Fenix PD35 V3.0 EDC Flashlight - 1700 Lumens

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I've been a Fenix user for a while now and I've had a fair number of lights come across the bench and many of them I've kept around. I'm an equal opportunity user, however. I've got a few O-Lights in my collection as well as a Surefire. All that being said, Fenix hits the market with a lot of good stuff going on. They have some high-quality products at price points that don't break the bank. They don't sit and bask in their success and just leave things alone. They revisit lights as technology improves and make tweaks to bring us updated versions that have more features - often in the way of lumen output - and at times, battery technology as well.

Today we will be looking at the PD35 V3.0. We looked at V1 back in April of 2020 and we'll do a bit of a comparison as we refer to that review occasionally and let you know what has changed up and what to expect from this 1700 lumen light.

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Product: Fenix PD35 TAC Patriot Edition
Provided By: Fenix Store
Price: Buy direct from Fenix-Store here 

 

First Look:

The PD35 V3.0 is a 1700 lumen, 18650 or 2x CR123A flashlight that is IP68 rated for 2-meter submersion in water for 30 meters. Fenix says this light is "impact resistant" to 1 meter, and with the 6061-T6 aluminum body, extended strike bezel and solid design, it surely will be able to stand up to daily abuse. It has five power output levels as well as a strobe mode that are controlled by a combination of side-button and rear tail-cap switches.

Box Front

 

The PD35 V3.0 has dropped the "Tactical Mode" and "Outdoor Mode" options and is a single-mode light. I like this more than the dual-mode flashlights as lights of this caliber are often task-specific and dual-mode flashlights can be overly complicated - or used on a single mode 99% of the time.

As you may be able to see below, the output levels range from 5 lumens all the way up to 1700 lumens with a range of 357 meters. More on that in a bit.

Box Back

 

Inside the basic, eye-catching package of the Fenix PD35 V3.0, you find everything you need to get up and running almost immediately. The light comes with a manual, warranty card, extra rear button cover, a pair of replacement O-rings, a lanyard, holster, as well as a micro-USB cable for charging the included 18650 rechargeable battery.

PD35 V3.0 Bundle


Features and Specifications:

The ultimate EDC/Tactical flashlight has been upgraded once again! For many, the Fenix PD35 is considered the best all-around flashlight. The upgraded features of the PD35 V3.0 make it even better than the previous versions, including a new SFT40 LED that allows for a maximum output of 1700 lumens using a rechargeable 18650 battery. Other features include a battery level indicator, five output levels plus a strobe mode, and a toothed strike bezel for self-defense. Another upgrade is the newly fitted de-convex lens and small-caliber reflector, increasing beam distance by almost 50%. Without a doubt, the Fenix PD35 V3.0 is one of the best flashlights of 2021.

Lens

 

  • 1700 lumens maximum output
  • Luminus SFT40 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Rechargeable battery included
  • Outputs
    • Turbo: 1700 Lumens, 1.4 hours, 1171 ft
    • High: 600 Lumens, 2.5 hours, 708 ft
    • Med: 150 Lumens, 8.5 hours, 357 ft
    • Low: 50 Lumens, 26.4 hours, 206 ft
    • Eco: 5 Lumens, 230 hours, 65 ft
    • Strobe: 1700 Lumens
  • De-convex lens
  • 50% more beam throw than previous PD35 model
  • Small caliber reflector
  • Battery level indicator
  • IP68 Waterproof Rating
  • A6061-T6 Aluminum body
  • IP68 rated waterproofing: Fully submersible to 6.5 feet for up to 30 minutes
  • Toothed strike bezel

 

Rear Clicky

 

Batteries
  • Included: Fenix ARB-L18-2600U Micro-USB Rechargeable 2600mAh 18650 battery
  • Compatible: One rechargeable 18650 battery or two non-rechargeable CR123A batteries

 

Size

  • Length: 5.28 inches
  • Head Diameter: 1 inch
  • Body Diameter: 0.90 inches
  • Weight: 2.95 oz

 

Battery

 

The PD35 V3.0 is simple to operate. The tail-switch turns the unit on and off and can be partially pressed for a momentary on feature. Once the light is powered on, pressing the side button cycles through the output modes. A long press on the side button activates the strobe mode. To deactivate the strobe, a quick press returns you to whatever output mode you'd selected before you activated the strobe mode.

A couple of big things to note with the PD35 V3.0 is the beam distance is much better than previous versions. The LED claims the same lifespan of 50,000 hours, and is a bit more efficient than the previous versions. Pretty much the only downside to this bundle is also one of the benefits. The PD35 V3.0 comes with a micro-USB rechargeable battery. That's a bonus. The downside is that it's a 2600mAh battery where Fenix other 18650 batteries are up to 3500mAh. The difference in Watt hours is 9.36Wh versus the 12.6Wh of the standard rechargeable battery. While very handy, putting the charging circuitry in the 18650 takes up a bit of space that reduces the battery capacity.

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Conclusion:

Fenix has taken the trusty PD35 platform and beefed up it with the V3.0. A different Cree LED, lens and parabolic reflector allow greater output and runtime than previous generations. On the ECO side of things, the new 3.0 drops down to 5 lumens with a maximum runtime of 230 hours - up from the 140 hours of the original PD35. As is the case with many of the Fenix lights, the output levels are diverse enough to give you an option to meet your needs, while providing you hours of run-time. The grip, finish, controls and options will fit virtually every user in almost any scenario.

The fact is, it's hard not to like the PD35 V3.0. My only real complaint is the integrated charging of the battery that lowers its capacity. I own a couple of chargers for both 18650 and 21700 batteries, so built-in charging isn't required. I understand why they do it however, and for many users, this is a feature that could be a bit selling point.

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I'd like to thank Fenix Store for sending this updated light our way to use and abuse. 

If you're thinking of a gift for the man (or woman) in your life, this is a great option that is tough to pass on. It's a solid light that does pretty much everything right.