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  • #6510
    Mike Meynell
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    Thanks to Pat who has been in touch about a ‘special buy’ on the Aldi website.

    A head torch with a red LED option for only £2.99! Pat bought one the last time it was on offer and thought it was pretty good, especially at that price.

    See link here.

    #6570
    Andy Sawers
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    It’s in Aldi stores as of today, apparently. While stocks last.

    #6574
    Tej
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    Great price. I always use one as I had bought three from Argos last year who had them at half price at the time for about £4 each.

    However, there is one important thing to look for when buying a head torch. You must make sure they are of the SLIDE switch variety and not the PUSH button type. See with the push button type, you have to cycle through 2 or 3 versions of white light before it reaches the red light. The slide switch ones starts off in a middle OFF position so you either slide one side for red or the other side for right.

    #6575
    Mike Meynell
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    …there is one important thing to look for when buying a head torch. You must make sure they are of the SLIDE switch variety and not the PUSH button type

    That’s a great point, Tej… something which is often overlooked. I have a camping headlight torch, which has a red light setting, but it’s utterly useless for astronomy, as you need to cycle through the white light settings first. The only way I could use it was by tightly cupping my hand over the light whilst pressing the switch 4 times!!

    I gave up using it a while ago, and now have a Petzl e+Lite, which has TWO off settings, meaning that you can switch straight to red or white light, as required. It is a little pricy though, but works very well and is really lightweight.

    #6587
    PatW
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    If it’s the same model I bought last year, it slides one way for red and the other for white so no prob. Worth checking though

    #6589
    Andy Sawers
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    It’s just as Pat describes. Looks good. £2.99 and Aldi in Catford has about, oh, I’d say 60 left!

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