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Fenix Flashlight | Best Rechargeable Flashlights

 

Best Rechargeable Flashlights

 

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Today I'll be going over some of the best rechargeable flashlights on the market, the Fenix Flashlights UC series of LED flashlights. This series kind of really set the bar as far as the charging micro USB cord. Very similar to the RC series that Fenix came out with before, but it does not use a cradle, like the RC would. There's four different lights in the UC series that we will be going over today. UC01, UC02, UC30 and UC35. I'll go over each one, individually with you. Give you a little bit information about each one. First off the UC01, going to be a smaller key chain light. Comes in blue or purple. It has got three different brightness settings. First setting would be one lumen, which will last about 50 hours and has a distance of one and a half meters.

Next setting would be 20 lumens, which has a runtime of three hours and has a beam distance of five meters. And the last setting on the Fenix UC01 would be 45 lumens and has a runtime of an hour and 20 minutes with a distance of seven meters. This one does have a built in lithium polymer battery, that you are able to recharge in about two hours if it's fully drained. It does have a beam angle of 102 degrees, so it gives you a really good angle as far as your beam, your light beam. So a really good choice as far as every day carry key chain light. Has a stainless steel side switch for easy and convenient brightness. This one does have an intelligent memory circuit that memorizes the last used brightness setting. Whatever you turn it off on is going to turn back on in that same setting. Will have a battery level indicator, it keeps you on top of your battery charge, that is so you always know when it's going to drain or die on you. Really good choice of light. Overall length on this one is about 2.4 inches, and it's going to come with that battery. Really good choice there.

Next one would be the Fenix UC02. This one is going to be another smaller keychain light and in our opinion one of the best rechargeable flashlights you can EDC. This one is only about 1.7 inches and has a twist head operated function to turn it on and off. This one has two different brightness modes. First one being 10 lumens, which has a run time of three hours and 50 minutes and has a distance of about 45 feet. Next and last setting would be the high setting. Being 130 lumens that would last about 25 minutes and has a distance of 157 feet. These are all going to be made of the same aircraft grade aluminum, as what you're used to with any other Fenix brand flash light. It has a high efficiency lens with total reflective coating that gives you that crisp clear beam. Battery level indicator tells you what status your battery is in and it is IPX8 water proof. So that would be about six and a half feet for two meters submersible. But you do have to make sure the USB port is in place. The cover is in place, to really keep that water and keep that integrity of the waterproofing. Another good choice there.

A little bit smaller, but twist head function, does not have a button. Those are really the big differences between the UC01, UC02. Next one we're going to be going to is the UC30. This one is a little bit bigger. It's five inches in length and it's more of a compact design. Slim lined body of one inch in diameter. However this one does not have a tail switch, so it's not really like a tactical style as what you're used to. The Fenix UC30 only has one switch on the side, it's the way you turn it on and off as well as change your brightness intensities. This one has four different brightness settings, as well as a strobe. If you count the strobe it would be five total. First setting would be 10 lumens. Has an hour and 20 minute run time. I'm sorry 120 hours. On the 10 lumen setting.

Next setting up from that would be the low setting at the ... I'm sorry let me get this straight the low setting would be 10 lumens for 120 hours, next setting up from that would be 110 lumens at 11 hours, so it really jumps up there as far as your run time with the output. Next setting up from that would be 400 lumens for three hours and finally the turbo setting which has the brightest at 960 for an hour and 10 minutes. This UC30 is going to come with a battery just like all the other UC series but it's going to be a rechargeable 18650, so it's a little bit bigger battery. It's going to include a 2600 milliamp 18650. It can accept higher milliamp rechargeable 18650's that will increase your run time, however the lumen output will remain the same at 960 as your max. Again you could increase the run time dramatically with for example a 3500 milliamp if you throw that in there. That's going to give about a 25-30% increase in run time. Really good choice there. Again, does not have a tail switch, more of a compact design, one inch diameter, five inches long.

Next is the Fenix UC35 Rechargeable flashlight. This is probably the most popular of the UC series, because it does have a more of a tactical design body. It’s been a best seller since it’s release, making it one of the best rechargeable flashlights we offer.  It does have a tail switch turn it on and off as well as a side body switch to change your brightness settings, does have intelligent memory, so again whatever you turn it off on, it will turn back on in that same brightness setting. It has a maximum beam distance of 650 feet and the strobe that it has as well is 960 lumens. Really good choice there. The UC35 is going to come with a little bit better battery. It does include a 3400 milliamp rechargeable 18650, so right out of the gate it gives you a longer run time with those settings, being an hour and a half at 960. As long as being rechargeable inside the light itself, you could use non rechargeable CR123's as well, but you know with those being non rechargeable you wouldn't be able to recharge those of course.

But those are good to use as a spare or back up in case your batteries do die on you if you don't have any out in the field. Good choice of battery there, so universal, you could use any battery basically of those two varieties. Rechargeable 18650 or the non rechargeable CR123. UC35 does have waterproof protection, waterproof rating of IPX8, so it is submersible for about half an hour for two meters. On that waterproof rating again it does have a USB port, so it's got a rubber cover that will need to be intact to maintain the waterproof rating. Another cool feature about the UC35 is that it does have an indicator. That lets you know about your battery status. When your battery is fully charged, once you're charging it, it will turn the constant green light on the side body switch. When it's charging, it's going to be a red light, to let you know that a charging is in process and this is all via the micro USB cord that comes with it. Does have the circuit protection, so it's really protecting you against improper battery installation, as well as over charge and discharge as well.

And the LED that is in it would be Cree XML2U2 LED, which is one of the newer LED's that came out at the time the UC35 was released. As far as the strobe function goes to activate that, once the light is on, you would just press the side body switch over a second to activate the strobe and just tap it again to deactivate it and it would just go back to the previously setting. Overall the UC35 is the most popular, it's one of my favorites in that particular series, being a tactical style tail switch for momentary on and constant on. Really great light here as far as every day carry. Law Enforcement, Military use, or even general use around your house. Walking the dog or what not at night. Really great light there.

Any battery that you choose to use in this on the rechargeable 18650 are going to be able to recharge inside the unit itself, but if you also had spares you can charge those inside of a external charger of course and then just throw them in the UC35 it will work just fine as well. Any of these would be a great addition to your repertoire. Be a great light as far as rechargeable, so if you haven't got any the aforementioned best rechargeable flashlights, I would definitely recommend a UC35 or even a UC30, if you're looking for something a little smaller. But I want to thank you for joining me today, going over the Fenix Flashlights UC Series, hoping you got some good information. Thank you very much.

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