Fenix PD22 Flashlight

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Small and efficient, the PD22, like its predecessors…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50 plus shipping


Small and efficient, the PD22, like its predecessors from Fenix, provides maximum useable performance from the lightest weight package. Reliable, rugged, and practical, the PD22 is one of the most useful all around flashlights for backpackers. AAA lights might weigh slightly less, but they don't provide anywhere near the amount of light this will.


  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Most efficient battery usage
  • Bright enough for route finding
  • Long burning for chores
  • Easily rigged as a headlamp using a headband


  • cr123a's may be difficut to resupply at remote locations

Small, light, rugged, efficient and useful lighting for weight conscious backpackers, the PD22 is the latest in a series of wonderful single cr123a flashlights from Fenix. Fenix makes clicky and twisty cr123a models — and for absolute reliability I'd opt for a twisty. However, the PD22 (clicky only) is easier to use one handed and provides slightly more light, so it's my go-to light. In extended use, it has never failed me. Paired with a headband, the PD22 can function as a headlamp. 

A few years ago I compared the efficiency of single cr123a, AA, and AAA lights, and found that cr123a lights, and the Fenix models in particular, provided brighter, longer useable light per ounce of weight than any other competitor.  It burns long hours on low (3 Lumens  for 120 hours) to allow extensive reading and camp chores. Yet, for demanding tasks such as route finding after dark, the PD22 puts out 210 lumens (2 hours) for long distance route finding and 105 lumens (5 hours) allowing safe cross country travel.  Even the 45 lumen setting (12.5 hours) is sufficient for trail hiking after dark. 

While CR123a lithium batteries are more expensive than AA alkalines, they function much better than AA's especially in very cold weather.  And if you purchase them online in packs of 12, the price comes down considerably.  The only potential drawback that cr123a's can present is accessibility in remote resupply situations.  However, more and more they are becoming quite common.

Spare batteries are small and and pack more light for their weight.  Plus, they have a 10-year shelf life. 

Considering weight, efficiency, reliability, and quality of beam, there is not another lightweight single battery flashlight (cr123a, aa, aaa) that can out perform the PD22.

For ultralight weight backpacking, the only light I might substitute for the PD22 is the photon freedom, however the comparable weight penalty of the PD22 is so negligible that unless I'm trying for a world record lightweight kit, I'm bringing the PD22 for its far greater versatility. Truth be told, I usually pack both the PD and the freedom — the PD for distance chores and reading, the freedom for camp chores, and as an emergency backup light.

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For a powerful light source that can fit in your pocket, glove box, or survival kit, look no further than the Fenix PD22 Flashlight. Despite being powered by a single CR123A battery, the PD22 can cast a powerful beam 371 feet into the darkness with a maximum 210 lumen output. A side switch on the anti-slip body allows you to choose between four brightness settings and two emergency flashing modes, rapid strobe and hidden SOS.

- Backcountry.com

Fenix PD22 is a high-intensity flashlight with side mode switch. With four brightness levels, one rapid strobe and a hidden SOS mode, it can maximize up to a 210-lumen output and a 120-hour long runtime! This compact and waterproof flashlight is extremely suitable for various outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping and EDC. Comes with batteries.

- CampSaver.com

Keep the compact Fenix PD22 flashlight close by to light up the night when you're out on the trail or working around the house. High-quality Cree XP-G (S2) LED operates in 6 lighting modes (4 brightness levels and 2 strobes) to meet your everyday and emergency needs. LED outputs a stunning 210 lumen beam on turbo high, 105 lumens on high, 45 lumens on medium and 3 lumens on low. Use tail cap button to turn the light on and off and then switch between 4 brightness levels and 2 strobes with the button on the side; tail cap switch allows momentary on/off. Features 2 strobe modes, a standard blinking strobe and an SOS emergency strobe; standard strobe outputs 210 lumens and the SOS strobe outputs 105 lumens. Intelligent memory circuit remembers the brightness level you were using when you turned the light off and automatically turns on at that level next time. Single CR123A battery (included) provides 2 hrs. of run time on turbo, more than 5 hrs. on high, 12.5 hrs. on medium and 120 hrs. on low. Regulated output maintains consistent light output over the lifetime of the batteries. Rugged aircraft-grade aluminum body is designed to resist rolling and has a knurled finish for good grip. Fenix PD22 flashlight has an IPX8 water resistance rating for protection against prolonged immersion in water deeper than 1m (3.3 ft.). Includes a holster, lanyard, body clip and a spare O-ring.


Fenix PD22R5 Flashlight - New - This is Fenix's newest release to include the side mode button. You will experience a new interface with a fresh experience. Features: Maximum 190 Lumens Side mode button switch, 4 brightness levels Rapid strobe, hidden SOS Intelligent memory circuit, automatically memories the last brightness level when switched off Cree XP-G (R5) LED 8-Lumen lowest output, exceedingly suitable for reading and tent lighting Durable steel with Ti exterior coating belt clip Tactical tail cap switch with momentary-on function Operates on one NON-RECHARGEABLE Lithium CR123 battery (WILL NOT ACCEPT RECHARGEABLE 16340 BATTERIES) Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating Anti-roll, slip-resistant body design 89mm (Length) x 21.5mm (Diameter) 44-gram weight (excluding battery) Digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness

- Massey's Outfitters

The Fenix PD22 is a high-intensity flashlight with four brightness levels, one rapid strobe and a hidden SOS mode. It can maximize up to a 200-lumen output and a 97-hour long runtime! This compact and waterproof flashlight is extremely suitable for various outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping. CR1234A Battery, Campmor item #82997. Operates on one CR123A battery (not included).LED Type: Cree XP-G S2Output: 190 Lumens Turbo / 95 Lumens high / 46 Lumens med / 8 lumens lowRuntime: 97 hr low / 10 hr med/ 4 hr 32 min high / 2 hr turbo Adjust Level: 1Switch Type: Tactical tail cap switchOperation Mode: SOS, Strobe, Turbo, High, Med, Low Anti-roll, slip-resistant body design Digitally regulated output- maintains constant brightness Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard Included: Lanyard, Spare O-Rings ,Holster,Pocket Clip Weight: 5.36 oz with batteries Size: 3.50"(L) x 0.84"(D)Weight: 1.37 oz.

- Campmor