The best-selling E11 has now been upgraded and is now the E12!  The Fenix E12 flashlight turns small size into go-anywhere, functional lighting.  A single AA battery kicks out 130 lumens with 22 hours of runtime and a reach of 289 feet/88 meters.  The tail tap switching controls all functions of this 3.6in/90mm light.


  • Uses Cree XP-E2 LED with a lifespan of 50000 hours 

  • Uses one AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) battery 

  • 90mm (Length)﹡19mm (Diameter)  

  • 28.5-gram weight (excluding the battery)  

  • Digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness 

  • Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation 

  • Tail tap switch for on/off and output selection 

  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum 

  • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish 

  • High-efficiency total reflection lens

Posted by Jason McIsaac

Since the demise of the E11 and the revamp of it via the E12 people are wanting to see what this new light will bring to the mix, now to start off I have not had the benefit of using the E11 and jumped straight onto the E12 band wagon and I can tell you now I won’t be jumping off any time soon.


Why won’t I you ask well here are some of MY personal reasons, and yes in know I just shouted out my, but that is what it is and there may be more suited torch experts or fan boys out there than me. But I am a simple user; a torch is there to light my way so I don’t stub my toe in the middle of night.


So what do I need the torch for well I work in the Mobile Phone area and sometimes I get asked by store to check devices as they are not charging so it is easier to use a torch to shine some light onto the Charger port, is it damaged? Can I see corrosion? I have also needed my torch to check under a stand into the storage area to check power cables.


So what made me choose the Fenix E12, well it was EDCF, you guys give some great feedback and the fact the E12 had the following benefits and features, and also the fact that it would fit in the side tube of my Skinth Magnum.


  • Uses one AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) battery

  • Output Modes:

    • - High - 130 Lumens (1 hour 30 minutes)

    • - Mid - 50 Lumens (6 hours 30 minutes)

    • - Low - 8 Lumens (40 hours)

  • Able to tail stand

  • Tail tap switch for on/off and output selection

  • Waterproof to IPX-8 waterproof rating (underwater 2 meters for 30 minutes)

  • Length: 90mm

I like the fact that the whole E12 is straight and inline and the lens is also flat compared to my LED Lenser P3 which has the lens that bulges out and also it is indented so dust gets in.

One thing I like is the Tail Cap is protected from accidental powering on.

I love the fact I can place the E12 on the Tail end and it becomes a Candle, the Taping ability to change the Brightness is a great feature for me and I can cycle through it pretty fast and that it goes back to low setting makes sure I don't get blinded at 3am in the morning, here are the some photo's of my room with the different levels of brightness...

Low - 8 Lumens (40 hours)

50 Lumens (6 hours 30 mins)

High - 130 Lumens (1 hour 30 mins)

My family thought when I tested the E12 in the dinning room with all the lights off, that I had one of the main lights on it was that bright. I was able to test the E12 one night as I heard some noises in my backyard and it lit up the backyard and was able to see everything.


The front unscrews to revel the Battery, great thing is that the E12 came with a battery reducing the setup cost.

Here is a comparison next to my Wife's E05 and my TEC Centipede and Leatherman Squirt PS4

So would I recommend the E12, Yes I would and then some it is my go to EDC Torch and it meets my needs and that at the end of the day is what is important, it's not gimmicky, it's not plastic, it does what it's supposed and in my view pretty good. It now sits on my Beside Table every night next to my G-Shock watch, Boker Magnum and Leatherman Sidekick.


I do I carry my new best mate the E12, in my Skinth Magnum sheath it fits perfectly and very solid in the side tube.

So in closing if you want a great EDC torch that is robust and that can even go into the water and still work well I think that the E12 ticks all the boxes for me, hope you all this small little insight into the E12.