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Coleman Armour Clad 3D Flashlight

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Brand: Coleman / Type: Flashlight

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      19.01.2010 18:23
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      Brilliant light output, well made, great value, what else do you need in a torch.

      The Coleman Armour clad 3D torch is what I would call a "Real" torch. It is Waterproof, big and chunky, it gives you a big handful of Torch, it just looks like it can do a good job of work. But the question is does it live up to that promise....

      In a word YES!

      The Torch itself is 13 inches long ( 325mm if you must), 3 ½ inches ( 90mm), diameter at the business end and weighs 1lb 7oz ( 650g) including batteries / cells. With reference to the cells, the torch uses 3 x 1.5V ones - size U2 in old money or D cells as we now call them - these are the ones about 2 ½ inches long and 1 ¼ in diameter. The lamp itself is a 3.6V Krypton bulb. As you can see from the figures, a "Meaty" handheld torch indeed - a "Pukka job".

      The body of the torch is a one piece, Olive Green rubber moulding, the lamp end of which unscrews via a deep and very solid / strong thread. This has to be unscrewed in order to insert batteries and change the bulb if necessary. This threaded joint comes with a good solid waterproofing gasket as standard. Even as you unscrew the Lamp end and then screw it back together, the Torch just feels good and solid. It also bounces well, I have dropped mine numerous times, grass, concrete, asphalt etc, it has never failed to come up smiling, I have never even had to change the bulb after a shock - Good stuff.

      The on / off button is seamlessly moulded into the Rubber body and operates an integral switch which is all part of the inner workings. It does not allow ingress of moisture at this point as there are no joints or seams involved - the waterproofing integrity is maintained.

      Now, what about the light output?

      In a word excellent, the light is very bright and very white, not yellowy at all - that is due to it having a Krypton bulb. The beam is very tight over distances up to thirty of forty yards; obviously spreading a bit the further it goes. BUT.... This torch will illuminate over 200 yards at a push. I know this as I have tried it across the field at the back of my yard, where I can light some Conifers which are well over 200 yards away. I think it may be difficult to read at this distance but you would certainly see someone skulking in the Shadows at that distance. As I said a "Pukka" job. Obviously I cannot give much indication as to how long the cells will last as that purely depends on how often you use the Torch, and for how long. I think one could say that cell life is sufficient for normal usage. Incidentally rechargeable are fine as I use them in my torch all the time.

      I think that about covers all the main points and tells you what you need to know.

      I give this a big 5 out of 5 as I can't find any fault with it at all. If you need a "Proper" torch to do a "Proper" job then this will fit the bill, and at around a Tenner from good shops and Camping shops etc, it's a bargain to boot.

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