E12 Fenix Flashlight – DISCONTINUED

Max Lumens: 130
Modes: 3
(69 customer reviews)

$35.00 $26.95

Out of stock

The E12 has been replaced by the E12 V2.0.  Click here to see the new model here.

For those who want a more traditional light, but simply don’t have the space for a larger model, the E12 is the perfect hybrid of size and functionality. With almost 90 meters of throw, a max of 130 lumens and the popular tailcap control method, the E12 gives you all the punch you need, while only utilizing a single AA battery (included).


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Max Lumens: 130
Modes: 3


fenix e12 ansi specification chart


Length: 3.5″ (90mm)
Diameter: 0.75″ (19mm)


1 oz. (28.5g) weight excluding batteries


One AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) battery


AA battery, lanyard, spare O-ring


E12 Flashlight Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting US

Additional Features of the Fenix E12

  • Uses Cree XP-E2 LED with a lifespan of 50000 hours
  • Uses one AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) battery (included)
  • Digitally regulated output – maintains constant brightness
  • Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation
  • Tail tap switch for on/off and output selection
  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • High-efficiency total reflection lens


Press the tail switch to turn on the light on Low output and lock it. Another complete press on the switch turns it off.

Output selection

When the light is on, tap the tail switch to cycle the brightness level in the order of Low>Mid>High.

Battery Replacement

Unscrew the light head to put in the battery with the anode (+) toward the light head. Align the threads and screw the tai lcap on to test.

Usage and Maintenance

  • Please don’t disassemble the sealed head, doing so can cause damage to the flashlight and will void the warranty.
  • High-power light should use battery with high current discharge capability; We suggest using high-performance Ni-MH rechargeable battery to increase the runtime of this high-intensity light.
  • Please take out the battery if the flashlight will not be used for a long time, or it may cause damage from electrolyte leakage or battery explosion.
  • The o-ring may be worn out after using for a long time. If it happens, please replace the o-ring with a new one to keep the light properly sealed against water.
  • Please clean the contacts of your light from time to time, especially if the light flickers or doesn’t light up. There may be several reasons for a flickering or not working light:
    Reason A: The battery needs replacing.
    Solution: Replace the battery (Please confirm the correct installation of anode and cathode).
    Reason B: The threads, PCB board contact or other contacts are dirty.
    Solution: Clean the contact points with an alcohol soaked cotton swab.
    If the above methods don’t work, please contact the distributors and refer to the warranty policy.


E12 is a high-intensity lighting device and capable of causing eye damage, avoid shining the light directly into the eyes.

69 reviews for E12 Fenix Flashlight – DISCONTINUED

  1. Jesus toledo (verified owner)

    Very handy flashlight, small,compact and bright for any task around your house, car or working the dog out at night.

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  2. Dexter Y. (verified owner)

    There a great work light.
    I always have one in my pocket along with my utility knife.

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  3. Michael (verified owner)

    Fits in pocket for every day carry

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  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The flashlight this great! It came in before it was supposed to and works great.

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  5. Mark

    Very good pocket light for EDC. Has a general purpose beam, and light color is a clean white tint at all power levels. I had to spray the interior a couple of times with electric contact cleaner when first purchased. Appeared to have some metal flashing slivers and machine oil from manufacturing in the battery compartment.

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  6. Richard Davis (verified owner)

    Handy, dependable right size light. I like the lanyard. The brightness adjustment is quick and easy

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  7. Robert D. (verified owner)

    Great little light. Best combination of size, modes, AA battery type, tail switch, standability, waterproofing, and price on the market! I’m proud to own one. I’m running it on a 3300mAh rechargeable lithium-ion to make it even more light weight. Make one out of Titanium and I’ll upgrade for sure!

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  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Good quality light

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  9. Sherman Keene (verified owner)

    What a cool light! It’s bright, the button action feels just right and the battery life is superb. The O ring feel when closing the case is perfect. This light makes three Fenix lights I own and enjoy. Next a headlamp!

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  10. Rob Roy (verified owner)

    Gave as Christmas gift. Well received. I’ve carried an E12 daily for several years and would miss it if it was gone.

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  11. Robert Ruggiero (verified owner)

    Very convenient

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  12. Steven (verified owner)

    Given as gift. Really appreciated.

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  13. David Luebkeman (verified owner)

    On off and increasing power too difficult. There are much easier design solutions.

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  14. Melvin (verified owner)

    Really nice light, only give it a 4 because the tail cap switch is a little hard to operate because of the two “ears”. Wish they would remove the two “ears” on each side of the tail cap switch then it would be a 5.

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  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    There’s brighter lights out there but Fenix is one of the most durable brands.

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  16. Robbie H. (verified owner)

    Nice little light. Very bright for the size!

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  17. Duncan Holthausen (verified owner)

    Great little flashlight to take anywhere in pocket or purse. Is great at night when I need to get up and walk around in the house. I can set it at the lowest brightness and not bother anyone sleeping. Definitely glad I bought it.

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  18. Roberto H. (verified owner)

    Outstanding little flashlight. It is very bright for its size and on one battery. I have this on my keychain all the time.

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  19. Kent M. (verified owner)

    A nice bright small light

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  20. Brian

    Absolutely love this little light! Perfect size for a compact light, no clips or other nonsense, just simple, bright on high, ans sturdy. My wife got for me as a Christmas present several years back, used it all the time. I lost it for a year and was ticked off about, then found it by accident at the beginning of this summer… it seems it survived a nasty, cold, snowy winter outside my cabin in the mountains. Picked it up and turned right on, no issues! Best little flashlight I’ve ever owned, about to by a second one for me, one for my wifes car, and one for each of my daughters to keep in their cars as they head off to college.

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  21. derrel hanna (verified owner)

    Good compact lights. Own 3 of them.

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  22. Richard Burkett (verified owner)

    My favorite edc light.

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  23. Howard R Tugel (verified owner)

    I’ve had an earlier model for 6 years. Still works. I use it many times a day working on machinery and power outages. It is so good. A friend so admired it that I bought one for him and a spare for me. Absolutely priceless!

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  24. Ric Clark (verified owner)

    Great light! Using NiMh batteries.

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  25. Joseph (verified owner)

    Absolutely awesome!! Exactly what I had been looking for in a compact EDC flashlight. I am instantly a fan… sure it won’t be my last purchase. ☺️

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  26. Rod Meyer

    I love this little flashlight. I’ve owned it for many years now.
    My only wish is that it had a lower power setting – much like the moonlight mode that some flashlights come with.
    Even on low power it can be too bright for reading or close up work.

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  27. ROBERT (verified owner)

    Nice pocket light.

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  28. Craig E. (verified owner)

    This little light was quite a pleasant surprise. This will serve multi-faceted uses in our house, from a back-up/supplemental bicycle light to small task light to EDC. I can certainly see picking up another one or two of these for vehicles, garage, etc.

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  29. Robert Huff (verified owner)

    Had the e11 in my pocket for 10 years loved it

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  30. Kenneth Stottlemyer (verified owner)

    Always the best light —FENIX

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  31. Jon (verified owner)

    Great product. Dependable and worth the price. The perfect size for everyday use. Highly recommended.

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  32. Tan Chin Huat

    Good and handy,. I would recommend Fenix E12 to my friends

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  33. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great little flashlight! Will purchase more in the future.

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  34. marc d. (verified owner)

    I bought two of these as gifts. love this little flashlight. Has lots of power for something so small, easy to carry everyday and lasts a long time on one AA battery.

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  35. Bruce (verified owner)

    I have never found a good flash light in my life until I found Fenix.

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  36. Mark Brenaman (verified owner)

    Product is great. I was unable to track the shipment for some reason and it took longer.

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  37. Michael S. (verified owner)

    Just what I needed! Just the right size and brightness needed to inspect crevices on the job… very pleased with the quality of this light!

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  38. Robert R. (verified owner)

    Best utility flashlight ever.

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  39. Kent (verified owner)

    Fantastic pocket light. Very bright.

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  40. Steve Kynard (verified owner)


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  41. Michael Rollins (verified owner)

    For a value performance flashlight this little guy is right on target. For EDC in my pocket I use an E05 on my keychain. For everything else the E12 is perfect. We really love that the battery is a single AA.

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  42. Emilio Escamilla (verified owner)

    Great light. Great value.

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  43. Paul Misencik

    I’ve been carrying my little e12 for nearly six years, and although the anodizing has worn off in places and the lens is a little scratched up, it still works like a charm and serves as the best everyday torch for modern professionals who put a premium on its compact dimensions. Tiny, simple, and tough, this little guy uses the most common possible battery – a single AA – which means it’s easy to keep it juiced up and ready for action. Shock resistant (trust me) water resistant (trust me) and dust proof (trust me) it has held up through my typically fairly extreme (ab)use and remains my go-to light for walking around every day.

    With just a single switch at the back, brightness can be cycled through the options by half-clicking the power button, and although the e12 packs a fairly merciless wallop on “high,” with long reach and great spread of light, I find myself using the “low” setting more often than any other. It’s adequate for almost everything I typically use a torch for, and the battery often lasts me more than a year.

    I have a UC35 V. 2.0 now as well, and I love that one too. It’s rechargeable and has more bells and whistles. But it’s also quite a bit larger and the extra features and output are things I hardly ever use. The simple little e12, tough as nails, half the size and 1/3rd the price, is hard to beat.

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  44. Derick D. (verified owner)

    Bought 2 of these. One for each keychain. Could not be happier

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  46. Justin Joyner

    It’s a sad day. My little buddy has shined for the last time. I’ve had this E12 for more the 2 years. I carried it most of the time, but it really came in handy when I was at work. I’m a fabrication welder and sometimes I can’t see what I’m working on with the ceiling lights are so high up. It’s more convenient compared to my LD22. Just one battery and three different modes, it’s perfect. Small enough to put anywhere.

    I had been using my E12 like normal today. I turned it off to do some more welding. When I went to turn it on, nothing happened. I had done several checks and nothing seemed to work. I had just put a new battery in and it’s still would not turn on.

    Don’t be mistaken by what I have written to be sad or an upsetting review. If you are wanting a really good, small flashlight, this is the one you are wanting. It’s absolutely great!

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  47. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great small light. With me always.

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  48. Rodney (verified owner)

    compact bright love it

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  49. David Nelson (verified owner)

    We wanted small, variable quality light for our RV for next to the bed – PERFECT!!!

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  50. Bruce (verified owner)

    Unbelievable quality for the size.

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  51. A.A

    I bought this little giant for a while.It is prefect as i have too many small EDC from other brands and i can tell you there is no match for the E12 . One thing the surprised me is that at 130 lumens it is much brighter and more powerful than my others EDC light , even the one at 200 Lumens . I think it the because of the quality of the LED . I tried it on a night mountain walking with full darkness and it worked really great.I concerned about the counterfeit products as the Fenix advised but i was lucky to get the Original one. I want to buy another one to put it permanently in my go-bag but it is out-of stock.

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  52. Larry

    I carry this light in my flight bag. It works well for night preflight inspections – the light reaches the top of the vertical stabilizer of the 767s I fly. The one thing I would like is a low battery indicator – the first indication that the battery is about to give up is that it won’t go to maximum brightness, and it’s a short trip from there to completely dead. I do understand that at this size and price point, that’s a lot to ask. Just make sure you’re carrying a spare battery if you’re in a situation where you’re likely to need light when you’re carrying this one.

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  53. Janet

    Love this flashlight! I would never leave the house without it .. when I grab my keys, the flashlight goes right into my pocket along with the keys.

    Keep a second one upstairs .. in case the power goes out.

    It is so lightweight and easy to carry .. an all-around-great investment.. Every woman should have one!

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  54. Jack stack

    I would give it 5 stars if it had a pocket clip!, i dont understand ehy it doesn’t have one!?, it rven has a notch for one!!, anyone??.. Fenix?

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  55. James (verified owner)

    Small, simple, and dependable flashlight great for nighttime hiking and camping and around the house. Nice long run time on low. Only negative is the included lanyard is a bit small otherwise a good basic flashlight.

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  56. Jim

    This is the BEST all around EDC flashlight I’ve ever seen, let alone owned. It is small enough (and comfortable enough) to keep in my pocket all the time, so I actually have it on me when I need it. For hunting, I usually hate using a flashlight to get around in the woods if I can possibly help it. Bright flashlights kill my night vision and a bright, tight beam diminishes my awareness of my surroundings outside the beam, so I have to make a conscious effort to monitor just where I’m at. The low setting on the E12, however, is low enough to light obstacles without completely blowing out my night vision. The second brightness level is brighter than my former flashlight at the high setting and the third and brightest setting is more light than I’ve ever really needed, but I use it anyway as you can’t have too much light in a lot of cases. Around the house or at work, a 5-second shot at the brightest setting usually finds the nut I just dropped. The “ears” they added around the “on/off” button on the E12 are a great guard against having the light turn on unintentionally while bouncing around in my pocket. All this and it runs on a single AA battery. I hope Fenix never retires this model – it’s hard to imagine improving it. Even so, I’m buying extras just in case.

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  57. Sage

    This light is a great little light. I’m about buy my third because I can’t seem to keep one over a year, hopefully this one I can keep track of. I would definitely say they’re worth the money, I pack mine every day.

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  58. Nick

    This is an awesome light. I have been using mine for over three years and it is yet to disappoint. This is my edc, but has also been on countless camping and hunting trips. I even use it with the Fenix headband as a headlamp while I’m fishing at night. The flashlight is exceptionally bright and outperforms anything else that I’ve found that runs on a single AA battery. The finish is surprisingly durable as the light often floats around my pocket with keys and possibly a knife, but the wear on it is pretty minimal. It has been dropped on pavement, in snow, even into the lake and keeps on running. Awesome.

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  59. Howard Carter

    Best EDC ever. It rides perfectly in my pocket with the rest of my EDC, battery life, single AA are the reasons I purchased this model. Exactly what I needed.

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  60. BB (verified owner)

    The ideal pocket light. Recommended to me for EDC by a police officer who carries one. Always in my pocket, except when I pull it out to check things in dim light during the day or darkness at night. Excellent battery life at lower lumens, easy to use, rugged, and so convenient there’s no excuse not to carry it.

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  61. Jack Zahn

    This little light is my go to carry any where wearing any type of cloths for any event pocket flashlight! Just love it!

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  62. John Kress

    I have used the e12 now for about 3 years, and in that time the only issue I have consistently had involves the light not turning on. It appears to not connect with the battery, and I’ve had this problem now with several lights- even new ones right out of the package. I think it might have to do with the moisture or humidity of the environment I’m in the Bahamas. Or the fact that I stick the light in my mouth to direct the light while I’m working with tools. That said, I’d still buy this light every day, and if you live on an Island- and I do part of the year. This is the only light to have. Easy to replace batteries. I’ve not destroyed one yet, and lost one at TSA and another out of my pocket fumbling for keys. Get this light. I keep several back ups, and will look for a headlamp.

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  63. Eric Burcham

    I have a few lights from Fenix, PD35, TK75, E99Ti, but this E12 is my EDC. This perfect sized light fits nicely in my jeans pocket without any added bulk. Feels perfect in your hand, (I’m not big or small- 6’0 200lbs)–yet this light is also the perfect size for my wife’s purse and my young daughters camping light.
    Don’t be fooled by the size, this little light packs a PUNCH on high!! The tail stand feature is nice on the night stand at night, set on low is perfect for reading, but won’t disturb my wife. The greatest feature of this is perfect light is that it runs simply off of the most common battery, a single AA battery!
    I have given this as a gift to all. Big & small, old & young, male & female all swear by this light after owning it. If you’ve never bought a Fenix light and want the perfect place to start or simply are wanting a perfect gift you can give to anybody–look no further than the E12.

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  64. Mike Sullivan (verified owner)

    Great light in terms of output to size, but I wish the battery lasted longer than an hour on high. My biggest problem with this light is the lack of a pocket clip. I try and carry this light towards the side of my pocket but it always ends up sliding around and ending up horizontal in my pocket. Fenix, please add a pocket clip.

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  65. RafterSteve

    Disappointed as this is a poor replacement for the E11.

    – Almost impossible to put on a standard key ring. And no ring comes with it to use as a connector to your key chain.
    – Smaller sized than the prior E11, makes it a little harder for my large hands to hold on to.
    – Once on a key ring, the ring wears through the AL metal of the E12 quickly.
    – Impossible to really know what light output level you are going to get, which makes it a poor choice for a defensive / tactical light.
    – The tailcap switch is flat and not very tactile

    I’m just disappointed in the E12, as the E11 was great and this is not an improvement on it nor a good replacement.

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  66. Michael

    After heavy research and reviewing I bought the E12 today.
    Tonight I used it around the house in the dark.
    I have to admit, each time I used it I laughed because how so very functional and useful it appeared to me.
    Incredible light coming from such a small flashlight with a single AA battery.
    The build quality is quite incredible and really is impressive for this type and size of flashlight.

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  67. JC

    In terms of quality, performance, price and usefulness the E12 is really one of the best lights from Fenix. It runs on a simple AA, has an intuitive tail switch, features efficient battery life and at 130 lumens it can handle most daily tasks. I actually prefer the lack of a clip, too. The size makes it perfect. It’s small enough that you can take it anywhere, yet large enough that it feels robust and functional in your hand. Larger lights can be more useful, but the E12 is so easy to carry I find myself using it all the time.

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  68. Duane (verified owner)

    Great all around performer. Nice to give as a gift and introduce someone to high quality lights.

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  69. Jon M

    I carry an I-phone in my left front pocket & the Fenix E12 & pocket knife in my right front pocket. To be honest after carrying a Surefire Backup on a clip alongside whatever pocket knife I had clipped to my pocket I got sick of the bulk of the lite & all the clips. So what happens you leave that shit at home. I’m digging the size of the Fenix E12 cuz. It’s not a whole lot bigger then the AA battery & is a fraction of the price of the Surefire Backup. If I lose the Fenix E12 I just go buy another on, but is I lose my Surefire Backup I shit my pants cuz the price of the light. For the price it’s a good light & it does the job of a basic little light you can put in your pocket & forget about till you need it. I’m supper happy with the lite. Also like that it uses a AA battery & not a CR123battery.

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  70. Sam

    Just picked mine up from Sportsmans Warehouse. Love it! It is so dang tiny! Perfect to keep in your pocket for EDC. I was looking at this and a Surefire and this had much better specs than the surefire and was cheaper. I think Fenix makes a great product thats more affordable than other brands. Would highly recommend!

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  71. Rick

    I am a night shift mental health worker. This flashlight is excellent for making rounds to check on patients. I utilize the low setting when checking patients rooms while they sleep. The medium and high setting are good for searching for contraband or other objects.

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  72. Garry Frakes

    This E12 is great for inspection work. It’s 130 lumens is not too over powering when looking at assemblies at close range. I use it every day!! It does need a holster for the smaller size.

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  73. Paul

    The Fenix E12 is an overall great EDC light. I have been carrying this light for almost a year and has done very well especially since it is so compact, portable, and only takes 1 AA. The beam has a good spread and projection, the lumens output is superior to my other light i carried (Streamlight Stylus Pro), the button is very positive and durable, the modes are great and in the proper order (some lights have high first, then strobe etc.), and the overall durability of the light is great.

    However there are 2 issues that i had with the light. First the glass sits flush with the head of the light body so if it were to be dropped the glass could be easily damaged and could affect its waterproof abilities. The second issue was that it doesn’t have a pocket clip for ease of carry. I don’t like having my gear not secure since it becomes easier to lose so what i did was have a custom kydex holster made for it but it would be nice if it came with a sturdy built in pocket clip. Other than that, its a great EDC light at a great price.

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