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Posted: 30/09/2016 14:34:20
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I see Aldi have an advertised 10w cree torch in store at the moment. Rather bulky, as they take 4 D cells, but good as a blunt weapon I suppose. Can anyone advise if they are any good please?

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Posted: 30/09/2016 14:41:49
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Any good?
Well I have no doubt that they work, but 18650 Li Ion powered generally considered best.

Other potentially useful option is AA as you could swap cells in an emergency with other equipment.

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Posted: 30/09/2016 18:01:09
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I'd agree that 4 D-cells makes it a candidate for a blunt force weapon.

Agree with Roy - D-cells are very much low-tech and 18650s are the way to go.*



*although as recent owner of a Fenix that uses a 14500 that can be swapped out for AAs, I may yet be swayed by 14500s for more compact lights...


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Posted: 30/09/2016 18:38:49
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Only 3W but very blunt and heavy.Big Grin
Suppose one could fit a more powerful LED.



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Posted: 30/09/2016 19:19:49
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If it works don't knock it. My Oldham is blunt and heavy but it runs for about two weeks and will get you out of most places! Laugh
No offence to RF, I still use the EcoStar mostly. Oldham for nostalgia purposes Wink

Hang on what am I talking about.....I haven't been underground for weeks.... Sad

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Posted: 30/09/2016 19:27:12
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The trouble with most modern torches is the lack of robust construction, even Maglites will not take a great deal of abuse, sand, mud or dropping on a hard surface. IP: 86.183.226.87
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Posted: 30/09/2016 19:33:51
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Morlock wrote:

The trouble with most modern torches is the lack of robust construction, even Maglites will not take a great deal of abuse, sand, mud or dropping on a hard surface.


I might raise an eyebrow to that - I've seen a modern torch dropped about 120ft onto slate with nothing other than a few scrapes.



Not particularly wishing to push something I occasionally sell, but - for example - most Fenix lights are rated to IPX8, so are (at least) 2m water resistant and pretty impervious to dust and mud etc. (although the jury's out on the ones with a build-in charging port).

Several of them are built with gun-mounting in mind, so they're also pretty well-designed for impacts (ie recoil).

If you're so inclined, there are various 'torture test' videos on the internet where those so inclined do their best to destroy all sorts of flashlights, often with a surprising lack of success...


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Posted: 30/09/2016 19:53:01
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Vanoord wrote:

Morlock wrote:

The trouble with most modern torches is the lack of robust construction, even Maglites will not take a great deal of abuse, sand, mud or dropping on a hard surface.


I might raise an eyebrow to that - I've seen a modern torch dropped about 120ft onto slate with nothing other than a few scrapes.



Not particularly wishing to push something I occasionally sell, but - for example - most Fenix lights are rated to IPX8, so are (at least) 2m water resistant and pretty impervious to dust and mud etc. (although the jury's out on the ones with a build-in charging port).

Several of them are built with gun-mounting in mind, so they're also pretty well-designed for impacts (ie recoil).

If you're so inclined, there are various 'torture test' videos on the internet where those so inclined do their best to destroy all sorts of flashlights, often with a surprising lack of success...


Perhaps I have made the wrong comparison between GEC industrial, Maglite and the likes of Ultrafire T6. Probably because I'm too tight to buy the good kit you recommend.Big Grin

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Posted: 30/09/2016 20:43:22
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I saw one this morning, then picked it up, put it straight back down.
It looks well made and should last; but it is long and rather heavy. I have smaller lighter torches and will stick with them.
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Posted: 30/09/2016 22:49:32
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I saw these in Aldi earlier this evening. They are spot on for what they are being marketed for.

It's a 'security torch', ie a torch that is also a weapon. It's would be no good for this if it was small and compact.

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Posted: 30/09/2016 23:02:45
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I've got a couple of their 3x"C" cell torches which have been very good. I did look at a rechargeable one in there a couple of months back but found it proudly stating "weather proof to IP20"!

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Posted: 01/10/2016 08:55:00
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Thanks everyone. I've bought one to keep in the car as a "just in case" My main lamp is a TJL Raptor pro - very reliable.

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