In this guide we’ll take a look at the best LED torches for the UK market.
I’ve compared brightness, weight, design and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the best LED torches for the UK market.
What is the Best LED Torch?
In a rush? Here's my top choice...
Super bright LED torch with up to 117 hours battery life!
This Maglite ML300L LED Torch is incredibly bright - rivalling the power of a car headlight. With five different modes, including an 'eco' setting which will allow the battery to last for up to 117 hours. It's durable, reliable, and has an adjustable beam that can change from 'spot' to 'flood' lit by simply twisting the head.CHECK PRICE →
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More Detailed Torch Reviews
Maglite ML300L LED Torch Review
If you’ve spent days camping in a remote area of the countryside, or you take your dog out on nightly forest walks, you’ll know how dark the wilderness can get.
Lots of torches can assist you in these moments, but the brightest and best LED torch for me is the Maglite ML300L LED Torch.
It has all of Maglite’s well-known reliability and durability, plus the efficiency of LED technology. At full power it produces a brightness similar to that of a car’s headlights – it’s really quite astounding.
The torch produces 625 lumens and has five modes: momentary, full power, low power, eco and strobe. You can adjust the settings by repeatedly clicking the power button. This multiple clicking mechanism could prove cumbersome in a high stress scenario. So, I’d recommend getting to grips with how it works before taking it out.
The beam is also adjustable from spot to flood with a simple twist of the head.
In eco mode, the batteries will last for up to a whopping 117 hours and still produce 58 lumens. In full power, which is really bright, it runs for almost 16 hours on one set of Duracell batteries.
The torch requires 3 x D batteries which aren’t included.
In terms of construction, it’s solid and well built. Perfect for camping trips, night walks, and any other night-time missions that call for a durable LED torch. It’s also classically stylish with a black aluminium body and a textured band for extra grip.
Its round shape does give a slight risk of damage, if it’s left on a smooth surface, as it could roll onto the floor and scuff or break.
It’s so powerful that it could dazzle other people’s eyes if shone directly into them, so be mindful of that when you’re passing cyclists or other midnight walkers!
- Users are impressed by how bright this torch is, with many reporting that it's brighter than their car headlights
- Adjusts from spot to flood focus with a twist of the torch's head
- Very sturdy and robust build makes it great for outdoor activities
- Long lasting battery - especially when used on eco-mode
- There is just a single button requiring multiple clicks to access each power setting
- Batteries don’t come included
- Some people found it hard to find the button to turn it on in the dark
- Easily rolls off surfaces which could cause damage
Ledlenser Professional LED Torch Review
If you’d appreciate the option of a hands-free torch, with no compromise on brightness or distance, you might like the Ledlenser Professional LED Torch. It has a belt clip for hands-free use and a belt pouch, so you always know where to find it.
Usually, you’d have to get a less bright head torch to be hands free, but this one from Ledlenser clips right onto your belt, with all the quality of a modern, handheld LED torch.
Although this product is the priciest on my list, it’s definitely the best LED torch in terms of quality, performance and versatility.
It’s a large torch made from tough, aircraft-grade aluminium. Its matt finish provides extra grip, and its sleek design looks very professional.
The Ledlenser is water resistant, so it’s protected from splashing water but not from submersion. This is helpful in the UK as we’re often surprised by a bout of rainfall!
This torch features an extra-large power button that’s easy to use even when wearing gloves. It has three modes which must be ‘clicked’ through: boost, high power and low power.
The torch comes supplied with 3 x D Duracell batteries, which is rare amongst even the best LED torches on the market.
The beam is 450 lumens, so on paper it’s not as powerful as the Maglite torch. However, this model incorporates an Advanced Focus System and Smart Light Technology to generate a homogenous bright white light beam that can reach up to 420m.
As with most of the best LED torches out there, you can change the Ledlenser’s light focus from a spot to a flood beam.
Ledsenser torches also have replaceable parts. So, when a part fails, you do not have to replace the whole unit. This is definitely a sign of quality, as it has been built to last. You can also get 7 years warranty if you register your product. These aspects really set this torch apart from the others featured on this list, as they indicate a good customer care ethic.
This LED torch also comes attractively boxed, so it would make a fantastic gift.
This heavy torch might be too hefty for some people to take on the go.
- Well made, with a solid quality build
- Offers hands-free access
- Easy to use with gloves on so a great option for winter
- The batteries come included
- The belt clip grips tightly to the torch and may scratch it
- Need to flick through the modes by turning the torch on and off again
- Not fully waterproof
- The torch is fairly heavy so some users may struggle taking it on the go
CVLIFE 1800 Lumens LED Flashlight Review
One of the biggest drawbacks with even the best LED torches is the incessant rebuying of batteries. If you’re a regular torch user, you might benefit from a rechargeable one. This way, you won’t be adding batteries to your shopping list every month, you’ll just need to pop your torch on charge of an evening.
For the best rechargeable LED torch, I’ve selected the CVLIFE 1800 Lumens LED Flashlight. It produces an incredible 1800 lumens, and the beam is adjustable from spot to flood. It has three modes: high, low and strobe.
The torch comes with an 18650 Rechargeable Battery, a wall charger and a car charger. You do not remove the battery to charge the unit but simply plug the cable into the torch body. The battery will last a good 5-6 hours on full power.
As the charging lead is quite short, you’d struggle to use it whilst it was plugged in.
The casing is well made, constructed from black aluminium alloy. It’s not as sleek and stylish as the Maglite, but it has a rugged, military style of its own. It has great grip even with cold or gloved hands.
This torch from CVLIFE is very portable due to its light weight.
It has an adjustable zoom focus, so whether you’re charging through wild shrubbery, or you’re scanning your large campsite after a strange growl, you can keep your light’s focus close or at a suitable distance.
This torch features a handy wrist strap and a secure carry case, which could help you in always remembering where it’s kept!
Lastly this CVLIFE torch has an SOS flash mode just in case you’re in trouble in a remote area.
- Rechargable battery eliminates the need to buy batteries
- Easy to grip even with gloved or very cold hands
- Comes with all you need to use it straight away - including a charger, car charger and storage box
- Adapter included that can be used for disposable batteries when you’re unable to recharge
- Switching between modes is fiddly - requires a firm push to turn on, then lighter pushes to cycle through modes
- Requires 3 button pushes to get to a constant beam
- Some users found the instructions to be insufficiently informative
ThorFire S70S Super Bright Torch Review
Those of you who have bought lots of torches in your life will know that durability and waterproofing can be vital to a torch’s longevity. Whether you’re a regular moonlit dog walker, or a camping and hiking fanatic, my next LED torch could tick all your boxes.
The ThorFire S70S Super Bright Torch is fully waterproof and highly powerful. You won’t have to worry about using it in heavy rainfall or submerging it in up to 2m of water.
It’s a large and weighty torch with a hard-anodized aluminium casing, making it a very serious and durable model.
With an outstanding output of 3960 lumens, its power is impressive and has the highest lumen value on my list. It will run for approximately 72 hours on low power and just under 4 on its highest power.
It has 6 modes: low, mid, high, turbo, strobe and moonlight. The different modes will not only change the brightness of the beam, but also how long the battery will last for.
The low power mode still offers a decent amount of light, so if you’re camping or doing a similar outdoor activity you should be able to use it on low power and not worry about the battery dying during the trip.
Light modes can be changed by a simple press of the power button. Also, very handily, the torch’s ‘memory’ will remember the last setting you used, remaining on that setting when you switch it back on.
It requires 2 x 18650 batteries, or 2 x button-top 26650 batteries, which are not included.
This torch is highly powerful so you should be careful when you’re walking your dog, not to dazzle other dog walkers, drivers or cyclists.
It’s important to know that this torch gets hot when it’s on full beam, so you might want to wear gloves or only use full beam when you absolutely must.
Its black casing looks quite stylish and comes with a handy carrying strap, which can be slung over your shoulder or carried.
This torch is lightweight and therefore very portable.
Bear in mind that leaving it on standby mode may drain battery if you do so for long periods.
- Fully waterproof so you don't have to worry about rainfall or submersion
- Users were impressed by its brightness and power - perfect for dog walks in the dark
- Lightweight and portable at just under 600g
- Batteries not included and must be purchased separately
- Some users have reported this torch getting very hot if switched to full beam for too long
- Leaving it in standby between uses may drain the battery quicker than expected
Things to Know Before Buying an LED Torch
A reliable, durable torch is an essential too; whether it’s kept at home in case of a power cut, or packed away for use on camping trips. I am a firm believer that no home should be without at least one powerful LED torch!
LED torches tend to be brighter than traditional torches, plus they’re also more energy efficient, making them a popular choice. LED torches are also available in a range of sizes to suit your needs.
If you’re considering purchasing an LED torch but you’re not sure what to look out for, these tips should help inform your decision:
A torch’s brightness is measured in lumens, and LED torches tend to be very bright. In general, the higher the lumens, the brighter the torch and the longer its range.
That said, some torches use specially developed technology, such as the Ledlenser Professional LED Torch. This model only produces 450 lumens yet incorporates ‘Smart Light Technology’ so its beam can reach up to 420 m. As you can see, lumens can be a helpful indicator of a torch’s potential, but they may not tell the whole story. It also depends what filters and technology are involved.
For everyday use such as camping or searching for things in the shed, 450 lumens should be enough. Higher lumen torches are suitable for more specific tasks, and some of my recommendations can produce up to 4000 lumens!
Some torches come with blinking, strobe and SOS modes which are handy for attracting attention in an emergency.
The higher the lumens and power output of the torch, the quicker the battery may drain. Torches either come with built-in rechargeable batteries, removable rechargeable batteries or disposable batteries.
Torches with built-in batteries are very handy. Often these torches can be charged via a micro-USB, meaning they can even be charged in the car! However, you may need to replace the entire torch if the battery fails. These torches remove the necessity to rely on having spare batteries around, but the downside is they may start to dim even when the batteries still have some charge left.
Torches that use disposable batteries are generally the cheapest to buy, and the output is relatively even, up to when the batteries run out of juice. They usually have a good run time (although there’s always the risk someone will remove the batteries to use for another device!). Buying disposable batteries can be expensive, and they are not the most environmentally friendly choice because they release chemicals when disposed of.
Some torches have an eco-mode which will prolong battery life. When manufacturer’s advertise the battery-life-potential of their torches, the data shown usually refers to the torch being used on its eco or lowest-power setting. Regardless, it’s a good reference to have.
If you’re going to be using your torch on camping or hiking trips, durability and weather resistance are key.
Your torch should be able to withstand the odd knock and bump. The more durable models will have an aluminium body.
Remember that ‘water resistant’ and ‘waterproof’ are different:
A water-resistant torch can withstand splashes and a short amount of time being used in light rain.
A fully waterproof torch can withstand being submerged and used in heavier downpours. If you’re camping outside in the UK summer (a season not known for its reliably dry weather…) you might benefit from having a waterproof torch. These do come with a higher price tag though.
The torch’s IP rating will indicate how waterproof it is – it’s worth running the IP rating through google before purchasing a torch to check exactly what type of weatherproofing you’ll be getting.
LED torches are available in a range of sizes and weights.
If you’re going to be carrying your torch in a backpack, look for a small, lightweight model. Some models even come with belt clips which can be great for camping and hiking – they will also attach to the outside of your rucksack.
If you’re keeping your torch at home in the event of a power cut, a powerful and larger model is a great option – it’s less likely to get misplaced and will come to the rescue in a whole host of scenarios!
If you’re going to be using the torch with gloves on, or in especially wet conditions, there are a couple of additional things to look out for.
A larger power button will make the torch much easier to use. This is true of general use, but especially true if you are wearing gloves.
Making sure the button is relatively large and pronounced will make your life a lot easier. It will also mean that it’s easier to turn the torch on in the dark (because you can feel the switch!), and more convenient to click through the different modes.
Checking what type of grip the torch has is also worthwhile. If you’ll be using it in potentially damp or wet conditions, a rubber or textured shaft will make the torch less slippy and easier to use.
LED Torch FAQs
These are useful features to have if you’ll be using your LED torch on outdoor adventures. A blinking or strobe light helps vehicles see you more easily if you are walking by the roadside. The SOS mode uses Morse code – three short flashes, three long flashes, three short flashes – to signal for help in the event that you get into trouble.
The brightest LED torch available has 100,000 lumens – for everyday use, you won’t need a torch with more than 400 lumens!
Staring at a bright LED torch is very uncomfortable, but providing you have the appropriate brightness for the task at hand, it’s unlikely to do too much damage. A torch that’s too bright can temporarily damage your vision, especially in very dark conditions.