Fenix is synonymous with outstanding, reliable torches. They’re a fan favorite brand here at the Best Damn EDC and on the EDC Weekly, and despite all the flashlights out there, it’s hard not to get excited when a new everyday carry-focused light from Fenix is on the horizon.
The Fenix E18R is the newest addition to the E series. Similar in size, function, and specs, to the E16, the key feature of the new light is denoted by the last character of its name, R, which in this case stands for rechargeable.
The ARB-L16-700P Li-ion battery is rechargeable via a magnetic charging cable that plugs in opposite the side switch. However, if you prefer a readily available, replaceable battery, the E18R is also compatible with a CR123A.
As far as dimensions go, the E18R is 2.4 inches (60 millimeters) long by 0.8 inches (20 millimeters) wide. It tips the scales at just 1.17 ounces (33.3 grams) without the battery. This means it’s remarkably similar in size to the new Olight S1R II Baton. That said, it’s just 0.4 inches (9 millimeters) longer, 0.1 inches (1 millimeter) wider, and roughly 40 percent heavier than the E16.
One thing you don’t get on the E18R that you’ll find on both the E16 and Olight S1R II Baton is a dual-direction clip. For whatever reason, Fenix opted for a traditional, one-directional clip on its new light. It does, however, feature a magnetic tail.
The E18R is impact resistant up to 1 meter and holds a waterproof rating of IP68, which means it can be submerged up 2 meters for 30 minutes.
For output, you can expect five modes:
- Low mode will give you just 5 lumens for up to 70 hours.
- Medium mode will provide a 30 lumen beam for up to 13 hours and 50 minutes.
- High produces 150 lumens for up to 2 hours and 35 minutes.
- Turbo produces 750 lumens for a few minutes and drops to roughly 400 lumens for up to 45 minutes.
- Strobe flashes are 750 lumens.
There is also a lock mode accessed by double-pressing the side switch while the light is turned off. You can also rotate the pocket clip around to cover the side switch to prevent accidental activations. The side switch is also equipped with an LED indicator to tell you how much battery is remaining.
The Fenix E18R will be available starting Monday, October 22 for $64.95.