Chris Talks Torches
Nauticalia MD Chris Murdoch looks at the new range of torches form American brand Coast.
Like many people, Ive relied upon my trusty old Maglite for ages. I cant remember when I bought it, but back then its anodised aluminium construction was state of the art, and has been pretty much the benchmark for quality, brightness, and durability for around 20 years.
LED technology has been evolving quickly over the past couple of years, and weve been selling some amazingly-powerful LED torches that can outperform car headlamps, reaching out to almost half a mile. Theyre expensive though, upwards of £200, and weve tended to refer to them as professional suited to users that demand maximum brightness and flawless engineering no matter what the cost.
Recently however, weve been talking to Coast an American brand specialising in LED torches and multi-tools about how the trickle-down effect of new technology is enabling them to pack advanced features, incredible brightness, and superior battery life into remarkably affordable products starting from only £10.95. Now, something as bright as my old 3xD cell Maglite measures just a couple of inches, because the LEDs can run for hours on just one or two AA batteries. And its a much crisper, cleaner, white light much clearer than the yellow-ish beam of old. And as for build quality, that bombproof anodised aluminium body has now become standard-issue.
Even Coasts top-of-the-range model is only about £85. Like my old torch, it also takes 3xD batteries. But this one packs a 615-lumen beam over nearly 300m and, on those 3 batteries, it will do so for more than 15 hours.
Ive been staggered at just how outdated my trusty old Maglite has become. Its difficult to explain the difference in just words and pictures but, if you havent upgraded yet, try one of these Coast torches and Im certain youll be impressed.