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Jan 3, 2008
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Hi, I need a new torch so was thinking about one of the CREE torches, does anyone have recommendations. It has to be top quality, robust, preferably waterproof and of metal construction.

Replies appreciated thanks.
 
Feb 22, 2008
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Have a look at this Broken Link Removed I have one, good bit of kit, beam range around 700 metres and adjustable intensity and well made metal case, 8" long and takes 8 AA batteries, definately not a toy.
 

MattR

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LED Lenser are very good - such as
They are, however, more expensive than the cheaper ones such as

I have one LED Lenser and several cheap ones.

The downside of the LED Lenser ones is that they are not quite so easy to adjust re lens spread.

Cree lights are are very bright - sometimes too bright so if you are trying to be discrete at night when using the torch to find the loo, you'll have to cover the lens with your fingers and make sure that they don't slip otherwise it will be like a lighthouse going off in your mh.
 
Jul 24, 2009
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I bought a Cree torch earlier this week. It has variable focal length, full power and half power and a diffuser. £9.99 from Lidl.

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Dec 12, 2010
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Got a LED LENSER H 73 head torch, focusable beam and variable power output, comes with 3 AAA batteries and a charger, great bit of kit.
 
Aug 6, 2013
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I've just bought this:

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........... because I got all excited about the output and the rechargeable batteries.

In my experience of the Chinese torches I've bought over the last couple of years for myself, friends, and relatives if the use a Cree LED they will be brilliant (in every sense).
 

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I've just bought this:

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........... because I got all excited about the output and the rechargeable batteries.

In my experience of the Chinese torches I've bought over the last couple of years for myself, friends, and relatives if the use a Cree LED they will be brilliant (in every sense).
Agree, I have bought loads of these and they are excellent for the money. Anything from £2 to £10 all do the job and more.
 
Dec 24, 2009
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We bought one from Tesco the other year much better than my 4D Cell Maglight, I know a few people on an air gun forum I frequent use the pen light type taped to their barrels for ratting.
 
Feb 27, 2011
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I bought a bunch of these last year or the year before I can't remember. But they have been excellent and at that price unbelievably good value.
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TheBig1

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I've been working my way through all my torches and updating to cree. found some real bargains too
 

Terry

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Hi I have bought a few hundred Cree zoomable torches over the last couple of yrs :D and gave most away inc a lot to funsters(y)---Watch out for the ones that take rechargeable batteries -bat numbers 18650 and 14500 you really need to buy batts/charger and torch together if you decide on these---They take 3.7v batts that make them a lot brighter than normal 1.5 batt ones the torches look the same but only work off the rechargeable batts :)
below are a few links that take normal batts not the 18650/14500 types
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THESE TAKES BOTH NORMAL AND THE 14500 RECHARGEABLE -SO NO NEED TO BUY THE CHARGER AND 14500 BATTS UNLESS YOU WANT IT TO BE EXTREMELY BRIGHT
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terry
 
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Cal54

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Agree with above post: all my family have them. If you go into Amazon and just enter police torch in the search box you will see a plethora of options. I have always bought the full kits, torch, charger, battery, and they have cost between £15 and £30. Great kit and ideal for home and away.
 

wivvy's dad

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led Lenser, available in Maplin stores. Mine cost around £45 three or four years ago.

Brilliant bit of kit

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May 6, 2010
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NiteCore P16 with 18650 battery & charger, not cheap but winner of a load of tests on a torch forum (yes such a thing exists !! ::bigsmile:)

Not very big but incredibly powerful
 

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NiteCore P16 with 18650 battery & charger, not cheap but winner of a load of tests on a torch forum (yes such a thing exists !! ::bigsmile:)

Not very big but incredibly powerful


Ive been waiting for this post David. I was going to reply myself but didn't want to cramp your Nitecore style :xrofl::xrofl::xrofl:
 
Apr 27, 2008
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As well as rechargeable ones we also have a couple that use D cells, so quite a substantial and heavy torch, and the batteries last for ages. We even have a couple of tiny ones which take a single AA battery, still very bright. Most are under £10 with rechargeables a couple of quid more, from what I've seen the expensive ones are not really better, just paying for a brand name.
 

Bertie Bassett

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Hi, I need a new torch so was thinking about one of the CREE torches, does anyone have recommendations. It has to be top quality, robust, preferably waterproof and of metal construction.

Replies appreciated thanks.

We replaced all our 6 cell Maglites with Lenser X7R's last year at work. The price is off the wall but I've never seen a torch like it. Pushes out 500 lumens and in Defence mode, it knocks rats over at 20 paces!:xThumb:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LED-Lenser-Series-X7R-Torch/dp/B006OICHVW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418345497&sr=8-1&keywords=X7R Lenser

Also have an X21R but after complaints from low flying Apaches on training sorties from Middle Wallop we can't use it any more.
 

Terry

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Hi all although a lot of people are saying/recommending touches over £50/100 you can and do get incredibly bright zoomzble torches for £2 (normal AA OR AAA bats)to aprox well under £12 with batteries and charger -These will outshine a 4 cell Maglite and slip into your palm/pocket -No good for hitting anyone but you could blind them for a few seconds :xgrin:There is simply no need to spend more than £2 to 5 quid :xThumb:
terry

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Jun 2, 2010
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Got mine from Aldi a coupe of years ago.
Similar spec...full, half, zoom and SOS flash.

£12 each


I've bought a couple of cheepo Cree torches and agree with everyone about the fantastic light output, only problem with one of the Chinese ones is that when in flash mode it spells SOS wrong.:xrofl:
 

Terry

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Nice torch but the link below has the T6 chip and is a 1/5 of the price if you can wait a few weeks (£3.88)Also if you buy a charger and rechargeable 18650 battery (bats are £1 and chargers £3) it works on both 3 x AAA and is quite a bit brighter on the 18650 :xThumb:
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EDIT here another link with a charger bat and torch for £9.99 inc P&P
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MattR

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The problem with many of these torches is that they are too bright for some uses. I often just want a dim light to find something in my van not a search light that illuminates the whole site.

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