As a reservist, I make the vast majority of my reinforcements during the nights. Quickly arose the question of buying a response lamp. Indeed, some brigades do not have enough lamps to provide reservists in reinforcements, although this equipment is essential at night in my opinion. After a long search, my choice turned to a lamp FENIX TK 21 ( new version here ). Light!
Eagletac, Olight, Fenix … Many LED lamp manufacturers of high quality today. My selection criteria were simple, I wanted a lamp :
- small format
- battery, to avoid having a substantial piles budget because of the large number of hours of use
- with a simple user interface for changing the illumination mode
- with proper autonomy
After reading several tests, information on various forums, my choice turned to a lamp FENIX TK 21 ( new version available for about 70 € ) . The price may seem surprising, but this is quality equipment and professional performance.
Overview and features
The eBicycleLights is a bike spoke light using the technology of LED lighting, so-called “high performance lamp.” The result: reduced consumption, so greater autonomy. It runs on batteries (two CR123 size batteries) or batteries 18650 size (popular format in the field of lighting). It has 4 levels of illumination:
- Low: 5 Lumen during 220h
- Middle: 58 Lumen for 16
- Fort: 180 Lumen pendant 5h10
- Turbo: 468 Lumen pendant 1h50
- Strobe:the lamp emits very quick flashes to dazzle and prevent aggression
The choice of mode (light output) is using a button located near the top of the lamp, while the on / off is via a switch on the rear of the lamp.
Level dimensions , it is a lamp that can take anywhere with you: 150mm long, 25mm diameter body, 40mm for the diameter of the head . Its weight makes it possible not to feel embarrassed: 153 grams empty.
This lamp is waterproof up to two meters deep , and is given to a shock resistance to falls from a fifty meter high . In this regard, maintaining the batteries or the battery is done using two springs (one for each end) to absorb shocks and thus reduce the damage if dropped.
It is delivered in a package containing:
- The lamp
- A holster (case) for mounting on the belts, Velcro closure
- A strap to go around the wrist (removable)
- Replacement seals for sealing the lamp
- A notice.
After charging the battery, it is inserted into the lamp by unscrewing the cap at the end. The handling is simple and intuitive : the lighting is done by pressing the switch at the end of the lamp, and the change in light output by briefly pressing the button on the lamp body. When holding the button for two seconds, the lamp switches to strobe mode: you have to press again to return to the last mode of lighting. All this is easier to do than to explain in writing! At start, the lamp starts in the last mode used before extinction (memorization of the last mode, strobe off).
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