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Little flashlight. Huge light.
Fenix proves that it doesn't take a big light to make big light. The PD35 Flashlight throws a huge 850 lumen beam, even though it's only 5.5 inches long and weighs three ounces. That's at its maximum setting (called 'Turbo'). there are four other settings, and they drop in light output as they increase in battery life. The lowest setting produces 10 lumens and shines for a whopping 140 hours.
- 850 lumen maximum output
- Digitally regulated output
- 5 brightness levels
- Low-voltage warning
- Reverse polarity protection
- Overheat protection
- Slip-resistant body
- Aircraft-grade aluminum construction
- Includes 2 CR123A lithium batteries; 18650 battery sold separate
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Here's a shot of the Fenix PD35 in front of my Cascade Stratovolcano-climbing gear pile.
I picked this thing up just prior to leaving on a three week trip through CA/OR/WA and it turned out to be pretty useful for finding routes at 1am on glaciers. The weight-to-brightness-to-size ratio on this flashlight is sort hard to describe. The size and weight parts are easily-quantifiable and understandable, but lumens isn't a unit of measure that most of use are very familiar with. My headlamp is about 85 lumens. This little flashlight is 850. When I carry this outside at night around my neighborhood to pick up after my dogs, it's almost comical how bright it is. Overkill for that purpose, to be sure. It turns night into day like an LAPD chopper searchlight does. In a mountain environment, it has tons of throw and extends your vision capability out of the typical half-light headlamp glow cone we're all familiar with. But, man. I almost feel guilty flipping the switch on a moonless alpine night...it's just downright obnoxiously-bright. Though...I was unfortunate enough to be attempting to sleep at TrailCamp on Mount Whitney recently with way too many people who were behaving like they'd never been in the mountains before and I must admit it was fun returning the favor at 1am by blasting their tents as we left camp...revenge is a dish best served at 850 lumens.
The on/off switch is tactile and makes a clicking sound/feel when activated, which is nice for gloved hands, and the switch controlling the various brightness levels, while weirdly-shaped, is well placed and rubberized...feels very well made in general.
Once, in a fit of typical stupidity, I used it to re-run the 5-mile run on which I had just lost my keys due to not zipping a pocket. I never found the keys, but I noticed the light auto-dims when it gets hot, and it does get very hot when you leave it on full-power mode.
I've found the burn times to be fairly spot-on.
A little unit that packs a lot of punch
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is by no means an ultralight gear, but for people who don't get carried away with that kinda stuff, this is one reliable tool out in the wilderness. For me, the decision came down to the PD35 against Surefire E2D Defender Ultra. The E2D definitely have a better, more concentrated throw than the PD35, but for my uses of night navigation, PD35, which threw at a wider angle of visibility, was a better choice. And of course the Surefire costs more than twice as much as the PD35. The only gripe is that the turbo mode (860 lumen) turns down to high mode (450 lumen) after only two minutes of use. Additionally, the included nylon pouch and the lanyard look very cheap, but who cares I guess.
Fenix PD32, PD35, and Princeton tech
I've got my 2 Fenix flashlights rigged up on my helmet to help light up a room or tunnel inside Caves and Mines. It is a great setup and I love all my lights! This gives me about 1,500 Lumens of light! :)
Amazing Little Flashlight!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought the PD32 right before Fenix released the PD35 and since the PD35 has more than twice the Lumens as the PD32 I had to upgrade! I LOVE both my Fenix flashlights and am very happy with the quality and power that they have. This flashlight comes with 2 CR123A batteries, but you can buy some 18650 Rechargable batteries on Amazon or directly from Fenix's website. Don't buy the rechargeable CR123A batteries as Fenix has told me they aren't very good. This light does not come with rechargeable batteries like the Tech Specs said on August 13 2013. That was a mistake that will be fixed.
Overall I LOVE my PD35 for everyday carry and I ended up using it more than I thought I would! Fenix is a great company and I would highly recommend any of their flashlights to anybody! I would definitely buy this again if I needed too.