The idea of an L-shaped lantern is not new. It is enough to recall the widely known and popular at one time flashlight Fulton MX-991U, which for a very long time consisting in equipping the US Army, Israel and some other countries, as well as corner lights used by miners. Using modern technologies and materials, Fenix released its version of the Fenix MC10 ANGLELIGHT L-shaped flashlight, introducing a very practical improvement in the form of a 90 degree swivel head. What significantly expanded its functionality.
L-shaped lamp Fenix MC10 ANGLELIGHT, review, impressions and shortcomings of a lamp.
tent or on-site parking. An average of 50 lumens is useful for illuminating the road while driving. A bright 125 lumens are quite suitable for searching or a detailed inspection of something. The presence of a diffuser greatly expands the capabilities of the flashlight, it is especially convenient when there is a need for soft light scattered over a large area.
the diffuser is much more convenient, it removes the tunnel effect, which gives the beam of the flashlight and provides more uniform and wide coverage. But the full diffusion of the beam when using a diffuser does not work, in the center there is still a bright light spot.
When located in place, during a break or short stop, the lighting will be provided by the same Fenix MC10, for example, being hooked by a wire loop over a tree bark. They closed the diffuser, adjusted the rotary head by directing the light in the desired direction and all your hands are free, and the lamp will illuminate a fairly large area.
However, all the positive qualities of the Fenix MC10 flashlight described above are crossed out by one of its critical drawbacks, which negates all its advantages. The fact is that the Fenix MC10 is a flashlight with a so-called circuit under constant voltage in standby mode. That is, when the flashlight is turned off, the button does not provide a mechanical break and does not open the power circuit. As a result, the Fenix MC10 lamp turns on independently of the slightest static voltage, for example in your pocket.
If you did not notice such unauthorized turning on the lamp in time, then the battery will be discharged and the lamp may let you down at the most inopportune moment. The treatment for this vulnerability is simple or slightly unscrew the plug of the battery compartment, or carry the flashlight in your pocket and put it in an antistatic bag. But in my opinion this is not an option. Therefore, I think the manufacturer should think and take measures to improve the design of the Fenix MC10. For example, to cover the metal head of a flashlight with some kind of dielectric from the outside or inside, or to make changes to the switching circuit of the flashlight.
This version of the circuit (under constant voltage in standby mode) for turning on the flashlight has one more, not that there is a drawback, but a moment to be aware of. The Fenix MC10 has a so-called leakage current, which is 32 uA. In principle, the value is small, according to the manufacturer, one AA battery will be discharged for 7 years. A small video of turning on the flashlight Fenix MC10 from static voltage. Polar jacket with synthetic lining. The lantern lights up when rubbing against both materials, but about synthetics is much faster and more willing.
General conclusion about the L-shaped flashlight Fenix MC10.
In general, the general idea and concept of the Fenix MC10 flashlight is quite successful and I really liked the flashlight itself. It is also commendable that the Fenix MC10 flashlight is available immediately complete with a diffuser. Good and comfortable in the hand, a good steel clip. The lantern can be suspended, fixed as a forehead, put and tilt to shine in the right place on a book, equipment, keyboard, etc. However, a misunderstanding with the inclusion of static voltage completely spoils all the positive impressions. Without this drawback, a very successful model would be.