We all live in an enlightened world. Even when the sun sets there is no need to carry a lantern, candle or torch around. There is always a light-source close-by: Either it be your beloved design-lamps in the living room, the street-lights or at least the head-lights of your car. Technology doesn't leave you in the dark in your daily live. One of the reasons why nightcaching is so much fun is that you have to leave that comfort zone. You have to go out there and bring our own light but which one?
There are three types of torches which should be considered for nightcaching:
- Normal torches
- and portable floodlights
|Stefan and I deep in the forests of Bavaria|
Again the question about the batteries comes up: Do you want to use AA or is it ok to add another type of batteries? A lot of torches run on 18XX0 Li-Ion. The huge advantage is that you have much more "power" in a similar cell as the AA. The disadvantage is that you need a second charger and if you place these batteries accidentally into another device it's toast. I'm just sticking with AA because I love to have the same batteries for all devices however that is a personal decision.
Ok. We figured out the type of battery but how much money do you have the spend? I bought myself "the" standard nightcaching torch: The Fenix LD20R4. It was about 80 AUD and in the same price-range are a lot more torches like the EagleTac P20A2 Mark II or the Olight I25 Infinitum. So if you can't find a nightcache with any of those lamps then the cache is of very poor design (Keep that in mind if you build a nightcache: it's not about showing which fancy light you bought yourself. The challenge shouldn't be within the equipment). You can buy less quality but the same brightness for - of course - less money. However in my opinion you shouldn't need a torch which is brighter than the mentioned ones which means you don't have to pay more than 80 AUD on a torch.
|My Fenix LD20 R4 - the very one I use|
As you can see below I did build myself a flooder long before you could buy good LED torches. It is powered by a 12V lead gel battery ... yes: lead as in very heavy and not really usable. Obviously I didn't bother to bring it down-under so it sits in a storage close to Frankfurt. Another project which is really cool is the 500 LED torch. It fits the profile: large, expensive and completely useless for nightcaching.
|My first self-made floodlight: 35W 12V Halogen|
Anyway. The market changed over the past years and new torches get released by Chinese companies as you read this post. There might be already the next model on the market and it is as hard to keep track of it as with mobile phones or computers.
Just remember that you don't need to spend a lot of money in order to have a good and reliable torch.