I can’t say I’ve reviewed many torches in my time, but here’s a little ripper I just have to tell you about. It’s small, durable and has the most amazing light throw I’ve seen.
The LED lenser F1 is a small torch measuring just under 9cm long and weighing just 69 grams. It’s metal body and precision construction give it a quality feeling in the hand, and it would want to for $120!
If it had a Batman logo over the lens you’d be able to shine this little thing into the air to signal your local super-hero.
Like me you probably haven’t heard of lumens of light – the measure by which the amount of light coming from a torch or other light can be listed and measured. The F1 blasts out 400 Lumens – almost turning light into day. This isn’t for around the house in a blackout (although it does a bloody good job in these circumstances). If you’re a tradie or someone who enjoys the great outdoors the LED lenser F1 will be a great addition to your kit-bag.
On the negative side it does use a non-common battery size (CR123) which means you’re going to have to keep spares of a whole new type around the house or in the car. However you’ll get a decent life from the battery with regular intermittent use.
The torch has three modes; Full Power, Half Power and Strobe, all activated with a double click of the power button on the end of the device.
Finally, for those who find themselves in tricky situations there is also an alternate lens cover which – although I didn’t test it – I’m reliably informed will help you smash glass if needed.
For $120 this is not for everyone, but if you want a rugged, durable and super high-powered torch in the smallest of form factors, check out the LED Lenser F1
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Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
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