Fenix PD32 Ultimate Edition
Reviewers Paid: $79.00
The PD32 UE is not to be confused with the PD32. The two are the same except the UE model operates at higher lumens throughout the all the settings with a maximum of 740 lumens vs 340 lumens.
- White light for true color rendition
- Digitally regulated output for constant brightness
- Low voltage warning for battery replacement
- Reverse polarity protection
- Overheat protection
- Anti-roll, slip resistant body
- Side switch for fast operation
- Hard anodized aircraft grade aluminum body
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This is by far the best flashlight I ever owned. I needed a slim compact and powerful flashlight with excellent battery life for backpacking. This flashlight exceeded my expectations. It is a little under 5 1/2 inches in length and less than an inch in diameter and weighs a little over 5 ounces. To many this may be a little big but you'll never find this kind of performance in anything smaller.
It operates on 2 CR123 batteries. Included with the light are a lanyard, 2 extra rubber O rings, a pocket clip, and a night diffuser which clips on the flashlights end.
There are 7 lighting modes ranging from 9 lumens to 740 lumens and includes an SOS mode and a strobe mode. The Maximum distance this light will shine at full brightness is 509 feet (740 lumens), after that the lighted object will get a little darker as the distance increases. That's well over one and a half football fields! The strobe is at 400 lumens and the SOS is at 140 lumens both of which can be seen for over a mile should you need to signal for help at night.
There is also a turbo mode @ 400 lumens, a high mode @ 140 lumens, a mid mode @ 40 lumens, and a low mode @ 9 lumens. What I really like about this flashlight is that the low mode can light your tent for up to 130 hours! That's over 16 nights of light at 8 hours a night! So if you never have to use the other lighting modes this light will give you months of use at a couple of hours a night. The different lighting modes are accessed by a side switch.
There is also a tailcap switch for momentary light use. Now follow me on this. The flashlight has intelligent memory built in so that when you turn on the light it comes on at the lumens you last used it at. By turning it off at the 740 lumen Burst mode, the flashlight will turn on at that same setting when you press the tailcap switch. This is an excellent defensive tool. A 740 lumen burst of light into the eyes of a would be attacker at night will temporarily blind the aggressor and if you add a shot of pepper spray to his face you'll have plenty of time to rush your butt out of harms way. Non-lethal force and your butt is safe. Plus 740 lumens will help you see things at a great distance at night when you need to be party of a search.
The other modes of course are helpful at night giving you many options for the light needed.
The light bulb itself is an LED digitally regulated for constant brightness throughout the life of the batteries. Many flashlights start growing dimmer from the time it is turned on and the battery starts getting weaker. This flashlight does not do that, you will get constant brightness all the way to the end. It also has a feature built in that warns you when the battery is getting closer to its end. The Cree LED bulb life should give you 50,000 hours of service.
One other thing to mention about the LED bulb is that it emits white light for accurate color rendition at night. It won't dull or change the color of lit objects as many flashlights do.
It is sealed from the weather by 2 O rings (spares come with it), so using it in rainy weather is no big deal. It has been tested by dipping it over 6 feet under water (but I'm not suggesting you do so).
I could rave on and on about this flashlight and all of its features, but that would leave me writing a book. The best I can say is that this is one of the greatest flashlight you will ever own, believe me. It's loaded with great useful features.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79