I'm exceptionally proud of the many positive reviews that I receive for my products and services. I hold a quarterly raffle to encourage customers to submit reviews, but the draws are done with a random-number generator so they are free to say anything they like and I actually encourage criticism – it helps me to get better.

There are hundreds of reviews on my website – those below relate to multiple products or my service generally, while customer reviews for a specific torch are linked at the bottom of its product page (open my catalogue page, click on the picture of the torch that interests you, and you'll find a link in the first paragraph to reviews).

Please be aware that I am very careful about protecting my customers' identities – where you see a name it's because that customer gave their permission, otherwise I simply use initials.

When I was searching for the best torches we could afford for our Christian Mission I was amazed to discover that Mark (the TorchGuy) was just a short distance from us - since then he's moved and now he's practically on our front stoep!! I was equally astonished to learn that he was offering some of the best performing torches in the world at very reasonable prices. There and then I bought an Acebeam K60 for the Mission - we found the impressive beam was ideal for intruder control. Since then the K70 made an appearance with an even longer beam which is perfect for our property and I couldn't resist acquiring this king of throwers for myself personally and also for a friend and for the Mission. I can honestly recommend these products, as well as Mark's keen sense of humour and helpfulness. It makes the experience so much more pleasant to know that you as the customer are not just a number! Pastor Schalk van der Merwe, Fairhaven Latter Rain Mission, Somerset West

I live with the "torch experience" 24/7/365 - ever since I surprised my husband with a Crelant Detective on Valentine's Day. Since then he has bought the Hunter, and now he's added the Wildcat and Cyclops to his wish list. There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't visit your website. Your products have become the light of his life. Thanks a lot! Signed: A Torch Widow. SM, Port Elizabeth

Having now bought three torches from you and I will never buy from anyone else. Your email updates are both informative and easy to read – and to pass on to mates when they enquire about my pocket rocket [M10 Marvel] which I carry in the cubby hole of my bakkie. The Hunter we use to shine from our deck onto the beach, and the Vampire when the dogs are barking at night or we’re out camping. We recently had two power cuts and, true to form, I had forgotten to charge our emergency LED lamps, so we were in the dark with six useless lamps. However I stood each of my torches on their tails in different rooms, which was ideal - we were able to navigate around the house and when we retired to bed, we still had battery power for the midnight trip to the can or kitchen. An absolute saving grace and I’m not sure I’m even going to  waste my time with charging the ‘el cheapo’ emergency lamps any more. The torches were far better! RD, Umbogintwini

In a rare moment of boredom, I typed the word 'torch' into google and it has changed my life! The Torchguy website came up and I read every word. Having never realized it before, my NEED  for a decent torch took over my thoughts. When visiting Cape Town soon after that , I took some friends with me to meet Mark and have a torch demo. I was gobsmacked at what we saw! I immediately bought his Wildcat with accessories and the Apollo. I'm off to visit the Kruger on Friday and am more excited about the performance of my torches than anything else. However, earlier this year I realized I NEEDED the Detective as well. At work this week, a colleague was working at a computer in a poorly lit space and was really battling to see. I could not contain myself and placed the Detective next to her computer, shining upwards so the light bounced off the shelf above and flooded the entire area. She was mightily impressed and the boss realized the problem (after she has been struggling for three months) and promptly had the electrician in the next morning! Everyone was happy and my colleague had now also bought the Detective. SK, Port Elizabeth

I was fortunate to stumble across the TorchGuy on a Google search when I was looking for a very high powered LED rechargeable torch in a waterproof solid casing. I had experimented with some of the mainstream torches available from retail stores around SA and, without being able to test a torch from Mark first hand, I was a little sceptical. However after a couple phone calls with Mark and reading through his extensive FAQ’s, I felt more at ease with giving it a go. MS, Rosebank

Well, three years (of business) and it will continue as long as you keep being the Torch Guy. I love my torches allmost as much as my knives, but there is nothing worse than a bad quality knife or a torch. Your torches are great because you are a torch addict and that is why I am so happy with them. Before we met, I never owned any torch that I loved as much as the babies I got from you. So be assured of my business for many years to come and thank you for the great service and products. AE, Oudtshoorn

My second order has arrived. Thank you. The Hunter is a great torch - lots of distance. My son will be very happy with this. It'll outshine anything his mates have, and will suit his farming needs. I'm still happier with my Patrol. Lots of peripheral light for general purpose. Great products. But my best is the Wildcat - floody but with excellent range all in one neat small torch. My rangers have been able to split up and cover more patrol area due the confidence these torches have given them. TS, Piggs Peak

We have gotten the torches thanks - as always good service and quality. The Vampire is an extremely underrated torch to be honest, very bright for a small torch, we have a dark corner (about 88 m away) in the property which the Vampire lights up like a Xmas tree :) Very good power output for small size and excellent value for money. The spill and hot spot is very well balanced. The Hunter as always is perfect from 100 to 300 meters with its pin-point hot spot - the Hunter was for my dad and he's very happy with. The only problem now is that there is "only one Vampire"  and my mother would like to own one. . . JT, Midrand

Received the torches on Thursday and charged them up as per instructions. Wow, daylight!!!! The Vampire is absolutely amazing and have no doubt to why it was rated the best all round torch in the Leisure Wheels magazine that did the tests on some 10 torches or so – this is  how I got your website details and made the correct purchase decision. It’s amazing how sitting in a dentist waiting room can lead to more than just the fear of things to come. Then there’s the Hunter. Ooooooh man. I think my plants are growing twice as quickly now – they think night is day. Absolutely in a class of its own. Through your web site I learnt so much about torches and know that you have 1 or 2 others that are considered to be possibly better. I cannot see how, other than the price, and will therefore stand by the Hunter being the best. I and my friends are blown away with its distance capability, clarity and the added bonus of size and weight. The best I’ve had/have! Thank you for your attendance of my order and attention to the ‘torch world’. I truly have 2 torches for life. RD, Umbogintwini

I received my torches yesterday and I felt like father Christmas came early - anyone watching me would have thought that I couldn’t be a day older than 5 years. To put it simply, I am thrilled with my purchase. I charged my batteries and was wandering around in the dark (well not so dark when I turned the torches on!) ... Thanks for your service and all the best for the Christmas and New Year. JA, Krugersdorp

I try to buy the best products available, for the the best price possible. I surf a lot on the internet and do a lot of research before I buy something. Since I got hold of Mr Torchguy, I tend to rely a lot on your judgement as I know that you do a lot of research as well. This save me a lot of time. What I also enjoy and appreciate, is the fact that you stock a large variety of “stuff” including weapon mounts from other brands as well. . . That is good business in any language. DW, Beaufort West

We had a night shoot recently and an instructor used my 7G5PL Hunter to administer a painfull dose of strobe to each shooter who stepped up to the plate, for over three hours in all. A lot of the guys were impressed by the beam and the powerful strobe. My 7T40 Wildcat also worked hard on the night - it's great for low light shooting, particularly its ability to turn on, scan, and turn off very quickly. The serrated bezel also made some pretty nice indentations on the punch bags, by the way! GS, Hammarsdale

First a well-earned compliment. Yours are the only commercial emails that I read – all the other reams of advertising junk that clogs my email is unceremoniously deleted. CT, Vryheid

I'm not in the market or a new torch just yet – the clutch of products I purchased last year continue to work just fine, and have served our purposes very adequately. My Patrol is a great torch and quite up to any task. Any brighter and I may contribute to global warming! The Crelant Wildcat remains a favourite for my ranger patrols. Together with the magnetic weapons mount its an awesome tool. TS, Swaziland

I must say that, if it wasn't for your interest and knowledge in your products, I probably wouldn't own this light. In asking and trying to understand what type of light your customer is looking for, and giving out background info, you go the extra mile. That goes a long way, especially for someone who is new to flashlights or a bit unsure of what they want. Seeing how passionate you are about your products and the good service you offer makes it that much easier to trust in you and the products you offer. I hope to own a couple more flashlights of yours in the future. RC, Randburg

What great service!!! From the first phone call, to paying, to picking up from Mark the Torchguy the first very decent torches I have ever owned, I cannot fault a thing!! Thanks Mark for your amazing service, the heaps of info you gave me and the incredible torches. . . they really do throw the light you describe on your website. I eventually decided on two Crelant Hunters and one Acebeam K60. Simply amazing torches!! I purchased the K60 for general use at home and the Hunters primarily for game viewing. Yes, agreed, decent quality torches from any supplier are pricey but the service from the Torchguy is top notch - he makes all the difference! I have tested the torches at home from our stoep, shining them up into the dark valley surrounded by shrubs and trees. . . how enlightening!! :)) Let there be light! Anyone with reservations is welcome to contact me - I can vouch for the Torchguy's service and the quality of his torches. I am very tempted to go for the Acebeam K70 as well. . . AS, Somerset West

Our new neighbours joined us for a glass of the Cape's best a few weeks back. With him being a dedicated "fishaholic" and outdoorsman I saw a gap to display the omnipotence of my Crelant Patrol and Acebeam K70, as well as my wife's Crelant Vampire. Needless to say he was completely gobsmacked. Then, when I heard he was going on a two-day camping adventure I offered him the use of my wife's Vampire. Upon his return a few days later I phoned to enquire how he enjoyed the torch? After a bit of a silence he admitted that he had misplaced the Vampire while he was packing and was forced to leave it behind. However, the plot thickens. . . The evening he left we had a power break for about two hours. It later emerged that his good lady, having quietly observed my demonstration a few days earlier, wasted no time in using the Vampire as a lantern on reduced power to see her through the power cut and beyond. I heard that she vehemently denied hiding the Vampire prior to his departure, but he had to negotiate with her to secure the torch's release as she was "unsure whether she wanted to give it back"!! MR, Howick

I received all goods on Wednesday. Batteries were charged overnight and torched tested in my back yard on Thursday evening. Wow they are powerful - I felt like a Jedi with my light sabre! I can't wait to use them next time I go to a game farm. Thanks once again for all your useful information and prompt delivery. WP, Krugersdorp

May and June have proven to be somewhat difficult months but, as always, torches to the rescue! Our dinner club gathering was plunged into darkness when a substation blew, but with our torches to light the way and the gas weber lit, in no time we were treated to gorgeous pepper-crusted fillets sauted in red wine and cream. June was even more eventful.  We were traveling from Cape Town to Somerset West and unfortunately rolled our bakkie. After everyone was reassured that we were fine, their next question was "did the torches make it out ok?" We obviously have a bit of a reputation! There is not a day that goes by that we do not use our torches! SM, Port Elizabeth

I am really chuffed with my purchase of a Crelant CH10 headlamp and 7T40 torch. We used them recently when camping and fishing at at Milibangalala in Mozambique. Both are a fantastic addition to our equipment and we will definitely take them on our upcoming trip to Botswana. Can’t wait to hit the road again and have some fun! JH, Kloof

I tested both the Wildcat and the Cyclops on the weekend and I am really impressed. They both give amazing light. I really enjoy the fact that I can set the light intensity to whatever brightness I want. Very clever. They both feel solidly made which is also really good. I am going hunting with a bunch of mates round the end of July and I will definitely promote your torches with them. Thanks so much for your great service. GS, Port Elizabeth

I just came back from the bush, like two hours ago. I used the Wildcats and the Acebeam K60 extensively on dangerous game hunting. Both these torches excelled in really tight situations. Great stuff! DW, Beaufort West

The K60 and K70 were awesome in Botswana! A two-week trip without the need to recharge batteries and I used the K70 for at least half an hour on early morning drives to pick up eyes. LB, Pretoria

We put both our torches (Crelant CH10 Cyclops and Crelant 7T40 Wildcat) to the test on our latest bush trip to Botswana. We travelled to Moremi and the Central Kalahari where they came in most handy at night. To survey the surrounding area at night has added another dimension to our bush adventures. Our campsites in the CKGR were particularly remote (to say the least) and with no other lights around us at night what a pleasure to use your torches to enhance our camping and game viewing experience. Bonus!!! John and Pippa Hudson, Kloof

Thanks so much for being able to replace my AWOL Acebeam EC60 Bolt! Sincerely appreciated! By the way, I always look  forward to reading your news and perusing your website - it's fascinating and always interesting, and of course your service ranks with best I get from Mercedes Benz! Look forward to getting the Bolt again - it was my favourite! Louis Defries, Sandton

Your (my) torch was a great success in Kruger, to the extent that a number of folk requested your details on seeing the landsape light up before them. I do hope you have received some orders as a result. I was going to ask to be struck off your mailing list before I was tempted to make yet another purchase, but I've opted to stay on so I can keep a beady eye out for potential Christmas presents! Derek Whalley, Durban

As for the K70 Apollo in the Kruger, it was simply mind blowing. And my mom has had great use from her little M10 Marvel. I tried to convince her to leave it with me because she has survived 74 years without ever owning a torch, but she won’t hear of it! Andre Wessels, Boksburg North

Just a quick update on the torches I got from you. I am back at the farm in northern Moz and all I can say is wow - I am loving these torches! Did a quick game drive and the beam of these torches is phenomenal. Really enjoy the newsletter you send out. Dwayne Knight, Pietermaritzburg

I like all of my Acebeams - I could quite happily spend the rest of my life just with Acebeam, even though I realise that there are other awesome torches out there. I've had my K70 Apollo for a while now but it's still totally amazing - its beam is intense. My Aecbeam EC50ii is my EDC - at home it lives next to my bed and at the campsite it lives in my pocket. At first when we went camping it was hard to choose which torches to take along but now I've got it down to a mere four torches - my X80, K70, EC50ii and of course my Crelent Cyclops (you can't braai meat properly without both hands free!). Craig Draper, Paarl

The Crelant CH10 Cyclops - what can I say? It's the most incredible headlamp ever! It's invaluable when working in dark places like my shed and inside cupboards with my cordless drill - it gives me more light than any built-in LED, and it stays on when I need to make adjustments. Did I mention the Cyclops can ramp down? Then we have the Crelant 7G3CS Detective. This is my EDC - the best ever pocketable torch, bar none! The light output for its size is incredible! I also have the Crelant Patrol which is something else entirely. Kevin Ganserer, Pinelands

My business partner and I were each given an Acebeam K40M by one our suppliers. I had never heard of the Torchguy before, but the range and quality of his torches is incredible, and the service I received to get spare batteries for these torches was fantastic. The web page is so informative and user friendly it beats going to shops. I will definitely be purchasing more torches for myself and friends. Well done on supplying such a great product! Rory Gilbride, Rooihuiskraal

If you want to buy a torch there is just one place to do so. Mark’s units are all equally strong on quality, reasonable on price and first class on service and backup. Mark will also recommend what is best for the customer/end user as opposed to whats best for his bottom line. This is the place to buy your light. From a purchaser and user of many of his torches, for almost as long as Mark has been the Torchguy. NW, Bvumbwe, Malawi

It's been about a month since I secured three different torches from Mark, the Torchguy, situated in the well-managed province known as the Western Cape. You may be saying three torches is surely over the top – can't he be happy with just one? Actually no. . . each one has its own specific use and function. If I need both hands free for working under my vehicle or climbing inside the roof, I have the CH10 Cyclops. For evening walks I need a good beam of light that reaches 80-100 metres so there are no surprises, which is what I get from the V6CS Vampire. And then there's the Sofirn SP31, which is small enough to fit into my pants pocket, alongside my Victorinox Swiss Army knife. I use the Sofirn just about anywhere - it's always ready and available to inspect my hard work painting doors with bright white double velvet. You can be the judge and jury on whether you need a second or third torch in your own beautiful life - but I know that I do! Reg Fridey, Port Elizabeth

I used to be a ******** fan, but switched over to Acebeam and have not regretted it for a moment. Best service and best torches! Tom Schumann, Cape Town

As you know I have both the Acebeam K70 and K60. We needed to control some problem animals on the farm, so a few guys and I went out with our kids to sort them out. One of my friends announced that he had a good torch, meaning we would be fine, so I just kept quiet. But when we got to the land my daughter turned on the K60 and my friend hid his torch under the seat and said “Dis mos a torch!” The K60 just lights up all you need to see - nothing escapes it. We spotted a problem animal and put the K70 spot on it and sorted it out from about 120 meters. The batteries on both torches lasted fine - we were out for two hours with both torches on and off all the time. The build quality is the best you will find and service from Mark is outstanding. Well done! Mike Blythe, Howick

We had a power failure last night, so pulled out my Bolt and Brutus. Put them on “low” and sat them on their rears facing the ceiling so the light would reflect and illuminate the rooms. They were burning for more than an hour and a half, and this morning we are looking at 78-83% energy still in the tank! Have not used them for such an extended period of time before. Very impressed at the amount of light given vs the runtime vs power consumed. Justin Lerwill, Benoni

On a lighter note (see what I did there?) there was a power failure in my suburb at 5.30am. Not pitch-dark outside but certainly dark inside. The good news was that I had just managed to make the coffee, but the BEST news was that I got to use Brutus, with some help from the Detective. There were no problems with ablutions as the bathroom was well lit - in fact I was kind of sorry that the power failure started so close to sunrise! The Detective was also amazing in lighting the hallway - just a pity I still had to walk down seven flights of stairs! Sally Klem, Port Elizabeth

I received my X45 Acebeam yesterday and quickly charged the batteries. My Hunter batteries were already charged for a shootout last night. I will try and upload the pics sometime. I used both of the units in my back garden. The Hunter is ±1,000lm and the X45 is ±16,000lm. The Hunter I purchased for its long beam and the filters; the X45 was purchased for the flood. When I tested them in an area of ±650 m2 I couldn't believe the amount of light generated by the X45 - it lit up the whole garden very well. It was as if I had switched on a flood light. Thanks Mark, I can't wait for our next trip! Malcolm Pope, Newton Park

Mark outshines the competition with his brilliant service! This is personal and true old school trading yet still online, where Mark emails you with answers to questions, quotes and finally follows through with tracking no. Best of all his products don’t let him down! Rob Shuttleworth, Nottingham Road

I used the K60 and K70 as a combo team, but sadly they were "redeployed" during a break-in at my house. Many thanks to Mr Torchguy for swiftly replacing the K70 and upgrading me to the K65. This K65 is a proper flits! It has a wider beam with super brightness and larger spill to spot reflections from animals' eyes, then the K70 takes over to enable identification - it undoubtedly has the most piercing beam I have ever used! Both these torches are fitted with Keeppower batteries - the 3400mAh in the K70 and the 3120mAh in the K65 - which keep the lights on for much longer. I have also switched to the LiitoKala charger which keeps these batteries in peak condition ready for the next game or fishing adventure. Russell Laing, Umdloti

I have been very impressed with the professionalism and efficiency I experienced from Torchguy, in both the info supplied on the website and on the delivery side. The product is a quality item. Keith Brooke-Sumner, Hermanus

I just had to send you this... I’m now the proud owner of six quality torches bought from you, and somehow all six have been absorbed into daily use. I've attached a photo of my teenage daughter adding light to her late night colouring-in with the Cyclops, and the light from where I’m taking the picture is from the magnificent Acebeam K65, tail standing on low power, which is so much better than the bedside light! Gerrie Bosman, Cape Town

Last week we had first aid training and, come nightfall, I was chatting to the instructor and noticed he had a *** ****** zoomer headlamp. I asked him if he had ever heard of Acebeam, as he is involved in some serious search and rescue. He had not, so I pulled out my M10 Marvel. He said you're not going to get much light out of that little thing, but when I turned it on he almost fell over – it was way brighter than his headlamp and I had his full attention! Then I took out my L16 Evolution and he was really finished! Carl Moller, Hillcrest

The Hilt beats my old Detective and I’m sure the Blade is going to smoke my Vampire. It's also amazing to see what they can do with an AA battery these days – the Guard is almost as good as a full size ****** torch I have. Henk Meintjes, Randburg

I must also apologise for not succumbing to the regular temptation that arrives courtesy of your newsletters. I still think you have the best range of products in the country, and the only reason I haven’t bought more of them is because the ones I already have are so darn good! Still, I can feel my self-discipline ebbing every time I visit your website... Jeremy Bense, Pretoria

Thanks for the excellent service and speedy delivery. I am really happy to have discovered your website – it sure beats ordering from China. Price-wise I am surprised that you are even cheaper than ordering direct from China. I will be recommending you to my family and friends for sure. Tony Knipe, Cape Town

I've got to admit, it really is fascinating how something as mundane and arbitrary as a torch can capture people's attention and interest. I have always thought of them as just a "quirky guy thing" but I've had to surrender one of my torches to my six-year-old daughter, who considers it a “must have” when she gets up to go to the toilet at night (notwithstanding the fact she has to walk past three light switches on the way) and now my wife has claimed another of my torches to keep in her bedside drawer “in case one of her knitting needles rolls under the bed”. I have even overheard her offering to loan out my “Meneer” to a friend who wanted to go looking for their missing dog one night! Stephen Gohl, Fish Hoek

We've added another member to the Torchguy community – a friend reached his 60th and received the Sofirn Blade and the Crelant Cyclops. I've had my Vampire and Cyclops for a good three years and they travel with me, even on non bush trips – they're always useful. Having spread your name far and wide (like the beam from an Acebeam torch!) I'm sure you've had several new members as a result. I am so pleased that I read that Leisure Wheels article and saw your name... Jeremy Robertson, Ladysmith

Haven’t been able to play around too freely with the torches in my Sofirn Sword bundle yet because they’re meant to be Christmas gifts!! But I have unpacked them and sneaked in some night viewing – all brilliant!! My only disappointment is the lack of big-ass physicality – that old 4xD-cell cultural-weapon effect!! I see you have a few larger models on your website, although their prices are somewhat more premium, but I may still end up going for one of those before Christmas. Georg Tränkle, Centurion

I've had the chance to test all three torches in the Sword Bundle and I can honestly say that I am as impressed as you said I would be. Where we stay, the nights get very dark and someone can easily be a few feet away without you having any idea they are there. As you know I am part of the Crestview Neighbourhood Watch and, during my patrol this week, I took both the Blade and the Hilt with me. The light they push out is fantastic, even when shone over open areas or down a hill to get a view of the valley below. Two of the gentlemen who joined me that night had just spent quite a bit of money on their own torches, and their words of praise for their lights quickly faded to chirps of jealousy when I flicked the switches on the Blade and Hilt. As for the third specimen, the Guard, I would have liked to give you an in-depth review but unfortunately this isn’t possible – as soon as I switched it on, and my wife saw the powerful light coming out of such a small item, she quickly laid claim to it. Nevertheless I'm very impressed with your products – thank you for your guidance in making my choice. Pierre de Klerk, Crestholme

I can say that my best toys so far are the little SP10A Guard and the CH10 Cyclops headlamp (which by the way klaps anything else!) Their power is amazing! And of course my K40M Squire is a real monster – it compares with the searchlights in the night sky! As they say, the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys – and I wouldn’t change it for anything!! I'm happiest when I turn darkness into light! Louis Defries, Johannesburg

We love our torches and use them almost weekly, and all the time when we go up to the 'berg. I especially love my pocket torch that is with me each and every day – in a movie house or in a bookshop when I really need to see, this this little number floors them all. The power is incredible and I use it more often than one can imagine. Paul Hildyard, Hilton

I have been enjoying all the torches I've ordered from you, but there are some standouts: 1. My absolute favourite, without a doubt, is the K70. That powerful beam keeps on impressing. 2. The X45 is still warming my hands and my heart. 3. Best all-rounder goes to the K40M with that beautiful LED. It's more torch than anyone will ever need. 4. Most carried torch is the M10, small and powerful, it sits proudly in my pocket. 5. As a group, the three Rofis torches bend over backwards to provide light wherever you need it. They also get very sticky around any metal surfaces. 6. The EC50 is a great travel companion – a lot of light from a small package with no extra chargers to needed. Those are just a few standouts – all the others are still going strong, filling niches and acting as backups to backups. Jaco van Wyk, Rustenburg

Mark – it is a  pleasure to buy from you. Your description and explanation of your products is done very well. I also enjoy reading your comments. Keep up the good work. Ronnie du Plooy, Kathu

I have tested the flashlight and noticed it has a slighly warmer tint, and I absolutely love it! I have also been using it in the production warehouses, and what an absolutely amazing light! I mostly use it on the lower setting when doing inspections up close, but when I need a ray of sunshine I switch it to the max setting and it really does light up the entire workspace! I have bought several flashlights from you before, but it just seems that they are getting better and better (as if that is even possible) and the service you provide is unbeatable! Once again I am truly a very happy and satisfied customer. Micheal Roos, Durbanville

What a pleasure it has been, dealing with the TorchGuy! From spending hours looking at the options on a very well written, laid out and informative website, to dealing with Mark personally, has been a gratifying experience. Receiving my modified Sword bundle (with a Cyclops headlamp in exchange for a Blade) in one day from shipment was also a pleasure. Mark’s flexibility in offering this bundle at extremely competitive prices also met all my expectations. The quality of the torches themselves is outstanding. I really enjoyed stalking around my garden looking for robbers, with new and very bright lights in my hand and on my head! Many thanks Mark – all in all, a seldom-encountered level of service and professionalism!! Steve Watson, Walmer, PE

Speaking of throwing light – I used mine briefly to check out why my dog was going bananas in my front yard during our blackout last night – it came in very handy to illuminate the front yard and 200 metres in either direction up and down the street, as if it were daylight. Fortunately nothing looked out of place. Darren Haagman, Glenvista

As you know I am now the proud owner of three of your champion Acebeam torches – the X45ii Eclipse, the K70 Apollo and the K40 Squire. Well, what a time I have been having every evening! All three are standing on my sideboard, fully charged and ready to go. I commend you on your detailed explanation of each of these magnificent torches, as well as the range and quality of torches, chargers, batteries and accessories you stock. The machining and finish on the torches is out of the top drawer. I am not one to buy expensive equipment unseen, but you made it possible with your descriptions, and I must say your words really came to life when I had each model in my hands, and in use. The X45ii is my wife’s favourite as, no matter where you point it, there are no dark corners. It truly is like a bulldog – short, stocky and very powerful! I enjoy the long-focused beam of the K70 but have yet to find a decent challenge for it – I really need to get back into the countryside! And, as you mentioned, the first torch I would grab as an all-rounder would be the K40M – it's a no-compromise, fantastic general-purpose light. I do believe the K30 Energy may be my next torch – I visited [a mutual friend] the other night and he hauled out this little barrel of light – what a compact powerhouse it is! Burton Saunders, Glenvista Ext 5

What you said in your March '19 newsletter about not venturing into a potentially risky situation (like touring a cave) unless you are prepared for darkness is correct – it's even backed up in the Bible! Matthew 25, Verse 1 to 13 talks about ten virgins, five who were foolish and five who were wise enough to bring spare oil for their lamps. In effect it means that anyone who has not bought one of your torches with a spare battery is an idiot -:) David Dunston, Ferndale Johannesburg

I found Mark's website from a google search and was suitably impressed by the no-nonsense information he presented. I purchased the "Sword Bundle" and have been seriously impressed by the power of all three torches – the SP31Tii Blade, SP31ii Hilt and the SF14ii Edge – as well as the advice given by Mark himself. Adam Osborn, Cape Town

The torches were delivered yesterday at 15h00, all complete and in working order just as you said they would be – thank you! My initial impressions are that they are just what my wife and I were hoping for – well made and finished, small and simple enough to be practical to use. I like the fact that the batteries are common to both types of torches, and the lighting power is more than enough for our use. Stewart Paterson, Edenburg, Johannesburg

The Torchguy has a fantastic selection of quality torches, coupled with the very informative advice on most the suitable torch for our specific needs, prompt and efficient service delivery, has resulted in us coming back for more torches! I can highly recommend the Torchguy as the Go-To provider for quality torches. Cindy Illing, Newlands, Cape Town

You are one of the most interesting persons I ever met. I would like to buy a torch every time there's something new but my wife stops me. I've bought more than 20 flitse but the only one I use is the one I got from you. And this is the one that I show to all my pelle - ek spog en se julle het ni so iets ni! My vrou se sy sal 'n flits in my kis moet sit as ek gaan. Love your articles! Daan le Roux, Klerksdorp

I've been looking for a torch for almost a month now. I went to Huntex and looked at the offerings there, but I must admit it was difficult to find a solution that was a balance between power and price. It also appears that people aren’t interested in selling their products, because service levels are at an all-time low. However I was referred to the Torchguy by a colleague of mine, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Not only were his responses prompt, but the information and willingness to answer all my questions meant that I was satisfied I was choosing the right torch for my needs. Backed up by a good quality product at an affordable price, I can certainly recommend the Torchguy. Clayton Dyer, Fourways

I would highly recommend Mark Loudon, "The Torch Guy".  I wanted to buy my husband a torch for his birthday, so I emailed Mark late afternoon on a Sunday and had a reply from him that same evening. He sent thorough details on various torches and helped me choose something that I would not have been able to do on my own. The torch was couriered to me in Johannesburg within four days and my husband is thrilled. Amazing service, attention to detail and great quality torch. Jo Houze, Sandton

I am leaving for Kruger on Friday. I am taking five torches along for me and the kids. Three headlamps and two spotting torches. Four out of the five are from you. Derick Welgemoed, Beaufort West

I've bought various torches from Mark and each fills a specific gap – even much older torches that have been discontinued are still serving me well. Although no torch is perfect (some come close!) Mark has always been willing to help if there was an issue with any of them. You can get torches anywhere, but not Mark. So although he sells good quality torches at reasonable prices, for me the true value comes in dealing with him. Thanks, Mark, may you continue to make a mark in this life and let your beautiful light shine. Ivor Smith, Gordon's Bay

We had our annual 87km fun-run from Dbn to Pmb last Sunday and it was a great day out. My wife and I seconded my daughter on her eighth run, which she finished in 9hrs 45mins – a good time for her. We woke up at 03:00 in the pitch darkness but I had three TorchGuy lights handy – my new Cyclops D10 headlamp, baby SF14 Edge (mainly used on low beam to go to the bathroom without waking up the rest of the household) and of course my monster B158 Bullseye for waking my lazy neighbours up! Why should they sleep when I cant? The new Cyclops was particularly handy – we had to park quite a way from the Comrades start and it was dark, dark, dark! As soon as I turned on the Cyclops a whole bunch of runners who had parked nearby gathered to take advantage of the huge beam this little light threw around and in front of us. Suffice to say that not one of the 2 000 congregation stumbled – they all got safely to the start! Kim Selwood, Assagay

Beyond the obvious benefits of a fine torch I have been equally (if not more) impressed by your website, with all its information on the equipment and the relevant tests and results. I greatly appreciated learning for the first time what the difference is between lumens and candela – well done, your writing is simple to read and to understand on a topic that is widely misunderstood. Added to this your professionalism when dealing with my wife's queries and the subsequent response on the care and handling of my new torch shows that you are committed in totality to your business. I commend your positive and truthful comments and will have no second thoughts in recommending you to family, friends and guests alike. I am proud to be associated with a fellow South African who both proves and shows that there is honour in business on this continent of ours. Gary Ray, Cheetah Plains Lodge, Hoedspruit

A few years ago I bought a Vampire from you. I absolutely adored this torch. I used it daily and it served me extremely well throughout the dark days of load shedding. Last Wednesday we were “fortunate” enough to be able to donate some of our belongings to a burglar who I assume is less fortunate than us.  Funny thing is, this person has class and taste. Only some cash, a few pieces of jewellery, my Leatherman and Vampire were stolen – no interest in our clothing, electronic goods, food items, not even our wine! I suppose we should be grateful though, every cloud has a silver lining and all of that. Problem is, I can’t see the clouds without my torch!!! Anthony Betz, Cape Town

I have bought a lot of gadgets in my life. Only a few have exceeded my expectations. The advert or the salesman always over-estimates their product. But TorchGuy's torches really will knock your socks off. Arthur Dicks, Stutterheim

Just a short note to let you know that, although I have an array of your torches, I cannot decide on a favourite. Like my dogs they each possess a definite personality – it's a pleasure to grab any one of them and  be assured of spot-on satisfaction! Thanks for your out of this world service. Hein OIivier, Port Elizabeth

Mark, you are a true flashlight scout. You have this ability to find good, affordable and practical flashlights, and for that I commend you sir! You offer excellent service before and after a sale, and your knowledge and insight of these toys we collect is admirable. I am very happy with my latest toys. Keep an eye out – my next order won’t be too long from now! José Murta, Kempton Park

We have just returned from a fantastic trip to the Kgalagadi National Park. We had some really cool fun using your torches around our campsites at night – we had visits from jackal and hyena almost every evening so the ladies were most pleased when they could ‘really’ see what was lurking in the dark! I still have to sit down and learn all the torch functions properly, but what I have experienced so far is absolutely awesome. Thank you again for your help with getting them to me – I have forwarded your details to my mates as well. Grant Hampson, Mid-Illovo