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Fenix PD36R Rechargeable Flashlight

Max Lumens: 1600
Modes: 6
(83 customer reviews)

$132.00 $99.95

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The Fenix PD36R rechargeable flashlight is a high-performance flashlight unlike anything else on the market its size. This LED rechargeable flashlight delivers a maximum 1600 lumens to an impressive distance of 928ft (283m), all on a high capacity 21700 li-ion battery. The PD36R is our first introduction of a product with a 21700 li-ion battery, extending battery runtimes by twice the standard li-ion battery. The high-capacity 5000 mAh battery can be conveniently charged through the USB-C port on the flashlight. Additionally, you will always be able to see the battery’s charge status at a glance with the external battery level indicator.

Operating this powerful LED rechargeable flashlight is simple with the tactical tail switch for momentary on/off, and the ability to cycle through six lighting modes using the side switch including a 1600 lumen turbo mode. Carry the PD36R how you want- on a backpack, belt, or MOLLE system with the two-way body clip. The amount of power and runtime packed into this flashlight are unmatched for its handheld size. IP68 rated dustproof and waterproof, this flashlight is the perfect all-purpose lighting tool for those needing maximum brightness and long runtimes.

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Max Lumens: 1600
Modes: 6

Description

Fenix PD36R Flashlight specs chart

Size:
Length: 5.4” (136mm)
Body: 1.0” (25.4mm)
Head: 1.0” (26.4mm)

Weight: 3.0 oz. (85g) excluding battery

Battery: High-capacity 21700 rechargeable Li-ion battery (included)

Included: Fenix ARB-L21-5000 rechargeable Li-ion battery, two-way body clip, USB Type-C charging cable, lanyard, holster, spare O-ring

Warranty: Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting USA

  • 4-hour fast charging with 5V/3A USB Type-C charging port.
  • Instant power activation with momentary tactical tail switch.
  • Simple output selection with side switch.
  • Two-way body clip for different lighting demands.
  • Boot-up battery level indication and low-voltage warning.
  • Made of durable high-strength and oxidation-resistance aluminum.
  • Premium type HAIII hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.
  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating.
  • Digitally regulated circuit for maintaining a stable output.
  • Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery insertion.
  • Body with anti-roll and anti-slip design.

Switches
The tail switch is the tactical switch, and the side switch is the functional switch.

ON/OFF
Tap
Slightly tap the tactical switch to momentarily turn on the light, release it the light will go out.
Fully press
Fully press the tactical switch to constantly turn on the light, press once again to turn off the light.

Output Selection
With the light switched on, single click the functional switch to cycle through Turbo→Eco→Low→Med→High.

Strobe
With the light switched on, press and hold the functional switch for 0.5 seconds to enter strobe, click once again to return back to General mode.

Intelligent Memory Circuit
The light memorizes the last selected output excluding strobe. When turned on again the previously used output will be recalled.

Battery Replacement
Unscrew the light head to insert the battery with the anode side (+) towards the light head, then screw the light head back on.

Boot-up Battery Level Indication
Each time the light is turned on, the battery level indicator in the middle of the switch will automatically display the battery status for 3 seconds.

  • Green constant on: 85% – 100%, saturated
  • Green flashes: 50% – 85%, sufficient
  • Red constant on: 25% – 50%, poor
  • Red flashes: 1% – 25%, critical

Note: This only works with Fenix ARB-L21-5000 21700 rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Overheat protection
The light will accumulate a lot of heat when used on Turbo or High for extended periods. When the light reaches a temperature of 50°C or above, the light will automatically step down a few lumens to reduce the temperature: the light will downshift until to 550 lumens if Turbo is being selected; the light will downshift until to 450 lumens if High is being selected.

Time-limited downshift
When the light is kept working on Turbo for over 15 minutes, the output will reduce to 900-550 lumens within 15 minutes.

Note: Tested according to laboratory cooling test conditions.

When High or Turbo is needed again, restart the light or directly cycle back if battery level allows.

Low-voltage Warning
When the voltage level drops below 3V, the flashlight is programmed to downshift to a lower brightness level until Eco output is reached. When this happens in Eco output mode, the battery level indicator blinks red to remind you to recharge or replace the battery so as not to shorten the life or damage the battery. To ensure normal use, the flashlight will work until the battery runs out or the protection circuit activates.

Note: This only works with Fenix ARB-L21-5000 21700 rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Charging

  1. When charging is needed, remove the dust cover to reveal the charging port in the light neck, and connect the light to the power source with the included USB Type-C charging cable.
  2. The indicator in the middle of the switch will be on and display red to indicate charging status, when the indicator turns green, the charging is completed. The normal charging time of the included Fenix ARB-L21-5000 rechargeable Li-ion battery is about 4 hours.
  3. Once charging is completed, be sure to remove the charging cable and push the dust cover back to protect the charging port from dust and foreign objects.
  4. Recharge a stored light every four months to maintain optimal battery performance.
  5. The light can be turned on lower outputs when it is in charging process, but the charging time will be prolonged by this act.

Usage and Maintenance

  • Disassembling the sealed head can cause damage to the light and will void the warranty.
  • Fenix recommends using a quality battery with proper built-in protections.
  • If the light will not be used for an extended period, remove the battery, or the light could be damaged by electrolyte leakage or battery explosion.
  • Lithium battery needs to be charged when it is near depletion. Please immediately charge the battery when it is depleted. It has no memory effect.
  • Unscrew the tail cap half a turn or take out the battery to prevent accidental activation during storage or transportation.
  • Long-term use can result in O-ring wear. To maintain a proper water seal, replace the ring with an approved spare (included) when damaged.
  • Periodic cleaning of the battery contacts improves the light’s performance as dirty contacts may cause the light to flicker, shine intermittently or even fail to illuminate for the following reasons:
    A: The battery needs replacing.
    Solution: Replace battery (Ensure battery is inserted according to the manufacturer’s specifications).
    B: The threads, PCB board contact or other contacts are dirty.
    Solution: Clean the contact points with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

If the above methods don’t work, please contact your authorized distributor.

Warning
This flashlight is a high-intensity lighting device capable of causing eye damage to the user or others. Avoid shining the flashlight directly into anyone’s eyes.

This flashlight will accumulate a lot of heat when used for extended periods, resulting in high temperature of the flashlight shell.

83 reviews for Fenix PD36R Rechargeable Flashlight

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I love it

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  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Best light I’ve used at work yet.

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  3. Matthew O. (verified owner)

    Love my new light. I use it at work and home daily, its perfect to carry.

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  4. John Garnett (verified owner)

    My go to edc , a tough stong light that keeps its power longer than most lights out there. It a clear bright white light. Hell i even use it to gig flounders it wells so well.

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  5. Chad T. (verified owner)

    looking forward to using it this 2019 duck season…. I had the tk41 great light just hard to fit in waders front pouch… the PD series is smaller and brighter…

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  6. Joseph Perez (verified owner)

    Best/Last Flashlight purchase for LIFE!

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  7. Ronald Perry (verified owner)

    Better than my streamlight. 5-star

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  8. Todd R. (verified owner)

    Awesome awesome flashlight!!

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  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Active LEO. Love this light.

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  10. Frederick H. (verified owner)

    Awesome

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  11. Richard C. (verified owner)

    Excellent flashlight. Probably the best one on the market in its size range (5 1/2″ long x 1″ diameter). Yes, I love the PD36R!

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  12. Frank E. (verified owner)

    Fantastic light, just a little large for your pocket EDC but with the holster it works out great It has an exceptionally long battery life, very rugged. You can’t go wrong with this amazing light!

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  13. Michael Martinez (verified owner)

    It gets to hot in your hand,can barely hold it😞

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  14. Danny H. (verified owner)

    I currently carry this light as a backup light while at work. It easily stows away in my cargo pockets. It is really bright and I highly recommend this light. I have one in each of my gloveboxs as an emergency light while traveling.

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  15. Mark (verified owner)

    Easy carry, east to adjust brightness in tight spaces,
    The adjust button acted up for a while but it seemed to have fixed itself.

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  16. Ben (verified owner)

    This is not just a flashlight, it is a multipurpose tool!!! From a dim setting all the way up to have the sun in your hands, it can be used in multiple situations

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  17. John (verified owner)

    I love this light! It was designed with a lot of thought for the user.

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  18. John B. (verified owner)

    Perfect for EDC.

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  19. Kevin (verified owner)

    Crawl Spaces never looked so bright!

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  20. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This is an incredible flashlight. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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  21. JOHN (verified owner)

    Great light! Lightweight and very bright.

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  22. Gregory Braun (verified owner)

    Absolutely incredible light!!

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  23. Dave F. (verified owner)

    Very impressive performance in a compact package. It’s only a hair bigger than my AA Fenix lights and easily fits on my pocket when I’m out exercising in the morning, and there’s no way anyone will miss that I’m there when this light is on it’s brightest setting.

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  24. Robert Falvey (verified owner)

    Incredible torch! Absolutely OUTSTANDING customer service and support!! Been a customer for 4 years. I’m sold for life!

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  25. Tyrone (verified owner)

    Great flashlight for the price, second flashlight I bought from Fenix and still impressed.
    Just a heads up, flashlight gets hot when using the max lumens setting for long periods of time.

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  26. Steven Adams (verified owner)

    Much better design than my previous fenix flashlight, which would turn on if you leaned up against something

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  27. Shawn G. (verified owner)

    Perfect light for my needs, 21700 battery gives long life for prolonged use versus my other lights.

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  28. Glenn (verified owner)

    Simply the Best EDC light on the market right now. And quality is not an issue because it’s a Fenix Premium light. There’s no other EBC on the market right now that offers this much power with a battery powerful enough to actually be able to use it for long periods of time at its highest setting.

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  29. Mike L. (verified owner)

    I use it every single day

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  30. Tobias Lopez (verified owner)

    Love it! It is all the flashlight I anticipated and more! All the modes are great and the strobe mode is seems enough to put someone totheir knees! Well worth the money so far as I see it!!

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  31. Salvadore Allen (verified owner)

    Love it just one sick flashlight!!!! Can’t get no better 👍

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  32. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very bright

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  33. Adam C. (verified owner)

    Outstanding run time and output. By far the best light I’ve used to date. As a 3rd shift cop, I appreciate the fact the battery doesn’t need recharged every other night like all my previous lights.

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  34. Michael Rogers (verified owner)

    This cannot replace my TK35UE. I’m very disappointed. It’s too big to be a pocket carry but not as powerful as other options for a bigger flashlight.

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  35. Christopher N. (verified owner)

    Built well, very bright, love the charging method!

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  36. Glen S. (verified owner)

    It gets hot pretty quick on brightest setting. Very bright and good battery life. I would buy it again.

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  37. Bruce A. (verified owner)

    Have only carried it a couple of weeks now, but I really like it. Seems durable and has a quality feel to it. The light settings are perfect for me and the battery has held up really well.

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  38. Richard Dreiling (verified owner)

    Does get hot quick!!!

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  39. David B. (verified owner)

    Great quality flashlight. This is the brightest tactical size flashlight that I have seen. I would definitely recommend it.

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  40. Bruce B. (verified owner)

    Super bright well built. Usb charging system is convenient.

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  41. Mickey (verified owner)

    Fantastic light.

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  42. Derrick (verified owner)

    All around awesome sturdy light and very bright

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  43. Daniel615

    This is a great flashlight it’s my first Fenix but I can say I will be buying many more. For such a small light it sure is bright. Also the custom engraving they offer is really cool I got it on mine I like the fact it’s actually engraved & not just printed on there. I do a lot of work at night so I’m really looking foward to using this for years to come. The usb charging ability is a big + also. As is the double clip & carrying pouch it comes with. The battery time is another huge + bottom line I love this flashlight best I’ve ever had I would highly recommend this. It’s got a great weight to it as well.

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  44. Daniel615

    I love this flashlight this is my first Fenix flashlight & I can say I’ll be buying many more. For such a small flashlight it is really bright. & the custom engraving they offer is really cool to & looks good it’s actually engraved instead of a sticker.

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  45. Alan (verified owner)

    This beast is the best EDC ever! Get one, use it and you’ll agree.

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  46. Douglas (verified owner)

    Incredibly bright, very durable, and feels great in the hand. Highly recommended!

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  47. Tracy N. (verified owner)

    Amazing power and versatility from such a small flashlight.

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  48. Shawn M. (verified owner)

    This thing is bright!! I mean .. REALLY BRIGHT!. Just slightly larger than my pd32 but i absolutely love it. And the battery lasts for weeks of short uses before i even saw the red indication light come on. Highly recommend to anyone that loves a pocket flashlight

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  49. Michael Wolfkill (verified owner)

    The only think i dislike is for my long use at work it gets really hot. Wish it had some kind of wrap around the metal. Other than that its a great light

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  50. Lewis Tindal (verified owner)

    Excellent flashlight with brightness

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  51. Jim (verified owner)

    It’s barely larger than the pd-35 but the battery holds a lot more juice. The turbo mode really warms up the flashlight and isn’t that much better than the
    1000 lumen mode, at least for what I use it for. The usb recharging feature is nice, I always have a fully charged light instead of having to swap out batteries.

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  52. David C. (verified owner)

    Excellent flashlight. Easy to work, long lasting battery even at high light levels and I like that it turns back on at the same level that it was shut off on.

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  53. Ricky (verified owner)

    Awesome light for the price, veer bright for its compact size.

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  54. Jeffrey (verified owner)

    Battery lasts forever, built tough, perfect size. Love the separate button for changing intensity on the Fenix flashlights.

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  55. Jason Buchanan (verified owner)

    Not happy that the USB connector isn’t compatible with my UC35 and UC52 charge cords. Now I have to carry two different cords, and what happens if I lose this one? It doesn’t look like a common cord that I can buy anywhere. Fenix should have kept the cords all the same.

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    • Dianne

      There are tons of USB C charge cords on Amazon at this time.

  56. john wilinski (verified owner)

    This is an excellent flashlight…period

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  57. John (verified owner)

    I added the PD36R to my Fenix flashlight collection and am really happy. The flashlights in this category go into my packs, in the car, etc. Always like to have light handy. The illumination and choice of illumination is great. I like the double clip. I am a big Fenix fan. Keep up the great work.

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  58. JAMES G. (verified owner)

    Like the brightness and battery indicator. Wish I could have bought a second battery, but not available yet.

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  59. william s. (verified owner)

    Unbelievable power, indestructible case, excellent power settings, & rechargeable. Quality, quality, quality. It will travel with me to Iceland.

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  60. Robert Johnston (verified owner)

    I LOVE my flashlight! I’ve ordered flashlights for my coworkers and they are awesome! FENIX has my business for life!

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  61. William Staney (verified owner)

    Great light. The redesigned clip is much improved. The light is very bright and the larger capacity battery provides excellent run time.

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  62. James P. (verified owner)

    I start my security shift at 3:00 am on a 14 acre property and it is dark so a good flashlight is imperative and the Fenix PD36R is the best that I ever had it is super bright on the turbo mode it lights up the darkest areas I have to go into. Thank you Fenix Lighting for such a bright flashlight…

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  63. Erwin H. (verified owner)

    Best flashlight I have ever owned. Waterproof (already dropped it in 2 feet of water at the bottom of a manhole to test this) Bright as my car headlight, goes forever on a charge, and uses a standard usb connector to charge.

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  64. John J. (verified owner)

    Wow! This light is incredible.

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  65. jeff (verified owner)

    as soon as I received flashlight I compared to my PD35 and PD35v2 was impressed with the throw and beam pattern. 1600 lumens makes a big difference

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  66. Rodger (verified owner)

    I was hoping that Fenix would develop a flashlight with a 21700 battery and the PD36R exceeds all of my expectations. It is not significantly bulkier than my trusty PD35 and yet has almost 2x the battery and is much brighter when needed. It is like carrying an automotive headlight in your pocket. I suspect it will be bulletproof like my other Fenix lights and it is rechargeable via USB-C.

    The PD36R is also a great show-and-tell for the batteries in my Tesla Model 3 which has over 4,000 21700’s under the floor and puts muscle cars to shame with its acceleration and handling.

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  67. Lee P. (verified owner)

    As with any other Fenix Product I have owned and it represented as Fenix Ambassador This Light PD36R knocks it out if the park on the leading edge of technology with Magnificent Throw Power and Durability A+++++

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  68. Mike Brown (verified owner)

    So far…. it is an awesome light and has exceeded my expectations as all the Fenix products that I have purchased have done. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE TOO!

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  69. Joseph W. (verified owner)

    Love this bright light. Gotta have the bigger battery at this lumen level. I wish they’d make a light that won’t roll around, not sure why they’re all round but otherwise it’s great. Side button is difficult to locate but still works well. Love the quick charge profile that I use with my phone. Cords work on both.

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  70. Mark (verified owner)

    Extremely bright light on high mode but gave it a 4 because it gets extremely hot to the touch after a short time.

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  71. Ed Levine (verified owner)

    I love all of my Fenix flashlights for different reasons. I like lots of bright white lumens in a small package. Well done!

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  72. James (verified owner)

    Another well-made product that performs as advertised. Need to use the included case often in order to stretch it out so insertion/removal is not snagging the light. One of several Fenix products I own.

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  73. Scott (verified owner)

    Great customer service. I ordered a different light at first that I was not as happy with. Was allowed to returnt he light and order this one with no hassles. This light is very bright, has tail cap switch and very small making it an outstanding light for EDC. Can’t recommend it and Fenix enough!

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  74. Jonathan H. (verified owner)

    Great flashlight, USB-C is a great addition and charges much faster.

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  75. James Tippy (verified owner)

    Great light best one ever I’ve had 5 of previous models but this is the one to have.

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  76. Robert Faurot (verified owner)

    Absolutely awesome!

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  77. Frank (verified owner)

    I am a lover of light, I own many Streamlight flashlights, 2200 lum fatmax and many others but this Fenix PD36R is absolutely awesome. the throw is perfect for just about any applications. the run time is great. It isn’t to big, so you can use it as a EDC. very pleased with this light! hunting ,Fishing or just around the house, you can’t go wrong with the PD36R!

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  78. Michael Rogers (verified owner)

    Good flashlight. Unfortunately, I aimed to replace my TK35UE (2000 max lumen) and this one just doesn’t cut it. It’s nice and all, just not worth the money spent when I already had a nice light.

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  79. PO Levy (verified owner)

    I am a Police Officer and lighting is a valuable tool in this field, Especially working overnights. This light is amazingly bright and beats all my lights. They did awesome with this light.

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  80. Jared Cardone (verified owner)

    Just got my PD36R in the mail today! I’ve been using Fenix flashlights for over 10 years now and this flashlight moved right to to top of my favorites. I’m a plumber so every day I rely on my flashlight in crawl spaces, dark/dim lit basements and under sinks and vanities among many more scenarios. I tested the new light in my basement just to see how bright it is and wow, it’s bright. I haven’t tested it in the field yet but tomorrow will be the true test. Knowing Fenix, I won’t be disappointed!

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  81. Luke escobedo (verified owner)

    Got my pd36r yesterday, I can’t put it down. It replaces my pd25 for a while. Great beam, quality piece. It just feels right in the hand. 1600lm out of this is way brighter than expected. Everthing is perfect, except maybe a moonlight mode, as always fenix makes the best lights, this is my 6th fenix and I’ve never had a problem with them in years and years. Shoutout to their customer service who always goes above and beyond.

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  82. Richard E Nance

    I have been a big fan of the Fenix brand for a few years now. I bought the PD36R to replace an older different brand light. I got it yesterday opened the packaging and I knew I had made the right decision. Feels great in my hand. I ran through all the modes in the garage at 6pm the light was very bright and clear. I could not wait for it to get dark. About 9:30pm last night I went outside. I live in the middle of the wood far away from city lights. I pressed the light on and and the yard and woods lit up let it was day light. Very nice beam and good distance. Just what I needed for my outdoors lifestyle. Thank you Fenix for such a great light. Hard to beat this light for under $100 and a lifetime warranty. I recommend that you buy one today. I am thinking about buying other for my wife. It is hard to see the light very well in one image but I picked this one of it in my hand.

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  83. Fenix Lighting U.S.

    Message and review from Fenix Executive:
    Simply put. This is a GAME CHANGER! Now in my 14th year of being heavily involved with flashlights, it’s difficult to impress me. The move from incandescents to LED’s definitely did that. The switch from the PD32UE to the PD35 checked the box. So did the move to the USB rechargeable series of lights. The PD36R is the next step in line with those.

    I’ve had the privilege of being one of the people to carry this for a couple weeks while preparing and attending trade shows. The 21700 battery with the increased capacity really opens up flashlights to a much greater opportunity. The runtimes allow for redesigns in the output operations that many of the markets we support have requested. A perfect example is the 800 lumens for almost 6 hours. I can think of dozens of activities (work and play) that are going to be affected by this. This is a solid 800 lumens running for just short of 6 flipping hours. Don’t get me wrong, I like the ability to have the 1600 lumens. That amount of light can always find use. But don’t lose sight of the runtimes. Those beautiful runtimes.

    Some other details on the light.
    -Body is just slightly larger than the UC35. Don’t even realize a difference in my carry time with it. The larger body does help with dissipation of heat. The 1600 lumens still needs heat protection circuitry (testing sample ran avg of 5 min on turbo before kick-down to 800), but 800 lumen mode is absolutely fine.
    -Type C USB charging port is nice. Allows the light to be in that 4 hr charging window versus 7 or 8 for a battery with this capacity with standard USB. Just for additional example; plug the PD36R up for a couple hours and you have more than what you would have had from a PD35 with 2xCR123A. So in a pinch for time this can be a real benefit.
    -I like the dual clip. I don’t see many folks reverse clipping the light to the brim of a hat, but it’s good for holding on your backpack, putting on a car visor, or any light rigging needed for various jobs.
    -New body style is sharp. Has a real modern look and feel. Everyone at the trade shows immediately asked about the PD36R even though it was just shown as another light in a grouping of black aluminum flashlights. They could tell it was different.
    -Light is white. Don’t expect neutral, this is not neutral. Most people will prefer the white, but we have a small percentage of fans that will be disappointed it’s not in the neutral range.
    -Much more of a spot light than the E30R. The light doesn’t have the same LEN’s system as the E30R. This is more of traditional optics system.
    -Operation is just like PD35 and UC35. For those who are already Fenix owners of those models. Just simple on/off in the rear switch with momentary capability and switch modes from side switch. Very simple.

    That’s about it from my evaluation. Again, I will say I love the innovation this light allows due to the 21700 battery and I think it makes it a game changer in the lighting world. I think many of you will fell the same way.

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