Fenix PD35 = Bargain Tactical Flamethrower!
December 9, 2014
This flashlight came packed in Fenix's standard cardboard packaging, with holster, spare O rings, pocket clip (attached), lanyard and manual included. Fit and finish appeared to be very good, and the anodizing was very consistent. With an 18650 battery, this light is, in a word, BRIGHT! The beam is well centered with no apparent artifacts, albeit a tad "floody". Not much, mind you, just a bit. Make no mistake, this thing is a thrower! It easily illuminates the woods at the back of my property, which is easily 150 yards!
My primary purpose for this flashlight is "tactical" carry, meaning as an adjunct to my concealed handgun, replacing my much loved and carried 4Sevens Quark Tactical (QTA), charged with a single 14500. Having only had the PD35 for just over a week, I can't speak to its durability, water resistance or long term wear, I can say that I like everything about it as of now. Measuring at approximately 5 1/2" in length, and possessing an adequate pocket clip, I see now reason why this flashlight couldn't be carried clipped to a pants pocket as an EDC light, although that's nor how I intend on carrying mine.
The three lights I was considering were this one and the Nitecore P12 and P16. Battery Junction's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on this light truly made it an offer I couldn't refuse. As usual, Battery Junction's service rocked, shipping was blazing fast, and I'm confident that I bought the right light.
Pros:Very bright, reasonable size, good build quality, simple and intuitive interface, rear "tactical" clicky switch with momentary on capability, last mode memory.
Cons:Holster/sheath is a little cheesy (read CHEAP).