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Many torches do the job – shine brightly and last the holiday – but few truly light up my life. For me, the perfect torch must have the following:

  • A high lumen count
  • Replaceable and rechargeable batteries (for budget and environmental purposes)
  • Indicator lights so it doesn’t sommer go flat
  • Dimming options to further save on battery life
  • A means of hanging it in the tent
  • Durable and small enough to fit in my pocket

 

Did you know?

We learnt a nifty trick that can turn a torch into a lantern using just a simple shopping slip.

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IP Rating

Waterproof products featuring any electronic component (or that act to protect something electrical) have an ingress protection (IP) rating to indicate water- as well as dust-resistance. A good IP rating is indicated by an ‘X’ or ‘6’ meaning it’s fit for use in dusty conditions and a second numeric rating from 4 to 8. The higher the numbers, the better the protection: IPX4 for splash-proof, IPX7 for immersible and IPX8 for submersible. These ratings are an international laboratory-tested standard.

 

Meet the contenders

 

1. LED Lenser F1R Torch

R1880, awesometools.co.za

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Weight? 120g

Lumen count? 1000

Rechargeable? Yes

Indicator lights? No

Hook? Clip

Durability? IPX8

 

2. Black Diamond Ember Power Flashlight

R999, rammountain.co.za

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Weight? 97g

Lumen count? 150

Rechargeable? Yes

Indicator lights? Yes

Hook? Yes

Durability? Water resistant

This nifty torch also comes with a built-in 2600 mAh power bank  and a lock mode that disengages the battery for a longer life. 

 

3. Olight R20 Javelot

R1199, olight.co.za

o-light

Weight? 136g

Lumen count? 900

Rechargeable? Yes

Indicator lights? Yes

Hook? Lanyard

Durability? IPX8

This torch also has a really clever extra – a glow in the dark O-ring and comes with a Samsung charging adaptor.

 

4. Zartek 900

R835, outdoorwarehouse.co.za

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Weight? 240g

Lumen count? 900

Rechargeable? Yes

Indicator lights? No

Hook? Lanyard

Durability? IPX6

 

5. Jetbeam C8

R1100, jetbeam.co.za

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Weight? 119g

Lumen count? 1000

Rechargeable? Yes

Indicator lights? No

Hook? Lanyard

Durability? IPX6

 

There is only one perfect torch: and you’ll find it on page 27 of the November issue.

 
 

Find our recommendation for the perfect torch in the November 2016 issue of Getaway magazine.

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Our November issue is packed full of great summer holiday ideas. On shelves from 24 October.

 




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