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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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GEC 15 Caveat, 14 SFO’s ~ Weekly Update

I’m sharing the Weekly Update a bit early this week.  Time to head out to North Dakota, visit friends, shoot a few Prairie Dogs, enjoy a great meal and reeeelax.  Can’t wait!

The GEC 15 run of regular knives is finished and the Bail & Chain series is coming up.  Chris sent out a caveat to dealers asking that we pass on the following information.  If you try to remove the Bail the odds are incredibly high that you will put a significant scratch in the bolster.  Should you modify the knife by removing the bail, you just voided the warranty.  GEC is NOT going to fix it.  I think we all know that when you modify a product it typically voids the warranty, so be advised.

The Fenix UC35 V2.0 lights sold out FAST!  As I said in the post last week, these are an incredible light at a bargain price.  Apparently quite a few folks are familiar with the Fenix line and the response took me by surprise.  I have more coming in an should have them back in the store next week.  For now, you can place a back-order and I’ll get them out to you as soon as they come in.

There still isn’t any clear info regarding the upcoming 14’s.  The last I heard there are going to be around 3000 SFO’s and no word of any regular production knives.  I’m getting totally confused about the SFO’s as it seems the terms have changed.  My understanding is that you need to order 100 knives, all the same handle  to get in on an SFO.  THEN, you are limited to just one handle.  In other words, you can order 100 blue but not 100 blue, 100 red and 100 green.  So, at best, you can only get 100 knives of a single handle and if you didn’t get in on the SFO you are SOL.  So does this mean there were 30 dealers (clubs, individuals) that ordered 100 knives each?  Don’t think so but I’ll be glad to be corrected.

I’ve had a couple of individuals wondering if there are any restrictions on who can get in on the SFO’s and to the best of my knowledge, if you can get your money on the bar, you’ll get served.  Interesting business model.

The question keeps coming up as to when the liquidation auction of the assets of Queen/Schatt & Morgan will occur.  I don’t know.  As I recall all claims against the company had to be filed by June so I would assume once everything is inventoried and the proper paperwork executed,  it’s just a matter of getting an auction date set.  There are enough serious collectors out there that would love to get there hands on a few unique artifacts that I think it should be an interesting auction.

More interesting will be finding out who ends up with the Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Queen City and other trademarks.  From day one my hope has been to see GEC purchase the names and get them back into production.  Can you imagine the Schatt & Morgan lines coming out built to GEC quality standards?

I’m not sure that will happen however.  It appears GEC is maxed out on production right now.  The addition of Schatt & Morgan would most likely more then double the demand.  My greatest concern would be seeing these names moved to an overseas production line.

I’ve been getting positive feedback regarding the crime report updates.  It’s  been suggested I make it a regular part of the regular blog posts.  Even though it seems a bit twisted that readers enjoy following the criminal activities up here I’ll keep sharing at the risk of further revealing our crime problems.  Our local guys and gals in Blue do a great job keeping things under control.

Remember a couple of  weeks ago when the fellow suspected his girlfriend lifted $40 from his wallet?

Well, let’s not forget the old biblical saying that we shall reap what we sow!

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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.