Hands up those who use the torch function on their mobile phone frequently.
We lack outdoor lighting around the wood (it’s on the to-do list) so we need light in our hands during the winter months to see the way to the shed to get a strudel out of the chest freezer and to feed the pets. We, therefore, love torches.
Since the rise of hand held devices that do everything other than washing the dishes, the need for products that fulfil a single purpose has somewhat declined. This includes torches. Most devices now have a powerful light feature, thus potentially eliminating the need for the traditional torch.
Typically, we always carry our phones with us so whenever we find ourselves in situations where we need a light, we can use our phones. Torches are not something many people consider packing into their bag for a day at work or on a daytime walk with the pooch.
Although I am guilty of relying on my phone more than I should probably do, I believe torches have a place in everyone’s lives, particularly in those who spend time outdoors. The current models of phones are renowned for their poor battery life, my iPhone in particular. Relying on a mobile phone to work as a communication device, a GPS and a torch while on an adventure can be a poor choice considering all of these uses drain power quickly.
I keep a torch in my rucksack on every walk just in case I end up stuck outside in the dark for any reason. There have been a few occasions where I expected to end a walk in daylight but I took longer than anticipated. Getting lost in the dark can be very dangerous; it’s easy to become disorientated which can lead to panic, or simply traversing the terrain could lead to a cockled ankle. Even worse, getting lost in the dark could lead to a night out in the cold which could lead to death. Carrying a torch could be a life saver.
A few weeks ago, VARTA, a brand that designs torches, showcased their range of products to a group of Outdoor Bloggers members. We had the opportunity to play around with the several products from VARTA’s collection and we were given several different models to take home and put to the test in our everyday lives.
Here are a few of my favourites from the collection that I brought home to test:
Head torches are probably my favourite type of torch. They are super handy for lighting in front of you while keeping your hands free. I take one on every camping, walking and festival trip. I love the colour of this torch as it is my favourite colour and matches the purple theme that runs through my walking gear.
Aesthetically, this is my favourite torch from the selection in this list. The classic torch shape and range of light functions makes this torch the ideal choice for those wanting a straightforward device. The head can be slid back to widen the focus. Clicking the button twice turns on the strobe effect which is useful for drawing attention and holding the power button down dims the light to your desired level.
This torch has been tested to 4 metres onto a hard surface making it the ideal choice for the clumsy and for the grafter. The swivel head and detachable magnet make it even better for those handy people or those work in industries that typically spend a lot of time looking into dark holes such as mechanics, electricians and plumbers.
It may be tiny but it sure is mighty! The light is crazy powerful considering its small size plus it is extra robust making it the perfect addition to a bunch of keys. I keep on one on our shed key so that we can see the lock in the dark- very handy!
Ok, maybe this one isn’t an essential piece of outdoors kit but it will make snuggling down into a sleeping bag even more exciting for children when camping. I haven’t actually tested this product as I will be giving it away as a competition prize soon, so if you like it keep a look out for the competition in the coming weeks.
If you’re looking to buy one of the VARTA torches listed, I’ll let you into a little secret- The prices are a bit cheaper from the VARTA shop on Amazon 😉
Do you feel that torches are still an essential piece of kit for people who spend time outdoors?
Prices correct as of April 2017. All the products featured were given to me by VARTA in exchange for honest feedback and to help raise awareness of the brand and products. As always, all opinions are my own.