Fenix UC35 USB Rechargeable 960 Lumen Flashlight Review

Sometimes at the beginning of this year, I heard that Fenix injected some new blood into their family of flashlights- the new FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight.

At this time, I was desperately looking for a cool EDC flashlight and my friend convinced me that Fenix flashlights are always up for the game. I didn’t want to use the existing lights from the company when there was a new one.

Why shouldn’t I start with the new release?

I thought…

The next day, my order was on. I waited for another few days and the order was on my table. I quickly opened the box and confirmed that all the contents were there.

I connected the 3-inch USB cable to power source to charge the flashlight and viola! After only 2 hours, it was fully charged. Following this was a series of tests to see if the light works exactly as the manufacturer advertises it.

I switched it ON and my curiosity headed me straight to the Turbo mode.

What did I saw?

Boy, it was cool. I mean the mode was really bright and blinding. Fenix was right after all.

Some weeks have passed since then, and I’ve familiarized myself fully with this light. Today, I’m happy to share with you the excellent features and benefits I’ve been enjoying from this light.

Let’s start immediately:

Pros

  • Waterproof design
  • Impact resistant construction
  • Rechargeable flashlight
  • Comes with a holster for safe storage
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    Batteries include in the package
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    Attractive price
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    Supports strobes mode
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    Durable construction
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    Supports over 5 output mode
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    Rustproof
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    Lightweight
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    Compact design
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    Over heat protection
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    Stages excellent beam performance
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    Utilizes high power CREE LED bulbs
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    Comes with Fenix Lighting warranty

Cons

  • Cannot be plugged to a wall outlet (charged via USB only)
  • If you want to charge it via wall outlet you've to buy one spare charger

Key Features and Benefits of FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight

Ultra Powerful CREE XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight

FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight is a high power flashlight that packs a punch with a fantastic bright light of 960 lumens when set to turbo mode!

I saw it with my eyes the first day I used this light. Needless to explain, this is ultra bright that will light up your entire backyard like the sunlight does.

So, what makes this possible?

It is the fact that the light employs the latest and the most powerful LED technology on the market today- the CREE XM-L2 U2 LED circuit. On top of this, the bulb has a lifespan of close to 50,000 hours.

It means that the bulb does not break down after a few days of use.

You’ll rarely replace it for the coming years.

Multi Battery Flashlight

It is what all of us have been looking for

As a flashlight nerd, I was overwhelmed to learn that this light supports both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries. And what’s more, it even comes with a charging system to make the charging system simple.

Now, the battery models supported by the light are:

one 3200mAh rechargeable or two CR123 lithium non-rechargeable batteries.

In case you’ve not recharged your flashlight, and there’s a power blackout in your area, the latter battery model will be a solid power backup for your light.

Maximum Beam Throw

We’ve already discussed that this flashlight gives out a 960 luminous flux.

It is the blinding LED light that is capable of traveling the longest distance ever. The light is the directed to the light lens where it’s fully prepared to travel a distance of 200m.

It is equivalent to 656 feet. Such a beam throw is the surest way to see things many yards from where you stand.

USB Rechargeable

I bought FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight specifically because it supports micro-USB rechargeable.” Such have been the confessions of various customers across the globe.

This is expected given that most LED flashlights that are on the market today don’t allow for recharging. Now, this light comes with a 3-inch long USB cable that enables you to recharge the 18650 rechargeable battery (also included in the package).

This Fenix light is unlike most lights that operate on the non-rechargeable lithium batteries which require you to replace every now and then which means a higher maintenance cost.

FIVE Output Modes

Another amazing feature that the expert designers at Fenix Lighting US integrated into this light is the ability to vary its output into 5 different modes.

This is of great importance for your daily indoor/outdoor flashlight use as you can set the amount of light you want to use. The lower the amount of brightness, the lower the amount of battery power you’ll consume.

The exact modes supported by this light are:

  • Eco power mode: 14 lumens for 150 hours
  • Low power mode: 50 lumens for 38 hours
  • Medium power mode: 180 lumens for 9hours 15minutes
  • High Power mode: 480 lumens for 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Turbo power mode: 960 lumens for 1hour 30minutes

The strobes mode is also supported. This means that the actual number of power modes is SIX. Strobes mode outputs a total of 960 lumens (similar to turbo) and is activated by pressing the side switch for close to one second.

It’s helpful for disorienting and signaling.

IPX8 Waterproof Rating

If you’re familiar with IP waterproof standards, you know that this is a perfect rating for any device. If you’re o familiar, let me explain to you.

An IPx8 waterproof rating means that the light can be submerged in water of depth 2m for over 30 minutes where it will continue working fine.

The rubber O-rings that surrounds the light ensures its waterproof level is always effective. Not a single water droplet will escape into the system.

This great feature is yet another assurance that FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight can handle any real-life situation.

Durable Lens Material

Protecting the super powerful CREE XM-L2 U2 LED circuit is a rigid, ultra-clear glass lens that has an anti-reflective coating.

Apart from offering protection, the fact the lens is ultra-clear and has an antireflective coating ensures that all the light produced by the bulb passes through in uninterfered with.

Heavy Duty Construction

The entire body of FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight is constructed of high strength, durable aircraft grade aluminum metal alloys.

This ensures that the light remains strong and active for the many years you’re intending to use it. The body has also been crafted into an anti-roll, slip resistant design to improve its overall effectiveness when in use.

Don’t expect this light to roll and hit the ground when you place it on your table. Likewise, it won’t slip off your hands. The durable metal body and its anti-roll design are covered with a premium, black type-III hard anodized finish.

Some of the top attributes of this finish are:

It’s corrosion-free, dustproof, immune to scratches, and anti-abrasive. It draws all these attributes to the light to improve its durability.

Extremely Portable Design

We look at the portability of this unique flashlight regarding how easily and conveniently you can carry it for long distances. The portable design is clearly seen when the light is placed on the weighing machine- its weight is less than you think.

It weighs 126g (3.5oz) only. At such a super low weight, nothing will stop you from dumping the heavy plastic junk for this one. The size of the light is equally amazing.

The exact length of the light is 5.9 inches only (or 150mm). For a moment, I differed with the length measurements.

How could this light be so small, yet it houses hundreds of features? Wait until I laid my hands on it and discovered that the 150mm length was real.

Now this length fits very well in the holster that comes with the light. The box of FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight also contains a lanyard which is completely removable. If you wish to hang and safely carry the light on your wrist, you just need to mount this lanyard to it.

Over-Heat Protection

Ina world of LED flashlight that dissipates as much heat as their brightness, it’s necessary to come up with measures to regulate the heat.

This is based on the fact that as the heat accumulates, it might end up affecting the light’s overall performance. Fenix knows only a slight mistake of not regulating the heat produced will render their product useless.

They’ve therefore fitted it with over-heat protection feature that successfully gets rid of excess heat, ensuring smooth performance of the light all along.

Completely Easy to Operate

First of all, the compact design of this flashlight enables you to hold comfortably and operate it using only one hand. The major tasks you expect to carry out in this light are charging the battery and activating and deactivating the light.

Good news is that each of these tasks is completely easy for you to handle. For example, charging the light is as easy as turning off the light, connecting its charging cable to a power source and pressing the tail switch to initialize the process.

The tactical tail switch which supports momentary-ON function is used for turning the light ON/OFF. The side switch helps you select the appropriate output mode.

Limited Lifetime Guarantee

Fenix Lighting offers a limited lifetime guarantee to all its flashlights and chargers. For you to enjoy this warranty, make a point of registering your product with them the moment you receive it.

Battery Level Indicator

The battery level indicator for FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight is a two-way system. It has both the low battery warning and fully charged indicators.

The indicator system is located along the length of the light, near the side switch system. When your battery power hits a certain level, the low power battery indicator displays a red light.

When the battery is fully charged, the indicator displays a green light. When you see this, simply press the tail cap switch to stop charging and disconnect the USB charging cable from the light.

Reverse Battery Protection

Worry no more about installing the batteries in the wrong way.

The reverse protection feature, common in most of the Fenix lights is there to protect your light from the impending danger of wrong battery installation.

The feature automatically detects whenever you light the batteries in the wrong manner and takes the appropriate actions to prevent short-circuiting and its harmful results.

Comes with a Holster for Convenient Carry

Another cool item you’ll be pleased to see on the box of FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight is a perfectly tailored holster. And it is not just any other holster.

It is made from heavy duty nylon material to last for years. It also comes with a belt loop, a metal clip, and the hook and loop flat. The intended task of this holster is to enable you to carry your light conveniently and safely. It slips ad perfect into the holster perfectly.

Digitally Regulated Output

The output produced by this light is digitally regulated. What does this mean? The light will output consistent level of brightness on whichever mode you set it to run on throughout the power of the battery.

This is truly a thumb for Fenix Lighting as most flashlight manufacturers are not able to regulate their products output to remain constant.

High Impact Resistance

The impact resistance of this light is rated at 1m. Translated, this simply means that the light is capable of resisting the urge to break whenever you drop in accidentally (or intentionally).

Such a flashlight will hit the hardest grounds/surfaces and remain unhurt. It continues performing as before. Its shape remains unaffected. Such a light will make a good self-defense tool that will break your assaults skulls and remains strong.

Frequently Answer Questions

1. What are the exact contents that come with FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight bundle?

A new box of FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight contains these items: Fenix UC35 flashlight, Fenix ARB-L2P 3200mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery, Holster, two spare O-rings, USB charging cable, and 2X Edison Bright CR123A Lithium Batteries for backup use.

2. Will this flashlight fit in my pocket jeans without being noticed?

Sure. FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight has a compact flashlight that enables it to fit in your pockets well. If your jeans have deep pockets, the light will fit well without shouting its identity to everyone.

3. Does FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight automatically stop overcharging when its battery is full? Or do you have to unplug it on your own?

Like most modern devices, the flashlight comes with overcharge prevention feature that automatically disconcerts the flashlight’s charging system for the power source when the battery is fully charged. This prevents damages caused by excess battery charging.

Final Verdict

FENIX UC35 LED Flashlight is durable, ultra lightweight flashlight made from top quality materials with loads of useful features and capable of generating an impressive 960 lumens of LED light. It’s perfect for self-defense and any tactical situation that exists on this planet.

The overall body design and functionality is well polished such that the light is comfortable to grip and extremely easy to operate, even in wet situations. There’s no more fumbling around in the dark trying to activate the light.

The charging system is mounted securely on the head of this light, and its position makes it easy to access. All the buttons have a crisp action and function for easy operation.

I’ve used this light for a couple of weeks now, and I’m enjoying each and every moment I switch it on. It performs flawlessly, and I don’t need to spend some cash on replacing its batteries ever day, all thanks to its rechargeable feature. This is a light I’ll highly advise you to use as your primary EDC flashlight.

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