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Head Torches from Ledlenser Review– Which is the One for You?

Peak buying season for torches is not-so-slowly creeping up on us, so while the rest of us enjoy our summer breaks, the torch suppliers are beavering away ensuring that dealers have enough stock to meet demand when the clocks go back in October.

I have become a fan of head torches after initially being quite sceptical. What converted me was having to work under a car bonnet one wet, dark and wintry evening, trying the find the catch to release the headlight housing so I could replace the bulb. I needed a beam adjustable from spot to flood, and a beam housing that could be moved downwards, so that I could hold my head at the correct angle to see what I needed to see. But end users have a variety of other needs too, so LEDCO UK sent me a couple from their new i-Series range to try out.

Top of the Range - Ledlenser iXEO 19R

Packed into its own padded black nylon case surrounded by an informative sleeve, it is clear that this 5-in-1 2000 lumen max super light (handheld torch, headlamp, helmet light, area light, emergency light) is aimed at demanding users, such as professionals in heavy industries such as tunnelling, construction and utilities as well as mountain rescue and the emergency services. Accordingly, it is IPX6 rated in terms of water protection – i.e. protected against strong water jets.

The kit itself is comprehensive, as it comes as standard with a self-adhesive helmet connecting kit, belt clip and extension cord, to give the option to hang the Li-ion rechargeable PowerBox on a belt or bag. A neoprene battery bag has a belt loop, and can be used instead of the belt clip if the battery pack needs more water protection. There is also a mains charger, and a USB lead so that the battery pack can be used to charge a mobile if needed. A nice touch is the soft cloth and brush to clean up the lenses occasionally.

It is worth a look at the battery pack to explore some of the ways it can be used. The plastic casing has a slightly matte black rubberised feel to it and has various catches and sockets. On one end, there is the inlet socket for the charger/connection lead and the USB socket. This has a rubbery cover that no doubt helps to achieve the IPX6 rating. A small lever is used to lock the battery connection lead into place so it is secure and waterproof. There is also a blue light battery charge indicator on this end.

On the opposite end is a plastic catch onto which the head of the torch can be attached making the whole thing into a handheld device. If this seems like a bit of a fiddly arrangement – it is, but after you have done it a few times it works better – it’s just a matter of getting used to the way in which the clips work. To make it easier, a short connection cable is also included so there is no need to remove the coiled cable from the elasticated headband. All the cables, apart from the short one, have lockable connections so that they are secure against movement and water ingress.

The iXEO 19R Torch Head

This torch head in sharp black, with bright yellow lens mounts and adjusting levers, looks a bit like a two-eyed monster when viewed full frontal, and the arrangement promises complexity. However, it really is quite simple to use. There is a single rubberised switch on top of the head. Press once on the top for dual half beam, press twice for dual full beam, and a third time for selecting the Optisense option that automatically controls the amount of light for the user. So on Optisense, a night worker would have near full beam when looking far ahead, but when looking at a map close up, the light would automatically dim so as not to dazzle.  A fourth press activates the dual strobe lights. However, press on the right side of the switch and the right-side light will come on in the same sequence as above. The same is true if you push the left-hand side of the switch except that the left-hand light will illuminate. An addition press in any mode of the front switch activates the maximum 2000 lumens, which literally turns night into day. More than enough light for even the darkest of environments.

The two yellow levers on each side of the switch work independently and move the focus of each light from spot to flood – thus making it possible to have full flood or spot in either lights, or a mixture of one flood and one spot in whichever side you need. The levers work smoothly, as does the switch – you won’t find the torch moving on your head if the headband is adjusted properly and the helmet mount is very secure. It is possible to click stop the head of the torch from horizontal to nearly 45 degrees for close up viewing, and behind the lights themselves is a ventilation system that cools the LEDs, apparently making them brighter. A new bit of information to me.

Finally, by pressing the switch and holding for 5 seconds, the battery is locked so that it cannot be accidentally activated when it is packed in a rucksack, for instance - a useful feature.

This is obviously a choice bit of kit that is designed and made to the high standards of Ledlenser, and has the price tag to match. I don’t think it will disappoint the target users because it is genuinely powerful and capable – but take a good look at the instructions to get the best out of it, because it is sophisticated.

iSEO 5R

In the mid-range of i-Series head torches, the iSEO 5R is a lot more compact and cheaper than the above. Nevertheless, it is still part of the industrial series of head torches because of its IPX6 weatherproofiing and glare free red LED light option. It sports a180 lumen light output with a range of 120m at full spot. At full beam a completely recharged battery will last 10 hours, but with low power beam selected, this goes up potentially to a very useful 50 hours. Or, if you want, you can use three AAA batteries instead.

Charging is done via a short USB lead that can be plugged into a computer/laptop, or one of those new USB enabled mains sockets.

The switch is a simple button switch on top of the battery housing. One press selects full beam, another press selects low power, a third starts the strobe light, and a fourth switches the beam off. To select the red light just hold down the main switch for a few seconds longer, and another press will engage the red strobe light.

There is also the battery lock option to prevent accidentally switching the torch on – simply hold the switch down for 5 seconds.

Beam focusing is simply done by a twist of the outer lens bezel, and the light can be angled by a full 60 degrees by a stopped ratchet.

Although this torch is very light, weighing just 105g, it is supplied with the option of a self-adhesive hardhat mount with extra helmet clips for industrial users.

Ledlenser is proud of its quality control and manufacturing and this small torch does not escape the process. Such a light, compact and effective torch will surely gain fans. 

LED Lenser P7R – Rechargeable Quality

Aimed at: Pro and demanding users of torches.

Pros: Rechargeable, compact with a powerful and adjustable beam.

In the increasingly competitive market for torches, consumers have been spoiled. We can get torches from the £1.99 petrol station special up to devices costing £200 or £300 with beams like lighthouses. We have come to expect bright LEDs, focusing optics and some degree of weather and shock protection as standard. It seems as if we are all lumen hungry now, where 15 years ago we didn’t even know what a lumen was.

Pitching unashamedly into the quality end of the market is the new LED Lenser P7R – part of LED Lenser’s Professional Series of torches. If you want to shout quality these days, then the torch (or whatever) has to be presented in a well made and striking presentation box into which the product is nestled like a piece of expensive jewellery. The P7R is no exception – as the picture shows.

Printed discreetly on the lid are the key specifications of the product – 1000 lumens beam strength, a maximum beam distance of 210 metres and a battery life of up to 40 hours at Eco setting. Not bad for a torch that is 15cm long and will fit comfortably into a wax jacket pocket.

Underneath the dense foam packaging is all the stuff you need to get the torch working. There is a well made ballistic nylon belt pouch with elasticated sides to hold the torch securely. With its red stitched highlights and hook and loop fastening, the pouch looks like it has been specially made for the P7R and is not just a “generic one size fits all’. There is also a nylon wrist strap that can be attached to the base cap if needed.  And then, of course, there is the all-important charging base. There is definitely a touch of the “designer” about this base. Made out of strong black plastic it has complex curves like a shoehorn, with the USB charging lead on one end.

This base is designed to be attached vertically to a wall with the screws and plugs supplied. There is about a metre and a half of cord attached to the charging end, so it should be enough for most users to find a convenient place to put it. Although there is only the USB option to plug into the charger this may not be too limiting. Apart from being able to charge from a laptop or desktop computer, mains plug sockets with USB fittings are commonly available nowadays.

Once fitted to the wall, the torch has a strong magnetic cap that holds the torch vertically while it is being charged. This charging solution, I have to say, is neat, efficient and stylish and minimizes the clutter that usually surrounds the “charging stations” that are a feature of modern life with all our rechargeable devices.

Unusually, the rechargeable battery was not in the torch when it arrived for testing. It was packed into the nylon pouch for protection. All it takes to mount the battery is to unscrew the back cap of the torch and mount it into the removable cartridge, taking care to observe the polarity. When the rear cap is removed it is an opportunity to have a close look at the design and engineering of the product, the body is made of alloy, and there is no doubt that it is high quality. The milled grips are well done and the black finish is thorough.

The rear cap also contains the switch mechanism, and I am pleased that the designers have adopted a simple switch system that does not entail switching through all modes whenever you use the torch. A simple hard press on the bright chrome switch will turn on full beam and another firm press will switch it off. However, a quick double press will select Eco mode that is significantly less bright than the main beam.

The beam focusing system is similarly simple. To unlock the torch head simply twist it to the right and then it will slide smoothly backwards and forwards, using your thumb and forefinger. The user can choose whatever setting he wants between full beam and flood beam and then lock this position by a simple twist to the left.  

Not all LEDs are created equal, and I was pleased to see that the quality of the LED Lenser LED was good. Shining it onto a wall, at full beam, there were no black spots or rings. This shows that the focusing optics are doing their job and the intense spot needed at the end of a beam will be there. Similarly, at full flood setting, there was a good even spread of light with no spots or rings. In the full darkness of my back garden (no street lights out here in deepest Sussex) the flood beam illuminated a wide area that made it possible to work over the whole 12 metre wide garden.

The spot beam is powerful too, and shone right across the playing fields opposite with a noticeable centre to the beam.

The P7R is positioned at a very competitive centre of an already competitive torch market so is up against some stiff competition both in terms of price and quality. In my mind there is no doubt about the quality of the LED Lenser P7R – the designers have done a good job designing a torch with an LED that is super bright and then allied it to a simple patented focusing system with quality lenses that make the most of the bright beam.

The packaging and accessories reinforce the quality message, as does the elegant charging system. As usual, quality does not come cheap, so the target market is not those who would be happy with a cheap copy. Regular users might be police and emergency services etc, who need a reliable, robust torch that will deliver the light needed as well as being easy to carry and hold and then recharge at the end of a shift. 

Ledlenser Powers Forward

Ledlenser, the leading light in handheld torches and headlamps moves up to another level this year with the implementation of sector leading support for its brand.

Sure to grab consumer attention, National TV and Radio campaigns have once again been booked for later in the year. These will be supported by new product ranges, product extensions (new P7R, new Auto Rechargeable), and a winter campaign designed to drive sales. All of this and the introduction of an impressive 7 year consumer warranty (upon registration), new brand logo and a stunning new website ensure that the only light that your customers demand from you this year will be a Ledlenser. Ledlenser – Lighting Instruments for Professionals. Contact your local Ledlenser sales representative or contact the central sales office to profit from this extensive support. 

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LED Lenser – Make A Bright Start in 2016

LED Lenser enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2015, picking up more awards for its market-leading range of top quality Torches and Head Lamps, and reaching out to nearly 20 million people in the UK with a combined TV and radio campaign in the run-up to Christmas.

Firmly established as first-choice lighting instrument for professional tradesmen, emergency services personnel, search & rescue teams and serious outdoor enthusiasts, LED Lenser is renowned for superior performance and perfect light in any situation. Ideal for night work, outdoor tasks, safety checks and emergency repairs, LED Lenser makes superior quality torches that turn night into day, with consistently bright, white quality light.

LED Lenser sets the standard for professional lighting, with innovative features like patented Advanced Focus System optics and Smart Light Technology across the range. Engineered in Germany torches have aircraft-grade aluminium bodies, gold-plated battery contacts and high-powered CREE LEDs. A huge range of Head Lamps provides everything a tradesmen needs, including lightweight, high-power and fast-charging options for hand-free light in the darkest of spaces. Popular models like the P7.2 hand torch, the mini-rechargeable M3R and the H14 head lamp series have helped make LED Lenser an essential tool for any domestic or industrial work space.

The company promises to continue to lead the way in 2016, with more new products, superb trade offers, enhanced packaging and dealer support. Tool trade dealers can make a bright start in 2016 by stocking LED Lenser Torches and Head Lamps – essential lighting instruments for any tradesman’s toolbox.’

For more information, please visit  www.ledlenser.co.uk or ring 01344 876222

‘LED Lenser’s mighty mini M3R

Convenience is everything with LED Lenser’s brilliant little M3R, the company’s smallest-ever rechargeable hand torch. It will blast out an impressive 220 lumens of light but at barely four inches in length will easily fit into a shirt pocket or overalls, making it a great choice for travel and jobs on the go. Rechargeable via mains or USB its generous 6 hour burn time is enough to covers most tasks in a day’s work but to be on the safe side there’s even a helpful Low Battery Message System to tell you when the batteries do need to be re-charged.

Performance-wise it offers the kind of superior technical ability that can almost be taken for granted with any LED Lenser torch: patented Advanced Focus System optics combine with micro-controlled Smart Light Technology for a high quality near-to-far beam and a choice of three useful light modes – Power, Low Power and Defence Strobe. A simple push-button Dynamic Switch at one end and single-handed Speed Focus at the other mean that selection of any light or focus setting is both simple and fast. Naturally it is built to last, with an anodised metal casing containing hard gold-plated battery contacts inside for optimum durability and power transmission. Supplied with wrist strap, belt pouch, clip, charger and one Lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

For further information please contact Richard Woolston on 1344 876222 or visit www.ledlenser.co.uk

LED Lenser F1

When did torches become sexy? The market seems to be crammed with beautifully made precision instruments that are well specified and cover every niche of the market. Now don’t think I am complaining. These torches are, almost without exception, pretty good, and very well priced too. As consumers of torches we have probably never had it so good.

So, I was not at all surprised to take delivery of the LEDLENSER F1 in its very smart presentation box (try to deny it – but first impressions count!) and find that it, too, is a welcome addition to the range of torches available to us.

In order to get it working you have to do a bit of assembly that takes all of two minutes, basically by removing the end cap and inserting the battery (make sure it is the correct way round or there could be consequences) At the same time the pocket clip is attached by slipping it over the end of the body before tightening the end cap back on. The F1 is now ready to use and its amazingly bright 400 lumens of light power is incredible in such a small (88 mm long) package. I did my usual power comparison test of beaming it to the bottom of my garden and I was quite astonished at the clarity and whiteness of the light as well as the more than adequate spread of light without any dark patches. I could well imagine someone up to no good being illuminated by a policeman’s beam and having no place to hide! The optics have obviously been very well designed for maximum effect at common distance usage.

The F1 however has a few other tricks up its black anodized alloy body. The switch is placed right in the end of the end cap with a waterproof rubberized cover. In normal use, a single press on the end will switch on and off. But, press twice within a second on the switch and you will get a beam that is reduced in brightness to about 15% of normal brightness. I found that this level of light was enough for me to be able to check around under the bonnet of my car or find my way round a completely dark house with ease. However, at full power, the lithium battery has a specified life of only 120 minutes, so any way of reducing brightness to increase battery life is welcome.

Press three times within a second on the switch and the torch is transformed into a powerful strobe light. This could be very useful for motorists, police or emergency services in a road accident for example, and I guess someone might even try to liven up their teenage daughter’s birthday party with it….?

The F1 is quite a little lighthouse, but it is actually necessary to have some quite sophisticated specification in place to make the whole package work reliably. As I have already mentioned, the body is made from black anodized alloy and with it’s rubber O-rings is waterproofed to military standards, namely to IPX8 – waterproof to 2.5 metres. Electrical connections are also gold –plated for maximum efficiency.

In the box, there is also a black alloy “tactical-ring” that can be used in place of the standard stainless steel torch rim. The “tactical-ring” is attached by simply unscrewing the front of the torch lamp housing, removing the stainless steel ring and replacing it with the stronger alloy version. This “tactical-ring” is strong enough to be used on edge to break glass and is clearly aimed at police and emergency service needs for this feature. Again, other users may find it useful too, and the stronger protection ring around the lightbulb assembly is also a good idea in ordinary use.

Another useful feature is the clip. This is strong and of a useful size, so it will hold the torch in place wherever it is clipped. But it is possible to reverse the clip by unscrewing the front bulb assembly and attaching the clip so that the end faces the back of the torch. This means that the torch can be attached to a cap or stiff hat rim and be used “hands-free”, following the user’s eyes as he moves his head.

For normal use, there is a nylon lanyard that is attached through a slot in the end cap and the 69grams of F1 will hang almost unnoticed from a wrist.

One of the things that bugs me a lot whenever I have to use a torch in an emergency, is that it is difficult to put it down so that it can shine a light exactly where you want it without rolling over. The F1 has been designed with a hex shape on the end cap with large flats on it. Therefore the torch can be placed on any one of these and it will stay in place. In fact, if you coordinate the clip and one of the flats on the hex, you can get a stability on the torch that is difficult to upset even on a smooth surface.

The torch can also be stood on its end cap so that the light glows straight up.

At first glance when I opened the LEDLENSER F1 package I wondered why the bulb end had a ribbed casing. Further reading enlightened me to the fact that some light energy is heat, and since the F1 is so bright it can generate quite a lot of heat. The internal heat sink and the ribbed casing allow the heat to be dissipated so that our fingers don’t get troubled.

As well as the “tactical-ring”, also included in the presentation box is a cleaning cloth and brush, a replacement O-ring, a mini catalogue and an instruction sheet.

One of the questions I asked myself when I had examined and tested the LEDLENSER F1 thoroughly, was whether I would like to get one as a present. The answer, in my view, is a no-brainer – simply a big YES. It is a fantastic little instrument that is clearly well made and tough. Despite not being a policeman or fireman, I would be more than happy to keep this little treasure on standby for emergencies.

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