Gregory ClarkI got this light as a backup for my headlamp and wanted a durable, bright LED that took AA batteries so I can run all three lights I take with me on the same AA NiMh rechargeables and don't need different sets of batteries for each. I took this light on a caving trip last weekend and was impressed with the throw and also the durability of this light. I got about 6 hours of use on a set of 2100mah batteries in constant 45 degree temps, mostly using the lower lumen setting but freqeuntly using the 150 lumen setting for brief periods to look for routes or view high cave ceilings or distant features. I know there are brighter lights available and there are lights with more specific features, but this light is well made (dropped on rock w/o any damage other than a nick in the aluminum bezel. ran at good intensity util it was time to change batteries then still provided good light but would not switch to the high setting until I changed batteries. the lower lumen setting was still brighter than my black diamond halogen headlamp and at high, has more light with a better throw than my 3D cell Maglite. the reflector on the Fenix is much better that the Mag so the light is also more usable with a good combination of bright center beam with a fair amount of general flood around it with no irritating rings or shadow in the beam. This light is not focusable, which would be a nice feature, but that is available in other models and at this price point the E21 is an outstanding light.
Lindy Cheng "Lindy""I admit I didn't do a great job researching flashlights before this purchase. It just seemed that my Maglites from 30 years ago were looking a little dim and maybe it was time to upgrade to an LED flashlight. I'd picked up two LED flashlights from Costco a few years ago. I was impressed by the light but the flashlights were poorly built. After reading a review on Outdoorbuying that putting an LED bulb into the Maglite was just a waste of money, I went by the reviews and price to find something I thought would be a nice everyday kinda light.
Boy, was I surprised! When the flashlight arrived, it was quite small and seemed like a mini light, not a full blown flashlight. Then I flashed myself in the eyes and had to sit down and blink for a few minutes because I couldn't see. This flashlight makes my Maglites look FEEBLE. It lights up the whole street at night and I wonder if I'm disturbing my neighbors. It's so small and easy to carry around. Just slip it into any old pocket and you're good to go. I've taken to traveling with it because it's so small. I don't worry about dropping it or immersion in water mostly because the build quality is so solid. It looks and feels as well built as the Maglites (and I'm wondering what to do with those), so I might as well use it.
However, a guy I know who is in the lighting business, recommended I don't stock up on LED's right now. Even if you need the flashlights, try and space out the purchases. The technology improves significantly every year. By now, I'm sure there is something better on the market. I can't wait to see what the next generation of flashlights can do.
A big thank you to all the Outdoorbuying reviewers who made this purchase swift, painless and the right choice. ""