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Disclaimer: I broke my hand last week so I was going to keep this brief but apparently this is a "most wanted" product and as such the review must be at least 500 words so please forgive any typing errors as I'm limited to only using my left (non-dominant) hand.
===Why did I buy these torches ===
I like to have a few small torches scattered around the house and car so that one is always near to hand when one is needed. With that in mind I couldn't resist buying a 3 pack of these Rolson 9 LED torches off Amazon when I saw them for under a fiver (batteries and shipping included).
===Size, Appearance and Weight===
These torches come in black and silver and are about 8.5cm long with a 2.5 cm diameter. They are made of aluminium with the top and bottom thirds textured to improve grip while the middle third is smooth. The rubber on/off button is large and takes up the whole of the back end (which makes it easy to hold without accidentally switching on or off but does mean you can't stand it on its back end). They are easy to turn on/off without being so sensitive that you risk accidentally pressing it when you don't mean to do so.
These aren't the lightest torches in the world, but the majority of the weight comes from the 3 AAA batteries each uses (included); at about 60g, they are perfectly fine for everything except super lightweight backpacking. If I need both hands, I have no problem holding one of these torches in my mouth for a few minutes.
===Do they work?===
Yes. The 9 LED bulbs give excellent illumination. The light is nice and white. They aren't brilliant for longer distances (more than about 4m), but what do you expect for such a low price?
===Do they last?===
I've had mine for over a year and haven't had a single problem with any of them despite regular use and frequently being bashed around in bags and dropped on the floor (including hard floors).
===Price and Availability===
You can currently get a pack of 3 of these torches off Amazon for £4.10 but they are classed as an add on item so you only get free shipping if your order is over £20. Alternatively, you can get 2 of these torches along with a very decent quality head torch which I can also recommend for £6.70 (free shipping).
I highly recommend a set of these torches to keep around the house and car. They are small enough to stick in just about any drawer or bag and light enough not to push you over any luggage limits when travelling. They are durable and give off a nice bright, white light. And last but not least, they are super inexpensive. I would still recommend them if they were 3-4 times the price but at less than £5 for a pack of 3, including batteries, they are an absolute steal!
Short name: Rolson 61760