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Fitorch ER16 (XP-L2, 1x16340) ~ An excellent EDC

by ZhangLily on

Today we will take a look at the Fitorch ER16, the latest addition to the company’s flashlight arsenal.

The light ships inside a regular cardboard box that has some nice graphics and info imprinted to it.
The company tends to keep the same color scheme and packaging style on all of their products.

Here’s a close up shot of the output and runtime figures that the manufacturer provides.
As seen, the ER16 is capable of pushing up to 1000 lumen.

Except from the light, the box contains a carrying pouch, a lanyard, a microUSB cable and a spare o-ring.

I would like to insist in the quality of the pouch.
I have handled lots of pouches in the past, but the ones provided by Fitorch are always excellent.
Of course, the pouch contains a belt loop and is secured with velcro.

Being an 16340 flashlight, the ER16 is very compact.
Its design is on par with the rest of the company’s models.
The light has a matte black finish and features some deep cut heatsink fins, while the tactile, backlit side switch is also present.

The side switch is illuminated.
It shines while the flashlight is charging or during the battery check mode.
We will check out both functions later in the review.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a great EDC light if a pocket clip wasn’t included
The clip is mounted flash with the tail and as result it allows for a deep pocket carry.
It provides great retention force and is matte black coated as well.

On the back side of the ER16, there is the integrated charging port.
By default the port is protected by a rubber flap.
It’s worth noting that the light is rated as IPX-8 water resistant.

The head of the light houses the XP-L2 led that has a cool white tint.
Thanks to the centering ring the alignment of the emitter is perfect.
The reflector is smooth while the head is also crenulated.

The tail side of the light doesn’t have a switch - the light is side switch operated.
Rather, it contains a strong magnet that easily supports the weight of the device.

Here’s the back side of the driver.
As seen, the LED+ contact has a brass pillar that secures in place the positive contact of the battery.

There is nothing fancy on the tail side other than a thick brass spring.

The total weigh of the light without batteries is around 72 grams.
You should be looking at around 100gr with a battery included.
As you might imagine, the ER16 is a great EDC option.

User Interface

The flashlight is operated exclusively by its side switch.
Here’s a list of all the available modes

  • Power on: Short press
  • Power off: Long press on any mode
  • Mode change: Single press ( Turbo > High > Mid > Low)
  • Strobe: Double press on any mode
  • Lockout engage: Long press while off. The light will start blinking after the lockout has been engaged
  • Lockout disengage: Long press. The lockout can only be bypassed by strobe mode (quick double press)
  • Battery check: Triple press while off. The switch will illuminate multiple times in Green or Red (Green blink = 1.0V, Red = 0.1V)

The flashlight is using off time memory, which means that it will stay on the last used mode.

Additionally, it also supports low power warning.
Once the battery drops below 3.4V the side switch will slowly blink in Red.
If the voltage drops below 3.0V the switch will start blinking faster.

Lastly, a great feature of the ER16 is its thermal regulation.
The light won’t stepdown using a timer, but it will slowly drop the output once the temperature of the body rises.

Charging Interface

As I stated previously, the light has an integrated charging interface.
The charging is accomplished via a regular microUSB cable and the charging port is covered by a rubber flap.

Once the charging has been initiated, the switch will shine in green.
During charging, I managed to record up to 0.8A of input current, which means that a normal 16340 cell would take around an hour to get fully charged.
Of course, once the battery voltage rises, the input current drops and the charging stops at around 4.21V


Here are some wall beamshots that should help you identify the output differences between the four modes.

Control Shot





To summarize everything, I have liked a lot the form factor of the ER16.
Its quality as always is excellent and its output is more than enough.
Thanks to its minimal dimension and weight, I will be keeping the flashlight in my daily EDC rotation :slight_smile:


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