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Fenix L2D Q5 vs Trustfire TR-801

edit: The got stuck to the title and I can't change it.

on to specifics

TrustFire TR-801 Cree Q5-WC 5-Mode Memory 230-Lumen LED Flashlight (1*18650)

Sorry, no pics. They seem pretty identical to me. Anybody else agree? The Trustfire is a third of the cost of the Fenix but you have to mess with 18650. I already have a P7 so that's no big deal.

The Trusfire's a neat little light.
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Just got my first ride in with both of them. I will now take the Trustfire over the Fenix.
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darn, just a few weeks after I bought 2 TFs.
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Just got my first ride in with both of them. I will now take the Trustfire over the Fenix.
Why? I'm sure most everyone interested would like to hear the reasoning behind your decision.
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Originally Posted by Tyrell View Post
Why? I'm sure most everyone interested would like to hear the reasoning behind your decision.
Uh, it lights the road better.
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Seems like a good price. How is the quality of the build?
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https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15335
Seems like a good price. How is the quality of the build?
I'm no expert but I'm very happy with it! Seems solid enough to me. I bought it based on recommendations here. Figured you can't go wrong for 20 bucks.
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I've got both these lights. TR801 is a little finicky in the build department but once you work out its quirks, its very good. A little brighter than the Fenix and a little less floody as well. Battery life with 18650 is very good as well. My Fenix did have a slightly whiter beam though (TR801 is a tiny bit blue). Maybe I'll grab some beamshots this weekend and put them up. Mine is the single mode variety.

I've been contemplating removing one of my P7s and using a P7 and TR801 on the bars since the 801 throws a bit better than my P7s. Or maybe just make the TR801 a dedicated helmet light.
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Originally Posted by Wiggle View Post
Or maybe just make the TR801 a dedicated helmet light.
That's what I'm doing.

As far as finicky is concerned, I haven't seen any problem yet and hope I don't cause I likely couldn't fix it.
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Originally Posted by Wiggle View Post
I've got both these lights. TR801 is a little finicky in the build department but once you work out its quirks, its very good. A little brighter than the Fenix and a little less floody as well. Battery life with 18650 is very good as well. My Fenix did have a slightly whiter beam though (TR801 is a tiny bit blue). Maybe I'll grab some beamshots this weekend and put them up. Mine is the single mode variety.

I've been contemplating removing one of my P7s and using a P7 and TR801 on the bars since the 801 throws a bit better than my P7s. Or maybe just make the TR801 a dedicated helmet light.
Now there's some useful information for comparing the two. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Tyrell View Post
Now there's some useful information for comparing the two. Thank you.
Sorry I couldn't satisfy your needs dude.
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A flashlight with a 18650 battery (not AA) and a 1 hour runtime (need at least 1.5 to 2 hours for my night rides to avoid changing batteries) would hold no appeal for me.

I keep seeing all these great flashlights touted but none of them seem to have AA batteries, runtime equal to the Fenix, or build quality that is equal. Why compare it to the Fenix since they are not built for the same purpose? Just say here is another bright, cheap flashlight if a short runtime and 18650 batteries are okay.

I will keep my Fenix thank you very much.
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There are plenty of people that already have 18650 batteries with chargers and don't need more than an hour of runtime. For those people a TR-801 may make a good choice especially at a third of the cost of a Fenix.

And they're both small flashlights that many people use for bike lights. It makes perfect sense to compare the two.
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Originally Posted by annc View Post
There are plenty of people that already have 18650 batteries with chargers and don't need more than an hour of runtime. For those people a TR-801 may make a good choice especially at a third of the cost of a Fenix.

And they're both small flashlights that many people use for bike lights. It makes perfect sense to compare the two.
Thank you! Sheesh, a guy posts a simple thread that says he likes a light and people complain? Huh? Either I shouldn't compare them or I don't give enough information. It's a tough world here in the forums boy and girls.
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I just got the L-Mini from Shiningbeam.com, and it appears it is the same (or almost the same) flashlight. The L-Mini is stated to have a run time of ABOUT 3 hours on High. I do have the v3 which will take 1-18650 or 2-cr123 batteries.

No riding yet due to the weather. But I am impressed with the light so far in the yard.

Thank you for posting how you like the 801 compared to the L2D as I wondered how it (or the L-Mini) compared to the L2D.

RubenX: I have the T.F. light from Lowe's also. The T.F. has a little brighter "hot spot" and throws farther, but the L-Mini has a brighter "flood" (spill) light, even with the smooth reflector, but more with the o.p. (orange peel) reflector as I have 1 of each for each of my L-Mini's.


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Originally Posted by green814 View Post

Thank you for posting how you like the 801 compared to the L2D as I wondered how it (or the L-Mini) compared to the L2D.


Don't get me wrong, I like my Fenix. I like that it has a nice run time with AA's. If I had just entered the market for a light though, I would have gotten both a P7 and a 801 before a Fenix since run time isn't my priority.
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edit: The got stuck to the title and I can't change it.

on to specifics

TrustFire TR-801 Cree Q5-WC 5-Mode Memory 230-Lumen LED Flashlight (1*18650)

Sorry, no pics. They seem pretty identical to me. Anybody else agree? The Trustfire is a third of the cost of the Fenix but you have to mess with 18650. I already have a P7 so that's no big deal.

The Trusfire's a neat little light.
So far I'm liking my L2D just fine. I like the fact that I can use AA rechargeables. I have quite a few that I use in my photo flashes and cameras so I will cycle them through to my lighting after enough charges.
The beam on high is fine for most riding (110 lumens?) Turbo is brighter but I don't seem to need it. It beats my PB Blaze that I use for backup so I'm happy. I will later adapt my L2D to a helmet light when I get a generator setup.
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The OP asked if they seemed identical to anyone/everyone else. They have a different number and size of batteries and the resulting runtimes are significantly different. So the answer is no I don't think they are the same. It seems good for what it is. Now if it had two AA batteries and gave the same runtime as the Fenix, then it would be interesting to me. I just did not want anybody to get the wrong impression that they are the same, because imho they are not unless I am missing something here. I have seen plenty of threads like this and then when the correct information comes to light (pun intended) the Fenix comes out the winner. Believe me, I will jump for joy when someone comes along with a AA flashlight that does what the Fenix does for a significantly cheaper price. If that flashlight exists, please enlighten me.
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Originally Posted by dekindy View Post
The OP asked if they seemed identical to anyone/everyone else. They have a different number and size of batteries and the resulting runtimes are significantly different. So the answer is no I don't think they are the same. It seems good for what it is. Now if it had two AA batteries and gave the same runtime as the Fenix, then it would be interesting to me. I just did not want anybody to get the wrong impression that they are the same, because imho they are not unless I am missing something here. I have seen plenty of threads like this and then when the correct information comes to light (pun intended) the Fenix comes out the winner. Believe me, I will jump for joy when someone comes along with a AA flashlight that does what the Fenix does for a significantly cheaper price. If that flashlight exists, please enlighten me.
These lights fit the bill.
https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...CREE-Q5/Detail
https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...ode-LED/Detail
https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...Cree-Q5/Detail

While I like my Fenix LD2, I've recently ordered a SolarForce L2 with an R2 led that takes 18650 batteries to replace it. Runtime should be the same as the Fenix, but the light should be brighter.
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Originally Posted by dekindy View Post
The OP asked if they seemed identical to anyone/everyone else.
OK, you got me. I was not nearly specific enough in the original post.

I was referring only to the amount of light they put out. When it comes to that criteria only, I'm picking the Trustfire although they are mighty close.
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Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
I've recently ordered a SolarForce L2 with an R2 led that takes 18650 batteries
Got a link?
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Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
These lights fit the bill.
https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...CREE-Q5/Detail
https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...ode-LED/Detail
https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...Cree-Q5/Detail

While I like my Fenix LD2, I've recently ordered a SolarForce L2 with an R2 led that takes 18650 batteries to replace it. Runtime should be the same as the Fenix, but the light should be brighter.
These look like some high quality flashlights at a better price than Fenix. Is the brightness control circuitry and build quality on par with the Fenix.

I also would like a link to the SolarForce flashlights that you reference. Thanks.
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Here is a link to the CPF with feedback on the Romisen RC-N3 flashlight which, from the sounds of things, people are VERY happy with the build quality and electronics. I know I am happy so far with my L-Mini from Shiningbeam and it sounds like the quality is on par with the RC-N3.

I was originally looking at the N3, the ESE AF2, also from Shiningbeam, and then I started looking at the L-Mini. My decision came down to the smallest light so I can have it helmet mounted.

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My decision came down to the smallest light so I can have it helmet mounted.

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That's one thing I really like about my Romisen. I used it for awhile on the handlebars in its AA mode. But once I decided to put it into helmet-mount duty, it felt heavy so I just switched it to the CR123 configuration.
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These look like some high quality flashlights at a better price than Fenix. Is the brightness control circuitry and build quality on par with the Fenix.

I also would like a link to the SolarForce flashlights that you reference. Thanks.
The ITP is supposed to be top notch quality, while the Romisen is of lesser quality, but still decent.

A search of the following sites should give you some more info on the quality of the lights. If you can't find the exact model look for a similar one as quality seems to be the same across any given brands range.

https://www.light-reviews.com/reviews.html
https://www.sliderule.ca/flashlight.htm
https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/

The SolarForce body is at the below link. You can also find the LED drop-in there to complete the light. Kai also has them, but if you are in the States I'd pay the extra $10 and go with Lighthound as they ship quickly and offer a warranty that you can actually use. I've been waiting a week for Kai to ship my 'In Stock - Ships Immediately' listed light.......

https://www.lighthound.com/Solarforce...p_6-2629.html#

https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11074

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