Fenix lights -- T or no T?
I picked up a couple of Fenix flashlights so that I will be better seen on the ride in to work (and the ride back, if I stay late).
Nice lights ... small, easy-to-get AA batteries (I'm using rechargeables), fits easily on the handlebar and the helmet.
But what the ... it says you should not use it in Turbo mode (that is, 180 lumens) for longer than 10 minutes.
That means I'm down in the cheap seats -- 100 lumens -- when I should be beaming from the skybox.
Should I ignore this directive? Anyone have experience with Turbo mode -- does it overheat and cook the goods?
This has been discussed a lot on other forums. The consensus is that running a Fenix on turbo mode is not harmful for normal biking because the air flow when you're moving would keep it from overheating. Now, if you are riding in traffic where you are having to wait at red lights every block, you might have an issue.
I've got a Fenix and I run mine in the second-highest setting. I don't use the turbo because the run time is much shorter and I don't want to change the batteries after every ride. Also, the second-highest setting is bright enough for my needs. In fact, I run mine on the 3rd-highest setting when it's light outside and I want the light to be seen rather than to see.