Summary : Useful output, very bright, top quality and low priced for a tactical flashlight. One of the best flashlights available.
Fenix PD35 Review
The award winning Fenix PD35 is the very latest addition to the PD series of flashlights, and the one thing that is most noticeable about this flashlight is that despite only being 5 inches in length, it’s crazy bright. Keep reading to find out why the PD35 is a top contender for the best tactical flashlight.
The Fenix PD35 comes fitted with the CREE XM-L U2 LEDs and has 6 different lighting modes, and the manufacturers claim that it will provide as much as 50,000 hours of illumination during its lifespan. [easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00DR9GWX0″ cloaking=”default” height=”28″ key=”wide-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”bestflashhq-20″ width=”176″]
Highlights of the Fenix PD35
- Uses 2 CR123A batteries or a 18650 rechargeable
- 139mm (5.4 inch) x 25.4mm (1 inch) and 87gram (3 oz)
- Low battery warning
- Over-heat protection to prevent damage to the LED
- Tail switch with body switch to select modes
- Aircraft grade aluminum hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
The switch on the tail cap is also easy to use, and the button has a pleasant rubbery feel that does not hinder its operation. The only downside to the design of this switch is the fact that it does tend to poke out just enough to prevent the user from standing the device on end, which will be annoying to some people. However, it is a momentary switch, which means that you do not have to click it completely into position in order to get it to work, which is a useful feature in tactical situations. The tail switch does have a lockout feature which is enabled by unscrewing the tail section. Switch between the 6 different lighting modes by using the side button, plus if you press and hold the switch, the device goes in to strobe-mode, which can be handy in certain situations. The PD35 has a central hotspot that has a beam that is wide enough to light up an entire room. The beam pattern on the high outputs are focused enough to reach 185m and wide enough on the low settings to read a map.
As with most Fenix flashlights, the build quality is second to none. The main body has been constructed using only the best and most hard-wearing aircraft-grade aluminum, which has been finished with a hard-anodized and anti-abrasive coating. As for the knurling, this has been cut well and is able to provide an excellent level of grip. Another handy feature of this flashlight are the anti-roll groves that have been cut into both the tail cap and the head, so there is no danger of your PD35 from rolling away should you put it down. The flashlight is also waterproof, and it comes with an IPX-8 underwater rating of 6.5ft or 2 meters.
What we really loved about the PD35 is the versatility. The tail switch makes it a good tactical light yet the side switch makes it easy to switch between the 6 modes. This lets the user hold the light in multiple positions easy for camping or use around the house also. With an IPX8 waterproof rating you could even take this thing swimming. For a flashlight that has a 850 lumen output, this flashlight is pretty small!
We couldn’t really find any disadvantages on the PD35. The only minor gripe is that the flashlight has a memory function. Some people like this feature, we aren’t fans of it. A drawback is that it requires the sometimes harder to find CR123A batteries. A solution we found would be to get the rechargeable 18650 batteries batteries and keep some CR123A batteries for backup.
With so many light output levels, waterproofing, a rechargeable battery option, drop resistant and top notch build quality, the Fenix PD35 would be great for law enforcement, camping or an everyday carry. If you are on the lookout for a dependable flashlight, then the Fenix PD35 LED flashlight is one that should definitely be on your shortlist.