, however, the feature which stands out is the unique ergonomic handle fitted with a user friendly interface. The build is durable and you are highly likely to get reliable long term use out of it (the lifespan of Cree LEDs is 50000 hours). There is a lockout function to prevent accidental activation, battery level indicator, USB C charging and intelligent overheat protection for high temperatures.
Fenix SE10 Explosion-Proof Industrial LED Torch
Not all of us love hiking. Some work more and play less. While many commercially available gadgets (like multitools with more than ten functions), can be useful in small scale industrial settings, certain environments are simply too harsh for regular flashlights. Mining facilities and many other worksites at risk of explosion need slightly upgraded gear.
The Fenix SE10 is an explosive-proof flashlight which finds its way beyond strictly industrial plants. It weighs 164g and has maximum output of 100 lumens. It complies with international ATEX directives on fire proof equipment and is very reliable. The maximum run time of almost 13 hours on this explosion-proof torch is powered by three AA (1.5V) batteries. On top of that, it also features reverse polarity protection, a dedicated Allen wrench and a tactical tail switch.
Fenix CL26R Portable 400 Lumen Rechargeable Camping Lantern
We Aussies love spending extended periods of time camping in the bush. Probably the team of Fenix is aware of this, hence the production of this compact camping lantern. You can always take light sticks for camping, however, at the end of the day they are not proper lights. The Fenix CL26R is a lightweight portable multidirectional lantern with maximum output of 400 lumens. Not only is it far better than light sticks, but it also provides three colors of light (red, black and green).
The beam is spread at 360° and it reaches 25 meters of width. This is subject to adjustments, if you choose to gradually change the light settings – there are six output levels for white light and two for red. You can control them via switch control on the interface. The power comes from one 18650 or two CR123A batteries and the case is built to withstand temperature extremes (especially the cold) and holds an IP66 waterproof and shockproof rating. You get light source control, brightness control, output mode (full lantern, directional lantern, red mode) and rechargeable batteries.