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Fenix PD36R 1600lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Luminus SST40 CW LED
1600 lm output
19977 cd intensity
1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery

The Fenix PD36R flashlight released in 2020. It uses Luminus SST40 CW LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1600 lm output, 19977 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 283 m.

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Fenix PD36R / PD36R

The PD36R is an impressive flashlight that offers both power and reliability. Its robust build and outstanding illumination make it a versatile lighting instrument. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The PD36R flashlight recalls the last used mode. So, you don't need to access higher brightness levels unless you need to. You can use the strobe function as a self-defense tool. It provides a non-lethal way to deter or disorient attackers. The PD36R may also support other charging methods. These include solar panels or hand-cranked mechanisms.

Fenix PD36R specifications

BrandFenix
NamePD36R
TypePD36R
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1502 user votes.
Launch2020
Formflashlight

This Fenix flashlight is compact and handheld. It is easy to carry and maneuver.

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight85 g
Length136 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter26.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 85 g flashlight may not provide the same level of brightness or features as larger models. Consider the length of the flashlight. It should fit comfortably in your chosen way to carry it. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. HAIII is a specific anodizing process. It creates a thicker and harder oxide layer than regular anodizing. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterLuminus SST40 CW LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

Luminus has established a positive reputation as a reliable LED manufacturer. Warm, white light is generally more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. If you need long-range light, get a flashlight with a smooth reflector. It will have more throw distance. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments.

The PD36R uses multiple switches. The switches' placement and design determine this. They allow for one-handed operation. The electronic switches may have a higher chance of standby drain. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. Rear switches are common on tactical flashlights. Law enforcement, military, and self-defense personnel use them.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1600 lm
Intensity19977 cd
Throw283 m
CD/LM factor12.49

The 1600 lm output of PD36R provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The PD36R flashlight has 19977 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

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. Strobe mode on PD36R flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portUSB Type-C
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The PD36R flashlight's power source is 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. A battery indicator is a feature. It shows the remaining power level of the flashlight's battery. The PD36R flashlight can charge from a USB power source. This source can be a wall adapter, computer, power bank, or car charger. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage.

The thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating. Overheating can harm the flashlight's performance, battery, and safety. 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.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsUSB Type-C cable
clip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring
tail switch cover

The flashlight package is thoughtful, it has a holster. It offers you a practical and secure way to store your flashlight. When you clip the flashlight to a good spot, you can angle or position it. This will give you hands-free light. Attaching a lanyard to your PD36R flashlight provides an additional layer of security. It reduces the risk of accidental drops or loss. When using spare O-rings, follow the maker's instructions. Use their guidelines for proper installation.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the PD36R 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
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • 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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