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Fenix PD35 vs Surefire E2D: Which FlashLight is Better?

Fenix PD35 vs Surefire E2D

Flashlights are quite possibly one of the handiest things that have been invented. From camping trips to broken down vehicles, power cuts to finding things in the basement or garage. It’s always having one or two strategically located around your home.

We are going to look at two tactical flashlights today, the Fenix PD35 and the Surefire E2D. We will consider their size, power and durability. The comparison chart will give you a quick view of the specifics and we will also include some pros and cons.

We will begin by looking at what the Fenix PD35 and the Surefire E2D have in common.

Fenix PD35 vs Surefire E2D – Similarities

Quick Glance

Name
Our Pick
Fenix PD35 V2.0 1000 Lumen LED Flashlight with Fenix Built-in USB Rechargeable Battery & LumenTac Charging Cable
SureFire E2D Defender Ultra E2DLU-A Dual-Output 1000 Lumens Tactical LED Flashlight Bundle with 4 Extra CR123A Batteries and a LightJunction Battery Case
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Fenix PD35 V2.0 1000 Lumen LED Flashlight with Fenix Built-in USB Rechargeable Battery & LumenTac Charging Cable
SureFire E2D Defender Ultra E2DLU-A Dual-Output 1000 Lumens Tactical LED Flashlight Bundle with 4 Extra CR123A Batteries and a LightJunction Battery Case
Size
5.4 x 1 x 1 inches
5.6 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches
Weight
3.1 ounces without battery
4.2 ounces with batteries
Number of Settings
5 + strobe
2, high and low
Maximum Lumen
1000
1000
Minimum Lumen
3
5
Battery Type
2600mAh, rechargeable
X2 CR123A, plus 4 spares
Runtime
1000 lumen- 2hr 50mins/ 3 lumen- 430h
1000 lumen – 2hrs 45 mins/ 5 lumen- 63 hrs.
Maximum distance
820ft (250m)
650ft (200m)
Durability
IP68 waterproof rating, 2m submergible, 1m impact resistant
Type III mil-spec hard anodized coating, corrosion, and abrasion-resistant.
Warranty
Lifetime warranty through Fenix
Limited lifetime warranty through Surefire
Prime status
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Our Pick
Name
Fenix PD35 V2.0 1000 Lumen LED Flashlight with Fenix Built-in USB Rechargeable Battery & LumenTac Charging Cable
Image
Fenix PD35 V2.0 1000 Lumen LED Flashlight with Fenix Built-in USB Rechargeable Battery & LumenTac Charging Cable
Size
5.4 x 1 x 1 inches
Weight
3.1 ounces without battery
Number of Settings
5 + strobe
Maximum Lumen
1000
Minimum Lumen
3
Battery Type
2600mAh, rechargeable
Runtime
1000 lumen- 2hr 50mins/ 3 lumen- 430h
Maximum distance
820ft (250m)
Durability
IP68 waterproof rating, 2m submergible, 1m impact resistant
Warranty
Lifetime warranty through Fenix
Prime status
-
Name
SureFire E2D Defender Ultra E2DLU-A Dual-Output 1000 Lumens Tactical LED Flashlight Bundle with 4 Extra CR123A Batteries and a LightJunction Battery Case
Image
SureFire E2D Defender Ultra E2DLU-A Dual-Output 1000 Lumens Tactical LED Flashlight Bundle with 4 Extra CR123A Batteries and a LightJunction Battery Case
Size
5.6 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches
Weight
4.2 ounces with batteries
Number of Settings
2, high and low
Maximum Lumen
1000
Minimum Lumen
5
Battery Type
X2 CR123A, plus 4 spares
Runtime
1000 lumen – 2hrs 45 mins/ 5 lumen- 63 hrs.
Maximum distance
650ft (200m)
Durability
Type III mil-spec hard anodized coating, corrosion, and abrasion-resistant.
Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty through Surefire
Prime status

Lumen Output

The only similar feature the Fenix PD35 and the Surefire E2D have is that they both have a maximum lumen output with an LED light. The Fenix PD35 has a CREE XP-L HI X3 LED and the Surefire E2D has a high-performance LED.

Who knew flashlights could be so different! Let’s see how the Fenix PD35 and the Surefire E2D differ.

Differences Between Fenix PD35 and Surefire E2D

Appearance

Surefire E2D Comparison

They are both black and there is no doubt that they are both flashlights, but there is a slight difference in their dimensions.

The Fenix PD35

It has a lovely sleek design and measures 5.4 x 1 x 1 inch. It weighs 3.1 ounces without the battery.

The Surefire E2D

With an ergonomic design, the Surefire E2D measures 5.6 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches and weighs 4.2 ounces with the batteries.

The Winner Is- A Tie

The Battery

 

Fenix PD35 Flashlight

We have all seen the film where the battery runs out just at the crucial moment, these two flashlights require durable, long-lasting batteries.

The Fenix PD35

It has a 2600mAh rechargeable battery which is included. This means that on a turbo setting, the battery will last for 2 hours and 50 minutes. When using the Eco mode, the battery will last for 430 hours.

The Surefire E2D

It comes with 2 CR123A batteries and luckily comes with 4 extra batteries because the flashlight requires 4. In a high setting, the batteries will last 2 hours and 45 minutes. On a low, they will last for 63 hours.

The Winner Is- The Fenix PD35

Lumen and Settings

 

We have already mentioned that the maximum lumen for both is 1000, but they do have different settings.

The Fenix PD35

There are 5 settings, Turbo- 1000, high- 350, med- 150, low- 50, and eco- 3. The settings are adjusted by turning the tail cap. This flashlight also has a strobe setting which is operated by a stainless-steel side switch.

The Surefire E2D

There are only 2 settings, again changing between the two by turning the tail cap. Aside from 1000 lumen on high, there is a low setting of 5 lumens.

Fenix PD35 Comparison

The Winner Is- The Fenix PD35

Durability

Surefire E2D Review

To ensure you can use your flashlight in a range of situations, it needs to be as durable as possible.

The Fenix PD35

It has a waterproof rating of IP68 and can be submerged in up to 2 meters of water. It also impacts resistance up to 1 meter.

The Surefire E2D

The aluminum body has a type III mil-spec hard anodized coating. It is resistant to abrasions and corrosion in bad weather.

The Winner Is- The Fenix PD35

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What’s Included

Fenix PD35 Review

We always feel that if a product has some extras included, it adds to the value for money.

The Fenix PD35

The box includes a 2600mAh rechargeable battery, a micro USB charging cable, a pocket clip, a lanyard, a spare o ring, a spare rubber boot, instructions and a warranty card.

The Surefire E2D

In total, you will receive 6 CR123A batteries and a battery case.

The Winner Is- The Fenix PD35

Value for Money

Surefire E2D FlashLight

We considered not only the price but also the warranty, the features, and the extras.

The Fenix PD35

This is absolutely great value for money. The price is great for the quality. If you buy the flashlight directly from Fenix, there is a limited lifetime warranty.

The Surefire E2D

We were slightly disappointed in the price as it is more than twice as expensive as the Fenix PD35. It also comes with a lifetime warranty when you buy it from Surefire.

The Winner Is- The Fenix PD35

Pros and Cons

Before our final verdict, here are some pros and cons of the Fenix PD35 and the Surefire E2D.

The Fenix PD35

Fenix PD35

Pros:

    • The battery has red and green lights, so you know when it is charged
  • Very convenient being able to charge the battery with a USB
  • It is incredibly bright

Cons:

  • The flashlight may get hot on occasions

The Surefire E2D

Surefire E2D

Pros:

  • It’s lightweight and comfortable to use
  • The design makes it good for self-defense
  • On a high setting, the light is bright and has a good distance

Cons:

  • It’s a real shame that there aren’t more settings for the price

Video Comparison

The Fenix PD35

The Surefire E2D

The Final Verdict

We have a clear winner today. The Fenix PD35 is an amazing flashlight for an excellent price. We loved the various settings and even the strobe light was easy to use and quite handy. At first, recharging the battery was a little awkward but it didn’t take long to get used to it. After that, it was great being able to charge it with the USB cable, even from your car. We made sure that it was actually waterproof and impact-resistant, and the materials proved to be of great quality. We loved that it came with everything you needed.


Last update on 2022-08-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API