Whether you are camping, hiking, or just taking your dog out for an evening walk, once the sun sets, you will need a source of light. Torches are available in different forms, and the following guide gives you tips on what should look for to make an informed purchase decision.
Types of Batteries or Power
- Battery Powered
A torch’s brightness and run time are dependent on the battery type it uses. Most flashlights use alkaline batteries. The kind of alkaline battery will majorly depend on the torch’s size. For instance, big spotlight torches usually use D batteries, while smaller torches and head torches tend to use AA and AAA batteries. More advanced flashlights may use CR123A batteries whereas some head torches run on flat CR2016 batteries.
Most of the time, it is possible to replace an alkaline battery with a lithium battery. Lithium batteries can hold their charge for a longer time than alkaline batteries and are not susceptible to cold weather. In a cold environment, alkaline batteries will work poorly. As a result, if you’re going hiking or camping in a cold place, it may be better to carry a torch that uses lithium batteries.
A rechargeable torch operates on lithium-ion batteries that you can recharge via the mains or in a vehicle with the correct adaptor. Since a rechargeable torch needs a power source to recharge and have a shorter runtime than battery-powered models; they may not be the best option if you want to use them for a long time.
- Hand-held torches
When you want to see in a particular direction, a good flashlight is the first option. Thanks to advancements in technology like power LEDs and xenon bulbs, these devices can be efficient, powerful, and pocket-sized.
Torches come in a variety of sizes and designs, from small key-ring flashlights and pocket types to big spotlight models. As you shop for a flashlight, put into consideration what serves your needs most. Weigh up choices like battery consumption, weight, brightness, and size.
Like with most things, there’s usually a trade-off with bigger, brighter torches consuming battery power more quickly than smaller models. Note that, although LED bulbs are efficient, in general, a more powerful torch tends to consume more power.
If you need exact illumination, check the torch’s focus function, because some devices can concentrate their beams to a narrow point, raising projection range.
- Head Torches
The use of head torches is prevalent among hikers, climbers, archaeologist, and anglers not least as they leave your hands free while giving pinpointed illumination. Similar to other torch-types, they are available in a range of sizes with a variety of light outputs, matching most needs.
Head torches have a head strap system that can be adjusted to fit everybody, and the torch itself allows for adjustment of focus and direction. There are also head torches with multiple bulb settings, which allows for different light levels.
Since a head torch points where the user turns their head, it may be a somewhat disorienting at first; therefore, you should always try on and practice for some time first.
Are you planning to go on a camping trip soon? You can shop for torches at Marshall Industrial.