Let there be light: seven flashlights for travellers and campers

From headlamps for hiking and inflatable solar lights for the great outdoors to pen torches and clip-on reading lights, well-prepared travellers can have an illuminating trip

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 May, 2016, 1:48pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 May, 2016, 2:32pm

Black Diamond Spot TriplePower LED headtorch

This headlamp (HK$399, Patagonia, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0677) produces up to 130 lumens. The brightness can be adjusted just by tapping the housing, which makes it ideal for pre-dawn skiing and sunrise hikes.

Luci inflatable solar light

Lightweight, waterproof and powered by the sun, Luci (HK$116, mpowerd.com) is a collapsible, inflatable light that has 10 LEDs inside – UPerfect for camping and bright enough to read by. The Give Luci programme has donated these to off-grid regions in Kenya, Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal.

Kandle II by Ozeri clip-on reading light

If your e-reader doesn’t have a backlight, this clip-on (HK$139.99, hk.mobilefun.com) with three super-bright, white LEDs is useful for gloomy locations – and it’s great on long-haul night flights.

Moleskine Journey Travel Light

Easy to pack and with a 360-degree rotating clip on the back, this versatile LED light (HK$298, Moleskine, Hong Kong Airport) is aimed at hikers and campers, and makes a useful accessory in a backpack.

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Petzl NAO headlamp

Two high-power LEDs adjust according to ambient light levels on this powerful yet lightweight headlamp (HK$1,815, RacingThePlanet, 22/F, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 8102 8113). Its battery lasts four hours on full beam, and recharges via micro USB.

Olixar Laserlight Stylus Pen

One for business travellers. A mini LED flashlight in one end makes this pen (HK$93.49, hk.mobilefun.com) a useful travel gadget, but it also has a rubber-tipped stylus for use with a mobile phone or tablet, and a red laser pointer for presentations.

Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp

Recharging via USB is the environmentally sound choice, but this hybrid-power, 130 lumens headlamp (HK$579, Escapade Causeway Bay, 1/F, 19 Leighton Road, tel: 2891 1855) can also work on AAA batteries – and that’s critical on multi-day treks.