Fenix CL09 Camping Lantern with Magnetic Base - CREE XP-G2 R5 - 200 Lumens - Uses 1 x 16340 (included) or 1 x CR123A - Comes in Black and Grey
Fenix CL09 Camping Lantern
Features Three Color Outputs
The Fenix CL09 camping lantern comes with a variety of features that make it one of the best area lights available. This lantern comes with three color outputs: neutral white, green, and red. The neutral white light will allow you to see colors more clearly in the dark. This makes working with wires, night photos, and other activities that require clear color rendering possible. Additionally, the red and the green color outputs are perfect for various nighttime activities such as keeping track of night hikers in a group and riding bicycles in the dark. Red LED lights can be used for easy night vision and doesn't attract mosquitoes, while the green light can be used as an emergency beacon if necessary! With all of these various outputs you are guaranteed to be more secure and safe during your nighttime excursions.
Another reason that the CL09 Lantern stands apart from its competitors is the CR123A battery compatibility. CR123A batteries can withstand temperatures as low as -40°C while still providing hours of runtime! The light, when running on a CR123A, can be used in some of the harshest environments making it the perfect lantern for high peak mountain hiking and cold destinations. Moreover, when using the CR123A, the CL09 lantern has a peak runtime of 150 hours of flashlight use! You will get hours of long-lasting bright lighting almost anywhere.
Transportation Made Easy
The Fenix CL09 LED lantern is designed to be ultra-portable. It is extremely compact and can easily fit in the palm of your hand, while still providing 360° of illumination. On the LED light there is a magnetic tailcap, a D-ring, or an optional hanging loop. All of these options allow you to use, or transport, your lantern in several ways including: attaching it to a flat metal surfaces, clipping it to your back pack, looping it onto your tent, or so much more! There are hundreds of ways to carry your light as you travel making it one of the most portable lanterns Fenix has to offer.
Constructed of some of the toughest aircraft-grade aluminum and optical grade PC materials this flashlight is going to withstand normal drops without damaging your light. It comes with a premium Type III Hard-Anodized finish that will protect your lantern from being scratched up during use. The lantern has been given an IP68 rating and is completely submersible up to 2 meters for half an hour. Included in the packaging is an extra O-ring that will help protect excess water from leaking inside your lantern and causing permanent damage. These tough features will give you peace of mind knowing your light can be used in wet weather and harsh hiking conditions with breaking on you! Sturdy and extremely protected against harsh environments, this lantern is the perfect camping accessory for you.
- 360° lighting
- Three color outputs: Neutral white, red, and green
- Features a tail magnet, D-ring, and hanging loop
- Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and optical grade polycarbonate material - premium type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
- Reverse polarity to protect from wrongly inserted batteries
- Comes in Iron Grey and Black
- Tighten to turn on / Loosen to Turn the light off
- Package includes:
- CL09 Camping Lantern
- 1 x 16340 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (Micro-USB Cord and Charger Not Included)
- Spare O-ring
- Key Ring
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
- LED: CREE XP-G2 R5
- Power Source: 1 x 16340, 1 x ARB-L16-700U, or 1 x CR123A
- Peak Beam Diameter: 10 meters (32.81 ft.)
- Brightness Outputs (Using 1 x 16340):
- Turbo 200 Lumens - 2.67 Hours
- High 80 Lumens - 5.67 Hours
- Medium 30 Lumens - 19.33 Hours
- Low 1 Lumen - 90 Hours
- Red 5 Lumens - 30 Hours
- Red Flash 5 Lumens
- Green 5 Lumens - 48 Hours
- Brightness Outputs (Using 1 x CR123A):
- Turbo 200 Lumens - 6 Hours
- High 80 Lumens - 19 Hours
- Medium 30 Lumens - 36 Hours
- Low 1 Lumen - 150 Hours
- Red 5 Lumens - 48 Hours
- Red Flash 5 Lumens
- Green 5 Lumens - 76 Hours
- IPX Rating: IP68
- Impact Resistance: 1 meter (3.28 ft.)
- Length - 3.09" (78.5 mm)
- Body Diameter - 0.87" (22 mm)
- Weight (Excluding Accessories): 1.11 oz. (31.5 g)
|Output Modes:||3+ Brightness Levels, Green, Red, Flashing|
|Compatible Batteries:||1 x 16340, 1 x CR123A|
|Included Accessories:||Batteries, Key Ring, Spare O-ring(s)|
|Flashlight Usage:||Lanterns, Magnetic Base|
|Throw Distance (Max):||10m|
|LED:||CREE XP-G2 R5|
|Warranty:||Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Fenix 5 Year Warranty|
|Return Policy:||Battery Junction Return Policy|
|Primary Material:||Anodized Aluminum|
|Product Dimensions:||3.09" (L) x 0.87" (Diameter)|
|Country of Origin:||China|
The 'twist to activate and select' was a mild irritation at first but I've gotten used to it and appreciate the simplicity of the form.
At first I was reluctant because it seemed too expensive for the use I make of it, but after buying the first CL09 I was happy and I bought two more.
The dimensions and weight are very acceptable for the backpack, there is a rechargeable Fenix battery supplied with the light, it has an integrated micro-USB socket and can be recharged even without a special charger (just a powerbank or a solar panel)
It is very powerful and the white light levels are well spaced and suitable for all situations.
I bought it to keep it attached to the backpack with the intermittent red light (but sometimes I hold it in my hand)
The red light can be fixed or intermittent and has a high power (5 lumens) which makes it very visible.
Sometimes I use it at home, in which case the levels of 30 or 80 lumens are suitable for illuminating a room very well (for an curtain it is even easier)
I consider this light very successful and very useful.
Run time on lower settings is good for the light. It is very bright on the high setting. As the other review mentions, lack of memory function is disappointing. However, this is the user interface of all Fenix lights. You have to cycle through all of the settings to get to your desired lighting level. That is the biggest downfall of Fenix lights. I do like the quality of their lights very much though and this light is no exception. This lantern is a very good option for a small backpacking light or an everyday carry light where a floodlight may be needed.
- User Interface (All Fenix lights)
The smaller, AAA cell powered CL05 is also a multi color light, but with less output in white than its older brother; both are twist-to-switch actuated. The CL05 provides, in order, 0.8 and 8 Lumen white, 2 Lumen Red, Flashing Red, 5 Lumen Green, Flashing Green, and S-O-S white - no memory. The absence of memory makes this otherwise great backpacker's minimalist light a bit frustrating to use, since, for example, you have to go through all the modes to get to green, which is good for walking a trail at night. The CL05's 0.8 Lumen low, is good for finding things in your tent at night. The blinky modes make for good marker lighting. Lithium Iron DiSulfide cells are the friend of the CL05 for long run time and storage life.
The CL09 adds more power in several ways as it moves up to a 16340 or CR123A cell for its power source. Twisting to actuate provides, in order, 1, 30, 80, and 200 Lumen white, then 5 Lumen Red, Flashing Red, and 5 Lumen Green - again no memory. The CL09 also adds a magnetic base to lock onto something metal nearby in addition to hanging from a lanyard bail.
So, then the CL09 offers magnetic positioning and higher brightness, both positive for use as a lantern. It offers higher output Red, for those who can see well enough with Red light in tent or trail at night. Blinky is only Red; S-O-S is dropped. Green is still 5 Lumens for walking trails with better illumination for most eyes. The CL09 is a bit bulkier, but provides better illumination as a camp lantern, say, while cooking up something to eat or setting up after nightfall.
The CL09 does come with one of the new, microUSB direct-rechargeable 16340 cells, a good call for recharging from a vehicle or solar panel; a CR123A can provide excellent low temp and run time performance, too. Can't beat the build and the IPX68 Rating!!
Both CL05 and CL09 lack memory, which would make a favored, frequent mode easier to use. Competitors in size and Lantern use are the AA cell powered Nitecore LA10's and the Klarus FL1A.
The LA10 CRI (now in a few colored bodies) provides 4 twist-to-switch modes, but again, no memory. It provides 9, 30, and 85 Lumens plus a bright beacon flash. It's cold-white, non-CRI sibling provides higher output. The LA10's also have a magnetic base and ring to hang via lash-up. No color outputs on these, so strictly a lantern with a lipstick's twist-to-reveal its 'bulb'. Without a lower white or color output the LA10's are less friendly to eyes in on the trail and in the tent in the dark of night even at that first, lowest mode.
The Klarus FL1A, also suffers from lack of a "moonlight" white, with 21 and 65 Lumen white outputs, and that 65 Lumens is less than the LA10's high. While the FL1A offers color, its Red is quite low, which its green is "about the same" as the CL05's. The FL1A does have a UV output. Overall, the FL1A makes a good "travel light" to navigate a dark hotel room, give light in a power failure, or check out a security strip in currency, but not so much either Lantern or Lite Backpacker's Light.
I'm mixed on the CL09... I like the magnetic base and higher brightness for lantern use, the longer run time for these and other modes afforded by CR123A / 16340 power, the included microUSB 16340 cell, and the brighter Red (than CL05) and the 5 Lumen green that I've found very useful when backpacking. But I don't like having to blind myself to get to that trail and tent friendly green... that's more a problem with the CL09 than CL05 for sure.
Four stars; ten if it had memory.
- Longer run times and higher brightness modes with CR123A or 16340 cells than similar lights.
- Included microUSB 16340 cell.
- Magnetic Base (plus lanyard bail).
- Excellent build quality and durability; Reliable twist-to-switch design; IPX68 rated.
- Good color output modes (5 Lumen, both Red and Green)
- First mode a good 'low' of 1 Lumen for late night use in tent, etc.
- Natural Grey Aluminum body option.
- Lack of memory for direct access to Green or Red for Night Vision preservation on trail or in tent without stepping through high brightness modes.
- NOTE: if steps (with no memory) were: 1 Lumen white, 5 Lumen Red, 5 Lumen Green, 30, 80, 200 Lumen white, this would not be a problem.
- Size, power, rechargeable options, battery options.
- Not sure if this is a real Con, but this light is strictly area (as advertised). It would be even more versatile if it had some focused beam capability.
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