The Klarus G35 is one of Klarus' newest flashlights. What makes it really stand out in the increasingly crowded tactical flashlight field is that it's a light where Klarus has gone in 500% on just the beam. This light is about nothing else but making the best possible LED flashlight beam that Klarus could possibly make.
They've got something that's really interesting and really special here, and that everyone who's in the tactical flashlights, need to take a look at. What powers it is a CREE XHP46 HID4 LED. What that means is that it has a maximum of 2000 Lumens overall output.
That is a lot of Lumens for such a small light. This is a light that pretty much fits in your hand. It's nowhere near the size of something huge like a Maglite. It's a nice handheld searchlight, which is easy to hold in either the regular flashlight holding position, or the reverse style tactical position.
At the top of it is just this great big head that houses the LED in the deep smooth reflector. And 2000 Lumens come pouring out of there. Now the reflector's really important because the Klarus G35 is very similar in a lot of ways to the G30, which was essentially a big tube. But what Klarus has done with the G35 besides improving the tailcap a little bit, is that they actually completely reworked the head. Where before the G30s head was essentially the same tube as the rest of the light, all the just kind of flush, a shallow reflector. Not good for much that wasn't right in front of you.
The Klarus G35 has gone totally the other way. The light still has some nice flood. You'll still be able to see in a good area around you. But in this case, Klarus has significantly deepened their reflector, so that what you have is a very tight crisp hotspot. This hotspot gives the light some incredible range.
The hotspot is kind of the star when it comes to this light's beam performance. So what's the max range that this hotspot gives the light? The max range is 1,000 meters. 1,000 meters, which is really hard to actually picture. That's something like a third of a mile. So that's an incredible distance for just a flashlight that you can practically slip into your pocket.
So how do you control this beam? Well I mentioned that it's possible to hold this flashlight in either the regular old Scooby-Doo way to hold a flashlight, or the tactical reverse grip. What makes that possible is that it's actually got a dual switch design. It's got that fancy primary switch on the tail. But it also has a nice side switch.
What's significant about that besides giving you options on how to hold the light, is that these buttons can also serve slightly different functions. With the backlight, you're going to be starting always at the lowest brightness level. So the lowest brightness level is 10 lumens, not quite true moonlight, but still very nice, and that's not going to hurt your night vision too much. Good for small enclosed spaces, reading, looking around your house at night, that kind of thing. It's nice to have it begin at just the regular amount, not a blinding 2,000 lumens, whenever you need to look for something.
The next brightness level up is 100 lumens. The high level is 400, which is higher than a lot of flashlights this size will actually go at their brightest. At 400 lumens, you're already covered for most situations. But once you get outside, once you get to utilize that range, you need to see far away, you need to see a lot around you, you need absolute maximum brightness, then hit it one more time and you're up to 2,000 lumens.
What if you just need to get to that total brightness using that switch right now? You want that 2,000 lumens right off the bat. Not to worry, you just hold down the button, and now you've got momentary on 2,000 lumens. The moment you press that switch with your thumb, the light turns back off. It's a great way to save battery power on such a powerful light, making the user interface this way.
Now as far as the side switch, things get a little different. Most of the functions are basically the same. What differentiates the side switch mostly fro the primary switch is that you've got a memory function on this. Say you don't want to start at 2,000 lumens, you don't want to start at 10 lumens. You want to be able to turn the light on and come in right at 100 lumens, at that medium setting. That's all you want. Well the side switch allows you to do that.
While the primary switch always comes on at the lowest possible brightness setting, the side switch comes on at whatever it was turned off at. So if you're using the side switch and you use it to turn off the light at 100 lumens, the next time you use the side switch, you will turn the light on at 100 lumens. That makes it so that you have some customizability over your brightness level, and there's never a reason why you shouldn't be able to access whatever brightness you want, at any time.
One last notable feature about the side switch, is that it is also a batter indicator. Klarus built this as a search light. It's marketed as a search light. That's basically what it is. It's much too round or anything for mounting on a rifle. This is something that's meant to be used outdoors, recreationally, professionally. But it's just meant to be a tool at your side to help you see.
It's really helpful when you consider that you might be out using it for some time, to be able to check how much battery power you have left, and be able to figure how much time approximately that you have left to be using the light. Now this light does need a lot of battery power. Luckily not so much that it upgrades beyond the regular 18650 size lithium-ion batteries, that are pretty much standard for tactical lights for this moment. And widely available thanks to the popularity of vaping machines.
It takes three 18650 batteries though. The reason for that, I guess partly, is that it needs to be able to run a long time. This is like I said, and outdoor search light. It's not enough just to be bright, it has to have some lasting power. And it does. Theoretically, if you only used it at the lowest brightness setting, if it was just a very occasional casual use, and you're only turning it on, use the 10 lumen setting, then you've got up to 210 hours to use this light.
That's a total time of eight days and 18 hours. That's a very long time to be able to depend on a light. Now there's a good chance that you're not just going to be using it on the lowest possible setting. That you're going to be using that high setting. That's a very likely possibility, that you're gonna want to use the higher settings on this light at some point. But the one time on those higher brightness levels is also pretty good.
At 100 lumens you've got 44 hours. You've got nearly two full days of power with this light, continuous use, at the 100 lumen level. At high, the 400 lumens, you've got nearly 14 hours. So still nearly half a day at 400 lumens, which is pretty incredible. That's a long time to be able to depend on a flashlight. Now the 2,000 turbo level, that's only gonna get you three hours, but when you consider how far most lights can go at that sort of brightness, that's a pretty good deal.
I think that Klarus made the right move by having three batteries in there. Now the other interesting thing about this light though, is that because it used 18650 batteries, Klarus was able to work in a really fascinating option. In emergency situations, the light is capable of running on just one battery. That's crazy to me. It needs 18650 batteries, three of them to run at 2,000 lumens. But if you're just needing a light for a little while, you just need to see something, you maybe want to use the S.O.S. function, then you're able to just put in one battery, and the flashlight will still be able to function.
That makes it a really useful, really utilitarian tool. Something that you can take anywhere, and something that's gonna make it even more dependable. This might be just one of those dependable outdoor search lights you could possibly come across. Of course it's Klarus, so it's also incredibly durable. Aircraft-grade aluminum, one meter of impact resistance, an IPX8 so it's waterproof, even when it's submerged up to two meters. If you're looking for a rugged, super bright, super long range, super long lasting, outdoor flashlight, then the Klarus G35 is probably what you need to be taking a hard look at.