The Need

I have been in law enforcement, military, and worked executive protection for the last decade. The second most useful tool (first being verbal judo) I have ever needed, has been a flashlight. I have been issued, gifted, and purchased numerous different brands, everything from the top shelf light that costs hundreds of dollars to the cheap Amazon light. Nothing upsets me more than equipment that fails when I need it the most. I always carry a light, sometimes multiple. There is always a light on my firearm, but I also carry an additional. So therefore, I am always looking to use the best equipment I can find. That was when I discovered Fenix for my flashlight needs.

My plan was to find a new EDC light and one that I can mount onto my long gun. This led me to the PD36 TAC and TK16 V2.0.

Please excuse the slight wear and tear. I have dropped, bumped, and hit it while working patrol.

The PD36

When I am on patrol, you can always find the Fenix PD36 TAC flashlight in my pocket. The fact that it is small enough to fit in my front pocket and free up space on my duty belt is a big win for me. The PD36 has two different modes; Tactical and Duty. Tactical mode has a 2000 lumen output and a 2000 lumen strobe. Duty mode has five individual outputs ranging from 30 to 3000 lumens. There is an easy mechanical toggle switch to choose your mode preference. Having these different outputs make it an ideal flashlight for the constant changing environment for law enforcement/military or for everyday carry.

The PD36 is also only 5.5 inches in length and weights under 3.5 ounces. It also comes with a rechargeable battery with USB type C charging cable. With all of this being said, this flashlight is well worth the price tag of $99.95. This flashlight is a great upgrade to that bulky duty flashlight, gift for the tactician in your life, or for someone starting to dive into the world of preparedness.

Check out this link to purchase or get more detailed information on the Fenix PD36 TAC.

PD36 Low Beam
PD36 High Beam
















The Downside

The only issue I have had with the PD36 so far is sometimes the pressure button will need a second or third attempt to turn on or off. Not a deal breaker for me.

TK16 V2.0 (mounted on an AR-15 platform)

TK16 V2.0

I was in need of a light for one of my rifles and wanted to try something different. After having owned or tried most of the name-brand weapon lights on the market, I wanted to find something that was more cost efficient but would still of hold up to hard use. At the end of the day, I’m looking for a tool that will enhance my capabilities. I do not plan on “babying” this light or any of my gear for that matter.

I decided to go with the Fenix TK16 V2.0. It has five modes of operations, ranging from 30 to 3100 lumens with a strobe operation too. At only 5.6 inches in length and coming in at just under 4 ounces, I felt like this would make a great weapon mounted light. The pressure switch and flashlight mount are sold separately but were going to be needed for this setup. When not using the pressure switch the light has a tail switch to engage the light. I will say that for the price of $99.99, that makes this light a great weapon mounted light.

Check out the Fenix TK16 V2.0 here!

TK16 V2.0 Low Beam
Tk16 V2.0 High Beam

















With all of this being said, I am overly impressed with Fenix. I highly recommend these two lights  for anyone looking to add a quality light to their life. No matter what career, industry, or past-time you are a part of, everyone could use a Fenix light. Check out the links within the article to take a look at the two lights to learn more. Tell them Tyler from SpotterUp sent you!


Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions the best way to reach me is through Instagram – @the_tacticalguy


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