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Fenix PD35 TAC 1000lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-L V5 LED
1000 lm output
10000 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Fenix PD35 TAC flashlight released in 2015. It uses Cree XP-L V5 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1000 lm output, 10000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 200 m.

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Fenix PD35 TAC / PD35TAC

The PD35 TAC flashlight provides instant illumination at the touch of a switch. This immediate response is particularly useful in emergency situations. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The PD35 TAC's mode memory makes the user experience more seamless and intuitive. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Fenix PD35 TAC specifications

BrandFenix
NamePD35 TAC
TypePD35TAC
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1423 user votes.
Launch2015
Formflashlight

This Fenix flashlight offers portability, versatility, and reliability in providing illumination.

Fenix PD35 TAC / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight89 g
Length137 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

An extremely lightweight handheld flashlight weighs 89 g. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for PD35 TAC flashlight. The HAIII coating is uniform and attractive. It is often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek, pro look. This flashlight comes in a sleek black color option.

Fenix PD35 TAC / 3

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L V5 LED
Color temperature6000 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. Flashlights use the smooth reflector when long-range light is important. This includes searchlights and thrower flashlights. The AR coating of the lens helps to reduce these reflections. It does this by changing the lens surface's refractive index.

The PD35 TAC uses multiple switches. The switches' placement and design determine this. They allow for one-handed operation. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. The rear switch is at the end of the PD35 TAC flashlight. It helps you hold it securely.

Fenix PD35 TAC / 2

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1000 lm
Intensity10000 cd
Throw200 m
CD/LM factor10

The 1000 lm output of PD35 TAC provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The PD35 TAC flashlight has 10000 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. The PD35 TAC flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The Fenix PD35 TAC flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. A battery indicator lets users see the battery status. It helps them decide when to recharge or replace the battery. The PD35 TAC doesn't have charger port. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery. It stops over-discharging, which can reduce battery life or cause permanent damage. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The flashlight has an IPx8 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
clip
lanyard
nylon holster
tail switch cover

The package includes a holster. It is designed to protectively store your flashlight. With a clip, you can fasten the flashlight to a reachable spot. This ensures it is easy to get whenever you need it. When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it gives a more secure hold. It also gives a more stable hold. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the PD35 TAC flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Fenix flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • tactical switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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