Best LED Torch Reviews
Hand Size and Zoomable LED Torches
Also Known as Tactical Torches
Years ago my metal bodied Maglite was my favorite
torch because it was solid, reliable and didn't fall apart just when you needed it like many plastic torches. The other
attractive thing about the Maglite was its "geek appeal". It felt
hi-tech and cutting edge.
Sadly Maglite didn't move with the times and other companies developed the new technology bulbs and reflectors that enable
torches to be significantly brighter AND last longer!
German company LED Lensor introduced the LED
Police Tech Torch. It was only 5 inches long and
148g but is bright enough to dazzle any mugger. It gave out 115 Lumens
which was quite a lot back then for a small torch.
I have used my Police tech torch for
more than 10 years and it has been 100% reliable. It has been replaced with the more powerful P7
model, that I also have and totally love.
Led Lensor torches make fantastic gifts and you never see one in a charity shop along with the foot spas,
electric steamers and other unwanted gifts.
If you register your torch with Led Lensor you will get a 7 year
guarantee, (from a company likely to still be around in 7 years).
The image above shows the Led Lenser P7 tactical torch and the Police tech
model that preceded it.
The P7 is only slightly larger but twice as bright!
This incredible torch uses 4 AAA batteries to give 320 Lumens .
It comes with a sturdy case and presentation box
if you want to give it as a present. I think using 4 AAA batteries
instead of 3 is a great idea as they tend to come in packs of 4
anyway. Use the links below to buy this tried and tested LED torch
and also help my work testing products.
The battery cartridges use gold connectors that will not rust and cannot corrode.
There are similar,
cheaper torches like the one from Vansky that come with rechargeable batteries and accessories.
There are all made in China and most of the cheap ones fail after a few months.
My Vansky torch seems well made and has performed well and has lasted a year so far with no issues.
Ledlenser P7 Professional LED Torch
Vansky 800 Lumen ,LED
Torch, 3 x AAA Batteries Included
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Latest and Best Small Torches - With Rechargeable Batteries
The on/off switch also lights up to show you the level of battery power.
This torch is waterproof
at 2 metres and only weights 51g!
It is top quality and has a 5 year warranty.
My Orange coloured torch shown is a limited edition model which may not be
The standard model is black, and equally beautiful.
Black Olight S1R Baton 11
This superb Olight S1R Baton II is a 3 inch Torch powered by a
rechargeable Li-ion battery.
The IMR16340 battery is charged using a magnetic clip and USB port for extra convenience.
The 2nd generation of this amazing torch is IXP 8 rated waterproof and throws its light up to 145m.
I am so impressed with this torch that I am happy to call it SIR !
It has 4 levels of power and the brightest (turbo
mode) gives 1000 Lumens and lights my garden and houses in the next
street as if they were in daylight!
Black Olight S1R Baton 11
Baton 3 Premium Edition Pocket Torch 1200 Lumen
Buy Olight Baton 3 direct from manufacturer
Best 3 Olight, Police and Military
Tactical Torches Compared
Seeker 3 Pro and Warrior X3
Tactical Torches tested and reviewed
Olight Freyr - 1750 Lumens and Colour Signalling
This incredible torch has so many
functions and new features that I don't know where to start!
Firstly, it has 4 LED bulbs in the head, for white, red, green and
The choice of coloured light is for use in
different environments and for signalling.
signalling and to turn the torch into a lantern it comes with a
silicon cone to diffuse the light.
A new and unique feature is having 2 switches to access different
The end cap switch is for the white light
modes and doubles up as a charging point
front/side switch does the colours and white moonlight modes
This is a top quality torch that can survive a 1.5m drop and 2m
immersion in water
It is powered by a 3.6v 5000ma
Lithium ion rechargeable battery
New Olight models
have the superb magnetic USB charging system as shown above with the
S1R baton model.
The 3 white light modes are moonlight 5 lumen, low
300 and turbo 1750, dropping to 850.
The turbo mode will only last 2 minutes and then drop to 850 Lumens.
Buy Olight Freyr direct from manufacturer
It has a maximum throw of 360m which I can believe from my use on
The head also contains a proximity sensor so the
light level will drop if it senses something close.
The torch comes with a superb holster with a magnetic catch.
The performance of this small torch is fantastic
and is so well made.
It took me a while to master the 2 switches
but this is just a matter of practice makes perfect.
Olight make many other tactical torches including
weapon lights with laser guiding
The Freyr is the most innovative torch I have seen
and covers many uses.
Olight Seeker Pro, Police and Military
If you prefer a
similar size, simpler torch with a wider beam the new Olight Seeker
3 Pro has a max 250m throw but 4800 Lumens!
It has 4 LED's and a
side button with small green lights that tell you the battery level
and power settings.
The body has a
rubber grip and on the turbo setting the torch will automatically
dim if you come close to an object.
The Beam angle is wider than the Freyr which is why it produces more lumens.
Of these two Olight tactical torches I
slightly prefer the Freyr due to its lamp and colour options.
The Freyr and Seeker
3 Pro both have 3.6v 5000ma batteries with magnetic chargers
Buy Olight Seeker 3 Pro direct from manufacturer
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NEW ! Olight Warrior X3 Police and Military
The warrior X3 is the latest version of the very popular Olight Warrior.
The Beam angle is
narrower than the Freyr but it produces more lumens and has a longer
The Warrior X3 is simple to operate with its dual modes operated by its end switch .
A new feature is the O ring that gives you a comfortable secure grip
(but can also be removed).
The other new
feature is the 3 Zirconium balls on the bevel edge that are for
For emergency and
rescue services this could be an important feature.
My favorite feature
of the Warrior has to be its 560m range.
This is truly impressive but the energy required will
actually heat the torch so it will power down to a lower setting after a couple of minutes.
The lower setting is
still brighter than a lot of torches so this is not a problem to
All 3 Olight
Tactical torches featured here have 3.6v 5000ma batteries with magnetic chargers.
Buy the new Olight Warrior X3 direct from manufacturer
Best Key Ring Torch
Olight EOS Keychain Torch
Having a little torch on your key ring is so useful
but most of them will only just about light up a keyhole and often
fall apart after a few knocks.
I used a LED Lenser K3 for
over 3 years but found it a little bit large at
I have now moved on to the much smaller and brighter
new Olight 1R2 EOS.
The new model is 4cms long, weighs only 12gms, and
has a rechargeable Li-ion battery.
The battery is charged in the torch by a USB cable so no
need to fiddle about with those little button batteries.
Another great mini torch is the Coast model powered
by 1 AAA battery and its clear beam is shown below.
Coast G19 54 Lumens/3.25 Hours Run Time Pen Torch, Black
Coast G19 54 Lumens/3.25 Hours Run Time Pen Torch
i1R 2 EOS Rechargeable LED Keychain Torch 150 Lumens
Ledlenser K3 Key-Ring LED Torch (Black) - Gift Box
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