The Fenix PD35 Tactical Edition is a pocket-sized, professional grade, quality tactical flashlight that boasts 1000 lumens on the highest setting.
The PD35 offers 6 output modes making it a versatile torch. The PD35 is compact but yet a powerful flashlight that uses rechargeable or non rechargeable batteries. The PD35 is a great flashlight and made the cut on our Best Tactical Flashlights page.
Fenix is a leader in the field, and they continue to progress and develop new technology through their products for outdoor illumination and portable lighting. Fenix is a Chinese manufacturer that specializes in small pocket sized flashlights. Fenix also maintains a reputation for solid craftsmanship. Fenix backs up their products with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee which offers peace of mind.
The body of this flashlight is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum. To protect against impact. Another included feature in the body is the anti-roll, slip resistant design to further prevent damage from dropping. It also has a premium type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish to protect against nicks and dings. The side switch for switching modes and outputs is made of stainless steel, so the switch won’t break with lots of use. The light is Cree XP-L(V5) LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
The light is covered by the toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating to provide optimum light output. The Fenix PD 35 has the capability when on High or Turbo mode to produce 1000 lumens of light with a throw of 200 meters. The brightness level remains constant due to the digitally regulated output.
This flashlight measures 5.4x3x1 inches and only weighs 3.5 ounces (including batteries). This size makes it very easy to handle and you hardly notice you’re wearing it when using as an EDC. The light is powered by one 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery or two 3V CR123A lithium batteries. This flashlight also has a low battery indicator to let you know when replacement batteries are needed. The device comes with reverse polarity detection, to protect against incorrect battery installation.
The Fenix PD35 has six light modes within their 2 built in modes of outdoor mode and tactical mode. The outdoor mode features varying brightness levels of Eco, Low, Mid, High, and Strobe for distress calls or disorienting attackers. The Tactical mode features the immediate-on Turbo mode of 1000 lumens.
This flashlight has the ability to switch from outdoor mode to tactical mode. Outdoor mode includes 6 light modes- Eco, Low, Mid, High, Turbo, and Strobe. The stainless steel side switch allows easy switching between brightness levels and also allows the user to switch from outdoor mode to tactical mode. When the light is in tactical mode, the tail switch can be used to instantly have an activation of 1000 lumens.
The tail switch acts as the on/off switch for this momentary-on turbo mode. This provides a simplified and fast operation when in Tactical mode. This dual switch control brings an ease of use so you can easily access the light mode you need when you need it. There is also an intelligent memory circuit which will automatically remember the output mode you last used the next time you turn it on.
What we like about it
The PD35 is an ideal flashlight for daily situations, while also providing the ability to help you be prepared for unforeseen dangerous situations. The ability to quickly switch between the Outdoor mode with five brightness levels to the Tactical mode with immediate intense 1000 lumens prepares you for whatever situation you encounter. We also like the ability to use the included rechargeable 18650 Li-ion battery, or two 3V CR123A batteries when charging isn’t feasible.
Although not really big enough to use as a weapon, the diversity the light allows through the Tactical and Outdoor modes make the Fenix PD35 a great choice for EDC while preparing you for dangerous situations. For the price, it is a great mid-level flashlight providing a powerful light. The flashlight comes with a clip, holster, lanyard, and two spare O-rings. Here is what we found customers are saying:
Many people are quite loyal to the Fenix brand, knowing they have a history of putting out solid lights. The Fenix P35 is a great tactical flashlight at a price most people can afford. Here is what some customers said about this flashlight.
One customer wrote- “This is an incredible flashlight. As a first purchase in the professional/tactical flashlight market, or as a do-everything-go-anywhere light, you will not be happier with anything else. Buy a Fenix—this one.” Another satisfied customer said-“The Fenix PD35 is amazing. At barley 5′ in length, it throws a hot 850 lumens. I have several brands of flashlights but out of all of them, I prefer Fenix. Durable, long lasting, worth every penny. The spill on this light is crazy wide.”
What we don’t like
Some complaints have been made about the included rechargeable battery, saying they don’t charge fast enough. However, the ability to use the two 3V CR123A batteries is a good option when you need the light in a pinch and don’t have time to wait for charging.
The Feniz PD35 is a solid tactical flashlight from a solid company at a good price. It is a great compact yet powerful flashlight with good tactical features. The PD35 is durable and dependable and is used in many different situations.