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Fenix UC35 V2.0 Field Test

I just added the Fenix UC35 V2.0 to the store inventory a couple of months ago.  Last week was the first chance I really had to get it out in the ‘field’ to try it out.  I’ve used it around the house and in the garage for a few night time searches, but I finally had the opportunity to try it in ‘the dark’.

Measuring just 5.5″ long, 1″ in diameter and weighing 4.9 ounces it’s truly a powerhouse.  With 5 power settings from 1 lumen to 1000 lumens it has a range of intensity that’s unmatched.  At the 1 lumen setting it has an advertised 800 run time.  Power it up to 1000 lumens and you still have 2 hours and 15 minutes of continuous run time.  Plus you have the option of a strobe for personal security purposes.

Fenix UC35 V2.0

It’s submersible to 2 meters (about 6 1/2′) and shockproof which I can personally attest to it’s durability.  About the second time I used it I had lain it down on the bench in the garage and immediately knocked it off onto the concrete floor.  No foul, no harm.

Most of the time we were camping I used it on the second setting of 50 lumens.  It served it’s purpose lighting up the campsite at bedtime to pick up and put away odds and ends and in the camper.  My wife’s nephew and wife were with us and I did turn it up to 1000 lumens just to see how bright it was.  In that part of the world there aren’t any street lights in the woods and 1000 lumens will definitely light things up.

After years of carrying/using a MagLite I had some difficulty getting used to the tail switch.  Like anything else, since I’ve gotten used to it I like it.  Sometimes finding the switch on the side of the MagLite with gloves on was a guessing game in the dark.  With the tail switch, pretty easy to figure out where it’s at.   For tactical use against things that go bump in the night, the tail switch is the only way to go.

The rechargeable battery is fantastic and easy to recharge.  A really nice feature is the light intensity doesn’t start to fade as the battery discharges and checking the battery charge status is simple.  The run time is outstanding.  Recharging is as simple as you could ask for.

On the forward part of the flashlight body is a small brass colored ring with a battery status light in the center.  By pressing on the tail switch the color of the status light will let you know if it’s time for a recharge.  After a couple of months usage, I’m still in the green.

Battery Charge Status Indicator

When you’re ready to recharge it, simply take the standard supplied USB charging cord and plug it into the USB port on the flashlight.  You can use either a wall plug in your house or the accessory plug in your vehicle and charge it on the go.  To me this was a huge feature.  In the past I’ve avoided the rechargeable lights that required a separate charging station and a 120V outlet.  If I”m camping the only power source I typically have is my vehicle.  With the Fenix UC35 V2.0, problem solved.

USB Port for Charging the battery

Try as I might, I can’t come up with a negative on this light.  I have several other Fenix lights ranging from a little pocket light that uses a single AAA battery, an LD20 mounted on my AR and now this gem.  All of them are stellar performers but the Fenix UC35 V2.0 is definitely the king of the hill in my book.  Highly recommend it.

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Fenix UC35 V2.0

Fenix Flashlights released a new light this month that is well worth mentioning particularly if you’re an outdoorsman.  The Fenix UC35 V2.0 has a number of features that set it far above the competition.   It’s pocket sized, rechargeable, waterproof, powerful, compact and reasonably priced.

I sometimes neglect highlighting the Fenix lights on the website as most of my sales are at gun / knife shows.  It’s one of those products that creates a ‘wow’ factor when you have it in hand.  I’ve used several of the Fenix lights over the years and have found little fault with them.  The TK series has been a favorite for the tactical rifles or a compact pocket light.  Even though it’s difficult to really appreciate the lights without actually seeing them, let me share some highlights.

The Fenix UC35 V2.0 is an up grade to the standard UC35.  The first change is increased intensity of 1000 lumens which is one bright light considering the overall size of this light.

Fenix UC35 V2.0

A clever upgrade is in the center of the small gold button there is an indicator that lets you know the charge status of the battery when you click it on.  This is a handy feature that helps assure you have a functioning flashlight when you need it.

The light comes with a rechargeable 3500mAh 18650  battery.  While rechargeable batteries are great it’s a pain when you leave the charger at home.  And that’s when the battery is going to need a recharge.

The UC35 V2.0 solved the problem by including a built in charger that operates using a standard USB cord plugged into your car or 120V outlet. The USB port is inconspicuously concealed under a small rubber cover near the flashlight head.  When the port is covered, the rubber cover sits flush with the body of the light, well out of the way.

Fenix UC35 V2.0 USB Plug

Here’s a quick synopsis of the other high-points.

I’ve been using one for a little over a week and have to say, it’s a pretty incredible light packed in an incredibly compact package.  With the high intensity strobe feature, it also serves the purpose of an effective defensive device if you find yourself unarmed in a bad situation.   At the price, it’s definitely one of the best values in the Fenix line for a high intensity rechargeable light.