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Fenix TK16 LED light
« on: August 21, 2016, 08:46:47 PM »
I bought a new flashlight today - a Fenix TK16. This is my first Fenix light, despite probably owning close to 40 LED lights over the years...

Today, I decided to sell my Streamlight TRL1 that I briefly had on my new PS90 carbine (the TRL1 was previously on a Rock River carbine, that I recently sold). And, I am going back to a traditional shaped flashlight for my PS90... Sorta like I previously had on my 1st PS90 carbine that I used to own many years ago.

Now, I like my other TRL1 that is on my SCAR 16. But because of the location of the side rails on the PS90, the usefulness of the TRL1 isn't as great as it is on other rifles. I have to move my hand up to activate the light on the PS90. And, I'd rather have something with longer battery life, and that can use 18650 rechargables instead of primary cells.

I did a lot of reading to decide what I wanted - I considered going with an Eagletac T200C2... But, in the end, I decided to go with a Fenix TK16. I picked one up today at Academy.

It is sweet. I like that the medium setting can last 10 hours - and it is more than bright enough on the medium setting for inside of my house. The high setting lasts almost 3.5 hours, and it is much brighter than the TRL1 output. And, the Turbo lasts 1 hr and 10 min. The Turbo is damn, damn bright - about 1000 lumens.

For its purpose (on a home defense carbine), I don't ever see going more than a medium or high setting, unless I go outside at night with it. I plan to leave it on the medium setting by default.

However - I just came in form being outside.... The Fenix has more throw than my daily carry flashlight - the Nightore SRT6. And, the strobe on the Fenix comes on at the full 1000 lumens. It almost makes me sick looking at it.  :P It is brighter than the strobe on my Nightcore, and even easier to activate. I'd hate to have that turned on in my face.

I've been carrying my Nightcore for 2 years now. But, I may end up getting another Fenix TK16 later on as a new daily carry light. Because of my job, I use a flash light daily. And, I am always looking for something equivalent to a pocket sun. This Fenix is a little smaller than the Nightcore too. And, with the way the strobe feature is activated,  I think it makes for a better carry light than my Nightcore.


(The pic shows the clip, but I removed the clip to mount on the carbine)


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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 07:16:29 PM »
Ok - I bought a 2nd one today to carry with me. That strobe is killer at 1000 lumens - and the strobe activation is super fast. Light is also brighter and a tiny bit shorter than my Nightcore SRT6. So, I couldn't resist :)

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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 09:12:42 PM »
I have on Fenix light and would never buy another.  After about 3 months it stopped working all together. Sent off got " fixed" , then it would kill battery's every night.  2 123A.  They tried to claim it was battery issue not light and use this brand.  So bought those same thing.  After sending back 3 times they finally sent me new one and it works.  But it cost me shopping 4 times a dozen + battery's and 3-4 months of time.

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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2016, 09:54:33 PM »
Sorry to hear it. I am on Candle Power Forums and other forums with flash light sections - your experience does not seem typical. But, crap happens, I suppose.

We'll see how these two hold up over time. But, I am impressed with them.

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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 09:45:24 PM »
I understand crap happens.  The real issue was the crappy CS and paying shipping back and forth so many times when I feel they didn't do a thing but send right back. 
CS can make or break a company.  I've been a fan of S&W due to great CS.  Avoid other companies due to crappy.  Good luck and hope you never need them.  Other than that the lights been good once they sent me a brand new one finally.

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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 10:18:53 PM »
I understand crap happens.  The real issue was the crappy CS and paying shipping back and forth so many times when I feel they didn't do a thing but send right back. 
CS can make or break a company.  I've been a fan of S&W due to great CS.  Avoid other companies due to crappy.  Good luck and hope you never need them.  Other than that the lights been good once they sent me a brand new one finally.

You usually get good warranty service form the vendor you buy it from (Flaslights are a little different then other products, in that regard). If you contact them, they'll usually fix you up. I had to get a tail cap replaced by Edison Bright once on Amazon. They did it, no questions asked, 2 years later. Tod at Illumination Gear will also replace whatever ya need. He has great customer service. If you buy from a good vendor, they will deal with a warranty issue for you many times - and then they did the exchange with the factory on their end.

Admittedly - I bought these from Academy - so, I won't get that benefit should something happens. But, at the time, I didn't feel like waiting for the light to be delivered. If I wasn't happy with it initially, I figured I could return it at Academy much easier.

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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2016, 04:49:27 PM »
Ok, I can't recommend this light now.

The one on my PS90 was on the gun for its first firing today. 5.7 had very mild recoil. Shot 200 rounds, and the flashlight won't work. Doesn't matter what batteries. Only the strobe works for as long as you hold that 2nd function button. Otherwise, the light won't come on at all. I think there is an issue with the switch.

Anyway - that is sad. The light is made to be mounted on a gun - you can even buy a pressure switch and gun mount from Fenix for it.

I returned it to Academy. And, I decided to return the 2nd one too - the one I bought to use as a new EDC.

I worried that if it broke that easily - what if I drop the Fenix EDC one a couple of times, it would probably break. I don't trust it anymore.

So, returned 2 lights and the scope rings I bought to mount the light on the gun.

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Re: Fenix TK16 LED light
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 01:39:10 PM »
I was looking at some old threads and saw this...

Every time I am in Academy, I keep seeing the Fenix lights. They even had some at 1/2 price a few months ago. But after my experience listed above, I just don't trust them anymore.