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For almost as long as there have been nights, humans have searched for a way to illuminate their way in the dark. Luckily flashlight technology has come a long way since the first caveman set fire to a stick. (1)

A common question we often hear is, “What do I have to look for when buying a  new flashlight?” Of course, there are many different answers to this question. An excellent place to start is to ask yourself, ” What do I plan to use the flashlight for?”.

If you plan to use it for hiking or backpacking trips, where you will probably use it for multiple days in a row, specs like Battery Type, Run Time and the product weight and size might be important factors to consider.

 But if you, on the other hand, plan to use it for home use, the product’s price and the value for money might be the most crucial factor to look out for.   

Feel free to read our: Flashlight Buyers Guide for more helpful information and hopefully enable you to choose the perfect flashlight for your specific needs.

 

How we review and rate the flashlights.

To make the reviews more manageable and easy to understand, we rate the flashlights 1-5 stars in 4 main categories, which are the following:

Durability:  How is the overall design of the flashlight? Does it have an IP or Impact resistance rating? Does the durability match the planned application for the flashlight? 

Run Time: How long the flashlight can stay turned on, different settings, availability of replacement batteries, and how long it takes to recharge fully.

Price/ Value For Money: The flashlight’s total cost and if the product’s specs and quality match the price.

Brightness, The Maximum Output of the flashlight, is measured in lumens; what kind of applications can the flashlight handle?

We also look at other specs like The maximum Beam distanceWeight, Battery type, Accessories, and How many different modes the flashlight has? Etc.  

When we have analyzed all this information, we summarise it in a Pro and Con list. To make comparing different flashlights even more manageable, we have created a comparison chart with all the flashlights mentioned in this article.

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Fenix is well known for making high-quality led flashlights for various purposes. Flashlights like the Fenix PD35 v3  or the Fenix E35 have been a permanent part of my backpack packing list for years! But now, a new contender might replace them, the Fenix PD36R.   

Versatile and a ingenius design

The PD36R is a highly versatile tactical flashlight with swooping five different modes, including a strobe mode for emergencies. Moreover, you can easily switch between the different modes with one button click.

 With just one tab on the PD36R’s rear tactical switch, you can activate the flashlight, making it easy to turn on in high-stress situations. 

When using the Turbo mode, the PD36R has a 1600 lumens output and a beam distance of 928 feet, making it ideal for Tactical and outdoor, and it can easily illuminate larger fields or dark paths at night.

The PD36R is 100% aluminum and incredibly lightweight(5.8 oz), but it still feels quite sturdy. This flashlight can endure almost anything with an impact resistance of 1.5 meters and an IP68 waterproof rating.

 

The Battery and accessories 

 The PD36R uses the brand new 5000 mAh rechargeable battery, which can recharge quickly via USB Type-c and has enough power to keep you going for multiple hours. 

 The flashlight has an easy-to-read battery level indicator on its side, so you always know when it’s time to recharge.

Included in the package is an ingenious new two-way pocket clip, which means the PD36R easily fits on any backpack, cap, or belt, making it ideal for hiking or EDC!

The light also comes with a USB Type-C charging cable, a 5000 mAh battery (21700), a holster, and a spare O-ring.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for the best high-quality, reliable 1600-lumen flashlight that will illuminate your path for years ahead, the PD36R is a perfect choice.

The PD36R is the complete package, a reliable, high-quality flashlight with a durable and intelligent design, and it’s currently one of the best flashlights for under 100$. 

Run time on different modes

ModeRuntimeBeamdistance
Turbo – 1600 Lumens<3 Hours 928 ft
High – 800 Lumens<6 Hours 646 ft
Med – 350 Lumens <8,5 Hours 419 ft
Low – 150 Lumens <26 Hours 269 ft
Eco – 30 Lumens <115 Hours 114 ft

Pros and cons

Our ratings:

Durability
5/5

With an IP68 waterproof rating and 1.5 impact resistance rating, the PD36R is built to last.

Run time :
4.5/5

The torch has an impressively long run time of 3-6 hours on Turbo and High mode, which is perfect for 2-3 days of hiking or camping.

Value for money:
4.5/5

The PD36R is one of the best multipurpose flashlights on the market today, and for less than $100, that’s outstanding value for money.

Brightness
5/5

With five different brightness levels ranging from 30 to 1600 lumens, the PD36R is fit for any application. 

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Product details:

BrandFenix
ColorBlack
Power sourceBattery Powered
Batteries required1 litium ion battery
Light SourceLED
MaterialAluminum
SizePocket size
Accesories included

1 Two way Pocketclip

Modes 5

Waterproof Rating

Impact resistance

IP68

1.5 m

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Durablility
4.5/5

The MT10 has a small, compact and sturdy design, and with an IPX4 rating, it can endure water splashes from all sides, making it ideal for hiking and backpacking even on rainy days.

Run time :
5/5

The light has a fantastic 6-hour run time on the brightest setting and over 144 hours on the Low setting.

Value for money:
4.5/5

The MT10 is ideal if you are looking for a flashlight specially designed for outdoor activities such as hiking or camping; it has all the necessary features you genuinely need, and for less than $80 on amazon.

Brightness
5/5

The flashlight has three modes with different brightness ranging from 10 to 1000 lumens; this means it’s a very versatile flashlight that you can use for hiking, camping, or reading a book.

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Durability
5/5

The LC40 has a brilliant, high-quality design, with perfect weight and pocket size for EDC. + an IP65 water-resistant and 1.5 impact rating, making it highly durable even in harsh conditions.

Run time :
5/5

The torch has an incredible 12-hour runtime on the brightest mode, which is perfect for a weekend hiking or camping trip.

Value for money:
5/5

 The LC40 is the best flashlight for the money especially if you are looking for a reliable, high-quality flashlight for less than $30.

Brightness
3.8/5

In terms of brightness, the Light only has an output of 400 lumens, which may be insufficient for some applications.

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High Power flashlight

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Durability
5/5

The X PRO can endure almost anything imaginable with an IPX8 rating and an impact resistance rating of 3 meters.

Run time :
4/5

 The Run Time is less than two hours on the brightest mode(2100 lumens), but given the light’s high output and beam distance, that’s a reasonably long time.

 The lowest mode(300 lumens) has a run time of 8 hours which isn’t ideal for hiking or camping trips longer than three days.   

Value for money:
4.5/5

 The X PRO is more than worth its 120$ price tag; it’s one of the best high-output, pocket-sized, tactical flashlights that money can buy.

Brightness
5/5

The torch has an excellent 62,500 Candela rating, which makes it the second brightest flashlight on the list, it’s ideal for hunting, search and rescue missions or other tactical uses.

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Durability
5/5

The 2A V3 is incredibly sturdy, and wIth an IPX8 rating and an impact resistance rating of 1 meter, this flashlight is ideal for hiking or backpacking trips.

Run time :
4/5

 The Run Time is less than two hours on the brightest mode(500 lumens), which isn’t impressive.

But the 2A V3 only requires 2*AA batteries, which means you can bring extra batteries on more extended hiking or camping trips. 

Value for money:
5/5

 This flashlight has the most bang for your buck and is perfect if you want a budget-friendly flashlight with more versatile applications.

Brightness
4.5/5

The 2A V3 has a 2200 Candela rating and 500 lumens output, ideal for in-house uses or hiking, backpacking, and camping trips.

Best EDC Flashlight:

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Durability
5/5

The Stilletto Pro has a perfect size for EDC; with an IPX7 waterproof rating and 2-meter impact resistance, it can easily handle any heavy-duty applications.

Run time :
3.5/5

 The Run Time is less than two hours on the two brightest modes, which isn’t ideal for EDC, where you might rely on your flashlight for a longer time multiple times during the day.

Value for money:
4/5

 The Stilletto pro is one of the more expensive flashlights on the market, with a price tag of over $200 on Amazon. But if you are looking for a unique, versatile, and reliable EDC tactical flashlight, the Stilletto Pro is the right choice.

Brightness
4.5/5

The light has an output of 1000 lumens ( 5,100 candelas), which isn’t a lot compared to the product’s price.

However, the Stilleto Pro beam is incredibly bright, wide, and more than capable of illuminating longer distances. It’s also very versatile with four modes making it ideal for anything from reading a book to walking at night or other EDC applications.

Small Flashlight

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Durability
5/5

The MacroStream is small and compact but still fits perfectly in most hands. In addition, it is sturdy, can withstand a fall of 1 meter, and is IPX4 water-resistant.

Run time :
4/5

 The Run Time is more than two hours on the brightest mode(500 lumens), which isn’t ideal for longer backpacking/camping trips. 

Value for money:
4/5

 For $52, you could find more versatile flashlights with more features and modes than the MacroStream. 

But, if you are looking for a bright, simplistic, pocket-sized EDC flashlight for less than $60, the MacroStream is the ideal choice.

Brightness
4/5

The Macrostream has 500 lumens (2000 candela) and a wide beam, perfect for walking at night, camping, or other outdoor uses.

Emergency flashlight

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Durability
5/5

The LR50R is exceptionally durable and designed especially for search and rescue or other emergencies; it has an IP68 waterproof rating, which means it will funtion even in the worst cloud burst or storm.

Run time :
5/5

 The Flashlight’s overall Run Time is incredible, with over 2 hours on the brightest mode, and it can fully recharge in less than 4 hours. 

Value for money:
4.5/5

Even with a price tag of $320 on Amazon, the value for money is still outstanding. With 12,000 lumens, eight different modes, a Holster and shoulder strap, a 16,000mah battery pack, and much more, $320 is a fair price.

Brightness
5/5

As mentioned before, the LR50R is a monster, with six different output settings with lumen ranging from 50 to 12,000 lumens on the Turbo mode. This flashlight is as versatile as it gets. 

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Amazon Bestsellers

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Comparison charts

Flashlight$Output (lm)Beam Distance(ft.)Weight (oz.)Length
Fenix PD36R10016009285.85.3
Bolder LC40304001004.35
Ledlenser MT10751000590,55.55
Warrior X Pro119210016408.45.8
Thrunite 2A V33010003051.76
Stiletto Pro22610004652.84.5
Macrostream USB525002952.24.5
Fenix LR50R32012000311434.66.4
Stylus Pro201002031.65.3
Surefire Sidekick2730021622.5

Comparison graph

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Patrick Bayles

Patrick Bayles

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References:

The ubiquity blog / link:  https://blog.ubiquity.acm.org/flashlight-torch-extraordinary-ordinary-things/