Whether there’s a power cut, you’re working outdoors or you’re planning an autumn camping trip, a decent portable light source will keep you going when darkness falls. When choosing a torch, getting the right size is key – a hefty, heavy torch is best left in the garage at home, lighter handheld torches are good for keeping in the car or taking camping, a pocket torch is brilliant kept on you for emergencies. If you only want a torch for occasional use, there’s no need to spend more than around £20 for something functional. We’ve reviewed torches with both LED and Xenon bulbs – both give good brightness, although the latter emits a whiter light. If you’re only investing in one torch it’s worth picking one that is waterproof, or at least water resistant, and that either has good battery life (over 10 hours on high beam is a good bet) or is rechargeable. You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.  Strong and pleasingly heavy to hold – this water resistant, rechar...