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Amazing, but doesn't throw too far
on December 21, 2012
I bought this from a different seller, but wanted to leave a review here anyway. This light is incredible. 740 lumens in an EDC flashlight? Yes, please! I carry this clipped in my front left pocket every day, and I hardly notice it's there. It is lightweight and slender enough not to get in the way. This is a near-perfect tactical/self-defense flashlight. One good feature is that you can activate the strobe mode from any brightness setting, and it always strobes at 400 lumens. (My previous Fenix had a different special mode for each brightness setting.) This means I can keep the light on a lower mode for everyday tasks and always be ready to strobe if I want to disorient someone.
-Awesome light output for size
-Good battery life (considering output)
-Tough but lightweight construction
-Strobe accessible from any setting
-Can be mounted on weapons with an attachment
-Comes with some accessories and replacement parts
-Looks like a miniature lightsaber
-Momentary or locking switch
-Sturdy pocket/belt clip
-Using the diffuser reminds me of Gandalf in the Mines of Moria ("Let me risk a little more light...")
-Good CRI for an LED (color rendering index... makes things look fairly natural)
-Doesn't remember strobe setting (i.e. can't activate immediately)
-Strobes at 400 lumens, not 740
-Wide beam angle doesn't throw too far
-Gets hot quick on burst setting (reverts to turbo after about 3 minutes)
-Lowest setting sometimes isn't low enough
-A little longer than the PD32 (still fits in pocket easily though)
That was a fairly picky list, but don't get me wrong... this is an incredible light. It's not a great thrower, but the blinding output is a good self-defense tool if you can't (or choose not to) carry a deadly weapon. Fenix also has good customer service in my experience, which is limited because I rarely have problems with their products.
This is not a toy. It will hurt your eyes on any brightness setting. Be forewarned. Don't shine it in your wife's eyes.
Ended up buying a new PD35, and it begs a little comparison...
BEAM: next to the PD32 UE beam, I noticed the PD35 beam is slightly narrower and slightly cooler in color. I prefer the slightly narrower beam, because it throws a little farther, but I actually like the warmer color of the PD32 UE a little better. This is mostly preference as the PD35 still has very good CRI (probably closer to one of those 'daylight' CFL bulbs that just look a little too blue at night, but still renders colors very well), while the PD32 UE has a slightly more orange-ish tint. Not a noticeable difference until you have them side-by-side though. The PD35, of course, has a higher total lumen output. I'd call this a wash.
FUNCTIONS: The PD35 strobes at the full 850 lumens (PD32 UE only strobes at 400). However, the PD35 has no S.O.S. mode... I'm not sure why. Mall ninjas and partygoers will probably want the higher strobe output, while adventurists and seafarers would do well to choose the S.O.S.-capable model. Otherwise, the models are apparently identical. I'd say this is also a wash.
FORM: Nearly the same between the two, but the emitter end of the PD35 isn't peaked/serrated like the PD32 UE is. I suppose this is a glass-break/self-defense feature, so it doesn't affect normal use. Slight advantage to the PD32 UE.
ACCESSORIES: The PD35 did not come with as many accessories, and it has a slightly larger emitter diameter, so I can't use the PD32 UE diffuser on it :( Advantage to the PD32 UE.
BATTERY LIFE: PD35 outputs slightly more lumens for slightly more time on each of the 5 settings. Clear advantage to the PD35.
So, if you have a PD32 UE, don't feel pressured to upgrade to a PD35 just because of the higher lumen output. However, if you're trying to choose between buying one of these two lights, weigh the advantages of each for your expected usage scenarios and choose accordingly. They're both awesome!