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Fenix PD35R flashlight review

Luminus SFT40 LED
1700 lm output
31200 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Fenix PD35R flashlight was released in 2022. It uses Luminus SFT40 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1700 lm output, 31200 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 353 m.

Curious if the PD35R shines bright? You'll find out soon!

Table of Contents

  • Fenix PD35R specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

The content of this article reflects our own experiences and viewpoints. We aim to offer insights on a topic, and we hope others find it helpful and motivating. Additionally, we make every effort to provide accurate and comprehensive coverage. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications for the Fenix PD35R, then tell us.

Fenix PD35R / PD35R

The PD35R is a powerful and reliable flashlight. It has impressive illumination and durable construction. It is an exceptional lighting tool, it works in many situations and environments. This light has 5 modes of lighting. With mode memory, when you turn off the PD35R and then turn it back on, it will activate the last used mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors. The flashlight uses rechargeable batteries. You can recharge them with a USB cable connected to a power source.

Fenix PD35R specifications

BrandFenix
NamePD35R
TypePD35R
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 444 user votes.
Launch2022
Formflashlight

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

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight140 g
Length136 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter23.2 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 140 g. It is generally comfortable to hold for a long time, and it is also easy to carry in pockets or bags. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for PD35R flashlight. The body of PD35R flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. This flashlight comes in a sleek black color option.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterLuminus SFT40 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

People know Luminus LEDs for their efficiency, brightness, color accuracy, and long lifespan. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The PD35R uses a smooth reflector. A smooth reflector is different from an orange peel reflector. It has a polished, mirror-like surface. The AR coating of the lens helps to reduce these reflections. It does this by changing the lens surface's refractive index.

The PD35R uses multiple switches. The switches' placement and design determine this. They allow for one-handed operation. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. The rear switch of the PD35R is usually operated with the thumb or finger. This makes it easy to reach and use.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1700 lm
Intensity31200 cd
Throw353 m
CD/LM factor18.35

The 1700 lm output of PD35R provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The PD35R flashlight has 31200 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

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. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portUSB Type-C
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
Impact resistance1.5 m
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The PD35R flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The battery indicator helps users check the battery status. It also estimates how much runtime they have left before recharging the battery. The built-in charger allows for convenient and versatile charging. You can use various USB power sources to recharge the battery. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery. It stops over-discharging, which can reduce battery life or cause permanent damage.

The PD35R has thermal protection feature. These mechanisms track and regulate the flashlight's temperature as it operates. The "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles. The flashlight has an IP68 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this. A flashlight's impact resistance can vary. It depends on its design, construction, and intended use.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsARB-L18-3400 battery
USB Type-C cable
clip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The included battery is picked by the manufacturer. It is picked for the best compatibility and performance with the PD35R flashlight. The package includes a holster. It is designed to protectively store your flashlight. The clip allows you to attach this flashlight to a belt, pocket, backpack, or other items. This enables convenient hands-free carry. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the PD35R 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
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • battery included
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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