The best torches for your car 2022

Parkers shines a light on the best torches to keep in your car

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by Cat Dow |

Keeping a torch in the car is probably not the most burning concern of your day. After all, cars have their own lights, we carry mobiles with torches and the vast majority of the UK’s roads are arguably well-lit.

In the event of a breakdown, however, a torch will be one thing you’ll thank yourself for leaving in the car. Being stranded on a dark, isolated road, in wintry cold and wet conditions isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, and using up your phone's battery could leave you unable to call for assistance.

Mix in pets and kids and the whole scenario could descend into your worst nightmare and make the wait for the emergency roadside assistance service longer than any human being should have to endure.

Torches are relatively inexpensive, depending on which one you pick. Here’s a list of the best in-car torches to save you from breakdown misery.

The best car torches

Maglite LED 3D

Maglite LED 3D
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Maglite is one of the most reputable brands for torches, or flashlights as the Americans like to say. Though this one is pricier than anything else on this list, the beam projects an impressive 364 metres. This torch can also withstand a bit of jostling and long-standing customers report no depletion in battery power after five years, which may not be the case with some of the cheaper models on this list.

Fulighture Pack of 4

Fulighture Pack of 4
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This pack of four pocket torches is handy if you regularly travel with passengers. Should you need to abandon your car and walk along a country road, each person having their own torch is the best way of keeping everyone safe. They take standard batteries and have an adjustable beam ranging from 300-900 ft (274m), almost three times the length of a football field - far enough to make you feel safe and other drivers aware of your presence.

Ring LED handheld spotlight

Ring LED handheld spotlight
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Though this handheld torch has no impact resistance, meaning youu2019ll need to store it cushioned against your spare blanket, its battery lasts a whopping 16 hours, which is sure to sustain any longer wait if you break down. The beam projects some 75 metres in front and the handle moves in a 90-degree angle, which suits drivers with varying degrees of dexterity.

Rantizon Head torch

Rantizon Head torch
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This Rantizon head torch is a great option if you donu2019t mind looking a bit nerdy and you need to keep your hands free to tend to other things. It charges through a USB cable, which is arguably a bit handier in a desperate situation since you wonu2019t be foraging around for spare AAAs. The headband is adjustable for kids and adults and you can toggle the three lights on or off, depending on the situation.

eSynic LED Work Lamp

eSynic LED Work Lamp
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Compact and easy-to-operate, the eSynic LED Work Lamp features a magnet so if youu2019re not a fan of headgear, as above, you can still have a handsfree experience. This eSynic LED Work Lamp has a 180-degree rotation on it, a hook and a rechargeable battery, re-juicing through a USB cable for convenience. It also doubles as a power bank, albeit very small, in times of emergency.

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