E28R - The Most Powerful EDC Flashlight

2020-11-24 Lock

Hi everyone… today we will see the Fenix E28R: small linear torch in the 18650 format with a Turbo of 1500 real lumens. The product was sent directly by Fenix for review.

Packaging and content
The Fenix E28R arrives in a small cardboard box with the main product info imprinted on it. The package includes:
• Fenix E28R Flashlight
• Fenix 3400mAh Rechargeable 18650 Battery
• USB Type-C fast Charging Cable
• Lanyard
• Spare O-ring
• Bel clip
• E28R User Manual
• Warranty Card
For this review the flashlight arrived without packaging and with only the battery and belt clip included.

Main features and official technical specifications
• Luminus SST40 Cool white LED
• 1500 Max Output
• Outputs
o Turbo - 1500 Lumens/2.1 Hours/200m
o High - 800 Lumens/2.5 Hours/140m Feet
o Med - 350 Lumens/6 Hours/90 Feet
o Low - 150 Lumens/17.1 Hours/60 Feet
o Eco - 30 Lumens/73.3 Hours/28 Feet
• IP68 waterproof Rating
• Aluminum Body (A6061-T6)
• 94° Wide angle beam
• Battery level indicator
• Lockout Function
• USB Type-C Charging (Fast Charging)
• Compact Body Design
• Batteries: Included: Fenix ARB-L18-3400 18650 Rechargeable Battery
• Length: 109mm
• Head Diameter: 26mm
• Body Diameter: 22mm
• Weight: 66g (Excluding Battery)
Levels of Output and Runtime
The Fenix E28R has 4 normal output levels + Turbo + Strobo:
• Turbo: 1500 lm declared(measured 1580lm) – 2h5min
• High: 800 lm declared(measured 870lm) – 2h30min
• Mid: 350 lm declared(measured 320 lm) – 6h
• Low: 150 lm declared(measured 140 lm) – 17h15min
• Eco: 30 lm declared(measured 30 lm) – 73h35min
• Strobo: 1500 lm declared(measured 1580 lm) – n.d.
The measured data are to be considered peak (taken within 30 seconds of switching on and with the battery fully charged) and all proved to be consistent with what was declared by the manufacturer.

The body and the materials
The Fenix E28R is a really small and compact 18650 flashlight.

The body and tailcap are finely worked with a precise knurling that always guarantees an excellent grip. In the hand the flashlight gives a nice feeling of robustness. The anodizing is done well as is the lettering.

The switch and the bezel ring, both bronze-colored, are also knurled with concentric circles.

The switch is electronic with single stroke, when pressed it emits a silent click. Below, a small colored status LED informs the user about the amount of residual charge in the cell.
The battery supplied is a 3400mAh Fenix branded 18650 which guarantees respectable runtime: the 30 lumen eco level, for example, can be maintained for over 70 hours !!

The lens is a semi-transparent TIR, the LED (SST 40) is visible through it.

The belt clip arrives already installed on the flashlight, has a good grip on clothes and is also quite rigid.

The tail is not flat but it is still possible to use the flashlight in tailastanding. In the tail there are four large holes for inserting laynard, paracod, small carabiners or key rings.

On the opposite side of the switch there is the typeC charging interface well protected by a large rubber cap.

The threads are anodized so the physical lock-out of the interface is allowed. At the positive pole we find a small golden button, at the negative pole instead a rigid and robust spring.

The Turbo E28R releases a good 1500 lumens able to illuminate well up to 100-150mt away. The beam is particularly wide and well defined. The color is cool, but not excessively cold, indeed it seems to tend towards neutral colors at low levels.

The Fenix E28R is water resistant according to the IP68 standard

Here is a comparison with other EDC flashlights

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Final judgement
The Fenix E28R is a small and powerful EDC, comfortable and very simple to use. Impeccably crafted with premium materials, it is also aesthetically beautiful.
Good turbo power: 1500 real lumens
EDC beam suitable for multiple scenarios
Switch with status led
TypeC refill
Aesthetically beautiful
Cool tint not too cold, it renders colors well even when used in natural settings.
I haven't found any flaws.
Thanks for reading. XD