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Fenix Flashlights PD35 TAC LED Flashlight

Hello thank you for visiting Fenix-store.com. Today we're going to do a short podcast on the common questions on the Fenix PD35TAC. The Fenix PD35TAC is a 1000 Lumen tactical flashlight. It features a Cree XP-L LED. It runs off of two CR123 batteries, or an 18650 Lithium battery. The Fenix PD35TAC is one of our best selling lights over the last year or so. It's the tactical version of one of our all-time best sellers, the Fenix PD35. It does have a few extra features, most notably the tactical mode, which allows you to lock out all of the other unnecessary functions that are available in the outdoor mode.

We'll start there. The outdoor mode has six outputs available: turbo, high, medium, low, Eco mode, and then a strobe. They have a smart circuit, so whatever mode you go off in, it will come back in that mode. However, the tactical mode, as the name implies, are for those guys who, or gals, those guys or gals who need a light without all the bells and whistles. They just want the light to come on in max output every time it's turned on. So by activating the tactical mode, the tail switch in it turns on the light in the turbo setting, which is 1,000 Lumens. Then you can cycle through with a slight press of the tail switch to a low mode, which is 60 Lumens, then from there into strobe mode. The strobe is that blinding flash of light at 1,000 Lumens, but it's still relatively easy accessible. The tactical mode also disables the front switch so you don't accidentally cycle through modes. You have access to the max output whenever you need it with the tail switch, which also features momentary on.

So, now back to some of the questions that we get fairly often. Let me get over to the correct place here so I can read you some of our common questions. By the way, this light has 305 reviews on Fenix-store.com, and has an average of a five star rating. That's pretty awesome. Let's see, does the PD35TAC come with a holster? Yes it does. It comes with the standard nylon type holster. We also do have a better holster available as an upgrade. It's the Velcro, and can be mounted vertically or horizontally on the belt. So be sure to check that out, it is called the ALMP Holster I believe. Available in black, tan, and olive.

Here's a question, I can't seem to get my light back to the tactical mode. It wants to stay in outdoor mode. Again what you do is you have to, once the light is on, when you turn it on with the tail switch you press and hold the silver button, that's the secondary switch at the front, for three to four seconds, maybe five seconds, until it flashes. It will flash twice, and then it should be locked into the tactical mode. Again, to get it back into outdoor mode you do that same process. While the light is on, you hold the secondary switch, that's the silver switch on the side, for three to four seconds, it will flash, and then you'll be back into the outdoor mode with the full feature set of six output modes.

Here's a question, can you use the pressure switch, one of the pressure switches to activate the strobe mode? The answer to that is yes you can. You would just hold the pressure switch for several seconds, and then it would activate the strobe mode. Again, the pressure switch for that is the Fenix AER02. That's the compatible pressure switch for the Fenix PD35TAC. Let's see what else do we have. Can you activate the strobe with a thumb button? The answer to that question is no. The only way to access the strobe immediately is the silver button, the secondary switch, on the side. Unless it's in tactical mode, then you can cycle through turbo, low, and then your third output mode when it's in the tactical mode will be the strobe.

Here's another question, will the Fenix PD35TAC work with a button top, or also a flat top 18650 battery? The answer to that question is it will work with both a button top and a flat top 18650 battery. Common question, the Fenix PD35TAC gets very hot after about 10 minutes on max output. Does the tactical mode also do this? It does get warm. All of these Fenix lights do get warm. There's a lot of power. It generates a lot of heat, and so when running it on max output you will feel the heat around the head of the light. Let's face it, most of the time you don't need max output for extended periods, so we just encourage users to think about their practical use, and maybe use a lower mode for extended run times. You also get a lot longer run time. Then activate the max output for those certain situations where you absolutely need it, but I understand you completely. I like my lights bright, and often end up feeling their warmth after using them on max or turbo output for several minutes.

Let's see, what else do we have. Does the light come with a warranty? Yes, of course. All Fenix lights come with a standard five year warranty. Here at Fenix-store.com we handle all of the warranty issues, or service issues, locally. We're in Tulsa, Oklahoma. So if you ever have any trouble, you can give us a call. Talk to a live person. We'll go through trouble shooting with you, and make sure to get your light working correctly. If for whatever reason we can't, we'll replace that. You can also extend that warranty by registering the light on Fenixlight.com, the manufacturers website.

Let's see here. Here's another question, what type of batteries does the Fenix PD35TAC use? It uses one 18650 3.7 Volt, or two CR123 3 volt batteries. We highly recommend upgrading and using the 18650 batteries. Those are rechargeable. They allow the light to run longer. It doesn't change the output of the light at all, but you get much longer run times using a high capacity 18650 battery than you would two CR123 batteries. Fenix has a wide range of 18650's available. One of our newest is the ARB-L18-3500U. The cool thing about this battery is it has a micro-USB charging port built into the battery. So you don't need to have a battery charger. All you do is plug in a standard micro-USB into the battery, plug it into the USB port, a USB port, and it will charge. Those 18-3500U batteries retail for $22.95. They're probably our best selling battery at the moment. They have 3500 milliamps of capacity. That's a 3.6 volt battery. That really gives you your best bang for the buck in powering a light such as the Fenix PD35TAC.

All right, other questions that we have here. Does this light come with a charger? No, this light does not come with a charger or batteries. It does have to be purchased separately. How does the memory function work on this light? So most Fenix lights have a smart circuit built into them. That means whatever mode you turn the light off on, it will come back on in that mode. So if you always use your light in the low mode, then you turn it off it will be in the low mode, when you turn it back on it will also be in the low mode. The same goes for medium, or high, or turbo. If you want the light to come on in the medium mode, then turn it off in medium, and that's the mode it will be in when you turn it back on. The only exception to this, which is unique for the PD35TAC model, is if you have it in the tactical mode. As mentioned before, when in tactical mode, every time you turn on the light it will come on in the 1,000 output mode for the max output.

Let's see. What is the throw for the PD35TAC? The throw means how far does the beam reach. According to Fenix's charts and the ANC standards that Fenix rates all of their lights, it is 200 meters on max output. So 200 meters in feet, give me one second I'm not that good with math, 300 meters equates to 984 feet. Almost 1,000 feet visibility when the light is in turbo mode. That's a long ways.

Let's see, any other questions. We'll look at one more question and then ... Is this light waterproof? Yes. This light is rated to IPX 68, excuse me, waterproof to IPX 8 standards. That is, means it's submersible up to six and a half feet for 30 minutes. That is a bare minimum. We've had stories of these lights spending time at 10, 15 feet for months and still working. So, it's definitely waterproof and you shouldn't have anything to worry about getting it wet, dropping it in the bath tub, or a bucket of water, dog bowl, in the rain. It will still work.

We're going to cut it short there. Thanks for listening today. Again, this was some questions and answers for the Fenix PD35 tactical light. It's one of our best sellers and is even ranked as one of the best tactical flashlights at this flashlight website. You can find it on Fenix-store.com. The MAP, the retail price of that light is $71.95. A great value, and one of the best lights that we've had come out in the last year. So be sure to check it out. Thanks. Talk to you later.

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