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This is a review of the Galaxy Electronix Small 9 Led Aluminium Torch which I carry around everywhere with me in the change bag in case I ever need it when out and about. It has come in so handy when I dropped my keys in the dark and also when we had a power cut recently, I knew exactly where it was and used it to find and check the fuse box then to light candles and find the matches.
My torch is red and lighweight aluminium with a textured body which fits in the palm of your hand. The torch has an on off rubberised button which you click in the base and a lanyard on a small ring to the side so you can slip it over the wrist and avoid dropping. The torch came with batteries already inside which would have lasted a lot better if I hadn't accidentally switched it on in the bag and left it on until the batteries ran out, which was my fault completely. I replaced them and it has been good ever since and I have owned the torch for more than a year now.
This is a really bright torch when you switch it on, it has nine LEDs which emit a very white light which is excellent for such a small hand held torch. The torch takes three AAA batteries which sit in a plastic holster inside the barrel. They work best close up and don't reach far in the dark so you can only really use them for immediate light but this is usually enough in an emergency or for fixing fiddly things. The small size means you can slip it in your pocket easily, at just under 9cm you won't draw attention to the bulge in your pocket with this torch!
It's amazing how handy this torch has been. I love how powerful it is and how efficient the batteries seem to last ages in it when not left on permanently! Everyone knows I carry this torch (and a multi tool) and I often get asked for it when we are doing tasks like looking under floorboards and settes and generally dark or fiddly places. I think this more modern style of torch with LED lights are so much more effective than torches I remember from my past which were chunky and took massive batteries and lasted for five minutes before conking out.
I paid just 99p for this torch from Home Bargains, and that is a true bargain considering they even come with batteries included. I have also noticed these are promotional items at petrol stations so can be found on occasion when you purchase fuel at a discounted price but not as cheap as the Home Bargains shop.
My dad now buys these as gifts for everyone and presents them to small children when friends and family visit which I think is quite funny but they do love them, I remember using a torch under the covers in bed at night reading comics and books and thinking no one knew what I was up to ha ha! For this price, everyone should equip themselves with the Galaxy Electronix Small 9 Led Aluminium Torch as it is such a useful gadget you will be so glad you got one.
I bought this small led torch for under a fiver from a petrol station and the idea was to have a source of light in the car in case I ever broke down at night or if I dropped something and the internal car light was not strong enough to find it, this happened once with some house keys and naturally the only torch was locked in the house which I could not get at as I needed the keys to do that as no one was home.
I did not want to spend a lot as I hoped never to have to use it and so far in a six month period I have only used the torch three times and two of those was when visiting a friend in a rural location to find my way along their garden path. The torch itself is made of aluminium and is reasonably sturdy. It is small enough to be operated easily with one hand which is ideal for the type of usage I want from it. There is a lanyard at the end that can loop around your wrist to make it safer to carry and lessen the risk of dropping it.
It can also fit into my bag or a coat pocket easily enough as well. It throws out a decent amount of light from nine small led bulbs, it is a bright, white light that it emits and covers a range of about 12 feet, plenty far enough to carry out a search of my car or to navigate a garden path It provides a consistent beam and the single on/off button is located conveniently on the shaft of the torch and is sensitive enough to switch on easily but not so sensitive that the slightest contact will operate it.
As a small torch for close up work is it ideal and certainly compares well with the more expensive maglite torches in terms of performance.
Not one for having anything useful to hand when needed, I bought this at a service station one night when the indicator on my car began playing up and my Dad agreed to have a look at it. Unable to "look" in the pitch dark, I gave him this handy little torch.
He looked at me as if I was mental when I gave him a torch which was about 3cm long but the 9 LED lights give off a surprisingly bright glow! This torch is well worth the money! It's compact enough to store in my glovebox for future emergencies and it's really easy to just click on and off to use. The one I bought was silver but it was available in a couple of other colours. I was really impressed with the torch's brightness and showed my brother, but he, a gadget fan, showed me a similar one which he had got free with a fishing magazine one month. He did however agree that these handy little LED torches are great in emergencies!
This torch takes 2 AA batteries. I only use it occasionally so it is still going strong after 6 months. It cost me £6.99 from the local service station.
There are quite a few gimmicky torches out there at the moment - 'the power of a million candles!'. The Galaxy Electronix LED Torch is quite simply a very useful product. It doesn't come with promising claims but it is powered by 9 LED's which emit enough light to see your way around most spaces. Standing at 9cm long and just 2.5cm in width this torch is certainly compact. For me this is the reason I bought it, I can put it in my pocket and even attach it to my belt or keyring with the handy strap. The small dimensions make it pocket sized and although the torch isn't that powerful it has its uses.
If you were going on a midnight walk this torch wouldn't suffice in my opinion, but it comes in handy for seeing around in the house in the dark, and would be ideal for powercuts or just to keep in the shed as an extra pair of eyes when the nights draw in.
The torch is constructed from lightweight aluminium and comes in red, blue and silver which is the colour I have. At under £4 the torch is very reasonably priced. What is also surprising is that the £ 3 AAA batteries that this torch requires are included in the package so this makes the price even more amazing! The fact that the torch is light makes it all the more easy to carry and you could attach it to your backpack for map reading. The uses are obviously limited due to its weak light emittance, but has its advantages due to the size and simplicity. Overall I would say the torch recieves 4 stars, as it could offer a stronger light source but for this size you shouldn't expect too much.
~A funky red metallic LED mini torch~
My little super bright teeny tiny red metallic finished aluminium LED torch was given to me as something to keep in the car for emergencies and so far it has continued to work as it should. I have another slightly similar torch in grey metallic that was bought when the car was changed and that one has been no where near as reliable as the red metallic one I have. The design of this little LED torch light makes for easy handling as it is small and compact enough to be held and operated with one hand should you need to do so.
The torch is small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag and it also fits into the glove box of a car with ease ready for when its needed. The torch is good to keep for emergency situations as it is neat and compact with a series of nice bright LEDs which give a precise clear white light when the torch is switched on. The compact cylinder shape of the torch body has a smooth central part with a textured lid, top and bottom section and I feel that this makes the torch easy to hold without it slipping out of your hand.
The body of the little metallic red torch is made from very light yet strong aluminium and this makes for a nice light feel to the torch. There is an attached carry tag/ lanyard type fitting which is held in place with a small metal ring and that can be handy if you want to hang the torch from a belt or keychain, although I don't tend to use mine that way it does seem strong enough to use like that. The end of the torch body has an easy to take off lid casing and when you need to access the battery chamber this is simple and quick to take off. To work the torch you simply press on the centre section in the torch lid which flexes and switches the torch on and off with ease.
~Nine bright and shiny LEDs~
The nine small LEDs in the torch give off a really bright white light and I have used this little torch to read directions etc in the dark with no worries at all. The bright light effect is concentrated over a medium slim beam due to the slightly hooded effect that the outer aluminium casing gives, and I have found that even this minimal overhang of the casing is enough to give a more directly concentrated lighting effect. The light beam does manage to travel quite a distance with it being reasonably bright at a distance of around 10/ 12 feet if you shine it against something.
As mentioned I do have another similar torch that has not functioned as well as this one has and even though this one was bought to go in my previous mode of transport, its newer grey metallic replacement has been relieved from duty as the lights keep flickering on and off all the time. The little red LED torch is back on duty as an emergency back up should I need it and I am happy that it will work when needed. as it has not let me down so far There has been no flicker from the LEDs in this torch, just plenty of bright white light which I am pleased with.
~Summary and rating~
As the red LED torch was a gift I cannot say how much it cost to buy although looking at on line sales sites I can see it on offer now for £3.95 which seems fair enough. As I have had my torch since last summer I feel it has worked well on the occasions I have used it and I find it easy to push and switch on and off when it is required. The size of the little torch is just 9cms long and roughly 2 1/2 cms wide at the torch face making it very small and compact and I feel that the amount of bright light this torch manages to produce is more than I expected from such a teeny little gadget.
I have dropped the torch from a small height by accident once or twice and it hasn't suffered from any damage or cracking of the torch face which I am pleased about. As mentioned there has been no flickering or cutting out of the light so far and I hope that the nice bright steady white light will continue. As for rating the little red LED torch I feel that it has worked well doing just what it was intended for, as it really does give off a bright and clear light when you switch it on. As such I want to give the torch a 4 star rating as I feel that the torch could have all kinds of uses and would be handy to take on camping trips etc.