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I bought one of these back in 2013 and I have just ordered a second. Please note the original torch is still working perfectly, I am just so impressed with it that I felt I needed one for upstairs.
Don't be put off by the fact that this has a single LED, it is very, very bright. The focus on the beam is also adjustable so that you can have anything from a near spotlight to a fairly wide beam. The packaging says the beam will go 388 metres. I don't know if this is true and I don't really have any way of testing it but on the tight focus I can certainly shine a light on nearby trees and houses so it must be going at least 100m.
This torch feels very sturdy; it has a metal casing with a purposely roughened area so that you won't lose your grip in the wet. In spite of that, it has survived me dropping it without even a scratch. If anything, at 665g, it is possibly a little too heavy for prolonged use but apart from that, I can think of nothing to criticize.
It uses two 'D' cell batteries. Mine are still going strong after three years but in fairness I don't use the torch very often. I suspect that at my current rate of use, the batteries will expire before the torch drains them.
All in all, if you want a very good, bright torch then buy this one.
These torches/flashlights are very sturdily made and have an excellent battery life using 2 off D type battery cells. Straightforward operation (on and off) and feeling that it will survive anything make them an excellent torch/flashlight.
Pros: 1. Well made. Solid metal case with rubber seals. 2. Excellent battery life. 3. Bright light with controllable coverage.
Cons: 1. Quite large (necessitated by the use of D type batteries). 2. Darkish hole at the centre when using wide coverage.
With the proliferation of small bright torches with unnecessary options for flashing, SOS etc. and short battery lives, this torch makes a welcome change. It is a straightforward, bright, robust and long battery life torch that just works. Love it. Thoroughly recommended.
It is a very good torch,single LED give a super light beam ,far better than rubbish multi LED torches ,switch always works,very reliable, the batteries last a very long time so it does pay to remove and check the batteries every six months to ensure the batteries are not leaking. The screw on cap to retain the batteries has a rather fine thread so be careful not to cross thread it when screwing it back on to the torch body, best medium size torch I have ever owned, being light and made from aluminium it would not put up with a lot of bashing like a rubber covered torch does ,just treat it with care.Most important for me was a good reliable light.
My previous 20 year old maglite 3 battery torch had it's batteries weeping & welded to the inner body through lack of use and age. This 2 battery replacement is superb, just as large & bright. Built to last another 20 years + But I'll look after this one. A great price for an iconic torch - the very best !!