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Let There Be Light: Fenix’s PD36 TAC 3000 Flashlight and the HP25R v2.0 Headlamp.


Let There Be Light

Some say that fire was the original “greatest” technology that early humans found useful, but we say it’s light. After all, being able to see when it’s dark meant avoiding trouble from the environment as well as hostile animals (and later other humans). Before the advent of artificial light humans had to rely wholly on the sun — so when the sun went down that was that, no more reading or doing anything because there was no more light. Obviously things changed once light became available through fossil fuels and now solar, etc. but the fact remains that there is always a need for artificial light. Which is especially true for those working on DIY projects in cramped spaces, up in the attic or walking around in the dark.

So it might sound beyond obvious and even stupid to say that having a portable light available to use is a good thing, but the truth is that few have more on hand other than a dollar store flashlight putting out a weak beam. What’s needed is a quality flashlight — one still small enough to work with and carry around and manageable for the average person — that will put out a powerful light. So that’s where Fenix comes in with two high intensity flashlights; one that is small enough to carry around and is called the Fenix PD36 TAC 3000, and the other designed to be worn so as to leave the hands totally free, and which is called the Fenix HP25R v2.0 Headlamp. To say that they are both specialized tools is true, so we’ll start with the HP25R v2.0 Headlamp.


Light Up Your Head

The Fenix HP25R v2.0 Headlamp, as noted, is to be worn around the head with the beam unit at the front. Talking about the logistics first, this working headlamp is designed with comfort in mind — something that others of its type don’t take into account. This is accomplished by having the main weight, the light itself, not having its battery compartment attached, but instead moved to the rear so as to create a better weight balance. The 5000mAh battery is a high capacity one that is able to run up to 400 hours (yep you heard that right) on the lowest light setting — and it’s USB-C rechargeable for gathering in power quickly.

Comfortable it might be, but the amount of light it outputs is the most important. This one doesn’t disappoint, because it has three light modes, being the spotlight, the wide angle floodlight and the red light. In reverse order, the red light (good for keeping night vision up and avoiding bugs) outputs 5 lumens for up to 400 hours at a distance of up to 6 meters, with an SOS variance at the same specs but up to 800 hours. Th floodlight gives you low, medium and high intensities, with 5, 150 and 400 lumens respectively and 8, 30, 50 meters respectively distance. As to the Spotlight, there are 5 modes, with Eco and Low being at the low end and medium and high having 400 and 1000 lumens respectively at 83 and 140 meters distance. Obviously the run time lessens the greater the intensity, with Turbo mode outputting 1600 lumens for about 2 hours at 290 meters distance. That is really bright, duh. For most uses Turbo is overkill, but having such a wealth of choices means the light intensity can be fine tuned for the need, rather than having to “settle” for the amount of light that is available. Also, the separately controlled dual switch makes choosing easy and a lockout function keeps things off when you want it that way. Of course you can also angle the light; there is a 60 degree tilt built in.

It’s rated IP66 waterproof and is durable and includes helmet attachments and cable hooks along with other accessories.

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Light Up The Night

The Fenix PD36 TAC 3000 is a tactical flashlight designed for rough use (being made of durable aluminum) and has a brightness level of up to 3000 lumens — that’s really bright and helped along by having a USB-C chargeable battery rated at 5000mAh. The mechanical switch is in the “tail”(back end) and makes for an easy switching between tactical and duty modes and locking (holding the switch down activates a 3000 lumen strobe, FYI). Duty mode gives you eco, low, medium and high with 30, 150, 350 and 1000 lumens respectively at times going from 160 to 3+. hours. The Tubo mode goes 3000 lumens for about 1 1/2 hours. Moving to tactical gives you a strobe (as does duty) but also a high beam of 2000 lumens for 3+ hours at a distance of 225 meters. This little guy is powerful and versatile and a wonder for anyone’s toolbox or clipped to a pocket.

The Fenix PD36 TAC 3000 is rated at IP68 and so can take a dip in the water easy, has an embedded steel clip for attaching but also includes a holster for wearing along with other accessories. For further details on Fenix go to


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