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Bushnell’s HD Torch…Big Output from a Compact Package

May 24, 2012
By Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoor Times

Manufacturers excel when it comes to promoting their products as the "best" or "greatest". Sometimes, it's all 'huff' and no 'puff'. When I read the product information about Bushnell's High Definition (HD) Light, it sounded too good to be true. Now that I have one and tried it out, it's only right that I pass along this warningwhat you read is not hype. Don't look into the business end of this flashlight when it is turned on; it is extremely bright.

The Bushnell HD Torch is a very impressive product. For starters, this flashlight emits a beam of light that illuminates a square area. When I asked the staff at Bushnell, "why square", they told me that a normal flashlight emits a round beam that does not have uniform intensity at all points. The square beam of the HD light has uniform and consistent intensity at all points.

The HD Torch is made from aircraft grade aluminum (light weight, yet strong) and it's waterproof. It is 9.25" long, 1.25" barrel diameter and 1.625" diameter at the lens. The gripping area of the barrel has a crosshatch pattern machined into the surface. A ring for attaching a lanyard is located between the battery cap and the body. With batteries installed, the total weight is slightly over 10 ounces.

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The battery compartment end cap serves two purposes. First, it's the master on/off switch for the light. Second, it incorporates an illuminated "B" when turned on. If the "B" is green, the batteries have sufficient power; if red, there is about 10 minutes of battery life remaining. The illuminated "B" makes this light easier to find in the dark. The round push button on the barrel controls the functionconstant on, strobe light, or off with only the master switch light illuminated.

The flashlight comes with two CR123A lithium batteries that will power the flashlight continuously for approximately 1 1/2 hours. CR123A lithium batteries are more expensive than alkaline batteries. By shopping around, you can find 12-packs of these batteries at significant savings. Another option is rechargeable CR123A batteries, but with a down side. Since rechargeable lithium batteries typically only have a 60-65% ma/hr capacity as compared to disposable lithium batteries, the rechargeable lithium batteries will only give about 60 minutes of usage, but can be recharged and reused.

Light is produced by a single, high intensity L.E.D. bulb that is substantially brighter than other L.E.D. bulbs. The light is also 'whiter' than other flashlight bulbs such as halogen, xenon, krypton, etc. On the Kelvin scale, Bushnell's cool white L.E.D. is typically around 500K; most flashlights use bulbs that typically spec in the 3100 K (warm white) to 4100 K (neutral white) range. Bushnell offers two versions, the HD Torch which produced 165 lumens of light intensity and the Bone Collector HD Torch with 200 lumens of light intensity.

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Bushnell Torch HD Light

My skepticism got the best of me, so I gave the Bone Collector HD Torch a backyard test matched up against my MagLite (with two new alkaline D-cells). The time was 9:30 pm and overcast (no moon). I set up my MagLite pointing at a willow tree 25 yards away and saw the bright round beam illuminating one of the major trunks of the tree. Then, I turned on the HD Torch. The attached picture, not digitally enhanced in any way, tells the story and also shows the difference in K ratings of light.

There is a thin blue border around the perimeter of the illuminated area. While this doesn't detract from the performance, it is noticeable.

The MSRP for the HD Torch is $109.95, Bone Collector HD Torch is $113.95. A Google search showed substantial savings can be found on both lights. Even at internet prices, I thought the price was a little high, until it was compared to similar high quality tactical flashlights. The Bushnell HD Torch is competitively priced with tactical flashlights of the same quality and output.

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The MSRP for the HD Torch is $109.95, Bone Collector HD Torch is $113.95.

Bushnell covers the HD Torch with a two-year limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, which is twice as long as a more common one-year warranties.

To find out more, go to the Bushnell website: www.bushnell.com/products/

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