We have all seen it in the movies. This unbearably bright light comes out of nowhere, blinds and paralyzes, turning night into day. Turns out it was just a Fenix LR40R. Don’t get me wrong. Fenix already does bright. But this time they fulfilled flashlight-oholics dreams. They solved some ‘problems’ with this one. Putting aside the 12,000 lumens, the ability for choosing a focused laser beam spot light with no spill, or the mother of all floods is a home run. Some of us choose the light we carry based on what we are doing. I can tell you that there has been more than once that I’ve had a spot beam with me and wished I had something wide, and vise versa. Now, if I’m out on a 4 wheeler going through the mountains, I am prepared for whatever task I need. The spot on this thing is comparable to the spot portion of the TK75. Tested side by side, they perform just about the same. Now the flood portion is a whole new beast. Most floods I’ve played with are good for the close and immediate area, but looking out an open field requires a spot beam. The LR40R has a long range flood light that will flood an entire football field with intense overbearing light. The best part? You can have both the flood and spot together.
Now they have put other ingenious features into this. Run times are amazing, especially at this lumen rating. I always see high lumens as a trade off for run times. Not this time. I know I can go out riding in the mountains for the night and not have to worry. I don’t find myself even using the turbo modes half the time. Where they nailed it was with the new USB-C fast charging, and the removable battery pack. It’s always a turn off when you spend this kind of money on a light and in a couple years when the built in batteries weaken, the light is trash. Fenix though about this, made it replaceable, and gave it a backup of being able to stick in 18650s. Sounds like all the avenues are covered here.
I’ll admit it. I was concerned about the size. I though it would be too big to walk around with. I thought that it could be a pain to throw on the 4 wheeler and use once I got out in the mountains. I was wrong. This thing is actually very well sized. I have average sized hands, and it fits very nicely. It does not feel too big and is actually much smaller then the TK75. It was great to throw in my trail pack, fits in with the emergency kit, and sits nicely in the tent. The holster it comes with is decent, though I wouldn’t see myself walking around with it on my hip.
Now to the Cons. Or should I say the one negative. At a full 12,000 lumens it gets hot. It gets very hot. Now don’t let this sway you from this monster. Most cases, you aren’t going to walk around or go on a stroll at 12,000 lumens. Its just too much. The lower modes are plenty. Even for search and rescue. Now its not nearly as hot when you have just the flood or just the spot on high/turbo. It’s the combination of the two. And if you think about it, and think about the massive amount of power it must take to push that much out of the tiny LEDs, its not surprising.
Plain and simple. If you are finding yourself outside, or an outdoorsman, you need this light. If you live on a farm, mountain house, or even just outside of a urban environment, you need this light. You won’t be disappointed. It lived up to the anticipation.