You’ll find a range of style and prices to choose from here, but be aware, that a torch is an investment. You won’t be replacing it anytime soon. As always, we’ve tried to strike a balance between high quality kit and great value for money, so you’re assured an outstanding handheld torch, whichever one of our picks you choose.
Zweibrüder Led Lenser X21R 8421-R Rechargeable High Performance Handheld Torch
‘Multiple light settings, made from aeroplane aluminium.’
The Zweibrüder is virtually a handheld searchlight. It’s one of the brightest torches on our list at 1600 lumens, and since it’s rechargeable, you’ll enjoy lighting up the night again and again. Features a 600m light range, with a 7-point LED head, 8 light functions and 3 light programmes. Comes with charging station, carry strap and tripod mount for stationary lighting.
There are no batteries in the Zweibrüder, it’s fully rechargeable. The pack contains the torch, a carry case and strap, charging station and a tripod mount. We like the tripod mount, and found it to be a nice touch. Especially useful if you’re setting the torch up as a semi-permanent light source.
The Zweibrüder is made from aeroplane-grade aluminium, which means it’s about as strong and light as a torch can be. Super hard and durable, it does weigh a couple of kilos, but if you’re in the market for a professional-level torch, the Zweibrüder is a winner. A great contender for best Handheld Torch.
With 8 light modes and 3 light programmes, the Zweibrüder is highly customisable, allowing you to choose the most appropriate setting for whatever you’re doing. With a 7-point LED unit at the front, the light is evenly dispersed and powerful.
Experienced hikers, cavers, and those camping in extremely dark wooded areas.
Inova X5 LED torch 3 function – 31 lumens – 131ft beam
‘Extreme cold and hot weather LED torch.’
In addition to being a great, bright and durable torch, the Inova will work in temperatures 30 degrees below and 60 degrees above freezing, making it the ideal world traveller. It has a range of 131ft, and at 31 lumens, it’s bright enough to take care of most of your needs. Runs of lithium batteries, and lasts up to 20 hours.
The Inova comes with two batteries ready to go, and is pretty much a simple as it looks.
Machined from a solid bar, not extruded tubing, so it’s ultra-durable. Shockproof, water resistant and crushproof. The Inova is made from hardened aluminium and steel.
Three light modes allow you to control how the light is dispersed, and although the beam has an effective reach of around 131ft, the Inova has a signal visibility of almost three miles, making it useful as a safety device, as well.
Everything about the Inova is hardened or strengthened in some way. It’s a real extreme weather performer, and we love it.
Extreme weather hiking and camping.
Olight® Handheld Torch 1000 Lumens M1X Striker LED Tactical Torch
‘Tactical torch for active campers.’
The Olight is a tactical, technical torch lover’s dream. Compact, lightweight and powerful, the Olight has different brightness settings, from 0.5 lumens, up to 1000 lumens — phenomenal for such a small torch. It’s an LED torch, and it runs on batteries. Really one of our favourite ultra-compact torches, were big fans of the Olight for adventure camping.
The Olight comes with a strong lanyard, allowing you to clip the torch to your backpack, glove glip or belt. The torch itself is ultra-durable and shockproof, too, so no need to worry about it getting bashed around.
Made from a combination of hardened aluminium and stainless steel, the Olight is made for the extreme outdoors, and is a real rough and tumble kind of LED torch. The Olight’s casing is anti-scratch and crushproof, too, so it’ll stand up to the toughest hikes without a problem.
Up to 190m effective range, waterproof and crushproof, the Olight also features a strobe mode for attracting attention, should you get into difficulty on the trail. There’s a removeable pocket clip on the side of the torch, which you can use instead of the lanyard, or as well as if you’re climbing or running.
Rough and tumble hiking and camping.
LE Adjustable Focus LED Flashlight
‘Cheap, cheerful, but also powerful.’
For the price, you really can’t get a better hardened aluminium torch than the LE. It’s made to withstand shocks and rain, and the adjustable focus feature make it easy to suit the beam to your needs. A knurling style finish on the handle make it easy and safe to grip, and the attached wrist strap reduce the risk of dropping it.
The LE runs on AAA batteries, which are included in the pack. The wrist strap comes with the torch, and that’s about it, you’re ready to go.
Made from hardened aluminium, which is great to see on an LED torch at this price point. Durable, light and water and shock resistant. A great contender for best Handheld Torch.
The adjustable head allows you to focus the beam however you’d like, and with a maximum brightness of 140 lumens, this little torch packs a serious punch.
Simply twist the head unit to adjust the beam focus, for more precise illumination.
Regular camping trips, woodland adventures.
Maglite Solitaire LED Handheld Torch
‘Keyring-sized torch with massive power.’
First introduced in 1988, the Solitaire is now just twice the length of the AAA battery is runs on. With a 57m effective beam distance and 40 lumen brightness, this keyring-sized torch packs some serious power.
It’s waterproof up to 1m, and if you’re after a mini torch that doubles as an adventure guide, the Maglite is a great option.
This particular Maglite is being celebrated by the company as one of its flagship pieces. It comes in an attractive carry case, and clips easily onto your keys, belt or rucksack.
Supplied with one AAA battery.
Made from high quality aluminium.
We love Maglite, not just because of the build quality, but because of how simple they are. The Solitaire’s on/off function, as well as beam adjustment, are all controlled by simply twisting the head.
The Maglite is waterproof up to 1m, which means you can wade through rivers and streams and get caught in the rain without worrying about your torch, and with 2 hours of run time and 40 lumens are your fingertips, there’s not much more you can ask of the Maglite Solitaire.
Everyday use, casual camping trips, as an addition to a bigger torch.