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I have been carrying a flashlight on my person pretty much permanently since May 5, 2005.
For this duration it has mostly been a pocket-sized Aluminum flashlight, either a tactical or at least an EDC model.
I started with a Garrity metal LED flashlight, then a Dorcy of similar composition, but brighter, then from about late 2005 until some point in 2017, my choice has usually been some incarnation of a Mini Maglite, either LED or incandescent.
In 2017 and the earlier parts of 2018, I was carrying either Pelican or NiteCore.
From May of 2018 until early 2021, I mostly carried some form of a Streamlight.
In 2011, I joined CandlePowerForums and discovered the brand Fenix but it wouldn’t be until February 12, 2021, that I purchased my first Fenix brand flashlight on eBay. It was the LD02 version 2.0. I paid a total of $32.83 for it.
I was very impressed by it, so on February 28, 2021, I ordered another Fenix flashlight, the E20 version 2.0, also on eBay. The base price was$37.90 and the total price came out to $41.54. Paying these online taxes is murder, but I digress. Anyway, it arrived at my residence on March 4, 2021. That said flashlight is what this piece will be a review thereof.
I tried it out for a little bit then decided that it was nice enough to be my EDC flashlight. At the time I was carrying a Streamlight JR LED.
So I have been carrying it for almost two months at the time I am writing this. And I have no real complaints.
Is this flashlight suitable for a tactical situation?
1. The lowest setting always comes on first.
2. There is no strobe feature.
3. There is no strike bezel.
4. The tail-cap is a reverse click.
But for everyday use, it is perfect.
Might I add that it can be run on either Alkaline or NiMH batteries? Furthermore, it runs on common AA batteries.
Because the lowest setting comes on first, this is quite useful for when one wants to conserve power. Also, a reverse click tail-cap is better at preventing accidental activation than a forward click and some rotary switches.
I would certainly not recommend this for confronting someone breaking into my residence, making trouble with me when I am out and about, or even knocking at my door at a strange hour. That’s what a NiteCore i4000R is meant for. For those who are more budget-conscious, the latest Streamlight Junior or 2AA Pro Tac would also be appropriate for those situations.
However, for regular domestic use, outdoors, some occupational/professional settings, and especially traveling via any mode of transportation the Fenix E20 version 2.0 is a clear winner!
Carrying this flashlight for domestic use will be very handy in a plethora of household tasks because of the diverse power settings (more on that in a bit.) It could be used for looking for your pet in your dark backyard, finding something that well behind your sofa, connecting peripherals to a computer, television, or other electronics, navigating a dark attic or basement, or maybe just getting up to relieve your bladder in the middle of the night.
Carrying this flashlight outdoors, especially with your own family or maybe even bae’s family will be indispensable for many applications, especially after sunset it could be for reading literature while in the tent or navigating a walking path through the woods and anything in between!
Carrying this flashlight to your job will make you appear resourceful to your coworkers and maybe even your superiors. Because it is not a tactical model, there would probably be no issue with bringing this into a workplace where weapons/potentially threatening objects are forbidden.
Carrying this flashlight while traveling on mass transit should not upset the other passengers or security personnel, either. You may even be considered a hero should there be an equipment breakdown at night or on a subway train. God forbid any of you are in a plane crash or shipwreck, but if you survive and happen to have this flashlight on your person, you could assist the rescue workers in locating other survivors.
This is just my take, but as you the reader, probably know, I think about flashlights more than most.
Here is a breakdown of specifications, according to the company website:
Impact Resistance: 1 Meter.
Waterproof/Dustproof Rating: IP68 (submersible to 2 Meters.)
Size: 5 Inches/127 Millimeters Total Length, Body Diameter 0.7 Inches/16.8 Millimeters, Head Diameter 0.8 Inches/21 Millimeters.
Weight: 1.5 Ounces/42 Grams (excluding batteries.)
Included Accessories: 2 AA Alkaline Batteries…Spare O-Ring…Lanyard.
Light Output 5 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 200 Hours
Runtime on NiMH 140 Hours
Beam Distance 49 Feet/15 Meters
Beam Intensity 44 Candela
Light Output 30 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 93 Hours, 15 Minutes
Runtime on NiMH 34 Hours, 30 Minutes
Beam Distance 115 Feet/35 Meters
Beam Intensity 288 Candela
Light Output 150 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 11 Hours, 15 Minutes
Runtime on NiMH 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Beam Distance 249 Feet/76 Meters
Beam Intensity 1448 Candela
Light Output 350 Lumens
Runtime on Alkaline 3 Hours, 45 Minutes
Runtime on NiMH 1 hour, 30 Minutes
Beam Distance 413 Feet/126 Meters
Beam Intensity 3950 Candela
I think, you, the reader can now see why this flashlight is appropriate for a diverse amount of settings where it would be useful. As I said before, pretty much anything besides a tactical situation, and now I will also amend, this would not be a good idea for use in a hazardous location either. Medical professionals may or may not find this flashlight useful, depending on the task at hand. However, anywhere else, I truly think this flashlight fits the bill nicely.
Unless I discover something better or I know I will be in a situation where I am expecting trouble, I plan to carry this flashlight on me indefinitely. I wish I had decided to purchase flashlights like Fenix a decade ago, but at the time, I preferred only American-made flashlights, so that is why I was so glued to Maglite. Flashlights such as Fenix and NiteCore are made every bit as well as a Maglite or Streamlight and almost as well as a SureFire.
I may try out other Fenix flashlights in the upcoming months and years, so far I’m impressed.
So this, therefore, concludes my review of the Fenix E20 version 2.0.
For what it’s designed, I give the Fenix E20 a 5 out of 5 stars. It would be nice if something like this could be American-made, but then it would cost tremendously more.
I hope that you, the reader, have been informed and maybe even entertained.
May God richly bless you!