Getting the best value with LED Torches

by Aaron Schubert on January 9, 2012

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:

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UltraFire 5Pcs CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch 300LM 7W Zoomable Lamp Light Camping
AU $18.99
Time Remaining: 18d 10h 17m
Buy It Now for only: AU $18.99
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7w Rechargeable CREE Q5 LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch Hunting camping caravan
AU $25.00
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 3m
Buy It Now for only: AU $25.00
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5 Mini CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch 7W 300LM Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
AU $23.22
Time Remaining: 29d 12h 1m
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:

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7W CREE Q5 LED 600 Lm ZOOM Focus Flashlight Torch Light Lamp 14500 AA silver
AU $2.25 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 12h 13m
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7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp
AU $1.98
Time Remaining: 22d 14h 15m
Buy It Now for only: AU $1.98
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Mini 7W CREE Q5 LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable 300LM Focus Zoom Light Lamp AU
AU $6.50
Time Remaining: 25d 12h 24m
Buy It Now for only: AU $6.50

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:

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UltraFire 2000 Lm CREE XML T6 LED Adjustable Focus Flashlight Torch Golden G7
AU $8.08 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 58m
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2000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch Lamp 18650 +Charger
AU $24.99
Time Remaining: 16d 13h 43m
Buy It Now for only: AU $24.99
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SKYRAY 6500Lm 4x CREE XM L T6 LED Flashlight Torch 4x18650 Battery Charger Light
AU $43.50 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 3m

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

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5000LM CREE XM L XML T6 LED Rechargeable HeadLamp Torch HeadLight 18650 Battery
AU $37.59
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 10m
Buy It Now for only: AU $37.59
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8000Lm 5x CREE XM L T6 LED HeadLamp Bicycle Bike Torch Cycling Headlight w USB
AU $48.49
Time Remaining: 10h 31m
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6000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Bicycle Bike HeadLamp Torch Lamp Headlight 18650Battery
AU $37.61
Time Remaining: 7d 11h 54m
Buy It Now for only: AU $37.61
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6000Lm CREE XM L T6 LED Bicycle Bike HeadLamp Torch Lamp Headlight 18650 Battery
AU $35.99
Time Remaining: 25d 6h 34m
Buy It Now for only: AU $35.99
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CREE XM L T6 LED 1800lm Tactical HeadLight Headlamp Flashlight Head Torch Lamp
AU $9.00 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 27m
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2200Lm Zoomable CREE XM L T6 LED HeadLamp Bicycle Bike Torch Headlight 18650
AU $27.99
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 17m
Buy It Now for only: AU $27.99

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