Fenix RC05 Rechargeable Flashlight

Max Lumens: 300
Modes: 5
(23 customer reviews)

$72.00 $54.95

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The Fenix RC05 flashlight is a must have for hiking, camping or every day carry. This rechargeable LED flashlight features a maximum 300 lumens and is powered by a single 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery, or can use a standard AA battery as a backup at reduced performance and no recharge ability. Recharging the flashlight is easy with the magnetic, dual-purpose Micro-USB charging cable. The two-position clip is great for different carry positions and the magnetic suction bottom allows the flashlight to be mounted to metal for limitless lighting options.

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Max Lumens: 300
Modes: 5


fenix rc05 flashlight specifications chart


Length: 3.7” (94mm)
Diameter: 0.7” (19mm)


1.3 oz. (36.8g) excluding battery and charging cable


One 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery


Lanyard, key chain, body clip, spare O-ring, charging cable, ARB-L14-800 battery


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Additional Features of the Fenix RC05

*When using a AA Ni-MH or Alkaline battery, the light only activates up to High output, without Turbo output. **Due to the protective setup of downshifting from Turbo to High after working 5 minutes, the runtime of Turbo is the accumulated time.

  • Utilizes Cree XP-G2 R5 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Powered by one 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery or one AA Ni-MH or Alkaline battery can be used under emergency circumstances
  • Magnetic suction charging port in the neck, one included 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Tailored magnetic charging cable also available in portable MICRO USB devices
  • Spill beam angle of 76°, spot beam angle of 15°
  • Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness
  • One-switch for fast and convenient operation
  • Specialized two-position body clip, magnetic suction bottom
  • Lock-out function avoids accidental operation
  • Low-voltage warning reminds when battery replacement is needed
  • Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation
  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Premium type Ⅲ hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating


When the light is off and unlocked, press and hold the side switch for 0.5 seconds to turn it on. When the light is on, press and hold the side switch for 0.5 seconds to turn it off.

Output Selection

With the light on, single-click the side switch to cycle through Low→Mid→High→Turbo.


Under unlocked state, press and hold the side switch for 1.2 seconds to enter into Strobe, click again to turn back to previously used General brightness level.

Lock-out Function

Lock: When the light is off and unlocked, double-click the side switch in 0.5 seconds, the light will blink at Mid twice and then go out, indicating the light is locked.

Unlock: When the light is off and locked, double-click the side switch in 0.5 seconds, the light will be unlocked and power on the last-used output level.

Note: In locked state, the light only responds unlocking operation, press the side switch, the light will blink twice to remind the light is under locked state.

Intelligent Memory Circuit

The flashlight memorizes the last brightness level used in the General mode, the next time it is turned on, it will recall that previously used General brightness level.

Over-heat Protection

The flashlight will accumulate a lot of heat when it is working at Turbo brightness level. When it works at Turbo for 5 minutes, the flashlight will automatically downshift to High output to prevent the light from overheating. If the Turbo output is needed, please reset it again. But the flashlight could be damaged or the normal service life could be shortened because of continuous use like this.

Low-voltage Warning Function

When the voltage level drops below the preset level, the flashlight is programmed to downshift to a lower brightness level. When this happens in Low output mode, the flashlight blinks three times every five minutes to remind you to charge the light or replace the battery. To ensure normal use, the flashlight will not turn off automatically and will work until the over-discharge function stops the battery from working.

Note: This only works on 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery. When the voltage of 14500 battery is detected lower than 3V, low-voltage warning function will fail if the flashlight is turned on again.

Magnetic Suction Charging

Connect the USB AM port of the charging cable to the power source, the indicator light will turn green. Then draw the magnetic end of the charging cable close to the flashlight, the charging cable will absorb to the charging port automatically and the charging has begun. The indicator light will flash green in charging process. Last the indicator light turns solid green when charging completely done. The normal charging time is about 1.5 hours.


  1. RC05 only charges normal on 14500 rechargeable battery, Fenix ARB-L14-800 battery with protective circuit is recommended.
  2. Charging with the light on is not recommended, doing so may cause extended charging time or less fully charged battery. If emergency lighting is needed, the flashlight is only available at Mid output level when it is charging.

Battery Replacement

Unscrew the light body to insert the battery with the anode side (+) toward the light’s head, screw the light body back on.

Usage and Maintenance

  • Disassembling the sealed head can cause damage to the light and will void the warranty.
  • Fenix recommends using excellent quality battery. If the flashlight will not be used for an extended period, remove the battery, or the flashlight could be damaged by electrolyte leakage or battery explosion.
  • Unscrew the light body one-half turn or take out the battery to prevent accidental activation during storage or transportation.
  • Long-term use can result in O-ring wear. To maintain a proper water seal, replace the ring with an approved spare.
  • Periodic cleaning of the battery contacts improves the flashlight’s performance as dirty contacts may cause the flashlight to flicker, shine intermittently or even fail to illuminate for the following reasons:
    Reason A: The batteries need replacing.
    Solution: Replace batteries (Please confirm the correct installation of anode and cathode).
    Reason B: The threads, PCB boards contact or other contacts are dirty.
    Solution: Clean the contact points with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

If the above methods don’t work, please refer to the warranty policy before contacting your authorized distributor.


The flashlight is a high-intensity lighting device capable of causing eye damage to the user or others. Avoid shining the light directly into anyone’s eyes.

23 reviews for Fenix RC05 Rechargeable Flashlight

  1. Karl Baldrate

    Let me update my review: On July 24th, I was contacted by Fenix customer service. The rep took my information and sent out a new light as a replacement. Kudos to customer service for stepping up. The new light, at this time, is functioning correctly.

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  2. Andrew LeBlanc (verified owner)

    Works as advertised

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  3. Karl Baldrate

    I’ve finally gotten around to writing this review. Stay away from this P.O.S. After a short time, the flashlight would power down to low output no matter what level I set. The battery was always fully charged, so I doubted that was the issue. I tried to contact Fenix for a warranty claim. It took several weeks and and as many emails to get a response. First I was asked to cannibalize parts from another Fenix, same model. That wasn’t going to happen, so I was asked to send it back, which I did. The result? The flashlight was returned with a letter stating that it was the battery – which I hope they replaced, but either way, I now have the same useless flashlight with the same problem.
    Save yourself a headache and don’t throw your money away. Buy something else.

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    • Dianne (store manager)

      Hi Karl – please note that per our sales records, you have the RC05SE, which is different than the RC05 (the light where you left your review). Warranty should be contacting you again. I asked them about this and they said that if you had another of the same light there, they do sometimes ask people to swap out parts in an effort to narrow down the problem, to see if they can just send out what is needed for repair vs having you send it in. They did replace the battery in the light and it was testing just fine for them when they sent it back. On the RC05SE, you have to toggle the tail switch to start the charging process. Either way, they did not hear back from you that the light was still having issues and they will be reaching out to you to see if they can get this fixed.

  4. Javier T. (verified owner)

    Bought this product for my managers for the quality and reliability they need while working late hours.

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  5. Chris (verified owner)

    Light comes out of this cylinder when you press a shiny button.
    It’s neato.

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  6. Chris B. (verified owner)

    This is a perfect EDC flashlight, so perfect that I bought one for my Wife and Brother. Love knowing that I have a fully charged light every time I need one. The magnectic charging is really well made (Actuall wish this was available on all their lights. RC05 has a stands up and magnetic base (perfect for checking the car engine at night), Clip works as both a pocket clip and hat clip so you always have a head lamp with you (I find this to be most useful). The SE version is a little longer and the tail switch is a bit too small for my thumb and digs into my fingers.
    I also have The PD40 for the house), UC35 v.2 in the Nightstand, and the RC05 for my backpack and one for the car. I think that they are all great lights. I would highly recommend the RC05.

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  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I really like the size of this light.

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  8. Patrick W. (verified owner)

    Great light, everything you’d want it to be for a pocket light – but the version with the tailcap is the 5 star one.

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  9. Matthew U. (verified owner)

    Simply a great, reliable, and handy flashlight. The magnetic tail is SOO useful. It may be on the smaller (more compact) end as far as size goes, however, it throws a beautiful beam on super clear light. On High, it lights the room. On Low, it’s perfect for close-up tasks and reading. This is one of many Fenix lights that is going in my sea bag when I deploy! Bravo Zulu again Fenix! Customer for life here.

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  10. Michael Baile (verified owner)

    One of the best flashlights I’ve ever owned. Light and right size for my uses. L

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  11. Matthew (verified owner)

    Could not ask for a better EDC light. Completely satisfied.

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  12. Jake Weber

    I bought my RC05 at Sportsmans Warhehouse. Best light I have had. I use a flashlight everyday for work. This is the smallest, cheapest, brightest, fastest charging, longest lasting, most durable flashlight you can buy. I looked alot. Its also super handy that you can grab a normal AA and bring it with you if you know you wont be able to charge it. I am a heavy equipment tech and this is way better than anything the tool trucks sell.

    I dropped my light in a 5 gallon bucket of hydraulic oil while I was looking for metal in the oil. The light stayed on and I retrieved it with a magnet and cleaned it off. No problems ever.

    The only thing that I wish was different was the strobe mode and the lock. The strobe turns on when Im in a bad position and its hard to get back to the normal modes. I hate it when I lock it on accident and have to remember how to unlock it. Its also annoying to explain to anyone else using it how to use use it. Its like you have to be trained on how to use the light. Despite that its still one of my favorite things. I cant go anywhere without it.

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    Best flashlight I have ever had. It was just what I needed for EDC purposes, and I didn’t realize how much it helped until I started carrying it everywhere with me. All the features work exceptionally well and the charge lasts very long even on turbo. Great for hunting. My only complaint is that I can’t remember where I put it last. I guess I’ll be getting another one.

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  14. Paul H. (verified owner)

    Very bright, long lasting, and compact.

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  15. Kevin (verified owner)

    Love the magnetic base on this, along with the magnetic charging plug.

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  16. Michael S. (verified owner)

    From the magnetic charging, to the battery options, to the simple operation, this light is well made and well designed. Very happy with the purchase.

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  17. Robert (verified owner)

    Great price for all these desirable features. Anxious to find out how well the charge lasts. Clips on a brim for hands free light.

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  18. Sean (verified owner)

    Best flashlight I’ve ever owned by far. I work in the HVAC industry, and haved used everything from corded Trouble lights to big bulky flashlights. I was never satisfied with the cords getting tangled or the batteries to replace costing more then the flashlights themselves. This flashlight is small, rechargeable, and durable. I have dropped this flashlight into mortar, 5 gal bucket of water, mud. Dropped it on solid concrete more times then I can count. It does sport some war wounds from being dropped, but still works like a charm. I can go a whole week in between charges on med low setting doing service calls on furnaces. The only complaint I have is when I forget it at home. Thanks for the quality build.

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  19. Ralph B. (verified owner)

    Perfect flashlight if you’re looking for a small and powerful everyday carry and don’t require a tail switch. Instead of a tail switch the RC05 has a powerful magnet. I prefer to have a tail switch but I have no problem trading it for the magnet, it comes in very handy. I also like having a reversed clip, I usually wear a hat and it’s easy to clip it to the brim, if I need both hands.
    The RC05 charges using a magnetic connection, which makes connecting and disconnecting very easy. I bought this light for my wife’s car thinking it would be good to leave in the glove box, plugged into the usb so it would always be charged. When I got light I did not realize there was only magnetic charging, no micro usb, so I was worried the magnet would disconnect, but it held up fine in the glovebox. You can also use a AA battery if you need to. Having the option to use readily available batteries is a must, in my opinion.
    The side switch is pretty much standard, press for half second to turn on/off, click to cycle through outputs and press and hold for strobe. The light also has a lock-out function to prevent from being accidently turned on in bag or pocket. The switch is recessed a little, also helping from being accidently turned on, and has grooves milled on both sides which makes the light real comfortable in your hand. I bought this light for my wife, but I like it so much I might make it for my edc.

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  20. Khairul

    How long distance it can flash??

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    • Fenix Lighting USA (store manager)

      RC05 will flash/strobe at the same distance and lumen output as turbo

  21. John

    Been using my RC 05 for six or more months it is my EDC. WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SECURE ANOTHER light of this quality and price. The magnetic recharge is super good and fast. Looking to get a RC 11 next for a truck light emergency

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  22. Christopher

    Great flashlight for EDC. I don’t even notice that it is in my pocket and have used when I least expected many times. The magnetic charging is a nice feature but I have a stand alone charger I use more often, it seems to charge the battery faster. But the ability to take a AA in an emergency was one of the main reasons I got this particular light, Great feature!The flashlight is very bright for it’s size and very tough as well, so far it has never failed me. The only complaint is enabeling the lock feature tends to be a little tedious. I can’t get it to lock everytime, it usually takes a couple tries. Otherwise, I can’t really complain too much about anything else, the double clip is a great feature and I have even clipped it on my hat once and besides being heavy on the hat it also did the job. I’d recommend this to just about anyone.

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  23. Ron (verified owner)

    Nice spot in the middle with a surrounding flood. No particles in the beam. Good spread between the modes. Switch works well. The odd grooves in line with the switch act as anti-roll, and work well. Magnetic charging is convenient, especially for those that do not already have a charger that will work with the 14500 battery. Light’s instructions say it can also work on an alkaline battery as well, though you can only recharge 14500 through it. The lockout function seems to work without issue. Though, I did carry the light a few times without using lockout, and it did not activate accidentally.

    The magnetic bottom is flat, so it tail stands very well. The magnet really does add quite a bit of versatility. First day I carried it, wanted to check the oil in my car. Light stuck to the hood and shined down onto the engine. A few days later I was in my garage rooting around. Stuck the light to the garage door (why do they not install overhead lighting in garages when building houses?).

    The clip works well, but as shown in the pictures it leaves the light bezel up. You can turn it around, but then it sticks up past the tail cap which will prevent tail standing. The switch requires a brief hold to activate or deactivate the light. While this is not an issue for me (it’s maybe half a second at most), it will be for some. Magnet charging is convenient, and will save money if you don’t already have a usable charger, but since the port is always exposed, it seems likely that over time it could sustain damage.

    Have carried some sort of light for around 25 years. Until about a year ago, it was usually a Mag Solitaire. When I went to replace that, I found the E12. As much as I liked that, always starting in low bothered me. If you do not require a tail cap switch, but don’t want to always start in low, this is a good replacement for the E12. Close in size. Both are very lightweight. I looked at the Thrunite T10 and T10T. Though I like those (have one of each), the spacing between the modes is ridiculous. You go from under 1 lumen, to 13, to 200/250. No middle ground between the low and super high really limits the effectiveness. You won’t have that problem with the RC01 (or the E12 really).

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