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The 10 Best torches

Shine a light on the autumn gloom – whether you’re hiking, camping or cycling – with these top torches

1. Hand-winding flashlight torch radio

£14.97, suntekstore.co.uk

A torch that is also an AM/FM radio, mobile phone charger and siren, and can be charged by the sun.

2. iHandy torch

Free, iTunes.apple.com

This free app transforms your Apple device into a super-bright torch. It has 30 effects, including police, reading, strobe, emergency, and best of all, disco.

3. Lifesystems Intensity 80 head torch

£24.99, lifesystems.co.uk

An 80 Lumen LED head-mounted torch that can be switched on and off by the wave of your hand.

4. Lighted wallet magnifier

£8.99, mightybright-europe.com

This handy palm-sized magnifier consists of an LED light attached to a 6x magnifying glass.

5. Wind-up lantern

£19.99, clifford-james.co.uk

Just 30 seconds of winding will give you 20 minutes of light with this lantern, useful if you are under canvas in the middle of nowhere.

6. Petzl Tikka

£35.00, petzl.com

Another head torch to suit your hiking and cycling needs, this versatile four LED-light model gives 29 metres of visibility, and has three lighting modes.

7. Solar-powered keyring torch

£1.99, paramountzone.com

Small enough to slip in a pocket or on a key chain, this torch stores solar energy for when night falls.

8. Lenser Frogman

£42.95, thetorchsite.co.uk

This torch can be taken to a depth of 60 metres underwater without loss in light intensity due to its light chip and prism reflector.

9. LED Lenser L6 lightweight torch

£29.99, halfords.com

The polycarbonate housing on this torch means it weighs half of aluminium and is extremely robust in cold and wet weather.

10. Android Tiny Flashlight

Free, play.google.com

Why not turn your phone into a torch? This app gives a rangy beam and comes with zany "light shows", including a morse code setting.