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I get a torch issued for my work and, well, its worse than poor. Made of plastic, runs off 4 AA batteries and is as basic as a torch can be. Wasn't long before it failed. Being plastic it does not like being dropped either.
A work colleague of mine showed me an LED Lenser torch and you would almost think you were hold some helicopter spot search light, it was that powerful. But the torch was only 5inchs long.
I did my research and considering I need to carry around a torch on a belt, I did not want anything massive. The P7 was an ideal size. I will be honest, I bought this blind. No idea really of the power, the distance, the colour etc. Really was going by the reviews of it.
I got it from ebay for just over £20 brand new. Bargain! It arrived in a nice presentation box. I opened it and immediately felt that this beast was fairly heavy (compared to my plastic torch), but then this product is made with aircraft aluminium. Very strong an durable. Its all aluminium with nothing rubber. So there is no rubber grip for the torch.
The 4 AAA batteries give power of over 130hrs before changing. However, I guess this depends on what setting you have it on. There are two settings, bright to see in the distance and dim for seeing infront of you.
You can adjust the head of the torch to give you a direction beam. So you can choose to have it direct small light beam shooting straight off into the distance (for finding people) or adjust it so that the light opens out until you have a large circle infront of you (good for looking for objects on the ground).
I have not dropped my torch yet so I cannot comment on the durability of it, but I really do not feel I have to worry to be honest. I see this being able to take anything.
It comes in a nice nylon pouch with a Velcro flap and can clip onto your belt.
Overall, I talk about this torch all the time. Would have no worries in it failing and certainly would recommend it. For the money, even if you want to use it as you take the dog for a walk, you really should. Cheap Wilko or Halfords torches will fail soon enough, especially if dropped. This will be with you all the time and will never let you down. Used by the US Army, enough said really.
A good quality torch is a necessity as far as I am concerned. I live in a rural area and walking my dog, especially in the winter months, would be impossible after dark. I also like to have a torch handy in case of a power cut and always carry one with me in the car. I use to own a fairly decent Maglite, but managed to lose it our local woods. I did a lot of research before replacing it and decided to buy an LED lenser torch, as it had attracted great reviews. The model I bought is the Lenser 8407 P7. I checked several retailers to get the best price and found it on sale in a local shop for just under £40.
What you get for your money
This is not the cheapest torch on the market, so I was expecting great things for the high price tag! The torch comes packaged in a box and at just 13 cm long, was a lot smaller than I had imagined. It is also quite light weighing just 180 grams with the batteries in place. The outer casing is made of black high quality, aircraft grade aluminium. There is a ridged grip section to prevent the torch from slipping.
I was impressed that there is a nylon carry pouch with Velcro fastening included. I find this really useful as it can be attached to a belt whilst out walking. There is a also a carry strap, enabling the torch to be attached safely to your wrist.
The torch boasts 200 lumens of focusable light; for those like me, who that means little, this is a very bright torch!
The torch comes with a set of Duracell AA batteries, so is ready to go! The batteries are housed in a case that slides into the main unit.
The torch in action
As I indicated I bought this torch mainly for walking in the dark. The rubber on/off switch is located at the bottom of the torch. There are 3 levels of brightness including dim/ normal and maximum. The required mode is selected by clicking the switch; one click normal, two clicks dim. To activate the maximum light mode you will need to hold the switch down continuously. I find the normal mode is more than adequate for walking in the dark. In fact I really don't think there is much difference between normal and maximum.
The light beam can be focused from wide to spot. This is achieved by pulling or pushing the front of the torch. On spot mode you get approximately 4 feet of beam up to 35 feet and on wide beam you get 15 feet of beam at 35 feet. The torch has an overall range of about 200 metres.
I have been using this torch for a few years now so feel able to give a balanced opinion. The first thing to say is that this is one very powerful unit! The torch even comes with a warning not to shine the light in anyone's eyes as it can temporarily blind! This would, of course be useful if you are attacked! However it is important to keep this in mind if you are giving this torch to a child to use! I find that on the normal setting I can light up my way brilliantly! I also find it useful to have a spot beam that allows me to focus the light where it is needed. I recently used it to look for dropped keys in the dark (found with ease).
During the summer I took my children camping for the weekend. The torch was really useful at night. I used it on dim mode in the tent as I didn't want to disturb other campers with a bright light. On dim mode I could still see well enough to sort out bedding!
I like to take the torch with me in the car and find it helps me feel more secure when driving at night. I have not had to use it, but like knowing it is there just in case! I have used the torch during a recent power cut and it lit up each room just as if the light was switched on!
The battery life is amazing! The manufactures claim you will get about 130 hours of light, before you need to replace the batteries. I suspect this is on dim mode! However I have only had to change the batteries few times and I use the torch often. I always use Duracell batteries as I think these are the best!
If I had to find any negatives I would say that this torch can be a bit slippery when you have wet or cold hands. I always use the provided safety strap to prevent dropping the torch. Having said that I have dropped it a few times and no harm was done!
Overall this is a really well engineered torch that will (hopefully) last me well. It gives a really bright, even light and has excellent battery life. If you are looking for a quality torch that is bright, cheap to use and can focus the light to where you need it, then I highly recommend this model!
Lenser are one of the world's most respected torch manufacturers, producing products that are suitable for both civilian and law enforcement use. Today i'm taking a look at the LED Lenser P7 which is currently available from amazon.co.uk for just over £40.
Design & Appearance
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The torch measures around thirteen centimetres in length, and (although it may be a squeeze) *will* fit into a jacket pocket. The product is comfortable to hold, and has a ridged grip section to prevent slippage. It should be pointed out that the Lenser P7 is an incredibly well built piece of equipment - the body is constructed from an aircraft grade aluminium, and the contacts are made from 24 carat gold. In the hand, the torch feels weighty - but it's not too heavy to carry around for extended periods of time.
Using the Torch
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The torch is activated via the rubberised button located on its base - one press gives you maximum light, whereas the second press will provide a dimmer mode which will extend the device's battery capacity. Speaking of which, the P7 requires four AAA Batteries which slot into a capsule that screws into the bottom. The batteries (in the low power mode) will provide around 130 hours of continuous use, which is very impressive.
In terms of its output, the torch throws out an impressive 200 lumens - in total darkness it's almost like someone has flipped a switch and turned the sun back on. The beam can be focussed by sliding the end section (closest to the bulb) toward you for a flood setting, or back away from you for a spotlight effect. The light produced is fairly white in colour, and much more similar to daylight than the yellowy glow of many other torches.
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Compared to other torches of a similar size that i've used in the past, the P7 is by far the best; the construction is second to none, and the light it produces makes the Maglite look like a single candle - recommended.
Happy New Year!
The Led Lenser P7 is a high quality aircraft aluminium torch which feautes a 200 lumens wide beam. The beam itself can be changed from a spot light to a flood light with a push or a pull on the end of the unit. It boasts a huge 130 hour battery life and the included 4 AAA batteries are made by led lenser. As you may have guessed the torch uses a L.E.D (Light emiting diod) which has huge advantages over the unfashionable bulb, some benifits include less energy consumption equalling a longer battery life, more durable and longer lasting, unlike bulbs which have to be replaced quite often.
The Torch packs a punch when it comes to distance, this little black powerbox will shine light for around 200m on full power, probably about half that on dimmed mode. Not bad for a torch with a 133mm lengh.
The P7's reflecter tubes are lined with top quality italian crystal which help give off such a powerful beam. The battery contacts are 24 carrot gold. This all adds up to a highly powerful, high quality and compact torch which is very affordable compared to most torches on the market of this quality.
The P7 has 2 modes, high light and low light which is changed when the button on the end of the torch is pressed, both modes seam to give off very good light. Even the low light is sufficient to see items within a 100 metre range.
The torch features a wrist strap so its not easily dropped, the torch is very light at only 190 grams and fits into the hand very easily. When your finished using the torch it can be stored in its own pouch that fits onto your belt.
In my opinion this torch is absoluty brilliant, i couldnt imagine my life with out it, i have owened Lots of maglites in the past, but i will never touch them again after owning this torch. It covers huge distance with a very bright light which can be altered between narrow and wide beam. The quality is superb. I picked this torch up for about £40.00 which is affordable.
I reccomend this torch to anyone. I love it.
This torch is amazing - it really does have to be seen to be believed! I bought mine a few months back from cotswold outdoors. I said to the man in the shop that i was looking for a very bright torch which was robust and durable and recommended this.
This torch is incredibly bright for its size. It works off four aaa batteries and has a cree LED which produces a fantastic white light which does not have any breaks in it. I used this in a school hall recently and it lit up the whole room like a spotlight. The torch even has a warning symbol on its casing, like found on many lasers, warning not to shine it directly into peoples eyes because it is so bright.
The torch body is brillant too! It is made of alumminium which is both very tough and lightweight. A grip has been engraved into the metal which makes it very easy to hold and will not slip out of your hands even when wet. The black finish on it is also very durable and has not scratch once despite some very rugged use whilst caving in Wales. It is very easy to operate just press the button at the end of th torch once for bright mode, twice for dim and three times for off. To focus the light simply push forwars the casing on the head of the torch with your thumb. Once focused this torch will shine a good 3-400m and i'm not joking!
The torch is £60, but for what you get it is defiantly worth the price!
I bought this torch for my boyfriend after he had been dropping hints just before his birthday. After he opened it and got it out of the box I was interested to see what all the fuss was about. I could not believe how powerful it was; knocking spots off his previous 'mag light' branded torch. He uses the P7 regularly at work and we always take it camping. Whenever anyone sees it in action they always pass a comment; it is so surprising that such a small torch can create that much light!
The history behind the LED lenser starts in 1994 in a garage in Germany where a small group of intelligent young men try to revolutionise the design of torches and lamps using state of the art technology. Now they are a huge company with three manufacturing bases producing a range of torches and lamps for the world that is second to none.
LED (for those that are wondering) stands for Light Emitting Diodes; these are state of the art light technology; they save energy and reduce CO2 emissions - a step towards cutting down our carbon footprint.
This torch is 133mm long and weighs 192g; it is the perfect size for slipping in your pocket. The P7 has a modular design. It is designed from lightweight aircraft aluminium casing with a slight grain to it, this prevents it slipping from your hand. There is a small smoothed area however for personal inscriptions. Most other torches are made from plastic. This one feels robust and solid in your hand; but light at the same time. There is a ring and tie at one end which means it can be attached to a belt loop for example. Also supplied is a little pouch to keep it in; this also has a tie to fasten to belts or on to backpacks.
The P7 is equipped with an advanced Focus System lense. You can push on the head of the torch with one hand to quickly zoom out or in on your subject. The circular spotlight or sharply focused beam has a range of up to 500 meters and there are three different brightness levels; with a whopping 200 lumens even the low light setting is extremely bright. To turn the light on or off the button is located on the end of the torch. It is large and easy to find.
The three levels of brightness can be interchanged by quick pressing the button once for high light, then again for low light. The last click turns the torch off.
To get 100% light or maximum light as they call it you have to continually hold the button. This is incredible and clearly picks out objects that are hundreds of miles away. It is a shame you have to keep holding the button down; this can get quite uncomfortable and is my only fault of the product.
It features 24-carat gold contacts. Gold is by far the most superior electrical conductor. The only problem is that it is expensive. LED Lenser recognises that people want the best, therefore use it in their products. The price may be more than other torches on the market but the quality is by far better. The gold contacts minimise energy loss at the contact points which maximises the energy that goes into light production.
The torch takes 4 AAA batteries and is supplied with the same when you first purchase the P7. These last about 130 hours. It does start to dim towards the end to give you warning the batteries are running low.
I'd recommend this torch fully. I bought it from Amazon who had it reduced from £59.99 to £35.35. It is definitely worth the money. You have to see this torch in action!
Price: £35 from Amazon
Living in a relatively remote area I find owning a reliable and high quality torch incredibly important, especially during the winter months. Previously I have been caught in the dark when walking home as the battery charge wears down and so I was determined to purchase a torch which would last longer and be easily transportable. Despite the expense the P7 was absolutely perfect for this use.
Design: This torch is a sleek black colour, modelled from "air craft aluminium". It uses a standard set of AAA batteries and claims that this will produce 130 hours of battery life. I have found that each set of batteries in this torch does last for ages, although the use of 12 at a time does mean that the cost does not stop after the initial purchase.
However, this does not stop this from being a brilliant torch. It is incredibly easy to use (with a system which allows the setting to be changed from spot light to flood light quickly). The power of the torch is great, producing a strong, broad beam of light. The benefits of the LEDs also come into play, producing a more energy efficient and long lasting effect. It is relatively compact and I find it easier to fit into my bag than some of the bulkier torches I have used in the past.
I would recommend this torch to anyone in look of one which can produce a powerful beam, whether you be out in the countryside or in a more urban area. Personally I use this for getting around in the dark, and it is perfect for this, although it is bright enough to be used for DIY work, in the house or for any number of other uses.
Why would anyone want to pay £38 + for a torch?
Well you wouldn't WANT to pay that much if you didn't have to, so what do you get for your money?
It is lightweight, and easy to hold, with it's textured surface. The case and cap are aircraft grade aluminium so it is lightweight and tough, and the lens over the CREE LED is optical glass - making the most of the light source.
The batteries just seem to go on and on - the four AAA batteries supplied in the box are still going strong after several months use over the winter!
JUST how bright is it? Well if you look on YouTube, you will find comparisons of most similar spec torches - and in general, this is amongst the brightest for it's size and power requirement, although it has competitors!
It will project a circle of light on your ceiling even when you have the lights on, or will light up the path ahead of you for a very useable 30 - 50 yards - more if the path is not black in colour, or if there is a reflective surface! Road signs can be seen a huge distance away!
The switch is not easy to operate with thick gloves on, until you have had some practice.
First press turns it on at the high setting, second press switches to economy, and a third press, AND HOLD DOWN activates the turbo boost - which switches off as you release the button.
Sliding the head of the torch backwards and forwards alters the beam from spot to flood in a fraction of a second
DO NOT look into the beam - you will see spots in front of your eyes for some time afterwards!
There is a B7 version of this torch on the internet, which has a mount to attach this to your bicycle. I purchased a mount separately online - the brand is FENEX, who make similar spec torches. It was expensive - about £10, but ideally suited to the P7, and extremely well made.
After breaking my torch a few days before a planned trip I needed to buy a product fast so I searched the internet and found this product on Amazon, I read some of the reviews and decided to splash out on it. The torch cost me £39 off Amazon which to be honest was quite expensive I deemed. This was however, until I used it for the first time.
The first thing I noticed about the torch when I opened the box was that it was very light in my hand, considering I travel a lot I needed an item that did not weigh much. The product is also compact so can be taken anywhere. In terms of performance, I was really impressed. The torch was powerful and light travelled much further than my old torch and with a wider beam.
You will need 4 AAA batteries to operate but I haven't needed to change them and I've had the product about 8 months with very regular use. Performance hasn't diminished yet either so there must still be some juice left in the batteries.
Overall I would recommend the product to anyone who uses a torch regularly as the price you pay will be a good investment, its size and weight are great for campers/travellers. However, if you want an occasional torch I would purchase a cheaper product.
I have quite a few torches. I went through an obsessive stage of collecting them. I'm not sure why, I'm just a geek I suppose.
The LED Lenser P7 LED Torch tends to be a very popular with police and other emergency services mainly for its durability, weight and power.
Here is a brief history of the LED Lenser torch.
The company started life in a garage in Germany in 1994. With a passion for LED's and other light sources, the company produced torches that very quickly became hugely popular. Over the years the LED Lenser brand has become one of the premium names in LED torches, famous for their quality and performance. Now employing over 1000 people they produce flashlights that are second to none.
So what's the good point's then geek boy?
The P7 is made from aircraft grade metal which (if you're interested) means that it is rated at up to 54 on the Rockwell hardness scale. It basically means that it can take a fair amount of punishment. It fits really comfortably in your hand and because it weighs only 192grams it doesn't get heavy over time.
The thing I really like about the LED Lenser is that they have what they call a 'Speed Focus' system. This means that you can focus the torch from a wide flood beam to a tight focused beam with the same hand, just by moving the head of the torch forward and backwards with your thumb. It's also water resistant and comes with a handy holster and lanyard.
The P7 has three different light outputs: Economy, Power and Turbo. Each one will obviously have an impact on battery life but the great thing about the P7 is that it runs on four standard AAA batteries. The burn time (battery life) can be up to 120 hours in economy mode, but the Cree LED itself will last well over 120,000 hours. You will basically never have to worry about changing anything other than the batteries as long as you have it.
With its 'Advanced Focus System' it allows the beam to be thrown over 220 meters, which is excellent for a hand held torch of this size, and it has a maximum of 200 lumens.
Slow down a minute - what the hell is Lumens?
Think of lumens as a car's engine size. The bigger the number, the more powerful the car is. Small torches can have 15 lumens or less and larger torches can have well over 1000. Remember though that 1 lumen is still quite bright, so this is a bright torch.
Any bad points?
Well the torch comes with what they call a Dynamic Switch, which I believe is an important feature for the Police and Armed Forces. It is basically a button on the end of the torch with allows you to turn it on and off. Now (and this is just my opinion), because the button is designed to be flush with the torch, it can sometimes be a bit fiddly to turn it on and off. I know what you are thinking (the primary function is its worst flaw), but it is not as bad as it sounds. It works well but sometimes, because it's flush, it can impede your thumb or finger. I believe the new designs have the button slightly raised which would make it much better.
Overall this is a great torch, ideal for anyone looking for one. And the prices are very good too, especially when you consider it's one of the top brands out there.
A Quick Rundown:
- Super Cree LED light chip
- Advanced Focus System - Focused head, throws beam over 220 metres
- Speed Focus so that you can adjust the focus using just one hand
- Dynamic Switch
- Three different light outputs: Economy, Power and Turbo
- Uses four AAA batteries with up to 120 hours burn time in Economy mode
- Water Resistant
- 200 Lumens (vroom vroom)
- Case made from solid metal rated at up to 54 on the Rockwell hardness scale
- 192 gram weight - excluding batteries
- Belt Holster and Lanyard included
If you've made it down this far, well done. Cut, print, moving on...
A torch is something I have always used when spending time outdoors camping. I used to have one which was pretty good and I paid around £15 for it but after time it ended up decreasing in performance so I decided it was time I purchased another one. When taking into account I had my previous one for over 2years I wasn't fussed on spending more aslong as the quality was of the highest standing.
When I purchased this torch I remember paying £49.99 which for me was more than I expected but I was told this was the best model the store offered and after having a go of it the way it felt and looked along with the quality of the light I was happy to pay that price. After looking around now I have found it for a bit less at around £42 which isn't much cheaper but still such a good torch.
Performance and Usability
The light which comes from the torch is very bright and offers such a wide range of light which allows the user to see more things infront of them. The fact that this torch goes much further than a normal torch was also something else I was very pleased with because it makes things so much easier and simple. Another thing I was suprised with was the fact that this torch was much lighter than what I originally expected. This means I could just carry it around with me without any problems at all.
The battery life on this torch is excellent, It comes with 4 AAA batteries which I have had in the torch for a good few months and the performance of the torch has not dropped in the slightest. I don't see these needing to be changed anytime soon so I would estimate the battery life to be over a year which is brilliant.
Overall when you compare this to other torches which are on the market I would put it up at the top with the best. I have used a few torches and even though this was the most expensive it was without a doubt the one with the highest amount of quality. If you are maybe just looking for a torch to use now and again then I think you could be better with purchasing a cheaper version, If you are looking for a torch to use on numerous occasions however then I would have to recommend this one because it is brilliant and definitely represents value for money.
I was looking for a torch to replace my limp Maglite and I think I may have just found the best torch ever!
I've always been a Maglite man when it comes to torches, as a Scout leader and Ten Tors leader having a big torch to light up dark corners is very advantageous. I went on a trek (through the snow) to my local Cotswolds and found a great torch about 5½" long and much much brighter than my massive 3D Maglite. It has an amazing throw distance and unlike the Maglite has a really bright wide beam. It benefits from LED lighting, increasing battery life and has a pretty much unlimited bulb life too. Made from aluminium and light as hell (without batteries) it does have a high strength to weight ratio, it's waterproof, shockproof and can be mounted onto a gun if you so wish to. It is a professional flash light and perhaps a bit expensive for the average home user but is ideal for mechanics, outdoor leader/enthusiasts, military personnel, airsoft players and other professionals wanting to illuminate even the darkest corner.
The only thing that the Maglite benefits from over the LED Lenser is the length which can be used as a weapon if needed and is the torch of choice for UK and US police forces. LED Lenser and Surefire are the tactical torches of choice however for most special police units and military units the world over.
Overall a very expensive LED torch but a definite investment if you are a professional wanting to have some serious 'light action'. Used by police and military units worldwide it is a great tool for light your way.
Category: LED Professional Torch / Short name: LED Lenser 8407