It's good to have a torch within easy reach, especially if you live in a place which tends to have a bit of an erratic power supply that cuts out when ever the winds changes direction. Or maybe you need a torch in your daily working life, maybe a plumber, for underneath tight spots such as sinks. Or maybe a burglar, for their nightshift work out and about... although I strongly condemn the latter... but what ever the need, a good torch is sometimes essential.
And that is where a lovely little torch that I have inside my tool box comes into action. A certain little torch that gives out a big glow without taking up too much space. That torch being from a well know company that really specialises in such bright things. That company being LED Lenser, who, as I said, make a cracking range of torches, especially their professional range. And it is one of there Professional range torches I am here to shine a light on now... (get it? Shine a light?? Took me ages to think of that one).
* So what does this torch look like..?
On first glance it looks like any other torch, having a long handle at the rear and a bit of a stumpy front end which houses the bulb, or bulbs in this case, as there's four of them in here. The handle is a full 200mm in length, although this does include the bulb housing section too may I add, with the diameter of the handle being about 35mm, weighing in at no more than 355grams.
On the front there is the lens that covers the bulbs, this lens is about 50mm in diameter and tapers off into the handle, being sort of covered by the focus slider system.
The entire torch is made of aluminium and is coated with a matt black finish, with a bit of a rough feel to it which great really as it means that it is easier to keep a good grip on it even when wearing gloves or even damp hands.
* How does it work..?
On first inspection you'll find it difficult to locate the on/off switch, turning the torch over in your hands, looking for either a couple of buttons on the top of the handle, maybe a slider on there too or even a bit of witchcraft in there somewhere. But it's none of those really, no buttons on the handle, no sliders and definitely no witch craft. There's actually one little soft button in the middle of the back end of the torch, a single button that does the lot, giving you three types of light beam in one little button.
Shall I tell you more.?
Ok then, I will.
There are three settings on this torch, Low, which is 50 lumens, Power, or medium, which is 250 lumens. These two settings are accessed by pressing the button either once or twice. Then, to get the brightest lights, or the Boost as it's called, which is 350 lumens you simply have to press and hold the button on the rear for a second or two.
Then there's the focus system, which means that it can go from a spot light, concentrating on a small area, to what they call a flood light, which basically means that it lights up a wider area around you. To use this focus system all you have to do it push the end of the torch, forward and slide it backwards, this turns the beam from a floodlight type light to a narrow beam or spot light.
* Where does it get its power..?
Well, where do all most, if not all torches get there power from? Batteries of course, with this one needing 4 AA batteries to give it enough power to get the four bulbs glowing.
The batteries are easy to put in, although not as easy as some torches where you just drop the batteries in. with this one you have to unlock the inner section, which is a matter of turning the rear 'stopper' clockwise, then pulling the battery section out. If you look at the other end of this battery section you'll also see the four little LED bulbs. Anyway, once the battery section is out you'll then see how the batteries slot into place inside it, and once the batteries are slotted into place you just push the entire thing back into the torches handle and turn the end anti-clockwise to lock it into place..
Job done. If you've used fresh, good batteries then the torch will glow like one of those worms. But if you've used bad cheap batteries then this will be as bright as Amy Childs on Mastermind.
* Is it bright..?
Pretty much so, even on the lowest setting, which is 50 lumens as I said... but what is a lumen? Well, to be honest, I have not got a clue. It's like asking me what foundation is the best to apply to sensitive skin? But apparently, lumens are something to do with the amount of light that something gives out, not the wattage a light needs to be usable. Sort of. I think. To be honest, I first thought it was a yellow fruit that was related to the bitter tasting one, but no, Lumens is a light measurement not a fruit.
So, as for how bright this torch is in easy to understand terms, this torch on the lowest setting can light up a nice ten metres around you, although it does dim towards the ends. As for the highest settings, well, this will come in handy if you intend going lamping, (Which I don't do and don't intend ever to do, I just thought it may give you a good comparison as to how bright the boost light can be).
Or in other words the beam itself ranges is from 100metres on the lower setting to nearly 300metres on the highest setting, depending on obstacles and battery strength of course.
* How long will the batteries last..?
How long is a piece of string???
If you use a good set of batteries, the copper coloured top ones, you should get about 40 hours of use on low, about 4 hours or so on medium, (or power), and about 3 hours use on boost. You can use rechargeable but go for the lithium ones as they hold a better charge for longer.
Then again, if you use poundshop specials then don't expect the same result.....
But what ever your choice, as long as they are AA batteries you're laughing. Just don't think you can whittle away at a couple of 'C' batteries as Homer Simpson once did... it doesn't work and it's a nightmare to clean up afterwards.
* Is there anything else to mention..?
I will say that apart from the torch you also get a lovely little cloth bag to pop the torch in, which I don't use for the torch these days, I tend to use it for another item that fits snugly in it, but that's not important. If you want to keep the torch in the nylon bag then you can, there's no law against it, as yet.
You also get a set of four Duracell batteries in the package so you can use it straight from the box, almost. You do have to put the batteries in the torch first.
Plus, you get a bit of shoe lace with a bit of string sewn to it, I think it's called a Wrist lanyard, which looks like someone's chopped up a shoe lace really. Anyway, this is designed to thread into the end of the torch, the part where the on/off is, carefully poking the strong bit through the little gap in the end, then looping the shoe lace through the string and you've got yourself a wrist strap which, when placed over your wrist, will stop the torch from dropping on the floor if you let go of it.
* What do I think then..?
I've used head torches from this company and found them to be good quality, giving me the ability to light up where I am whilst still having my hands free to go about doing what ever it is I'm doing. Even if I do look like Doctor Who nemeses. So when I saw the torch on offer in the shop, with the LED Lenser name on it, I grabbed it before someone else did. And I'm glad I did.
The initial switch on is bright, but, this depends on the batteries you have put into the torch, as the beam does tend lose its brightness as the batteries lose there charge. This is especially on the higher light, or the boost beam as it's called.
The initial Duracell batteries lasted quite some time to be honest as I never really needed to use the boost light that often as the medium and low light were good enough for close quarters.
With a good set of batteries I find that the 4 tiny little bulbs give out much better light than a single 'normal' bulb and lasts a lot longer too. Plus, they are more prone to surviving a drop or two onto hard surfaces, as I have done, accidentally.
The light is out of this world, sort of, considering the size of the torch and the four tiny tiny bulbs behind the lens on the front. You could get away with using the boost if you're full beam on your car suddenly stops working, although I'm guessing that would be against some law or another.
I tend to be happy using the lower beams, which are bright enough in themselves, even for lighting up an area ahead of me, which, using the 'flood' option really does spread the light around you.
The spot beam is as bright as some larger torches I have used and as this is a small torch it's great for lighting up small areas if work needs to be done there.
The grip of the handle is brilliant, which means that not only is it easy to keep a good grip on but it's also easy to locate it when it's either stuck at the bottom of a tool kit or just out of sight behind the unit you dropped it behind. The 'bobble' type texture is there to let you know exactly what you've put your hands on, and not just grabbed the copper tubing that feeds the water into your bidet.
I have attached the shoe lace to mine and this does help when I'm somewhere a little 'tricky' shall we say, where I have to use one hand to hold on for dear life and suddenly find I need to put the torch down to do something. The shoe lace around my wrist means that the torch won't drop off anywhere and, with a bit of a flick, it's back in my grip in no time.
* So, what about the price..?
This bright ray of light, all in a handy, almost pocket size torch, sells for about £35, which may seem a little high price for a torch but this torch is worth the money.
* Would I recommend this..?
I think you can guess the answer to that one from what I said regarding the price. This is a good torch that is an ideal addition in any tool box and will be an must in a place that electricity likes to try and run away from causing more blackouts than the city of London in 1941.
So yes, I would recommend this, with out a doubt.
Category: LED Professional Torch / The same incredible combination of brightness and size as the P7, a tactical style, and LED Lensers new Speed-Focus technology / -Advanced Focus System / Spot to Flood Beam -One Handed Speed Focus -Quick / Cycle Switch System / Touch for Maximum Light, Click for High Light, Click again for Low -Rear Tail Cap Switch Luminous Flux : 200 Max Watt : 4.45 Burn Time : Up to 130 hours Dimensions : 135x37mm Weight :192gms Power Supply : 4 x AAA Alkaline Batteries / Short name: LED Lenser 7439