The Fenix E15 2016 is a new upgrade to the original Fenix E15 that was released a few years ago. There’s been a big push to make many of our favorite EDC flashlights significantly brighter by pushing LED output and the E15 2016 is a great example of this.
You can see just how compact the E15 2016 is when compared to the Kershaw Shuffle II (an EDC knife I frequently carry). Combine the E15 2016 size with a maximum output of 450 lumens and you really have no reason to ever leave without a flashlight in your pocket.
Note: The Fenix E15 2016 reviewed in this post was purchased for my own personal use from Amazon.com and not supplied by the manufacturer.
The key specification in this new Fenix offering is the 450 lumens of output, a full 280 lumens more than the original Fenix E15. To achieve 450 lumens of output you’ll need to use a rechargeable 16340 Li-ion battery. The E15 2016 also runs of a CR123A battery with a maximum output of 270 lumens.
Other key specs include:
- 4 lighting modes (8, 50, 110, 270/450 lumens)
- IPX-8 water resistance
- 1 meter impact resistance
- Maximum distance of 132 meters
- Tail stand capable
E15 user interface
The E15 2016 uses a “twisty” head to change modes for one-hand operation. Twisting the head to the right about an 1/8th of a turn and back to the left cycles through the lighting modes. With a little practice you can do it one handed.
The Fenix E15 features an o-ring seal and an IPX-8 rating. A knurled body and pronounced ridges on the head make this little EDC flashlight easy to grip. Machining is clean and burr free which is to be expected from Fenix.
Fenix E15 2016 Beamshots
A picture is worth a thousand words and it’s easy to see why the E15 output upgrade makes it well worth the approximate $30 price. You can easily see the difference between the output from the E15 2016 and my original E15 flashlight.
The battery contact is clean, scratch free and internal threads on flashlight body were clean and lightly lubed.
The Cree XP-G2 white LED was well-centered.
The new E15 2016 is slightly longer and the flashlight head diameter a bit larger, but it still fits easily in the palm of your hand and in your pocket.
The requisite “box” shot.
The Fenix E15 2016 has white colored LED.
E15 2016 Review Conclusion
If you need a bright, reliable everyday carry flashlight and you don’t want to spend much money it’s going to be tough to find a better choice than the E15 2016 flashlight.
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