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Fenix UC30 Flashlight – 2017 Upgrade

Rated 4.10 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)
The newly upgraded Fenix UC30 rechargeable flashlight is fitted with a Cree XP-L HI LED which delivers a maximum output of 1000 lumens and a beam distance of 830ft (253m) all powered by one included rechargeable 18650 Li-ion battery. Five output levels and strobe are controlled by the stainless steel side switch which also includes a battery level indicator. Waterproof and dust proof, the UC30 rechargeable flashlight is the perfect tool for every day carry and outdoor activities.

$80.00 $59.95

4.10 out of 5
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Max Lumens: 1000
Modes: 6
Specifications

Size:
Length: 5.1″ (130mm)
Width: 1″ (25.4mm)

Weight: 2.7 oz. (77g) excluding battery

Batteries: One 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery or two CR123A Lithium batteries

Included: Lanyard, holster, spare O-ring, micro-USB charging cable, one ARB-L18-2600 battery, two spare color rubber switch boot

Warranty: Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting US

ANSI FL-1 RATING
MODE Lumens
OUTPUT
LUMENS
Runtime
MAXIMUM
RUNTIME
Distance
MAXIMUM
DISTANCE
Intensity
MAXIMUM
INTENSITY
Impact Resistance
IMPACT
RESISTANCE
Waterproof
WATERPROOF
Eco 5 150h 69ft (21m) 110cd
Low 50 28h 25min 190ft (58m) 840cd
Medium 150 8h 45min 331ft (101m) 2550cd
High 350 3h 20min 512ft (156m) 6080cd
Turbo 1000 1h 25min* 830ft (253m) 16000cd
1m IP68, waterproof to 2m / dust proof
Additional Features

*Due to the protective setup, the light will automatically lower its brightness from Turbo to High after working 3 minutes. Therefore, the runtime of Turbo mode is the accumulated time without time-limited downshifting.

**Be sure to replace the USB cover to guarantee the waterproof ability of the flashlight.

  • Cree XP-L HI V3 LED with lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Powered by one 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery or two CR123A Lithium batteries
  • Micro USB charging
  • Lockout function
  • Battery level indication
  • Stainless steel side switch for output selection
  • Luminous USB rubber switch boot
  • Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness
  • Low-voltage warning reminds when battery charging is needed
  • Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery insertion
  • Overheat protection protects from high surface temperature
  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Premium type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating
Reviews (21)

21 reviews for Fenix UC30 Flashlight – 2017 Upgrade

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John K. (verified owner)

    This is just one of the lighting gems that I have purchased.It is small but puts out the light and I am a big fan of rechargeable. I now have two so backpack and car or wherever needed.

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim Bradley (verified owner)

    Perfect size, super bright with a good battery life….. what else could you ask for!

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  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    James Rich (verified owner)

    Only issue is the on/off button is not high enough to activate in the dark. If the button was raised slightly, you would be able to feel it.

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  4. Rated 2 out of 5

    Ryan Miller (verified owner)

    The light is awesome but the new control switch is not. The lumens of the light is unbelievable bright. very compact but kinda hard to operate. I would buy the UC35 over this model.

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  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    David (verified owner)

    Fantastic! My second Fenix light and even better than my last one. I use this at home as an emergency light or when we walk the neighborhood at night. Easily lights ups houses six ahead of us and the road . I have had my mom buy one to keep in her kitchen as well. Highly recommended

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  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Wilf S

    We have the 2017 Upgrade unit & a pre upgrade unit (which led me to by the post 2017). Carry it with me all of the time & find it’s a well built unit. But, like other Fenix lights that I own, this one & the older UC30 have come on in their respective holsters & melted the bottom of the holster in the daily use one.. Felt my side getting very warm while sitting at a stoplight & quickly turned it off. Have also had people comment to me on a couple of occasions that my light was on, even though my jacket was covering it. Needs a better, more positive switch. Aside from that , I would purchase again. A quality product for the money (including the exchange on the US & Canadian dollar). No charging issues that I’ve experienced to this point. 5 stars if the switch was better.

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  7. Rated 2 out of 5

    Joel A.

    In 2016, I purchased the Fenix UC30 with the intention of keeping it in my vehicle for occasional use (once a month). So far, I have found that the battery charge drains quickly. In addition, should the USB cable with the prong seated inside the port experience the slightest rotational shift in the cord position the charging process ceases . This occurs whether I’ve attached the charging cable in either my vehicle, computer or spare-battery USB port.

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  8. Rated 3 out of 5

    Jerka

    Im a owner of Fenix 30 and I do agree with” tom” about the accidental “onturning” which causes a lot of heat ,enough to make the holster become almost melting.
    Would like to have a onoff button on the end of the torch.
    Part from that,by far the best torch I have ever owned!

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  9. Rated 1 out of 5

    Jordan Barbee

    Great quality light. Horrendously poor light selection. Turns on in pocket and dies way too often. Even went in the holster this can’t happen. If they would have added a tail switch this would have not been an issue. Would send mine back if I could.

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  10. Rated 1 out of 5

    tom (verified owner)

    Id like to point out i have the UC30 before the revised one and heed the warning.

    Will working i was unaware of the flash light being turned on from my body hitting it as i moved around while in the case that was supplied with the flash light. After a unknown amount of time i was wondering why my hip was warm turns out the flashlight was on and melted the hell out of the top of holder. Not cool Fenix may want to look into using something other then cheap nylon for a holder. Im glad I caught it when i did who knows what may have happened. But the light works tho no it stay in a glove box as I cant trust the light not to be bumped and turn on by itself.

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  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason Ho

    5 star rating

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  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jerry L. (verified owner)

    Fenix UC30 came in the mail today.
    Initial impressions: Very well made like all Fenix products. What I like and why I bought the Uc30 is that you can recharge it with a usb cable.
    In the box it brings a spare o-ring, a nice thick charging cable (which is great to keep in the car), carrying pouch, and two extra usb port covers. Easy to use and it turns from red to green when charged and includes an 18650 battery. Overall great value.

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  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Drew (verified owner)

    As a Home Inspector, I use a Fenix TK35 Flashlight and Headlamp on a daily basis. I would use the TK35 for my night time dog walks. I live on the border of a County Park and we have a lot of wild life in the area including Coyotes, possums, armadillos, and the occasional lose dog. I would use the TK35 to make sure the walk went safe.

    I purchased the UC30 as smaller alternative and for the convenience of the USB charging feature. As well as allowing me to keep the TK35 in my inspection tool bag at all times. No need to remember to pack it in the morning.

    This is a great alternative. It is smaller and still gives me the lighting power to check out areas while walking the dog. I have not yet run the battery down, and charge in once a every week or two.

    Great Value and easy operation

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  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin Smith (verified owner)

    Great service and quality merchandise. I inspect food manufacturing equipment and theses flash light are spectacular. Very well made and relighable. I could not be more pleased. I had my first UC30 taken and purchase another immidately! Love them!

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  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Bought the UC40 flashlight in January 2015 and it’s only just died now, so I’m deciding whether to get the lighter weight RC11 (as I put the torch in my mouth, being a mechanic needing both hands at times) or the similar UC30. Overall very happy with the UC40, only minor issues is the weight for when it’s in my mouth and the charging port began playing up a bit, probably because I didn’t faithfully fit the dust boot back after charging each time.

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    • Hannah De Vries

      Michael, thank you for the feedback. The RC11 would give you a magnet on the back so you could have it hang on the hood of a car or something similar. The RC05 or RC09 would also work great for you!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ricky (verified owner)

    Had it for a couple of months and it is the best flashlight I ever had. Would highly recommend it. Surprised with the brightness as well as battery life.

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  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Charles

    I bought my UC 35 960 lumen model about 4 months ago. I thought I should use it a little & get used to it before writing a review.

    Its good, very good!

    I’m very happy with it & would recommend it to those I know who do everything from wilderness camping to caving & fire/rescue.

    The modes are well thought out, you don’t always need a blinding 960 lumens, sometimes (such as when backwoods camping for a couple of weeks where there is no place to recharge it) long battery life is more important than awesome power. The lower powered 50 lumen setting is plenty bright for many things & life extends from 1h 30 Min in “TURBO” to a respectable 38H, plenty for a camping trip.

    The ability to use both the 18650 rechargeable battery & non rechargeable 2X CR123A as a backup is handy.

    Its well made and seems very strong. Its size is not much bigger than the AA MagLite its replacing, & it even takes AA accessories like fiber optics & filters! Although I’d hesitate to use them in high powered modes because of the need to cool the head.

    I like the luminescent mode switch cover, which is great in real darkness & the fact it lights up to tell you the battery are low enough to need recharging! It also tells you when its fully charged.

    I went with 4 stars instead of 5 for 2 (minor) reasons.

    The Micro USB is covered by a really flimsy rubber “cover” that seems like a gimmick, even though the waterproof rating is without the cover.

    The lamp can’t be focused as many can, but the single beam is well designed has few hot-spots & no bright circles.

    Would I buy another one? YES!

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  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thad

    I’ve had this light for at least a year and it’s one of the best rechargeable lights I’ve ever owned. It holds a charge for quite a long time. Mine was in my backpack for several months without being used or charged and when I got it out, it was still charged and super bright and ran for quite a while before needing to be charged. I own about 10-12 different Fenix handheld LED flashlights and they are all great quality and very dependable and ready when needed. I usually buy two or three new Fenix brand flashlights every year and have always been pleased with their products.

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  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    P (verified owner)

    This is a great light for my bike and all round use! The beam pattern is great for the bike and medium power is plenty. The bike mount fits lots of handlebar sizes and has a quick release but I wish the nuts were captured so as not to get lost.

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  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Seth

    Last year I got the UC40UE for Christmas. This year I got the UC30. This one is basically the same flashlight as the 40. There are minor differences, including a shorter length, a very slightly shorter runtime, afferent charge point, and a glow in the dark switch. Its also a fantastic light, and maybe a better choice than the 40. Seeing as how the runtime is so slightly shorter, it doesn’t matter. I like the GITD switch, as the non GITD switch on the 40 is kind of hard to find in the dark.
    I do like the tail cap charge point on the 40 better, this one charges from the side.

    As with the 40, my only real gripe is the extremely low-profile switch. They should make it bigger, so it can easily be felt, even through gloves.

    Either way, I’d definitely recommend it!

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  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Although it’s approx. 5in the flashlight fits perfectly in any pocket and comes with a high quality holster for visible carry and convenience. The Fenix user interface for the light is the biggest thing that I personally like. Switching from a dim 10 lumens to 110 to 400 to 960 and 960 strobe is easily done. Charging the light with a micro usb instead of switching batteries is also a big plus. I use this for everyday carry and I couldn’t be happier. Oh and yes it will completely disorient someone (night or day) if not temporarily blind someone. In a city like NYC, where everything to defend yourself is illegal, this light helps to provide some protection while abiding by state/city laws.

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