Note: This article is reprinted from http://tactical-survivor.com/hardgoods/review-fenix-pd32/, by Evan
Well, from what you saw in my last Fenix review I was more than impressed by its performance. With attention to detail, impressive durability and features galore Fenix has done it yet again. As some of you saw recently I managed to get a hold of Fenix’s new PD32 Prototype. Ive had it for a few days now and run it through a series of tests to make sure it sticks up to the Fenix name. Lets just say it has and then some. Throughout this review you may see me talk about features as an improvement, this is comparing to my current Fenix TK12 which is a great light but there was some room for improvement.
Spec wise this light comes out at 315 lumens on max power with additional modes at low (3 lumens), Mid (70 lumens) and High (130 lumens). Battery life at 2h, 200h, 16h and 8h respectively. It also features a fancy strobe and SOS mode for some added functionality. All functions are available from a side mounted pressure switch, which I will add is a MASSIVE improvement over the sequence of head twists required to change modes on my TK12. In fact, this is probably my favourite feature. As with most of Fenix’s lights it is rated as IPX-8 under waterproofing standards. For those not familiar with waterproofing standards, this means that the light can be immersed in liquid deeper than 1 meter for an indefinite period of time and not hinder its functionality. Thats right, if you ditch it in the river, just go get it back.
The body of the flashlight will hold either two CR123a batteries or one high capacity 18650 battery (I am yet to try the 18650 but have some enroute to test out). The light did however come with a list of recommended voltages of batteries which are ideal or not so ideal to use with the light. To top off all of this fun stuff the light actually has overheat protection too, so if you stay in ‘turbo’ mode for too long it will bump you down to the ‘high’ setting in order to cool off. Having a light that stops from destroying itself is pretty impressive if you ask me. At just under 130mm in length this light will easily fit in the palm of your hand. Size wise it is significantly smaller than my TK12 but with little compromise. The light is also sub 70 grams in weight making it almost half of the TK12, yet another feature that blew my mind a little. The PD32 is rated at 1m for drop resistance vs. the 1.5m of the TK12 but I have a feeling that they can handle a little bit more than that. The body is the usual aluminum with a hard black anodized coating that resists wear and damage quite well.
To sum this one up, I think the PD32 will be replacing my TK12 in my every day kit. The impressive size and weight differences make it that much easier to carry on my belt or a weapon mount. With the only drawbacks being a slightly lower impact rating and the auto switch from turbo after 30 minutes, I’m not too worried about those differences causing much effect for me. Stay tuned for some quick videos of durability, battery and waterproof testing. Until then, start saving your pennies as the PD32 is something you will probably want to own