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Fenix Lights aka Surefire who?
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You know that typically, I look for American made stuff, and am almost always willing to pay a premium for it. I was the same way with flashlights, demanding Surefire, simply because they were the best.

Well, no longer. I've been using Fenix lights for the last 2 years, along side my Surefires, and they are just as good, just as rugged, just as reliable, and often come with more features (holster, extra orings, extra switch cover, lanyard), for a fraction of the price of a Surefire.

The lights are not typical of other Chicom junk. The R&D and attention to craftsmanship are apparent, when you handle one. And they use the best LEDs on the market (Cree) as well as aircraft grade aluminum.

I started out with a PD30, for EDC, and a TK12 for a night stand light. They are early versions, and have many modes (including strobe), but require a complicated turning of the head sequence to engage the different modes. This was the one thing that I hated about them.

Then comes the PD35 this year. Now, there is a side button that engages the various modes, but best of all, this torch throws out a blinding 850 lumens in "turbo" mode! Compared to 257 lumens for my PD30, and 245 lumens for my TK12. Other features of the PD35;

- Cree XM-L 2 (U2) LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
- Digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness
- 5 Brightness Levels Plus Strobe
- Turbo - 850 Lumens - 1 hr. 30 min.
- High - 450 Lumens - 2 hr. 30 min.
- Mid - 170 Lumens - 7 hr. 45 min.
- Low - 45 Lumens - 29 hr.
- Eco - 10 lumens - 140 hr.
- Low-voltage warning function to remind you to replace the battery
- Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation
- Over-heat protection to avoid high-temperature of the surface
- Anti-roll, slip-resistant body design
- Tactical tail switch with momentary-on function
- Side switch on the head
- Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
- Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish


I really like that "over heat" function. If you run the light in "turbo" for five minutes, it'll automatically downshift to "high." After 30 minutes in "high," it'll downshift to "mid." You can override those, of course. It also has a "memory," in that it will fire up on the last mode that you selected. I carry it for personal defense, so I make sure that I'm always selected to "turbo" when carrying for that purpose.

All of that for 75 bucks!!!


The closest Surefire that I could find, the E2D LED Defender Ultra, comes in at 265 bucks, has only 2 modes, and none of the other features of the Fenix. If you want to approach 850 lumens with Surefire, you're looking at HUNDREDS more.

Long story short, I'm now a Fenix light "fanboy." IMO, the extremely high premium for a Surefire, simply isn't worth it, when I can get all that the Fenix offers for 75 bucks.

Here's some pictures, but as usual, I suck at pics.

The PD35

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The momentary tail cap switch.

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The PD35 next to the PD30. Here you can see the side switch that quickly selects modes. No more stupid head rotation dance!

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The TK12 thrown in the mix, just to show that the TK series is bulkier than the PD series. I like it as a night stand light, though, because it can be used to bash someone's face in.

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The goodies. A quality nylon holster, spare orings, lanyard, extra switch cover.

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I tried doing a comparison of the beams between the PD35 and PD30, but I don't think the picture does it justice.

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There you have it! If you need a high quality light, without the high quality price, I highly recommend giving Fenix a look!

Justin
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When it's in Turbo mode, is the light beam faster than 186,000Miles/second?
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I can't say anything about Xenix, I've never owned one, but I agree about Surefire. Really first rate equipment but basically useless to me because of their pricing. I can put my hands on hundreds of flashlights of reasonable quality without needing NASA's budget to do it.
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streaker69;115531 Wrote:When it's in Turbo mode, is the light beam faster than 186,000Miles/second?

Only in my house, since I'm the only one on the planet that knows how to break the light speed barrier. Ninja


Curmudgeon;115532 Wrote:I can't say anything about Xenix, I've never owned one, but I agree about Surefire. Really first rate equipment but basically useless to me because of their pricing. I can put my hands on hundreds of flashlights of reasonable quality without needing NASA's budget to do it.

I highly recommend checking out a Fenix if you need a new light sometime. Surefire quality without the Surefire price.

LOL no, I don't work for them. Big Grin

Justin
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I had a Surefire once. A Nitrolon; it broke when I knocked it off a shelf. They refunded my money, and I never spent more than $50 on a light ever again. I currently carry a Helotex G2, paid $25 for it, and love it.
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Out of morbid curiosity, I just shined this in my left eye for a second. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be permanently blind.

Sucks to be someone on the receiving end of this light!

Justin
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I have the same two models. The PD30 was my favorite, but the PD32UE really blew me away. A few months ago, I was driving on a back road with a burned-out driver's-side headlight. Just for kicks, I turned the PD32UE on in turbo mode, held it out the window, and it was as bright as the headlight!

Seeing anything yet? Tongue
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jahwarrior72;115536 Wrote:I had a Surefire once. A Nitrolon; it broke when I knocked it off a shelf. They refunded my money, and I never spent more than $50 on a light ever again. I currently carry a Helotex G2, paid $25 for it, and love it.

That is exactly what is in my pocket right now, been carrying it for a couple years now. I use it constantly for work. Instead of the CR123 battery I put the lithium AA in it and it runs for months. I've dropped in numerous times while on a ladder, on to a concrete floor and it is still running. Got mine through Gear Hog for $18 shipped.
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I have a PD20, had it for many years now.. I think I will upgrade to the pd35.

streaker69;115531 Wrote:When it's in Turbo mode, is the light beam faster than 186,000Miles/second?

Light doesn't travel that fast on earth unless its in a vacuum. Of course you can't really notice the difference.
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JustinHEMI;115538 Wrote:Out of morbid curiosity, I just shined this in my left eye for a second. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be permanently blind.

Sucks to be someone on the receiving end of this light!

Justin

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