After numerous inquiries about actual Max Outputs of these 2 extraordinary lights, we have decided to put these 2 lights to the test to find out, once and for all, WHICH FLASHLIGHT IS ACTUALLY BRIGHTER?
The Nitecore P12 utilizes a CREE XM-L2 T6 LED to produce 950 Lumens on Max Output while the Fenix PD35 utilizes the latest CREE XM-L2 U2 LED to produce 850 Lumens on Max Output.
In this test, we will use the trusted LightMtrX software provided by www.pro-lite.uk.com to measure the actual amount of Lumens each light can output on MAX brightness setting. We will be using 2 Panasonic CR123A batteries to conduct his experiment.
In order to get the most accurate results, both the Nitecore P12 and the Fenix PD35 along with the Panasonic batteries were all brand new fresh out of the retail package.
After testing out the Nitecore P12 with 2 fresh CR123 batteries numerous times, we were surprised to find the max output that the LED was able to provide was actually lower than what was advertised. The results showed a MAX of 785 Lumens, a full 165 Lumens lower than what is advertised on their retail package. When tested with an 18650 Rechargeable battery, the max output was even lower than 785 Lumens.
(Nitecore P12 REAL Max Output Test – Max output 785 Lumens)
After testing out the Fenix PD35 with 2 fresh CR123 batteries numerous times, we were surprised to find the max output that the LED was able to provide was actually higher than what was advertised. The results showed a MAX of 949 Lumens, almost a full 100 Lumens higher than what is advertised on their retail package. When tested with an 18650 Rechargeable battery, the max output was still slightly higher than their advertised 850 Lumens.
(Fenix PD35 REAL Max Output Test – Max output 949 Lumens)
CONCLUSION: After doing intensive testing on both of these amazing lights, it is a fact that the FenixPD35 is the brighter of the two lights.
Fenix is understating their MAX output on their retail packages while Nitecore is overstating their MAX output. Either way, both lights are great compact lights that pack a strong punch. It is a little disheartening to find out that Nitecore is falsely boosting their Lumen count on this model but it definitely is not a deal breaker because 785 Lumens from 2 CR123 batteries is still very impressive.
THE WINNER - FENIX PD35