Fenix CL09 Lantern

Max Lumens: 200
Modes: 7
(36 customer reviews)

$45.00 $34.95


Experienced outdoorsman know the struggle to balance the size & weight of their gear versus their performance. The CL09 provides your lighting solution without sacrifice. At 3 inches tall and 1.6 ounces, this ultra compact lantern delivers. With the added bonus of being waterproof and impact-resistant, the CL09 is perfect for the camper or hiker who enjoys their vision more than the mystery of the night.

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Max Lumens: 200
Modes: 7


fenix cl09 lantern specification chart


Length: 3.09″ (78.5mm)
Diameter: 0.86″ (22mm)


1.11 oz. (31.5g) excluding battery


One 16340 rechargeable battery or CR123A battery


Fenix ARB-L16-700U battery, spare 0-ring for water seal, key ring


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Additional Features of the Fenix CL09

  • Three lighting sources of neutral white, red and green
  • Powered by one ARB-L16-700U, 16340 or CR123A battery
  • 5mm Length x 22mm Diameter
  • 5 grams (excluding battery and other accessories)
  • 360° illumination
  • The lantern tail features a magnet and a hanging loop
  • IP68 rating, underwater 2m for 30 minutes/dust proof
  • Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery insertion
  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum and optical grade PC materials
  • Premium type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish

Operating Instruction                                


Tighten the lantern tail to turn on the lantern. Loosen to turn off the lantern.

Output Selection

To change output level while the lantern is switched on, turn it off and back on again within one second. Lantern will cycle through Low→Med→High→Turbo→Red→Red Flash→Green.

Note: the lantern is not equipped with a memory function. If more than one second elapses after being switched off, it will default to Low mode when switched on again.

Battery Replacement

Unscrew the tail cap to insert the battery with the anode side (+) towards the light head, then screw the tail cap back on.

Charging of Fenix ARB-L16-700U

  1. Unscrew the lamp cap , take out the battery, plunge the charging cable into the battery built-in micro USB port. Or charge the battery in a charger.
  2. When charging via micro USB port, the charging indicator turns red, and blue when fully charged.
  3. When fully charged, disconnect the charging cable or remove the battery from the charger, and insert the battery with the anode side (+) towards the lamp head, then screw the tail cap back on.
  4. Recharge a stored battery every four months to maintain optimum performance of the battery.

36 reviews for Fenix CL09 Lantern

  1. Ian W. (verified owner)

    This lantern somehow was smaller than I anticipated! I’ve already used it as a work light in several electrical panels, as well as a night light for my kids.

    With the magnetic base, it was easy to find a place for it to mount (like a ceiling fan, or beam or even a binder clip attached to something else) and provides a surprising amount of light for the compact size!

    Definitely a backpackers best friend with its low weight and high-output. Don’t forget about the red and green light modes, for those emergency situations! Looks like Fenix found a way to pack all the functions you might need into something you can comfortably carry in your pocket.

    My only con would be the operation of the light. Sometimes it’s difficult to find that line between off and on and you may skip the mode you want unintentionally. This is a small annoyance, however, and I understand that it was a choice most likely made in the interest of weight/size. All-in-all I would (and already have) highly recommend the CL09 mini lantern to anyone!

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  2. Jonathan Covalt (verified owner)

    haven’t used in the field yet! should work great.

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  3. Dan C. (verified owner)

    A fun, multifunctional, well made little light. My wife liked the first one I bought so this one is for her. Think Christmas stocking stuffers!

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  4. Richard (verified owner)

    I have purchased Fenix lights in the past and I am well satisfied with all. I own a CL05 Liplight and the usefulness of this light precipitated the recent purchase of a more powerful light, the CL09 Lantern.
    My only complaint is that the gripping surface could be more pronounced/rougher as my older fingers have trouble firmly holding the portion of the lantern body that activates the switching and the 1 second lag between on and switching to the next mode is sometimes difficult to attain. A longer time lag between switching modes would also be more convenient for me and probably have little affect on the lantern’s function. All said; I really like Fenix lights.

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  5. Alvaro Garcia (verified owner)

    This is my first lantern style flashlight and it’s perfect for hanging on a branch, pack back, or just about anywhere and offers great lighting

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  6. Josh (verified owner)

    Very useful and bright.

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  7. Erik Guzman (verified owner)

    Incredible easy to use with different shades of light, helps me when camping and reading at night

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  8. Chad (verified owner)

    Amazing little lantern. The brightest setting was brighter than I expected.

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  9. Jeremy M. (verified owner)

    Love it

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  10. Mark S. (verified owner)

    This is a great little lantern. However, there is room for improvement. I would like to see in the next generation the following: 1. make it a push-button and have it operate like the E16 flashlight. 2. put a USB charging port on the outside and make it able to recharge and operate via the USB connection at the same time. 3. stronger magnet

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  11. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Good light for hiking and camping

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  13. John M. (verified owner)

    Outstanding little Lantern. I’m probably going to get a few more for around the house and in the car.

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  14. Carrie T W. (verified owner)

    Great lantern for hurricane/storm kit. Have also used it for vacation. Prefer using regular battery instead of rechargeable.

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  15. Ben

    Perfect for my use: pocket lantern for travel to remote areas, I keep it in a dopp kit with a light and backup CR123s. Moonlight first setting is ideal, red light is great as well. As it only turns on with a twist, I never worry about it turning on by accident. I wish they made a AA version, too!

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  16. Gregory (verified owner)

    Small handy powerful light with magnetic base and hanger
    Light is 360 degres so on high settings needs to be above head

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  17. Bill (verified owner)

    Superb item, superbly designed.

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  18. Adam Wilson (verified owner)

    Love it!

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  19. Stephen R. (verified owner)

    Very compact light perfect for camping or on a key chain. Well made and rechargeable.

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  20. Steven K. (verified owner)

    First order of the CL09, and I couldn’t be more pleased. My usual go-to camping lantern is the CL25R (recently discontinued, alas) but this little guy is versatile, compact, and makes a perfect complement to the CL25R that I can carry in my glove compartment or a bugout bag.

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  21. Alla M. (verified owner)

    Small but strong light

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  22. Jason (verified owner)

    Great light very easy to use

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  23. Ben Tudor

    Excellent nano lantern. This one will find use as a CR123 addition to my car (I live in NY/VT so I need lights that run on CR123s d/t temps below freezing) and I’m sure to get another two for backpacking, plus another for the nieces (tiny lanterns for tiny people). The twist method for light selection is just fine by me as I’m sure it contributes for the tiny size of the light. Runtimes are good, and the included rechargeable battery is a nice touch as it is protected by the external casing of the lantern itself. This is an excellent product, as usual, from Fenix: square cut threads are, as usual, very much appreciated.

    I do wish the lantern had even lower settings, like 0.1 lumens, but that Fenix has listened to customers and included “firefly” modes in their lights – in this case, 1 lumens, has me very much content at the moment. That being said, 0.1 lm white and red would be sweet, but that’s where Zebralight comes in :). Keep up the good work, Fenix, your stuff is bulletproof!!

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  24. Chris (verified owner)

    Just received this light yesterday, and I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to take it camping, will work great on a hammock ridge line to light up the tarp with a subtle green glow for night vision. As mentioned above, needs memory for the selected/most used modes, needs a on/off push switch, and last, would love to see this thing in a golden olive drab color for the outdoorsy men and women!

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  25. William (verified owner)

    Having to cycle through all of the brightness modes to get to the red and green LED modes doesn’t work well. I use the colored LEDs in low light scenarios where I don’t want a bright white light to be seen.

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  26. Brent

    Awesome little light. My only complaint is the hanging loop likes to stick to the tail magnet — meaning I have to pull it off of there before I can tail stand it or stick it to something. Maybe the hanging loop should be made of a non-magnetic material.

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  27. Bert

    this great product will replace my older model D20
    handsome and waterproof, it will be used on hiking and as safety light during walking in the dark.
    easy to make an other light setting.
    will be used for the next years.
    a CR123 battery wil keep for a long period the battery energy and will not damage your light by leek of the battery.

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  28. Harold Holdren (verified owner)

    There’s so much to like here!
    So many modes, so many options.
    I’ve taken this light on four day back country trips and it never let me down. I could recharge it right from my portable battery brick 🙂

    Just larger than a container of lipstick, and this thing was brighter than lights 5x it’s size.
    Very pleased with it!

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  29. Steve Pierce

    When you read all the other reviews you will find glowing reports. And I agree. The light output is awesome, love the size and the magnet and wire loop make it easy to attach or hang it from just about anything. But there is one critical feature that is missing and I am surprised other people didn’t mention it.

    The light doesn’t remember the last setting. I like the red light to use late at night when camping. I can throw it on the shelf at the top of the tent and easily find it at night. However, to turn it on, it always defaults to the low setting white light. That means you have to quickly cycle through med white, super bright white and then you get to red. No big deal, unless your partner is in the tent and then they aren’t too happy about the sudden bright white light flashing three times, each time getting brighter before you find the red light.

    Turn it off and then back on and three more bright white flashes as you quickly cycle through the options before you get to the red light.

    If the light would remember which mode was last selected between uses, the light would be perfect. But it doesn’t, so it gets 3 stars.

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  30. Scott (verified owner)

    Oh man, I love this thing and as budget permits, I’m buying more. I got playing around with and I take it everywhere. Moving around the house at night, when you don’t want to be turning on bright lights, it’s perfect. Put a C123a battery in there and you have a small emergency light that will be good for ten years. Take it in the shower set to red with my UE Boom speaker and relax after a stressful day. The options are endless. I showed it to my wife and her response was “Where’s mine?”. And the battery, all you need is a USB port and sub-mini USB cable. It plugs directly into the battery, no charger needed. Amazing light, get yourself a half dozen!!

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  31. Rex

    This is a great little light it provides plenty of illumination for my wife to read on the patio during those warm summer nights

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  32. Alex

    Nice little light. I find cycling through the modes a bit cumbersome though. Sometimes I just want to go straight to red or green light for example.

    Build quality is great, however the metal ring (that attaches to the key ring holder) broke after just a few days. Beware if you attach it to a belt or similar.

    All in all an interesting concept, but maybe not for everyone.

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  33. Brad Korpela

    I have a few Fenix light and like their light and quality. This is very nice as and the light modes are nice. The big downside for me is no side switch. It takes a lot of twisting to cycle through the modes.

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  34. neil jacobsen (verified owner)

    Amazing little lantern.
    It will be a great reading light while camping on the low settings. High settings light a whole room, which will come in handy here in the Santa Cruz Mountains where we get multiple power outages every winter.
    I’m a mechanic, and the magnet makes it a great light for working on cars. It is so small, that you can put it right next to the area you are working. I no logger use the big corded light. I may fashion a reflector to slip over the globe to direct the light and keep it from shining in my eyes while working.
    Hang it off you belt to make that early morning walk to your favorite fishing spot, and then it is a great light to ties your knots by on the low setting.
    Hoping I never need it, but the colored lights could certainly come in handy as well. Amazing how many features are included in this tiny little light and I love that it uses the same batteries as my favorite EDC flashlight, the Fenix E15.
    Considering buying a few more to keep in my vehicles. And as soon as I’m done here, I will be going on my local mountain neighborhood message board to recommend this useful little light.
    I should also add that the build quality is excellent. Thanks Fenix!

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  35. Joseph Miller (verified owner)

    This is my first Fenix purchase. I am totally blown away by the performance of this little lantern. The turbo setting lights up my whole room. We have power outages out here in the western suburbs of Chicago and I think this will be my go to item when I need it. Really have no use for the battery that comes with it. Will keep it charged as a backup. CR123A batteries are the way to go. Cheap and available in bulk. Yes I am very happy and sure will buy more. Thanks!

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  36. J Redfearn (verified owner)

    I have to admit I am a bit of a Fenix fan, having purchased 5 different flashlights. These lanterns are really neat from the magnet on the cap to the rechargeable battery. Played around with it for a bit and what a great little light! Actually thinking about purchasing 2 more just to light things up. I am very impressed with the quality and features, thanks Fenix for more lights than I need and will be coming back for more!

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