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The Fenix PD35 is a powerful and compact tactical flashlight. Fenix (Shenzhen Fenixlight Limited) is a Chinese manufacturer that focuses on outdoor sport and military lighting tools including:

  • Middle to high grade flashlights
  • Headlamps
  • Laterns
  • Bike lights
  • Light accessories

The PD line-up provides high durability due to its hard adonized finishing and aircraft grade aluminum. The PD35 won The Best of Show Award in AFTA Trade Show 2013 and the tactical edition offers a bright light that fits in your pocket.

Specifications

Modes and Light Output: Lumens and Max Runtime

  • Eco
    • Output: 14 lumens
    • Runtime: 150 hours
  • Low
    • Output: 50 lumens
    • Runtime: 38 hours
  • Medium
    • Output: 180 lumens
    • Runtime: 10 hours
  • High
    • Output: 460 lumens
    • Runtime: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Turbo
    • Output: 960 lumens
    • Runtime: 1 hour and 10 minutes

It has a strobe function located between turbo and low.

What is the maximum throw distance?

The max throw is 682 feet (ft) or 185 meters (m).

Maximum intensity?

The Fenix PD35 Flashlight has a maximum intensity of 10,800 candela per lumen (cd/lm).

A high cd/lm is a spot beam, providing great lighting for distant objects but overly bright at close range. A low cd/lm is a flood beam, providing efficient lighting for close work but not enough light for far distances.

Is the PD35 waterproof?

Yes. This 1000 lumen light has a IPX-8 rating. It’s protected against water submersion up to 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) underwater for approximate 30 minutes.

Additional Features

  • Cree XM-L 2 LED with a maximum lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Maintains constant brightness
  • Low-voltage warning if the flashlight needs a battery replacement
  • Stainless steel side switch and tactical tail switch (with momentary-on function)

Battery

The PD35 supports two CR123A batteries or one 18650 lithium ion battery.

What is the best battery for the Fenix PD35?

Many users recommend the Panasonic NCR18650B (3400mAh) for this model. This battery may increase the PD35’s runtime to be ~75% longer.

Recommendations are from users in BladeForums and CandlePowerForums.

Accessories

The package includes a holster, clip, lanyward and two spare 0-rings. 2 EdisonBright CR123A li-on batteries are included in the Amazon bundle. The included Fenix PD35 holster has a strap-like material. You can buy a higher quality leather one separately from Fenix.

Dimensions and Durability

What is the impact resistance?

The PD35 flashlight is impact resistant up to 1 meter. The flashlight is very robust and sturdy.

Size and weight

The flashlight has a length of 5.5 inches (139mm) and a width of 1 inch (24 mm).

Material

  • Durable aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • Toughned ultra-clear glass; anti-reflective coating
  • Anti-roll and slip-resistant body

It weighs at 3 oz (87 grams) not including batteries.

Conclusion: Our Fenix PD35 Review

The PD35 provides the best bang for your buck for a powerful and portable flashlight. Despite being manufactured in China, the Fenix light is very durable, sturdy and reliable with light modes for any situation. Because of its affordability and features, it makes for a great starter for a first tactical flashlight.

Check it out on Amazon!