Well, I’ve been on a bit of an AA binge the last few months, so I thought I’d review a few of my recent purchases starting with the EagleTac D25A Clicky. Of all my lights (not just the AAs) this is my most carried and goes with me pretty much everywhere due to its size. Even if I’m carrying a big powerful CR123 guzzler, this little guy will still be on me somewhere.
I’ve been carrying a Fenix LD15 for a good long while now (great light) but have always wished it was a tail clicky instead of head twisty. Twisting the head back and forth to access the different light levels can be fiddly and I’ve had a couple of accidental activations that have left me with a drained AA right when I needed it. So the D25A Clicky was intended as a replacement for my LD15 and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Here is what I’ve found…
This was my first EagleTac light, so I had no expectations as to build quality. Going by the price of the D25A Clicky (around $52) I was hoping for Fenix calibre, although the multiple levels, strobe functions and relatively high output made me slightly dubious. Well, it is a nicely put together light. The body is HAIII hard anodisation aerospace aluminum with a proper glass lens and it’s all IPX8 standard waterproof. Very nice knurling, no blemishes and very solid in the hand. It also features a very sturdy pocket clip that I find very useful (this can be removed).
Close up on the finish of the D25A:
Having said that, I think Fenix just edge it in the quality department for me. It’s the little details but they make all the difference; the EagleTac’s walls feel slightly thinner, the O-rings are less substantial, no anodizing on the threads…oh and a shoddy lanyard! The lanyard shown attached to my D25A in the photos is actually a Fenix lanyard I use instead…far superior in my book.
EagleTac lanyard above, Fenix lanyard bellow:
First off the lanyard feels way too busy for a light this size but where it fails for me is when you attach it to the D25A…the clasp makes for an awkward fit through the lanyard hole and the split ring is poor quality. By poor I mean I would in no way trust my light to it; the Fenix lanyard can be yanked on all day long, but one hearty yank on the EagleTac lanyard and I bent the split ring wide open. Off to the bits box it went and I attached a Fenix lanyard instead (the D25A is way too nice to be ignored just because of a lanyard). It seems bizarre EagleTac would skimp on the lanyard when they supply such a high quality belt pouch…
…now I don’t like solid pouches and will never use it for its intended purpose (I much prefer a soft nylon sheath) but that is not to deny its quality. Solidly made and flawlessly finished. I was amazed it was a freebie on such a small light (you get nada with the LD15).
With the negatives out of the way, I’d like to say that from here on in the D25A blew me away and has become my most pocketed light. Despite a cigarette paper less fit and finish it manages to pretty much smash the LD15 overall.
Just a pinch larger than the Fenix LD15 (and at 24g just 3g heavier):
Considerably smaller than your average multimode tail clicky AA (Fenix LD12 shown below):
Here’s one last comparison to an old classic who’s size most should be familiar with (Surefire 6PLED):
In the hand:
The D25A has multiple modes and is operated by both twisting the head and a tail switch. The tail switch feels well made and responsive (also capable of perfect wobble-free tail standing)…