Fenix PD32 Flashlight (Prototype) Review
As one of those chosen to review the prototype of the Fenix PD32 flashlight, here's some info about it and my first impressions (more info may be posted as I use it more), having received the sample 2 days ago.
2-CR-123 cells or 1-18650 Li-ion battery (rechargeable variety).
Output - 315/130/70/3 lumens with runtimes listed as 2/8/16/200 hrs respectively
Uses Cree XP-G (R5) LED
Size - 5" L x 7/8" Dia
Wgt (w/2 CR-123 batteries) - 3.4 oz (measured)
There is a second switch up near the bezel that is used to change light modes
- Does NOT roll - very good design feature
- Very nice finish
- Good gripping area
- I like the switching arrangement (but see note below)
- Strobe is very disorienting as it changes pulse rate - a very good feature
- I'm carrying it in the cell-phone pocket in cargo pants, but the length makes it somewhat uncomfortable sitting and it wants to pop out of the pocket (Velcro on pocket flap keeps it secured). This points out a need for a belt-holster for this product.
- My first outside-the-office use of the product was trying to find my way up a long, very dark driveway and walkway to the front door of an unoccupied house. In the dark, the tactical feel of the switch up near the bezel was not prominent and thus I had problems finding it in the dark to change modes.
- The light is highly focused. As I was playing the light on the dark walkway in front of me, I walked into a large shrub that overshadowed the walkway . . . the flashlight doesn't "spill" enough light to have warned me about the above-ground obstacle.
Overall, my first impressions are very positive for this flashlight.
More to come later . . .