Wow! What a torch. After having one of these I could never go to back to another torch. Apart from being really bright, and the range is amazing, I feel totally safe as a lone women going out at night. I bought the the one that takes 4D cells, although this makes this a very heavy torch, it also makes it a very useful truncheon if (God forbid) it was required. My daughter is buying me a battery charger and 4D cell rechargable batteries, which will certainly help to keep the battery cost down. If you want a tough, good quality torch thats value for money and has a spare bulb in the cap and a 10 year warranty, then you can't go wrong in my opinion!
This was purchased for me for a present after my other 3 cell was stolen at work. At first I thought it was a little big but once it's in your hand it really doesn't feel that much bigger than my old 3 cell! Being a 4 cell, the beam is cracking! Seems to cast a much brighter beam than my 3 cell and for a much greater distance. Overall I am more than pleased with this one. Having 4 D batteries inside makes it a little heavy if you hang it from a belt or like, but holding it in your hand is not that bad. I think the downside would be replacing those 4 D batteries. Not that cheap. I am lucky that I can aquire the batteries from work at no cost at the moment. As for the batteries, I have not used the torch that much to say if they drain quickly or not, but then , that depends on which batteries you use. To finish, it is comfortable to hold and the quality is great too.