Last updated: March 17, 2023
Reviews of five of the best torches for camping and hiking in Australia, based on power, durability, ease of use, battery, price, and more.
One of the most important items to bring with you when camping is a torch (or 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 specifically designed to assist you on those exciting outdoor trips.
We’ve done the research and have reviewed five 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 Baton 3 Pro which you can purchase from Olight Store or from Amazon. Use coupon code SU10 for a 10% discount on the Olight Store website on products that are not on sale.
Olight Baton 3 Pro
Lumintop Tool AA 2.0
|101 x 23 x 23 mm||89.5 x 18.5 x 18.5 mm|
|1500 lumens||650 lumens|
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Top 5 Outdoor Torches:
|1||Olight Baton 3 Pro||Price|
|2||Lumintop Tool AA 2.0||Price|
|3||Sofirn SC31 Pro||Price|
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Top 5 Outdoor Torches
Here are our five favourite handheld torches suitable for camping and hiking, ranging in price from around 20 to 300 Australian dollars.
Scroll further down to read our camping torch buying guide with an outline of things to pay attention to when comparing models.
1. Olight Baton 3 Pro
The Olight Baton 3 Pro is one of Olight’s top sellers. As an affordable, lightweight, powerful, and compact handheld torch, the Baton 3 Pro tops our list of best torches, for a number of reasons.
Comfort and performance go hand-in-hand with the Baton 3 Pro. It’s a very compact (both small and lightweight) torch that sits comfortably in the hand. The small switch button on the side is intuitive and perfectly positioned for the thumb to operate. Also worth mentioning is that this torch is waterproof up until 2m deep for 30 minutes.
The powerful 3200mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery can easily be charged with the USB magnetic charging 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 1500 lumens (max throw of 175 metres), the Olight Baton 3 Pro is one of the brightest torches in its price category on the market. The brightness level can easily be adjusted with a switch, choosing between multiple brightness modes, including strobe mode. Another cool feature is the hidden proximity sensor, which automatically dims the light output when blocked by a nearby object.
The Baton 3 Pro is reasonably affordable. If you have a bigger budget, Olight offers a range of high-quality torches with even better specs than the Baton 3 Pro. Consider the Olight Seeker 3 Pro, a lightweight torch with an incredibly powerful 5000mAh battery and a maximum light output of 4200 lumens achieving a 250-meter beam distance.
Use coupon code SU10 for a 10% discount from Olight Store on products that are not on sale.
|Olight Baton 3 Pro|
|Size:||101 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 very 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 no battery is 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. Sofirn SC31 Pro
Next up is the Sofirn SC31 Pro, a compact and lightweight flashlight with a strong lithium battery and a remarkably high lumens rating.
The SC31 Pro can 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 USB-C 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)|
4. Wuben L50
The Wuben L50 is a reasonably affordable torch that offers a respectable 1200 lumens light output, running on a strong 2600mAh rechargeable lithium battery that is 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. Fenix LR35R
We’re concluding this list of the best camping and hiking torches with the Fenix LR35R, an incredibly powerful and bright torch with a matching price tag. This torch is a bit bigger and heavier than the others, but it’s a highly comfortable and easy-to-use torch.
The Fenix LR353 offers an incredible max 10000 lumens light output, with a throw of 500 metres. A single side switch lets you choose between five different brightness levels. The included 4000mAh rechargeable lithium batteries (x2) deliver the strongest battery power of all torches on this list. Also included are a USB-C charging cable and a holster with lanyard.
This model may be a bit too much for the average consumer, but if you’re looking for a powerful and robust camping torch that you will use frequently, the Fenix LR35R will be worth the investment.
|Size:||140 x 51.5 x 46.5 mm|
|Battery:||2 x 4000mAh rechargeable lithium (included)|
|LED:||Luminus SST-40 (6 x)|
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.
Here are some of the things to consider when buying a new torch for your next camping, backpacking, or hiking trip:
- Size and weight
- Brightness levels
Let’s discuss these factors in a bit more detail.
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 to get a higher level of brightness.
This will ultimately depend on your personal needs, but to give you an idea, aim for a maximum of 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. However, a modern camping torch with 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 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.
For example, our recommended Olight Baton 3 Pro has a handy switch button on the side that allows you to quickly change the brightness level, which, as you can imagine, is super helpful.
Some handheld outdoor torches also offer a strobe light function, which can be helpful in emergencies.
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.
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