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Glendun Plant stocks up with Trime X-ECO LED lights

GLENDUN Plant Sales, the Trime Group’s official dealer in Ireland, has ramped up its stocks of Trime X-ECO LED lighting towers, as its sales of Trime products continue to expand.

Commenting on this new order for thirty-six X-ECO LED lighting sets, Glendun Plant’s Dermot Cunnie said: “In late 2016, we spent some considerable time looking and comparing the various options in the market. However, we soon discovered that the Trime X-Eco range is by far the highest quality package that offers outstanding features, value and reliability.”

“Our customers have commented how the X-ECO LED is quick and easy to set-up, along with superior fuel efficiency, performance and reliability."

The X-ECO LED has a number of environmental qualities and safety aspects. The set is fitted with the AMOSS safety system, which automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected. The complete unit features an external emergency stop button, a fully bunded fuel tank, four height adjustable stabilisers and site levels for guidance during deployment. The energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 2,000 hours without replacement.

Glendun Plant Sales is based in Dungannon, Co.Tyrone and it supplies a comprehensive line of equipment to companies from the rental, utility, general contracting and civil engineering sectors, with sales to rental companies their most productive. Glendun Plant Sales serves its clients on both sides of the Irish border.

Dermot summarised his relationship with Trime by saying: “Trime UK is one of the best supplier partners to work with. We immediately felt part of their team and have been able to leverage other products that they are bringing onto the market such as the X-DUST dust suppression units and the emission free X-BATTERY lighting tower.”

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; its manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy. It has representation throughout Scotland, for parts service and repairs.

www.trimeuk.com

Ledlenser launch portable LED area worklights

LEDLENSER, the premier name in LED torches and headlamps, stunningly deploys its world-renowned lighting expertise to develop its first series of portable rechargeable LED area worklights for industrial use.

State-of-the-art technologies are combined with premium-grade materials and precision German engineering to deliver an Optimised Lumen Advantage across the two powerful floodlights and four incredibly bright inspection lamps.

Floodlights. Ideal for when larger work areas need consistent, bight and even illumination, the 2500lm iF4R and 4500lm iF8R floodlights both have five brightness levels to suit the user's needs. They can be affixed to metallic surfaces via the integrated magnets and the ability to be placed flat on a surface or angled using the ergonomic pivoting handle. An additional ingenious feature of the iF8R floodlight is that it is Bluetooth enabled. This provides the ability for light options to be controlled via a smartphone in conjunction with the Ledlenser Pro Connect App installed on it: ideal for when you can’t reach the light to change setting but do have your smart phone handy.

Inspection Lamps. If an inspection type lamp is the preferred method of illumination, then the four in this new series stand above the crowd. Comprising the 150lm iW4R, 300lm iW5R, 600lm iW5R-FLEX and 600lm iW7R, each can be held in the hand, affixed to a metallic surface with the incorporated magnet or hung using the integral hook/clip. As well as the broad beam from the inspection lamp each light also features an additional LED which delivers a powerful spot beam thanks to the Advanced Reflector Lens Optic that is a Ledlenser speciality.

All models in this series are rechargeable meaning that they are kinder on the pocket and on the planet. Embedded battery indicators help users keep track of how much battery charge is available in use and, whilst recharging, they indicate how much of the battery has yet to be charged.

Paresh Ruparelia from Ledlenser UK said: “We’ve waited a long time for a range of Ledlenser area work lights and we think it’s been well worth the wait. As well as being seriously bright and offering numerous lighting options, our expert use of materials makes this range extremely robust and lightweight. Add to this the seven-year with registration warranty that provides complete peace of mind and you can see why this range is already proving a massive winner.”

To stock or obtain more information about this new series, please contact UK & Ireland Master Ledlenser Distributor, Ledco Limited on 01344 876 222, or email [email protected]


www.ledlenser.com

Generac Mobile Products Delivers a New Frontier in Controllable Mobile Lighting

Generac Tower Light has launched the market’s first dimmable and ultra-thin external mobile disk light as it continues to lead and redefine mobile lighting solutions.

The new products are focused on understanding the importance of light in assisting productivity and supporting Health and Safety with anti-glare lamp heads and portable tower.

Available on road tow or on a trolley platform, the Generac Tower Light MT1-UFO model provides an impact resistant and robust entry level lighting tower suitable for rail and infrastructure projects.

Launching this September, the curved opal cover of the MT1-UFO creates a thin and strengthened disk which provides total 360˚ strong, but soft light, powered by 400W LED lamp heads incorporating a unique passive cooling system.

The passive cooling technology creates a maintenance-free lamp head due to an aluminium element which dissipates the heat.

The lamp head provides two solutions in one with complete 360˚ light and the ability to tilt to provide directional light. The MT1-UFO was designed with safety in mind and offers a safe alternative to balloon lights or temporary onsite soft lights.

The MT1 Yanmar engine delivers performance for up to 34 hours of operation at full capacity and provides light up to 25m. The lights are dimmable from 1 to 100%, without compromising on quality, making it suitable for track and road side maintenance in busy urban areas or on high traffic flow road networks as there is no glare produced.

Andy Thompson, Sales and Major Accounts Manager: “As LED technology now enters into the mainstream for the hire market, the next frontier in lighting is control.

“Dimmer technology has been around for years but combined with our ultra-thin, robust LED lamp head it allows operators to fully control the amount of light they emit. Mobile lighting towers can now be controlled and energy savings are only the start of the potential benefits as controllable lighting promises to create safer working conditions both on the track and road side.”

The launch of the MT1-UFO this autumn is further accompanied by an evolution of the LT3 trolley light- a third generation of this popular mobile light solution.

The ergonomic and easy to use manual system of the Link T3 ensures that the 6m rotating mast can be easily deployed and positioned, while the 150W crisp and instant LED lights provide strong visibility.

It is equipped with stabilisers, double access lockable doors for storage of tools, and safety lock-in pin which makes this a versatile, safe and secure portable tower.

The Link T3 model also includes an updated control panel and is available with an astronomical digital timer for start/stop functionality and a darkness sensor which allows teams to arrive safely on site with light already provided thus allowing them to start work immediately.

Both MT1 UFO and Link T3 models can be ‘daisy chained’ to provide good fuel efficiency and lighting in confined areas such as tunnels. The MT1 UFO model with 32A socket and plug, can link up to 12 machines powered from Mains supply.

Andy continues: “These new products offer the latest in lighting and operational technology at a cost-effective price point when compared to traditional lighting towers.

“This year we have segmented our ranges into three clearly defined product tiers: Hybrid, Mobile and Stationary. The tiers feature models that offer hirers and end users the ease to specify the best solution for their needs.”

The new tower lights are available now from Generac Mobile Products and our team are happy to demo across the UK and in Europe.

 

Head Torches from Ledlenser Review– Which is the One for You?

Peak buying season for torches is not-so-slowly creeping up on us, so while the rest of us enjoy our summer breaks, the torch suppliers are beavering away ensuring that dealers have enough stock to meet demand when the clocks go back in October.

I have become a fan of head torches after initially being quite sceptical. What converted me was having to work under a car bonnet one wet, dark and wintry evening, trying the find the catch to release the headlight housing so I could replace the bulb. I needed a beam adjustable from spot to flood, and a beam housing that could be moved downwards, so that I could hold my head at the correct angle to see what I needed to see. But end users have a variety of other needs too, so LEDCO UK sent me a couple from their new i-Series range to try out.

Top of the Range - Ledlenser iXEO 19R

Packed into its own padded black nylon case surrounded by an informative sleeve, it is clear that this 5-in-1 2000 lumen max super light (handheld torch, headlamp, helmet light, area light, emergency light) is aimed at demanding users, such as professionals in heavy industries such as tunnelling, construction and utilities as well as mountain rescue and the emergency services. Accordingly, it is IPX6 rated in terms of water protection – i.e. protected against strong water jets.

The kit itself is comprehensive, as it comes as standard with a self-adhesive helmet connecting kit, belt clip and extension cord, to give the option to hang the Li-ion rechargeable PowerBox on a belt or bag. A neoprene battery bag has a belt loop, and can be used instead of the belt clip if the battery pack needs more water protection. There is also a mains charger, and a USB lead so that the battery pack can be used to charge a mobile if needed. A nice touch is the soft cloth and brush to clean up the lenses occasionally.

It is worth a look at the battery pack to explore some of the ways it can be used. The plastic casing has a slightly matte black rubberised feel to it and has various catches and sockets. On one end, there is the inlet socket for the charger/connection lead and the USB socket. This has a rubbery cover that no doubt helps to achieve the IPX6 rating. A small lever is used to lock the battery connection lead into place so it is secure and waterproof. There is also a blue light battery charge indicator on this end.

On the opposite end is a plastic catch onto which the head of the torch can be attached making the whole thing into a handheld device. If this seems like a bit of a fiddly arrangement – it is, but after you have done it a few times it works better – it’s just a matter of getting used to the way in which the clips work. To make it easier, a short connection cable is also included so there is no need to remove the coiled cable from the elasticated headband. All the cables, apart from the short one, have lockable connections so that they are secure against movement and water ingress.

The iXEO 19R Torch Head

This torch head in sharp black, with bright yellow lens mounts and adjusting levers, looks a bit like a two-eyed monster when viewed full frontal, and the arrangement promises complexity. However, it really is quite simple to use. There is a single rubberised switch on top of the head. Press once on the top for dual half beam, press twice for dual full beam, and a third time for selecting the Optisense option that automatically controls the amount of light for the user. So on Optisense, a night worker would have near full beam when looking far ahead, but when looking at a map close up, the light would automatically dim so as not to dazzle.  A fourth press activates the dual strobe lights. However, press on the right side of the switch and the right-side light will come on in the same sequence as above. The same is true if you push the left-hand side of the switch except that the left-hand light will illuminate. An addition press in any mode of the front switch activates the maximum 2000 lumens, which literally turns night into day. More than enough light for even the darkest of environments.

The two yellow levers on each side of the switch work independently and move the focus of each light from spot to flood – thus making it possible to have full flood or spot in either lights, or a mixture of one flood and one spot in whichever side you need. The levers work smoothly, as does the switch – you won’t find the torch moving on your head if the headband is adjusted properly and the helmet mount is very secure. It is possible to click stop the head of the torch from horizontal to nearly 45 degrees for close up viewing, and behind the lights themselves is a ventilation system that cools the LEDs, apparently making them brighter. A new bit of information to me.

Finally, by pressing the switch and holding for 5 seconds, the battery is locked so that it cannot be accidentally activated when it is packed in a rucksack, for instance - a useful feature.

This is obviously a choice bit of kit that is designed and made to the high standards of Ledlenser, and has the price tag to match. I don’t think it will disappoint the target users because it is genuinely powerful and capable – but take a good look at the instructions to get the best out of it, because it is sophisticated.

iSEO 5R

In the mid-range of i-Series head torches, the iSEO 5R is a lot more compact and cheaper than the above. Nevertheless, it is still part of the industrial series of head torches because of its IPX6 weatherproofiing and glare free red LED light option. It sports a180 lumen light output with a range of 120m at full spot. At full beam a completely recharged battery will last 10 hours, but with low power beam selected, this goes up potentially to a very useful 50 hours. Or, if you want, you can use three AAA batteries instead.

Charging is done via a short USB lead that can be plugged into a computer/laptop, or one of those new USB enabled mains sockets.

The switch is a simple button switch on top of the battery housing. One press selects full beam, another press selects low power, a third starts the strobe light, and a fourth switches the beam off. To select the red light just hold down the main switch for a few seconds longer, and another press will engage the red strobe light.

There is also the battery lock option to prevent accidentally switching the torch on – simply hold the switch down for 5 seconds.

Beam focusing is simply done by a twist of the outer lens bezel, and the light can be angled by a full 60 degrees by a stopped ratchet.

Although this torch is very light, weighing just 105g, it is supplied with the option of a self-adhesive hardhat mount with extra helmet clips for industrial users.

Ledlenser is proud of its quality control and manufacturing and this small torch does not escape the process. Such a light, compact and effective torch will surely gain fans. 

Towers on Tour provide an illuminating experience

Morris Site Machinery has lined up a summer tour with quality performers to bring a lighting roadshow directly to customers’ doors.

‘Towers on Tour’ will hit the road in August to showcase the company’s latest lighting towers and technology and give a practical demonstration of how they can help to improve a fleet.

The Morris team behind the venture has more than 150 years’ industry experience and knowledge and is excited about travelling the country to meet existing and potential customers.

It is an effective and accessible approach to showing customers the equipment in action. All they have to do is make a phone call to arrange for the tour to stop off at their premises.

By hosting such a personalised visit, customers can get the technical lowdown, ask questions, seek advice and learn more about what Morris Site Machinery can offer.

As Richard Denholm, UK Sales Director, explained: “It’s always great to build face to face relationships. This is an opportunity to show what our lighting towers can deliver and discuss how they can benefit business.”

The tour will spotlight the TL90 Ultimate in action.  It offers over 20 variants on specification allowing customers to bespoke build and spec-up their lighting towers according to site needs and budget.

It has up to the minute engine technology with options of a Perkins and Kubota engines each providing a 50% increase in fuel capacity and run time, delivering an additional 90 hours of operation ensuring greater cost savings.

The TL90 Ultimate is fitted with a Deep Sea control panel with telemetry options available to give operators advanced monitoring, more traceability and security in their fleets. The four 300W LED lights provide fuel efficient and crisp, clear instant light with up to 50,000 hours use.

The super silent TL90 LED will show its star qualities in technology and innovation. It has proven reliability and performance from a Kubota 1500rpm water cooled engine. Its five 240W LED lamps offer up to 50,000 hours lamp life.

To book a lighting tower experience please contact the sales team on 0345 515 0103.

Morris Site Machinery at EHS 2017

Morris Site Machinery throws light on innovation for hire industry

Morris Site Machinery will spotlight the latest innovations in power, lighting and welding at the 2017 Executive Hire Show to help hirers grow their business and harness the full potential of their machines.

The leading light-and-power supplier is bringing more solutions and technology-focused products and will unveil its next generation lighting tower range, including the TL90 Ultimate at the event. This new addition has up-to-the minute engine technology from Perkins and Kubota offering longer run times and is fitted with a Deep Sea control panel with telemetry options to give operators advanced monitoring, more traceability and security. The four 300W LED lights provide fuel efficient and crisp, clear, instant light. 

The show will also launch the company’s limited edition range of Cobra inverter welders. The ArcGen Cobra 500i has real bite; a multi-process inverter welder that is a lightweight but powerful welding power source. The Cobra processes include MMA, TIG, Arc Gouging and MIG with the addition of compatible add-on units. 500amps of DC welding power makes it ideal for heavy fabrication, ship yard, oil and gas, quarry and manufacturing industries.

In the dedicated Innovation Zone the chance to trial the Makinex Hose 2 Go from the Morris Select Range is expected to be a popular draw. A special water challenge will offer a fun experience for visitors and the chance to win prizes. The Makinex Hose 2 Go is ideal as a dust suppression tool and portable water supply. It provides a constant and accurate flow of water to suppress dust when cutting, core drilling and grinding concrete. The innovative equipment enables water to flow without a pump, battery or electronics. Lightweight and portable, its 13.8 litre capacity provides up to 30 minutes of constant flowing water, with no need to manually pump to get the required water pressure.  

Morris Site Machinery’s latest range of Inmesol Rental generators will be on show for the first time. Robust, compact and technically innovative, these 24-hour run generators build on the breadth of offer now available from the company and will offer greater choice to the UK hire industry. They feature a Deep Sea control panel with telemetry options available to allow users to remotely control the machines and review their fuel management. The protective paint coating provides high resistance to ultraviolet radiation and prevents rust and corrosion. A user-friendly ‘plug and go’ socket panel includes all the common size sockets for 400/230v and all Inmesol generators come with Stage IIIA compliant engines which can be synchronised with an intelligent control module allowing full load-sharing for up to 32 gensets.

Richard Denholm, Sales Director at Morris Site Machinery, said: “This show is a great opportunity for us to engage with customers and spotlight innovative and efficient products to help them grow their business. We have extended our range of innovative products and price points, while maintaining the great quality and service we are renowned for, to meet the industry needs.

“Our Customer Service Showcase Team will be on hand to promote our new range and to talk about service packages. Our client relationships are important to us and we look forward to meeting our valued, existing customers and gaining new ones.”

The stand will also feature its market-leading Denyo Eventa 20Kva and, for the first time, the new SMC 3kva Generator and SMC 200 amp petrol welder.

Morris Site Machinery will be on Stand B50 at The Executive Hire Show on 8 and 9 February at Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

 

Order puts Morris Site Machinery on the up Down Under

Leading Midlands manufacturer, Morris Site Machinery is flying the flag for Britain overseas having secured over £3.5 million worth of international orders in one month as it further strengthens its ambitions and growth into global markets.

After a year’s worth of new product development and strategic planning, these orders will see the company supply Australia’s largest equipment hire company, new customers in Dubai to support projects in the lead up to Expo 2020 along with new orders from Russia.

Working with its partner Allight Sykes, the company will provide 300 SMC TL90 LED ELV lighting towers, throughout 2016 and into 2017 to Coates Hire in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The efficient, extra low voltage equipment was exclusively designed to meet the increasingly stringent health and safety requirements Down Under and suit a range of sectors.

Paul Thompson, CEO of Allight Sykes, said: “This significant contract win is a great result for our partnership with Morris Site Machinery. Our customers expect robust, safe and economical solutions.”

The SMC TL-90 LED ELV is one of the most efficient extra low voltage lighting towers on the market. Compact and easy to transport, it is super silent and offers up to 165 hours of uninterrupted operation.

Its four 300W powerful DC LED lamp heads give directional, clear and crisp light with a spread of up to 100 metres.  It also has advanced safety features including automatic mast descent when the handbrake is released, central lifting eye and accessible lashing down points for ease of loading at ground level.

Over 50 TL90 LED lighting towers will be delivered into Dubai after securing an order from a new customer. The TL90 LED towers have been chosen for use on various construction projects in the lead up to Expo 2020 and the products have been specifically adapted to improve heat reflection and ensure operation in high temperatures.

Morris Site Machinery Managing Director Phil Winnington said: “These are significant orders and contract wins for us, testament to the quality and reputation of robust British manufacturing in a global marketplace.

“It shows faith in the quality of our products, our ability to innovate and produce bespoke solutions for our customers and the value of the strong partnership working we enjoy.

“In our lighting tower range we have great British products which enable us to maximise opportunities worldwide. We have continued to bolster our ties with our current customer base in territories that represent the biggest growth for us, developing our international sales footprint where our products can satisfy the demands of temperature and terrain.

“These significant contract wins bring into sharp focus the need to continue to innovate, build quality British products and services that enhance supplier and customer partnerships” Phil commented.

Through its global partner network, Morris Site Machinery gained further orders to supply its market leading TL90 lighting towers into Russia by its Sales & Service partner Tokyo Boeki. The end user in Russia was technically very satisfied in TL-90 Lighting Tower compared to other models as they are working in severe conditions of the Far North.

Morris Site Machinery is part of a fifth generation family business with ties in Shropshire. It has four depots and service hubs across the UK and has built a robust reputation for quality supplying the hire, rail, petrochem and construction sectors with its market leading brands SMC, Hilta, Denyo and ArcGen. 

For further information please contact Felicity Lewis at [email protected] or Kate Watkins at [email protected] or call 01743 234 224. 

LED Lenser – Make A Bright Start in 2016

LED Lenser enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2015, picking up more awards for its market-leading range of top quality Torches and Head Lamps, and reaching out to nearly 20 million people in the UK with a combined TV and radio campaign in the run-up to Christmas.

Firmly established as first-choice lighting instrument for professional tradesmen, emergency services personnel, search & rescue teams and serious outdoor enthusiasts, LED Lenser is renowned for superior performance and perfect light in any situation. Ideal for night work, outdoor tasks, safety checks and emergency repairs, LED Lenser makes superior quality torches that turn night into day, with consistently bright, white quality light.

LED Lenser sets the standard for professional lighting, with innovative features like patented Advanced Focus System optics and Smart Light Technology across the range. Engineered in Germany torches have aircraft-grade aluminium bodies, gold-plated battery contacts and high-powered CREE LEDs. A huge range of Head Lamps provides everything a tradesmen needs, including lightweight, high-power and fast-charging options for hand-free light in the darkest of spaces. Popular models like the P7.2 hand torch, the mini-rechargeable M3R and the H14 head lamp series have helped make LED Lenser an essential tool for any domestic or industrial work space.

The company promises to continue to lead the way in 2016, with more new products, superb trade offers, enhanced packaging and dealer support. Tool trade dealers can make a bright start in 2016 by stocking LED Lenser Torches and Head Lamps – essential lighting instruments for any tradesman’s toolbox.’

For more information, please visit  www.ledlenser.co.uk or ring 01344 876222

SHINDAIWA SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON ECO HYBRID LIGHTING TOWER

Wolverhampton based construction industry supplier, Shindaiwa is shining the light on the launch of its solar hybrid lighting tower that is offering customers up to £300 in fuel savings each month.

The ECO Solar Hybrid Tower is the first of its kind in the UK that is totally self-contained and requires no external charging, unlike similar solar lighting towers.  The Shindaiwa tower uses an average 1.46 litres of diesel a day and offers a running time up to 60 days on a single tank of fuel.

Ideal for the construction industry, the tower is lighter than conventional products as it has aluminium body panels and a galvanised chassis, so it’s also corrosion resistant and able to withstand the harshest environments. 

Shindaiwa managing director Andy Munford said: “We are delighted to be bringing the ECO lighting tower to the UK market.  It offers customers the best of both worlds by using the very latest in solar power and diesel hybrid technology, which in turn dramatically reduces overall carbon emissions, fossil fuel consumption and air pollution. “Initial interest has been high and we are confident the ECO tower will be a welcome addition to our product range that includes Shindaiwa welders and generators.”

The ECO tower features seven ultra bright LED lamps that can be used for eight hours before the need to recharge.  The twin cylinder Kubota diesel engine automatically charges the batteries in just over an hour and is programmed to run at specific times of the day, guaranteeing silent mode at night.

Shindaiwa has been manufacturing welder generators for over 40 years and launched in the UK and Eire in 2010.  Its products offer exceptional welding power, Super-Silent technology and unfailing strength.  The ECO tower is the latest product to be introduced to the UK market by Shindaiwa.

For more information please visit www.shindaiwaweldergenerators.co.uk

Inova T3R USB Rechargeable Torch-A Solid Performer

Aimed at: Demanding users who need a pure light from good optics and tough body that will take a few knocks.

Pros: The torch has options of low and high power and strobe functions. Very well made alloy body and rechargeable via USB too. 

The choice of products in the torch market is truly overwhelming in my view. We have torches that cost less than £1 and others that are over £200. Relative quality is hard to tell sometimes because the “lumens” (light output) is not always a true measure of how good a torch is. The quality of the optics and the means of focusing the beam have a part to play as well. The general rule that you get what you pay for applies to torches, but there are pockets of good value and high quality to be had for the canny buyer.

With a typical internet retail price of around £65 the T3R is aimed unashamedly at the quality end of the market – typically the consumer who perhaps is a regular torch user – professionally or personally – who needs a reliable and relatively powerful device and who likes the idea of a rechargeable, thus eliminating the need to buy batteries.

The T3R has a reassuring “heft” in the hand. This is because it has a body that has been machined from solid aerospace grade alloy. It also has a US military spec, hard coat, black anodized finish, with a regular deep knurled pattern machined into the body exterior for good grip. The torch has a “made for serious business” feel that will reassure users of its rugged toughness. It is built to withstand a drop of 1 metre onto a hard surface and it also has IPX4 standards of water resistance. These measures indicate a device that is strong enough for tough and sustained use in domestic or outdoor environments. 

Other specs are not too shabby either… The maximum light output is 234 lumens, not a class leader, but as I have said before, the quality of the reflector and the LED are important too. I found that the light was clear and bright. The T3R boasts a nice round halo of light with no dark spots or lines in it with a wider halo of less intense light around the middle. This is an indication of quality optics. The double–sided anti-reflective coated glass lens on the front of the torch must take some credit for the beam quality I guess.

When high beam is not needed the low beam option is a mere 20 lumens, giving enough light for walking down a dark path in the woods for example, but at the same time ensuring that the battery lasts a lot longer.

The specs say that the run time on full beam is two hours and forty-five minutes; while on low beam the run time is 40 hours. A considerable energy saving indeed.

The beam range is given as 152 metres – which because the T3R has a good concentrated beam actually makes sense. In pitch dark from my back window into the fields opposite the centre spot of the beam was clearly visible surrounded by an aura of clear light that was well focused too.

There are rechargeable torches and rechargeable torches – some are easy and flexible, others are more difficult. The T3R provides a lot of options for recharging to suit all the expected needs of the target market. There is a simple charger plug that can fit three different plug types. The UK standard plug is easy to fit on the charger and feels like it is solid enough to be safe and long lasting. Other charging options include a standard USB connection and an in-car adaptor. Optional extra chargers will fit solar panels and computers for an even greater range of charging choices.

The lithium ion battery pack is separate from the torch itself, so it would be possible to replace it or have a spare one if needed. The battery is put into the torch by unscrewing the end cap that includes the integrated switch mechanism. The end cap can be turned half a turn anti-clockwise to lock the switch out so that it is protected from accidental switching during transit, or in a pocket for example.

For initial use, the manufacturers suggest that the battery should be fully charged. This charge takes about 4 hours and is a common thing to do with lithium ion batteries.

After this, it is suggested that the torch is plugged in to recharge after use to keep the battery fully topped up. There is no danger of overcharging. While charging, there is a red indicator light to indicate charging status. In use, the USB charging point on the torch is covered completely. When you need to recharge, simply unscrew the front end of the torch to reveal the USB plug into which the charging lead is plugged.

The multi-purpose press switch on the rear end of the torch controls the various light modes. One firm push means full beam is selected. A slower push selects low beam and a quick then a slow push selects strobe mode. If the switch is pushed only part way in in each mode the light switches off when you release the switch.

Because lithium ion batteries deliver full power until they run out quite suddenly, rather than slowly fading like old batteries did, there is a built-in warning of imminent loss of charge – the light will start to flash quickly before turning off automatically. This should prevent deep discharge, which is the enemy of long life for lithium ion batteries. Time then for a full charge if possible.

There is no doubt that the T3R looks and feels like a quality product and that reflects its quality price tag. The alloy body is good to handle and all the functions work smoothly. There is even a delicate but useful wrist loop that is threaded onto the rear cap. The T3R comes with a limited lifetime warranty covering manufacturing defects.

With its range of charger options, users should never be without a method to top up the battery when needed, so it should suit professional users like paramedics or roadside assistance personnel. 

For more information on Inova Torches and other products from Whitby & Co , please visit www.whitbyandco.co.uk

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