Last updated: July 9, 2021
One of the most important items to bring with you when camping is a torch, otherwise known as a flashlight depending on where you’re from.
While the oversized battery-eating torch you can get in the supermarket may be suitable for some, you’re much better off buying a compact and powerful torch that is specifically designed to assist you on those exciting outdoor trips.
We’ve done the research and have created a shortlist of 5 of the best handheld torches in Australia, suitable for camping and hiking, based on power, durability, ease of use, battery, price and more.
Our top recommended torch is the Olight S2R Baton II which you can purchase from Olight Store or from Amazon. Use coupon code SU10 for a 10% discount from Olight Store on products that are not on sale.
Olight S2R Baton II
Lumintop Tool AA 2.0
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|5||Sofirn SC31 Pro||Price|
- Premium CREE XM-L U2 LED with maximum output of 960 lumens
- Integrated micro USB charging port is water, dust and impact...
- Maximum runtime of up to 28 hours
Top 5 Outdoor Torches
Here are our 5 favorite handheld torches suitable for camping and hiking, ranging in price from around 20 to 120 Australian dollars.
Scroll further down to read our outdoor torch buying guide with an outline of things to pay attention to when comparing models.
1. Olight S2R Baton II
The Olight S2R Baton II is the bigger brother of the S1R Baton II, and the brighter, smaller and lighter version of the S2R Baton. The S2R Baton II tops our list of best torches, for a number of reasons.
For starters, this is a super compact (both small and light weight) torch that sits very comfortably in the hand. The small switch button on the side is intuitive and is perfectly located for the thumb to operate. This switch also functions as a battery indicator using different colors to indicate how full or empty the battery is. The powerful 3200mAh battery can easily be charged with the portable charger cable. It’s simply a matter of plugging it into a USB power source, and the torch will be ready for duty in no time.
With a maximum light output of 1150 lumens, the Olight S2R Baton II is one of the brightest torches in this list, although you can certainly get even brighter ones. The brightness level can easily be adjusted with the side switch, choosing between five different brightness modes, including a strobe mode.
Overall, the Olight S2R Baton II is excellent value for money, is very easy to handle, and offers a great set of features.
Use coupon code SU10 for a 10% discount from Olight Store on products that are not on sale.
|Olight S2R Baton II|
|Size:||100 x 23 x 23 mm|
|Battery:||3200mAh rechargeable lithium (included)|
2. Lumintop Tool AA 2.0
The Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 is our preferred choice for those seeking a torch that is the most affordable while still offering good quality and ease of use. The Tool AA 2.0 is slightly more compact than the Olight above, and offers very respectable performance at a much lower price point.
This compact torch (the successor to the popular Tool AA) has a max 650 lumens light output, and you can choose between four different light modes plus a strobe function. A memory function will make the torch light up in the last used mode.
The Tool AA 2.0 works with either a 14500 rechargeable Li-ion battery for max performance or a standard AA battery, but please note that there is no battery included.
|Lumintop Tool AA 2.0|
|Size:||89.5 x 18.5 x 18.5 mm|
|Battery:||14500 rechargeable lithium or AA (not included)|
|LED:||Cree XP-L HD|
3. Anker Bolder LC90
The Anker Bolder LC90 has similar specifications as the Olight S2R Baton II and is also similarly priced, but is significantly longer and has a thicker head. The bigger size doesn’t mean it’s worse or better, it’s simply a matter of personal preference.
The LC90 offers a very decent max 900 lumens light output, with five different light modes to choose from. The included 6700mAh rechargeable lithium battery stands out as perhaps the strongest battery of all torches in this list.
|Anker Bolder LC90|
|Size:||207 x 40 x 40 mm|
|Battery:||6700mAh rechargeable lithium (included)|
4. Wuben L50
The Wuben L50 is a reasonably affordable torch that offers a very respectable 1200 lumens light output, running on a strong 2600mAh rechargeable lithium battery that comes included.
The L50 features four different brightness modes plus an emergency light mode, with a memory function that remembers the last used setting. When using the strongest brightness mode, the L50 can achieve an impressive 200 metres long beam distance.
With the Wuben L50 torch and battery, you will also receive a handy lanyard, a pocket clip, a USB charging cable, and a user manual.
|Size:||138.9 x 25.9 x 25.9 mm|
|Battery:||2600mAh rechargeable lithium (included)|
5. Sofirn SC31 Pro
We’re finishing off this list of best camping and hiking torches with the Sofirn SC31 Pro, a compact and lightweight flashlight with both a strong lithium battery as well as a remarkably high lumens rating.
The SC31 Pro is able to achieve a maximum light beam of 200 metres driven by a 2000 lumens rating. As with most modern outdoor torches, the Sofirn SC31 Pro offers different brightness settings and a memory function. It has a built-in USBC port, which means you can charge this torch without having to remove the battery.
|Sofirn SC31 Pro|
|Size:||117.5 x 25.4 x 25.4 mm|
|Battery:||3000mAh rechargeable lithium (included)|
Outdoor Torch Buying Guide
Outdoor torches and flashlights have come a long way, and with the never ending advancements in technology, a good torch today is powerful, compact, lightweight, and has a strong battery.
Let’s go through some of the things to consider when buying a new torch for your next camping, backpacking, or hiking trip.
Lumen is a unit that measures the total quantity of light that a given source can emit. In simpler words, the amount of lumens is the light output, and will tell you how bright a torch can be. The higher the rating, the brighter the torch will be.
This makes lumens an important quality factor to consider when buying a new torch. However, not everyone needs the brightest torch, which is why you don’t necessarily need to pay more just to get a higher level of brightness. This will completely depend on your personal needs, but to give you an idea, aim for a maximum 600 lumens output at the very least.
Also note that most torches have settings where you can adjust the brightness level, which is extremely useful when dealing with different circumstances.
2. Size and Weight
The desired size and weight of your new camping torch will highly depend on your personal needs and preferences. Some prefer a torch as small as possible, whereas others prefer something heavier and bulkier.
The more compact doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a better quality torch. A modern camping torch however, one that also has a high lumens rating, can be as small as 8 cm long and 2 cm thick. But as mentioned, not everyone needs or wants a torch that is so small.
Most modern outdoor torches will have a rechargeable lithium (lithium-ion, or li-on) included that you can easily and quickly recharge.
You will often see a so-called mAh rating with the battery, which is something to pay attention to. The mAh rating stands for milliamp hours and is basically a unit that measures the energy capacity of a battery. You guessed it, the higher that rating, the longer the battery will last.
But how long a battery lasts will also depend on personal usage and how bright the torch is. In other words, while a high mAh rating is good, not everyone needs a torch with a battery that has the highest mAh rating. It’s useful when you’re planning on using the torch for hours continuously.
4. Brightness Levels
As mentioned above, the lumens rating is important for understanding how bright a camping torch can be. What’s also important though, is the ability to quickly adjust that brightness level.
Our recommended Olight S2R II for example, has a handy switch button on the side that allows you to quickly change the brightness level, which, as you can imagine, is super useful.
Some handheld outdoor torches also offer a strobe light function, which can be helpful in emergency situations.
While not essential, some handheld torches come with accessories that can turn out to be quite handy.
For example, some torches come with a small pouch which makes storage a little easier and also helps to protect the torch from the elements when not in use.
Some users may also appreciate a pocket clip or lanyard, which is useful if you need to have the torch within instant reach.