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    My partner needs a new torch.....

    Checklist below, but essentially long lasting, bright, pen torch.

    She's a midwife, I'll leave it to your imagination what she needs it for. Thanks People.

    Here's the checklist:-
    Recommend a Torch Checklist:

    Copy and paste this list into your first post. Filling in the form will not only give others a better idea of your requirements, but also get you to think about them.

    (Don't worry about all the questions, just the ones you feel strongly about!) Please mark "x" inside the [ ] to indicate your choice.

    1: Short Essay Question: What do you intend to use this light for?

    See above ;-)

    2: Price Range: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest!

    [ ] £1-£15
    [x] £15-30
    [ ] £40-60
    [ ] £80-120
    [ ] £120- ...
    [ ] I have no limit!

    3: Format:

    [x] I want a torch
    [ ] I want a headlamp.
    [ ] I want a lantern.
    [ ] I want a portable spotlight.


    Length:

    [ ] 1-2 inches. (Keychain sized)
    [x] 2-4 inches. (Pocket carry)
    [ ] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry)


    Width:

    [x] I prefer a long narrow light.
    [ ] I prefer a short wide light.
    [ ] Doesn't matter.


    Weight

    [ ] Very light, can't tell it's there.
    [x] Light, no heavier than a few keys or a small car remote.
    [ ] Medium light, about the weight of a AAA MiniMag
    [ ] Medium, slightly heavier than a AA MiniMag
    [ ] Heavy Medium, can of Coke
    [ ] Heavy, PDA or small digital camera

    4: What kind of "bulb".

    [x] LED - more rugged, unlikely to burn out in your lifetime, more efficient (longer runtimes). Modern LEDS now far outshine incandescent and the beam colour tints are getting very good for revealing colour at night. Should your application require picking out colours, then look at warm/neutral or high CRI (colour rendition index) tints. There's a slight loss in lumens for the warmer LEDs.
    [ ] Incandescent - can be very bright, more accurate color rendition, burn out or can be damaged more easily, shorter runtimes, very noticeable dimming as batteries deplete
    [ ] HID - like new car headlights in color, very, very bright, can be had in lights as small as a Mag 2 D cell but generally larger spotlight sized lights, no dimming turns off when battery depletes
    [ ] Don't care, just want the best fit for my needs.

    5: What batteries do you want to use?

    Alkaline batteries are easier to find and less expensive but don't pack as much stored energy and are don't work well in cold temperatures. Lithium batteries have long shelf life (10+ years, great for stored emergency lights) and are not as affected by cold but must be kept dry and are more expensive. They tend to produce the most power for high lumen applications. Rechargeable start expensive, but if used frequently pay off quickly.

    [x] I want common Alkaline batteries. (AA, AAA, C, D)
    [ ] I want lithium batteries. (coin cells, CR123, AAA, AA...)
    [x] I want a rechargeable system. (an investment, but best for everyday use). This covers rechargeable lithium and Nickel Metal Halide (NiMH).

    6: How much light do you want?

    Hmmm, she's a midwife......

    Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible).

    [x] I want to read a map, find a light switch/keyhole, or get around the house at w/o disturbing anyone. (5-10 lumens)
    [ ] I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens)
    [ ] I want to walk unpaved trails. (40 lumens)
    [ ] I want to do Caving or Search & Rescue operations. (60+ lumens)
    [ ] I want to light an entire campground or dazzle an intruder. (100+ lumens)

    7: Throw vs Flood

    Which do you prefer, lights that flood an area with a wide beam, or lights that "throw" with a tightly focused beam? Place an “X” on the line below. Sometimes a flood is better particularly closer up or indoors. You won't have to "sweep" the light back and forth to see what you need to see. You can also just set it down pointing the general direction rather having to point it right at that which you are working.

    Throw (distance)----------------------|--------------------x--Flood/close-up

    8: Runtime

    Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims (like some LED lights). but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries. Understand that runtime is a function of brightness and capacity of your batteries. If you want 6 hours you'll either have big batteries or dimmer light, they haven't made a setup yet that lights up like the sun, runs all night, and fits in your watch pocket.

    [ ] 20 min. (I want the brightest light for brief periods)
    [x] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours)
    [ ] 240-360 min. (4-6 hours)
    [ ] 360+ min. (More than 6 hours)

    9: Durability:

    Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.

    [ ] Not Important (A “night-stand” light.)
    [ ] Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood.)
    [ ] Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box.)
    [x] Critical (Police, Fire, Search & Rescue, Survival.)

    10: Switch Type:

    [x] I don't care.
    [ ] sliding switch (Stays on until slid back.)
    [ ] clickie switch. (Stays on until pressed again.)
    [ ] momentary switch. (Only stays on while held down.)
    [ ] rotating switch

    11: Switch Location:

    [x] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a push or sliding switch on the body near the head.
    [ ] I want a push switch on the back end of the body.
    [ ] I want a rotating head switch.
    [ ] I want a rotating end-cap switch.
    [ ] I want a remote control.

    12: Operational Modes:

    Check all that apply.

    [x] A simple on-off is fine for me.
    [ ] I want 2 light levels. (Brighter/short runtime and Dimmer/long runtime.)
    [ ] I want multiple light levels. (some lights have 5-16 light levels.)
    [ ] I want a strobe mode. (blinks to show location.)
    [ ] I want a tactical strobe. (Flashes rapidly to disorient an opponent.)
    [ ] I want S.O.S. flashing

    13: Is it important whether the body is metal or plastic/composite?

    In this case "plastic" and it's variants does not mean "cheap" or poorly made. In many applications a plastic bodied light is preferable, hard use and water resistance comes to mind; think caving or lights that get dropped or abused.

    [x] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a metal-bodied light.
    [ ] I want a plastic/composite light.

    14: Special Needs:

    Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Circle any below or write in your own comment(s).

    [ ] Red (night vision preserving) filter
    [ ] Other filter colors (Amber, Green, Blue, _________)
    [ ] Waterproof – how deep: _____________
    [ ] Non-reflective/dark finish (stealthy/hard to find)
    [ ] Polished silver or brightly colored finish (for easy locating)
    [ ] Corrosion resistant or hard-anodized finish
    [ ] “Hybrid” light (bright incandescent combined with long running LEDs)
    [ ] Built-in second (or spare) lamp or filament
    [x] Belt/Jacket clip
    [ ] Holster
    [ ] Wrist/Neck Lanyard
    [ ] Other

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    I'm not sure you are going to manage the weight tick box with the other requirements?
    "How the hell did I end up with all this stuff???? "

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    Quote Originally Posted by bagman View Post
    I'm not sure you are going to manage the weight tick box with the other requirements?
    Essentially, she's been through a few eBay cheapie and it's not good when they fail at crucial moments lol.

    So a bit heavier is OK, maybe a heavy pen weight is alright

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    Something like this for the multiparous Essex girl?


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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Beachlover View Post
    Something like this for the multiparous Essex girl?

    You can joke, but yesterday had a "lady" in who weighed 35 stone!

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    Quote Originally Posted by rocketdogbert View Post
    You can joke, but yesterday had a "lady" in who weighed 35 stone!
    Essex won't be far different to some parts of the Isle of Wight then....

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    How about a Steamlight MicroStream?

    1x AAA, 20 lumens for 1.5 hours, fits your budget and it's waterproof too!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/MicroStream...ds=streamlight

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad55 View Post
    How about a Steamlight MicroStream?

    1x AAA, 20 lumens for 1.5 hours, fits your budget and it's waterproof too!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/MicroStream...ds=streamlight
    Excellent shout
    "How the hell did I end up with all this stuff???? "

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad55 View Post
    How about a Steamlight MicroStream?

    1x AAA, 20 lumens for 1.5 hours, fits your budget and it's waterproof too!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/MicroStream...ds=streamlight
    Looks excellent, thanks

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    Re: My partner needs a new torch.....

    And bought, ta very muchly

 

 

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