On the advice of Brillianter, I thought I’d give another flashlight a try. Â I had been known to carry around a Surefire 6P. Â The 6P was certainly bright enough, but too bulky to be carried anywhere other than on the belt. Â 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). Â 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. Â 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. Â It’s a very nice light. Â 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. Â Let’s go over the pros:
- Small enough to fit in a pocket. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â Like my Leatherman, it comes in handy quite often.