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Various uses really, Live out in the sticks so will come in handy for everything from finding the bloody cat to putting the bins out. Am also a member of a search and rescue team and would want to use it there as well.
streamlight sidewinder, 4 strength settings/ white,red green, blue ( or infrared ) led. Takes bog standard batteries. Make sure you go for the latest version though as its brighter. Smaller version is the sidewinder "compact" which I cant find for sale in the UK yet but will be eventually! its a solid no messing light that is a touch bigger than a pack of ciggies
I have a pair of Blacks torches and they are great.
At the moment they are doing their 9-LED one for a fiver if you buy ANYTHING else in the shop. It's metal, waterproof, and really bright, and very tough too. Had it ages and dropped it long distances and not had any issues.
I also have the 1-watt Blacks one. Same design, but 9-LEDs swapped for one really bright one. The beam goes for miles. It chomps on the batteries a bit more than the 9-LED torch but is much brighter and great for when you really need a lot of light. They are both the same size, at about 4 inches long by an inch diameter.
The 1-watt goes for about Â£25, the 9-LED for a fiver if you buy anything else. MOD Discount on both. If you're not serving they'd probably do a MR discount.
I know you may be a bit dubious about buying Blacks own-brand, but I was after a cheap, bright torch about 4 months ago and bought the 1-watter, then got the 9-LED one on the checkout for a fiver (in case of losing the first). Not felt the need to get anything since.
Have also used the 1-watter in my (dodgy) area at night as a self defence tool. If you don't fancy kicking somebody in (as most people here that might start on you carry knives and/or guns) it's quite a good thing to whip out your pocket and shine in their eyes... like right in their eyes. The on/off button is in the right place for doing that. It makes your eyes feel hot if you look at it from arms length in daylight. God knows what the gangsta kids go through when you shine it in their eyes from less than an inch in the middle of the night... but when you leave the scene it's quite evident that they can't see a fecking thing.
I had one of those 9 LED torches, picked it up for 2.99 from my local DIY shop. My loving wife to be promtly stole it to use when she is on night shift (nurse). She says it's the best torch she has had........... I feel cheated.
agree, both really good, but being a surefire fan, i would always go with that.
if you dont want to spend too much, there is always the Surefire G2 Nitrolon Torch from Intelligent Armour at Â£29.00 (you get a 10% forces discount too if you ask!) Now thats good value for a surefire.