Gerber Recon LED Torch

Does anyone have experience of this torch? I'm thinking of getting one, but I've heard rumours that while build quality is good, battery life falls short of what's promised & replacements are costly & hard to find.

What do other Arrsers think?


Good torch, robust, user friendly and as for replacement batteries, they take normal AA batteries that you can get from your QM's. Mines been going strong for 2 years now.
When you say replacements do you mean batteries or spare parts?

Are you sure you're not thinking of a torch that takes Cr123As ('camera batteries')?

Just wondering as I was thinking about getting one of these Gerber jobbies as well.
Thier good torches if your not going down the head torch route
alright i am inf.
if the recon is the one with the four colour turning head, its a really good torch. i've had mine a number of years and its still going strong!
It is heavier than a double AA maglite... and I haven't worked out how to stop it turning itself on when pressed from one end or the other.
Just turn it off fully .Turn it off a little and you can still get light by pressing
end cap.Brilliant little torch this and head torch covered for most things.
Which as a kit bunny this saddens me short of spending bounty on some insane rifle mounted surefire like thing I have need to buy another torch. :cry: .
I agree good bit of kit, once you work out the best way to deal with the on/off badger (very minor annoyance)

The blue light is good for checking your basha for scorpions too (not as good as UV light, but makes them easier to see than white)
Agree with the above. Maglites are history. There's one hung around my neck as we speak. Got mine off the bay for about twenty notes. Bargain.
As said above, apart from the clip which is fashioned from some sort of cheese, the torch is pretty solid and well put together. Nice piece of kit.
Have to admit the torch was something I ‘wanted’ not ‘needed’ as in theatres I cant think of any occasion when I might need a ‘tactical’ type torch… my 11yo uses it quite a bit though and as the clip is completely rubbish I made him a new one with a clip from the plumbers (forget the name) and an ALICE attachment I picked up on my travels. Not very elegant but does the job.


For those deploying on ops, the Black Bag now includes a Gerber Hail torch, a Gerber Crucial Tool and a Petzl Headtorch - all at the best possible price: free! Why buy one?

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