Fenix LD30 BI, though not a frank novelty, but it is worth talking about it. After all, a flashlight is a useful thing and many would like to choose a good bright branded EDC flashlight. I propose to see how Fenix LD30 Bi meets these characteristics and what it is capable of.
Packaging and appearance
Cool high-quality packaging — «postcard». Considering that the Fenix LD03bi is not a luxury model, the packaging is amazing. As a gift, a flashlight in such a package will definitely look advantageous.
Inside the substrate with everything you need: a flashlight, charging cable, lanyard, case, manual, sealing ring.
BI in the model name means battery included, that is, a version with a battery. Accordingly, Fenix LD30 will be without a battery and charging cable. This is the only difference.
The flashlight has quite normal dimensions for an EDC model. This is not some super compact, which is good with such brightness. Be that as it may, with its 11 cm length, the flashlight is quite convenient to carry in your pocket
As for the appearance, the flashlight looks cool, it has its own recognizable design. It is immediately clear that this is a branded model.
The tail button sticks out, the flashlight will not stand as a “candle”. But access to it is convenient from all sides.
From the side of the tail, a conventional spring, from the side of the head, as expected, a contact pad with limiters against the use of flat-headed batteries.
Medium sized thread, well oiled. There are no complaints about the lathe, everything here is at a high level
The knurling is concentric, with longitudinal grooves.
The clip is good, bi-directional. The manufacturer even offers to mount a flashlight on a cap, but, as for me, this is justified only if Very pripret.
The grip is quite comfortable. Although the combination of side and tail buttons in EDC is not for everybody. Here, any control is an amateur, I met in the comments those who spat from one tail button, and those who rested on what was most convenient with it.
The head is slightly larger than the usual size for 1×18650 EDC models, but perhaps quite a bit. Given the overall brightness, it is quite a sound decision. There are no cooling fins, but with the claimed 1600 turbo lumens, they would be of no use.
I really like when the button does not stick out but is in the recess. This reduces the chances of accidental pressing, and it’s definitely easier for me personally to find one blindly. Unlike the Fenix TK22UE, the button design is virtually perfect here. It looks great and is quite functional.
The button has an indication of the remaining charge.
Here it is worth noting the complete battery. I remind you that the difference between models with a complete battery and without it is about 1tr. For the money, you get a 3500mah battery with a built-in micro-c charging connector. the charging current should be made higher, ideally like the same 21700 battery from Fenix TK22UE, namely 1.25A. Now the charging current is 0.75A, from the category of “well, okay, it will do”
Under a flat, probably brass bezel, there is a TIR lens with a wide exposure. Below it is Luminus SST40w, exactly the same as in the powerful tactical flashlight Fenix TK22UE, review which I did recently.
I definitely liked the lenses in other models more.
That’s all. In terms of appearance, everything is at an excellent level, except that the TIRs from past models looked much more attractive. But this is the second thing, the main thing is that the lights shine well. And that’s just where we’re going
Loyalty to tradition is one of the foundations of Confucianism. In their development, Fenix respectfully follow this compass. It doesn’t matter what series their flashlight belongs to, with rare exceptions, it will be controlled exactly the same as all models released back in the days of 5-sim Nocles with an antenna, and it’s worth waiting for that they will be controlled in exactly the same way even when the flashlight is powered by torsion fields . That is: no instant access to the minimum and maximum brightness. There is no blocking either, but in the presence of a tail button, it is, in general, redundant.
In fairness, there is a plus in this simplicity. It makes leadership generally redundant. Any buyer who understands that you need to press a button to turn on the flashlight will instantly figure out the Phoenix controls. And this suits many exactly the same as it does not suit many others (me, for example).
another fun fact: the mentioned TK22UE has the same controls. Fenix has it for all occasions.
ON-OFF by pressing the tail button. Half presses work too.
Button on the head: rewind eco-low-mid-high-turbo modes with a click. By holding the strobe.
Since there is a mode memory, it is worth turning off from the minimum brightness so as not to go blind when turned on at the last used level.
In short, for an experienced user, such control is too oaky, for an ordinary user it will do just fine, just get used to turning it off at minimum brightness.
How the Fenix LD30BI shines
As I said, here is the same LED as in TK22UE. As the manufacturer promises, the light is quite diffused and suitable for EDC needs. In short, I have no complaints at all. It suits me both in terms of brightness, and light distribution, and, oddly enough, color temperature — I was sure that this is the 5700K version, it is warmer live than in the photo.
The brightness is stabilized, the duration of the work is very good. 800 lumens for a case of this size is a bit much, and without cooling, thermal control starts. I do not like such a saw, but with such dimensions, the option is simple: either it, or resetting the brightness to a certain threshold.
Taking into account the fact that 800 lumens of High mode are not needed indoors at all, and there is always some kind of breeze outside (not to mention use in the cold season), in this case I will take such a “saw” calmly.
When cooled, the brightness stays at the same level, which is great. I have seen significantly larger models that, even with cooling, dropped a similar brightness by half.
To be fair, the body heats up quite a bit. Perhaps it will be uncomfortable to hold the body near the head with bare hands.
Likewise, the effect of cooling is seen in the turbo. Frankly, both charts significantly better than what I could expect from Fenix.
As for the light, everything is fine here: both the scatter of modes and maximum brightness. Of course, it makes no sense to expect even the declared 200m in such a wide light. Read about how range is measured and how it relates to brightness in my lamp selection guide.
Due to the very decent brightness, the flashlight will give some useful range within 100-120m. And for ordinary needs, this is definitely enough for the eyes.
Fenix LD30 bi video review contains much more examples of how this bright EDC flashlight shines.
Fenix rolled out quite a good model for them. As in the case of the TK22UE, this flashlight shows that the brand has started to move in the right direction: they have not been greedy with the bundled battery, they have installed a very bright LED. It could have been brighter, as in the same Lumintop FW — but at such sizes it would come down to 10-20 seconds before the thermoregulation is triggered. Immediately, 1600 lumens is enough for absolutely all the needs for which people want to buy a bright EDC flashlight, and this duration at such brightness is never decorative. And the rest of the modes got rid of the “steps” that the stabilization of past models was notorious for — here the brightness is completely stabilized.
I would certainly prefer a warmer light, Fenix is not as greedy for it as some other manufacturers. But it seems that it is for such an LED that the highest brightness is achieved at 6500K, which is a pity, because there is also a 5700K bin, which would look nicer. The range of modes is quite decent and convenient.
As for the layout: tail + side button, it has the right to life and this is far from the first flashlight I have seen with such a layout. But I have traditional complaints about management — it is so, hmm, straightforward that it will clearly scare away any sophisticated user. And the average user will be completely satisfied with it: he doesn’t care about bookmarks for turbo and moonlight, blocking and other ramping. Pressed — lights up, pressed again — does not light up. All. Actually, for me personally, management in this model is the only functional feature that did not cause affection.
Phoenix has a huge army of fans and, for sure, they will like this model, as well as, perhaps, any other user who is looking for an easy-to-use flashlight with great brightness. But, in fairness, there are those who want much more flexibility in management.
Where to buy and how to save
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