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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:

CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch 7W 300LM Adjustable Focus Zoom LightLamp Portable
CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch 7W 300LM Adjustable Focus Zoom LightLamp Portable
AU $16.99
Time Remaining: 29d 11h 1m
Buy It Now for only: AU $16.99
5X 7W 1200lm CREE Q5 LED Mini Zoomable Flashlight 14500 AA Torch Lamp Light SP
5X 7W 1200lm CREE Q5 LED Mini Zoomable Flashlight 14500 AA Torch Lamp Light SP
AU $17.26
Time Remaining: 10d 6h 39m
Buy It Now for only: AU $17.26
Rechargeable CREE Q5 LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch Hunting camping caravan 7W
Rechargeable CREE Q5 LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch Hunting camping caravan 7W
AU $28.00
Time Remaining: 14d 1h 23m
Buy It Now for only: AU $28.00

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:

7W CREE WE Q5 LED 14500 AA Mini Flashlight Torch Lamp Black + 14500 Battery W
7W CREE WE Q5 LED 14500 AA Mini Flashlight Torch Lamp Black + 14500 Battery W
AU $4.93
Time Remaining: 21d 6h 45m
Buy It Now for only: AU $4.93
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 $7.50
Time Remaining: 29d 14h 5m
Buy It Now for only: AU $7.50
7W CREE XPE Q5 LED 14500 Flashlight Torch Lamp Black + 14500 Battery Charger SP
7W CREE XPE Q5 LED 14500 Flashlight Torch Lamp Black + 14500 Battery Charger SP
AU $6.71
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 23m
Buy It Now for only: AU $6.71

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:

CREE XM L T6 USB LED Zoomable 5000Lm 18650 Rechargeable Battery Flashlight Torch
CREE XM L T6 USB LED Zoomable 5000Lm 18650 Rechargeable Battery Flashlight Torch
AU $16.80
Time Remaining: 15d 3h 9m
Buy It Now for only: AU $16.80
CREE XM L T6 USB LED Zoomable 5000Lm 18650 Rechargeable Battery Flashlight Torch
CREE XM L T6 USB LED Zoomable 5000Lm 18650 Rechargeable Battery Flashlight Torch
AU $16.95
Time Remaining: 6d 7h 35m
Buy It Now for only: AU $16.95
CREE XM L T6 LED Zoomable 5000Lm 18650 AAA Rechargeable Battery Flashlight Torch
CREE XM L T6 LED Zoomable 5000Lm 18650 AAA Rechargeable Battery Flashlight Torch
AU $8.08
Time Remaining: 24d 4h 50m
Buy It Now for only: AU $8.08

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

8000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Cycling Bicycle Bike Light HeadLight 4X18650+Rear Light
8000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Cycling Bicycle Bike Light HeadLight 4X18650+Rear Light
AU $19.94
Time Remaining: 13d 4h 17m
Buy It Now for only: AU $19.94
5000LM CREE T6 LED Handheld Waterproof Camping Torch Zoomable Torch Battery Kit
5000LM CREE T6 LED Handheld Waterproof Camping Torch Zoomable Torch Battery Kit
AU $15.99
Time Remaining: 23d 7h 6m
Buy It Now for only: AU $15.99
5000Lm CREE XML T6 LED Front Head Bicycle Bike Light HeadLight Battery Tail Lamp
5000Lm CREE XML T6 LED Front Head Bicycle Bike Light HeadLight Battery Tail Lamp
AU $23.99
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 31m
Buy It Now for only: AU $23.99
AU 5000LM CREE T6 Zoomable Waterproof Flashlight Camping Hunt Light Lamp 19850
AU 5000LM CREE T6 Zoomable Waterproof Flashlight Camping Hunt Light Lamp 19850
AU $10.99
Time Remaining: 29d 12h
Buy It Now for only: AU $10.99
5000lm XML T6 Rechargeable LED Front Head Bicycle Bike Light HeadLight Rear Lamp
5000lm XML T6 Rechargeable LED Front Head Bicycle Bike Light HeadLight Rear Lamp
AU $22.49
Time Remaining: 17d 11h 15m
Buy It Now for only: AU $22.49
CREE T6 LED 5000LM Waterproof Flashlight Zoomable Torch Hunt Camping 18650+AAA
CREE T6 LED 5000LM Waterproof Flashlight Zoomable Torch Hunt Camping 18650+AAA
AU $11.99
Time Remaining: 12d 11h 51m
Buy It Now for only: AU $11.99

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