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Fenix flashlights have been around for a relatively short time, however they have built up a massive following within the flashlight community due to their excellent products, affordable pricing, and blindingly bright flashlights.

The Fenix PD30 is the follow-up to the amazingly popular P3D. Fenix really listened to the feedback of their customers when designing the PD30 by adding an anti-roll bezel, a faster strobe and increasing the battery life and brightness.

It's an LED flashlight which means you never have to change the bulb (they have a stated runtime of approx 100,000 hours) It is approximately 4.7 inches (12cm) long by 0.8 inches (2cm) in diameter, and easily fits in your pocket. It has a total of 6 "modes", which are cycled through by pressing the tailcap, and selecting "General mode" or "Turbo mode" by rotating the front bezel of the flashlight. The modes are, including runtime in brackets:

- General mode - 9 lumens (65 hours) - 70 lumens (8 hours) - 117 lumens (4 hours) - SOS signaling (automatic morse-code SOS message)

- Turbo mode - 220 lumens constant (1.5 hours) - strobe.

I find myself using the lowest brightness most of all, which provides just enough light to see what you're doing without being too bright. The brighter modes are brilliant when out and about and you need to see something at a distance. To give you an idea of how bright the brightest mode is I'd compare it to my first "proper flashlight" which was a 5D cell Maglite (one of the really big ones!). The tiny Fenix PD30 is probably about twice as bright! A flashlight which is about 10 times smaller than the Maglite out performs it in brightness, robustness (as it's an LED not an incandescent) and runtime!

Talking of the long runtimes, they are achieved in 2 ways:

1) It uses lithium batteries (a CR123) which provide extended runtimes in themselves 2) It uses a digitally regulated circuit to limit the amount of power being used, therefore extending battery life.

(just another note on runtimes, it lets you know when the batteries are running low by flashing intermittently when on. It won't just go dead, it'll change to a lower brightness setting so you won't find yourself in the dark)

As for durability I can give you my own personal experiences. I've dropped my Fenix PD30 out of 2nd story window on to asphalt and it just bounced. Yes it scratched the metal and scuffed the paint, but it still works perfectly. I've also submerged it in a bath full of water for an hour and it still works.

So would I recommend the Fenix PD30? Yes, absolutely without doubt. It's small, bright, very robust and the batteries last ages, I carry mine everywhere I go (I've even got it in my pocket as I write this).

I hope my Fenix PD30 review has helped you out.


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