Fenix TK22 1600 Lumen Tactical Flashlight & 21700 Battery

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After the recent look at the Fenix LD30 Flashlight, Fenix contacted me and asked if I wanted to follow-up with their TK22 V2.0. This is also a 1600 lumen light, but it features a larger (21700 5000mAh) battery and a tighter beam that can reach out to an impressive 405 meters. It features a removable tail-cap that can work with remote pressure switches and it offers a bit better performance thanks to its increased size. Keep on reading and see how this compares to the LD30 we looked at previously.

TK22


Product: Fenix TK22 Flashlight & Fenix 21700 Li-Ion Battery
Provided By: Fenix
Price: Buy Direct from Fenix here and here

First Look:

The Fenix TK22 is a 1600 lumen, 21700 flashlight that can also be powered from a 18650 battery using the included adapter. The TK22 has a IP68 waterproof rating, comes with two switches for power and mode functions. It is a fair bit larger than the LD30, as this unit comes in measuring 5.91 inches long and has a larger body diameter due to the larger 21700 battery. It has a much larger head as well. This houses the much larger parabolic reflector which gives it a tighter beam focus and consequently much greater range. It is rated at 405 meters with the LD30 rated at 205 meters. It is a bit larger but packs a lot more punch.

Package

 

The TK22 comes with the main flashlight, ALF-18 Battery holder that allows you to use any 18650 battery, a holster, lanyard, spare clickly-switch cover, spare o-ring, user manual and warranty card. The review sample came with the very large 5000mAh ARB-L21-5000 battery from Fenix as well. This massive battery has no built-in charging port, but it makes up for that with as much capacity as many new laptops. 

Bundle

On the next page we'll cover some features and specifications.


Features & Specifications:

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

TK22 Specifications:
 
  • 1600 Lumen Output
  • Luminus SST40 LED
  • 18650 Battery Compatible
  • 5 Output Settings
    • Turbo - 1600 Lumens/2.1 Hours/1328Feet
    • High - 500 Lumens/4.4 Hours/757 Feet
    • Med - 150 Lumens/17  Hours/400 Feet
    • Low - 20 Lumens/80 Hours/ 167 Feet
  • IP68 Rated - 6.5 Feet Submersible for 30 minutes
  • 21700 and 18650 Battery Compatible
  • Compact Carrying Size
  • Ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating
  • HAIII Hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • A6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Rear and side Switch
  • Digitally regulated with over heat protection
 
Batteries
  • Compatible batteries: ARB-L21 Series 21700 Rechargeable Battery
    • ARB-L21-5000 - 21700 battery without USB port for direct charging
    • ARB-L21-5000U - 21700 battery with USB-C port for direct charging
    • ARB-L18 Series 18650 Rechargeable Battery with ALF-18 Battery holder
Size
  • Length: 5.91 Inches
  • Head Diameter: 1.57 Inches
  • Body Diameter: 1.0 Inches
  • Weight: 5.29 Ounces (Excluding Battery)
     
Included
  • TK22 Flashlight
  • ALF-18 Battery Holder
  • Lanyard
  • Holster
  • Spare O-ring
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

 

TK22 Product Information:

The upgraded Fenix TK22 Tactical Flashlight measures only 5.9" in length with a maximum output of 1600 lumens. The higher output is not the only upgrade on this Tactical flashlight; it can now use both 21700 and 18650 rechargeable batteries making it extremely versatile. Other great features are the four output selections and a long beam distance of 1328 feet. The TK22 has both a rear and side switch user interface allowing for quick activation in tactical situations. We recommend the Fenix TK22 for all law enforcement officers; it is a lifesaving tactical torch that can quickly adapt to any situation. The Fenix TK22 is Constructed with A6061-T6 aluminum making very resistant against the elements. Pick up this new flashlight today for the tactical junkie in your family.

Head

 

ARB-L21-5000 Specifications:
  • 500 Recharge Cycles
  • 5000 mAh Capacity
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable
  • Multiple Layers of protection
  • Pressure Relief Valve Protection
  • Separate Microporous Protection
  • PTC Cathodal Protection
  • Protection Circuits in the anode
  • Overcharge
  • Over-discharge
  • Short Circuit
  • Overheat Protection
  • 7.5a Maximum current
  • Steel Shell Riveting
  • 3.6V
  • Charging Current: 1A recommended, 5A Maximum
  • Note: Does not include an on-board USB port for direct charging
 
Size
  • Weight: 2.56 Ounces
  • Height: 2.99"
  • Diameter: 0.85"

Clicky Switch

 

Product Description:

Since the release of the Fenix PD36R and TK22V2, everyone has been patiently waiting for the release of spare batteries. The time has come; now available is the Fenix ARB-L21-5000 rechargeable 21700 battery. The all-new Li-ion battery provides the voltage and power needed for extended runtime and higher lumen capacities. The ARB-L21 comes with all the bells and whistles of high-quality Fenix batteries, including protective circuits inside the anode and up to 500 charging cycles. Also included are the three sets of overheat protection: pressure relief, microporous, and PTC cathodal block. Don't run out of light; pick up a spare 21700 battery today! 


More Thoughts:

The TK22 doesn’t have a battery level indicator and only has four brightness settings in addition to the strobe/SOS modes. The controls are simple and work very well.

Clip

I never used a range finder to test the range of the TK22, but suffice to say, it’s a heck of a lot more focused and has longer range than the LD30.  It’s by far the brightest torch I’ve used and could probably cause vision damage if used inappropriately. 

The SST40 LED in this model is incredibly white as it has a clear glass lens that lets the LED blast unobstructed and unabated into the darkness. It’s impressive.

Lens

 

Conclusion:

While the LD30 was a huge step up from other flashlights I’d previously used, the TK22 is equally more impressive than the LD30. It is priced about $20USD more than the LD30 and you must decide if you want to spend a bit more on a bulky, more powerful light, or prefer something that’s more pocketable and while impressive, is a bit dimmer. I’ve seen the TK22 here in Canada for $120 without a battery, and while that seems expensive, you won’t find a brighter, tougher, better light for that price here in the north.
It’s a little bulky for an EDC, but if you can manage it, you won’t be disappointed in the performance. My only caution is that it is a fair bit larger than the LD30 - which seems to be a pretty standard size. As it is larger, it may not work for everyone. If you do pick one up, you won’t be disappointed, however. It’s a beauty and a beast that is as bright as the sun.

Side by Side

 

The Fenix TK22 is even better than the LD30 in terms of brightness, but it is a bit bulkier as you can see. Either way, it's a solid performer and I'm happy to give it our Gold Award.