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Fenix LD42 Flashlight - DISCONTINUED

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SKU: LD42XLBKN/ABarcode: 6942870306940N/A

Product Overview

The Fenix LD42 is a AA battery powered flashlight that can throw 1000 lumens a maximum distance of 1148ft (350m). This flashlight features a patented mechanical rotary switch which allows you to quickly turn on and select between five brightness levels with a simple twist. The flat body design provides a more natural grip and large belt clip ensures a secure carry. Dustproof and waterproof underwater to two meters, and made of high-strength aluminum and plastic, this light is more than tough enough to handle any task. The LD42 is perfect for those looking for more lighting power from a AA flashlight.


Max Lumens: 350
Max Beam Distance: 1148 feet (350 meters)
Max Runtime: 130 hours 20 min.
Lighting Modes: 5 brightness levels
Size: Length: 6.3” (159.5mm) Body: 1.28” (32.5mm) Head: 1.34” (34mm)
Weight: 3.5 oz. (100g) excluding batteries
Battery: Four AA batteries (included)
Included: Four AA batteries (alkaline), body clip, lanyard, holster, spare O-ring
Warranty: Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting USA

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Additional Features of the Fenix LD42

  • Patented rotary mode switch
  • Powered by four AA (Ni-MH/alkaline) batteries
  • Stainless steel body clip
  • Flat body design for a comfortable grip
  • Digitally regulated circuit for maintaining a stable output
  • Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery insertion
  • Body with anti-roll and anti-slip design
  • Light head is made of durable high-strength and oxidation-resistance aluminum; light body is made of quality plastic
  • Premium type HAIII hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating
Fenix LD42 Flashlight - DISCONTINUED specs chart


Fenix LD42 Flashlight - DISCONTINUED runtime chart


Rotate the mechanical switch to the right side to turn on the light; rotate the switchback left to the OFF mode to turn off the light.


Output Selection

Rotate the mechanical rotary switch to cycle thru OFF⇄Eco⇄Low⇄Med⇄High⇄Turbo.


Battery Specification

TypeDimensionsNominal VoltageUsability 
Ni-MH BatteryAA1.2VRecommended
Alkaline BatteryAA1.5VUsable
Non-rechargeable Battery (Lithium)AA1.5VUsable
Rechargeable Battery (Li-ion)145003.7VBanned×


  1. Do not use the banned battery in case of overvoltage burnout in circuit component.
  2. Use quality batteries. Do not mix batteries of different brands, sizes, capacities or types. Doing so may cause damage to the lantern or the batteries being used.
  3. If the light will not be used for an extended period, remove the batteries from the light in case of damage by electrolyte leakage.

Battery Replacement

Unscrew the light head to insert the batteries with correct polarity in accordance with the graphics on the top surface of the battery compartment, then screw the light head back on.


Overheat Protection

The light will accumulate a lot of heat when used on Turbo for extended periods. When the light reaches a temperature of 60°C or above, the light will automatically step down to 300 lumens to reduce the temperature. When the temperature drops below 60°C, it will then automatically return to Turbo mode.


Usage and Maintenance

  • Disassembling the sealed head can cause damage to the light and will void the warranty.
  • Fenix recommends using quality batteries with proper built-in protections.
  • If the light will not be used for an extended period, remove the batteries, or the light could be damaged by electrolyte leakage.
  • Unscrew the tail cap half a turn or take out the batteries 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 (included) when damaged.
  • Periodic cleaning of the battery contacts improves the light's performance as dirty contacts may cause the light to flicker, shine intermittently or even fail to illuminate for the following reasons: 
    A: The batteries need replacing. 
    Solution: Replace batteries (Ensure batteries are inserted according to the manufacturer’s specifications). 
    B: The threads, PCB board 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 contact your authorized distributor.



  • This flashlight is a high-intensity lighting device capable of causing eye damage to the user or others. Avoid shining the flashlight directly into anyone’s eyes.
  • This flashlight will accumulate a lot of heat when used for extended periods, resulting in high temperature of the flashlight shell. Pay attention to safe use to avoid scalding.

FAQs about LD42 Flashlight 


Q1. What is the product positioning of LD42? And who are the target customers? 

A: The Fenix LD42 is a versatile flashlight for outdoor activities. With a patented technique of rotary mode switching, users are able to easily switch between 5 intensity levels. The lightweight body is designed in a flattened and elongated shape offering comfortable holding. Powered by 4 AA batteries, the light delivers a max output of 1000 lumens and a max beam distance of 350 meters. With IP68 rated protection and a stainless body clip, the LD42 can be relied on for numerous outdoor activities and in emergency circumstances. 


Q2. What are the key features and benefits of LD42? 

A: 1) Patented technique of rotary mode switching - fast operation and accurate selection.   

  2) Powered by 4 AA (Ni-MH/alkaline) batteries. 

  3) Flat body design.  


Q3. What are the advantages of the rotary mode switching? 

A: 1. Rotate the mechanical rotary side switch, users are able to easily switch between 5 intensity levels: OFF⇄Eco⇄Low⇄Med⇄High⇄Turbo. 

2. The mechanical switch features anti-interference of magnet, which is safer and more reliable. 


Q4. What is the advantage of no standby current? 

A: Battery power will not be consumed in standby status, which avoids battery leakage; safe and cost-efficient. 


Q5.What kinds of LED's are used in LD42? 

A: Cree XP-L HI V3 cool white.

Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Jim Bravo

Perfect handheld for night running after removing pocket clip. One suggestion: add a lock function to the adjustment ring so it can't turn on accidently when jostling around in a vest or pack.

Mark Weaver

This is the favorite and most used of the various outdoor flashlights I have tried. Long lasting, low cost power with 4 inexpensive AA rechargeable nimhs; good, comfortable balance in hand; not too big for a pocket; and I find the thumb controlled brightness adjustment ring not only convenient but quicker than a button. An all around good design. I own three of these. One is always nearby.

David Wolken

LD 42

I was looking for a flashlight that didn't take special batteries; one that was designed to run on rechargeable AA cells. I own the previous version of the LD42, the LD41. I like the LD 42 better: same number of cells, lighter, shorter, and even brighter than the LD41.

I like the rotary switch on the new one better than the push button on the 41.

Very nice

William Wright

Like the simple adjustability of the rotator switch. Not a fan of the rear button tactical flashlight on/off switch. I don't live in a tactical war zone.

Gave it 4 Stars because the rotator switch is a bit on the sloppy side. Other than that is a great piece.

Eco is only 5 lumens which is great for most everything and then when you want to upset the neighborhood High is 1000 Lumens.

William Metz

If I'd read the reviews I wouldn't basically be repeating the first review listed on the site - great flashlight, don't mind that it may go through batteries fast (which actually hasn't been my experience), because it was purchased for an emergency kit because it takes common batteries. I will also accept that the fault lies with me for not reading the description more closely, but Fenix's two other flat body flashlights have aluminum bodies, it didn't even occur to me that they would slap a plastic body on this single flat body flashlight. I think most people would prefer a slightly higher price for this flashlight with an aluminum body. Fenix are well made flashlights that are not cheap; unfortunately this one feels a bit cheap.

Charles Haworth

Nice lite . BRIGHT on high. Use with eneloop pro's. Third Fenix lite in my collection

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