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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2011
Wow the Fenix LD20 R5 packs a lot of features for the money! 6 digitally regulated output modes, ranging from 5 to an impressive 180 lumens, are accessible via the tail switch and by turning the bezel. It comes with an excellent sheath, as well as a body clip, a lanyard, and that's the only small downside I could detect so far - with all acessories attached, it's quite a snug fit into that sheath.
All in all it's a really thought-through design, lightweight and waterproof up to 2m, and every feature has a practical application.
I can't believe I've waited so long to upgrade from my 2xAA Mini Maglite - it's no contest, not even in the LED version. The Fenix surpasses it by miles in my opinion.

Update Feb 2012:
Sometimes the tail switch let me down... :-(
It happened 3 or 4 times now, always when the bezel was set to the low setting, and always when I hadn't used the light for a week or so. The switch needed activating a number of times before the light came on. However, once it was on, the switch continued working perfectly.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2011
I bought this torch as I walk and work outdoors. I walk hills and work in remote locations where I am dependant on my kit being robust and reliable. I was looking for a compact torch that would withstand a certain amount of abuse from the weather, water and that it would work. On seeing it for the first time I was a little disappointed with the size but its features have made up for that. It has basically four modes: 1. A "normal" light from the hand held torch that can be switched on and off one handed by using the button at the end of the torch. 2. When the torch is on in "Normal" mode, if you depress the on/off button quickly it turns into an SOS (in Morse) signalling torch. 3. In high intensity mode (which is a simple twist of the torch head) it give a very intense bright light. 4. In high intensity mode,if you depress the on/off button quickly it turns into a Strobe light and is very effective in the dark. A good compact torch for anyone involved in hillwalking, fell running, the emergency services, mountain rescue and I am sure that squaddies will love it. It is expensive but is very practical. One positive aspect of the purchase is that the German company that makes the torch wrote to me to guarantee the torch and insisted that I contact them for any issues with the torch. As a parting comment I do a lot of running and as it was a new gadget for me I thought I would take it out in my back overjacket pocket one night after Christmas. At one point of my run an angry dog came running at me and so I whipped out the torch (apologies to mad dog lovers) and shone it in high intensity mode at the dog. The dog just stopped coming at me (I should imagine it was momentarily blinded) and I carried on. To reassure mad dog lovers, the next night the dog was able to continue his harassment of me as I ran past his place but stopped all the nonsense when he saw my torch again. One last point, the torch is fitted with a very strong removable belt clip that restricts the torch being put back into its holder if you leave the clip on. I should imagine that if you intend using the belt clip then you don't use the holder. The hand/wrist strap that comes with it is of a good quality and attached to a point on the button end of the torch. A good bit of kit for specialists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2013
I had read about these new generation torches and seen the adverts, I have been a die-hard Maglite user since the 1980s, but thought it may be time to upgrade.
I work in one of the front-line emergency services so I need a small, powerful torch which is robust, reliable and simple to operate one handed. I also prefer AA powered torches because I can pick up replacement batteries 24 hours a day at any petrol station.
I got this torch yesterday and used it at work on several occasions today for the first time. It has a reassuringly heavy feel and the mid setting outperformed my trusty AA Maglite straight away, operating it is best described as intuitive and it feels like an old friend very quickly. I particularly like the shielded on/off switch which prevents accidental activation in the pouch and finding your torch batteries are exhausted or nearly so, just when you need the torch the most!
A lot has been written about how good the torch is, but even the pouch is excellent, it has a solid loop which can slip over the buckle of a standard utility belt. There is also a second Velcro secured loop which, can be used with the attached D ring to secured it to a shirt or jacket with the pre-Airwaves radio loops, If you are using the supplied pouch, it is best to remove the clip and do not attach the lanyard as the whole lot will not fit in the pouch without careful packing. If you are not using the pouch, then the clip is very sturdy, strong and will securely clip the torch to any thickness of fabric.
The torch and accessories form an impressive piece of kit which has been carefully designed and well thought out. I am so impressed with this torch that I am seriously considering buying a second one to replace my home torch.
Very highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2010
I have been looking around for a good light for a while and i was recomended the LD20. I bought my Fenix LD20 and i have used it for a while now, i cant be more happy with it. Awsome light, top quality and functions. Got it for a great price here on amazon, it was worth every pound.
The shipping was fast i got it just a few days later from when i order it, and i live abroad. A highly recomended purchase. If you want a great review on this product, look up ''nutnfancy'' on [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2012
I bought this to replace a led lenser 3xAAA torch which had gone wrong recently. I read about a few comparable torches on candlepower forums and decided on this model due to it looking good and getting favourable feedback from users. I decided on the 2xAA version because of the additional run time in comparison to the LD10 (single AA).

It's very bright on boost mode and the option of 3 additional brightness levels is also appreciated as these can give significant increase to run time. Focus is fixed, rotation of the bezel is used to select boost mode.

I bought this torch to use while camping as a compliment to a headtorch, when extra power is needed, but as it's so light I now keep it in my bag as an every day carry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2014
Bought this to replace my much bigger, heavier and not-so-bright Surefire 6p LED. It was bought primarily to be stored in my work bag for situations as needed and I've been trying to bring the overall weight/bulk of the bag down so downsizing such as this was necessary. Ironically, this light is far better anyway. It has higher lumen output (3x), longer run-time, multiple modes of operation (depending on your usage situation) and even comes with very handy accessories in package at no extra cost. The anodised metal casing is rock solid and doesn't seem to scratch up easily, basically I've no complaints there.

The biggest let down was the instructions which didn't clearly outline how to alter the modes of operation. Essentially by loosening/tightening the bulb end of the torch very slightly you can swap between "turbo" mode and "general" mode. In either of those you can part-press the tailcap switch to swap between constant light or strobed variants. In turbo, the button swaps between turbo (max bright) and strobe. In "general" mode, the button cycles between low, medium, high and SOS (the latter of which I believe is strobing SOS in morse code signalling).

I would've docked 1 star for the poor instructions and my time to find out how to use it effectively, however the included accessories will elongate the lifecycle of this product by some margin. Therefore, I've decided 30mins trying to figure out how to use it for additional months of usage, and increased usabilitiy thanks to the accessories cancels one another out and it justified full 5 stars. FYI, extra package contents are a spare tailcap switch, extra o-ring seals for both ends of the battery tube, and a pouch holder (which includes a velcro strap to be used to attach that to a belt, molle loop, or your bag, etc).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2013
Bought this for work....Quality product!

Work offered us terrible, cheap torches costing (I presume) £1 so I wanted something a bit more upmarket. I've had this for about a year and I've only changed the batteries once. Used every night and had illuminated some of the darkest places I've worked in.

P.s seagulls DO NOT like the strobe function.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2010
This is my first review, so here goes.

The Fenix LD20 is simply an amazing torch. I have always had Maglites but there is no comparison. I looked at a few other torches such as the LED Lenser P/T7 but decided on the LD20 and I was not dissapointed.

If you want a bright, shockproof and waterproof torch then this torch is for you.
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on 15 February 2012
Yes it is expensive but it is the best. Simply the best in its class.

I am collecting flashlights as a hobby and in the 2xAA category (as well) the Fenix LD20 is clearly a winner.
You could be getting more brightness in other models but you cannot beat the quality durability and duration of a Fenix.

It is the Mercedes of 2xAA flashlights. It lasts longer than competition, it is provenly durable and its design is gracefull!
Just open it, unscrew it, look inside and compare any other flashlight with it. Well known brands look cheap next to it.

All light modes are useful and well thought. The duration is simply unbeatable on 2 AA eneloop batteries and very close to the specs. I highly appreciate the fact that i can use plenty of accessories with this model. Just think how much value is added to your flashlight, compared with competition, when you use a dozen of dedicated difusers, filters and other useful goodies!

My only wish was to have an 'instant on' button switch.But hey, this wish has been added in its successor -the LD25- which was recently introduced. The LD25 has also a mode switch on the body! Wow! When the crisis is over i will certainly upgrade:)

In summary the LD20 is an extremely durable, useful, elegand, practical, most dependable and of course a must have EDC flashlight. Along with the 1xAA LD10 the elite of the AA batteries small flashlight market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2014
Best (and most expensive!) torch I own. Incredibly bright but has a more mellow setting. Batteries seem to sustain well on it and it has a wide angle of light with a concentrated beam in the middle of the cone. Distance is very good, I can clearly see the end of a 100m field and beyond. Regularly used, very reliable and having got it wet on a number of occasions, pretty water tight too.
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