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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    on max the TAC will absolutely blind or dangerously distract oncomers. As a bikelight only run it at a medium mode at max you may blind someone into an accident.

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    Quote Originally Posted by RemcoM View Post
    Does the PD35 TAC, blind other people, when mounted on a bicycle? On max/turbomode?

    I want order this, to have a very good bikelight.

    What is the kcD?
    I don't know if can blind, but I can confirm that is very disturbing in high mode (500 lm) and turbo. Even the cars from the oposite way make flashes if I'm on 500 lm or on turbo (on turbo with fresh cell is crazy bright ) .

    I use it on the bike on level 1,2 and 3, level 3 is enough for most of the roads on bike. When I go on dirty road, level 4 (500 lm) is absolutely enough to have a clear vision on the road.

    PS: well...sometimes I put two flashlights on the bike (Fenix PD35 and Nitecore EC20) total crazy when both lights are on max mode

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    Hi Octavian,

    If you could only choose one for outdoor use would you go with the Fenix PD35 or the Nitecore EC20? I've been eyeing both of these to use for late night runs to illuminate areas in the distance on a long kinda creepy dark street. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    Received the light, love it so far except for 1 UI issue. Getting to the strobe feature isn't as quick or intuitive as I found with the Olight M20.

    In tactical mode: full click turbo/off/strobe/off slow, under stress this isn't very intuitive (practice I guess)
    In Outdoor mode: each click cycles thru each brightness and strobe is activated by the side button. The side button is too difficult to reach went in a thumb-on clicky position.

    In the OlightM20 the side button is the default strobe button regardless and its under the index finger not the pinky

    I know its nit picky and not something I will have to often but after having the Olight it is noticeable. Otherwise I love the light. The quality is excellent. For self defense the size is great for EDC and use as an impact weapon but immediate access to the strobe is critical, having to click it 2x to get there is not ideal.

    More as I get used to using it and practice with the UI

    Primary use will be for FF/EMT, have had occasion for the strobe to come into play.
    Last edited by PDXBG1521; 09-17-2016 at 12:29 PM. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    no need to full press your way to turbo in tactical mode. Half pressing to it then full clicking to lock on is all you need to do.

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    When using a Panasonic 3400mah Protected batteries, i noticed that the pd35 tac won't go on turbo mode. No visible changes on high and turbo mode when at 3.8v. Do i need to buy unprotected ones like the vtc5? Is this normal for the light won't go up turbo when it drops at 3.8v?

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    since this light is coming up on 1.5 years old. does anybody know if there is an update version in the works? regardless i don't know how much more the upgrades could be possible. but you never know! thank you.

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    The runtime graph. You manually turned each light back up to turbo after 5 mins and it thermally regulated the output?

    Would you recommend doing this after the step down from high to med?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjimon View Post
    The runtime graph. You manually turned each light back up to turbo after 5 mins and it thermally regulated the output?

    Would you recommend doing this after the step down from high to med?
    As I mentioned in my review, the light steps down on Turbo mode after 5 mins runtime. It's the timed drop-down feature. In my view, there will be no step-down on High mode.

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    I think what would be nice if there is a XHP50 Hi version of this light, since it was mostly designed for general purpose, having an XPL Hi emitter would be more ideal if it was designed for throw. Is there indeed a 2017 version of this light in the works? Been holding off purchasing this light as this point.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Fulaeetoy View Post
    When using a Panasonic 3400mah Protected batteries, i noticed that the pd35 tac won't go on turbo mode. No visible changes on high and turbo mode when at 3.8v. Do i need to buy unprotected ones like the vtc5? Is this normal for the light won't go up turbo when it drops at 3.8v?
    I use Panasonic NCR18650B 3400mah batteries in my PD35TAC and turbo mode works fine even below 3.8v. Do you know if you have the light in tactical or outdoor mode?

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    Got into lights again after venturing into other hobbies so just wanna say hi.
    But what got me here was the fascination with Chinese ebay wonders..............15,000 lumens for 10 bucks and that includes 2x 18650 batts?....LOL, OK i'll bite.
    Really not bad for what it is, but alas i got smart and read here for a couple weeks and bought the Fenix PD35 TAC.
    Received it tonight and now i'm hooked again. And now i really know how many lumes the ebay wonder is.........15,000?...ha, more like 200 comparing to the Fenix.
    This light as everyone else has already mentioned is just plain insane.
    Doesn't stop there though does it.
    The TK47 is on it's way now along with an E25UE and not sure what else i will spend green on over the weekend....You guys are great.

    -mike

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    Quote Originally Posted by BGater View Post
    I got this light on a black friday sale, and have been using it daily. Im using panasonic protected 3400 18650s. This a very long battery and I was supprised to see it fit just fine. The low could be a bit lower, but it has worked fine so far and not destroyed my nite vision. Only big problem I have found is im constantly fumbling to find the side switch. Most times I just keep pressing the side of the light while rolling it till the brightness changes. Maybe its just cold hands and cold light this time of year, I just cant feel the switch. With gloves on, forget it. Something like the TN12 side button would be nice. Overall I would def buy it again. For an EDC type flashlight it cranks out a ton of light when you need it.
    I find it helpful to have the pocket clip pointing towards the switch as it makes it easier to feel for the clip & just follow it down until you get to the side switch.
    All in all a fantastic light with the usual Fenix build quality. Is this the best 1x18650 flashlight ? There are plenty of newer competitors but does newer necessarily equate to better ? I'll keep my PD35 Tac thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jel999 View Post
    I find it helpful to have the pocket clip pointing towards the switch as it makes it easier to feel for the clip & just follow it down until you get to the side switch.
    All in all a fantastic light with the usual Fenix build quality. Is this the best 1x18650 flashlight ? There are plenty of newer competitors but does newer necessarily equate to better ? I'll keep my PD35 Tac thanks.
    I have 3 of these, two of the newest version and one older model. I really like them, especially For the price. I think they offer a great value, I keep them handy loaded with 18650 cells.

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    I really like the feature set of the light, but is it still worth considering with all the new stuff that's come out more recently? Is there a PD35 Tac v2 on the horizon?

    I'm weighing this against a UC/PD 35 v2, Streamlight Protac 2L-X, and Olight M2T

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    Default Re: Fenix PD35 "TAC" 2015 (XP-L V5, 1x18650 or 2xCR123A) Review

    I have had the TAC since it first came out and I near never use it for some reason. I have the PD35 V2.0. THAT is an awesome light. IP68 rated! The UC35 V2.0 is just as good and is ALSO IP68 rated even with the mini USB port flap open. Slight ergonomic differences put me in the PD35 V2.0 camp. As for TAC V2.0 if it does not come out during the remainder of 2018 then I doubt there will be one.

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