The first TK16 was released back in 2015, an antique by the standards of flashlight building. He was with his 1000 lum turbo from the uncontested then XML-2 quite bright (by those standards). And since significantly more capacious batteries and bright LEDs have appeared since then, Fenix decided to update their classic model in accordance with the trends of the times. And since the phoenix has always been extremely careful in introducing new products (only muggles could surpass them in this), it will be interesting to see how they were able to combine 21700, SST70 and their advanced pulse frequency — their proprietary replacement for an additional contact tube.
Let’s start with a visual illustration of past changes. On the official page of the product or on the links in stores, you can see the rest of the traditionally sugar promotional pictures
Packaging and appearance
The flashlight has a very good gift packaging.
The kit includes everything you need: a flashlight, a 5000mah 21700 battery, a type-C charging cable, a case, a lanyard, a pair of o-rings, a manual, and a warranty card. There are different picking options on Aliexpress: without a case, with two accs, with a barrel mount, etc.
Given the astronomical price tag of this flashlight, such a runny complete cover causes unpleasant bewilderment. However, the manufacturer is already aware, they said that there is every chance to quickly replace the case with a more decent one in terms of practicality. Lanyard, by the way, is also archibudzhetny.
Battery with built-in charging connector
The size of the flashlight is quite average. 143mm (length) x 25.4mm (body diameter) x 34mm (head diameter). Here it is only a little thicker than the models on the 18650 battery. However, if you do not know this, you may not catch the difference in diameter.
Otherwise, the design is the same as a number of other Phoenix models. For example, last year I told about Fenix TK22UE and they are like two peas in a pod, the difference is only in the side and tail buttons.
And here is the Fenix TK22UE. It’s not that design is an important part of tactical flashlights, but I don’t think it’s the best approach to slap them all together.
Fenix TK16 v2 disassembled into 3 parts
The threads on the middle are well lubricated. The rolling is quite simple.
But still, she’s quite tenacious. And yes, the grip is quite comfortable and reliable.
It is clear that there are no numerous grips here. Comfortable manage a flashlight is possible only in one single classic reverse grip. I found the cigar grip uncomfortable.
Now for the buttons. There are two of them, both on the tail. The main large button turns the flashlight on and off and, of course, supports half-pressing. The small rectangular button below it toggles the brightness levels and triggers the strobe.
I have two opinions about her. On the one hand, with the right grip, you can control two buttons at once with one finger. On the other hand, the stroke of the additional button is very small and both this move and the button itself are felt weakly.
There is a thick spring inside the tailcap (as well as in the head). And here you can see the difference from the previous version of the flashlight, in which the signal from the additional button went along the standard additional contact path — an additional cylinder was pressed into the main body.
In the new generation, Fenix uses advanced pulse frequency technology for signal transmission. Obviously, some kind of everyday physics is hidden behind the cunning term. But, in any case, no one else does it. And, most importantly, I did not notice any shortcomings of this technology manifested in the use. It actually works without an extra tube.
The head is medium in size, it stands out from other tactical flashlights except for the absence of cooling fins. However, with such a maximum brightness, they would be of no use. And with modes up to high, the flashlight should cope with it. However, we will check this later.
There are 3 spikes on the teeth of the bezel, the manufacturer claims that they are made of tungsten steel. They are not sharp enough to worry about the integrity of the pocket lining. But I wouldn’t call them useless either. By and large, because I didn’t try to beat them with firewood and I don’t want to indiscriminately find fault with them (thorns) -)
Behind the standard tempered anti-reflective glass is an SST70 LED. Unusual and little used LED. Specification for anyone interested here
So far, in general, nothing interesting. The packaging is good, the kit is complete. The design is almost indistinguishable from the mass of other current Fenix models. The buttons are somewhat convenient, something not. Expect high quality workmanship.
All the same primitive Phoenix control. Of course, I don’t like it.
You don’t have instant access to minimum or maximum brightness. You can get to them only by rewinding from ON or if you turn them off before that in the desired mode.
The strobe is instantaneous only from OFF. From ON, it starts with a noticeable 0.5 second pause. Undoubtedly, in a number of situations, something very bad for you can happen in half a second. We have all seen what distance even far from the fastest T-800 can cover in this time … This would not be a problem for an EDC flashlight, where you still have to get to the strobe after 3 clicks (of course, with normal control, and not like a phoenix ). But we’re talking about a tactical flashlight, right?
In general, all this could have been avoided if Fenix had also made a button on the head. It would rewind the brightness and turn on the last used mode (that is, just the usual Phoenix interface). And the two tail buttons would be reserved for strobe and turbo. And even better — to make two types of controls: everyday and tactical, you can do without a side button. But Fenix is aimed at an audience of completely inexperienced users, who may be intimidated by the need to go beyond “press — it shines. I press it — it does not shine.
The rest is a big button to turn it on and off.
a small button rewinds the brightness from ON and turns on the strobe (immediately from off and with a 0.5 sec gap from ON).
All in all, you get everything you would expect from a Fenix. It’s a pity, constructive allows you to achieve more.
Important clarification — the very first comment on the order for Ali from some Brazilian policeman. And they have favelas and other gracie barra there — everything is really dangerous. So, the policeman writes that the flashlight is perfect for his activities. I try to be objective and recognize that there are other points of view besides my view of the Fenix’s controllability.
How the Fenix TK16v2 shines.
So, what kind of beast is this SST-70? This LED has become a godsend for lamp manufacturers, as it allows you to achieve serious brightness and at the same time give good range. A direct comparison with the XHP70.2 would have been more interesting, but from what I’ve read, the SST70 should be longer range at the same brightness.
But! a) better focusing in the center means less side illumination compared to XHP70.2 (I remind you, here I am theorizing more) The XHP70.2 should be more comfortable up close. In fairness, I certainly liked the light distribution of the SST70. It is very versatile and even in a smooth reflector, the light here is certainly pleasant. Alas, it is pleasant only in terms of light distribution, because …
b) SST70 has disgusting even by my low standards a green tint in low modes. However, it can be worse, the same SFT40 (dedominated SST40) proved to be fantastic, colossally green. I am sure that the use of a symbolically less bright 5000K version of the SST70 would radically improve the situation. Unfortunately, only a few manufacturers are willing to sacrifice a couple of hundred lumens of brightness in order for the light to shift the balance between the quantity and quality of light towards the latter.
And Fenix is certainly not one of them. After all, 3100 lumens is THREE thousand lumens, and 2900 (conditionally, I don’t presume to count the exact brightness of the 5000k version) is TWO thousand lumens. In the minds of the buyer, it will no longer click like that.
Here is a photo of maximum brightness. Zelentsa shines through even in a turbo, and even at lower levels everything is according to Nekrasov — “Green Noise is coming, humming …”
Convoy S2+ XML2 4×7135 OP 6500K — Fenix TK16V2 SST70 6000K — Fenix PD35v3 SFT40 6000K
Of course, that the green tint, that the side light in the numbers of promotional materials cannot be reflected. But the range and brightness is possible. This, I’m sure, is what makes this LED so interesting. For the vast majority of manufacturers, beautiful numbers are worth more than real practicality and convenience.
Well, okay, let’s look at the time of work and stabilization. Cooling, of course, does not affect the turbo in any way. It starts to fall somewhere after 30 seconds and dives for another 2 minutes until stabilization at the High level, which I think is more than good for such brightness. Turning it on again constantly reduces the time in the turbo, until you simply cannot start it at all until the flashlight cools down. Thermal cutoff, I think, is set up well here. I am sure that for the Fenix engineers this was a serious challenge, which they valiantly accepted and coped with.
High stabilized generally, with some throwing up and down. But, of course, I am 100% sure that no one will be able to notice this live at all. Be that as it may, two and a half hours at 1000 lumens is undoubtedly a worthy length of time. And you can find fault here only from the standpoint of striving for perfection.
Zero questions to Mid. 350 lum is a good running light that will last you all night.
Well, now the world. Herehere you can see gifs that clearly show how the brightness changes. In general, the greens more or less come off on high mode, but the levels below show an abundance of «mud».
However, to be fair:
a) outdoors in the summer it will not be very noticeable. For example, in the photo, such a parasitic shade can only be judged by the known color of the bricks. Walking through a field or forest, you may not even notice all this blockage in the green.
b) Initially, especially after you switch to SST70 from some Samsung-nichi, it really jars everything. But after a short time, the eye gets used to it and the greens no longer hurt the eye. Well, if you don’t have 212C LH351D (which is most likely — knowledge of HiCRI shifts the focus to other brands), then it’s not so scary.
I guess, that by Fenix standards this is actually a breakthrough flashlight. Being an expensive new model, it offers the buyer a combo of two buttons, a lot of lumens and a capacious modern battery. The maximum brightness is not decorative and, if desired, you can quite well break into the distance. At the same time, I will not call the light uncomfortable near. The audience of the manufacturer, for sure, will be inspired by all of the above and will not be deterred by the expectedly high price tag.
Actually, in my experience of communication, this audience is looking for a reliable and easy-to-use flashlight. Undoubtedly Fenix do All so that any of their flashlights is as reliable as it is easy to operate.
Of course, I welcome the first in every possible way, but categorically reject the second. The mass of tactical flashlights that passed through my hands allows us to judge that 2-button control could be done much more convenient and practical in terms of tactical needs. Now out of all the tact, the Fenix TK16v2 only has momentary access to the strobe from OFF. The proprietary Phoenix simplicity of control still deprives the user of such pleasant buns as instant turbo and firefly (and in this case, instant strobe from ON, which I consider nonsense for a tactician). However, maybe I am too picky and for my needs such management will be enough. But I can’t verify this.
Okay, not everything is so sad. Those users who have known the charm of not even HiCRI, but simply a normal color temperature and convenient flexible control — this is not the Fenix target audience. And each (at least Fenix) of these opposite sides has absolutely nothing to do with the other side. I am sure that a typical Phoenix fan will love the Fenix TK16 v2.0 — it has everything for which he loves the brand so much and remains faithful to it. And a sophisticated user, after reading the review, will only confirm what he already knew.
Where to buy and how to save
You can buy Fenix TK16 v2.0 on aliexpress Yandex market official dealer in Russia
You can save on purchases with coupons and promotional codes from the discount channel in telegram, see the link to it below in the block «about the author»