LED Lenser torches are now pretty well established as the torch of choice for security and law enforcement officers, certainly one of our local Forces has bitten the ‘we need a decent torch’ bullet and issued a chunk of their officers with the P7.2, so it seemed like a good time to pen one of my popular overview guides to the brand, in a bid to help our customers make the right choice.
The LED Lenser range is now pretty big, and specification, price and style ranges significantly. What all LED Lenser torches have in common, and one of the reasons they are so popular with our customer base, is that they take AAA batteries. Seems like a minor point? Not if you’re replacing costly Lithium batteries at up to £5 per battery every month it’s not. AAA batteries and their rechargeable counterparts are cheaper and more easily accessible, reducing running costs considerably. The second thing all LED Lenser torches have in common is build quality – LED Lenser are so sure of the quality of their torch components that they offer a lifetime parts/manufacturing warranty on all flashlights (determined as a ‘reasonable lifetime’ to be 5 years from purchase). To be honest, in 10+ years of selling LED Lenser we’ve seen 4 torches returned faulty, so our experience of the brand certainly echoes that confidence!
Just for info, LED Lenser sub-divide their ranges with a letter for each sector, so ‘M’ prefixes the ‘micro-processor’ torch line-up, which usually have an element of gadgetry or several different functions about them. ‘P’ stands for ‘professional’ range, and is aimed/styled at this market. ‘T’ stands for ‘tactical’ range, aimed/styled primarily at the Police and security market, although there is a significant cross-over/similarity between many in the ranges. ‘H’ stands for headtorch, and should be obvious
Now on to the torches …. the P7.2 and T7.2 models still hold the crown for being the most popular torches in the current line-up, mainly due to their all round suitability for most applications. For the money, you get an amazingly bright torch with a spot to flood focusing head. The torch feels solid and well constructed, sits nicely in the palm for search purposes, and three brightness settings allow for a degree of economy during use. No need to buy a separate pouch, these torches come with a high quality nylon belt pouch and lanyard. For the gadget/tech minded officers the T7M micro-processor torch comes with a raft of other functions built in, including strobe, pulse and SOS, whilst the P7QC Quattro has four colour settings for night vision, hunting and forensics/Police work.
Inevitably some will want a cheaper torch under the reassuring LED Lenser name, and the L7 lightweight torch is LED Lenser’s nod to this market. Made from a strong polymer material the L7 offers fabulous value for money at £19.99 and still has the spot to flood features of its bigger brothers, albeit without some of the bells and whistles (no pouch or lanyard). Others will want the brightest that technology can offer, and LED Lenser has covered this too … Enter the mighty atom that is the F1R. A tiny torch (some may say too tiny) that recharges via USB and kicks out a wopping 1000 lumens of light. Whilst I’m on this subject watch this space for USB rechargeables, it seems to be the new thing and has vastly reduced the price (and pack size) on rechargeable flashlights over the past year. For those demanding the brightest on the market, at a price there is the unbelievable X21.2 range at up to 3200 lumens output.
Completing the range is the various keyring and slightly smaller sized torches that appeal for their compact nature. The M3R is a gem, just 10cm in length, so perfect to pop in a pocket, but fully rechargeable via USB and brighter than your average duty torch!
So there we have it, a whistle stop tour of the LED Lenser line up for 2016 and hopefully some food for thought.