The Best Flashlights of 2019
This year alone, Fenix has released at least a dozen new flashlights, lanterns, and headlamps combined. This is not counting the new cerakote finish models that have also been released. One of the most significant changes in this year's release is the different LED's being used on some models like the Fenix PD36R and TK22 V2.0. For a long time, all Fenix Flashlights used Cree LEDs. Now a few models use Luminus LEDs. Another notable change was the introduction of a new battery, the Fenix 21700 model. This new battery offers more power and longer run time on flashlights that now have 1600 lumens and are handheld. For many years the highest standard for an everyday carry flashlight was 1000 lumens with the ability to use either CR123's or a rechargeable 18650 battery. The Fenix 21700 has changed the game allowing torches to reach higher outputs and longer runtimes. Let discuss some fo the new flashlights and products Fenix has released this year.
If you were to ask anyone last year what their favorite flashlight from Fenix is they would probably say the Fenix PD35 or UC35. Times have changed, and there is a new king on the playground. Since it's release, the Fenix PD36R has become the best selling flashlight from Fenix. The 1600 Lumen torch works for a wide variety of applications including tactical and everyday carry. The PD36R is equipped with a Luminus SST40, something a little different from the usual Cree LED. Another significant change is the 21700 battery that is included with a max of 5000 mAh allowing the PD36R to reach a runtime of 2 hours on the turbo setting. Last but not least is the upgraded USB Type C port that allows for fast charging, something a regular micro USB port could not achieve. All in all, the Fenix PD36R is probably the best flashlight of 2019. It stands out in a world of 1000 lumen flashlights.
When you think tactical flashlight, the first thing to come to mind is the PD35 TAC, TK20R, or TK16 Fenix Flashlights. For many years these flashlights have set the standard on what tactical lights should look like and what features it should include, some more necessary than others. However, there is always room for improvement, and it comes in the form of the Fenix TK22 V2.0. This all-new tactical flashlight boasts a total of 1600 Lumens using the same LED of the Fenix PD36R, the Luminus SST40. If the TK22 uses the same LED, what makes it so different from the PD36R? One significant difference is the A6061-T6 Aluminum body. This upgraded body make the flashlight more rugged and durable. In size alone, the Fenix TK22 V2.0 is 5.9 inches, and the head diameter is 1.5 inches, making a bit longer and bulkier than the PD36R. Another difference is the ability to use either a 21700 battery or a 18650 battery with the included battery compartment adapter. The only con that the TK22 has is that it is not rechargeable, but it makes up for it with its tactical body and features.
If you had to describe your perfect EDC flashlight, you would probably end up defining the Fenix LD30. What makes this new release so much better than other EDC flashlights like the PD35? The first thing to consider when purchasing an EDC flashlight is the size. The second is the total max lumens. The third is the User Interface(UI) and functionality. The Fenix LD30 does NOT disappoint with any of the above mentioned. Let's consider the size, measuring only 4.2 inches in length, which is smaller than PD35. The two-way pocket clip allows you to carry the LD30 effortlessly; you won't even notice that it's in your pocket. Packed into this small size is a total of 1600 lumens, once again brighter than the PD35 and powered by a single 18650 battery. Finally, let's discuss the UI. Elegant and straightforward, the side switch includes a battery level indicator. The rear switch activates the flashlight, and the side switch allows you to increase and decrease the lumen outputs. The LD30 is not rechargeable, but it does include a 18650 battery with a micro USB port for effortless charging.
These are just three of the excellent and amazing flashlights Fenix has released this year. Other models include the BC21R which was upgraded to the V2.0, now with 1000 lumens of output and powered with a 18650 battery. Fenix also released a new flashlight for preppers, the Fenix LD42, with 1000 lumens of output all powered by 4 AA batteries. Let us not forget the new king of headlamps that was released in August, the Fenix HM65R. This incredible headlamp uses a single 18650 and has a max output of 1400 lumens. Without a doubt, you will soon want to own some of these excellent Fenix Products!