This single AA battery powered, very bright CREE Q5 LED torch utilises the popular and well documented low profile Cree XP-E emitter, with a Q5 output bin, coupled with a PMMA lens produces a very efficient and superb light .
The incredibly strong outer casing is constructed from Aerospace-grade 6061T Aluminium, even with a relatively small 22mm main shaft still offers a substantial feel in the hand. At the tech end of the torch, the heavy weight lens protection bezel measures out at 27mm in diameter. It is here that the anodised silver, ‘magnetic click’ zoom focusing ring is located. It is excellently designed and allows a single hand to operate therefore a faster way of zooming than the ‘push/pull' style.
The torch measures 12cm (4.5 inches) in length. A single AA battery is simply loaded into the the shaft, once loaded the whole lot weighs in at a lightweight 95g. The end cap has a thick rubber O ring creating a water tight seal (I ran it under the tap with no problems at all) and also comprises a high quality thick connection spring giving a very solid connection.
The simple ON/OFF rubberised button is located at the end of the shaft; this button offers 3 ‘click’modes.
1 click for Full Power mode
2 clicks for Low Power mode
3 clicks for Strobe function
The lens is constructed from PMMA which is a clear plastic acrylic material which is often used as a replacement for glass. It is also used in a lot of high quality lens based products owed to it’s very clear and bright nature - PMMA is commonly used in places where shatter-proof glass or windows are required, such as the puck barriers found in ice-hockey rinks and you have seen what a clattering they take! Essentially that makes this lens very bright and incredibly hard wearing.
To summarise, this torch is ideal for 'every day' use given its size, water resistance and durability. At this price point it’s probably worth keeping one stashed in the car glove compartment or in a Photo Kit Bag (you never know). Weirdly one of those items that you can never really have enough whether it's kept under the stairs, in the kitchen drawer or the shed etc. Check out the AA battery deals too - 7dayshop; we have got you covered!