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Getting the best value with LED Torches

How much money have you spent in the last year on Torch batteries? Are you sick of carrying a big, bulky and heavy torch around with you? When you see the advancements that have been made in LED Torches, you will throw your old torch away and upgrade without a second thought. Several years ago I purchased a Mag Lite; one of the ones that takes 5 big ‘C’ size batteries. I can only look back now, and laugh. The torch itself was bulky, heavy, had poor battery life and was expensive to run. A new set of batteries was over $12, and when you paid near on $80 for the torch every time the light started to dim I’d cringe!

My Recommendation:

1x 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Light Lamp Adjustable Focus Zoom
1x 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Light Lamp Adjustable Focus Zoom
AU $14.99
Time Remaining: 10d 21h 29m
Buy It Now for only: AU $14.99
Rechargeable CREE Q5 LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch Hunting camping caravan 7W
Rechargeable CREE Q5 LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch Hunting camping caravan 7W
AU $30.00
Time Remaining: 9d 16h 11m
Buy It Now for only: AU $30.00
5 Mini CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch 7W 300LM Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
5 Mini CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch 7W 300LM Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
AU $23.22
Time Remaining: 18d 16h 35m
Buy It Now for only: AU $23.22

Make sure you get one with both chargers and rechargeable batteries.

Today, however, most of the high quality torches that are on the market are LED or HID. Whether it’s multiple LED’s (generally the cheaper ones have many LED’s) or one, big LED you will find the difference remarkable. Gone are the days of Dolphin torches. Even if you are using rechargeable batteries the cost of running them is simply too high, and that isn’t to mention the size and weight. There are plenty of LED Torches on the market today which easily fit in your pocket and outshine a Dolphin torch several times over.

LED Torches and their benefits

  • Highly durable. LED Torches can often take some serious abuse before they give up. LED’s themselves tend to be much more forgiving than a normal incandescent, which is why they are so popular for industry use, travel and sports.
  • Very efficient. LED Torches tend to use less power for their output than HID’s and an Incandescent, which means you save money on batteries.
  • Limited heat. Have you ever burnt yourself on a torch? Some get incredibly hot, and can be dangerous to handle. Get LED Torches though, and you can say goodbye to most of that heat.
  • Long Life Span. LED’s last for a long time. People are using them in their homes, for industrial lighting and even vehicle lighting because they very rarely need replacing.
  • Compact size. Nothing was worse than lugging a big Mag Lite around, just to get some decent light. When torches not much bigger than a Hi-Lighter can outshine the big ones, what’s the point of a big torch?

LED Torches for Camping

Majority of my torch use is done when I am camping or fishing. Nothing is worse than not being able to see what you are doing, or tripping over hidden guy ropes! Having a little torch that you can keep in your pocket offers unprecedented advantages, and I won’t ever go back to my Mag Lite! You can even get some awesome quality head lamps, if you want to keep your hands free. See below for some great examples.

Buying LED Torches that are great value

I was fishing on the beach the other night in Kalbarri, when a mate pulled out his LED Torch, purchased on eBay. I had a quick glance, and was skeptical, until he turned it on! For $20 I highly doubt you could get a better torch. With rechargeable batteries, 240v and 12v chargers zoom and such a compact size, it’s certainly a great deal. The torch is a CREE 7 Watt, and can be purchase for anywhere in between $18 and $25 with free postage.  If you get another set of batteries , you should never run out of light, as you can just swap them over. They are well built, water resistant and the perfect size. You can find it below:

Mini Zoom ZOOMABLE 7W 400lm CREE Q5 LED for UltraFire Flashlight Torch Light
Mini Zoom ZOOMABLE 7W 400lm CREE Q5 LED for UltraFire Flashlight Torch Light
AU $3.77 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 38m
2x UltraFire 7W 1200lm CREE Q5 LED 1 Mode ZOOMABLE 14500 AA Flashlight Torch
2x UltraFire 7W 1200lm CREE Q5 LED 1 Mode ZOOMABLE 14500 AA Flashlight Torch
AU $8.53
Time Remaining: 21d 18h 23m
Buy It Now for only: AU $8.53
7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
AU $4.41
Time Remaining: 15d 18h
Buy It Now for only: AU $4.41

Make sure you get one with both chargers and rechargeable batteries.

If you are after something even brighter, the CREE T6 comes in a 1600 lumen waterproof torch for around $30 - I've just purchased one. You can find them below:

Gold SKYRAY 40W 4x CREE XM L T6 LED 7200 Lumen Flashlight Torch Lamp Light
Gold SKYRAY 40W 4x CREE XM L T6 LED 7200 Lumen Flashlight Torch Lamp Light
AU $20.50 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 32m
5000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Torch Flashlight Lamp 18650 Battery w USB Charger
5000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Torch Flashlight Lamp 18650 Battery w USB Charger
AU $41.59
Time Remaining: 28d 15h 56m
Buy It Now for only: AU $41.59
B035T 1800Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Flashlight Torch Zoom Lamp Light 18650 AAA Battery
B035T 1800Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Flashlight Torch Zoom Lamp Light 18650 AAA Battery
AU $3.01 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 10h 32m

Head Lamps off eBay

Head Lamps are very handy, mainly because you have full use of both hands. There are just as many good deals on Head Lamps on eBay - have a look below

5000LM CREE XM L XML T6 LED Rechargeable HeadLamp Torch HeadLight 18650 Battery
5000LM CREE XM L XML T6 LED Rechargeable HeadLamp Torch HeadLight 18650 Battery
AU $35.65
Time Remaining: 20d 14h 44m
Buy It Now for only: AU $35.65
5000lm CREE XM L 3x T6 LED Headlight Headlamp Head Lamp 18650 Torch Flashlight
5000lm CREE XM L 3x T6 LED Headlight Headlamp Head Lamp 18650 Torch Flashlight
AU $15.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 20h 18m
2200Lm Zoomable CREE XM L T6 LED HeadLamp Bicycle Bike Torch Headlight 18650
2200Lm Zoomable CREE XM L T6 LED HeadLamp Bicycle Bike Torch Headlight 18650
AU $24.99
Time Remaining: 23d 15h 51m
Buy It Now for only: AU $24.99
2500Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Headlamp Headlight Head Light Lamp AC Charger Torch
2500Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Headlamp Headlight Head Light Lamp AC Charger Torch
AU $12.99
Time Remaining: 29d 21h 34m
Buy It Now for only: AU $12.99
6000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Bicycle Bike HeadLamp Torch Lamp Headlight 18650 Battery
6000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Bicycle Bike HeadLamp Torch Lamp Headlight 18650 Battery
AU $34.85
Time Remaining: 14d 11h 8m
Buy It Now for only: AU $34.85
New CREE XML XM L T6 LED Bicycle Cycle Lamp Bike Light Headlight HeadLamp 1800Lm
New CREE XML XM L T6 LED Bicycle Cycle Lamp Bike Light Headlight HeadLamp 1800Lm
AU $19.99
Time Remaining: 12d 10h 39m
Buy It Now for only: AU $19.99

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