On the advice of Brillianter, I thought I’d give another flashlight a try. I had been known to carry around a Surefire 6P. The 6P was certainly bright enough, but too bulky to be carried anywhere other than on the belt. Not too long ago the bulb on my 6P blew out, and I wasn’t all that motivated to get another one (especially considering the bulb costs almost as much as a new flashlight). Here are some problems I had with the 6P:
- Too big to be carried in a pocket.
- Takes lithium batteries that are expensive, and tougher to find.
- Prone to switching on, which if it happens in a case will melt plastic or nylon, and possibly burn you. For mine, by the time I thought to myself “What’s the burning smell?,” there was already a large hole burnt in the top of the nylon.
- Battery life is measured in minutes, but the unit can’t be operated for more than ten minutes anyway before the bulb gets too hot.
So when I saw Brillianter’s post on flashlights, I thought I’d order one and give the Fenix LD10 a try. It’s a very nice light. It puts out a lot of light for a single AA battery, as much as the 6P really, and has a much higher run time off that battery than a 6P gets off its battery. Let’s go over the pros:
- Small enough to fit in a pocket. In fact, it can be carried comfortably in a pocket riding along side a pocket holster, without interfering with the draw of a pistol or the light.
- Light output is very good.
- The LED light allows for a strobing “dazzle” feature.
- Takes a single AA battery
- Run time is considerably longer than Xenon lamp bulbs
- Still prone to switching itself on, but the LED puts out little heat, and doesn’t drain the battery as quickly. You can prevent the unit from switching on by loosening the cap, but then you need two hands to make it operate.
- The output adjustment by twisting the bezel is a little awkward.
- Nylon belt holster it comes with is so tight, and makes drawing so hard, as to be useless. But pocket carry is a better option with this light anyway.
- Could really use a pocket clip to help facilitate pocket carry.
I’m happy to have tried this, since I find having a flashlight on me to be quite handy, and while I never really missed keeping a 6P on my belt, I did miss the convenience of having a flashlight that I could easily carry around. Like my Leatherman, it comes in handy quite often.
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