My name is Mark Loudon and I live near the beautiful town of Montagu in the Little Karoo, about 160km from Cape Town. I started my career as a newspaper reporter in Durban and Pietermaritzburg before moving into public relations, marketing, 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.

I'm not married to any particular brand of flashlight – I'm constantly looking for torches in each category that deliver the best combination of quality, performance and value. At the moment I am concentrating on the following brands which deliver exceptional bang for your buck:

Sofirn offer unbelievable value for money. It hasn't taken long for enthusiasts to sit up and take notice, and Sofirn torches now feature regularly on global review sites like Budgetlightforum.Com where they compare favourably with much more expensive brands. As their sole SA distributor I offer blue-chip support despite their red-tag prices.

Speras was founded by Gloria and Wayne Yang in 2019 because of their great passion for LED flashlights. They chose the name Speras because it means "hope" in Latin and "search" in Polish – Gloria told me they hope their lights will help users to search effectively at night, and this inspired them to focus on torches with long beams.

Cyclops is my own brand of headlamp, assembled to my specifications to deliver amazing features and performance at absurdly low prices. People laugh a lot at the Cyclops – when they see the performance relative to price, or hear what their friends paid for inferior lights, and when their headlamp is still working brilliantly after many years.

Brinyte was established in 2009 and has grown into a significant player in the flashlight world, with their own research-and-development facility and more than 50 patents. They sell a full range of lights in more than 100 countries and regions, and I've seen a real effort being made to innovate and improve quality. 

Keeppower is a global leader in rebranding top quality lithium-ion cells (Li-Ions) from the best manufacturers in Japan, Korea and China for big US battery brands such as AW, Intl-Outdoor and Redilast. I sell them in South Africa under their own name, which has become an industry benchmark for quality (check out the reviews here).

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 email me at

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