A heavy-duty torch is like a regular torch with a little more "charm". But sometimes lighting needs are a little more specific, so heavy-duty torches come in. They have higher lumens, are stronger, are more weather resistant, and often have unique properties. Often, first responders, police, construction workers, and other job types require something with greater reliability and ruggedness. Heavy duty torch often comes in multiple lighting modes, colors, and switch types, and is rechargeable and waterproof. Many prefer their added durability and brightness.
Not all lights are created equal. Here is a rundown of the main features to consider when buying a heavy-duty torch:
Lumens are the unit of measurement for the brightness of a torch. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light. A thousand lumens is a pretty standard tactic. However, you can find lamps with higher lumens (2000+), typically heavy-duty flashlights will have higher lumens. While lights with ultra-high lumen counts can be helpful if you're working in particularly dark environments, the more lumens that are produced, the warmer the flashlight will become when in use. Also, the more lumens, the faster the battery drains.
Most heavy-duty torches have a portable power source for lighting needs and convenience. The primary source is usually rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. As you might expect, rechargeable torches are the easiest and most cost-effective option.
Pay close attention to whether the torch is "waterproof" or not - because that's an important distinction!
Waterproof means the torch is safe to use in the rain. If it falls into a small piece of water, you can fish it out immediately and it might work fine, but that's usually the limit. Waterproof torches are more waterproof. It can handle prolonged exposure to water, including full immersion. They are perfect for use in water as they work well even if accidentally dropped. Heavy duty torches usually have this feature
Heavy-duty torches can meet the needs of high-demand lighting such as search and rescue. For example, Olight's Marauder2 is a heavy-duty torch that combines powerful torches and long-distance torches. It has an 800-meter spotlight beam and a 14,000-lumen floodlight beam. A simple toggle switch, Choose from a spotlight or floodlight; an intuitive rotary switch turns the light on and cycles through 7 output levels, and a built-in 54Wh rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack ensures up to 59 hours of runtime. A full charge takes only 2.5 hours. Capable of charging your phone, tablet, or any device that uses USB-C power. A durable aluminum alloy body can withstand a 1-meter drop. IPX8 waterproof USB-C charging port dustproof with port cover. Safest in its class as it has thermal sensors, proximity sensors, and heat sinks to prevent overheating and blockages.
However, heavy-duty torches also have shortcomings. Generally, the price of heavy-duty torches is higher than that of consumer torches, and because of their large size, they are not as portable as ordinary torches. Therefore, it is best to measure them before buying a heavy-duty torch.