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Tactical vs. EDC Torches: Choosing the Right Light for Your Needs

Tactical vs. EDC Torches: Choosing the Right Light for Your Needs

Choosing between tactical torches and everyday carry (EDC) torches can be confusing. Both offer different features that cater to distinct needs. Here's a breakdown to help you decide:


Key Factors:

  • Size and Weight: Tactical torches are larger and heavier due to their robust build and powerful batteries, making them less ideal for everyday carry. EDC torches are compact and lightweight, perfect for pockets or keychains.
  • Brightness and Features: Tactical torches prioritise high lumen output and advanced features like strobe mode for disorientation. EDC torches offer moderate lumens and may include multiple modes for everyday tasks.
  • Carry Options: Tactical torches often come with holsters for belt/vest mounting, while EDC torches have pocket clips or keychain attachments.


Tactical Torches:

  • Ideal for: Law enforcement, military, self-defence, outdoor activities requiring long-range visibility.
  • Pros: High brightness, durable construction, strobe mode, long-throw beam.
  • Cons: Bulky, heavier, require larger batteries, potentially more expensive.


EDC Torches:

  • Ideal for: Everyday use, emergencies, routine tasks, compact carry.
  • Pros: Portable, convenient, multiple modes, various designs and features.
  • Cons: Lower brightness, shorter range, smaller batteries, may lack advanced features.


Our Recommendations:

  • Frequent use, extended periods: Choose a tactical torch with extra battery capacity for longer runtime.
  • Occasional use, compact size: Opt for an EDC torch for increased portability.
  • Multiple features: Consider EDC torches with hidden modes, coloured LEDs, and unique designs.


Ultimately, the choice depends on your needs:

  • Tactical: High power, durability, advanced features for specific situations.
  • EDC: Convenience, portability, everyday functionality.


Why not have both? Having a reliable torch for any situation is wise.


Stay safe and prepared! Keep a torch with you, because it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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