Even though headlamps are becoming increasingly more popular as time goes by, torches are still at the pinnacle in the illumination world. Thanks to the great advancements in battery and LED technologies, torches are now more powerful and compact than ever. LED torches excel in power, size and longevity, making them the perfect companion for campers, hikers, hunters, law enforcement and everyday Joes who need reliable illumination. But with so many different torch manufacturers and models, how do you find the best one for you?
The first thing you need to do is consider the application and purpose of the torch. A torch for search and rescue missions, for example, is going to be different than a torch for everyday use. A search and rescue torch will need luminosity of 1000 lumens or more, whereas a torch for camping, fishing, hiking and other recreational purposes only needs about 100-300 lumens. The next thing to consider is price. Generally, the more lumens a torch has, the more expensive it will be. However, be wary of affordable models with a high number of lumens, as they probably have poor construction and materials.
To make your search easier, here are some of the best torches from the best brands on the market in 2020. If you fancy what you read about these models, you can go and browse the brand’s full range of torches and get the best one for your application.
Fenix PD35 TAC Torch
This torch from Fenixlighting is capable of producing an intense beam of 1000 lumens. It’s small enough to store it in a pocket, yet delivers outstanding performance. It’s only 14cm in length but provides the same lighting output as much bigger flashlights. It comes with a tail switch that provides a momentarily-on setting, outdoor mode, tactical mode and six more output modes. You can insert one or two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, giving you flexibility in terms of how long you can use it. This top of the line model from Fenixlighting offers a considerably longer run time than other options in its price range.
Klarus XT11GT Torch
The Klarus XT11GT is an extremely compact and lightweight torch that can dish out 2000 lumens on its highest setting for about an hour. It comes with lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, and it’s ideal for use in a wide range of settings. It comes with three operating settings – tactical, advanced tactical and outdoor, allowing you to choose based on the situation you’re in. It comes with a USB charging cable, a lanyard, extra O-ring, car charger, pocket clip, wall adapter, mini USB light and a holster. The Klarus XT11GT is shockproof, waterproof and considered indestructible. It’s one of the best torches you can find today.
Maglite ML300L 6-Cell Torch
Maglite is one of the most popular brands in the torchlight world. Their ML300L 6-cell torch is the kind of torch people associate with security guards, police officers, first responders and military. These powerful LED torches can double down as defence tools as well. They’re on the heavier side, but that’s due to the materials used in its construction. The torch is made with waterproof seals and anodised materials, making it corrosion-resistant. Even though it only puts out 700 lumens at its highest setting, it’s going to last more than most other torches.
ThruNite Mini TN30 Torch
This torch is one of the most compact, yet powerful models available. It can dish out an outstanding 3600-lumen floodlight beam. It uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to allow for long usage. The batteries might take longer to recharge, so having an extra pack can come in handy. However, having two packs of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is still the more economic and eco-friendly option, as opposed to using disposable batteries. It features an orange peel reflecting material that ensures light is diffused uniformly, resulting in a wide beam. As a result, you can survey dark spaces with a simple glance. Furthermore, this torch features an electronic metal switch and a low-voltage indication that enable silent operation, a consistent output, and extended usage that can last for 50.000 working hours before the LEDs start decaying.
SureFire P2X Fury Torch
SureFire has produced a lot of tactical torches for the US military, particularly the Navy SEALs and the Marine Force Recon units. The P2X Fury model is one of SureFire’s top-shelf products. It’s small and compact, making it perfect for survival situations, law enforcement use, as well as everyday use. It features a precision reflector that employs efficient LEDs, providing a far-reaching, wide and smooth beam. It goes without saying that the construction quality is second to none, making it one of the most indestructible torches available today. Of course, it can also be used as a defensive weapon thanks to its 600-lumen illumination that can temporarily blind and disorient potential threats.