Maglite XL50 LED Torch
Pro’s: Small, light, good light output.
Cons: Care needed to prevent accidentally turning it on when not it use.
LED torches offer two advantages for bat workers; one is improved battery life and the other is next to no heat emission. The Maglite XL50 runs on three AAA batteries and has three light settings cycleable via the push button switch at the back of the torch: high, low and strobe. High offers 104 lumens and a battery burn time of 8h45m; low reduces output to 25% giving a battery life of 36h. On low setting the torch offers plenty of focussed light to check all but the deepest crevices.
The torch is small and light enough to carry day to day although it’s easy for the rear mounted push button to get knocked when in pockets resulting in unecessary battery drain.
The XL50 is a great little survey torch.