Tagged With torches

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Buying disposable batteries — using them until they're empty, and then throwing them away — may be economically smart, but it's not exactly environmentally friendly. And it's inconvenient. That's why we like rechargeable anything these days, and rechargeable flashlights more than ever. Enter the LED Lenser P7R, a rechargeable torch that has a bright 1000-lumen LED and adjustable focus up front.

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Whether you're mining for gold deep in the heart of Western Australia, or trying to find your way downstairs to replace a blown fuse, this retro-styled lantern from Barebones will light the way without needing a single drop of kerosene. Because instead of a flame, it uses a three Cree LED bulbs powered by a rechargeable battery.

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There's no point in keeping a stash of emergency torches around your home if the batteries inside them just end up getting stolen for TV remotes and the kids' toys. So the folks who created the original LUCI, a dirt-cheap inflatable solar-powered rechargeable lantern, have tweaked its design for the new Luci EMRG so that it produces a more intense focused beam and can now double as an emergency torch.

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There's a lot to like about designer Antonio Serrano's Lil Torch concept that extends and retracts like an old pirate spyglass providing a focused beam when needed, or a wide flood of illumination when collapsed. Powered by a rechargeable battery that keeps a set of LEDs glowing in its diffused dome, the torch is made from plastic with the electronic bits are all sealed so that it's completely waterproof.

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With the right app, our phones can become almost any device we need, and Light & Motion is taking a similar approach with its new GoBe torch. Except that instead of software, it uses a set of six swappable heads that allow you to customise the torch's beam for specific needs — like a wide bright light when riding your bike in the city, or a soft red glow that protects your night vision when bushwalking.

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It's pretty hard to tear kids away from their iPads and other electronic distractions these days, particularly when the alternative is a static picture book. But illustrator Rebecca Sutherland has come up with a clever way to make Hide & Eeek a little more interactive than just flipping the pages. Each illustration has secret invisible elements that are only revealed with the help of a torch.

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Are you ready to play everybody's not-so-favorite guilt game: what was I doing at that age? Ann Makosinski, a high school student from British Columbia, Canada, has created a simple LED torch powered by body heat. So instead of having to recharge it or swap in a fresh pair of AAs every so often, you literally just need to hold it in your hand for it to start glowing.

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D-batteries haven't been in your stereo since the late 1980s, so why are they still in your torch? It's the 21st century, our batteries are smaller and our bulbs are brighter. So stop lugging around that unwieldy hunk of aluminium (no matter how tough it makes you feel) and pick up this 1000-lumen submersible spotlight.

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Similar to the megapixel arms race that digital camera manufacturers got caught up in, torch makers are instead hell bent on coaxing as many lumens from a handheld torch as they can. Even if it means massaging the definition of a compact torch like NiteCore has done with its portly TM26.