LED Lenser - Feedback Request

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#1
We recently stopped stocking Surefire torches and started stocking the LED Lenser torches instead. This decision followed some negative feedback about battery corrosion in the Surefires.

Everything we'd heard and seen about the LED Lensers was superb - in fact we viewed them as likely to become 'THE' military torch. However we've just had a less-than-great review of one of the Lensers and would be interested in feedback from people who've used them. Clearly if some of the lenser models have failings then we need to consider our advice and stock.


LED Lenser P3




(review = 3/5)
I got one of these a while back to replace my usual hand torch when I lost it. The strength of the light is very good, as is the beam adjustment using the thumb. Excellent build quality as well.
Unfortunately, despite clearly being an almost faultless torch I can't help but hate it because of it's on/off switch which is next to useless. The button is located at the back of the housing, it is so tiny and doesn't protrude from the surface at all (like a reset switch on a calculator!) making it frustratingly difficult to operate in normal conditions and next to impossible with gloves on. Even though I have small fingers I found it easier to press it against my tooth rather than funble with my fingernails but ended up replacing it in the end.
Very dissapointing for such a well made torch but I suppose at £15 you can't argue. Perhaps some of the more expensive ones have bigger buttons.
Our collection of Lensers is here: http://www.rvops.co.uk/electronics-80/torches-42/
 
#2
I've got one of the P7s which I use as a gun light on rimfires, and I'd agree about the buttons. A rotary switch with a positive click would be better.

Though having said that, the illumination is superb.
 
#3
I don't have one, but was very tempted. I have a Tesco 1W 2AA torch (recently made a bit wider than the original, which allows the batteries to be removed!) which also has a base push-button switch. For me, the switch is too big/too proud as it often switches itself on while in my pocket. The Lenser switch seems like a better option, though it will depend on how far back you bite your nails.
 
#4
If you're doing a trial I'll PM you my address so you know where to send the torch....... :twisted:
 
#6
I use a police Lenser on my mountain bike and have to say, i'm very impressed. It's a bit heavy so I wouldn't reccomend it as an EDC torch. Brilliant as a search torch though.
 
#8
Having used both I can't see what there is to justify a Surefire being eighty quid more expensive than a LED lenser; the latter are very good torches and give out loads of light whilst taking standard batteries. I can see the point about the button, but I've never had any trouble with mine.
 
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RVOps said:
(review = 3/5)
I got one of these a while back to replace my usual hand torch when I lost it. The strength of the light is very good, as is the beam adjustment using the thumb. Excellent build quality as well.
Unfortunately, despite clearly being an almost faultless torch I can't help but hate it because of it's on/off switch which is next to useless. The button is located at the back of the housing, it is so tiny and doesn't protrude from the surface at all (like a reset switch on a calculator!) making it frustratingly difficult to operate in normal conditions and next to impossible with gloves on. Even though I have small fingers I found it easier to press it against my tooth rather than funble with my fingernails but ended up replacing it in the end.
Very dissapointing for such a well made torch but I suppose at £15 you can't argue. Perhaps some of the more expensive ones have bigger buttons.

This is true, but through being a problem solver rather than a moaner, I found that a regular brass drawing pin (flathead type) cut down with a pair of wire cutters, then stuck on top of the switch with gaffer tape over the top fixes the issue.

Torch works good for me, like it a lot. Don't use it in a military manner but use it in a demanding environment where it gets dropped and bashed about a lot.

Mind you, blacks do a 9-LED one for a fiver which is awesome!!
 
#13
Cracking torches for the dosh

I use 2 on my dive rig as they are bright enough for me to use as a primary with back up

The P3 works well and is far better than my minimag ever was
 

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