Best torch 2024: illuminate your way through the dark

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00. Top 3
01. Best overall: Olight S2R Baton II
02. Longest throw: Maglite ML150LRX
03. Best pocket: RovyVon E3 Angel Eyes
04. Best mini: Olight SR1 Baton II Mini
05. Best rugged: Maglite MAG-TAC
06. Best magnetic: Nebo Big Larry 2
07. Best budget: Duronic Hurricane
08. Highest light output: Acebeam X75
09. Best for camping: Life Systems Intensity 370
10. How to choose
11. How we test
12. FAQ

Looking for the ultimate handheld beacon to guide you through life's darkest moments? Whether you're chasing shadows on impromptu nocturnal hikes or just navigating your way through another power cut, the quest for the perfect torch can be blinding.

Fear not! We're here to shed some light on the best torches available so you can avoid getting lost in a sea of subpar glow sticks.

But before you dive headfirst into the torch abyss, consider this: what exactly do you need this luminescent companion for? Do you crave a basic pocket torch to rescue you from fuse box fiascos, or are you on the hunt for a rugged, waterproof warrior to accompany you on daring camping escapades?

Modern torches come with more options than a Swiss Army knife – beam modes, lighting modes, you name it. How many bells and whistles do you really need? And let's not forget the age-old debate: battery-powered or rechargeable?

Before you take the plunge, make sure you're barking up the right tree. If you're looking to illuminate a vast expanse, leave the torches behind and grab one of our top-rated camping lanterns.

And if you're in need of hands-free enlightenment, check out our guide to the best head torches. Otherwise, grab your hiking backpack, kitchen drawer, car, or campervan glove compartment, and let's illuminate the darkness together.

The Top 3

The best torch to buy right now

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Best overall

Olight S2R Baton II torchT3 Best Buy badge

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1. Olight S2R Baton II

Best torch overall


Weight: 98.5g
Max lumens: 1150
Waterproof rating: IPX8
Operating modes: 5 brightness outputs, strobe
Beam range: 135m
Power: Rechargeable
Runtime: Up to 60 days

Reasons to buy

Up to 1150 lumens
Battery life indicator
Multiple lighting modes

Reasons to avoid

Mode switching can be tricky

Olight is a serious name in the world of flashlights, and the best torch right now is the Olight S2R Baton II. This compact flashlight is a great all-rounder, offering five different levels of brightness – the maximum being 1,050 lumens, which is plenty bright enough for illuminating your path outside at night and for shining a light on specific areas. It comes with a rechargeable lithium battery, and a traffic-light indicator so you'll never be caught running out of juice unexpectedly.

This design is rugged enough for pretty much anything you'd throw at it on an outdoor adventure. It's waterproof (rated to IPX8), and Olight promises you can drop it from up to 1.5m without breaking it. Finally, there's a dual pocket clip that you can use to attach it to whatever you want to, for easy-access storage or when you want to go hands-free. 

Longest throw


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2. Maglite ML150LRX rechargeable LED torch

Best torch for long distance beams


Weight: 794g (including batteries)
Max lumens: 1082
Waterproof rating: IPX4
Operating mode: High / Low / Eco / Momentary / Strobe
Beam range: Up to 458m
Power: Rechargeable
Runtime: Up to 79 hours (eco mode)

Reasons to buy

One of the toughest torches available
Incredibly powerful beam

Reasons to avoid

Not the most waterproof

We know what you're thinking – if you're going to spend this much on a torch, you'll want serious bang for your buck. Luckily, that's exactly what you get with the Maglite ML150LRX, which throws out a whopping 1,082 lumens, a compact design, and a beam range of 458 metres – plus a highly sought-after five-star rating from the US National Tactical Officer's Association. If you have a bigger budget, this could well be the best flashlight for you. 

The matte black finish makes this one of the more stylish torches on the market, and it's also incredibly easy to charge – you'll need just 30 minutes to boost it to 80 per cent power. We're also fans of the brilliant charging cradle (which can be used with the included 12 V car adaptor), which hugs the torch tightly even when upside down, so you can continue to power up whether you're bouncing around in the back of a safari jeep or hunkering down in a remote mountain refuge.

The icing on the cake is a 10-year warranty and an ultra-rugged exterior made from high-strength aircraft aluminium. One slight downside here is the water resistance rating – this is IPX4, which means it'll be resistant to water splashes from any direction but won't withstand a sustained spray.

Best pocket

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Best pocket torch


Weight: 32g
Max lumens: 700
Waterproof rating: IPX7
Operating mode: Moonlight / Low / Medium / High / Strobe
Beam range: 70m
Power: built-in Lipo battery (USB-C) / AAA battery
Runtime: Up to 54 hours (Moonlight mode)

Reasons to buy

Really small and light
Dual power sources

Reasons to avoid

Only 700 lumens available
Easy to lose

The RovyVon E3 Angel Eyes might not look like much – it's absolutely tiny and weighs next to nothing – but if you don't need a full-size torch spitting out a ton of lumens, it could well be the best torch for you.

It's small enough to clip onto a keyring, and its dual LEDs can go up to 700 lumens, making it ideal for casual use or as a super-lightweight travel companion. As well as dual LEDs, it also has dual power sources; there's a built-in LiPo battery, as well as a slot for an AAA battery, and while neither will last very long in full power mode, you can squeeze a good few days' use out of them on lower brightness levels. 

It's easy to switch between lighting modes, and you can set it to memorise the light mode you're on, so it'll default to that the next time you switch on. It's also impressively waterproof and solidly built; in short, this is a versatile and affordable torch for anyone who doesn't want to lug a heavyweight model around.

Get all the facts in our RovyVon E3 Angel Eyes torch review.

Best mini

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4. Olight Baton 4

Best mini torch


Weight: 52.5g / 1.85oz
Max lumens: 1,300
Waterproof rating: IPX8 (waterproof to 1m)
Beam range: 170 metres
Power: Rechargeable
Runtime: Up to 30 days (on ‘moonlight’ mode)

Reasons to buy

Super compact and lightweight
Fully waterproof & robust build quality
6 lighting modes
Comes with clip for attaching to caps or pockets
Contoured shaft for good grip

Reasons to avoid

No red light option
No lock for light

The Olight Baton 4 is a compact yet powerful torch with a remarkable throw length and diverse modes. With six lighting modes, robust build quality, and a waterproof design, it's a versatile companion for outdoor adventures, camping, and travel.

The Baton 4's compact size and lightweight design make it easy to carry, while its contoured shaft ensures a good grip. Better still, it comes with a clip for attaching to caps or pockets, which makes it double up as a head torch.

Despite lacking a red light option and a lock for the light, its simple operation and impressive performance make it a top choice for everyday carry. The Baton 4's docking unit resembles a Zippo lighter and serves multiple purposes, offering wireless charging and acting as a power bank.

This nifty device is extremely useful for travelling and adventuring. It provides exceptional range and burn time, making it ideal for various scenarios, from walking the dog to camping outdoors.

Read our full Olight Baton 4 review.

Best rugged

Maglite MAG-TAC Rechargeable LED Torch review

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5. Maglite MAG-TAC Rechargeable LED Torch

Best rugged torch


Weight: 156 g
Max lumens: 671
Waterproof rating: IPX4
Beam distance: 185 m
Power: rechargeable battery
Runtime: High 1 h/ Low 18 h

Reasons to buy

Ultra-durable construction
Knurled grip
Fast charging
Bright, reliable light output

Reasons to avoid

A few more dimming options would be nice
No red light option
Best suited for tactical operations

The Maglite MAG-TAC Rechargeable LED Torch is a compact, durable, and versatile lighting solution suitable for various scenarios, from tactical operations to everyday use.

Boasting a rugged construction with an IPX4 water resistance rating and drop-proof design, it's built to withstand harsh conditions. The torch features a rechargeable Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with fast charging capability, providing up to 671 lumens of brightness and a beam distance of 185 meters.

Its knurled grip ensures a secure hold, while the pocket clip allows for convenient portability. The torch offers four lighting modes, including momentary, latched, eco, and strobe, catering to different needs.

Despite its tactical focus, the MAG-TAC can also serve as a backup torch for emergencies or general use, thanks to its quick-charging capabilities and durable build quality.

Read our full Maglite MAG-TAC Rechargeable LED Torch review.

Also consider: the Acebeam Rider RX torch boasts a unique design featuring a snap-in tail switch and titanium chassis. With 650 lumens, it's ideal for casual use. Powered by AA batteries, it's rugged, waterproof, and versatile but not recommended for extreme outdoor adventures.

Best magnetic

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Best magnetic torch


Weight: 204g
Max lumens: 500
Waterproof rating: Not stated ("water resistant")
Beam range: Up to 75m
Power: 3 x AA batteries
Runtime: Up to 20 hours

Reasons to buy

Can be attached to anything magnetic
Steel clip and magnetic base for hands-free lighting
Impact resistant

Reasons to avoid

Short battery life

The Nebo Big Larry 2 is built with workshops in mind, but we think this versatile wand-style flashlight will come in handy in a whole range of situations. As well as a clip that means it can be used like a pen torch, it includes a magnetic spot that enables you to attach it to metal surfaces to illuminate the area hands-free.

The not-actually-that-big anodized aircraft-grade aluminium body is water- and impact-resistant, so it should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Unlike most flashlights, Big Larry's main light is on its side, and there are four light modes to choose from: Top Light (200 lumens), Work Light (500 lumens), Red Light (40 lumens) and Red Hazard Flasher.

Head to our full Nebo Big Larry 2 review for more info.

Best budget

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7. Duronic Hurricane LED torch

Best budget torch


Weight: 322g
Max lumens: Not stated
Waterproof rating: Not stated
Operating mode: Continuous, SOS red flashing
Beam range: Not stated
Power: Rechargeable (crank or USB)
Runtime: 5.5 hrs (torch); 2 hours (lantern)

Reasons to buy

A wind-up option ensures the lights stay on
Tough, with a chunky, non-slip handle

Reasons to avoid

Not the most powerful light

The best budget torch around is the Duronic Hurricane LED torch. It offers an impressive range of features for such a low price tag: short of inflating your air bed or helping put up your tent, this torch can does pretty much everything. To start with, it's not only a handheld torch but a powerful lantern, thanks to transparent sides and a sturdy handle that allows it to be dangled from hooks, branches or tent poles.

There's no chance of the lights going out, either – charge it quickly via its USB port or simply crank the handle for emergency lighting. One minute of cranking will give you 15 minutes of light – more than enough time for that dash to the toilet or a quick wildlife-spotting foray into the woods. You can also use the torch to charge your iPhone, and the beacon setting, which produces an incredibly bright, red flashing light, offers peace of mind if you're concerned about a camping-related calamity. 

Highest light output

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8. AceBeam X75 Power Bank Flashlight review

The most powerful LED torch


Weight: 1,303g / 2lb 14oz
Max lumens: 80,000 lumens (Turbo) 23,000 lumens (High)
Waterproof rating: IP68
Beam range: TBC
Power: Built-in 4 x Rechargeable Li-ion 21700 Battery Pack
Runtime: Up to 8h 20min (in Ultra-Low setting)

Reasons to buy

Insanely bright in High Mode
Rain-proof (splash-proof)

Reasons to avoid

Possibly too many lighting options

The AceBeam X75's build quality is near-enough bombproof, making this rugged lighting equipment a handy – albeit expensive – tool for all sorts of people, from outdoor enthusiasts, volunteers and professionals such as rangers to regular outback travellers and security staff.

The super high-lumen beam setting grabs the attention of most, but it's more likely you'll use it on a mid-range, and the brightness and battery life on these settings are good. Its alter ego as a portable power bank is also really useful, provided you have the right connections to take advantage of it.

Read our full AceBeam X75 Power Bank Flashlight review.

Best for camping

Lifesystems Intensity 370 LED hand torchT3 Approved badge

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Best torch for camping


Weight: 150g
Max lumens: 370
Waterproof rating: IPX6
Power: 2x AA batteries
Runtime: Up to 60 hours

Reasons to buy

Small but bright
Adjustable beam width
Healthy battery life

Reasons to avoid

Not rechargeable
Lacks grip on body

If you’re after a small but affordable torch that packs a punch, the Lifesystems Intensity 370 LED hand torch could light up your life. It’s armed with a 370 lumens LED bulb, but it’s what it does with it that’s impressive. The beam can be narrowed and widened for different uses, and when concentrated, it becomes very bright – able to light up subjects from well over 100ft away. There are also five handy brightness modes, including a flashing SOS mode for safety. The slim build is very pocketable and easy to hold (although we would ideally like some more grip on the handle), and it's water-resistant too. This torch is battery-powered and non-rechargeable, which might be a pro or a con, depending on what you need it for.

Read our full Life Systems Intensity 370 Hand Torch review.

How to choose the best torch for you

The best torch for you will depend on your demands, but there’s plenty of choice for those that want to upgrade from their smartphone’s weak and weedy flashlight. For example, a keyring flashlight is ideal for stashing in a bag so that you always have a half-decent source of emergency light to hand. For those willing to travel with a little more bulk, compact torches are small enough for stashing in camping kit bags and hiking backpacks. What’s more, they can pump out a lot of brightness.

For those who work outdoors and need to create an intense beam of light quickly to locate someone or something, look for a portable floodlight or a tactical torch, both of which will have a super-high lumens count for maximum brightness. The latter will be easy to attach to your clothing or bag too.

The rechargeable flashlights in our best torches list cost more than battery-operated models, but this higher cost will pay handsomely in the long run. Not only will they prevent you from constantly having to shell out for new batteries, but you will contribute less to landfill. 

Torches come in a variety of sizes, from chunky handheld floodlights to dinky keyring lights. Beam strength ranges from 10 to 7,000+ lumens, depending on the type of torch you buy, though anything over 150 lumens offers a decent level of brightness. 

For outdoor adventures where you need to clearly see where you’re stepping in the dark, especially on trails and in remote rural areas, pack a torch that has 800+ lumens and, ideally a range of modes, including SOS or Strobe. Security guards and other outdoors workers would do well with tactical torches dishing out 1,500+ lumens, quickly lighting up even the darkest areas. 

How we test the best torches

In testing handheld torches, we thoroughly evaluate build quality, assessing materials, durability, and waterproofing. We test ergonomics for comfort and accessibility. Illumination capabilities, including brightness, beam distance, and quality, are examined across different settings.

Battery life and rechargeability are analysed for practical outdoor use. We also assess versatility, portability, and additional features like adjustable focus or magnetic bases. Field tests in real-world conditions validate performance claims, providing insights into practical use scenarios such as camping trips and hiking expeditions. 


How many lumens is good for a torch?

Although many torches have a maximum lumen output of over 1,000, they often can't maintain that light power for too long. A decent torch should be able to produce between 100 and 150 lumens for at least a few hours without overheating. That's enough to light up objects 50 metres ahead of you.

Are Maglite torches any good?

Maglite torches are generally considered to be reliable and durable, making them a popular choice for many users. They are known for their solid construction, long battery life, and bright output. Maglite offers a range of models suitable for various purposes, from everyday carry to professional use.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.

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