Fenix LD30 Flashlight - 1600 Lumens


The Fenix LD30 arrived in the mail the other day.  I was asked if I would be willing to look at this light and after using a bunch of lights from China, I thought it would be nice to see how a brand-name flashlight compares in use, build quality and overall output when compared to cheaper knock-offs and other less-expensive torches.

Fenix LD30

In Canada, Fenix lights are priced in the no-mans-land: around $80 - $140, depending on what model and options you go for. This makes them appeal to a smaller market segment. While that may limit the amount of sales, it does put them in a category, that puts them in a market segment where they stand almost alone. There are more expensive flashlights from other brands, and there are a host of cheap alternatives. Fenix, however, fills a gap and promises great features, value and quality at about half the price of the ****fire lights up north.

Product: Fenix LD30 Flashlight
Provided By: Fenix
Price: Buy Direct from Fenix Here

First Look:

The Fenix LD30 is a 1600 lumen, 18650 flashlight that is IP68 rated, has two switches and is a mere 4.2-inches long. It has five output settings and is built like a tank.


As you can see on the package, it claims a beam distance of 205 meters, a 5 year repair warranty and has a feature called intelligent downshift.

In The Package


The clear window on the package gives you peek at the LD30 itself. It looks very well built and has a handy two-way clip that will work for pocket use or even clip on a hat. You can carry it facing up or down - whichever you prefer, something that I’ve never personally seen on a small torch such as this.

Inside the package you get the LD30, a lanyard, warranty card, holster, charge cable and instructions. The version we received also contained the Fenix ARB-L18-3500U - a 3500mAh USB rechargeable Li-ion battery. The bundle included a charge cable, and I could not for the life of me figure out where to plug in the flashlight. It took me a while (way too long, sadly) to figure out that there was a Micro-USB charge port in the battery itself.




The following description and specifications have been pulled from the Fenix Store and posted here for your convenience. Updated features and such can be found on their website here.

The Fenix LD30 is a compact everyday carry flashlight with a max output of 1600 Lumens and a beam distance of 672 ft. In length, it only measures a total of 4.2 inches so it can easily be carried in a go-bag or pocket. You can use the two-way body clip to attach the LD30 to a hat or tactical vest effortlessly. The all-new LD30 has been released in two versions; both versions are exactly the same, the only difference is that one includes a Fenix 3500U Rechargeable 18650 battery. This new EDC flashlight features a battery level indicator on the side switch and is IP68 rated. The Fenix LD30 can be powered by a single 18650 battery or two CR123 batteries. Included with your purchase is the durable holster and easy to use lanyard.

  • 1600 Lumen Output
  • Luminus SST40 LED
  • 18650 Battery Compatible
  • 5 Output Settings
    • Turbo - 1600 Lumens/1.3 Hours/672 Feet
    • High - 800 Lumens/1.5 Hours/492 Feet
    • Med - 350 Lumens/5.30 Hours/311 Feet
    • Low - 150 Lumens/17.3 Hours/196 Feet
    • Eco - 30 Lumens/70.3 Hours/82 Feet
  • IP68 Rated - 6.5 Feet Submersible for 30 minutes
  • Two position body clip
  • Battery level indicator
  • Tail Switch & Side Switch
  • Ultra Thin Optical Lens - Spill beam angle of 193°
  • Two Versions Available - First version includes Fenix 3500U 18650 battery, second version does not include battery
  • Compatible batteries: One 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123A batteries
  • Size: Length: 4.29 Inches / Head Diameter: 1.0 Inches / Body Diameter 0.85 Inches / Weight: 2.08 Ounces (Excluding Battery)


Before you go and throw out the instructions, it’s worth noting how to change modes, the battery level indicator and how the output settings all work. The controls are very simple, but a quick read through the instructions explains how the intelligent downshift works and what to expect out of your LD30.

The side button is used for changing brightness modes and has an LED that is used as a power level indicator. At maximum brightness, the LD30 kicks off 1600 lumens and can illuminate up to 672 feet, but will drain your battery in about 80 minutes. At it’s lowest setting, it gives off a meager 30 lumens, maxes out at 82 feet of range, but will last for over 70 hours.



While I didn’t use a range finder to try and figure out just how far the beam actually went, it was by far a better throw than my other two current torches - a well-made 1200 lumen Chinese torch (18560) as well as a Surefire X300U (2x CR123). Both of these other torches work well but can’t hold a candle in terms of beam throw and flexibility of the Fenix LD30.

The other torches do give up a whiter light and that is due to Fenix using the SST40 LED in this model. Some people love it while others have a huge hate on for it, but I don’t find the slight color a big deal at all.

Side Button Lens



The Fenix LD30 is a huge step up in terms of small, compact, high quality torches at a price point that doesn’t make it a ridiculous purchase. For those consumers who think a $10 flashlight is good enough, the Fenix LD30 may seem a little expensive. Once you try out a high-quality light, you won’t be satisfied with anything less. The build quality, control setup, features and output are hard to beat. I was thinking that I might pass this on to one of my kids, but after using it for a week or two here during crunch time around BCCHQ South, I decided that I will be keeping it. It makes a perfect EDC, compliment to your backpack, camping gear or even in your glove box for an emergency. 

I really can’t find anything wrong with the LD30 at all, and am happy to declare it’s “solid gold” in terms of overall rating.