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If you are one of those sad middle age men who buy a lot of torches (yes, you...) then this may be for you. As a sad torch buyer myself I have bought rather a lot over the years, some better than others.
This unit has two stand-out features, which is just as well as it's on the pricey side. Firstly the build quality is really excellent from the outside casing, lens system, to the battery pack (which typically are pretty poor on mass produced torches). The other thing is that the beam pattern is so flat and even that you could use it as a photographic light - there is virtually no hot spot. Even zoomed in, there is no sign of the normal distortion typical of LED torch beams. Brightness is very good too.
Personally this is my favourite LED torch so far and I may just have a look to see what else this company makes - just in case I ever need another torch!
To start with I initially balked at the price. I could not conceive that any torch was worth that amount of money. I then researched why the company was brave enough to put itself at that price point. The claims are quite something. Something to live up to as well. When the torch went in a lightening sale for £31, I decided to take a chance. I knew it would be good or it was going back! Over the years I have bought maglites, torches of a million candles, mini torches, torches for camping, torches for ....well...just about everything. Each was OK in many ways, but weak in others. None were all rounders. This torch takes AAA batteries and I like that because I always have them in and you can buy good batteries at fair prices. The fact the battery compartment comes out is excellent for me. No more fiddling trying to get the series of batteries to stay in place. The screwing and uncpscrewing of the battery compartment is solid, but not difficult. As I have arthritis in my hands, this is a big deal. I didn't think I would care for the strap or the pouch. I have so many of that kind of stuff sitting in drawers, but actually both are very useful. The wrist strap is useful because the torch is light and small, so it is easy to let it go to open a door etc without thumping your wrist. The pouch is great as it is snug, but ergonomically well designed. It can be attached to a belt without undoing your belt, it has a clip, like a small karabiner and a strap with Velcro and a punch clip, so I don't think it is coming off any time soon. So to the light. They say it will work well up to 100m. They say there will be no shadow or black spot. They maintain the lumens mean nothing. All of this is not just true, you realise that your previous torches were deficient in all respects once this torch is turned on. It isn't the light you expect from a torch. It is sharp, it is clear and it has both depth for detail and distance. My torch is used to get my hens, ducks and geese in from the field. Now, hens are hard to spot normally at dusk. No problem with this torch. It does shine the 100m, it really is as if someone turned a floodlight on, just for me. I can close coops, stables, open and shut gates...and see! On reflection, this is a cheap torch. I won't buy another one. I wish I had never bought all those cheaper ones before. They were a waste of money. To be fair, I will look after the torch because it was expensive, but it is sturdy and will take a fair battering. I am not worried about the rain or dropping it or even the animals standing on it...well save the zwarbles (very large sheep). As soon as I got my mitts on it I tried to buy a second one at the same price...nope ... That is lightening deals for you. If Santa is listening...a keyring one would be great.
This thing is basically one step away from being a light saber. I spend a fair amount of time in pitch black, underground storage areas and using this makes the world of difference. Super bright and using the focus will send a tight beam well over a hundred feet.
Update: December 27 2018 - Since I posted my orignal review, Amazon has corrected the item listing to feature the correct lumen rating. However, my review points remain valid.
1) This is a 320 lumen torch at full boost, not a 400 lumen one as stated in the product’s title. 2) The body of the torch scratches very easily 3) The zoom (and I did disengage the zoom lock) was extremely stiff, making one-handed operation impossible.
That said, the 320 lumen output is very impressive, and this is a lightweight torch that fits well in your hand. The webbing belt holder that comes with it is, like most LED Lenser holders, extremely robust and well made.
I had one of the older versions of this till I lost it and then bought this with a voucher.
Great torch and super bright for its small size. The push-pull zoom is really handy and much better and easier to use with gloves than the twist. It has two brightness settings - one click for very bright, an additional click for lower brightness, and a further click for off. I guess this is handy if you want to preserve the battery - not that it drains quickly this is an LED after all - but it has meant that a couple of times I've left it on in my pocket without noticing.
I am very possessive over this torch as it has become my household torch, my holiday torch, my cycling torch.. It is very good and very bright. It fits on my trails bike with an attachment and is perfect in that on roads you can use the half power setting and unlit areas on full power which is excellent as with the beam adjustment it lights up a wide field of view. On holiday it is perfectly sized for carrying out on those dark beach walks and for lighting the walk back to the villa.
I have purchased many torches over the years for use mainly for work. Whilst there are many decent brands my personal preference is for the LED Lenser brand. I have used Maglite, Gerber and 5.11 Tactical models. Whilst they all have pros and cons the LED Lenser for me gives the most consistent performance in terms of bright light and battery. This model is a very handy size, it comes with an included pouch which whilst not fully enclosed does protect it from bumps and scratches. The pouch is sealed with a velcro strap over the torch and has a rear strap and is made of reasonably sturdy material. It will thread through Molé straps or fix onto a belt and is further secured with a metal popper. The beam is adjustable by pulling the neck of the torch to focus it or backwards for a more floodlit effect. There is also a thin yet strong lanyard included to wrap around your hand or use as an alternative securing point. The torch arrived in a branded box that would quite nicely serve as a gift. Price wise I purchased mine on a lightning deal for nearly half price and so value for money it is unbeatable.
I love it. It's the 4th Ledlenser that I bought in 2 years: this one for me plus another small one for my wife (nurse use), one for my mother and one for my in-laws. That's how impressed and pleased I was with them, greatest value for money. Not big, not heavy. This one in particular is very easy to use, absolutely not complicated and not hard to change the light types: as said by the others too, full press of the button goes to full power (very useful for big areas and for far distances), after that while full power press the button half way and gets the lower medium power, which is more than enough to go around the garden/yard, attic. In order to preserve the batteries I recommend to unscrew it's bottom part where you put the batteries in, until cannot make contact and doesn't turn on, this way the batteries are not in contact and will last longer. I keep it like that and when I need to use it, I just screw the back part back and there we go... I definitely recommend it and would buy it again without regret at any time. For the record, I did not receive any of them for free nor for discounted price in exchange for a review. ..... I just like it.
I bought this on an Amazon Prime day for a reasonable reduction, however the light was much dimmer than expected and it did not have the three light positions as noted in the instructions. There should be a bright beam on initial switch on, a dimmer light with a further press, and finally a boost function when the on/off button is pressed in and held. The torch I originally received had a sequence of very dim beam, slightly brighter dim beam and no boost! I reckoned that it was a return as the box had no strap and was covered in fingerprints, the cynic in me believes that the seller thought it could be palmed off to someone who thought they were getting a bargain on Prime Day. That said my replacement torch is working well, throws off a decent light and is a good build quality, but is it really worth the money for a torch?