Fenix PD30 Flashlight

Fenix PD30 Flashlight
Retail Price: $75.96
Reviewed by: Chad Peplinski

Fenix PD30

There are a lot of fantastic options for flashlights on the market today. The technology advances and lights get brighter, last longer, and offer new features every few months. Fenix caught my attention late in 2008 because of the number of outputs, compact size, and price of their lights. In particular, I have been carrying the PD30 for over a year almost every day. It is my all around, compact daily carry choice. There is a new version of this light about to hit the streets and this review is on the older version. The new version has almost identical spec’s and features.

The PD30 has six different outputs. The light runs at lumen ratings of 9, 70, 117, and 220. There is a SOS mode (it actually blinks S.O.S. in Morse Code) that runs at 117 and the strobe that runs at 220. The settings are separated into two different modes that are controlled by twisting the bezel. The outputs are changed by simply pressing the push button tail cap. It’s a little different if you are used to a momentary switch, but it’s easy to adapt.

On the general mode, I find that the 9 lumen setting is perfect for most public lighting needs, navigating the house late at night when you don’t want to wake anyone, or a low light shoot when you are doing administrative functions or taping misses. I don’t find much need for the other settings in the low mode. The SOS is pointless.

Fenix PD30

In the turbo mode, the 220 straight and strobe are great for tactical applications. It’s extremely bright. The hot spot is very focused a little smaller compared to some lights out there, but if you can accurately hit the eyes they will feel the effects. I carry the light in this mode so that it is ready for tactical applications. If I need the lower lumen settings, the quick twist of the bezel is not an issue.

A drawback to the older version of this light is that it has no pocket clip. Fenix has solved this on the new version of this light. I solved it by buying a Mag light accessory kit and using that clip. Problem solved.

Since the light does have a push button cap as opposed to a momentary switch, you can accidentally activate the light. This has happened to me on several occasions when clipped in a pocket and sitting down when I have something attached to a belt in the same location on my body clock.

The PD30 uses CR123A batteries. This was not a factor in my decision, but part of the attraction to the brand was that they have a few models that run on AA and AAA batteries. The lights are not as bright as the PD30 and other CR123A powered lights, but the cost and accessibility of AA and AAA is something to consider.

The construction is solid and I have experienced zero issues with the operation. When you consider the price, this is a great light.

Chad Peplinski

Chad Peplinski

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