Fenix PD40R V2 Flashlight Review

This is part 1 of a two-part #review of the #fenix #pd40r v2 3000 #lumen #flashlight. The first part of this review focuses exclusively on the PD40R V2 and is the basic field test I perform on all flashlights. The second part of the review will be filmed at the LBJ Grasslands near Decatur TX and will provide a comparison with the #tk16 V2 flashlight that I have used for the last year.

The UI of this flashlight is a rotary dial, which is unusual compared to most other handheld flashlights. I spend some time in the opening discussing the operation of different flashlights as well as the strategic vs #tactical use of lighting systems. Although the word 'tactical' is often overused, there is a clear distinction between strategic and tactical use of gear, and I provide a couple of use cases in #searchandrescue.

After a brief introduction to considerations ranging from carry to grip to UI to beam characteristics to strategic-vs-tactical use, the opening illustrates how my opinion of a light can change, just by altering the method of carry (in this case, handheld vs. mounted).

The remainder of the video takes you through a variety of field tests, ranging from lighting up territory at distance to photonic barriers to a heat test.

This video was filmed (handheld) with an #iphone 12 Pro Max. All clips were shot one-take with no retakes. A minor amount of post-processing (color correction) was applied to best reproduce what was observed with the unaided eye.

As always, I want to thank you for watching these videos and I hope you find useful information from the video in terms of making a purchase decision.


00:00 - Intro
06:56 - Mode Tests
08:08 - Sweep Pattern Test
11:08 - Tight Visibility Test
12: 23 - Tree Line Funnel
13:42 - Light Interference Test
14:31 - The OWL
14:56 - Headlamp Interference Test
15:49 - Another Sweep Test
16:57 - Background Light From City
17:53 - Simple Heat Test
19:12 - Emergency Headlamp
20:13 - Summary

NOTE: Part 2 of the evaluation is now available: https://youtu.be/hZHbjO-X80M
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