Now that we all have pocket computers with camera flashes, the need for a good torch just isn't what it used to be. But if you're lost in the woods at midnight, that little LED is not going to cut it. The Maelstrom Regen MMR-X will.
This lightweight, pocket-sized torch is simply terrific. Not only is it super bright at 800 lumens, it also recharges quickly with a micro-USB port. The Regen MMR-X features several different brightness options as well as some special modes like strobe and SOS. The torch can also last up to 840 hours on a single charge, though of course that's at the lowest brightness setting. Full blast will drain the juice in two hours, but you'll sort of feel like a secret agent while doing it, thanks to the sleek design.
Obviously, there are brighter torches and more compact torches and more complex torches. But it's the simplicity that makes the Regen MMR-X so desirable. At $US100, it's certainly pricier than those plastic ones you buy at the service station, but it also won't flicker when you walk. Oh, and did I mention that it's super bright? Like, you can't even look into the beam, it's so bright. Trust me. I tried. [Foursevens]