|LEP class||Class 1|
|Distance / intensity||600,000 cd / 1,500 meters|
The successor of the Fenix TK30
Fenix introduced the TK30 about 2 years ago. The original listing (and the one I reviewed) had a Class 3 laser built into the LEP module. But as for Q2 2022, the TK30 is shipped with a note saying the Laser is Class 1.
That probably has to do with the fact, that most countries don’t allow the sale of products with Class 3 lasers. That’s why I assume that most of the manufacturers are going to sell their products with the Laser Class 1 warning, instead of the Class 3.
Speculations aside; at the time of writing this article, 1 of my colleague reviewers at 1Lumen is reviewing this exact light, so I’ll be able to share more details when that’s done.
Anyway, the Fenix HT30R may be the successor of the TK30, but looking at its name, and design, it’s possible they will be sold alongside each other.
The HT30R has 2 switches, located at the tailcap, while the TK30 has a dual switch setup, with the mode switch located on the side. THis means that the HT30R is more of a tactical light instead of the TK30. If you hold the HT30R in an overhand position, you can use the full UI with only 1 finger, instead of needing 2 hands with the TK30.
Use, batteries, and more
Fenix is one of those companies that include high-quality batteries with their products. And that’s also for a good reason.. or better said: for a couple of reasons.
- The user doesn’t need to buy other (lower quality) batteries
- The user is guaranteed to reach the claimed output, beam distance, and battery life
- The manufacturer gets fewer warranty claims because a user using the wrong batteries
- The included battery can help the buyer to stick with Fenix, instead of looking at competitors, who may be including a battery.
The battery included is the Fenix ARB-L21-5000 v2, which is a 21700 type battery. It can be charged inside the light. That means you don’t have to buy a separate charger, and charge your batteries anywhere you are.. As long as you have USB-C cable.
I can’t tell you this at the moment, but from early testing, it seems to be hitting over 1,500 meters.
More info following in the following couple of weeks.