In 2016, I bought and tested the Refun E6 around my home. A little over a year and a half later, I am finally ready to finish the review. Took a bit longer than I would have liked, but that’s mostly because I got lazy and never finished the testing.
Anatomy of the Refun E6
The Refun E6 is on the larger side of tactical flashlights thanks to an oversized head (well talk about why Refun chose this design later). It’s total length varies from 5.8 inches to 6.5 inches, depending on whether you are using the adjustable focus. It’s diameter is also larger than the norm at a handle measurement of 1.2 inches and the head measuring as the widest point of the flashlight at 1.5 inches. The size makes it a little less tactical than some of the other flashlights I have reviewed, but not too large that is becomes a hassle to bring anywhere.
The Refun E6 has two battery options for power – the 18650 rechargeable battery or 3 AAA batteries. The Refun included a battery tray for the three AAA batteries, which wired in sequence, is used in replacement of a rechargeable battery and has 4.5v. No batteries were included with my purchase however I know Refun has now come out with an option that included the 18650 NiMH battery and charger. The CREE XM-L T6 LED draws about 1.11 amps from the 3 AAAs and 1.35 from the NiMH battery in high output mode. With normal Alkaline batteries, this results in about 1.42 hours of run time. This is extended to about 2.22 hours with a 2000mAh NiMH battery.
Operation of the Refun E6 is simple using the tail button switch. It includes 5 modes, each activated by a click of the button and in sequence – High, Mid, Low, Strobe and SOS. Mid and Low modes didn’t get activated much during my testing because I go big or go home… Actually I just liked the high mode best. Strobe and SOS worked as expected, blinding me during my test at about 10 feet away and lighting up the sky with an SOS flash.
Light Output Tests
This is where the Refun E6 shines.. pun intended. That large head we discussed earlier creates a very wide beam pattern which does an excellent job highlighting immediate hazards. When I tested this flashlight on my jerry-rigged measurement device (i.e. my garage floor), the output exceeded the measurable size. As usual, I held the flashlight at waist height and a 45 degree angle to the floor. I then measured the width and height of the beam to get the area of coverage. The Refun covered an area 6′ wide by 10′ or 47.12 sqft. For comparison, the average flashlight we test covers about 20 sqft using the same test. I then tested this flashlight walking through the woods behind my house and could clearly see dangers directly in front of me but all in my peripherals. Perfect for camping or hiking.
Over distance, the Refun also excels. The CREE XM-L T6 LED creates a significant amount of light which is easily reflected using the adjustable focus onto any object you would like. Due to the larger head size, the adjustability of the focus is greater (it slides more) to ensure a tight beam. At full focus, the beam is about 6×6 feet at a 100 yard distance. That is about 30 yards further than the average of our other flashlights reviewed. In the photo below you can see a test at about 40 yards which clearly outlines the trees with a large beam pattern.
The Overall Verdict
The Refun E6 is one flashlight I am proud to own. In the last 2 years, I haven’t replaced the batteries thanks to the low amperage requirement, and can always rely on it to effectively light up whatever path I take. Overall, I am giving the Refun E6 a 8 to 9 out of 10.