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Top quality torch.,
This review is from: Varta 3W LED Indestructible Torch with 3C Battery (DIY & Tools)
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I found this torch to be probably the best all round torch I've ever had. The main reason for that is down to its light output which is really superb. I took it out to a dark field on a rainy night and it was like having car lights with me it was so good. The beam really does reach a very long way indeed, I'm sure as far as the 140 meters that the manufacturers claim. Even on the energy saving mode, which can be selected by clicking the on/off again, it still seemed brighter than my 6V torches. It also had no problem keeping the rain out, as it did get soaked when I was out but hasn't had any ill effects at all. I suppose I could drop it in a sink full of water to really test it's water resistant ability but I think as long as it keeps out the rain that's enough for me.
The manufacturers seem keen to emphasise how tough this torch is by calling it "indestructible" and claiming it's shock proof up to a drop of 9 meters. The torch certainly seems very robustly made and it has heavy duty rubber protection at either end of the torch to absorb any knocks or drops. However I did do a little test by dropping the torch from a height of about a meter onto a hard floor and the noise of the batteries clanging about inside put me off testing it at any greater height. I was afraid the batteries could get damaged, and at the price they cost to replace (£6.90 for two on amazon) I thought it's really not worth risking it. I'm sure the torch itself could withstand much greater drops but I'm not so sure about the batteries.
In terms of convenience, the torch has good and bad points. The torch is very simple to use with one large button on the end, which clicks once for full-on mode, twice for power saving mode and a third click turns it off again. The width of the torch is very comfortable for gripping, although it is metal so may get quite cold when the temperature drops. The size of the torch is 25 cm in length and the rubberized ends are about 5cm in width, so it's not the most compact of torches. It's really not the kind of torch you can use briefly then put away. On top of that it's also quite weighty for a torch, which is probably due to its robust build.
This torch may seem expensive and slightly cumbersome for some uses but overall I think it's a top notch torch if you need a strong light for rugged outdoor use. Other equivalently priced torches like the LED Lensers cannot match the lumen output of this torch and they aren't waterproof or designed for rough treatment, so I think the Varta compares favorably. My only real doubt about this torch is how long the batteries will last and whether cheaper replacements will diminish the light output significantly but regardless, I still think this is a first class torch.