If you spend your nights outside then at some point you'll be requiring some sort of light. The Fenix MC10 (and the latest MC11 version) isn't the usual headtorch. It can be used as a headtorch when combined with the additional strap but even without, it's a versatile bit of kit.
The light has a flat base so can be stood up or it can be clipped onto your jacket, hat, etc. If you want a greater pool of light then flip the clip-on diffuser over the lens and hang it from a branch or your bars ... like I said, pretty versatile.
|A diffuser that actually works - blue button for GO.|
Power comes from a single AA battery and depending on which of the 3 power levels you choose (5 lumen, 50 lumen or 125 lumen) will keep on keeping on for between 65 hours and 1.2 hours. There's also 2 strobe / SOS modes which I suppose might come in handy at some point ... but hopefully not.
The blue button on the top turns the thing on with a single press, then simply move between power settings by holding the button down for a few seconds ... a second single click turns the light off.
|Angle the head any which way you like.|
It's not the lightest (no pun intended) thing in the world. With a battery on board and the diffuser, hanging bracket and spring clip attached, it tips the scales at 85g. The body is made from a mixture of aluminium and high grade nylon, it doesn't feel 'plasticy' at all, in fact it feels very solid and robust ... the only bit that might become a casualty of exuberant use is the diffuser ... but saying that I've not managed to break one in 18 months.
|Ideal if you've lost something under the skirting board!|
The MC10 is a great light, it's waterproof, tough and versatile. It runs of readily available batteries and should last years ... what more could you need?
Available from all good internet sources around the world - although the MC10 might be a touch harder to locate than it once was.
The latest MC11 version looks very similar apart from it's all black. It also features slightly different outputs and run-times, with the maximum output dropping to 86 lumen's ... which in reality is more than enough for general use around camp.