Here is my LTR for the Fenix light. Let me know what you think!
December 4, 2011
Over the last 2 months, I took the Fenix with me on a weekend trip in Newark, Ohio. I have also
used the Fenix for a variety of small projects around the house that required a flashlight. For
example, I used it for some plumbing work and for lining up holes while assembling furniture.
And, for looking in my kids' throats when they were feeling sick.
When I went camping in November, I arrived after sunset and hiked about ½ mile (1 km) with my
pack up to the cabin. While hiking in the dark, I clipped the Fenix onto the sternum strap of
my pack. This arrangement worked well, as the light remained focused in front of me. I dropped
off my pack and went back to the car to get more gear. As I was no longer wearing my pack on
the walk back, I had nowhere to clip the light where it would stay pointing forwards. This
problem is the same one that I had identified in my backcountry usage of the Fenix.
In terms of burn time, I am still using the same battery with which I started. The battery has
not shown any signs of running out of energy to date. Thinking about the 14 trails nights I
have used the lamp plus some miscellaneous usage, I would think I've used it for about 7-8
hours of burn time, almost all of which has been on the low setting. As the product manual
indicates a burn time of 53 hours on the low setting, I expect it will continue to run for a
All in all, I like the Fenix MC-11 light. It is reasonably lightweight, compact, and provides
an excellent amount of light. However, the fact that I can only get it to point the right way
when I hold it in my hand is a major limitation. Thus, although it is a great little
flashlight, I don't think it will replace a headlamp in the backcountry. I expect that
I will continue to use it around the house as a utility light.
Things I liked about the Fenix MC-11 Flashlight
Excellent light source
Sturdy and compact
Only requires 1 AA battery
Things I disliked about the Fenix:
Generally can only be used by holding in hand
This concludes my report on the Fenix MC-11 Anglelight. My thanks to Fenix for providing this
light for testing and to BackpackGearTest.org
for allowing me to participate in the evaluation process.
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