Monday, April 14, 2014

DQG Spy 10180 – Quick Review


DQG Spy 10180 – Quick Review






Additonal Photos:
 

Pros

Smallest 10180 that I've found – weights next to nothing
Simple UI – tighten for low, tighten further for high
No PWM – at least none that I can notice
Floody beam useful for close quarters
Good knurling
Tritium on the tail
Can tail-stand easily


Knurling


Cons

Minor issue – a few sharp edges at the tail, near the grooves for the split ring
Need to take a little care when changing batteries, I find it it relatively easily to cross-thread the threads.
Beam is pure flood with no hotspot – brightness fades off quite quickly with distance
Tritium seems quite exposed – I'd be a little worried it might break with keychain duty. I might try and encase it with some Norland 61, if I get a chance.
Difficult to operate one handed, as it's so small

Tritium feels a little exposed.  Some sharp edges at the tail end.

Wide pure flood beam



Versus the Quantum DD

-The DQG spy is significantly smaller and lighter than the Quantum DD.
-In terms of usability, I prefer the DQG Spy over the Quantum DD. I find with the QTC in the Quantum DD, you have to tighten it with a fair bit of force to get it to max brightness. The lack of decent knurling, compounds this issue further, as it's harder to get good finger support to tighten the light firmly.
-The tritium you can install into the Quantum DD, is longer in length. And since it is larger, it's also potentially brighter. Also, you can install two pieces of tritium in the Quantum DD without affecting tail-standing ability. With the DQG Spy, if you install a second rod of tritium, you potentially lose the split ring attachment.
-I feel the Quantum DD has a more modern futuristic look. I feel the DQG spy is more utilitarian in appearance.
-DQG has a wider and a “pure flood” beam. My version of the Quantum DD, is still a fairly floody beam but has a slight hotspot in the centre.
-Quantum DD comes with a charger. You have you source your own charger with the DQG Spy.

Size comparison: Modamag Drake, Quantum DD, DQG Spy, Streamlight Nano, Egear Pico Lite



Other thoughts:

There is also a brass version that is available for even cheaper! The DQG Fairy. Basically, it has the same 'guts' as the DQG Spy, but with a different exterior. Personally, I feel it looks rather plain, so I'm going to give this one a miss.

On my wish list, I'd like to see a version with a reflector or a more focused TIR optic. This will make the flashlight a little more longer, but I'd be happy to accept the trade off. The floody beam is actually quite useful for keychain duties, where it's mostly used to illuminate objects at close quarters. But realistically do we need a keychain light to blast 120 lumens, but only lasts for >10mins at this level? The reason why we (or at least I) have have such an overpowered keychain light is the blast the socks off the “unilluminated”, with their piddly 5-15 lumen button cell light/mag solitaire/iphone LED. A more collimated beam with a brighter hot spot, looks more impressive than a floody beam, particularly if your lighting up an object more than a few metres away.

Ideally, my perfect 10180 flashlight, would be something like the Modamag Drake, but without the PWM, a better looking exterior and an updated LED emitter .

Added to my current keychain duties

Everyone loves a knife and light combo right?  With the Spyderco Bug.



Specifications for DQG spy (taken from a sales page):

Dimension: 27mmx12.5mm
Netweight: 6 gram
Material: Titanium Alloy
Emitter: CREE XP-G2 R5 1A CW / 4C NW
Battery: 10180 Li-ion  (included)
Mode: Low (20mA)>High  (300mA)
Brightness: 200Lumens on High;  10Lumens on Low
(Editors note: According to some reviews High mode is actually only around 120 lumens)
Runtime: 10-15 minutes on High ; 4-5 hours on Low
Switch: Head Rotate switch; Tighten for on; Loose for Off
Come With Yellow / Orange 1.6x5mm Trit on the tail
This light can install 2 pcs of trit on the tail


Links:

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Other reviews/threads:

Friday, April 11, 2014

DQG Spy 10180 Photos!

Hi, yes, it has been a while since my last post!

I've just received a new 10180 keychain flashlight; the DQG Spy 10180!  This thing is an amazingly small beast!  Smaller than any other 10180 flashlight around.

I thought I'd share some photos, first up.  Hope to get some thoughts up about it in the near future.

Where to buy:
http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1987


This thing is puny!  It's smaller than my tritium fob... I think this means I need to find a new and smaller tritium fob!





Thursday, May 24, 2012

Random Stuff from Dealextreme

Hello again!  Yes, I know it's been a while since I last posted.  Unfortunately there's been a bit stuff going on in life, so the blog has been put on hold for a few months.  I thought I'd breathe some life into this blog with a couple of posts on some small cheapo gadgets I found interesting from Dealextreme.


Glass/Screen cleaner with Keychain Attachment

When I saw this on the dealextreme website, I thought it looked interesting.  I was planning on attaching it to my phone and using it to clean and wipe down the screen when necessary (glossy touch screen smartphones always seem to pick up alot of finger prints!)



 The screen cleaner is pretty small; with the circular portion measuring ~27mm in diameter.  On one side is a plastic covering which says ezyflash (I have no idea what that is?!).  The other side is felt-like surface that is actually used to clean the screen.  Extending from the circular portion is a small strap that can be used to attach the screen cleaner to your keychain or phone.

Felt-side of the cleaner is used to wipe the screen


Unfortunately in practice I'm finding the screen cleaner a little lacking.  It does okay in removing dust and gross deposits from small LCD screens such as those found on your phone or camera.  However, it doesn't do a very good job of removing oily deposits.  Instead of lifting up the oily residue, it just smears it around.  If you need to remove oily residue and fingerprints, I'd suggest using a microfibre cloth.  I find this microfibre cloth to work well, however it is a little more expensive.

Link: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/screen-and-glass-cleaning-keychain-25462


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Keychain Dynamo Flashlight with 2 LEDs

I like the idea of having a keychain flashlight that can be manually charged by winding the handle.  Hopefully this means you will never have to worry about the flashlight running out of batteries. 

 
This keychain dynamo flashlight measures ~42mm x 32mm x 13mm.  On one side of the body is a button that is used to turn the flashlight light on/off.  On the other side is a wind-up handle that can be retracted in or folded out.

Handle can be folded out or retracted
 The body is made from plastic and to be honest feels a little toy-like.  Its sort of fun winding up the handle to charge the battery, however care needs to be taken not the use too much force.  I was a little over vigorous and I believe the internal cogs lost traction with each other.  I took it part and had a little fiddle to realign the gears.  Here's a photo I took after I opened up the flashlight:



 
This keychain flashlight has 2 LEDs.  The beam is fairly floody and has a blue/purplish tint (which is typical for this sort of LED).  The output is not particularly bright and I estimate it would only be around 2-4 lumens.  When fully charged the light is brighter, however with usage the output drops quite quickly.

Overall, I would consider this dynamo keychain flashlight a cool toy to have, but I would not rely on it for important usage. 

Link:  http://www.dealextreme.com/p/2-led-white-light-hand-crank-dynamo-flashlight-with-keychain-random-color-20ma-nimh-118732

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Keychain CPR Face Shield

 
I received one of these a few years back after having done a first aid course.  It's a CPR face shield held inside a small nylon pouch.  The pouch itself, has split ring which allows you to attach keys and other items to it.


Attached with keys and miscellaneous items

In the unfortunate situation where someone is passed out or not breathing, this face shield allows you perform CPR without having to worry about breathing or swallowing that person's blood or saliva.  This helps to reduce the risk of getting transmissible diseases such as hepatitis or HIV.

Face shield contained within
 

Considering what is contained inside, the package is fairly small and light, though a little on the bulky side.  The shape of the package makes it hard to take measurements but it's roughly; 55mm (H) x 55mm (L) x 15-20mm (W).  It weighs around 14 grams.


 To be honest I don't carry this one around on my keychain, but I usually keep in my laptop bag which I carry around with me a lot.  Thankfully I have never had you use it, but it's nice to know I've got it there if I need it.

 
I'm not too sure where you can get them from in your own country.  I did bit of a google search for you guys and came up with a few australian websites which sell these or something similar.  The first link closest resembles the CPR face shield that I have:

(links removed on request)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Items of Interest

Hey guys just a quick update today on some items that I find interesting.


TEC ACCESSORIES GLOW FOB

If you've read my review on the tec accessories glow fob, you would realise I'm a fan of this piece of keychain jewellery. It is now available in a few different flavours from various sources.

Merkava, has the glow fob available with tritium preinstalled, available in a range of tritium colours. This is a good option if you couldn't be bothered doing the tritium installation yourself.

Product link: http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/showthread.php?258245-Merkava-TEC-A3-amp-TEC-S3-Tritium-Fobs-Mission-Ready!-Unlike-any-you-have-ever-seen!

EDCF forums store has the normal GITD fob, but available with a special cerakote coating. This special coating is meant to be hardy and scratch resistant, and is available in different colours. Colours include: black, orange, olive green, tan, burnt bronze.

 Product link: http://www.jsburlys.com/index.php?app=ecom&ns=catshow&ref=tecaccessories

Photo of Orange Cerakote Tec Accessories Glow Fob (borrowed from EDCF store)

FOURSEVENS PREON P0

This is a new AAA flashlight, just released from foursevens at the SHOT show. What interests me about this light is the size and cost. It is very small, and claims to be the the smallest current regulated flashlight around. The DQG tiny II is pretty comparable in size, however the DQG tiny II is currently out of stock and unavailable.

The Preon P0, only has two light levels; 0.25 lumens and 25 lumens. The beam is a very floody beam. It's relatively cheap in price costing only $25USD. If you are interested in reading more about Preon P0, there is a thread on it at candlepowerforums:
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?330740-Foursevens-Preon-P0

Product link: http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=297_332&products_id=2846




SWISSBIANCO ALOX RAMBLER

Once again another product that I've reviewed and am a fan of. Swissbianco has a new run of the silver alox ramblers.



I have to say I'm tempted to buy another one of these, as a back-up in case I lose my current one. (I probably won't because I need to say my pennies for other gadgets)

I'm particularly a fan of the silver alox, because I feel it wears better. Overtime, annodisation will tend to wear off on the scales, but since these scales are silver the wear does not show up as easily.


MBI CORE TI - TITANIUM FLASHLIGHT PENDANT

I've previously mentioned the MBI torpedo, a AAA light which aims to provide 500+ lumens. This light is still in the works, but another product the maker is working on is a titanium pendant light.  It's a dogtag shaped flashlight designed to be worn as a pendant.  Here the thread on candlepowerfourms:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?324606-MBI-Core-Ti-%28world-s-thinnest-%29-Titanium-Flashlight-Pendant-%28work-in-progress%29


Photos borrowed from the candlepowerforums thread

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sunshine Products Mini Cash-Can / Cash Stash Review

SUNSHINE PRODUCTS MINI CASH-CAN/CASH STASH REVIEW 




BACKGROUND

While I don't tend to do this myself, some people like to carry spare money in their keyring setup.  I guess there are some potentially good reasons to do so.  On the off chance you lose or forget your wallet, but still have your keys... it's handy to have an 'emergency' stash of money you can rely on.  Or sometimes you might just run out of money (happens to me a lot) and there's no ATM nearby, you can rely on that crumpled rolled-up bill, sitting with your keys!

There are a range of keychain money fobs around; most of which are just modified pill fobs/spy capsules marketed as cash holders.  I was given the chance to inspect and review the sunshine products mini cash-can, and I took up the offer as I was intrigued by the design.  The sunshine products cash-can is designed so that once the split-ring is attached to the cash-can, there is no way for the money holder to come apart.


SPECIFICATIONS

-"Waterproof" (Personally, I would only rate it as water resistant, read on for more info)
-1 1/2 Inches Long
-7/16 Inch Outer Diameter
-3/8 Inch Inside Diameter
-Machined from Solid Bar

Weight: ~12g without split ring
Made in the USA
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Optional engraving service

RRP: $24.95


PACKAGING

The Sunshine Products Cash-can comes in small red velvet satchel.  Included is a 100% satisfaction guarantee certificate, usage instructions and a split ring.  I have typed up the usage instructions for your perusal:

USAGE INSTRUCTIONS

1. fold the bill length-wise, into thirds
2. fold this in half again
3. then in half again
4. fold in half one more time.  Now you should have a compact square
5. wrap this square tightly around the spindle like a horse shoe
6. slip this assembly into the tube all the way (don't worry if your first attempt is difficult... you will soon get the hang of it!)
7. install the keyring supplied to complete your new Cash-can!

Packaging and accessories
 


DESIGN AND BUILD

The Sunshine Products cash-can consists of a inner spindle (which the note is wrapped around) and an outer shell.  At the top and bottom of the spindle is a o-ring which helps to provide water resistance.  The hole for the key-ring attachment is at the top of the spindle.

Inner spindle.  Black o-ring near the top and bottom
Outer shell goes over the spindle with the money wrapped around it
 When a split ring is threaded through this key ring attachment, the split-ring physically stops the cash-can from coming apart.  This is one of the major benefits of this design, and is one of the things that makes this cash-can stand out from the competition.

The split ring needs to be removed to dissemble the mini cash-can

I tried using a few different types of bills with the cash-can.  The only note I had left over from my trip to USA was a $1 bill; this fits around the spindle and into the cash-can, fine.  In Australia our notes are made out of plastic, instead of paper.  I had some concern whether this would be an issue, but various denominations of Australian bills also fit into the cash-can without major issues.  It does take a little bit of getting used to, folding up and squishing the note into the cash-can but with a bit of practice, it's pretty easy.

Note wrapped around the spindle
Crumpled up $20 AUD (plastic bill)
The split-ring that comes with the cash-can is fairly thick and does not allow much freedom of movement around the circumference of the ring.  I have a feeling this is probably on purpose...  Swapping over to a slightly smaller split-ring, it does allow easier movement of the cash-can around the split ring, however the smaller split ring results in more vertical movement between the spindle and outer shell.  I was a little concerned this vertical movement may affect the water resistance of cash-can. 

Testing out if this was an issue, I tossed the cash-can in the washing machine, when doing a load of clothes.  During the test, I had a piece of paper rolled up inside.  After removing the cash-can from the wash and drying it up, I opened it.  There was minor ingress of water through the top opening of the cash-can.  Mind you not a lot of water got inside, but just enough so that the upper edge of the paper was damp.  I repeated this test with the larger split-ring.  I thought the larger split ring would help stop the water getting inside, however I still found there was very minor water ingress.

Overall I would consider the cash-can water resistant and 'weatherproof', but would hesitate to say it is completely waterproof.

The cash-can looks unobtrusive, most people would not realise there's money inside

Despite the issues with the water resistance, the build quality of the cash-can is very good... it feels like a quality product.  When I first received it, the brass was polished up nicely to a pale-gold colour.  I had some engraving on the side of my cash-can, and the engraving was nicely done.  When I received the mini cash-can I was surpised at how small and slim it is.  It is quite unobtrusive and the fact that is holds money would be overlooked by most people.

Size comparison to some pill fobs/spy capsules. The mini cash-can is significantly smaller

CONCLUSIONS

A couple of downsides of the cash-can is that it was not completely waterproof (at least in my sample).  The other issue is the cash-can is so compact, it will only fit one bill.  If you want something that holds more, you'll need to consider something else (sunshine products makes a mini II cash-can).



LINKS

http://www.sunshineproductsusa.com/index.cfm/d-Mini_Cash_Can_Cash_Stash_24.htm
http://www.sunshineproductsusa.com/

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Announcing the Mydogtag Competition Winners!

Hi guys, just a quick update, the winners of the Mydogtag.com competition winners have been selected. 

Everyone one was assigned a number on an excel spreadsheet in order of when the email was received. Followers were given an extra entry.  I then ran the the numbers through an online random number generator to pick the winners.

Here are the five winners:

Денис Бакеренко
GSFeder
Keith*****@hotmail.com
mayran****@gmail.com
Gilson

Congratulations guys!  Have fun picking and designing your customised dogtags!  When I bought mine in the past, I chose the 'mini' because it has the smallest footprint.  However, mydogtag.com, has a large range of sizes and finishes to choose from... in the end, the choice is yours!

Winners should have already received an email with their gift certificate.  Please let me know, if you have any issues.

~Hazna

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FENIX PD32 REVIEW

FENIX PD32 REVIEW:




BACKGROUND

My first 'expensive' flashlight I ever bought happened to be a Fenix L0D Q4 (a AAA keychain light).  At that time spending $50+ on a flashlight was a huge investment for me, but having bought some budgets flashlights that failed far too easy, I felt it was worth paying more for something that would last.  Being happy with the robustness and quality of this flashlight, I soon followed up with buying a Fenix L2D Q5. 

Fenix has recently release a new flashlight to the market, the Fenix PD32.  With the release of this flashlight, Fenix had a competition offering samples of the PD32 for review.  I was lucky enough to be selected to review the flashlight, though it did take some time for my sample to arrive. 

Since Fenix was one of my first quality flashlights, I do have a soft spot for their lights.  Nevertheless, I'll do my best to provide an honest and non-biased review on the Fenix PD32.


SPECIFICATIONS (FROM THE MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE)


• Cree XP-G (R5) LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
• Uses two 3V CR123A batteries (Lithium) or one 18650 rechargeable battery (Li-ion)
• 127mm (Length) x 25.4mm (Diameter)
• 61-gram weight (excluding batteries)
• Digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness
• Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery installation
• Over heat protection to avoid high-temperature of the surface (turbo drops down to high after 30 minutes)
• Anti-roll, slip-resistant body design
• Tactical tail switch with momentary-on function
• Side switch in the head
• Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
• Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
• Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating

Cost: ~$70USD  (Give or take a few dollars)



PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES

The version of the Fenix PD32 I received was a prototype sample, so the packaging was more rudimentary.  There were no accessories included and the manual was a photocopy on plain A4 paper.   According to the information included with the prototype sample, the proper packaging should come with a clip, spare o-ring and rubber switch boot.  (N.B. according to the actual fenix website, a holster and lanyard should also be included with the Fenix PD32)

Packaging for test sample


DESIGN AND BUILD

The head of the Fenix PD32 has a crenulated bezel.  A minor benefit that I've noticed from having these crenulations, are they let light through when standing it with the head down.  This lets you know if you've accidentally left it on in this position.  The crenulations are not too aggressive and civilian friendly.

Crenulations allow light through while the flashlight stands with the head down

At the base of the flashlight head there is an anti-roll ring.  This does an adequate job of stopping the light from rolling on a flat level surface.  However, I do find if the surface is at a slight angle, the flashlight can still have a tendency to roll downwards.

Anti roll ring

This light has a smooth reflector.  This obviously will affect the beam characteristics which will be mentioned later.

Smooth reflector. Cree XP-G R5 LED emitter
 
There is knurling present on the body and tail-cap.  The knurling on the body provides 'grippiness' when generally holding the flashlight.  The knurling on the tailcap is well placed, providing grip when unscrewing the tail-cap to change batteries.  The knurling on Fenix PD32 is slightly on the aggressive side, but no overly so.

Knurling on the body and tail-cap

The tail-cap has a forward clicky that provides a momentary on.  As with most forward clickys the rubber button is slightly protrusive.  The tailcap is also scalloped on two sides to allow better access to the rubber button.  Unfortunately due to the protrusive button, this flashlight does not tailstand.

Protrusive rubber button.  Tail-cap scalloped to allow easy access to switch

 Also at the tail-cap are two lanyard holes.  Unlike some other flashlights I have come across, these lanyard holes are nice and wide, and fit a standard lanyard strap easily.

Hole for lanyard strap.  There is another lanyard hole on the opposing side.

 The button at the tail of the light is used to turn the light on and off.  On the side of the flashlight, near the head there is also a grey button.  This grey button is used to switch between the various modes of the light.

Grey side button

 The Fenix PD32 unscrews into a head, body and tailcap.  Joining these sections are nice thick square threads.  The various sections of the flashlight engage together easily, with no chance of cross-threading.  The threads are also annodised, allowing you to 'lock-out' the flashlight.

Nice thick square threads and black o-rings on either end of the body section. 

There are nice thick o-rings at either end of the body section.  These o-rings help to prevent the ingress of dust and water.

The Fenix PD32 is rated as waterproof to the IPX-8 standard.  To provide cooling for the light during some runtime tests, I dunked the flashlight in a glass of water.  While this is not same as testing it to IPX-8 standards, I can say over the two hours it was running, there was no ingress of water.

Fenix PD32 submerged in a glass of water
 
In terms of size the Fenix PD32 is moderately compact for 1x18650/2xCR123 sized lights.  However if size is major factor for you, there are smaller 1x18650/2xCR123 lights around.  Personally, I still find the Fenix to be a little too large to carry around in my pockets.

The following picture gives you and idea of size in comparison to some other 18650 flashlights I have.

From the left: Armytek Predator, Ultrafire 504B, Fenix PD32, MG L-mini II, Zebralight sc600w

 USER INTERFACE AND OUTPUTS

The Fenix PD32 has 4 outputs in it's general mode and 2 hidden flashing modes.  Outputs and times reported by the manufacturer are as follows:
Turbo - 315 lumens - 2 hours
High - 130 lumens - 8 hours
Mid - 70 lumens - 16 hours
Low - 9 lumens - 200 hours
Strobe - 315 lumens - ? no data provided on runtime
SOS - 130 lumens - ? no data provided on runtime

The runtimes were based on using 2xCR123a batteries.  Do note, the runtime for turbo is an acculumated runtime; it will not run for 2 hours non-stop without manual intervention.  This is because, when using the turbo mode, it will automatically drop down to high after 30 minutes of usage.  This a feature to prevent overheating of the flashlight.


As mentioned previously the button on the tail of the flashlight is used to turn the light on and off.  The tail switch is a forward clicky that provides 'momentary on'.  This means if you half depress the rubber button, the flashlight will turn on whilst the button is half depressed.  As soon as you let go of the button, the light will turn off.  If you want to leave the light on, just push the button all the way down until it clicks and it will remain on.

To switch between modes, you click the grey side button whilst the light is already turned on.  It will cycle from low -> medium -> high -> turbo -> back to low.  This flashlight will remember the last general mode used (it will not remember any flashing modes).  So the next time you turn on the flashlight, it will light up at the last output used.

To access the strobe, you need the hold down the side button for one second, whilst the flashlight is turned on.  The strobe is a random strobe that switches between various frequencies in how fast in flashes.  To access the SOS mode, you need hold down the side button for around 3 seconds.  If you want to switch back from the flashing modes to the general output modes, either click the side button once, or turn the light off and on again at the tail-cap.

The Fenix PD32 can run on the following battery configurations:
-Non-rechargeable 2xCR123A (3.0V nominal voltage per cell)
-Rechargeable 1x18650 li-ion (3.7V nominal voltage)
-Rechargeable 2x16340 LiFePO4 (3.2V nominal voltage per cell)

It is NOT recommended to used 2x16340 li-ions (3.7V nominal voltage).  Fenix also recommend using 1x18650 li-ion with caution.  I believe this is because of the potential dangers of using li-ion batteries.  I am not 100% sure but I do not think this flashlight has overdischarge protection for li-ion batteries.  I was able to run down a 18650 li-ion down to 3.06V. I believe the light would have discharged the battery further, but I discontinued the test at this point.


BEAM CHARACTERISTICS

The fenix PD32 has a fairly pronounced hot spot.  The central zone of the hot spot is slightly darker than the outer edge of the hot spot.  There are some rings in the beam, though this is not unusual considering it uses a smooth reflector.  Personally I don't find the rings in this flashlight too distracting.

I wouldn't consider the Fenix PD32 a throw based flashlight, however for a flashlight of this size, it is more on the throwy-side, as it has a fairly intense hotspot.

The tint in my sample is a nice clean cool-white when run on turbo.  On the lower levels there is a slight hint of green.  In current controlled lights it's not unusual to see a shift in tint at different drive levels.

Beamshots @ ~5m.  From the top:  Fenix PD32, Ultrafire 504B, Armytek Predator.  The armytek predator is considered a thrower, and you can notice the more intense hotspot.  The Ultrafire 504B is more floody.  The Fenix PD32 is somewhere in between.

 
 

Beamshots underexposed so you can better see the characteristics of the hotspot.  Order is same as the last set of beam shots

 

Outdoor beamshots.  Same order as the first set of beamshots.

 
 


CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM

There's really not a lot to criticise about the Fenix PD32, but there a few things I would like to see improved.

As mentioned previously the anti-roll ring does not work so well if surface is not flat and level.  Perhaps the ring could be modified slightly, to reduce the tendency to roll on an inclined surface.

I like using the 1x18650 li-ion format, as they are rechargeable and energy dense.  I would like confirmation on whether there is overdischarge protection when using 18650 batteries.  I have not read any where that there is overdischarge protection, so I assume it is not present.  In my tests, I managed to discharge a battery to 3.06V, which is considered overdischarged by most standards.  I feel overdischarge protection is important in flashlights that use li-ion batteries.

With presence of a forward clicky and a randomised strobe, I get the feeling that the Fenix PD32 is targeted towards law enforcement officers and military personnel.  The presence of a randomised strobe could be useful for such personnel, however, I assume they would want instant access to strobe.  In this flashlight, the light much first be turned on tailcap, before the strobe mode can be activated.  If you were going to use the strobe tactically to disorientate your target, I assume you would want to switch from off to strobe, instantly.

Myself, as a general-user, I would have preferred an light with a retruded tail button that allows the flashlight to tailstand.  However it is hard to cater for and satisfy everyone in the market.  I understand, having a retruded rubber button at the tailcap, would make it harder to use the momentary feature... and more so if you need to wear gloves.

Another personal preference, would like to see in the Fenix PD32, would be having a lower low mode.  The current low mode is fairly bright.  The difference between medium and high are not that pronounced.  If you are dropping the low mode, I would also consider dropping the medium mode too. 



CONCLUSIONS

I have to say, I quite like the Fenix PD32.  Though you can get smaller lights in the category, the Fenix is not overly large and does fit the hand comfortably.  I feel the UI is fairly easy to understand, especially compared to some previous generations of Fenix lights. (where there is a need to tighten/loosen the head for different mode lines and then half click the tail button to switch between outputs in that mode line)

I guess whether this light is right for you depends on what you are after.  If these following points suit you, then it would be a good flashlight to consider:
-if you want a light that has memory and remembers the last mode used
-if it's important for you to have a light with momentary-on, with a button that can be easily used with gloved hands
-you want something that is not overly large
-if you want a light that has a combination of flood and throw, with a tendency to having slightly more throw.
-you like to have strobe and sos modes, but prefer to have them hidden away.

It might not be for you if:
-if you want a light that has a lot of throw
-if you want a light that has a lot of flood
-if you want a light that can tail stand
-if you prefer a light without memory.  (Some people prefer the light to start up at the same mode, no matter what it was last used for.  It comes down to predictability)
-if you need instant access to strobe
-if you want a flashlight with absolutely no rings in the beam, and a smoother transition from hotspot to spill
-if you want a light with a lower low mode

LINKS

Fenix Website:  http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=155

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Inside shot of the flashlight head

Inside shot of the tail cap