LED Lenser P5R Review

The LED Lenser P5R, like the larger M7R, utilizes an optic that is a combination lens and reflector. This permits a smooth and fairly artifact-free beam that can be focused quickly in both spot and flood mode. The P5R features several operational modes and a maximum output of 200 lumens in high power. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is charged internally by a contact charger that attaches magnetically to the tail cap.

Key Specifications

  • Output: 200 lumens full, 15 lumens low
  • Runtime: 3h high, 7h low
  • Battery: Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Length: 4.63″
  • Diameter: 1.0″ bezel, 0.7″ body
  • Weight with Batteries: 2.82 oz.
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • MSRP: $100
  • Actual Pricing: ~$90

Pricing & Ordering

MSRP for the LED Lenser P5R is US$100, and the light is only available in black.

In The Box

The injection-molded carrying case contains the following: LED Lenser P5R, battery, USB magnetic charger, charger mount, 2 ea. mounting screws and drywall anchor, 1000mA AC ->USB adapter, belt clip, lanyard, and a user manual.

Battery

An ICR-14500 3.7V/700mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery is used in the LED Lenser P5R.

 

To charge the light, attach the magnetic charger to the tailcap. Charge time can take up to five hours.

 

The Light

Head
The head features a plastic total internal reflection optic.

 

To adjust the focus of the light, the head can be moved forward for a tighter beam or backwards for a wider beam. The focus is lockable.

Body
The light is made of type-II anodized aluminum inside and out with knurling along the entire body.

 

Tail Cap
On the tail cap is a momentary-capable push switch, which also doubles as charging contacts.

 

Operational Modes

The LED Lenser P5R features three modes, all of which are selected from OFF.

Full
A full click (or holding in the switch) will turn on the light at the maximum output of 200 lumens.

Low Power
A single tap and a full click (or holding in the switch) within one second will activate low power mode, which is 15 lumens.

Strobe
Double tap and a full click (or holding in the switch) within one second will activate the strobe at what appears to be full power.

Performance

The LED Lenser P5R is rated for up to 200 lumens with a range of 1/9 mile (623 ft/190 m).

In spot mode, the beam pattern of the P5R has multiple rings around the hotspot, which is a square. However, in flood mode, the best feature of an LED Lenser light, the beam is almost completely smooth.

 

With the new Speed Focus, adjustment from spot to focus is quick and can be done with one hand. Just twist the head to unlock, and slide the head back or forth.

Runtime

If you haven’t read our article about runtime graphs and the ANSI FL1 Standard, please click here.

Accessories

The LED Lenser P5R comes with several useful accessories included in the storage case, consisting of a mounting bracket/charging station, swiveling belt clip, and lanyard.

 

Conclusion

During testing of the P5R, I found light sufficiently bright. Needless to say, we’re fairly impressed by the flood mode of the LED Lenser P5R. Usually we have to remove a reflector or bezel to get a flood beam, which is easier on the eyes, but the P5R’s adjustable focus makes going back to a tighter beam extremely easy.

In addition to the useful flood mode, the LED Lenser P5R includes a self-aligning magnetic charging system. This rechargeable flashlight makes a good pocket light for every-day carry.

The switch is a little firm but has good tactile response with a solid click.


Pros Cons
  • Up to 200 lumens
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Focusable Total Internal Reflection optic
  • Flood focus
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Lightweight
  • No knurling on the head
  • Multiple rings in spot beam pattern
  • Power switch slightly awkward to engage fully with larger hands.
  • Bezel is not water-resistant.

Related Links

LED Lenser P5R Product Page

24 Responses

  1. Scott Abbott. says:

    Hi The 14500 battery is only 700mah.could i buy a 2000mah 14500 off ebay to get more run time out of the torch?I have been told it would work fine and not harm the torch and i would get a lot more run time from it as well.But it would just take a bit longer to charge.What are your thoughts.Scott.

  2. Robin Wang says:

    Scott,

    Unfortunately, it won’t operate properly. There are special contacts on the back of the battery for charging, which you will not find with regular lithium-ion batteries.

    In addition, many batteries on eBay have false claims with regards to capacity. 2000mAh in a 14500 is simply just not possible with current battery technology, so that should be raise a red flag.

    Hope this helps.

    Robin

  3. An says:

    Hi is this light regulated? Thank you

  4. Robin Wang says:

    An,

    Yes, and you can see how the light is regulated in the runtime graph.

    Robin

  5. George says:

    Does the charger that comes with the P5R work on the M7R ?
    Thanks
    George

  6. Robin Wang says:

    George,

    It’s not going to work because the lights’ diamaters are different (P5R is much thinner).

    Robin

  7. David says:

    Love the torch, Feel ripped off by claims it uses an ICR14500 battery. It doesnt – It uses a custom led lenser battery that can only be charged by the included charger. You cannot use standard ICR14500 batteries in this torch. The charger is also magnetically attracted to the torch, but requires the torch be verticle or horizontal and in the mount or it wont charge properly.

    If you were thinking you could purchase this torch and a few spare batteries from ebay – Think again.

    ledlenser should not be able to advertise that it comes with ICR 14500 battery when infact it comes with a custom battery.

  8. Ben says:

    I bought a LED Lenser P5R USB rechargeable for work (I work as a geologist in an underground mine). I often work in warm humid environments. I have noticed the lamp gets very hot, nearly to the point I cannot hold the torch. Could there be a problem with the battery? Should I have it checked out?

  9. Robin Wang says:

    Ben,

    It’s normal for high-powered flashlights to get warm, especially if ambient temperature is high. Due to the regulation scheme, where the light automatically reduces output, it shouldn’t stay hot for very long if you are holding the light (as your body helps transfer heat).

    Hope this helps.
    Robin

  10. nathan says:

    I wanted a led lenser for a while because my buddies all had one and they worked great. She decided to surprise me with the P5R. It seemed perfect size to carry everywere i went and worked ok at first. It does get really hot in your hand and doesnt cool down, i dknt like the battery life at all. I hate the fact it want take regular batteries because when its dead your out of luck. Now my switch has messed up and it goes off and on or starts flashing on its on. I cant even use it anymore. Will led lenser let me swap it for a different model. I dont want to try and repair it because it never stayed charged long enough to use and got to hot anyways?

  11. Robin Wang says:

    Nathan,

    Give LED Lenser a call at (800)650-1245. I don’t see why they wouldn’t be able to replace the P5R with a P5 (the non-rechargeable version of the P5).

    Robin

  12. hal says:

    well i have purchased a p5r online and im on my 3rd return so far…none of them were mistreated in any way and they all three just simply went out while i was using them.none of the 3 ever made it threw 1 hour of use.and from what i see on most reviews i seem to be the only one experiencing this.is there some sort of reset procedure that is not mentioned in the manual?

  13. Robin Wang says:

    Hal,

    Are you sure the lights were fully charged prior to first use? Three defective lights is definately not normal, and I would make sure that the lights are being charged correctly.

    Robin

  14. Justin anderson says:

    I have a brand new p5r and on both day one and two it has shut down and refused to switch on (after about an hour of on time). If I put it on the charger and get it straight off, it will switch back on and operate as per normal. Am I missing something?

  15. Robin Wang says:

    Justin,

    Is the light fully charged? If it refuses to turn on, usually that means that battery charge is too low, and this is common with any device that uses lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (including your cell phone, laptop, etc.).

    Robin

  16. Asza K says:

    I have a P5R for about a year. Out of sudden it would’nt light up.
    Is it the battery? Where can buy one?

  17. kai wallis says:

    i have a p5r, but not sure how you tell if it is charging or not…. constant red light???
    intermitant red light?
    constant green light?
    how long should it go on charge for?

  18. Robin Wang says:

    Kai,

    Red is charging, and solid green is charging complete. Typical charge time is between 3-5 hours.

    Robin

  19. Dan says:

    Is there any other similar things out there with this kind of recharge system that would be worth me checking out before getting this?

  20. Robin Wang says:

    Dan,

    There are very few lights that use magnetic charging. Most rechargeable lights use a charging cradle (Streamlight) or have a DC port (SureFire).

    Robin

  21. federico chavez says:

    Hi,my flashlight was working normal but suddenly was blinking and I had to tap it and then is working normal, but now I need tap it all time,and my charger is not working normal,when the flashlight is in the charger is not easy for me charge it like it was new, when it was charging the light in my charger was red and green when it was charged,but now when I try to charge it the light is green all time and the flashlight is not charged at all,I think something is wrong with the charger or the flashlight switch,do you know if I can reset the power switch in my flash light, thank you for your time

  22. Steven says:

    I had this light PSR 103940 given to me as a present, I’ve used it two of three time and thought very highly of it, until it was hard to get to charge ( red light just flashes & doesn’t charge) now it’s been flashing for two days without success? Any ideas to reset or where to send it for repair in Montreal

  23. Jeremy paii says:

    Hi I have been happy with my p5r

    But I am on my 2nd return with charging problems……
    The last one continued to flash read with no visible problem……
    Charger was replaced but ha just started doing the same thing…

    Is this going to be an ongoing problem and what is the cause,

  24. Craig says:

    Hi I bought a P5R and on my second charger keeps flashing red whats up what can i do do i send it back ?

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