Best Focus Beam Flashlights
Hello, thank you for joining us at Fenix-store.com. Today, we're going to talk about the Fenix Flashlight Focus Series or FD Series of flashlights. Everyone that sees our Fenix flashlights always asks, "Do you have a focus light?" And for years we were not able to accommodate them. However, in the past year, Fenix has finally released some very, very high quality Focus Beam flashlights.
There's been lots of lights on the market that have focus capabilities, but for the most part these are all lower in quality and certainly not up to the standard of the Fenix flashlight: high quality, durable, LED lights. The first lights that we had released were the FD41 and the FD30. The FD41 had 900 lumens, it was two CR123 batteries or one 18650.
The reflector on the FD41 is similar to the other Fenix flashlight reflectors. But the lens is actually an optical lens with a reflective coating. It has a slight bulge so when the light is zoomed in or out it goes from spot to flood beams. Now with this bulging lens, you get a little bit of loss of maximum lumen output. Nevertheless, on the FD41, it has a max output of 900 lumens, and an hour and forty run time ... one hour and forty minute run time. The beam throw on the spotlight version is 1115 feet, and on the floodlight it is 154 feet. On the high mode, as a 350 lumen max output, for three hours and 50 minutes, the spotlight has a 715-foot throw, and the floodlight 98 feet. On the medium setting, it has 150 lumen max output, for ten hours and 15 minutes. The spotlight throws 463 feet, and the floodlight 66 feet. And on the lowest setting, a whopping 150 hours of run time, spotlight throws 121 feet, and the floodlight throws 20 feet. It also has a strobe at 900 lumens.
Then Fenix released the FD30 Focus Beam Flashlight, which was a substantial upgrade in my opinion. It has a patented technology of independently dual reflectors. This is a dual-reflector optical system, and rotating the focusing ring 360 degrees moves the head and the reflector forward and backwards from the LED. That changes from focus to spotlight and floodlight. As you twist the head, it changes the focus point of the light and makes it a spotlight or a floodlight without any loss of lumen output. This is a huge advancement over many of the other Focus Beam flashlights on the market that we'll talk about later.
The FD30 has 900 lumen max output, and there the specs are below. 900 lumens for two hours, a spot beam throw of 656 feet, a flood beam throw of 219 feet. On medium, 150 lumen max output for 11 hours; the spotlight has a throw of 252 feet, floodlight 92 feet. On low, 50 lumen max output for 40 hours and 30 minutes. The spotlight has a beam throw of 144 feet, and the floodlight 52 feet. On the lowest mode, the Eco setting, 8 lumens max output for 170 hours. Spotlight 55-foot throw, and floodlight 26 feet of throw. It also has the strobe at 900 lumens. Now, the FD30 has the dual-switch that many Fenix flashlights have, the tail switch turning the light on and off. It's a tactical tail switch with momentary on, and then it has a side switch that cycles through the six different modes. It also has an intelligent memory circuit; that means whatever mode you turn off the light in, it will come back on in that mode. This FD30 LED flashlight has a beam angle 76 degrees in the floodlight mode and 7 degrees in the spotlight mode.
Recently, we're most excited about the release of the Fenix FD20 Flashlight. This is a double A version very similar to the FD30, but it runs off of two readily-available double A batteries. You can find those anywhere. This is a great option for somebody that doesn't want to get into the higher-end, higher-capacity batteries such as CR123s or 18650 lithium batteries. The FD20 has a 350 lumen max output, and at that it will run for 36 minutes using an alkaline battery, or if you choose to upgrade and use a NiMH battery, you'll have a two-hour run time. That's pretty substantial for a double A light.
This Fenix FD20 has four modes. On Turbo, as we mentioned previously, 350 lumens max output. The spotlight has a throw of 377 feet, and in flood mode, 157 feet of throw. The High output level of the Fenix FD20 LED flashlight is 100 lumens. It will run for four hours with an alkaline battery and about seven-and-a-half hours with NiMH battery. On medium, we have a max output of 50 lumens with an alkaline battery. That's a 12-hour run time. With the NiMH battery, 16 hours and 40 minutes. On the lowest setting, eight lumens, 55 hours of runtime using an alkaline battery and 80 hours of runtime using an NiMH battery.
Again, this new Fenix FD20 LED flashlight features Fenix's exclusive dual reflector optical system. This moves the reflector up and down, depending on how the 360 degree rotary focusing ring is turned. The flashlight is able to access the spot and the flood mode with an easy turn of the rotary beam. As with all Fenix flashlights, it's premium Type III hard anodized aircraft grade aluminum. The Fenix FD20 actually has one tail switch instead of the dual switch. The tail switch is used to power it on and off and also cycle through the modes. We're very excited about this light.
There're lot of focus lights on the market, and some of those that you may be familiar with, or may have seen advertised on TV or online, such as the G700 LumiTact Tactical Light, or the Bell and Howell Focus Beam Flashlight ... these are very low quality. If you go onto Amazon and look at some of the reviews, you'll see they are flooded with one-star reviews. Their claims are largely exaggerated. All of the Fenix lights have ASNI-rated specs, so it's easy to compare them with other A&C-rated lights. We would encourage you to really look at the specs and see who verifies the specs on some of the competitors' lights. If it's not ANSI-rated, there's a lot of different ways that a manufacturer could claim higher output levels.
I'm sitting here with the FD30 and a G700 light side-by-side, and there really is no comparison in the output. The Fenix is much brighter, despite the claims of the G700. It truly is a much higher-quality ... the FD30 is truly a much higher-quality light, and as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Again, I would encourage you to really do your research, see what other people are saying about the lights. Before you spend a lot of your hard-earned money, I would encourage you to look at the reviews.
Today, that's about all we're going to discuss on the Focus Flashlight Review. We hope that you have gotten a little bit of information. Fenix is very excited about the release of their Focus series, the sells have been excellent. From our biased standpoint, obviously we feel that the Fenix flashlights, FD series of focus beam lights, are far superior to anything else on the market. Again, we will be doing some more reviews and comparisons in more detail, but we just wanted to give you an overview today of the current offerings from Fenix on their FD series, or focus beam flashlights. Thank you for your interest in a Fenix Flashlight!