The first thing I noticed about the Fenix PD35 Tactical flashlight was the overall impression of a quality product. The packaging graphics, detailed specifications, instruction manual, accessories, and tactile feedback of the flashlight controls are all excellent. The Fenix PD35 TAC produces a phenomenal 1,000 Lumens. According to Cree, “the new XP-L LED redefines system performance, cost, and size of LED lighting.”
The PD35 TAC is an upgrade over the popular Fenix PD35 by adding a Tactical mode. Tactical mode turns the side switch off and all control is on the tail switch. Outdoor mode works off of the side switch and engages all of the lighting levels. It is a simple operation to switch modes.
Fenix PD35 TAC
Flashlight ships with a lanyard, clip, nylon holster, and extra O-rings.
It runs off of two CR123A batteries (included) or an optional rechargeable battery. Although I have several flashlights fitted with rechargeable batteries I probably prefer the simplicity of the CR123s. I buy these batteries in bulk off of eBay and have them stashed in my truck, backpack, range bag, pretty much everywhere. It is comforting to know that I can instantly get back to full power by quickly swapping batteries. In fairness, you can always have CR123s as backup to the rechargeable – I just don’t like messing around with the charger. Personal preference.
The Fenix PD35 TAC is a very powerful flashlight in a compact and lightweight size. Overall length is 5.5” with a 1” diameter. Weight is 3 ounces excluding batteries.
Turbo mode – 1,000 Lumens! – is simply awesome and most likely the brightest light I have ever tested. The Strobe function truly is a defensive weapon.
Low (60 Lumens) or Medium (200 Lumens) are perfectly suited to walking the dog at night or getting to your car in a dark parking lot. It would be very comforting to have 1,000 Lumens ready to go if a threat is detected. The PD35 TAC is small enough and light enough that it may very well end up in my wife’s purse as her everyday carry.
With a street price of around $75 the Fenix PD35 TAC deserves consideration as your EDC light.
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