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Fenix PD36R V2.0 Flashlight Review: Quick Rundown

fenix pd36r v2.0
*Updated September 25th, 2023

Looking for the Perfect Tactical Flashlight? Look No Further!

In this Fenix review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Fenix PD36R V2.0 flashlight, an exceptional choice for outdoor enthusiasts and professionals alike. With impressive features, versatile functionality, and a robust build, it’s a must-have addition to your gear collection. The Fenix PD36R V2.0 is an upgrade from the best-selling PD36R.  In summary, the V2.0 has higher lumens, a longer max beam distance, better power regulation, shorter charge time, and a longer max runtime!

Key Features That Shine Bright:

  1. Blinding Brightness:

    • Max Output: The Fenix PD36R V2.0 delivers a blinding 1700 lumens, ensuring you never miss a thing in the dark. For a handheld flashlight, this is more than enough for most applications in my opinion.
  1. Long-Range Illumination:

    • Beam Distance: With a remarkable reach of 396 meters, this flashlight lights up even the farthest corners. This is nearly 40% farther than the original PD36R.
  1. Reliable LED Technology:

    • Luminus SFT40 LED: Powered by a long-lasting Luminus SFT40 LED with an impressive 50,000-hour lifespan.
  1. Rechargeable Convenience:

    • Battery Included: Comes with a Fenix ARB-L21-5000 V2.0 battery for easy and cost-effective recharging. The 21700 battery is slightly larger than the traditional 18650 with more power for longer battery life.
  1. Dual Switch Control:

    • Tail and Side Switches: Enjoy seamless control with tactical tail and side switches for quick adjustments. Fenix stuck with the same interface as the original PD36R, since it didn’t need changing!
  1. Versatile Clip Design:

    • Two-Way Body Clip: Easily attach the flashlight to gear, belts, or pockets to suit your lighting needs.
  1. Fast Charging:

    • USB Type-C Charging: Supports rapid 18W fast charging, minimizing downtime between adventures.  Compare this to only 15W max input power for the original PD36R.
  1. Built to Last:

    • Durable Build: Crafted from A6061-T6 aluminum with a premium HAIII hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish. This is the standard for most high end tactical flashlights.
  1. Compact and Lightweight:

    • Size and Weight: At just 5.54” x 1.04” x 1.00” and 5.89 oz (including the battery), it’s highly portable.
fenix pd36r v2.0 battery

Technical Specs at a Glance:

  • Output: Turbo (1700 lumens), High (800 lumens), Medium (350 lumens), Low (50 lumens), Eco (5 lumens), Strobe (1700 lumens).
  • Runtime: Varies from 482 hours (Eco) to 3 hours 30 minutes (Turbo).
  • Distance: Ranges from 19 meters (Eco) to 396 meters (Turbo).
  • Impact Resistance: Withstands drops from 1 meter.
  • Submersible: Rated IP68, can be submerged up to 2 meters underwater.

Note: Specifications are based on controlled lab testing conditions by Fenix. Actual performance may vary depending on environmental factors and battery used.

How to Operate Your PD36R V2.0:

  • Switches: Tactical tail switch for on/off and a side switch for brightness control.
  • On/Off: Tap the tail switch for momentary on/off, fully press for constant on/off.
  • Mode Switching: Single-click the side switch to cycle through Turbo→Eco→Low→Med→High.
  • Strobe: Press and hold the side switch for 0.5 seconds to activate strobe mode.

Battery Matters:

  • Battery Compatibility: Recommended – Fenix ARB-L21 Series 21700 (3.6V); Caution – Rechargeable Battery (Li-ion) 21700 without protection board (3.6V); Banned – 18650, CR123A, or 16340 batteries.
  • Battery Replacement: Insert the battery with the anode side (+) towards the light head and screw on the light body.

Charging Your Flashlight:

  1. Open the anti-dust cover to reveal the charging port.
  2. Connect the USB Type-C end of the cable to the flashlight.
  3. The indicator turns red during charging and green when fully charged.
  4. Close the anti-dust cover after charging.

Note: The included Fenix ARB-L21-5000 V2.0 rechargeable battery takes about 2.5 hours to charge with an 18W or higher-power adapter.

Safety First:

  • Keep the flashlight away from children.
  • Avoid shining it directly into anyone’s eyes.
  • Prevent overheating by not placing it near flammable objects.
  • Use it responsibly; avoid putting it in your mouth.
  • Be cautious of the generated heat during use to avoid burns.
  • Prevent accidental activation by unscrewing the light body or removing the battery in confined spaces.
  • The LED isn’t replaceable; the entire flashlight must be replaced when the LED reaches the end of its life.
fenix pd36r v2.0 charge port

Warranty and What’s Included:


  • 15-day replacement for manufacturing defects.
  • 5-year free repair for normal use issues (1 year for battery and accessories).
  • Lifetime limited warranty for repairs needed after 5 years (parts replacement costs apply).

What’s Included:

  • Fenix PD36R V2.0 flashlight
  • ARB-L21-5000 V2.0 battery
  • USB Type-C charging cable
  • Holster
  • Lanyard
  • Spare O-ring
  • User manual
  • Warranty card

In summary, the Fenix PD36R V2.0 flashlight is your reliable companion for all your lighting needs. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a professional, or just need a powerful flashlight for emergencies, this flashlight delivers on every front. With outstanding features, robust construction, and a user-friendly design, it’s a bright choice that won’t leave you in the dark.

fenix pd36r side button

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