My name is Mark Loudon. I live in the beautiful suburb of Somerset West just outside Cape Town, South Africa. I started my career as a newspaper reporter in my home town of Durban before moving into PR, fundraising, advocacy and copy-editing.

I started Torchguy.Com early in 2013 to keep me out of mischief in my retirement, and also to justify to Mrs Torchguy why I needed so many torches. My business has grown a lot since then, but either Mrs T or I still respond to every enquiry, test every torch, and pack every order.

After trying many brands of flashlight over the years I've settled on a few which offer the best bang for your buck in terms of performance, reliability and value:

Acebeam is a relatively new kid on the block. Established by ShenZhen Zenbon Technology as Supbeam in 2012 and re-branded in 2014, they have established a global presence and a range that has impressed the most cynical torchies with its innovation and bleeding-edge performance.

Nitesun (formerly Brinyte) was established in 2006 and produce over half a million torches each year, sold in more than 100 countries under their own name and through OEM clients. They are powerful, robust, versatile torches which deliver amazing value and carry an 18-month warranty.

Sofirn have burst onto the flashlight scene, offering unbelievable value for money. Frankly I don't know how they produce this kind of quality and performance at such a low price, but I plan to enjoy it while I can – and I encourage you to do the same.

Cyclops is my own brand of headlamp, built to my specifications to deliver gobsmacking features and performance at absurdly low prices.

I'm fortunate to be able to support these wonderful torches with some of the best lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries and chargers on the market:

Keeppower is a global leader in re-branding the very best Li-Ions from Sanyo, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung, for top names such as AW, Intl-Outdoor and Redilast. I sell them under their own name, which has become an industry benchmark for quality and reliability.

Liitokala have emerged as a major producer of battery chargers. Their products are humble in appearance and in price, but there's nothing humble about their electronics or charging algorithms which ensure you get the best return on your investment in Li-Ions.

I really enjoy sharing my passion for flashlights and building friendships with my customers. The vast majority of my sales are repeat orders and referrals. To get in touch with me please click here.

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