As long ago as 1899, the invention of the dry-cell, and miniature incandescent electric lightbulbs, made the first battery-powered torches possible.
Early flashlights ran on zinc-carbon batteries, which could not provide a steady electric current and required periodic “rest” to continue functioning. Because these early flashlights also used energy-inefficient carbon-filament bulbs, “resting” occurred at short intervals. Consequently, they could be used only in brief flashes, hence the common North American name “flashlight”. (Wikipedia)
So, “How Many Torches do I need?” This question burns brightly on internet chatrooms. You might like to think you only need one – until you realise how many there are and how a particular design characteristic will make a new torch essential for the job at hand.
I need a torch for…
- The Car
Your definitely need a torch for the car. One for each car. And for each tractor. Something with a lithium battery that’s ready when you need it. Small enough to fit in the glove box, this LED Key Ring Torch from Draper is just £2.39
The Emergency Working Light from Cluson should also be a definite for the car. With so many functions including a hanging LED so you can inspect under the bonnet, and a flashing emergency light to warn others that you’ve broken down, this versatile torch is a great tool to keep you safe.
£23.94 at Truro Tractors
- The Caravan
Have you ever tried to sit around the table and play cards by torch? It doesn’t really work, does it. When you are off the grid, or if the power is out at home, a camping lantern can shed its light all around and allow you to enjoy a comfortable evening. Also super-handy if you are off out on a fishing trip. £5.99 each
- Pocket Torch
A small light for Every-Day-Carrying and night stand duty: an EDC torch needs to be robust and portable. It should help you see in the dark, in tight spaces, or under the sofa – and you might even find it handy to blind an attacker if you’re ever in trouble. Cluson’s Individual Pocket Light has a wrist-strap, as well as a handy pocket-clip and projects an incredible 150m beam from a single AA battery. Only £7.14
- Head torch
An essential piece of kit for camping or walking the dog. Head torches come in a variety of styles – and you can even get wind-up versions. Perfect for those times you need to be hands-free like fishing or map-reading.£5.10
- 1 large light
You need an amazing torch. This would be the one that was used to light up the great outdoors or for emergencies. One based on award-winning design… the Clu-Liter Classic LED is based on the award-winning non-LED version, and is 4 times brighter than the original!Lighter, more compact, better duration than before, this is the torch for you. 500m spectacular spot beam and an ever-lasting LED: everything about this torch says Best in Class. £28.80 at Truro Tractors
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