Industrial-tactical. This is exactly how, judging by the promotional pictures, Fenix position their new flashlight with a bright and long-range SFT-70 LED. What is so interesting about it and is there anything interesting at all?
21700 battery more and more firmly becomes the standard and this is not surprising. With a few millimeters of difference in size from 18650, the difference in capacitance can be half that. And such an increase in work time will be to everyone’s liking.
Accordingly, it is on this battery that the Fenix u200bu200bWF26R works. If desired, of course, you can use 18650.
The manufacturer strongly emphasizes magnetic charging in promotional materials. The advantages of such a solution are moisture protection (and here it is declared according to the IPX-8 class). The minus is also common for all flashlights with magnetic charging. If with a regular Type-C cable you can charge your flashlight anywhere, then magnetic charging means you either have to carry the cable with you or charge where it is.
The latter, by the way, was somewhat simplified by Fenix by adding a plastic holder to the kit, in which you can fix the cable and put the flashlight on charge.
And now the interesting. Fenix is a symbol of conservatism in flashlight building. This is not a brand that will be a pioneer in the introduction of some new technologies. It is all the more surprising and pleasant to see that they were able to make control of two buttons in the tail cap without inserting an additional tube there for signal transmission (the standard solution, as in wonderful Acebeam L-line) or tie the user to expensive native batteries (recent new from Nitecore)
I have already reviewed the tactical flashlight Fenix from this
Advanced pulse—frequency transmission system technology. It had some other shortcomings (control interface and light quality), but this control really worked.
In the case of the Fenix WF26R, the flashlight is also controlled by two buttons, which give the standard set of on / off (with half-presses) and brightness selection + the possibility of a seemingly instant strobe and SOS. There is no instant turbo mode, traditionally.
Fenix explicitly points out that intuitive controls are what they are. Exceptional The ease of control of Fenix flashlights has always been an advantage for some, and a disadvantage for someone (no access to the minimum brightness, no turbo, not the most practical blocking where it exists at all).
The flashlight is built on SFT70 LED, which is characterized by a combination of good brightness and range. However, the disadvantage of this LED is also well-known — the low quality of light, in which at lower brightnesses there is a serious admixture of a parasitic green tint. However, Fenix is positioning the novelty for those purposes in which low quality and a green tint of light will not be important.
We are specifically talking about some industrial and tactical use cases.
AND SFT70 LED with its medium-range light, it is quite suitable for such needs. But working close is not a trump card of a flashlight. It is also worth noting the scatter of modes. As in the case of the Nitecore P23i, the minimum brightness here is much higher than the accepted standards. This would be a failure for a flashlight in the EDC segment, but 0.5 lum for a working flashlight is not such a necessity. But the gap between 30-350-1000lum would fit a couple more of some intermediate brightness. At least one between 30-350 looks justified to me.
As a result, the world turns out decent average, which is at the highest brightness can illuminate the distance. The light is cold without alternative, with (for sure) a fair blockage in the green. Highly controversial Phoenix PD35v3 would be a good illustration of what it would look like live. In this regard, the dedominated XHP70.2 would be much more interesting due to its good color temperature, which is clearly seen in the example of a powerful search light Mateminco MT70
management will be available any user, but traditionally do not have any modes common to other flashlights such as instant access to turbo-eco.
Like the management magnetic charging for some it will be an advantage, for others it will be a disadvantage.
What Undoubtedly, this is the reliability and durability of the flashlightand good warranty support. Experience shows that for most ordinary users, reliability and durability will be much more important than flexible control and a type-c charging connector.
Flashlight, traditionally, will cost a lot. And, if you look at things realistically, its target audience (as Fenix sees it, judging by the promo materials), i.e. warehouse, installers and other workers) will definitely choose something much more affordable like Sofirn C8L, having received along the way type-c charging and convenient control.
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