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Author Fenix PD32 Ultimate Edition, 740 Lumens !
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Posted: 06/12/2012 17:57:28
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I have just received the above torch, which I purchased to replace my home made 800lm one due to size and weight.

This new Fenix one really packs a punch and is great for lighting up long distances and for light painting. It comes with a diffuser as well, which is very good for lighting up items close by.

It's got a memory, so remembers the last setting and reverse polarity protection. No more smoke from batteries in the wrong way.

I've got to try it underground yet, but I don't think it will disappoint me. Best thing is that the LED is also neutral white and size is only 24x138mm.

http://www.myfenix.co.uk/fenix-pd32-ultimate-edition-740-lumens

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Posted: 06/12/2012 18:56:04
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Vanoord mentioned this a week or so back. Looks an awesome piece of kit - so much light for something so small! I remember when 200lm was considered a lot for a torch that size... Laugh

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Posted: 06/12/2012 21:51:04
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I've got half a dozen on order for stock...


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Posted: 06/12/2012 21:56:45
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Looks tempting.
I've used a TK11 for years but that's nearly 3 times as bright (for the same £££ which I don't really understand...).
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Posted: 06/12/2012 22:06:08
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Vanoord wrote:

I've got half a dozen on order for stock...


Speaks the Arthur Daley of the underground Laugh

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Posted: 06/12/2012 22:43:28
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Rich: emitter technology jumps massively every so often. This seems to be one of those times.

A couple of observations, without having the seen the thing yet.

It has some sort of extended head to deal with heat dissipation. Whilst this is unlikely to be a major issue, I'm more tempted to look as the PD32 UE as a different model to the standard PD32 than a replacement for it. The UE will probably be a limited production run and then morph into something else.

The other issue is related, in that run time at full whack is going to be thermally limited to perhaps 3 minutes, meaning this isn't a true 740 lumens, but an 'overdrive'. For the sort of use we put it to, that's only going to be a minor inconvenience, but to many users, something like a TK35 that can chuck out 860 lumens for a couple of hours without interruption is going to make a much more usable bit of kit.

The proof of the pudding is, no doubt, in the eating: I'll report back when I've got my paws on one.

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Posted: 06/12/2012 22:47:24
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RJV wrote:

Looks tempting.
I've used a TK11 for years but that's nearly 3 times as bright (for the same £££ which I don't really understand...).


You can now get a TK11 for £39.99, free delivery, Maplins/Tesco. Gone down £6 since I was forced to buy another one a few months ago.

Glad Fenix are sticking with using the 18650 in the PD32. Makes all the difference knowing that a torch is fully charged every trip.



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Posted: 07/12/2012 09:53:46
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Related topic:

It is reported that from January 11th 2013, Royal Mail will no longer handle lithium batteries of any type. Angry Angry

See http://www.battery-force.co.uk/news.html

Any comments from our local 'torch peddlers'?
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Posted: 07/12/2012 10:02:51
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Awesome!

I missed that, so thanks Nick for pointing it out.

I regularly import and export batches of lamps with LiIon, biggest consignments being in the hundreds. You can send them in volume by air as long as they're correctly packed, correctly labelled and if they're correctly inspected and certified are regarded as non-hazardous for all modes transportation.

But if you post a Lithium coin cell you'll be committing a criminal offence!

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Posted: 07/12/2012 10:03:55
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That only applies to Royal Mail account holders from January; the rest of us are safe until July.

The guidance on Royal Mail's website says:

They also mean customers can post alcohol up to 70 per cent ABV and electronic items sent with or containing lithium batteries within the UK. Customers posting such items will need to comply with volume/battery capacity, quantity, packaging and labelling requirements.

Looks like limited quantities of batteries can still be sent, but there will have to be a pretty meaningless label attached to the packet to instil fear into everyone who handles it...

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Posted: 10/12/2012 18:49:20
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Righty, the PD32 UEs have arrived: a few thoughts...

The PD32 UE is larger than the 'standard' PD32 thanks to the heat sink on the head: this adds 13g, bringing it up to 104g including a couple of CR123s.

The extra size and weight isn't a problem, but it's not quite the same bit of kit as a PD32 / PD31 / PD30 / P3D: not to say that the UE is too big, just that it's different.

Light output is interesting, to say the least! 740 lumens from any sort of flashlight is pretty impressive; and from something this size, it's extraordinary.

What's a bit curious is that hot spot is quite large - larger than that of a TK35, which has a not-dissimilar output; and also larger than the PD32 S2 although the overall beam size is (unsurprisingly) the same.

The upshot of that is that the throw isn't particularly spectacular: Fenix have tuned the UE to give a lot of light close-up and to make it (relatively) diffuse: there's nothing in the way of lens artefacts; and the transition from the hot spot to the surrounding beam is smooth.

Some reports I've seen suggest that the throw of the recently-replaced PD32 R5 is actually more than the UE, which I can believe - although if you're looking for throw, then one of the Fenix TK series is going to be a better choice anyway.

The UE has Fenix's usual high build quality and is IPX8 waterproof - so it's going to survive virtually anything that gets thrown at it.

Finally a couple of minor points relating to the design: the side switch for changing modes isn't to everyone's taste - I don't mind it, but I'm not entirely convinced even though I like the side switch on the TK15.

Secondly, I've no idea why the tailcap surround has been cut back a bit and given a curvy profile that stops it from being tail-stood. It's a daft piece of design and although I'm sure there's a good reason for it, I can't work it out.

Thirdly, I don't like the clip or see the point in it: if you're going to clip the thing to your belt, you'll do it in the holster that comes with it rather than run the risk of the torch pinging off your belt. Whilst the clip is indeed removable, it leaves a slightly odd flat area and the clip itself can scratch the anodising as you remove it.

Finally, moving onto what's included: the holster has been redesigned and is much improved. It's got a good-sized bit of velcro and the edges of the fabric have been nicely tidied up. The diffuser is a nice touch and seems to work well. The hand leash is the usual one; and there are a couple of replacement o-rings and a spare switch boot.

Overall, this is a pretty impressive bit of kit, with a surprisingly high output from something so small and at a decent price.

As a torch for underground use, I think this is going to be rather useful - other than if you're trying to see the top of a massive Welsh slate chamber.

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Posted: 08/01/2013 11:04:03
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Had 2 days of underground with the PD32 UE for photos and my conclusion is that it is the business. Good throw and also surprisingly good for close up painting as well. The neutral white LED made a big difference.



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Posted: 12/02/2013 18:44:21
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SimonRL wrote:

Vanoord wrote:

I've got half a dozen on order for stock...


Speaks the Arthur Daley of the underground Laugh


Indeedy...

I've just returned from a week away to find a small number of these on my desk, so if anyone's interested drop me a PM and I'll see what I can do about the price Wink

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Posted: 12/02/2013 20:35:18
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Mike

Whats is like for even colour? Does it suffer from a central yellow area that you can see in the photos?

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Posted: 13/02/2013 07:55:24
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JonK wrote:

Mike

Whats is like for even colour? Does it suffer from a central yellow area that you can see in the photos?

Cheers

Jon


I found it to be really good, see:

http://www.mineexplorer.org.uk/rampgill/rg_sunvein_060113/rg_sunvein_060113.htm

These were taken with the PD32 UE and a flood as well, long level shots with the PD32 UE.

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Posted: 13/02/2013 08:35:08
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Cracking pictures there Mike Smile

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Posted: 13/02/2013 18:33:41
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Edd wrote:

Cracking pictures there Mike Smile


Excellent shots, really makes me want to get back to Nent Thumb Up
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Posted: 13/02/2013 19:01:48
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I warn you, stay away from Nent, it can turn into a dangerous obsession....

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Posted: 13/02/2013 20:43:35
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Mr Mike wrote:

I warn you, stay away from Nent, it can turn into a dangerous obsession....


I think for most of us who have been it already has Thumbs Up

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