In this Fenix E18R review I’ll tell you why this is one of my favorite little EDC flashlights. If you need small (2.4″ in length) and bright (750 lumens) the E18R will fit that bill. I’ve included plenty of detailed photos of the Fenix E18R to help you decide if it’s a flashlight you’d want to own.
Fenix is a premium flashlight manufacturer on par with brands like Nitecore, Klarus, and Olight. Personally, I feel like the fit and finish of the Fenix E18R just happens to be a notch above the other EDC flashlights I own.
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E18R in your hand
The E18R is exceptionally small for a 750 lumens flashlight. It’s really amazing to see this much output from a flashlight of this size.
The E18R box
Here is the box that the Fenix E18R comes in. I’ll reiterate… just 2.36 inches long with a ton of output. This LED of this flashlight is really bright and penetrating.
High output 750 lumens
Here is a photo of the E18R at high output in ambient light.
The Fenix E18R is side switch operated (common for flashlights of this size). Note that in the center of the side switch is an LED that acts as a battery level indicator – green, yellow or red depending on the battery level.
The Fenix E18R has a magnetic tailcap which makes it a great task light. This isn’t a feature unique to this flashlight but Fenix definitely did the right thing by adding this feature to the E18R. I’ve already made use of this feature multiple times when I’ve needed extra light while working on my truck.
The Fenix E18R pocket clip
Take note of the Fenix E18R pocket clip. By simply re-positioning the clip, you can cover the side clip while carry the flashlight to make sure you don’t accidentally turn it on. The clip also allow you to carry the E18R fairly deep in the pocket as well so about 90% of the flashlight is protected in your pocket.
Magnetic charging cable connector
Here is a closeup of the magnetic battery connector on the side of the Fenix E18R.
There are a few pros and cons to using a magnetic charging cable. On the plus side I really like that the flashlight doesn’t have a micro usb charging port covered by a rubber cover. Although water resistant, a rubber cover doesn’t offer the same protection that the magnetic connector does.
The magnetic charging cable is proprietary. So if you lose it you’ll need to order a new one or recharge the battery in a charger. The Fenix batter that came with my flashlight does not have a built-in micro usb charging port.
Here is a close-up of the charging cable end. If you are really prone to losing flashlight accessories this type of charging cable might be a deal killer.
This is the battery that came with my E18R.
Fit and finish
The fit and finish of the Fenix E18R was exceptional. It’s not a cheap EDC flashlight so I’d expect it to be good. Fenix definitely did not dissapoint in this aspect. You should be as pleased with the build quality as I was. It just feels like a premium EDC flashlight should.
For a small EDC flashlight, the E18R has an exceptionally bright LED and more throw than I expected. In fact, to the naked eye it appears brighter than the Klarus E1 I recently reviewed (even thought the E1 has 250 lumens more of output). This is due to the reflector design. You can read everything you need to know about flashlight lumens in an earlier blog post I wrote.
Fenix E18R Review – Conclusion
In this quick Fenix E18R review I’ve shared everything I think is important to note about this everyday carry option from Fenix. I’ve yet to be dissapointed by any of the Fenix flashlights I own and the E18R is no exception. It is definitely my favorite EDC flashlight purchase of 2019.
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