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I’m a bit of a ‘just in case’ kind of per­son so, as far as I’m con­cerned, you can never have too many light­ing op­tions around camp – you never know when one might fail! The ar­ray of fixed LEDs around the camp and the all-es­sen­tial head­lamps aside, a hand-held torch of some sort should be on any trav­eller’s list.

The Bosch PLI 18 LI torch is an 18V lithium-ion work­light, use­ful for all kinds of things, such as get­ting down and check­ing your van’s un­der­belly, pok­ing around in the bon­net of your tow tug, cooking a meal on the camp­fire, or even to ac­com­pany you on late night trips to the camp­ground toi­let.

It’s a com­pact and sta­ble unit that stands up on its own, pro­vid­ing a beam of light straight ahead, which can also be ad­justed, piv­ot­ing up­wards to three al­ter­na­tive po­si­tions over a range of 110-de­grees. A swiv­el­ling hook at the top of the torch head means it can also be used from a hang­ing po­si­tion.

While the piv­ot­ing head makes it a more flex­i­ble unit in terms of use, it doesn’t pivot down at all, so in some sit­u­a­tions it may be tricky to get the beam in the right po­si­tion, par­tic­u­larly when hang­ing.

The 3W LED pro­vides good light and the bright­ness ad­just­ment func­tion works for dif­fer­ent light con­di­tions, with two bright­ness set­tings.

The PLI 18 LI torch is part of the Bosch Pow­er4All range and is pow­ered by an 18V lithium-ion bat­tery, which is in­ter­change­able among a va­ri­ety of Bosch prod­ucts. The upside is if you own a Bosch DIY gar­den or power tool, there’s a good chance you al­ready have a com­pat­i­ble bat­tery.

The down­side is that the bat­tery and bat­tery charger pack are not in­cluded with the torch and must be pur­chased separately. The bat­tery starter kit, which in­cludes an 18V 2.0Ah bat­tery and an 18V charger, has a RRP of $99, which cer­tainly hikes up the price of the unit.

On its own, the torch weighs just 670g. The bat­tery slides on to the bot­tom of the unit and weighs more than the torch it­self, mak­ing it quite bot­tom-heavy. But it’s com­fort­able to hold in your hand and easy to switch on, ad­just the bright­ness and turn off by click­ing the sin­gle but­ton.

Bosch claims a max­i­mum run time of 1000 min­utes for the bat­tery, which is de­signed for lim­ited self-dis­charge, to en­sure it’s ready to go when­ever you need it.

On our test, we didn’t run the torch for that full length of time, but cer­tainly found the bat­tery lasted well used for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses on a long week­end away.

BOSCH PLI 18 LI TORCH RRP: $39 (bat­tery and charger sold separately) Where: Hard­ware stores, na­tion­wide More info: en/diy/home­page/in­dex.jsp Rat­ing:

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