Fenix released the E-Lite, a multipurpose EDC flashlight. This has a main white emitter, with blue and red secondary. Read on for testing!
Official Specs and Features
Here’s a link to the Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC flashlight product page.
There is just one version.
The Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC flashlight is going for a reasonable $19.95.
Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC Flashlight Short Review
This is a fun little light. I like it much more than I guess I expected to. It’s fun to use, the secondary colors are useful, and the main emitter is much more usable like a flashlight than you probably guessed.
The Big Table
|Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC Flashlight|
|Emitter:||MATCH CA18 (And Red, Blue)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$19.95|
|High Runtime Graph||Medium Runtime Graph|
|Quiescent Current (mA):||?|
|Charge Port Type:||USB-C|
|Power off Charge Port||All modes|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||150|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||150 (100% of claim)*|
|Candela per Lumen||4.7|
|Claimed Throw (m)||40|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||85lux @ 2.655m = 599cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||49.0 (122.5% of claim)*|
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- Measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).
What’s Included in the Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC flashlight Package
- Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC flashlight
- Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
- Manual and paperwork
Package and Manual
I commented on another post about the consistency of Fenix packages. Here’s support of that:
Build Quality and Disassembly
The body of the Fenix E-Lite Multipurpose Mini EDC flashlight is entirely plastic.
This white pad on the top is a soft (or “supple”) material, much like a diffusor you’ve probably seen very often.
The main emitter, though, is very much like a standard keychain flashlight style.
Overall the build quality is good. This light is IP66 rated, with I guess the weak point being the charge port. But I find it to be quite secure.
Size and Comps
- Length: 2.05″
- Width: 0.91″
- Depth: 0.79″
- Weight: 0.63 oz.
If a light will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo). If a light will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).
Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+. Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple. A very nice 18650 light.
And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light. I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 format.
Retention and Carry
There’s a pocket clip built in to the Fenix E-Lite. This is not removable
There’s a nice bit of flex with the clip.
This little loop here in the pocket clip can also be used for a lanyard or wrist strap.
Power and Runtime
Since I was unable to get the light apart, I am unsure what the battery looks like inside. In any case here are a couple of runtime tests. Unfortunately I bumped the light around a couple of times in this test on high…. In reality the output after stepping down would be completely flat.
Again, since the light is sealed, I was unable to test post-run voltage. The light does shut off at the end of the runtimes, though.
Charging happens via a USB-C port on the end of the body.
An appropriate cable is included – USB to USB-C.
Charging looks quite good at around 0.3A and requiring around an hour and a half.
While charging, the light indicates red, but not with the main red emitter. There’s a secondary emitter for indication. When charging is complete, a green indicating emitter stays lit.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
|White – High||150||1h40m||150||–|
|White – Medium||45||4h20m||45||–|
|White – Low||5||20h||–||–|
Pulse Width Modulation
There is no PWM to be seen on any mode.
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor. And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned. Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!
User Interface and Operation
The Fenix E-Lite is controlled by an e-switch, which is under this supple pad on the top/front.
It’s very hard to see and I haven’t photographed it well, but there’s a little divot where you should pressed, and that divot is encircled by a raised ring. It’s very subtle though, but easy to feel.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Hold||On – White Low|
|On White||Click||Mode advance (LMH)|
|On White||Longer Hold||Red Steady (switch to secondary group)|
|Red Steady||Click||Mode advance (Red Steady > Red Flash > Blue Steady > Blue Flash)|
LED and Beam
Fenix opted for a Match CA18 for the E-Lite’s main emitter. I’ve only seen that in one other light I think, and that’s also a Fenix – the E03R.
This main emitter has a tiny TIR, and the beam is surprisingly tight and useful.
The secondary emitters – red and blue – aren’t mentioned by brand or model. In the far right photo, you can see the green indicating LED, too.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)
Test light is on the left!
I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Great for belt or backpack use
- Easy User Interface
- Actually useful main emitter
- USB-C Charging
- Low cost
What I don’t like
- Lack of replaceable battery
- No very low mode
- All plastic build
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