If this torch were a gun, it would be Inspector Harry Callaghan’s Smith & Wesson Model 29. Like the iconic .44 Magnum, it’s huge and ridiculously powerful. If it’s not the Rolls Royce of the lighting world, it’s the Bugatti Veyron.
You can keep your lumens that are counted in the mere hundreds, the seven Cree LEDs in this Germanic powerhouse bang out 1600 lumens at a white 5400k colour. That flood of light, which can change from spread to spot with a simple pull and push of the end (thanks to the innovative lens set-up called Advanced Focus System), can pierce through 600 metres of darkness. On low mode, it can last seven hours in between recharges. With a 9000 milliampere hour, four D-cell battery pack, it can be recharged via 12V with the appropriate charger, so you can top it up on the road.
With great power comes great responsibility, and versatility. It comes in a box that would suit a .50 calibre sniper rifle, along with a shoulder strap and tripod mount. If your 4X4 headlights go, just poke this thing out the window – it will probably be an upgrade.
Yeah, you just spent almost a grand on a torch, but you don’t care when you’re holding this 1.4kg, aviation-grade aluminium beast in your hand. If I had the spare money, I’d definitely buy it. It’s a torch with a justified God complex; just try not to let it get to your head – or shine it in your eyes – when you’re holding it.
RRP is listed at $899, and comes with a five-year warranty. For more info, go to www.ledlenser.com.au