Most of us with a CCW license carry our handguns, and a few other items that we call our E.D.C. (every day carry). I will be writing reviews on some of the items I personally carry every day, give a reason I’ve chosen the item, and why I believe you should choose a similar item. For practicality and utility I’ve chosen my E.D.C. to help get me out of jams, perform work related duties, and to aid in self protection. I will get to the entire list in time, for now I will review my all time favorite flashlight, the Fenix LD 12.
It is a smallish LED flashlight, uses 1 AA battery, has a pocket clip, has a side mode switch, a tail cap switch, 4 brightness settings, 125 max lumens, (bright enough to light up a room), made of aluminum, it’s impact resistant, and waterproof to 6 feet. This little light has been my E.D.C. item ever since my brother was dumb enough to show me his. We both have a flashlight collection, and both love one upping one another in that department.
I was over at his house getting some parts added onto a new AR build when he handed me his LD 12, well, I didn’t have that one yet, and now I did, I never gave it back, still have it 2 years later, no kidding. If you carry a handgun and don’t like weapon mounted lights, this is a perfect choice, it fits between fingers while using the thumbs forward grip, and you can reach the rear switch easily.
Fenix also has accessories for this light, such as a red lens cover, to preserve night vision, a headband, a light diffuser, a bicycle mount, traffic wand, camping shade, and a flip up diffuser. The light comes with a nylon case with a belt loop, if you don’t like the pocket clip.
I carry this light every day, all day, I’ve taken it to several low/no light classes, and it performs very well. I leave it in the 125 lumen high brightness mode, good for 2 hours 20 minutes, and it will blind you temporarily in the day, let alone at night. It has more than enough power to aid you in a self defense scenario, or illuminating a dark parking garage, sidewalk, or room.
I have 2 of these, the original one was the 115 lumen version, and I still have it in a bug out bag, but carry the newer 125 version. They do have a Limited Lifetime repair warranty, but they charge you for parts, not labor. They usually come out with a new and improved light every 2 years or so, and I just upgrade and put the old one in storage somewhere.
Out of the 7 Fenix lights I have or have owned, not a single issue has reared its ugly head. The pocket clip hasn’t yet caught on anything I’ve brushed up against. Daily use, daily carry, and heavy use in classes make me rely on this light without a second thought. I know it will work when I need it, and that is what matters.