My Felix LD22 torch definitely failed my version of water test. According to websites, the Fenix LD22 is rated to IPX8, 2 meter submersible. Well, mine did the 2 meters dunk and failed. It still works (with some minor issues) and still a good every day carry light but I think the manufacturer got to review their IPX rating.
So, what sort of test did I put it through? Unlike the usual armchair warriors of bathtubs and sinks, I took the LD22 to a jungle river wading. Yup…it was a good solid 3 to 4 hours river wading with the light hanging from my neck to about my waist. We started at about 8pm and finished in freezing cold water at around midnight. The river water level was about 1 ft to 3 ft. Honestly…there was rather limited real water submersion time.
The fact remains that water got into the torch. The reflector is all fogged up. I can see at least a droplet of water in there just the following morning. I contacted the local Malaysian Fenix dealer about this and they offered to have it replaced but I decided against it. The unit is still working nevertheless but at times it flickers before switching on.
I like the LD22 because it is a good looking torch with variable bright modes. I have heaps of Eneloop batteries and you can’t really beat its burn time when you pair the two together. Replacing the LD22 with a new LD22 is like planning myself for yet another failure. Why bother?
I am keeping this LD22 as a backup light for one of my bug out kits. I doubt if I will ever get into a situation where I have to be submerged in 2 meters of water but I reckon this is a good revelation. The light is still one of my favorites.
I honestly think this Fenix LD22 failed in the water test. It is not a bad torch but probably is not IPX8 either. Or perhaps my unit is defective. Does not mater really, bottom line…the Fenix LD22 failed the water test.