Fenix PD35 Tac Flashlights Review – One Light to Rule Them All

When most people think about personal safety, they usually don’t imagine carrying a tactical flashlight with them. However, unlike a weapon, a light is a much more effective way to disarm and disorient a potential attacker.

Not only that but carrying a flashlight is great for all kinds of situations since you never know when you’re going to need some extra lighting. As such, this tactical flashlight from Fenix is an excellent addition to your everyday carry. Let’s see what it has to offer.

Durable Aircraft Aluminum Body

Although the purpose of a tactical light is to blind your opponent, you may also need to defend yourself physically. Thus, the PD35 comes with an extra durable aluminum body that allows you to use it as a weapon as well as a flashlight. The bottom has a jagged edge that can inflict non-lethal damage and allow you to escape.

Beyond the tactical reasons for this durable housing, it also ensures that the light will last for a long time. It can take a lot of abuse without breaking, and it won’t rust or break down from the elements. The exterior is even waterproof in case you drop it in a puddle.

1000 Lumen Max

When looking at any kind of flashlight (tactical or otherwise), one of the most crucial aspects is the brightness. In this case, you get a wide range of lumens, which means that you can use it for all kinds of illumination.

On the low end, you can use it for a reading light with about eight lumens. On the high end, it can emit up to 1000 lumens, which is perfect for blinding any attacker. Switching between brightnesses is super easy, and it ensures that you will always have the right amount of light for your needs.

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery

With most flashlights, you have to use standard AA or AAA batteries for them to work. Thankfully, however, you don’t have to create any extra waste since this light comes with two rechargeable lithium-ion cells. They enable you to get the most out of this light without having to wonder if you have enough spare batteries for when it dies.

Six Lighting Modes

To add to the overall versatility of this light, you can choose from two primary lighting modes. First, there is a tactical setting, which enables you to blind any attacker or use a strobe to alert others to your location.

There are three settings for the tactical mode. They are:

  • Turbo: 1000 Lumens (1 hr., 10 min.)
  • Low: 60 Lumens (29 hr., 15 min.)
  • Strobe: 1000 Lumens

If, however, you want to use this light for standard illumination purposes, there is also an outdoor mode. This option provides six different settings, as shown below.

  • Turbo: 1000 Lumens (1 hr., 10 min.)
  • High: 500 Lumens (2 hrs., 55 min.)
  • Mid: 200 Lumens (8 hr. 30 min.)
  • Low: 60 Lumens (29 hr., 15 min.)
  • Eco: 8 Lumens (140 hr.)
  • Strobe: 1000 Lumens

The other great thing about this light is that it automatically remembers which setting you used last. So, when switching out batteries, you don’t have to worry that it will revert to its standard option.

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  • Aircraft-grade aluminum body
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Side clip for easy wearing
  • Canvas sleeve for protection
  • Tactical and outdoor lighting modes
  • Max 1000 lumen output
  • Max distance of 656 feet
  • Two lithium-ion batteries included
  • Slip-resistant design
  • Anti-reflective lens coating
  • Waterproof housing
  • Intelligent circuit


  • In rare cases, the flashlight may get hot after a while
  • In some instances, the switch may break if dropped or mishandled


  • What’s the difference between tactical and outdoor mode?
  • The former option is meant to blind and disorient an attacker. The Outdoor mode allows you to use low light settings as well as brighter beams.
  • Does this flashlight come with a charger?
  • Unfortunately, it does not. You will have to buy one from EdisonBright or use standard batteries instead.
  • Does this unit automatically dim on its own?
  • Yes, after about five minutes it will start to dim from the brightest setting. This is to avoid overheating and draining the battery.

Final Verdict

When compared to other tactical flashlights, the Fenix PD35 has a lot to offer. We like the durability of the casing and the fact that it comes with its own carrying sheath. We also appreciate that it has such a wide range of brightnesses, which makes it ideal for both tactical use and everyday illumination.

Overall, whether you are trying to stay safe or you just want to be prepared, the Fenix PD35 has you covered.

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