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Product Review: LitraTorch 2.0

Affordable LED portable light that fits in your pocket. More options for your lighting setup without the extra weight in your bag!

What does the product do and what it’s intended use?

The LitraTorch 2.0 portable light is a great option as a top-light on your camera or to use as a small backlight or background light or even as sidelight when shooting in really small and compact spaces or if you just want to carry less in your lighting kit, these little lights pack a surprising lighting punch. You could also use the LitraTorch 2.0 as practical lighting where you want to hide the fixtures as well in crazy small spaces.

 How does the LitraTorch 2.0 rate for my application?

News & DocumentaryPerfect for this!

Digital CinemaYes, this will work
Commercials & MarketingYes, this will work
Corporate & EducationYes, but with mixed results
Live Events & Outside Broadcast
Not suited at all

Online Video
Yes, this will work

 

What we love about LitraTorch 2.0
Compact Size
Waterproof
Rugged build quality
Good battery life
3 different lumen settings
What’s not so hot about LitraTorch 2.0
It would be better if colour temp was an accurate 5600′ K to match in with other lighting fixtures.

What application is LitraTorch 2.0 most suitable for?

The LitraTorch 2.0 LED portable light is an incredibly small light that you can fit in your pocket and yet gives off a huge amount of quality light in each of its three standard settings, so if you want to maintain a professional lighting setup in a really small travelling production kit these LED lights are great for when you are on the run and weight and space is limited.  The bonus to this is that they are also waterproof so you can use them to shoot underwater as well.

Why should you consider LitraTorch 2.0 for your kit?

Absolutely the small physical size of these lights are going to help so much when you have to travel light on a location production and you just don’t have the space to pack a full lighting kit, the magnetic bases on the fixture means you can stick the light to any metal surface so you don’t even to pack lighting stands if you can only take a limited gear on the road with you. Underwater lighting can also be expensive – these little LED lights work fantastically if you need to light underwater shoots up to 20m in depth. 

What is included with the LitraTorch 2.0?

White diffuser supplied with the LitraTorch 2.0 portable lightWhite Diffuser – a soft rubber round diffusion cover that easily mounts to the front of the LitraTorch 2.0 torch and softens the light for the three different settings

 

 

 

 

Belt clip supplied with the LitraTorch 2.0 portable lightBelt Clip – simple clip mount designed for mounting to your belt also works great if you want to hang it off the peak of your cap when you need to work hands-free.

 

 

 

 

Go Pro mount supplied with the LitraTorch 2.0GoPro ¼ 20 Finger Mount – great if you already have a large collection of go pro mounts in your gear bag means you can use those to mount the LitraTorch 2.0.

 

 

 

 

USB charging cable for LitraTorch2.0 portable lightUSB Charging Cable – Mini USB to USB cable – can be used with computer or USB power plug a fully charged LitraTorch 2.0 will last up to 4 hours and 45 mins on the lowest setting and up to 45 minutes on the brightest setting.

 

 

 

 

Magentic mounts for the LitraTorch 2.0Magnetic Mounts – 2 sides of the LitraTorch 2.0 have magnetic mounts so you can attach it to any metal surface pointing out or pointing up also included in the box, are 2 metal disc with double-sided tape so you can stick them where you want the fixture and use the magnetic surfaces to mount the LitraTorch 2.0

 

 

 

Cold Shoe supplied with the LitraTorch 2.0 portable lightCold Shoe Mount – for mounting the light to your camera fits the back or side ¼ screw mounts on the fixture. 

 

 

 

 

What results should you expect from the LitraTorch 2.0?

If you know how to light a subject whether a person or product, then you will instantly see how the LitraTorch 2.0 could be beneficial in small and compact lighting situations where the location is lacking in a good amount of natural light to get your shot, especially when you don’t have access to a Hollywood Grip truck to solve your lighting issues. A good on-camera top light for keeping good exposure on the face of your subject in harsher lighting conditions for outdoor interview situations as well. Note that this light is a bit higher colour temperature than standard professional daylight fixtures that usually measure at about 5600K so you need to be aware of this if you are using it in a combination with other lighting fixtures. 

Features of the LitraTorch 2.0 that we love.

compact size of the LitraTorch 2.0 portable lightCompact Size: This is such a small light that also has a great build quality – its aluminium housing certainly feels great quality and you can literally fit this in the palm of your hand, inside your pocket. The LitraTorch 2.0 measures in at 3.8 x 3.8 x 4.1cms and even though its made tough it only weighs 90 grams.

 

 

Lumen 1 setting on the portable LitraTorch 2.0 lightLumen 2 setting on the portable LitraTorch 2.0 light

Lumen 3 setting on the portable LitraTorch 2.0 light

 

 

 

 


Light Intensity:
We are not sure we can quite get over the sheer output of this really tiny light, it has three lumen settings, a low, mid and high and it’s colour temperature is 5700K which 90+CRI colour accuracy – this means it works well in daylight situations and won’t affect the colour of the skin tone or products when using this light. It’s flicker-free and the beam covers about 70 degrees all from just 16 little LED lamps set up in a small matrix leaving no hot spots on your subject just an even throw of light to improve your shot.

LitraTorch 2.0 portable light is waterproof.Waterproof: This is the second reason we would take the LitraTorch 2.0 with us just about anywhere, its waterproof up to 20m in depth so whether you location shoot has a sudden downpour these little fixtures will survive or you want to go snorkelling with your latest action camera – like the GoPro or DJI Osmo Action in some dark underwater cave then the LitraTorch 2.0 is a great way to light the underwater scenes. 

 

 

LitraTorch 2.0 portable light magnetic featureMagnetic Housing: Stick this little light to any metal surface and no need to worry about lighting stands or mounting brackets to get light where you want it, such a simple idea that makes mounting this little light almost anywhere super simple. 

 

 

 

What’s the Alternative?

If you want to compare the LitraTorch 2.0 to something else then we hear that the Lume Cube would be pretty similar although we haven’t had the chance to test it out ourselves. 

 

This product has been reviewed by: Shane Jones – Videocraft Production and Education Sales Specialist. 

 

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